Review: The American Dream (PSVR)

Review: The American Dream (PSVR)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Oculus Rift
  • HTC Vive

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • 4K HDR

Extras:

  • PlayStation VR Required
  • DualShock 4 None
  • Move Required (2)
  • PS VR Aim Controller None
Title: The American Dream
Format: PSN (3.0 GB)
Release Date: March 14, 2018
Publisher: Samurai Punk
Developer: Samurai Punk
Original MSRP: $19.99 (US), £15.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: M
PEGI: 16
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:
The American Dream is a satirical shooting gallery experience reminiscent of 1950s PSAs. The first-person VR tour takes you through an American life, beginning as an infant in the crib being fed by your mom, through experiences like throwing a ball with dad in the backyard.

The caveat here is that every action involves using a gun to do otherwise common things, like picking up clothing from your room. Obviously, as the title would suggest, the satire here is an allusion to America’s obsession with guns. The gameplay resembles more of a shooting gallery than a wave shooter, so you will be aiming at cardboard cutouts of a baseball being thrown by your dad, or your will hi-five mom by shooting her hand, for example.

Overall the concept is hilarious, regardless of which side of that argument you stand, however the gameplay itself does not remain entertaining for long. Tracking of the Move controllers is absolutely solid, and reloading your gun is probably one of the best reloading sequences I have personally played in VR. The clip is launched into the air and the player has to reach out in slow motion to position their empty gun chamber in order to catch the clip midair.

The problem is that the challenges, while initially entertaining, rely a lot on the satirical concept, so you never quite achieve the same level of intensity as something like Until Dawn: Rush of Blood. But for what it is, The American Dream delivers on a quirky little target shooting game.

Visuals:
This looks very sharp for a PS VR game. This is, no doubt, due to the simplistic environments, but the clarity helps with aiming at distance objects. The 1950s aesthetic is also well represented visually.

Audio:
The commendable sound design in The American Dream is also akin to the authenticity in its portrayal of those 1950s public service announcement films, in no small way due to that tin-sounding voiceover. This is complemented by the great sound effects of your gun and rifle blasts.

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

Conclusion:
If you enjoy target practice a bit more than shooting at bad guys, then you might find an enjoyable little experience here. It’s not a very long experience, and even the humor behind the satire can wear thin early on. I’d recommend it at budget price, but not for much more.

Score:
6.5

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

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