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Concrete Genie

 

 

SCORE: 65

 

Concrete Genie 

 

Every single time I play a VR video game I want to like it. I want to justify the massive cost of the PS4 VR helmet. There have been a few VR games here and there I have enjoyed. Sadly there have been way more misses in virtual reality than hits. Concrete Genie shows video game developers and video game publishers are trying to expand what a virtual reality video game is. That is great news.

Concrete Genie is all about art and painting. There is a story in Concrete Genie, but most of it revolves around bringing art to the walls of a town and fighting off the darkness. We get help from these genies that look like demons. The spiritual aspect of Concrete Genie is stronger than I expected. There is also some violence in this virtual reality video game.

The music and voice acting in Concrete Genie is nice. The music works hard to relay the emotion of the event. Concrete Genie is on the short side. The world is drab and boring in Concrete Genie until we tag the walls with graffiti. Why are there so many video games encouraging vandalism of this fashion? It does not surprise me that the worldly gaming review sites love a game all about breaking the law and being an artist.

What we can draw on the walls in Concrete Genie is limited. It does seem to get a life of its own as if we are drawing the spiritual world on the material world. We can turn lights on in Concrete Genie by drawing on the walls below them. I was dismayed to find out the main character is disobeying his parents by being in that town. It is sad to see rebellion being promoted in a video game.

There were a few points when I played Concrete Genie that I got a little sick. We move the character around the screens and can look around to see more aspects of the screen. I am not even sure why Concrete Genie is a VR video game. It could easily be a normal game. Maybe that short length is why. We get typical bullies in Concrete Genie that are mainly an obstacle to vandalizing the town with art.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 60%
Sound: 75%
Replay/Extras: 60%
Gameplay: 80%
Family Friendly Factor: 50%

System: PS4 VR
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Pixelopus
Rating: ‘E10+’ for Everyone TEN and OLDER ONLY {Fantasy Violence}


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