The classic V.R. Series Star Wars: Vader Immortal has finally arrived for Playstation VR. and it is without a doubt the most immersive Star Wars experience available short of taking a trip to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
From the opening moments where players have to make the jump to Hyperspace I was hooked. Flipping the switches and using the lever to make the jump was like a dream come true for someone who grew up on the original films in an era when Star Wars gaming was not really an option due to the technology of the time.
Players begin in Mustafar where they encounter Vader and must escape from Imperial detention. Along the way players will obtain a Lightsaber which will come in handy for defense as well as helping with various obstacles.
Players will have to climb, manipulate objects, hack, and fight in a fully immersive VR setting. Aside from stunning visuals, the game also features an engaging original storyline which sets the stage for the next two chapters of the series and also keeps players immersed in the action and lore.
While it did at times take some getting used to in terms of navigation (my Droid companion had an issue with blocking my view at times in dark areas, and various objects took some work to get close enough to manipulate) I was hooked from the start.
Using the Lightsaber to deflect bolts back at Imperial Stormtroopers was great fun as was exploring the Star Wars universe in a new way. I do not want to spoil more about the game, but let me just say it is fantastic and gives players new looks at Vader as well as the Star Wars Universe as a whole.
I played the game with the Playstation earbuds that came with the PSVR and had fantastic sound quality to go with the eye-popping visuals. I was delayed in my review as one of our Playstation Move controls malfunctioned and I had to wait for Sony to exchange it, but once that was done I was back in the game and could not get enough.
The game is a must own for Star Wars fans and a great example of VR gaming done right.
4.5 stars out of 5.
Gareth is the mastermind behind the popular pop media site Skewed and Reviewed. He lives in Arizona with his wife Em McBride.