- System: PSVR
- Publisher: Perp Games
- Developer: Carbon Studio
- Digital Release Date: March 12, 2019
- Physical Release Date: August 13, 2019
- Rating: E 10+ Everyone 10+
- Genre: Action, Adventure
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://thewizardsgame.com/en/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Without diving into too much lore, The Wizards - Enhanced Edition is pretty easy to explain. Players have become a wizards’ apprentice and now must use their skills learned to face off against a strange new threat. After a short tutorial—which we recommend not skipping even though you can—you will end up in The Sanctum where your adventure begins. Your journey ahead will be filled with perilous threats but you are a wizard. That means you aren’t going into this journey with a flimsy sword or bow, but instead, you are armed with magical crafts that are the main selling point to The Wizards - Enhanced Edition!
From the get-go, The Wizards - Enhanced Edition gives you several spells that will make you really feel like a brand-new mage. You’ll initially have a fireball ability, energy shield and ice bow that are activated by motioning the PlayStation Move Controllers in various ways. As you progress in The Wizards - Enhanced Edition, you’ll gain even more spells that increase the motions you need to make but somehow make you feel like a wizard even more! If there was any issues with the motion controls though—and this could be more on our own end, but we did try it several ways—it’s that sometimes aiming and making the motion of the spells can be a bit weird. There were times we’d try to make arcane missiles—a power you gain early on—but kept summoning the ice bow. Equally, fireballs can sometimes miss their targets and it’s not because you can’t aim but because the motion controller will think you’re aiming at the floor or the ceiling. It doesn’t happen enough to say The Wizards - Enhanced Edition controls poorly though as the ice bow was always spot on and various other spells—which we don’t want to spoil—still aimed with precision 99% of the time.
Now besides shooting fireballs and arcs of lighting like Harry Potter, you’ll be exploring various landscapes solving puzzles and engaging enemies in different situations. The Wizards - Enhanced Edition is peppered with numerous challenges such as surviving waves of enemies in enclosed arenas or having to dodge fire traps while waiting for a door to open. As The Wizards - Enhanced Edition gets even deeper into the dangers you’ll face, your foes will get stronger and often fire back with their own weapons or spells making you move fast and frantically. There’s a real difficulty to The Wizards - Enhanced Edition at times and it can be made even harder with cards that you find scattered across the world. These cards activate multipliers like more enemies or tougher difficulties. If you think your skills are up to par then we recommend using these cards for a real challenge!
Lastly, let’s talk about the audio and visual element of The Wizards - Enhanced Edition. In terms of music and voice action, The Wizards - Enhanced Edition gets an A+ as we loved the grand OST and equally loved our master wizard and his various jokes/quips. Visually, The Wizards - Enhanced Edition has some strengths and weaknesses. Some of the environments in The Wizards - Enhanced Edition look gorgeous from wide open dungeons to spooky catacombs. Then there are sections that look okay at best and seem a bit graphically dated. Enemies have the same issue with some being truly well defined and others okay. Overall though, The Wizards - Enhanced Edition looks and sounds pretty darn good and that is always a nice thing for any VR game.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Learning and performing various spells was fun from the minute we began and never got old as we played
- The voice actor for the master wizard never gets old as he lays some funny humor
- Numerous environments to explore with a nice amount of enemy variation
- The Ice Bow and Lightning Spells constantly put smiles on our faces but equally most of the spells were pretty cool to use
- Tough but rewarding battles with the ability to use cards gained in game to make for tougher challenges and variants to stages
- Activating and aiming some spells felt a bit harder then they should have
- Some visuals within The Wizards - Enhanced Edition don’t look that impressive