If you know me, you also know that I’m a massive Final Fantasy XIV nerd. That’s why when I was given the chance to try out the PlayStation VR demo based on the game, my response was something similar to “oh fu*k yeah!”
Today I sat in a demo booth with other adventurers whose faces I never saw (because I put on the headset first, and I took it off last), and braved the mighty Titan in virtual reality.
Luckily for me, they put me at the controls of a paladin, which has always been my job of choice (even if they made me play a male miqo’te, and I feel a little dirty inside as a consequence), and as you’ll see in the video below, I felt right at home from the start.
Mind you, the controls were massively simplified, and titan was considerably defanged. He’s quite the pushover in the game as well now, but this demo was a real cakewalk. I’m old enough to remember when he was a real pain to beat…
Easy fight aside, it was definitely impressive. Project Morph… Ahem… PlayStation VR (A Sony rep told me that they still call it Morpheus internally as well. It’ll take a while to get used to the new name) is the real deal.
There waere no motion sickness, no lag, no strange sensations. It felt as natural as the actual game, and it was a lot of fun. And I even got my loot at the end, in the form of a lovely “I beat Titan” sticker signed by Naoki Yoshida himself.
Incidentally, if you’re bored of the walking around, checking the menus and emoting, jump at the 7:00 mark in the video. One of the other players was late, so I had to wait in the “Lobby” for a while.
Before someone notices on his own and makes fun of me for the rest of my life, yes, this morning I was so exhausted that I dressed up in a daze and I wore my shirt inside-out. I didn’t notice until the evening. That’s a real fashion statement right there.
Feel free to make fun of me for the rest of my mortal life. I have thick skin and broad shoulders. I can take it.