Tetris Effect PSVR Thoughts19th March 2019
Tetris Effect on PSVR is another take on the classic puzzle game. This time you can play it in standard flat mode or in glorious VR on your PlayStation 4. Hooray!
The game released recently to rave reviews and high praise from the gaming media websites and has won numerous awards including game of the year from Eurogamer. Gamers responded to Tetris Effect with mixed emotions. A lot of players loved the game and really appreciated it in all its beauty and simplicity while others complained that it was just another Tetris game. They found it difficult to get excited about it.
Personally, I am in the love it camp. Maybe it’s because I’m a veteran gamer that has fond memories of playing the original version on my Gameboy back in the 20th century meaning Tetris will always have a small place in my heart. However, I do see the other side of the argument.
Standard or VR?
I managed to download and play the free game weekend to spend some quality time with Tetris Effect. As mentioned above, the game can be played in both standard and VR in which I played both to compare the difference.
My verdict is that both ways offer a beautiful yet different experience of playing the game. I personally preferred to play in VR mainly because it added an extra level of immersion to the game.
Play it on either a PS4™ and standard display, or up to 4K and 60fps on a PS4™Pro, or optionally in mind-blowing 3D via PS VR!Tetris Website
The animations and special effects pop out of the play area and surround you. At times I had to stop playing and try to get a look at what was happening around me. However, this meant I died through the distraction.
Other times I was so engrossed in the game that I didn’t care about the graphical effects. This just goes to show the level of immersion in the game the developers have created for the player.
The music in Tetris Effect is another area that truly makes this version of Tetris shine. As you play and advance in the game the tracks play to the gameplay and build up layers the more you play.
The music is beautiful and trance like with catchy beats. I wonder if I can find the soundtrack online somewhere.
There are various game modes for you to play. There is the standard quest mode where you have to play your way through 30 stages each with their own graphical style and music. Other game modes include Marathon, Sprint and Ultra.
What’s in a Name?
The Tetris effect (also known as Tetris syndrome) occurs when people devote so much time and attention to an activity that it begins to pattern their thoughts, mental images, and dreams.
All in all, the mechanics of Tetris Effect is in place. This is Tetris but with added bells and whistles to bring it right up to date.
I think the £35 price point is a bit steep for what is essentially just Tetris. I will be waiting for a price drop or special offer on the PS Store before fully diving in. Always on the lookout for another great game for my PSVR. In the meantime, I’ll be playing Tetris 99 on the Switch.
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