Review: Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (PSVR)

Review: Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (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
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Title: Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality
Format: Blu-ray Disc / PSN (1.17 GB)
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Publisher: Adult Swim Games / Nighthawk Interactive
Developer: Owlchemy Labs / Other Ocean Group
Original MSRP: $29.99 (US), £24.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: M
PEGI: 16
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Audio Review:
The audio review for this game is available on Episode 575 of the podcast.

Gameplay:
Rick and Morty fans rejoice! Delivering on one of VR’s coolest possibilities, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality puts you directly inside the world of the cartoon. As a Morty clone, you’ll find that life can be hard and you’ll quickly learn just how disposable you are.

Rick creates you to do the laundry and without spoiling anything, he and Morty soon leave you alone in the garage. You’re able to teleport to a few different areas in the garage at first and you’ll need to pick up, poke, and prod just about everything in there to access more.

The game is clearly built with fans in mind as the garage is jam packed with references to the iconic TV show and you’ll want to pick up everything you can get your hands on.

Developer Owlchemy Labs appears to have tweaked their Job Simulator engine a bit and built the world of Rick and Morty around it. You can really feel the roots of that game when playing this one in terms of being restricted to a small area with a bunch of items around you for interaction.

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Things are pretty responsive but you need to take care when setting up your camera or you’ll have trouble reaching things on low or high shelves. This can actually be a problem in some areas and it required some recalibration because I could just barely reach some of the highest objects but I couldn’t get low enough to get things in lower cabinets.

Even with Rick often telling you what to do, though not necessarily how to do it, the puzzles can be somewhat obtuse so it’s best to dig around and try to use or combine every item you can to see what you can do with them. It can be helpful to create a number of Mr. Meeseeks around the garage, which become Youseeks who will mirror your movements.

There’s more to do than you realize and I’m trying not to spoil anything but take your time and explore thoroughly and you will be rewarded. The main problem is that there’s very little in terms of guidance. This may be fine for the people who really like to dig into puzzles, but it can be frustrating when you’re presented with a room full of stuff and little idea what to do with it all.

The experience is also relatively short considering you can probably get through it in two to three hours if you’re taking your time. Clearly there was some serious work put into this, with the recreation of the show’s settings, the voicework, and the sheer number of objects, but the higher price/shorter experience might put some people off.

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Visuals:
For a fan of Rick and Morty it doesn’t get much better than this. The first time you open your eyes and find yourself in the garage with the titular characters looking at you can be pretty trippy. The level of detail is wonderful and the entire game is stuffed with iconic items from the show. It really is a delight.

It may not be obvious but there are definitely echoes of Job Simulator here. From the calibration to the specific lines in the art style and the way things physically move through the virtual space. I’m not saying it’s either bad or good, just that the heritage, and engine, tend to leak through the cracks.

Audio:
With the original voices and sound effects from the show, the audio is another very strong part of the experience. It’s all excellent here.

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

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Conclusion:
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality is a wonderous VR romp through some iconic bits of the show. Even better, there’s a physical edition available as well along with a Collector’s Edition for the hardcore among you.

The puzzles can be frustrating at times since you’re getting little or confusing directions and the overall experience is a bit on the shorter side with not a lot of replay value, but the overall package is solid and a fun time, especially for fans of the show. It’s definitely worth a go if you’re into Rick and Morty.

Score:
7.5

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

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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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