In the loosest sense of the word, RIGS is a sports title destined for the grand launch of PlayStation VR. It's set in a futuristic arena where you pilot your mechanized warrior and try to score more goals than the opposing team. Sounds simple, right?
Throw in an innovative control system for a console title and the small matter of folks shooting at you, and you've got a challenge that's both enormous fun and incredibly rewarding.
RIGS also shows off the kind of experience that is only possible inside VR. The depth of field while inside your RIG is incredible and when you're forced to eject because someone landed a critical hit on your mech, you find yourself high above the arena looking down. The level of immersion is a little uneasy at first until you tell your brain it's not real! You see 'your' feet dangling high above the arena and get a real sense of scale as you're looking down on the action below.
While parts of RIGS feel like a more traditional shooter, you need to program your brain early on that the DualShock 4 controller is not there to aim with. I found that aiming your weapons using your head movements was the biggest hurdle to overcome. It's not difficult to get to grips with, as you've got a couple of laser sights that help, but if you play FPS games on the PS4 a lot you're going to have to reprogram how you think you should be controlling RIGS.
It's also one of the fastest, most action-packed VR experiences I've had to date. It's also possibly the one most likely to get you for motion sickness if you're sensitive. You really have to be aware of your surroundings and moving your head around a lot with speed. Focusing is a little tricky at times, but once you get a feel for the gameplay it soon settles down.
In fact, I could feel the adrenaline pumping towards the end of my time with RIGS. Truly a sensation that I've not experienced playing a console game in a long time. This is the VR effect in full swing. You're not just playing — you're inside the game — and it's terrific.
Without VR, RIGS would be a decent game but wouldn't have much of an X-factor to really suck you in. Strapping on that headset and putting you in the thick of it changes everything and creates an incredible, fast-paced experience that should keep you coming back for more. As one of the launch titles for PlayStation VR, it'll be on heads very soon, but I might just be pre-ordering myself a copy now!
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.