Review: Shooty Fruity (PSVR)

Review: Shooty Fruity (PSVR)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Oculus Rift
  • HTC Vive

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • PlayStation VR Required
  • DualShock 4 None
  • Move Required (2)
  • PS VR Aim Controller None
Title: Shooty Fruity
Format: PSN (3.4 GB)
Release Date: December 19, 2017
Publisher: nDreams
Developer: nDreams
Original MSRP: $19.99 (US), €19.99 (EU), £15.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E10+
PEGI: 7
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:
Shooty Fruity is a game of two halves, like a succulent peach. The first half is to be a great supermarket employee, scanning as many products as you can for a virtual minimum wage. The second is to rid the aisles of gigantic mutated fruit. Balancing both of those aspects as the levels progress becomes extremely fun and frantic.

Each level is a more difficult ‘shift’ and requires a few objectives to be met while surviving the tasty onslaught. In the break room you can check out the options and leaderboards via arcade cabinets, peruse the notice board stats, or test out a new weapon that you just got via the vending machine.

With a Move controller in each hand and some of the simplest controls ever, I quickly found shooting those crazy fruits and pretty much everything else is so much fun. Aiming is great and very responsive. So too is the item scanning at the till, although my work area often gets quite cluttered with broken guns and groceries so I sometimes grab the wrong thing. The swipe of a controller is usually enough to brush away most of the mess.

Who would have thought combining laborious supermarket work and shooting fruit could be so much fun. The more mind-numbing scanning you do, the more power-ups and weapons you get. Sometimes you can be scanning with one hand and shooting with the other. Other times require some dual-wielding gunplay but that means the groceries start piling-up.

Selecting the right loadout is essential as some weapons need loads of items scanned to be unlocked and the fruit could start revolting at any time. Replaying shifts to complete missing objectives and rack up more points for the vending machine becomes essential.

I got a promotion and I can now work a few shifts in the canteen. This is where I found a couple of new juicy fruits trying to destroy my workstation, which is quite different from the checkout and slightly more complex. I had to put the correct food cubes onto the corresponding trays, an easy enough task until the mayhem begins.

Visuals:
I can safely say Shooty Fruity is one of the best looking games in VR. It might be the extra horsepower of the PS4 Pro but I have not seen such bright and colorful carnage look so good in VR before this.

Fruit explodes into a squishy pulp, broken weapons and countless groceries pile-up, and the evil succulent fruits bounce toward the checkout surrounded by an absurd amount of destructible items and displays. It is nigh on impossible to avoid shooting the contents of the shelves and displays and sometimes it makes seeing the mutant food a bit easier.

There are a few late shifts with much of the Megamart in darkness. You can still see the fruit lurking in the shadows thanks to the excellent graphics and it helps to pinpoint your laser sight so you can pull off some great long shots.

Audio:
I don’t know why but that barcode-reading beep is very soothing. So too are the loud crack of the bullets and the thump as they hit the soft, fruity flesh. The tranquil supermarket music used to lull shoppers into a mindless and suggestable daze combined with the crazy gunfire and destruction is oddly satisfying.

Shooty Fruity makes use of the Super Megamart’s loudspeaker to give you advice and comments while blasting the strawberries, apples, cherries, and all manner of delicious delights. Some of the remarks are humorous and if you grow tired of hearing them, they can be turned down using the arcade cabinet. That too inspires a witty comment.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game is one player only with no online component, apart from some comprehensive leaderboards.

Conclusion:
Shooting gallery games in VR often work well and Shooty Fruity is no exception. Not only does it add so much more to the standard shooting experience but it’s done in an anomalous location that shouldn’t be as fun as it is. It makes for some of the best gaming I have experienced in VR.

The game takes a dull, thankless, and monotonous job and throws in mutant fruit and an arsenal of weaponry that wouldn’t be out-of-place in an old Schwarzenegger movie.

I highly recommend this excellent game and hope to see some Overtime DLC (I just made that up) in the future as I cannot get enough of the fruit blasting fun.

Score:
9.0

* 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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