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Statik (Oculus Rift)

Statik (PSVR)

Statik (PSVR)

The VR Shop - Gold Award
System: PSVR 1
Price at Time Of Review: £15.99
Comfort Rating: Green (No Movement)
Genre: Puzzle
Input: DualShock Controller
Best Playing Position: Sitting, Standing
Multi-Player: No
Age Rating: PG


Description: Statik is a VR game about solving puzzles in a place you don’t know, with a person you don’t recognise, and hands that aren’t completely yours.

Join Dr Ingen and his delightful assistant Edith on a journey to unravel the complexities of the human mind. Awaking to each new day with a unique, hand-mounted puzzle device to solve, you must use your brain, eyes and ears to solve each mystery. But, this being VR, it’s hard to know which of these can be trusted…

Review: You wake up in a strange science lab of sorts with a puzzle box attached to your hands. No, this isn’t the plotline to a new Saw movie, this is Statik. First off I will say that it makes amazing use of the trackable Dual Shock Controller, as you move your controller the box will move and it really does feel like your hands are trapped somehow inside the giant puzzle box. There isn’t just one puzzle on this box there are lots of them all solved by moving and pressing various buttons on the controller. To be good as this game requires to know your controller back to front and exactly where all the buttons are.

This is not just a good puzzle game it is also a really great use of VR and that is what makes this game so great. On top of the great gameplay the odd storyline and even stranger lab assistant who seems to enjoy watching you suffer really add to the game, but not in a way that gets annoying. In the end you will be able to solve all the puzzles without much help, but that doesn’t mean you will fly through this game as some of the “puzzle boxes” are so hard it will take you a good while just to figure out how to make them move in order to start to solve the puzzle.

There are times playing Statik that I really did want to throw the controller and take the headset off in frustration. But yet, when I finished the game in just over 5 hours I couldn’t help but want more of it! Not only would you get good value for money here with the single player game, but the fact that there is also a hidden co-op mode makes it even more fun. Even at the end, you might not know what is going on with the storyline, but the journey to get there is so much fun (with a dash of frustration) you won’t care about the storyline, only the task attached to your arms in front of you.

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