We don’t want to spoil any specific puzzles because the one great flaw with Ghost Giant is that it’s not very long, no more than five hours at most. Those are five wonderful hours though and unlike many games, both shorter and longer, it seems the perfect length for the story that’s being told. Even if some will no doubt complain that the price is too high.
It’s certainly true that there’s next to no replay value as although there are various collectibles to be found in most scenes we picked up almost all of them on our first run through, without trying especially hard – mostly because finding special hats for Louis and popping them on his head is so darn cute. But with zero chance of nausea this is the perfect game to introduce new people to VR, so it should get plenty of playthroughs beyond your own.
The only technical flaw is the fiddly calibration for the headset and the Move controllers, with the precision of your throwing so inconsistent it had us pining for the Nintendo Labo Elephant. The only other problem is the fact that characters will often happily talk over each other, creating an impenetrable babble that makes you feel like you’re stuck in a Robert Altman film.
Ghost Giant is an immensely heart-warming adventure, with the just the right level of ambiguity in its storytelling that you can see it as either a simple feel good tale or a more complex parable that deals with grief and responsibility. Either way it’s another must-have release for PlayStation VR and a virtual world you’ll never want to leave.
In Short: A wonderful mix of cutting edge technology and nuanced storytelling that instantly becomes one of the best games for PlayStation VR.
Pros: Excellent script and storytelling with just the right level of nuance and ambiguity. Excellent graphics, in terms of both art design and use of VR. Clever puzzles and very little repetition.
Cons: Quite short, with very little replayability. A few minor bugs and frustrating throwing action.
Formats: PlayStation VR
Release Date: 16th April 2019
Age Rating: 3
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