Superhot VR is Superhot in VR. If you like Superhot and you like VR then that’s all you really need to know. For those that haven’t played the original Superhot that are after a review of this version of the game from someone in a similar boat then you’re in luck. I went in to Superhot VR unaware of what to expect and what I found turned out to be extremely interesting, even if it was at times slightly frustrating.

In Superhot things don’t move unless you move. When you’re playing the game on a traditional screen using a normal controller, not moving is a piece of cake. When you’re in a VR headset and holding two Move controllers though there’s always going to be some slight movement. That is in part what makes Superhot a great experience in VR. As an enemy fires a bullet towards your head you’ll have to decide how you avoid it. Sometimes you’ll duck to one side, sometimes you’ll try to move your weapon to block the attack and sometimes you’ll fail to do anything and find yourself hit.

The more you get hit though the quicker you’ll find yourself getting. The sequences the enemies appear in become ingrained in your mind and you’ll begin aiming for them before they’re even there. As you get more confident you might even try a blind shot or two. Who knows, maybe you’ll even be successful. Superhot is cool, and it makes sure you feel cool, but it’s definitely not without its problems.

Some of those problems are down to the PlayStation Move controllers. It’s a fairly well known fact that they’re not the best controllers out there, but you can just about make up for it in Superhot VR due to how slow paced the game can be if you take your time. Where they are a fairly large problem though is when you have objects you have to throw. Sometimes you’ll hit the target but it rarely feels like you’ve done that due to skill and more often than not feels like you’ve done it due to dumb luck.

Another issue comes with the experience having no option for gamers that don’t want to be diving around their space. The game wants you to get up and move, which is great, but if you’re a gamer that struggles with movement it isn’t the friendliest experience. This isn’t an issue that would alter the final score of the game but it is something that less able gamers should consider before picking it up in VR.

The aim of the game is to survive waves of enemies that are hell bent on destroying you. They will fire guns, punch you and try various other things to stop your advancement to the next level. Speaking of levels, each stage has several of them and failing one of them takes you right back to the start of that stage. Although this is frustrating it does help you get slicker with your progression through a stage and can help the flow of combat as you get more used to what is going on. Each time you repeat something you get better at understanding what is expected of you and thus can make your next attempt more efficient.

The fact you do this whilst diving about to avoid the attack of enemies means it becomes quite the workout. You’ll have to make sure you’re at least partially aware of your real life surroundings because at times you’ll be expected to do quite a bit if you want to succeed. It’s great to see a VR game utilise space although, as previously stated, the PlayStation VR does have limitations that make the experience falter slightly.

If you’re after a virtual reality experience that is a bit different and won’t take ages to complete then Superhot VR is definitely that. Its style feels fairly unique and although it can become “just another first-person shooter” if you try and do everything a million miles an hour it can be quite beautiful if you take your time. Sometimes it does feel like the cool things you do are more dumb luck than actual skill though. Those that don’t want an overly physical game, or just have no interest in shooting things, may have to think twice but for the majority of gamers Superhot VR is a fine addition to your VR game collection.

You can also read our previous reviews of Superhot (yes, we have two others) for PC here and the none VR PS4 review here.



Author

Brett Claxton

I like video games. That's why I write about them. I've played them for years and in that time I've found a love for creepy horrors, indie darlings and the oddities that come out of Japan. Although my main purpose on the site is to write up news and reviews I'm also one of the main Let's Play video creators of the team (or, as I call them, Brett's Play videos). You can check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/user/Bretteh2