Review: VRFC Virtual Reality Football Club (PSVR)

Review: VRFC Virtual Reality Football Club (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
  • Cross-Play Yes
Title: VRFC Virtual Reality Football Club
Format: PSN (964.6 MB)
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Cherry Pop Games
Developer: Cherry Pop Games
Original MSRP: $19.99 (US), €17.99 (EU), £14.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E
PEGI: 3
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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I’m not much of a football fan – soccer for the American readers. I played it on occasion in my younger years (that just made me feel old) but I never really saw the point and would rather play or talk about video games, which helps to explain why I’m writing this now. If I did end up partaking in a game then I would spend most of the time watching everyone else run up and down the pitch, easily passing and taking shots at the goal.

Don’t get me wrong, I could easily keep up with the other players and my skill level was probably just under average, I just couldn’t be bothered with it. I would happily go home and play International Superstar Soccer instead.

It was bound to happen eventually. Football in VR. But, does it work? I put on the PlayStation VR headset and take VRFC Virtual Reality Football Club for a kickabout – not literally.

Gameplay:
You control the unique game with two Move controllers but don’t worry, you don’t strap them to your feet. Now I should mention that it took quite a long time to get accustomed to the strange setup and it might be a good idea to create a private match and try kicking the ball around and scoring some goals.

Shaking the controllers up and down makes your character run, while pressing the Move Button makes him sprint. Twisting both controllers turns the avatar and pressing the Trigger kicks the ball. I didn’t pay much attention to how I was holding the controllers and wondered why the ball wasn’t going where I was facing. It was only when I glanced down and noticed the angle of each foot mirrored the Move controllers.

So, in a way, this is a game of handball?

Review: VRFC Virtual Reality Football Club (PSVR)

This means that changing the angle of a controller should allow for a controlled kick. It takes loads of practice and even now, after plenty of time in the game, I still mess things up and kick the ball wide. At least there’s no need to worry about kicking the ball out of play as it just bounces back from the edge of the pitch.

It felt like being back at school where we would use our rucksacks and jumpers as goal posts. I would be there watching the game unfold around me as if I were a spectator who managed to sneak onto the pitch and then just stood there questioning why no one had noticed.

This game is just like that, although now I shake my arms to pointlessly run up and down the pitch only to have the ball passed to me and I aimlessly whack it anywhere, usually to an opponent. It’s almost as if I can hear the virtual groans and sighs of disappointment from my team as it happens.

Can I get kicked off a virtual team?

Part of the problem, for me at least, is the controls. I still find myself pressing the wrong button and turning my player, all the while trying to dribble the ball is like juggling with jelly. Not to mention trying to aim a shot at the goal, it goes so wide I could be mistaken for Ray Finkle. If you don’t know who that is just watch the classic Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

Review: VRFC Virtual Reality Football Club (PSVR) Review: VRFC Virtual Reality Football Club (PSVR)

Many of the forty Trophies for this game are still lingering in the Ultra Rare category, which sums up the steep learning curve rather well. If I hadn’t been ill for so long when this review landed on my lap then I might have been able to stomach the VR environment long enough to manage a few decent passes and maybe even score a few goals.

My recent poor health and hectic schedule did afford the time for the game to be patched a couple of times and those improvements have been great. Anyone who grabbed this on release should give it another go now. Sadly, for me, the controls are still my biggest issue and I still suck at this game and fear I always will.

Visuals:
VRFC has come a long way since release and the detail in the character models is now great. There is a small amount of confusion with the team colors and I have, on the rare occasion, passed to the wrong player.

Audio:
The sound effects help to set the mood of an early evening game of footy with your mates down at the local leisure center.

Online/Multiplayer:
I was surprised to hear that this game allows for Cross-Play with PC owners. I couldn’t find any of them, or anyone at all for that matter so I cannot testify to the quality of an online game. Although when it first came out I did have a kickabout with someone while we waited for more players to arrive. Those players never did but we chatted for a short time and even managed to pass the ball to each other.

Review: VRFC Virtual Reality Football Club (PSVR)

Conclusion:
VRFC Virtual Reality Football Club seems to get everything right from a technical and graphical standpoint but fails to deliver it in a way that I can get to grips with and enjoy. The recent inclusion of bots to fill any or all spaces in a game has helped with wanting to play it alone. It’s a sad thing when the bots look as if they are having more fun than actual players.

With an online community that’s dried up so much, I half expect to see a tumbleweed roll across the pitch. It probably doesn’t help that the VR community is small anyway. It’s then a smaller amount of those people who like football, and an even smaller amount who want to play it in a first-person view and not looming over the pitch like a game of Subbuteo.

Score:
6.0

* 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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