Playing via Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality, we will not shake the sensation we have been right here earlier than. Maybe it’s as a result of we’ve simply travelled backwards in time. More seemingly, although, it is as a result of that is an enhanced model of a beforehand launched VR expertise — solely now with added David Tennant! Knowing this implies anybody who’s performed the unique will endure from an absence of shock, then, however is the brand new content material value a second TARDIS journey? Unfortunately not.
Just as a result of Doctor Who generally has a status for flimsy monster designs and low cost units doesn’t imply that any sport primarily based on it want endure the identical destiny. That’s why it’s a disgrace to see that, moderately than tackle the most important pre-existing points like finicky controls, an absence of route, and bland mission design, developer Maze Theory appears to have doubled down on these for this barely expanded model. The further motion talents and improved picture readability that comes from enjoying on a TV is appreciated, but such advantages are restricted when the core of this journey continues to be so rote.
For these unaware, The Edge of Reality guarantees followers of the present the last word journey. You get to grow to be the Doctor’s companion and be part of them on a dimension-hopping journey as a way to stop a actuality virus that’s one way or the other infecting all of time. There are Daleks, Weeping Angels, and Cybermen galore, however what’s requested of you to defeat them is at all times both very fundamental or convoluted. You’re continuously preventing with the controls, too.
David Tennant does infuse this story with so much of life within the brief time he’s featured, and a selected finish sequence set on a cybership units the heartbeat racing by tapping into the present’s gentle horror. However, neither detract from the unique expertise’s flaws. The chief enchantment of enjoying in VR was having the ability to immerse your self into an episode, and even that has now been misplaced in translation.