Review: The Exorcist: Legion VR (PSVR)

Review: The Exorcist: Legion VR (PSVR)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Oculus Rift
  • HTC Vive

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • PlayStation VR Required
  • DualShock 4 Recommended (1)
  • Move Optional (2)
  • PS VR Aim Controller None
Title: The Exorcist: Legion VR
Format: PSN (2.7 GB)
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: LegionVR, LLC
Developer: Wolf & Wood Interactive Ltd
Original MSRP:
Complete Edition: $29.99 (US), €29.99 (EU), £24.99 (UK)
Individual Chapters: $6.99 (US), €7.49 (EU), £6.19 (UK)
ESRB Rating: T
PEGI: 12
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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In The Exorcist: Legion VR Complete Series you will face a variety of supernatural entities. The series spans five chapters, all of which can be bought separately. And seeing as the last two were not available straight away I held off on scoring and reviewing the game.

Gameplay:
The description in the store lists “Enhanced play with 1 PS Move controller” so I stupidly took that as gospel (excuse the pun) and booted up the game with a solitary Move controller in hand. It made me create a save game and then load the save, then a blank screen appeared and I waited. I waited some more. I checked the TV to find that too had nothing on it. I rebooted the game and loaded the save again because that was all I could do. The same thing happened. Not a good start.

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I then turned on the DualShock 4 and loaded the game again. Success, I made it to the calibration screen. Yet, somehow I was about two feet from the floor looking up at a whiteboard full of information. Just barely managing to do what it asked, the game loaded but I was still really short and when I pressed the inventory button everything appeared above my head.

After turning everything off and loading the game again I was able to calibrate it properly, as I appeared at the correct height right off the bat. So everything should be fine now. Well, no, something still isn’t right. Looking at anything up close in my virtual hands or bringing up the inventory and selecting anything has to be done with the Move controllers (yes, two controllers) just above the VR headset. I must look crazy.

Locomotion using the Move controllers can either be achieved by teleporting or a clumsy set of button holds culminating in a smooth gliding movement. While the latter is complicated at first I soon got the hang of it. I’m not sure if I’ll be saying that later on when I’m trying to run away.

If the smooth movement option is chosen the game employs a tunnel vision effect to avoid any nausea and I must say, the darkness encroaching in from edges of the screen does work. It also makes the game a bit more unsettling. This can be turned off in the menu.

Placement is key in a VR game and not being in the correct place means important things might be missed. This happened to me a few times in the second chapter, and somehow I also failed to trigger a door to open and so I was stuck in a corridor with nothing to do. After backtracking twice, it worked and I got to witness the last part of the chapter.

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Enough of the problems, for now at least, let me get into what The Exorcist: Legion VR is all about. You begin the game on a late shift as a Boston homicide detective, your office acts as the hub where you can jump into any owned chapters by selecting their case or just mess around with the photos and pencils and even cups of coffee from the vending machine in the hall. I was surprised to see how many things I could balance on a piece of paper.

I also annoyed my boss, by continually rattling his door handle, but he gave up shouting at me after a minute so I returned to my office. All of the important items are catalogued on the crime wall in the office and a completion percentage is viewable allowing you to easily see if you missed anything.

Chapter 1: First Rites
Chapter 2: Idle Hands
Chapter 3: Skin Deep

When the game updated around the same time as the last two chapters, a strange thing happened. The grab command on each Move controller swapped, and there is no possible way to fix this annoying bug. This is a big problem because if I want to hold anything in the right hand I have to press the button on the left controller and vice versa. It infuriates me and I cannot get used to it no matter how much I play.

Chapter 4: Samaritan
Chapter 5: The Tomb

Visuals:
The Exorcist: Legion VR has some great graphics for a VR game. The detail in a framed photo or police report is excellent. The lighting, or lack thereof, is very effective in creating an unsettling and creepy atmosphere.

Yet some parts of the game lack the attention to detail I expect and seem to be rather dull. The developers at Wolf & Wood Interactive intended to have a big scare happen at one point, which left me mildly unnerved. Unfortunately, it happens several more times until it becomes mundane. There isn’t enough puzzle solving or enough reasons to use the assortment of exorcism tools that are carried around in the hollowed out bible.

Audio:
Using headphones with the VR headset is a must as the sound design in The Exorcist: Legion VR greatly adds to the immersion and helps to put the player on edge. Although, the vile language is part of what I associate with The Exorcist, but the age rating means there isn’t anything I would expect to hear from the things I encounter.

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

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Conclusion:
There is an option to buy each of the five chapters of The Exorcist: Legion VR individually which, in total, works out to be more expensive than the complete series. There is also an option to buy the first chapter, and then if you like what you’ve played, you can get the Season Pass containing the remaining four chapters at a reduced price. I would suggest going with the latter if you’re interested in this title. Don’t stop here, as the rest of this conclusion might change your mind.

Each chapter seems to build up to something but it never really delivers because it either holds back on what should be horrific and putrid scenes or they’re all over too quickly and never with any excitement. With the latter, I fear many people will feel shortchanged.

I was unsure of Chapter 3: Skin Deep but found it to be more meaningful than the rest. I just didn’t enjoy all the other chapters and found them uneven. It was all either too gruesome or too dull. This game might be fun for some people but I just couldn’t get into it.

Score:
5.0

* 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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