Grab your PlayStation VR Headsets and get ready to command troops like never before in League of War: VR Arena! Those who love RTS games but want a more immersive experience will want to play League of War: VR Arena. Fight against the AI or even friends as you command small armies with a hands-on approach. Place your troops using the PlayStation Move and watch them decimate your enemies! Make your actions count or you’ll face a quick demise. League of War: VR Arena will test your military tactics and give you a feeling of being a true commander of a small army!
What to Expect
League of War: VR Arena is a simple to play but tough to master VR RTS title from developer MunkyFun, Inc. Players take control of small units and launch them against the enemy to take down their defenses. Go through a campaign as you take command of several different commanders or create your own units in single player or local multiplayer. While League of War: VR Arena might seem simple, be prepared for tough battles that will test you to make quick decisions and smart moves. Feel the power of the PlayStation VR and PS Move as you pick up each unit and watch them go to war as if you were there together in League of War: VR Arena.
League of War: VR Arena takes players into the role of commanders who command their troops on a digital battlefield. Each battle will test you and your controlled commander as they talk about their various experiences in war. Lead them each to victory and learn more as they face various foes in battle. As you play each campaign you will unlock new commanders and even newer units that you can use to ultimately make your own team. In League of War: VR Arena, your war story begins as soon as you press start.
The PlayStation VR has been really proving to be a nice purchase for those who want a true virtual reality experience on the PS4, though it can be daunting to find games that not only are fun to play but also use the PS Move controllers—as of writing this article there are only a handful of games that use PS Move controllers—as a primary means of playing. Even more shocking is that there are even few RTS games out there that use the PlayStation VR Headset which could a gold mine for developers who want to give players the feeling of being an actual war tactician. Thankfully, MunkyFun, Inc. seems to have realized the possibilities available and have created League of War: VR Arena for the PlayStation VR. Is this the RTS title fans have been looking for? Find out in our review of League of War: VR Arena!
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:
League of War: VR Arena is easily one of the best VR titles we’ve played so far of the PlayStation VR list of games out so far. While it may seem overly simple to just pick up units and drop them on the field, as you play you’ll begin to understand that just randomly throwing troops on the battlefield will work only sometimes and other times will have you losing quite quickly. While League of War: VR Arena doesn’t use a lot of virtual reality themes—which is good for those who easily get motion sickness—it still does a nice job of making you feel as you’re truly the one controlling the character and the flow of combat. For the low price of $19.99, League of War: VR Arena offers several campaigns, multiplayer and even arcade modes where you can create your own units, thus you’re getting quite a lot of gameplay for a great price. If you love simple RTS games and are looking for immersive PlayStation VR titles then we here at Honey’s Anime recommend League of War: VR Arena fully.
Simple but clever RTS gameplay
Nice use of the PlayStation VR and PS Move accessories
Several modes of play offer a lot of content
Great price of admission
Could have used more virtual reality elements
Must have PS Move controllers to play
Honey's Final Verdict:
The PlayStation VR has a nice amount of games already but most can be considered okay or mediocre at best. However, League of War: VR Arena is hands down a truly spectacular VR title despite its lack of virtual reality elements. We here at Honey’s Anime loved the feeling of placing troops on the battlefield as if we were standing over the boards and that gives a nice amount of immersion. Overall, we will say that if you have a PlayStation VR Headset and the PS Move controllers you’ll want to buy League of War: VR Arena as soon as possible. Now we open the floor to all of you reading our review of League of War: VR Arena and ask have you gotten the chance to use PlayStation VR and or have you played League of War: VR Arena? Tell us in the comments down below and for more PlayStation VR reviews and other gaming reviews stick to our hive here at Honey’s Anime.
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