Ever wonder what it would be like to actually FEEL like you are dog-fighting in space?
Well that’s what EVE: Valkyrie is all about.
TL:DR If you would enjoy a space flight simulator or have ever enjoyed aerial battles then this game is a must have!
I have had this game since I grabbed my PSVR and it has to be one of my most consistently played. Anyone that I introduce to the world of VR gets this as a highly recommended, should try game. It honestly kind of awestruck me the first time I played it with the headset. The light wind of a fan blowing gently in your face and a pair of headphones on will have you actually feeling like you sit in the cockpit. The launch of your ship always makes my stomach feel a bit like I’m on a roller coaster. The sound is very well done as well, giving you that vacuum-like sound that you would imagine hearing as a pilot. As you look around your cockpit, it’s very non-invasive for your vision and all the graphics look quite good in my opinion.
There is single player Exploration missions to accomplish where you are released into simulated worlds to fly around and collect some data and uncover the mysteries of the past. Also in single player is the infinite wave battle against AI fighters. I have never personally been very great at dog-fighting, so I never made it very far in the waves, but wave after wave you will see an increase in number of enemies and their difficulty level which can be quite useful for practicing. More inexperienced pilots such as myself would benefit greatly from the addition of a practice sort of mode, where there are actual skill tests or mini games and not just getting overwhelmed by numbers in dog-fights.
This game took aim at providing a solid VR version of space dog fighting in multiplayer and it accomplishes that very well. It’s the leading space-flight game on PSVR right now, having almost no competition (Starblood Arena possibly). They upgraded the game via free update not too long ago to include support for normal play and not just VR. This is a massive update that allowed multiplayer to fill out more and make the game more competitive, adding new modes and maps for free as well. They have a variety of multiplayer maps and game modes, and cross play is supported (the game is out on steam too for oculus) which is a pretty cool feature of a VR game.
Honestly, the game would feel a little bit boring and bare playing it normal because it was developed for VR and a major selling point for this game is the immersion you feel while wearing the headset. Another main issue is if you are not interested in the multiplayer aspect of this game, then it feels a lot like EA’s first Battlefront game. There really just isn’t a whole lot of content to keep you busy in singleplayer, other than getting familiar with the controls. There is no story mode or mode with different challenges and I feel this is a massive opportunity that has been wasted.