Blood & Truth Review: The PSVR shooter raises the bar for immersive action

Sony is still showing some love to virtual reality, especially with reports of a new version designed for the upcoming PlayStation 5. But what about PlayStation VR users now? There are a few must-own titles, and players can now add Blood & Truth to their collection. Developed by SIE London Studio, the team has crafted one of the ultimate VR experiences for the current generation, and by the end of the game, you will feel like a badass action hero.

SIE London Studio is known for making the Singstar games, but fans of their action games know them for The Getaway, which was released back in 2002 for the PlayStation 2. The team has also dabbled in VR with PlayStation VR World, a video game compilation featuring short VR experiences. One included The London Heist, a VR shooter that has players controlling a London mobster. London Studio has taken that concept and has expanded it into a full VR game with Blood & Truth.

Blood & Truth (see it on Amazon) is set in modern day London and follows Ryan Marks, a former soldier who will do whatever it takes to protect his family from a dangerous criminal overlord. To really give players the feeling of being an action hero in a virtual world, the developer decided on making it an on-rails shooter. This allows players to focus on what’s really important, and that’s to shoot your way out to survive. That doesn’t mean you will be limited in movement though. Some areas will allow you to move from left to right or even backtrack a bit with the left analog stick.

Aiming your weapon with the sights will take some practice, but we found that hip-firing is more effective. (We are using the DualShock 4 instead of the Motion Controllers.) You will have all sorts of weapons at your disposal including handguns, assault rifles, shotguns, sniper rifles, grenade launchers, grenades, and more. Sniper fire is the toughest to use of the bunch since most of the game is focused on close to medium range action.

SIE London Studio has really taken advantage of the PlayStation VR. In addition to shooting, you can also do other side activities if you want to take a break from the action. During the game’s prologue, you are offered an e-cigarette for vaping, and you can mimic the motion as if you’re actually putting the device towards your face. One of my favorite activities is breaking into someone’s place and stealing and eating their cookies. You simply grab a cookie and bring it close to your face to eat it. There are plenty of distractions you can pull off including spinning a revolver like a cowboy, giving someone the finger, and more.

The story is brought to life thanks to the actors, and you may recognize some of them like Colin Salmon (Resident Evil, Master of None) and Amy Bailey (Vikings). Additionally, the hip London vibe is elevated by music from Zdot, JME, Eyez, Kamakaze, and Ocean Wisdom.

The game is definitely lengthy for VR, and we completed it in around 5 hours. There’s plenty of incentives to return to the game including time attack challenges under the unlocked content menu and new patches. The patches include Hard Mode and New Game+ where you can replay the game again with items you’ve unlocked.

We did encounter issues in the game. The biggest one had our guns pointing in weird positions, including moments where it would point at us. This made things really difficult when trying to shoot at enemies, and I died many times because of it. This was most likely because we used the DualShock 4. For the best possible experience, it’s recommended that you play with two PS Move Controllers, play in a dark room with no bright lights and reflective surfaces, you are seated 2 meters away from the PlayStation Camera, and your controller batteries aren’t low.

Blood & Truth raises the bar in immersive VR action. The cinematic action sequences will have you feeling like an action hero as you shoot your way to protect your family.

Score: 4/5 Atoms

The game was provided by Sony for review purposes.

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