BGS 2019 Hands-on – Iron Man VR

Iron Man VR was first unveiled at the inaugural State of Play video showcase, and it’s safe to say that the trailer didn’t impress me or my colleagues that much. By the looks of it, it seemed like a simple and safe shooting gallery game, like half of the titles available for the PSVR. I can’t say I was excited to test it once I found out a playable version of it would be available at Brasil Game Show 2019, but I’m glad I tested it anyway. Boy, was I wrong. I loved it.

The demo wasn’t very long. In fact, I doubt it lasted for more than five minutes. That was more than enough for me to grasp the controls and find out that this is more than just a simple shooter. As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t even say shooting is the main focus of the gameplay.

Iron Man VR is more of a flight simulator than a shooter. This can be noticed from the second you pick up the Move controllers, as the triggers aren’t used to shoot lasers. The big Move button does that, while the triggers act as the boosters located on Tony Stark’s suit. You have to move your arms just like Iron Man does in the movies in order to move around. Put your arms backwards and you boost forward. Place your palms facing the floor and you’ll boost up. Do the opposite and you’ll go down. That’s the main feature this game has to offer: flying around without a single worry in the world, making you feel like everybody’s favorite rich boy with a murdering suit. There were a few targets scattered throughout the level and my objective was to shoot them all, but I won’t lie, what I wanted to do the most was to just fly around until the Sony rep told me my session was over.

One thing I always say is that it’s pretty hard to sell a virtual reality game with a 2D trailer. Iron Man VR felt completely underwhelming when it was first revealed at one of Sony’s State of Play showcases, but after actually playing it, I most certainly can’t wait for the final product. It felt fluid, incredibly polished, and most importantly, fun as hell. This might be one one of the best VR games to be ever published by Sony. February 2020 can’t come soon enough!

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