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Editors’ Choice: Why Astro Bot Rescue Mission is One of the Best Games of 2018

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Editors’ Choice: Why Astro Bot Rescue Mission is One of the Best Games of 2018

The little PS VR game that could is one of the year’s best gaming experiences.

You need to play Astro Bot Rescue Mission immediately.

It’s not just that the titular hero Astro is adorable (he is). It’s not even just because the levels are a marathon of creative platforming experiences (they are). It’s because in a year filled with excellent takes on the virtual reality medium, Japan Studio have expertly threaded the needle to create an insanely fun platformer that will stand as a landmark for what all VR games should aspire to be.

After Astro’s buddies get abducted and spread out across different worlds, it’s up to you to help him find and rescue his crew members. It’s a fun premise on its own, but being transported into the unique and fully realized levels is a feeling like no other. It’s such a seamless platforming experience that had me twisting, turning, and poking my head around corners determined to save every last bot.

I was shocked at how well I fit into the whole world as the player. On top of controlling Astro, the player adds a helping hand through the DualShock 4, which manifests within the game and serves as a specialized tool that made me feel actively part of the world in a way that no other VR title has before. This third-person perspective also creates a twist on traditional platforming, pushing you to move your head and body to help solve puzzles and guide Astro on his mission. It’s a perfect fit for PS VR, and you’ll find yourself forgetting the world around you while following alongside Astro.

The worlds and levels are inventive, animated with crisp color and capped off with larger-than-life boss fights that had me feeling just as small as Astro. I found myself gawking at the quirky level designs and replaying worlds so I could take in every detail. Manipulating the environments to clear a path for Astro feels completely natural, the controls intuitive and easy to grasp just minutes into playing. I can honestly say I’ve never felt more comfortable in the PS VR headset, and not a moment went by that I didn’t have a smile on my face.

It’s always exciting to watch the creativity that springs from a new medium. As a platformer alone, Astro Bot Rescue Mission is a delightful and gratifying game that would be a joy to play even in 2D, but the way Japan Studio has wielded their understanding of PS VR catapults it into a new stratosphere of fun to make it an essential PS VR game, and one of the best gaming experiences of the year.


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  • Its a contender for GOTY for me. I dont think it can top Red Dead or Spidey but any other year and it’d be my fav

  • After playing Robot Rescue in Playroom VR, Astrobot shouldn’t have surprised me. But wow, this game ended up being better than I expected. It constantly introduced new stage mechanics that just put a big smile on my face like games did twenty years ago.

    This is one of my favorite games of the year.

  • GaMeR_bOi_83

    You see that sick ass controller in the game Sony. Make it!!! I’ll gladly drop $60-$70 for it. I literally spent 5 minutes just looking at the controller thinking why hasn’t Sony made this yet?

  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission is my personal game of the year in a year where I also played and enjoyed

    * Beat Saber
    * Tetris Effect
    * Firewall Zero Hour
    * God of War
    * Spider-Man
    * Detroit Become Human
    * Celeste
    * Super Smash Bros Ultimate

    and more

  • Astro Bot Rescue That is a great game

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  • Dr_Awesome81

    Astro Bot is a game destined for sequels and spin-offs, the character is the closest thing we have to a VR mascot and the VR gaming market is all the better for it. Sony’s support for VR over the last two years has been incredible especially contrasted with their horrible mobile gaming and micro console efforts.

  • Please release a shiny metal figure of Astro Bot!! Every time I look at him in the game I want to have him in real life!!

  • Astro Bot is definitely one of the top 3 or 4 games I played in 2018. I think I’d put The Persistence head of it, and possibly Beat Saber, but Astro Bot is easily the best platformer I’ve played in years, and the VR implementation isn’t gimmicky at all, it just creates an amazing game that couldn’t be played on a flat screen.

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