[PlayStation VR] Rhythm of the Universe: Ionia Review
Take on the world of music in this PS VR Title as you explore a new world and solve the puzzles on your path. Check our Rhythm of the Universe: IONIA review!
IONIA is a single-player casual adventure VR game for all ages. Get up close with music-inspired creatures in a lush forest teeming with life. Discover music-based magic on your quest to save the Harpa, a mythical creature whose habitat is on the brink of destruction. In addition, on PS5™ consoles: PlayStation Camera adaptor for PS Camera is required (no purchase necessary) go to www.playstation.com/camera-adaptor
Rhythm of the Universe: IONIA is a new PlayStation VR game. The trailer for Rhythm of the Universe: IONIA looked super engaging and beautiful, which made me want to check it out on Sony’s VR hardware. A lot of times with older hardware, late games can pull the best out of it, as the developers have learned to maximize what the hardware can do. Upon loading up Rhythm of the Universe: IONIA, I was presented with a beautiful cut scene. But as soon as the cutscene ended, I was greeted with a different reality.
After the cutscene ends, you’re thrown into the world. The first thing you’ll notice is the drab surroundings, especially coming off that beautiful cutscene. It really is a stark difference. It’s very basic, and it struggles to find an art style that works for a PS VR experience. I think the intent was certainly to create a beautiful world, but we end up with a lifeless world with very limited interaction and character models that aren’t great.
It will have you wandering around solving some basic puzzles, nothing which you haven’t seen before. There is even one puzzle that a companion solved, and I thought, you couldn’t leave that for me? It will only take you around 45 minutes to get through the whole game – an hour tops – which is not a lot of content, and it’s not an overly fun 45 minutes.
Location in VR is super important, but for IONIA, it never feels great. They do allow you to tweak settings, but I struggled to find something that felt just right. You will be able to get through, but it never feels good. I’m once again not sure if this is a hardware-related issue since the PlayStation Move controllers are showing their age, and other VR platforms have much better controllers. Could be an issue with bringing the game to PlayStation VR.
Now the sound is a tale of two stories here. The character that talks, with all due respect, has the worst sounding voice in a game I have heard in a while. It’s just really grating on the ears. Music is an important concept for the game, and this is probably the best part of the game. All of the music is great and works with the world. In tandem with some better puzzles, I think there could be something good for gamers to take on.
Rhythm of the Universe: IONIA is a substandard PS VR experience. It feels as if it has not been properly optimized for the PlayStation VR hardware since the PlayStation Move controllers and the technology for PS VR are starting to show their age. This is a short experience, and I have nothing against short experiences, as long as they’re fun. Unfortunately, Rhythm of the Universe: IONIA is not that experience. Rhythm of the Universe: IONIA is available for a $14.99 price.
This Rhythm of the Universe: Ionia review is based on a PlayStation VR copy provided by ROTU ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA, LTD..