Blood & Truth promises to jam all the action of a London-set action blockbuster right into your PlayStation VR headset. So, will it blow your bloody doors off, or just kind of go “paf!”?
If you have PS VR then you likely also have the PlayStation VR Worlds suite of demos. If you’ve ventured into it’s biggest asset, The London Heist, then you’ll have had a small taste of what’s in-store here. But only a small one.
You play as ex-soldier geezer Ryan Marks, who’s returned home due to the death of his dad and the need to help in running the family “business”. But a rival underworld boss bloke soon muscles in on your game and, basically, it’s on. Guns at the ready and… go!
As with many VR games, you’re represented in this world by two disembodied hands. These can be controlled by DualShock, but more than any other VR game that we’ve encountered, you really want to have two Move controllers to get the full experience. They allow you to juggle up to four guns, your ammo supply, reloads and more – like giving one or two fingers to your enemy, just for the sheer f-ck of it – both stylishly and, ultimately more importantly, fluidly. The DualShock’s just a tad clumsy at it.
The various setpieces of the game are played through flashback. You’re in some form of interrogation, and duck back to Afghanistan (the opening ‘getting to know the game’ mission) and to various locales throughout London ranging from warehouses to museums, be it in the open or even via vents, Die Hard style. While it’s mostly about the shooters – which you can variously upgrade and customise – scenes are broken up with more passive pursuits, ranging from lock picking and bomb arming through to vaping or tossing crumpled balls of paper into basketball-hooped rubbish bins. As for the record deck in the club that you find yourself in at one point, go on, you know you want to get your Fatboy Slim on!
Moving from place to place is somewhat akin to how arcade gun shooter classic Time Crisis and its myriad sequels worked. Here you have potential places to move open up, you point towards them and jab a button. It takes a little getting used to, but it soon makes sense. Some scenes go full on-rails and handle things for you, too.
“The story is typical Lock, Stock meets Mission: Impossible via anything gritty with Michael Caine in it, and is all the better for it.”
The story is typical Lock, Stock meets Mission: Impossible via anything gritty with Michael Caine in it, and is all the better for it. The cast do a great job, and while the dialogue is often cheesy, it wouldn’t be right if it wasn’t. Keeping the food metaphor going, the campaign is a beefy one – some four to six hours depending upon whether you opt to barrel or not to barrel through. There’s not much to do once it’s over though, save perhaps for cleaning up a few collectible bits and bobs if you’re a trophy hoover.
Sony’s London Studios have gone the full Guy Ritchie with Blood & Truth, plopping the player right in the midst of a London turf war full of all the requisite guns, banter and general silliness that the genre requires. You know what? They’ve bloody well pulled it off – it’s like a Jason Statham simulator! This one really ranks up with the best that PS VR has to offer.
Blood & Truth is available now for PS4 with PlayStation VR.