Age Rating: 12+
Review System: PlayStation VR
Price at Time Of Review: £9.49 ($13)
Comfort Rating: Amber
Size: 5.1 GB
Controller System: Gamepad
Best Playing Position: Sitting
Multi Player: No
Apollo 11 VR (PSVR)
Intro: Now for the first time ever, you get to experience this historic event through the eyes of those who lived through it. Using a mix of original archive audio and video together with accurate recreations of the spacecraft and locations, all set to inspirational music. Get set for an experience that will not only educate you but will also leave a lasting impression and deep respect for the men and women who worked on the Apollo program during NASA’s golden era.
Apollo 11 VR is a new type of interactive VR documentary, not only do you get to relive the events of 1969, you can also take control and fly the command module, land the lunar lander, explore the Moon’s surface and deploy the lunar experiments all before returning to earth in a fiery re-entry.
Review: Apollo 11 VR is a history lesson and a VR experience that puts you in the space boots of the astronauts themselves. A blend of both graphics and media it offers a stunning look at what the astronauts went through and even gives you a chance to experience what they saw first hand. I could easily see this being used in schools and other educational learning centres.
What I loved most about this experience is that you are not just a viewer the whole time, you do get to interact with some things and this does add to the immersion levels. But it is the graphics what will really make you feel as if they are there and at times it can all seem a little too realistic and you might find yourself as I did gripping the chair a little too tight.
Verdict: All credit goes to this version of Apollo 11 VR for looking the same as the Rift version, but I am not convinced the PSVR is the right place for this sort of educational app. At the end of the day people didn’t get their PS4’s for educational purposes, they got it for gaming. Yes it’s interesting, yes it’s once again over priced on the Playstation Network and yes some people will find it amazing. But most of us PSVR gamers will not enjoy it and for that reason, I can’t really recommend it unless you have a strong passion for all things space history related.