Tetris Effect is a tile-matching puzzle video game developed by Japanese studios Monstars Inc. and Resonair and published by Enhance, Inc. The game was released worldwide for the PlayStation 4 and VR on November 9, 2018. Average price: $40
Gaming is obviously one of the main platforms for virtual reality aside from videos. PlayStation is one system that is buying into the hype coming out with to beloved “Tetris” game in virtual reality format. Through a co-worker that owns the game, I was able to test it out for myself. Online reviews gave this game an average of 8.5-9/10, and overall I’d say that’s somewhat of a fair assessment.
Honestly, I’m not exactly a fan of VR experiences simply because I don’t think headsets are comfortable or ideal. I usually get a headache if I wear one for more than a few minutes, and being a lowkey gamer, I know that I want to be invested in a game for at least an hour or so at a time. So from that perspective, I know I wouldn’t buy/use this for myself. However, other people are more tolerable of it, so I reviewed the game fairly based on that.
Overall, the visuals and sounds effects in this game were incredible. Tetris is a satisfying game to play regardless, so being fully immersed in board enhanced the gratification that comes with making smart moves/matches. The level I played had a dark background with bright blue colors flaring on the board and in the background. It was comfortable for my eyes to focus and entertaining to watch the “show” in the background while interacting with the board in the foreground.
The background music choice they chose during gameplay was super weird…I understand that there are cultural differences and the majority of games made overseas have a different taste than that of the states, but frankly it was too dramatic and sounded like EDM church hymns. The sound effects, however, were fantastic. The high pitched “pings” positively reinforce the player, and I found them to be tasteful and tolerable.
Another critique I have regarding VR video games in general is that although people often play alone, they also watch/play with others. I enjoy watching other people play video games, and it’s kind of an ordeal to have to set up the TV to mirror what’s happening in the VR set. It’s really, really boring to watch something in a headset without any type of visual representation of what’s going on in the virtual world they are experiencing.
My rating for this game would be a 7.5/10. It’s pretty straight forward and while I would enjoy playing it every once in a while, I don’t feeling any strong desire to go back and beat more levels…there really is no story line, which is fine, but after beating so many boards the experience gets a bit stale and I lose interest. Click here to view the gameplay for yourself!