Review: Accounting+ (PSVR)

Review: Accounting+ (PSVR)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • HTC Vive

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • PlayStation VR Required
  • DualShock 4 Optional (1)
  • Move Optional (1) Recommended (2)
  • PS VR Aim Controller None
Title: Accounting+
Format: PSN (1.06 GB)
Release Date: December 19, 2017
Publisher: Crows Crows Crows / Squanch Games
Developer: Crows Crows Crows
Original MSRP: $11.99 (US), £9.49 (UK)
ESRB Rating: M
PEGI: 16
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:
I don’t even know where to begin with this one. William Pugh, creator of The Stanley Parable, and Justin Roiland, co-creator and voices of Rick and Morty, got together to collaborate on “something” in VR, and this is the result. To learn more about the process, and to just listen to possibly the best interview we’ve ever done, check out Episode 554 of the podcast.

As for Accounting+, it’s a surreal and wonderful trip into a series of virtual worlds. You start off at Smith & Smitherson Accounting preparing to try out a new VR accounting program and something goes wrong.

Hold on, actually you start off in one of the funniest main menus I’ve ever experienced. You’ll learn the controls while clever jokes break the fourth wall and they won’t shy away from the Rick and Morty connection at all.

Back at the Accounting Firm, you’re now in a wooded area. I know, but it makes sense when you’re there, just go with me on this. You can teleport to several different places in the immediate vicinity and “mess” with things.

Part of the fun here comes from letting all these scenes play out. An insane amount of dialogue was recorded for each place you visit and you can literally just sit back and listen to it all without touching anything, even in the menu. When you do stuff the dialogue will change, taking your actions into account.

To get around in the world you can use the DualShock 4, one Move controller, or two Move controllers. It all works fine with any of the three but for the the best immersion I highly recommend a pair of Move controllers if you have them.

It’s weird, it’s clever, it’s surprising, it’s hilarious, sometimes all at once. I don’t want to get into the other scenes because I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ve chosen the screens carefully so as not to really give anything away.

Visuals:
While the settings will often mirror an animated reality in a riot of colors, the characters you meet are a wonderful collection of anthropomorphic animals, creatures, and other things.

The Accounting Firm feels very Stanley Parable while everything else feels as if it sprang from the mind of Justin Roiland. It’s kind of a Tarantino/Rodriguez From Dusk Till Dawn thing.

Audio:
The voice cast is strong, and not just because it includes Justin Roiland.

William Pugh, Echo Kellum, Cassie Steele, Scott Chernoff, Chelsea Kane, Vatche Panos, Reggie Watts, and more make up the brilliant group of actors bringing these bizarre and wonderful worlds to life, and the sheer volume of dialogue that makes up some of these scenes is impressive.

The music often changes up to fit the scene you’re in and it’s usually not what you’re expecting, but man does it work.

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

Conclusion:
I can’t really describe much about this experience without ruining it, so please, just trust me. If you enjoy off-beat, slightly surreal comedy, you’re going to love Accounting+.

I can tell you in no uncertain terms that you’ve never had an experience quite like this, in VR or otherwise. If you haven’t already picked it up, go click the link at the top of the page and do it. You’ll be glad you did.

Score:
9.5

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

Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 26 different consoles and 6 different handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation.

Josh is currently the US PR & Marketing Manager for Fountain Digital Labs and has recused himself from any involvement on PS Nation arising from posting or editing any news or reviews stemming from FDL.

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