The Persistence is a horror game, recently released by PSVR (PlayStation Virtual Reality) that is taking the world by storm.
The sci-fi spin adds a new twist on the horror games available for the PSVR, as well as an interesting continuation of the kind of sci-fi survival stress so familiar to players of games like Mass Effect.
The actual mechanics of the game will be relatively familiar to anyone who's spent much time inside PSVR, and easy to pick up for anyone who hasn't. The controller does all the traditional stuff – attacking, hiding, and so on – and you can opt to move either by teleporting around to where you're looking or walking in the more traditional way.
What sets The Persistence apart, and where it makes the case for being a VR game, is the way that it uses the overwhelming sense of fear throughout the game. The entire setup seems built to terrify you: small spaces, creepy enemies and no escape.
Sometimes, it can get a little much and the game deserves its title – it is almost like it is daring you to stick with it and persist. That's not just the unceasing, creepy, horrifying tone of the game – staying in that virtual world for too long can make you feel a little terrified and claustrophobic – but even the more traditional elements, which force you to keep battling through room after randomly-generated room in a format that can sometimes fluctuate between frustrating and boring.
It relies on a little bit of grinding, too, with plenty of different kinds of gear but plenty of work to actually get hold of them. Taken together, the game can sometimes feel a little like very terrifying hard work – but the fun of it thankfully makes up for all of that.
First published here: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/gaming/the-persistence-review-playstation-psvr-virtual-reality-buy-should-i-a8480281.html