Although it's had many reboots and spin-offs over the decades, Voltron is back and now has an interactive VR game. Join Lance and gang in an action-packed tale that may not last long but it's still fun.
DreamWorks Voltron VR Chronicles is based on the latest reboot of the franchise: Voltron: Legendary Defender. For the uninitiated, this story follows a group of pilots who are on a mission to end the dastardly deeds of the evil Galra Empire and their sinister leader Emperor Zarkon. These chums are full of life and enjoyable to watch interact in both the cutscenes and gameplay. The talented voice cast do a great job of fleshing out the characters' personalities and as far as I know, they're the same actors from the show. Anyway, the campaign is quite action-packed and there's never a dull moment.
Besides the story scenes, the campaign is divided into two categories: solving puzzles and on-rails shooting. You play by using two PlayStation Move controllers that manipulate your character's hands. The puzzles mostly involve using your intuition as you slide pieces into place, pick up and place fuses, turn knobs, and push buttons. None of the puzzles are difficult to figure out but there's a certain satisfaction in their simplicity. The shooting scenes are quite fun as you push and pull your hands that are placed on levers in order to steer out of harm's way. You also aim by moving your head and shoot by either tapping or holding the triggers for a regular or a charged shot, respectively. The controls are intuitive and it's great fun watching your enemies explode.
Unfortunately, the entire game can be completed in under an hour. Even though the story and characters are memorable and the campaign is full of action, it's still disappointing that it's all over within one short gaming session. To make matters worse, there is virtually no replay value. The main menu merely allows you to start a new game or continue. The only incentive to play through again is to unlock all the trophies. For the record, I got all of them except for one in my playthrough; the one I'm missing is for beating the last boss without getting hit. I wish there were collectibles or a list of challenges but neither of those is implemented.
Another issue that makes the experience fall flat is its lack of challenge. To illustrate this, I had no idea what to do during one of the boss fights and I kept getting hit over and over again yet never perished. I'm not even sure you can bite the dust at all. As a result, Voltron VR Chronicles ends up feeling more like a short movie than a video game. Don't get me wrong, it is enjoyable but the fact that you can't lose (or it's very hard to) takes away a lot of the fun factor.
Finally, you'd expect to be able to play as Voltron in a game called "DreamWorks Voltron VR Chronicles" but you can't. You play through the entirety of the adventure as Lance and his Blue Lion with a short segment that stars Princess Allura. Not to spoil anything but you get to see the fully-transformed Voltron right at the end of the game. Talk about teasing the player!
DreamWorks Voltron VR Chronicles features a solid tale that's full of action. However, the fact that it's over soon after you begin and that there's very little challenge makes it a game that's best enjoyed by hardcore Voltron: Legendary Defender fans.
- + Great characters and action-packed story
- + Simple yet satisfying puzzles
- + Shooting scenes are quite fun
- - You can finish the whole thing in one short session / virtually no replay value
- - Inability to actually play as Voltron
- - Severe lack of challenge