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Moss Review (PSVR)

by on March 5, 2018
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Release Date

February 27th, 2018

Developer

Polyarc

 

I love a good story.  I love how a story can grab your attention and take you on a journey of enlightenment and entertainment.  We are fortunate to also have a platform where we can become fully immersed in a story.  Since it’s launch in 2016, Playstation VR has provided an opportunity to become more involved than ever before.  I have been waiting for a title that can do more than simulate another world.  I wanted a title that can make me feel a part of the story and engage me in a way I have not been able to in VR.  Ladies and gentlemen – Moss is the VR title you have been waiting for.

Moss is a story that springs right from a book.  The game begins in what can be described as a massive library, with books scattered on various tables.  As the game begins, you turn the pages as the narrator begins to tell the tale.  It’s a classic tale of a young protagonist who rises up to challenge a great evil in the land.

No doubt you have seen pictures or trailers featuring the beloved Quill. But those trailers don’t do her justice.  She is a fantastic character.  She is spunky and full of courage and heart.  And yes, she is absolutely charming and adorable.  But Quill is not the only character you control.

You also play the role of the reader, a sort of mythical being that is known in this land but can’t be seen.  The dual role works extremely well in VR.  You use the joystick and buttons on the dual shock controller to move and play Quill.  And, as the reader, you use the motion functionality and triggers on the controller to manipulate the environment.  The reader will move columns up and down or take control of enemies.  In Moss, teamwork is the key to ridding the land of the ancient evil.

The teamwork between you and Quill is uncanny.  Even though you control Quill, she has a life of her own.  She will jump and point to areas that need your attention.  She’ll sign ‘thank you’ and other words to communicate with you.  It’s unreal seeing such life in a character that you control.  Sure, we typically see characterizations in cutscenes.  But I haven’t seen anything like this in a character you are controlling.  Quill ranks as one of the best protagonists that I have played in a video game.

Using both your reader abilities and your control over Quill, you will navigate through the land.  You will see areas with platforming, puzzles, and combat.  You won’t see a huge variety of enemy in Moss, but each enemy will take a specific strategy to overcome them.  Some of my favorite combat moments involved controlling an enemy, having them shoot their projectiles at other enemies while you make Quill attack from another area.  And it never becomes too burdensome when playing the dual roles.   The gameplay is executed extremely well and you can tell that a ton of work was put in by the development team.

The VR experience is out of this world.  When you look at a picture book, you can see all kinds of areas on the page.  This is the same experience that you will have with Moss.  In the area of play, you can look in all directions of the levels.  You can stand up and get a birds-eye view of the level.  You can look low and see if a collectible is hidden behind a corner.  It’s an extraordinary experience that I have not seen in any previous PSVR game.  And the best part?  I did not experience any vertigo or nausea playing this game.

Graphically, the game is gorgeous.  The world is colorful, with plenty of bright colors.  The various environments look beautiful, especially a starry night sky towards the end of the game.  I stopped and stared at the stars for quite some time.  The sound effects and narration are top notch as well.  It is a beautiful game to play.

Moss surpassed my expectations and is my favorite VR game of all time.  It offers a wonderful story, engaging character, and utilizes VR in a way that I have not experienced before.  The development team at Polyarc executed everything extremely well.  I was able to focus on the story being told and never got frustrated with technical aspects of the game.  If you are a PSVR owner, then you owe it to yourself to purchase this game.  There are more stories to be told in this world.  It is my hope that Moss is a big success, so we can return and play more adventures with Quill.  It is a story game for all ages, and I know you and your family will love Moss as much as I did.

Note: GameOctane Editor Ryan Welch received a code for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.

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Positives

Engaging story
Wonderful protagonist
Unique and fun gameplay
Fantastic use of VR

Negatives

We need more adventures with Quill!

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A+

 
Graphics
A+

 
Story
A

 
Replay Value
A

Total Score
A+

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Moss surpassed my expectations and is my favorite VR game of all time. It offers a wonderful story, engaging character, and utilizes VR in a way that I have not experienced before. If you are a PSVR owner, then you owe it to yourself to purchase this game.

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