Where do I begin with Theseus? I have a love/hate relationship with it. As a PlayStation VR game, it has stunning moments that are fun to witness meanwhile the gameplay left me more frustrated than it should have. If I haven’t scared you away with that statement, then continue reading as I shout from the rooftops about what I loved and what I really did not like.
Theseus is an immersive VR experience that offers a new take on the myth of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth. Inspired by the ancient Greek myth, take on the role of Theseus as you explore the Labyrinth of the invulnerable Minotaur, using your cunning and stealth to find your way out of the darkness. Interesting plot, right? This creates for some stunning moments in VR when faced with the minotaur or other enemies such as spiders. (Word to the reader, I am deathly afraid of spiders)
My main problems with Theseus is the constant jump between different camera angles. The camera angle it really gets great, is when you are just over the shoulder of the character in a third-person fashion and follow closely behind. If the developers could have stuck to this camera angle throughout the game, I would probably think higher of this game; however, the developers chose another direction. The game constantly jumps between following closely behind your character to placing the camera in a random area to have you look at your character from a far, similar to the original Resident Evil game. This creates some frustrating experiences and diminishes the scale of the labyrinth and other enemies.
When it comes to actual gameplay of Theseus, well let’s just say, it’s very repetitive. You walk slowly around the labyrinth guided by a light, at least that’s what we will call it to avoid spoilers. You jump, duck, and continue to walk very slowly. You can only sprint at certain times. You also will get a torch and a sword to aid yourself against enemies. The torch will help scare away enemies and then the sword will allow you to combat the enemies. I really hope you like spamming a button though for the combat, that’s all the depth there is to it.
Wrapping this review up, Theseus really does have some stunning moments when faced with the minotaur or other things that gives a grand scale unlike any other. Theseus just falls flat in all other areas, camera angles went from great to bad and the combat has no depth and the traversal of the area became old. I would recommend Theseus when it goes on sale as it’s a fun short experience, but nothing ground breaking with PlayStation VR.