REVIEW Smashbox Arena (PSVR)
With so many small VR “experiences” and gallery shooters popping out for all VR platforms, it’s exhausting at occasions to ween out the great from the unhealthy. Smashbox Enviornment, developed by BixBox VR, falls someplace within the gray space many individuals aren’t prepared to discover. The sport has loads of good issues going for it, however sadly on this case the cons inside it outweighs the professionals.
Smashbox Enviornment has a tremendous idea. It’s basically VR dodgeball. They accomplish this by having a 3v3 setting the place each particular person has a gun. By individuals I imply AI since no one performs this recreation, however extra on this later. Every participant is provided with a “gun” that enables them to pickup a dodgeball that’s randomly spawned on the map and permits them to shoot the balls at their opponent. When attacked by somebody, you’ll be able to catch the ball mid-air and try and shoot it again. You can too block incoming assaults in case you’re holding a dodgeball your self. All in all it makes for a enjoyable expertise, if you may get previous the truth that the “Story Mode” id nearly 5 matches of taking part in the sport with AI.
The Story Mode inside Smashbox Enviornment is likely one of the greatest jokes in any VR recreation. If you consider a “Story Mode” inside a online game you are inclined to lean in the direction of considering of there being an precise story. Sorry to disappoint, however this recreation has completely ZERO story. When you choose Story Mode in the principle menu it then asks which problem you’d prefer to play it at. No matter problem the sport appears to play the identical actual approach. Regardless it locations you in what appears to be a check match agains one other crew with three AI in opposition to your self and a couple of AI. This mode isn’t enjoyable in any respect. I accomplished the whole factor, 5 matches, on straightforward in about 15 minutes. except for the trophies, there appears to be no motive to return.
The multiplayer is likely one of the most fascinating, and solely different, parts of Smashbox Enviornment. That is what is predicted when studying the outline of the sport. Two recreation modes appears to be the principle approach most of those smaller VR video games are inclined to go. The multiplayer was non-existent. Positive you’ll be able to boot up the sport and get right into a foyer. Nonetheless, discovering even one different particular person to play with tends to be the true challenge. Sadly for each the potential gamers and the builders, this recreation is useless. Not a single particular person was on-line and capable of be a part of a recreation aside from myself.
The shortage of inhabitants on-line apart, Smashbox Enviornment has one actually cool facet going for it. If you find yourself eradicated for the given spherical, you’ll be able to nonetheless see what everyone seems to be doing on the map in actual time. Not solely this, however it basically makes you a large above the map and you’ve got the flexibility to see what everyone seems to be doing and might transfer the map round as you see match. The few maps this recreation has had been additionally fairly cool. All of them had nearly a paintball enviornment vibe and had been a superb measurement for the small 3v3 video games which can be had on them.
Ultimately I don’t suppose Smashbox Enviornment warrants no matter value level it’s presently at. Even at $1, the sport itself is totally pointless until you’re out to get some straightforward trophies. If this recreation nonetheless had a wholesome multiplayer inhabitants this will likely have been a totally completely different overview, however it doesn’t; crucial element of dodgeball is having different gamers to dodge the balls.