Loading Human: Chapter 1 (PSVR) review
Loading Human: Chapter 1 was my first real experience using the PlayStation VR in comfort of my own home, and well, for the most part, the game was decent, the tech and controls behind the game are great, but apart from that, the game feels somewhat flat.
Loading Human: Chapter 1 has you take on the role of Prometheus, who has being summoned to his father’s Antarctic base to undergo an intensive interstellar quest to retrieve the Quintessence, an elusive energy source that will help reverse the ageing process. The majority of the story revolves around you completing various puzzles, that while in any other game wouldn’t be a problem, but in VR is a lot more challenging. Tasks such as finding a shaver require you to move your hands, press and hold the move’s trigger button and make shaving motions. Yes, the puzzles in Loading Human are interactive based, and while that makes the game feel far more immersive, it is also a bit of a curse as I found I spent a lot of my time unable to pick up objects right in front of me or my hands going through objects they shouldn’t. If you look past the technical problems and the fact it is done in VR, are the puzzles fun? The answer is simply no, what makes me say no is the fact how the game goes around hiding items. For example, one puzzle required me to get a set of coordinates from my father’s desk, which sounds simple until you realise there are several desks that your father could use, and after spending way too much time looking I eventually found it on a desk in a poorly lit region of the room.
When it comes to Loading Human: Chapter 1 I can’t find many positives. However, if I was to point out one thing that impressed me about the game it would be the game’s movement controls. Moving in VR can be a difficult thing as getting it wrong can be an unpleasant experience, but Loading Human managed to make walking and turning into a somewhat natural feeling experience. The way movement works in Loading Human, via the PS Move controller, is simply pressing and holding the PS move button and pointing the controller either forward or backward, to turn, crouch or stand up you just need to point the move controller in the direction you want to go and tap the PS move button. In addition, since you have two move controllers you can you one for walking and the other for turning.
Going back to the story, I want to mention the game’s three main characters: Prometheus, Dorian, and Alice. As I said earlier, Prometheus forgoes all his work to help his dying father find the Quintessence, an energy source powerful enough to help him cheat death. Dorian, who is Prometheus’s father created the dark energy engine and is considered the most important man in history, he is also a talking head for the game as he helps you get ready for your mission. Finally, we have Alice, she is Dorian’s assistant, and apart from the station’s AI, Lucy, Alice is closely involved with Dorian’s experiment. Now, you might have noticed I don’t have a lot to say about the mains characters; the reason for this is that nothing about them truly stood out for me. However, Lucy, the station’s AI, did have moments that made her stand out, for example, she jokingly refers to elements of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and decided to play Flight of the Valkyries as Prometheus is running to fix a major problem in the station.
Now before my conclusion, it is time to talk graphics and audio. Graphically, the game lacks any noticeable anti-aliasing and has numerous flat texture, these two issues while annoying, are likely due to the developers trying to make a smooth VR experience. As for audio, I did notice some odd sound level issues with music sometimes playing over dialogue.
Loading Human: Chapter 1 is a decent VR experience that feels lacking. While the movement controls are great, very little else of the game stands out.
|+ Great movement controls||– Hands easily clip through objects|
|– Forgettable story and characters|
|Untold Games||Maximum Games||Adventure||16+||PSVR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift||October 13, 2016|
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