Back in 2001 there was a game on the Sega Dreamcast console called Cosmic Smash.
In it, you’d basically travel through a futuristic utopia knocking down Tetris-like blocks at each level with a squash racket and ball.
C-Smash VRS is a revamp and/or successor to that title on the Playstation VR2 headset.
And it’s great.
The same basic, white blocky future is on display here with a unique but simple striking animation style.
It really suits the headset and, thanks to the pin-sharp visual display, really feels like you’re in a futuristic space station world.
And the game becomes a whole new thing in 2023 thanks to the immersive virtual reality and VR2 Sense controllers.
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Now you’re able to be the character fully for the first time, seeing your racket and hands in front of you, firing the ball like a sports pro with curve and accuracy.
And because the game is so simple – basically Tetris tennis – you’ll be up and gaming in a matter of minutes.
The difficulty ramps up as you find yourself with ever-more blocks to hit with ever decreasing time limits to do it in single-player.
In solo mode that makes for quite the challenge and it’s easy to find yourself immersed in the game for perhaps longer than you realise.
But the beauty of this game is its multiplayer.
Again, it’s very easy to get a game going online with another person in the PSVR2 universe.
And the result is real-time bat-and-ball gameplay, where tactics and sheer determination take over for hours of fun.
It plays really well, you almost feel that bat in your hand as the ball does what you want it to, and the intensity of the competition is as real as any squash court.
Add in a cool throbbing soundtrack and you’ve got a very nice VR title here for the new headset.
And probably our favourite VR multiplayer so far.
The only downside is that it is a bit of a one-trick pony and I came away a little headachy at times from, my fault, overplaying.
Still – at £24.49 – well worth a look for VR fans keen on their next purchase.
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