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Age Rating: 12+
Review System: PlayStation VR
Price at Time Of Review: £25 ($30)
Comfort Rating: Green
Genre: Real-time strategy (RTS)
Size: 1.5 GB
Controller System: Gamepad
Best Playing Position: Sitting
Multi Player: No
Intro: In a magical sky borne world, take on the role of a powerful ‘Spirit Guardian’ charged with restoring life and balance. Command the ‘Peeps’, your loyal servants, to feed, fight, build, and sacrifice themselves for the greater good in a quest to release your entombed brethren. As the sun shines, harvest the islands’ bountiful resources, bend the very elements to your will, and prepare your Peeps well. For in the night evil denizens of darkness stalk the land, feasting on your resources, your crystals and your Peeps! Thirteen unique islands await your guiding hand in this beautiful and engrossing virtual reality strategy game, unlike anything you have experienced before!
Review: Tethered is probably as close to Black and White we are ever going to get in VR. This RTS game (God Game) sees you in the role of being a benevolent being watching over the sky islands. Pretty soon eggs start dropping from out of the sky and from these eggs little workers will hatch. It is your job to fulfil these little workers lives by making them do various tasks like mine rocks or minerals , chop down wood or maybe they will work on a farm. Once you have enough resources you can start to construct buildings like a tavern, a church or maybe even an army barracks to ward off other sky islands that might attack. Of course, there are many other jobs for your little workers to do and many other types of buildings at your disposal. Think “A World of Keflings” and you will be in the ballpark of what this game is like.
The good news here is that there is no VR sickness to handle and despite the lower resolution of the PSVR all the text is really easy to read. Also getting used to the controls is pretty easy, within just a few short moments I was getting around the gorgeous landscapes in no time.
Verdict: It is not often I get to say this with the PSVR, but Tethered is one of the ‘Must Have’ games for the PSVR. OK, it might be a little overpriced, but it is pretty much worth it just to see a game work so well in VR on the PSVR. This is a game that was born to be played in VR and fair play it looks and plays like a premium priced gaming title. In fact, I would go so far as to say it is much better than many of the supposed AAA titles for the PSVR. Strategy games work amazingly well in VR and Tethered is the perfect example of why.