Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s Tetris Effect made waves last year when it launched on PSVR to widespread critical acclaim. It’s an audio-sensory revelation, a VR title that draws you into its atmospheric world with a curated selection of songs and some inspired visuals.
It’s enough to make anyone emotional, especially as you progress through the ‘Journey Mode’ which is an introspective adventure into the different cultures of the world and the soul, often revealing some strange truths about humanity. In a Tetris game. Honestly, I’m not kidding when I say that it would be foolish to skip this tetromino-sliding puzzler. Scratch the surface and there’s plenty to play with here.
Lucky for those of us who don’t have a PSVR headset – the game launched on Epic Games Store yesterday, July 23rd, after being revealed mere days before that on the 16th. A surprise launch on the platform and a powerful exclusive, the game is now available to play for the first time in 4K (as long as you don’t enter VR mode.)
Having played it, it’s quite staggering to see the game rendered at its true potential – it looks miles better than it did on the PS4. Further, the PC version supports VR mode just the same as the PS4, though this time you can use both the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.
The way this works is by utilizing the Steam VR framework, which is launched via the Epic Games Store platform, which is crossing the streams in an interesting way, but it works regardless. Mind you, that’s only for the VR mode, there’s no Steam necessary when you play the game normally in 2D outside of the confines of your steamy goggles.
Definitely consider picking it up if you want to check out an unmissable game that flew under a lot of people’s radars. It’s an emotional rollercoaster. Now we just have to wait for what Mizuguchi will come up with next!