The Persistence is a very interesting mixture of Virtual Reality and Survival Horror. The game was originally released for the PS4 but has now arrived on PC and can be played in both a V.R. and Non-V.R. environment which makes it an ideal game for those looking for V.R. style gameplay without the hardware.
The game is set about The Persistence which has experienced some very unfortunate incidents in deep space. You play a cloned version of someone who was killed prior to the events of the game and with the help of the ship’s A.I. you are able to be respawned and are guided throughout the ship to collect objects and complete tasks.
There are several dangers facing players from ship systems and deadly beings who have been spawned from the former crew. Faced with a shield to block attacks and counter-attack players must be able to defend themselves as they look for the optimum angle to deliver impactful hits on their enemies. As they explore they will gather weapons, health, resources and items which they can use at various terminals to update their abilities and to better enhance their chances for survival.
Since the game was designed for a V.R. setting; players will have to get used to a control system that is different than one who has not played many V.R. games would be accustomed to.
If you can endure the early challenges with combat, navigation, and such; the game offers some good tension and an enjoyable experience.
The graphics will seem a bit dated in parts but remember this is a product of the V.R. as you will not get games to have state of the art graphics in this environment.
What the game does offer is some tense gameplay and plenty of action in setting that should keep fans of the genre happy if they are willing to temper their expectations.
3.5 stars out of 5