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My spirit is grateful Ripstone sent Family Friendly Gaming a digital download code for Chess Ultra on the Playstation 4. This downloadable only chess based video game includes a Virtual Reality mode for the Playtation 4 VR. I was so excited to play Chess Ultra in VR. I will get into that later in this review. I researched and did not find a physical copy version of Chess Ultra (at the time of the review). I hope it gets one like Pure Chess did.

Chess Ultra is beautiful looking and sounding. There is relaxing music that plays in Chess Ultra. There are a variety of backgrounds and areas to play Chess Ultra in. There are also all kinds of different ways we can see the pieces in Chess Ultra. The graphics took a hit when I put them in VR though. The cool surroundings look neat in VR, but the pieces lost some texture.

I ran into glitches while playing Chess Ultra in VR as well. If you look away from the board at any point it will be far off to your left or right. The options button on the controller will not recenter in the game. I left the game and fixed it on the PS4 menu. I went back into the game and it was messed up again. This happened multiple times to multiple people here at Family Friendly Gaming. Shutting down the game, and rebooting the system did not fix this glitch.

Chess Ultra is a 2.4 gig download. Families can play Chess Ultra offline and online. Multiple family members can share a controller in Chess Ultra. There are multiple difficulty levels of the AI in Chess Ultra. The easier ones can be beaten by lower skilled players. The harder ones will take a master to defeat. Families can also put a timer on in Chess Ultra.

If you play Chess Ultra on the PS4, Xbox One or PC then you will get a really solid chess game. If you play Chess Ultra in the VR then you will be less thrilled. It is a shame that the VR had so many issues. I was excited to play Chess Ultra in VR. It was difficult for me to review Chess Ultra since the mainline game is so amazing. I had to put all of it together for one opinion. The Grim Reaper is also in the VR mode and will suck out your soul if he beats you. That was creepy. Why didn't the ESRB find any descriptors for that horror content?
- Mark


Graphics: 65%
Sounds: 90%
Replay/Extras: 90%
Gameplay: 60%
Family Friendly Factor: 70%

System: PC/Xbox One/PS4/PS4 VR(tested)
Publisher: Ripstone
Developer: Ripstone
Rating: 'E' - Everyone SIX and OLDER ONLY

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