One of the first things that really struck me about PlayStation Move when it first released on PS3 was the archery you could perform with two controllers. It worked pretty well then, but now that we have PSVR, the mechanic has been revived in a number of titles.
QuiVR seeks to capitalize on this mechanic while also offering cooperative multiplayer as well. To do this, it will need to perfect the bow and arrow mechanic in VR. Does it manage to hit the target, or does this arrow fly off course? Let’s find out.
A Simple and Straightforward Experience
QuiVR is one of those games with a strong focus in mind. While it does have a fantasy aesthetic and some voiced tutorials, the game doesn’t have any kind of traditional campaign or story. It’s really just about the gameplay and the multiplayer.
I’m always one to welcome at least some kind of campaign in my games, mostly because I like to know more about the worlds I’m exploring. QuiVR has some pretty interesting enemy designs, so it would have been nice to know where they come from.
That leaves us with the gameplay, upgrades, and multiplayer. QuiVR uses two Move controllers for controls, so you’ll need to have these on hand when you go to play. The core gameplay is based on eliminating waves of enemies, so you won’t need to worry about movement. Instead, the game uses bright blue portals that you can shoot to teleport you around the map (or the main menu).
As a method of movement, this works pretty well, but when you’re in the thick of things and you can’t get an arrow to hit a portal in the distance, it makes you wish you could just point and teleport instead.
Thankfully, all of this is supported by one of the best bow and arrow mechanics I’ve seen in a VR title. Where other games lack truly accurate motion tracking, QuiVR offers a superb level of responsiveness. Reaching behind you, grabbing and arrow, and pulling back is all very easy to pull off.
It’s also easy to read how far you’ve pulled back, and roughly where your arrow will go with some practice. Thanks to the low latency I was also able to fire off several arrows within a few seconds, so the game doesn’t hold you back in terms of limiting your rate of fire.
Playing single player lets you jump into a map that moves through several biomes and sections as you progress. The goal is always the same: stop the enemies from reaching your gate. The gate itself is adorned with crystals that fall when enemies attack, thus indicating your overall level of health.
As is true with any defense game like this, the enemies will charge forward at your gate relentlessly. Partial hits on their armor or weapons will slow them down, but often you may need two arrows or more to take out a single enemy.
As you progress, you’ll contend with flying enemies as well, so the variety certainly keeps you on your toes. Beyond your bow and arrow, you’ll also have access to magical attacks, starting with a fireball you can lob at enemies. Other power-ups will appear on the battlefield that you can shoot to activate, but your primary focus will be using your arrows.
There’s a combination of customization and upgrades you can purchase, but it takes a while (especially in single player) to start earning currency. It’s clear that the developers intended for cooperative play, as the variety of locations around the map offer plenty of vantage points for a coordinated attack.
If you have friends with PSVR, QuiVR is an easy recommendation for some great archery gameplay and cooperative multiplayer. As a single player experience, it still shows off some great controls, but it lacks the staying power of something that has a campaign and story to keep you coming back for more.
Less Than Perfect Presentation
Playing QuiVR on a PS4 Pro, the game looks good, but not amazing. There’s enough detail in the enemies and your own character’s hands/weapons, but the environments are pretty standard looking without much going on around you beyond snow, rocks, and maybe the occasional plant.
It looks sharp for things that are close to you, but objects in the distance become blurry pretty quickly, so it won’t blow you away like other PSVR titles in recent memory. Ultimately, QuiVR showcases some impressive archery mechanics, but it lacks a strong single player hook for those looking to go solo.
If you’re willing to play online with strangers or friends, however, QuiVR does offer a very solid gameplay loop for teams to coordinate their attacks and fight back against the waves of enemies.
Final Score: 7.0/10
A copy of QuiVR was provided to PS4 Experts for review purposes
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert date - 5/13/19