Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PS4 (PlayStation VR Exclusive)
- Publisher: MunkyFun, Inc.
- Developer: MunkyFun, Inc.
- Release Date: Nov 7, 2017
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: RTS
- Players: 1-2
- Official Website: https://www.munkyfun.com/lowvrarena/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
League of War: VR Arena is one of the few RTS titles that has launched on the PlayStation VR and that means the competition is pretty weak. However, with so many VR games out there, League of War: VR Arena still has a lot to live up to in terms of gameplay. Thankfully, we can say without a doubt that League of War: VR Arena is a great title to play and feels even better. Why you might ask? Well, let us here at Honey’s Anime start off with talking about how League of War: VR Arena plays out.
First, let us give you gamers out there a warning. League of War: VR Arena requires the PlayStation VR Headset—which should be obvious—as well as the PS Move to play. Without either one, League of War: VR Arena won’t be playable. While this might seem silly to talk about, we here at Honey’s Anime know some gamers who need to be told these things. Last thing we want is for any gamer to spend their hard-earned cash and not be able to play the game they downloaded—in this case, League of War: VR Arena.
Now with that disclaimer out of the way, once you have our required items to play, League of War: VR Arena gives gets you right into the game without delay. Hit start and you bought to a simple tutorial where you see how easy it is to control your troops in League of War: VR Arena. Literally, wait for a unit to spawn—each has a timer that needs to fill before being utilized—and then take your PS Move controller and grab the unit. From here, all you do is aim them at a target and drop them, simple as that, folks. You win when your opponent’s life bar is zeroed out because they have lost all their defending towers and are open to attack. However, that’s where League of War: VR Arena shines. That same simple gameplay changes once League of War: VR Arena goes further into the story and gameplay modes.
There are only a handful of gameplay modes in League of War: VR Arena one being the campaign—which we’re going to mention first—and the others being skirmishes against the AI or local players. In the campaign, League of War: VR Arena has you controlling one of 8 commanders who each have a specific unit set up—meaning you can’t swap in different troops and must use the ones they have—and with that group must defeat 8 other commanders. As you progress through each commander’s various skirmishes, you will unlock new commanders and new units to use in the arcade mode and or against your friends via the PlayStation VR’s Social Screen.
The Arcade Mode and local multiplayer is where League of War: VR Arena gets extra life once you beat the quite lengthy single player campaign. Here, you can make your own teams with various units and set up battles against the AI on different landscapes. Give your friends a controller and you can use the PlayStation VR Social Screen to play multiplayer and see who is the best tactician in the group. We had a ton of fun creating our own mixes of various troops—which there are a lot of—and seeing which groups worked the best together and which to change up.
Finally, let us talk about the few issues we have with League of War: VR Arena—and we’re not kidding when we say a few. While League of War: VR Arena is a virtual reality game, we here at Honey’s Anime felt that the virtual reality used was a bit too simple. Beyond standing, seeing the troops as if they were in your face and picking up the units individually, we felt there could have been more effects that truly pushed the PlayStation VR system a bit further. Our other issue is that while you can use a controller for the arcade battles via the PlayStation VR Social Screen, to actually play the campaign and arcade mode, you’re going to need the PS Move and that might be a bit of a turn off seeing as how the PS Move isn’t cheap and isn’t used with a ton of games yet. Though, ultimately, these small issues don’t hinder League of War: VR Arena in the slightest and just act as small gripes we have on a personal level but we know some might agree with them and thus why we mentioned them at all.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Simple but clever RTS gameplay
- Nice use of the PlayStation VR and PS Move accessories
- Several modes of play offer a lot of content
- Local Multiplayer
- Great price of admission
- Could have used more virtual reality elements
- Must have PS Move controllers to play