Review – Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality
The release of such an accessible and functional VR device for home use such as the Playstation VR has opened doors to a huge amount of new gaming possibilities and worlds to explore. And here am I playing a virtual reality game that gives me a silver trophy for eating poop. It might sound like a tremendous waste of time, but that’s just one of the many absurdities featured in Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, one of the funniest games I’ve played in a while.
Virtual Rick-ality feels just like an extended episode of the TV show. You don’t take control of Rick or Morty; instead, you take control of a Morty clone and your job is to, well, do mundane house chores such as fixing engines, unclogging toilets, feeding Rick’s basement alien, and so on. It might sound a bit dumb (well, it is dumb), but it’s also very humorous and self-aware. I wouldn’t have expected anything less from a Rick and Morty game.
The controls are simple, but a bit flawed. All you need to do is grab certain objects by holding them with the triggers and perform whichever function you’re being told to. Think of it as Job Simulator with a lot more coarse humor. The gameplay is occasionally glitchy, with some instances of faulty collision detection and objects phasing through other objects. And some Move controller recognition issues, most notable when the game tells you to pick up something that’s lying on the floor, forcing you to crouch and make the Move lose its signal with the camera.
Visually-speaking, the game looks exactly how a polygonal version of Rick and Morty should look like. Given the fact it’s a simplified polygonal version of a show that’s not exactly the epitome of artistic quality, the actual quality of the graphics is up for debate.
The best aspect in this game, however, and the main reason anyone would buy it, is the voice acting.
As previously mentioned, think of it as an extended episode of the show. That means that everyone is voiced by the show’s original cast. Rick, Morty, Summer, the Meeseeks, even the beloved Mr. Poopybutthole makes an appearance as the kind-hearted tutorial guy (while Rick is the polar opposite). The voice acting is so good, so hilarious, you won’t even care about the fact the game is basically devoid of a soundtrack. Then again, that’s far from an issue in a game like this, we’re here for the foul acting.
Virtual Rick-ality might sound like a dumb premise for a game, and that’s not exactly far from the truth, but it fits so perfectly with the show’s stupidity and sense of humor that any Rick and Morty fan will absolutely love it. This is a three hour long polygonal episode of the beloved series, filled with more fan service than a Rick and Morty wiki page.
As the cromulons would say, “I like what you got,” Virtual Rick-ality!
It looks just a polygonal version of Rick and Morty. Whether that’s positive or not is up for debate.
Simple controls akin to Job Simulator. There were some gameplay and responsiveness glitches throughout the game.
The voice acting is so incredibly hilarious I didn’t even cared about the frequent lack of music. All I wanted was for Rick to never stop talking and that’s what the game gave me.
Fun Factor: 7.5
It is a short and simple game, but it’s one amazing title if you’re a Rick and Morty fan. It’s incredibly loyal to the show and is absolutely hilarious.
Final Verdict: 7.5
Reviewed on PS4.
Also available on: PC