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Darknet

 

 

SCORE: 80

Darknet 

 

After all these months there is finally a PS4 VR game we can sink our teeth into. Darknet is a puzzle game where we "hack" into systems, steal the money, and use it to purchase more viruses. The end goal is to work our way through the nodes until we reach the core. Then our mission is complete. This can be easier done than said at times in Darknet though, I learned to be frugal with my money in this downloadable only home console VR video game.

I am very appreciative of Archiact sending Family Friendly Gaming a PS4 code for Darknet. The VR in Darknet is amazing. I love how this game looks. I love how easy it it so interact with. I chose to use the PS4 controller while playing Darknet. It was so easy to point where I wanted to insert the viruses. Then I had to learn how to avoid the anti-virus software, remove firewalls, shields, and more.

Darknet lets families save during the timed events. This is very helpful since it can be difficult at times to earn enough money to progress through the levels in Darknet. Everything gets more expensive as you purchase more of them. There are also limits on how many viruses you can have at any one time. I was bummed when I went to later levels and I had to purchase viruses all over again. I thought I would keep what I had from the last place.

The core game play mechanic in Darknet is figuring out where to place your viruses to get to the core of each node. After that it is all about earning enough money to purchase more of what you need. There are news stories about hacking that can be read in Darknet. The hacking and viruses, as well as stealing money are the issues families will have with Darknet. I looked past that to see the puzzle elements.

I had fun playing Darknet on the PS4 VR. I loved saving up for more viruses, worms, exploits, and hydras. There is a real strategy element to Darknet. Since the levels are timed it makes sense to think through your moves before making them. The visuals, voice, and music are all fantastic in Darknet. I got a real kick out of the planning required. Sometimes the closest anti-virus is the wrong one to pick.

Darknet is a four hundred meg download. So it should not kill your Internet plan. I would think a non VR mode should be possible for this game. I would also love to see a physical copy version of Darknet get released on the PS4. As I write this review Darknet is the highest scoring PS4 VR game Family Friendly Gaming has reviewed. Darknet is also restoring my faith in the PS4 VR. I was about ready to write it off.
- Teen Gamer

 

Graphics: 90%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 70%
Gameplay: 90%
Family Friendly Factor: 70%

System: Playstation 4 VR
Publisher: Archiact
Developer: E McNeill
Rating: ‘E’ - Everyone SIX and OLDER ONLY
Company provided product
Value/Cost of the review is greater than value/cost of provided product


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