Oasis Games are back on the PlayStation scene with yet another title. This time round they are hooking up with Nekrom to bring gamers a horror themed escape the room game called DYING: Reborn.
The premise of DYING: Reborn is that you are Matthew a distraught young man who is looking for his missing sister. You receive a mysterious note from her that leads you to a hostel. Rather than do the sensible thing of calling the police you decide to hotfoot after her, so it’s no surprise that you end up trapped inside said hostel. To escape you must solve a number of puzzles while searching the rooms for clues.
Before I go any further I need to point out that DYING: Reborn is available for PlayStation VR as well as the PS4 and PS Vita. I’ve played both the VR and PS4 version so I can compare them and I have to say that there’s a number of differences between the two. The biggest different is the content. Unfortunately the PSVR version is a stripped down version that omits most of the story so you don’t really know what’s going on, and it only contains three rooms as opposed to six that are on the PS4.
Another difference is the fact that some of the puzzles and solutions in the rooms are a little different, with some items not even needed in the VR version, which can cause a good deal of confusion. An example of this is the umbrella in the first room. I spent ages in the VR version because I was trying to work out what to do with it but it’s just not needed. However if you play the PS4 version a coin rolls under the desk and you need to use the umbrella to retrieve it.
Now enough of the downers I’ll talk about the positives but without revealing too much of the story since it’s only three rooms long! The gameplay and graphics in DYING: Reborn do work well in the VR world and you do get the feeling that you are in the rooms trying to escape. You’ll be immerse in the environment as you examine every inch of the rooms and interact with every item in your quest for freedom. Some, if not all, of the puzzles are on the tricky side so it will feel like you are in a Saw film rather than being in a room in The Crystal Maze.
The VR version of DYING: Reborn is marketed as a unique and intense first-person room escape experience so it should have been a sure-fire hit on the PlayStation VR but unfortunately it isn’t. This stripped down version of the full game, while looking good and feeling immersive, is the equivalent of getting a 100 piece jigsaw puzzle without a picture on the box and to make matters worse when you open the box you realise there are only forty-seven jigsaw pieces.
WeArePSVR Score – 5/10