FATED: The Silent Oath – Review

It’s almost seven months since the PlayStation VR launched. In that time I’ve played a lot of different VR titles and I’ve come to realize that I’m a sucker for virtual reality games which take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride. Sure, its awesome wielding dual Move controllers and blasting monsters while riding a virtual rollercoaster or heading a virtual football into a virtual goal but if a title is immersive and has a strong narrative then chances are I’ll enjoy it. Frima Studios FATED: The Silent Oath is one of those games.

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Set in the mythical age of Vikings, during the Ragnarök to be more precise, you assume the role of family man Ulfer who has just recently been given a second chance of life. By recently I mean that you get to see this happening in the opening sequence as a valkyrie let’s him/you trade his/your voice for a do-over. This trade also has a condition that Ulfer must protect his wife, Freja.

At the start of the game you are merely a spectator watching the story unfold through Ulfers’ eyes. In the first eight minutes or so you are just sat in a cart and nothing much happens but somehow you are immediately drawn into the bright and cartoon-like world that Frima Studios have created. In this cart journey you get to interact with other characters by a simple nod or shake of the headset, this is a subtle but clever use of VR as it helps to hook you into the story and connect with the characters.

As FATED: The Silent Oath progresses you get to stretch your VR legs with the DS4 taking care of all controls and the locomotion movement. Although the game is brief it certainly sends you on an adventure, as you go looking for answers you’ll also partake in a spot of hunting, a epic chase sequence and some nail biting “one wrong move and you’ll be dead (again)” moments.

I mentioned early that FATED: The Silent Oath graphics are bright and cartoon-like, but that is underselling it, the visuals are top draw. Everything looks so detailed and vivid. A lot of PlayStation VR titles have adopted this look because its a style that really shines in virtual reality and FATED: The Silent Oath is an almost perfect example of this.

FATED: The Silent Oath is a short, well-made title with excellent graphics and a strong narrative because of its length it could be argued that it’s more of an experience than a game but either way it offers up the kind interaction that makes virtual reality so immersive.

WeArePSVR Score – 7/10


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