[PlayStation VR] Blood & Truth Review

by the_nmac

Enter the world of London’s underground as you fight to save your family in an excellent PS VR experience. Find out more in our Blood & Truth review!

Star in your own explosive action movie blockbuster with this PS VR exclusive shooter.

Battle through the crime-ridden London underworld as elite soldier Ryan Marks in your deadliest mission yet… to save your family from a ruthless criminal empire.

Take out your targets with breathless, over-the-top epic gun play as you drive, parachute and rappel across the city amid exciting set pieces.

Key Features:
• Experience the thrill of becoming a big screen action hero by wielding two PlayStation®Move motion controllers – or a DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller.
• Live every moment of the drama with a unique soundtrack of classic movie orchestral scoring and London grime – composed by leading artists.
• Wreak havoc through an unpredictable story packed with twists, turns, and shocking revelations.

Blood & Truth is the newest game from Sony’s London Studio, a team known for creating one of the standout PS VR experiences in PlayStation VR Worlds: The London Heist. It was a narrative-driven experience that put you in the middle of the London gangster scene. It was also one of the big standout segment when PS VR was initially being shown to press and enthusiasts. It left such a big impression that Sony tasked London Studio with turning it into a full-fledged game, and it is why we now have Blood & Truth.

With this game, you do get the options of controlling things with both the PlayStation Move controllers and the Dualshock 4. Honestly, playing this game with the DualShock 4 is a disservice to how the team has managed to create such an immersive experience. I mean if you don’t have Move controllers, then, by all means, use the DualShock 4 controller, but you are seriously missing out.

Blood & Truth is basically a big budget action movie on steroids! You play as Ryan Marks, a soldier drafted into a war with the criminal underground of London to protect your family. The game uses a flashback story device as you are initially being interrogated and reliving past fights. It feels like a big blockbuster featuring some predictable but fun twists and turns in the plot – which I won’t spoil here – that make for an excellent PlayStation VR experience.

The game is essentially an on-rails shooter, moving you from firefight to the firefight as needed. There are multiple paths you can take in each of the levels. When you look around it will show you the points in the level you can move too, and you just select that spot and carry on. This adds a bit of replayability to the game as you can take different paths during subsequent playthroughs. As for the gunplay in the game, it feels awesome. You will start off with simple pistols and get better weapons as you progress through the experience. You can have up to two weapons equipped on each side of your where your holsters are located. To get a weapon, you just reach down and pick it up, aim, and start shooting. You can keep a two-handed gun on your back, and will just need to motion the MOve controller over your shoulder to grab it. You can use one hand to fire, but if you use a second hand, it will help to steady the gun. Your ammo is stored on a chest pouch, so when you need more, you can just grab it from there. If you want you can grab it, throw it in the air, and then try and swipe the gun into it to load your weapon.

The loop of the game feels pretty great as you move to an area with some bad guys, shoot said bad guys, look around for ammo or collectibles, move on to the next section, and repeat. It might not sound very exciting, but playing in PlayStation VR elevates the overall experience. The game will throw some slow-motion action sequences in, making you feel like as a rockstar as you to take out large groups of bad guys like a badass. The game will also have you climb ladders, or open locks with a lock picking kit, with lots of activities to complete around each level. One of the coolest things was interacting with the environment. After your first mission in the game, you are picked up at the airport and driven to meet your family. During the car ride, you can actually fool around with all the stuff in the car, adjust the mirror, open the glove box, and even open the door! The developers took the time to make the game as interactive as possible, which is exactly what you want from a PS VR game.

The other major thing the game has going for it is the acting. The cast is incredibly animated and features voice acting throughout the entire game. The motion capture and vocal work is impeccable, which helps to lure you in and grab your attention until the end. I haven’t experienced something like this in gaming before. Honestly, even if this one was not in PS VR, it would still be a very good game – but the VR does elevate the game, making it a must-have game for your PS VR setup.

To complete the main story, you will end up spending around 6-7 hours, depending on your skill level. You can replay levels to look for collectibles and hidden targets, which will earn you points for weapon mods that you can then use throughout the game. It has a good amount of content to keep you coming back for more, and you can also aim to improve your high score.

Final Thoughts

I’ve played quite a few PS VR games since I got my unit, and none of them have reached the immersion that Blood & Truth has managed to achieve. The team has created a unique world in London that has you fighting the criminal underground, while still crafting a unique and grand narrative with great acting and visuals to match the action. It does really put you in the middle of an action blockbuster, and I highly recommend that you dive in.

This Blood & Truth review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

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