Review: No Heroes Allowed! VR (PSVR)

Review: No Heroes Allowed! VR (PSVR)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • PlayStation VR Required
  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
  • PS VR Aim Controller None
Title: No Heroes Allowed! VR
Format: Blu-ray Disc / PSN (1.5 GB)
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Japan Studio / Acquire
Original MSRP: $29.99 (US), €29.99 (EU), £24.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E10+
PEGI: 7
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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No Heroes Allowed! VR is a unique real-time strategy game for the PlayStation VR. Some of you might know the name of this game and be aware that you are on the side of evil, but that is where the similarities with the rest of the series stops as this is something completely different.

Gameplay:
No Heroes Allowed! VR lets you see the game world through a diorama-like view with Badman and his daughter, Badmella stood around the table giving words of encouragement, making jokes at your expense, or getting angry if you try and poke one of them.

The goal is simple, like most evil plots this one is total world domination and the only thing that stands in our way are the pesky humans living in their little villages and castles. With some guidance from the evil pair, you’ll learn how to breed and unleash a variety of monsters that spread across the land attacking any knight, wizard, or anything else that gets in their way, including each other, as they like to feast upon other monsters, in turn getting stronger and evolving into something more deadly than before.

If you stick to the right food chain then you can grow an unstoppable army and send them out to destroy and claim the human settlements for your side. This allows the evil to spread and infect more of the land allowing you to place more nests and even the odd trap.

With the Dualshock 4 you can select and place your creatures anywhere the evil has spread to, and even suck them up and combine them by giving the controller a little shake. It all works well and I have only been frustrated once or twice when I sucked up the wrong thing and had to spit them all back out and start again.

There is a quick day and night cycle where the humans take advantage of the daylight to attack and sleep during the night unless your horde disturbs them. As I play and build an army I acquire G.O.D. Skill points, letting me send the minions out to attack or even send out bolts of lightning from the floating on-screen pointer.

I have not seen another game to have such detailed Trophy descriptions that are just as funny as the remarks and quips from Badman and Badmella during the game. Speaking of which, if Badmella happens to stare at you I have found it wise to meet her gaze as she often has something to say.

The duo even comment on the VR headset and how it looks. I didn’t get a chance to play for a few days and Badman had something to say about that too. If I’m still in doubt of the humor flowing through this game I only have to look at the Options menu and some of the Conquest 101 tips or sit idling in the upgrading area.

This game is all about getting the job done quickly. Dawdling means the enemy unleashes more powerful heroes and might stumble upon the tantalizing chest that sits somewhere on the battlefield. Making the most out of the surroundings and knowing what monsters to use is where the strategy and skill comes into play.

Visuals:
Looking at the world of No Heroes Allowed! VR through the PlayStation VR headset is a nice experience. Seeing the play area spread out before me on the table, which I can quickly rotate at ninety-degree angles, makes for an interesting view of the game. I can also adjust the viewing angle but never really found the need.

I like the little nods to the older games that are scattered around the room and when I begin a level, as the tower rises up from the ground, I can sometimes peak out at the world as it goes by the window, if I’m quick enough.

The look of the monsters and heroes are great. My daughters and I especially like the dragon and I have to hatch one in every level or I’m not playing the game properly, apparently. I also like what happens if I lose a level, but I won’t spoil the surprise for you.

Audio:
You will want to listen to everything going on in in the game and so I advise using the 3D audio headphones that come with the VR headset. The music and sound effects are good too but the almost constant yammering of the evil pair is what sells this game.

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

Conclusion:
No Heroes Allowed! VR is another great use of the PlayStation VR headset and well worth it for anyone who is on the fence about this unique game. The graphics are fun and detailed and the constant remarks from the evil pair kept me smiling throughout this addictive game. The difficulty is just right and gameplay is good and while I would have liked more variety with the monsters I don’t feel short-changed by any means.

Score:
7.5

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

Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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