Opinion regarding Sony's Playstation VR is mixed. On one hand it's a brilliant piece of kit that gives you plug-and-play access to a new frontier in gaming. On the other it's an expensive novelty that lacks proper support from Sony.
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Set in an enchanting, storybook world, Moss is an interactive fairytale of grand adventure, bravery and friendship. Now, that might sound like the blurb from every fantasy game you've ever played, but Moss is different. This is a game that oozes charm from its every pore, and from the very first moment that you're introduced to protagonist Quill, a tiny mouse with a big personality, you can tell that you're about to play something very, very special indeed.
Unlike most VR games that are played from the third-person perspective, in Moss you're much more than just a passive bystander or an intelligent camera on a swivel. Casting you as 'The Reader' a ghostly figure that looks not unlike No-Face from Spirited Away, Moss uses VR to place you inside the game in a truly unique way. You and Quill are a team, and as the game progresses your interactions with each other in VR will help you form a type of bond that's just not possible in conventional video games.
As the Reader, you not only control Quill's movements as she runs, jumps and fights her way around the world, but you're also able to use motion controls to interact with certain parts of the scenery. By tracking the light bar on your DualShock controller, Moss allows you to reach into the levels and pull, push and prod at things. Represented in game by a glowing ball of energy, the 'power of the Reader' reacts with moveable objects and causes them to glow. These moveable objects often form the basis for basic platforming puzzles, most of which revolve around repositioning blocks or statues in order to create a route for Quill to navigate through each scene.
Moss, the adorable PlayStation VR game which made us all go 'awwww' during last year's Sony E3 press event, finally has a release date.
It arrives next week on Tuesday, 27th February.
As the reader of a magical storybook, you guide Quill the mouse through a fantasy world by poking, pointing and playing with the environment. There are beasties to fight, paths to find, and... really you're just going to play this because the mouse looks cute.
Developer Polyarc has released new gameplay footage of its adorable, mouse-themed PSVR platform puzzler Moss, due to arrive on PS4 soon.
Moss charts the adventures of the tiny Quill as she journeys through a gorgeously rendered, human-sized fantasy world. Its first unusual trick is its clever use of a hybrid first-person / third-person perspective. Although a cursory glance might suggest similarities to the sweepingly cinematic, surprisingly effective cameras used in the likes of Chronos and Edge of Nowhere, Moss is designed to give you a far greater sense presence in the world.
Rather than merely being a passive observer, Moss casts you in the role of an actual being, a spirit known as a Reader. You view the world through the Reader's eyes, and can fully interact with everything around you. Even Quill is totally aware of your presence.
LocoRoco 2 will launch for PlayStation 4 on 9th December, Sony just announced via PlayStation's Paris Games Week press briefing pre-stream.
Beautiful PlayStation VR game Moss will launch in February 2018, meanwhile.
The pre-stream also showed off a selection of other upcoming indies, including the promising-looking temporal-control platformer The Gardens Between.