Sony has been putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to VR: arguably more so than the Vita. They’ve partnered with tons of third-party studios and even crafted some projects of their own, like SIE London’s own Blood & Truth.
Born out of the best part of the PlayStation VR Worlds demo collective, this fully-fledged shooter romp seeks to recreate the feeling of being in a blockbuster film, which includes all the baggage that comes with that goal.
Warning: this game has vaping and a rap about London in the first 15 minutes.
Here’s the thing though: Blood & Truth owns it. It’s always billed itself as a “love letter to classic cockney gangster movies” and it’s as over-the-top as that tall order requires it to be. The gist is that the player character, a former military ace and member of a crime family, is fighting back against a hostile takeover following the death of the patriarch. What ensues is a ton of gunplay, revenge, blood, and…truth? Well not so much the latter as the storyline is definitely taking a backseat here, but there’s plenty of the other three.
I can’t stress enough how silly this game is. You have enemy goons doing pointless rolls like they’re in a James Bond movie, only to be immediately shot down before they can even do anything. At one point the brother of the protagonist does a slow jerk motion at the main crime boss baddie after trashing his art installation, and goes on about how much of a wanker he is. The performances are often hilarious (in a good way) and the dialogue is for the most part on brand: Blood & Truth can be best summarized as a combination of these two very NSFW videos. There’s a single button dedicated to spinning your guns for Chrissake.