Review: Megaton Rainfall (PSVR/PS4)

Review: Megaton Rainfall (PSVR/PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • PC, Mac (TBD)

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • 4K HDR

Extras:

  • PlayStation VR Optional
  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
  • PS VR Aim Controller None
Title: Megaton Rainfall
Format: PSN (1.24 GB)
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Publisher: Pentadimensional Games
Developer: Pentadimensional Games
Original MSRP: $15.99
ESRB Rating: T
PEGI: 12
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:
Ever wanted to be Superman? Well now you can, minus the copyrighted blue and red tights and giant House of El symbol.

Megaton Rainfall is a superhero simulator. And it is as exhilarating as the real thing – at least I assume the real thing would be exhilarating. From the moment you start the game, you are awarded the power of flight. And you achieve some serious speed – a testament to what this one-man developer has achieved.

It’s immediately evident that you will need that speed, because this is somewhat of an open-world game, where the entire Earth is your sandbox. I’m pretty sure the Earth isn’t 1:1 size, but at the speeds you are traversing the surface, I’d be surprised if it wasn’t pretty damn close.

After you play around with the flight controls, manipulated with only the DualShock 4 at the moment, you are guided to your first conflict. Your purpose is to destroy invading aliens hellbent on destroying cities across the planet.

It’s here that your other powers come into play, such as shooting beams from your hands. Enemy contraptions come packaged with wonderfully placed red lights that mark their weak points. And while it would initially seem simple enough to destroy them, you must first learn to control your powers – after all, flying Mach 8 around the city is not as easy to control as one would think.

Fortunately, the control scheme is fairly simple to learn and takes only a few minutes to master. I played mostly in VR, but even without the headset, controls are identical to first person shooter mechanics, with VR allowing you to control your direction with the turn of your head.

You are so damn powerful, however, that you can cause more damage than the enemy if you’re not careful. So, aiming and controlling your speed are of the utmost importance. Since you cannot die, you will get a Game Over if you lose too many citizens.

Eventually you’ll learn super speed. I’m talking from Mach 8 to 100 times the speed of light or something. This gives you the ability to leave the Solar System. Hell, you can even leave the galaxy. I literally surfed the rings of Saturn. And in VR that was beyond incredible.

There isn’t much of a story here but there’s still a simple narrative achieved through the voice of your “creator.” You really won’t care since you’ll be eager to get back into the action.

Optional PlayStation VR Content

Visuals:
It’s important to consider what’s going on under the hood when judging Megaton Rainfall. I saw someone compare the graphics to PlayStation 2. That’s a serious misrepresentation of the full package.

You are never really meant to walk around the city. Heck, your character can’t even walk. You spend most of your time flying faster than the speed of light. So judging the graphics by the close-ups of the people on the ground is an unfair assessment.

On the other hand, the explosions are phenomenal, truly making you feel like utter destruction is taking place. Because I was supposed to be there to help people, seeing a building crumble due to a stray bullet made me cringe every time it happened. The graphics work well in presenting a greater sense of scale especially in VR.

And this doesn’t just hold true to the Earth locations. Leaving Terra Firma for the depths of space presents the player with some spectacular visuals as well.

Audio:
The music here is freakin’ brilliant. I can barely make out the lyrics of some of the songs, but they seem to contribute to the anime-feeling action going on.

There’s very little speaking in the game or character interaction. What little there is comes from your “creator.” It’s all fine and good, since this game leaves little time for exposition.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game is one player only with no online component.

Conclusion:
Seriously, if you ever wanted to know what it might feel like to be Superman and fly around the Earth looking for bad guys to take out, Megaton Rainfall will get you as close as humanly possible.

I feel like Move support might have contributed more to the immersion, but I did read that there was a possible update coming soon that would acknowledge that.

Even if you decide to spend the entire time with this game flying around in space, I feel like you would still get your money’s worth.

Score:
8.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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