- System: PSVR, PC
- Publisher: Perp Games
- Developer: Mixed Realms and Swag Soft
- Digital Release Date: July 5, 2019
- Physical Release Date: August 13, 2019
- Rating: M for Mature
- Genre: Action, Shooter
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://www.sairentovr.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Sairento VR has players taking the role of Chieko Hatsuri who just so happens to be a cyber enhanced ninja from the year 2066. Chieko works for Sairento alongside her partner/handler Broke, but things go astray quickly when a nefarious organization tries to plunge the entire world by destroying Sairento internally. Now Chieko—aka you—must rise up from this chaos and deal out justice the best way possible in a game, by slashing baddies with swords and shooting them with dual pistols. While the story of Sairento VR will make you laugh at its insanely ridiculous and cliché plot, the gameplay will more than make up for its downfall as Sairento VR is a ton of fun.
Early on you’ll learn the gist of how Sairento VR plays. Most of your movements mimic what a ninja could do such as run on walls, jump from platform to platform and move around as if you were teleporting. This is where Sairento VR soars, the movement. From the gate, you will feel each leap of faith as you jump off large buildings or from rooftop to rooftop. Teleporting around and then jumping above an enemy or wall running and slash an enemy from behind is exciting and never gets old even after doing it a million times. That’s one element that truly remarkable about Sairento VR, you become a ninja even if its just within a VR world.
Now aside from moving around like a ninja, you can fight like one too…at least from a fictional ninja standpoint. Chieko is able to equip a large arsenal of weapons that range from her duel katana/dual pistols, a powerful scythe, various rifles and the list goes on. Each weapon feels incredibly satisfying to blast enemies to pieces with. Running around swinging your sword or scythe feels natural and if you get really good you can even deflect bullets back at enemies or block them in general. On easier difficulty settings, Sairento VR is a bit too easy to kill enemies that range from sumo-like baddies or teleporting witch ninja. Don’t expect to struggle with Sairento VR unless you boost the difficulty up several notches.
Outside the story mode, Sairento VR also offers several other gameplay modes such as a mission mode where you take on various challenges and a multiplayer mode where 4 vs 4 teams duke it out. Sairento VR offers a nice mix of modes to keep you from growing bored and the mission mode will test your ninja skills as you gain new skills, weapons and try to advance to even harder challenges. We didn’t spend too much time with multiplayer, but from what we’ve seen, it adds a nice extra mode for friends or online strangers to test their ninja mettle!
Lastly, we will say Sairento VR looks pretty darn good for a PSVR title. While we noticed VR games—especially on the PS4—have been improving visually, we still owe it to companies like Mixed Realms and Swag Soft for giving their worlds a bit of nice depth. We do wish there were more enemy variants and some of the environment pieces looked better, but we won’t nit pick and say it ruins anything. Sairento VR looks good enough to warrant its price tag and that’s what matters.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Excellent feeling of being a ninja
- Wide array of weapons to unlock that all feel different
- Plenty of missions to enjoy with a full campaign that offers a fun story
- Impressive graphics for a PSVR title
- Combat can be extremely easy at times with your twin swords
- Don’t expect too much of a challenge unless you crank the game up to the highest difficulties