Developer: Better Than Life
Platform: PlayStation VR 2
Gene(s): Arcade, Driving/Racing, Simulation
Publisher: Better Than Life
Kayak VR: Mirage is a VR kayak simulator for the PS VR2. The player assumes the position in a kayak with a paddle to propel, turn, and reverse you around the three courses. It’s the perfect out-of-water and dry Kayak experience in a game.
The core game revolves around the ability to navigate a series of courses which are stunningly rendered and hyperrealistic. You manoeuvre the small kayak through a series of gates with competitors, too, all vying to be the winner. You can do time trials in the three levels to avoid being in a competitive race. The final is an accessible sailing mode, where you can go at your own pace and just take in the incredible scenery.
The game’s gameplay and physics are accurate but heavily geared towards a simulator ride instead of an arcade kayak racer. It’s heavy on realism, and this is ubiquitous. The VR experience is impressive, and the game makes the VR aspect worth it. In general VR playability, the game is easygoing, and I didn’t have any adverse effects playing the game which is the litmus test. There are many; minor details, like animals and scenery, in each level, making the game even more immersive. I loved the open roam sessions as I could enjoy the fun at my pace without feeling like I was doing a workout!
The graphics, presentation, and gameplay are all good, but it’s too much of a simulator for me. I preferred a mix between an arcade game and a simulator. The simulation aspect is excellent, but I wanted to stop rowing virtually after a few sessions. The game is a good workout and tests out eye-hand coordination. It’s a solid 7.5, but it could have been more fun. I was expecting something more, but I was still impressed by the stunning game design and the levels.