You've handled pistols and silenced handguns before in video games. But you've never handled one quite like this. In "Blood and Truth," you hold your handgun with one PlayStation Move controller, but you just may notice you're having trouble getting your aim. So you can shift your other Move controller closer to the controller with the gun, and suddenly, your aim feels a little bit truer, setting you up to take down your target.
It's one of several subtle things that Sony's newest (and perhaps most ambitious) PlayStation VR game does to create a uniquely satisfying shooter experience. At its core, "Blood and Truth" is a first-person shooter, a bit of a gamble on Sony's virtual reality platform. You're Ryan Marks, an ex-soldier, and you're trying to save your family in London.
It's a basic crime drama and a rather uninteresting story, but once you get into the gameplay, you'll forgive Blood and Truth for that. Really, you almost have to, because hey, the virtual reality gaming genre is still searching for the perfect ways to tell a story. And it just hasn't found that yet.
But in "Blood and Truth," you get the best shooter mechanics we've seen in a PSVR game to date, if only because of the details that are packed into the shooting. Instead of trite button-presses or rote mechanics, Sony works to make the game feel real. So you pump your pump-action shotgun to reload it, grab grenades off your chest.
It's satisfying, and pairs with solid traversal mechanics to feel fun. "Blood and Truth" doesn't quite give you the full 360 freedom you experience in a standard first-person shooter, but it does its best to let you feel free. You're limited in the directions you can look, an obvious compromise given the limits of Sony's motion-tracking, and you essentially pick preset positions to move to, a sort of evolved version of Arkham VR. But you always feel like you're in control; this never feels like an on-rails shooting experience.
That lets you fall in love with the gameplay. And whenever the gameplay gets old, "Blood and Truth" delivers just enough versatility to keep you interested. There are stealth sections, and unique climbing sections, and while none of this ever matches the excellence of the shooting, it all leads to a game that has a strong sense of ebb and flow and pace.
It all serves to let you enjoy the pace of the shooting in the best PSVR shooter yet.
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on PSVR
Available on PlayStation 4
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