Review: Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin (PS4).

Tim Schafer he raised a whole lot of players on his games. If you played the first Psychonauts, get ready for a nostalgic trip of the highest quality.

From The Secret of Monkey Island, through Grim Fandango and Brutal Legend, after Broken Age or the recent return of adventure games in the form of remasters – Tim Schafer not only raised me with his games, and his characteristic sense of humor stuck to the undersigned permanently. And despite such a rich portfolio, I have always been closest to my heart Psychonauts. Razputin’s adventure at the kids camp with paranormal powers struck the right tone, delivering one of the most enjoyable stories in the games. Even these more infantile moments do not offend, because they have a unique charm. Before we get a full-fledged sequel, a VR story bridge between the two games has been added to the PS Store.

Review: Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin (PS4)

Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin it starts exactly after the last scene of one. The danger was averted, and young Raz joined the Psychonauts and stole Lila’s kiss when news suddenly came about the kidnapping of the girl’s father, Truman Zanotto. We were jumping into the jet then and the credits came in. We start with VR goggles exactly here – sitting in a jet and planning a rescue mission. The whole adventure covers this task only, offering several locations and being a fairly simple adventure for 2-3 hours. But how good it is!

The same actors, the same animators, the same Schafer with his absurd humor – all this makes the old dream of “entering” the world Psychonauts it finally came true. Even the graphics are on a similar level to the original, because the current productions on PlayStation VR usually present the visual setting of the late PS2. I can only fault that Raz got on the jet already in his Psychonaut outfit, and here he returned to his outfit with the characteristic goggles … except that no fan will hold it against it, trying to stop himself from unleashing the nostalgic tear that quickly begins to spin in the eye.

Review: Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin (PS4)

You will ask if the game has any value for people unfamiliar with the original. I will answer – absolutely. A short introduction at the beginning of the game explains the more important event title for VR, and the use of psychic powers is quickly and clearly explained. We have here, among others telekinesis, pyrokinesis and the ability to observe the action through the eyes of others, which allows you to get everything done without leaving the place – an ideal situation for any game in virtual reality. Don’t even think that it will make you sick even for a moment. And the puzzles… well, they are not particularly difficult, although it cannot be said that any of them offends the player’s intelligence. Oh, quite easy and pleasant “adventor” in the style of a typical VR experience. By the way, I would like to mention that the game does not use PS Move motion controllers and we are reliant on rain, but the gameplay is based on using power on highlighted items and characters, so the lack of greater precision is not a problem.

The length of the game may be an issue. While Batman: Arkham VR it’s also a title for just a few hours, the developer has prepared the Riddler challenges there, motivating to go through the same again. Here, after completing the main plot, we have no use returning to the fun. No comments from the creators (I would like sound files with Schafer’s memories), no new idea – nothing. But I also cannot say that I feel unsatisfied. When dealing with VR games, you need to get ready for a few hours of experience (at least for the moment). Important that Rhombus of Ruin it leaves the player with a certain warmth in their heart, preparing every fan (and beyond) for Psychonauts 2. But remember that I am on Psychonauts I brought up. If you missed this gem, you can subtract one from the score. Just catch up, it’s definitely worth it.

Review: Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin (PS4)

The game was reviewed on PS4 Pro