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VR Worlds: Ocean Descent (Playstation VR)

Ever dreamed of being in the ocean and gazing at all of the sea life?  Now you can, just put on your Playstation VR, pop in VR worlds and pick the ocean.  Find yourself hypnotized by all of the fish, stingrays and jellyfish.  If you’re lucky, you’ll find treasure in the ocean’s depths, but watch out for the shark.

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This world has three modes of play and only one of them tells a story.  It’s the one where you meet the shark.  You play the role of a cage diver looking for hidden treasure and finding a shark along the way.  There’s no explanation on what exactly the treasure is, except for a few hints that it could be alien.  I’m wondering if it’s a reference to another available world on the game.  As for the shark, it just keeps attacking you with no explanation.

The game play in this world consists of looking around with your VR headset.  Let me tell you that you will find yourself surrounded by the ocean and you can even exit your cage if you wish to.

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It’s like being in a Star Trek holodeck program, except the only senses the VR affects are sight and sound.  I’ll admit that I was afraid of meeting the shark but, thanks to my mom wanting to see it, I finally played that all the way through.  Thankfully, the shark is more startling than it is scary, as if you’re on a virtual roller coaster.  The other two play throughs are just looking at sea life without the story and the shark.

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It’s perfect for relaxing if you’ve had a stressful day.

This game is soothing but can also startle you.  I give it 8 out of 10; any ocean fanatic will love this game.

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (Gamefly.com)

When Professor Layton’s mentor opens the fabled Elysian Box, he dies. Is the myth about whoever opens that box will die true, or did someone murder the professor’s mentor and make it look like the myth was true?

The plot is your typical Professor Layton game. At first, it looks like something mystical is going on. Then the characters explain everything in a way that a raises even more questions. To sum it up, the entire series is one big Voodoo Shark (a term invented by SFDebris). Don’t get me wrong, I love the series but I can’t ignore its flaws. I will say one thing, and I warn you that there will be spoilers in what I say next. Professor Layton is not a fit guardian. He regularly abandons Flora, a girl with psychological abandonment issues to the point where she can’t be alone, to go adventuring. When he discovers that Don Paolo kidnapped Flora, he decides to continue solving the mystery of Folsense and the Elysian Box and treats getting Flora back as an afterthought. At this point, I wonder why Flora’s even in the games anymore. She did serve a purpose in the first game but now she’s little more than the token girl of the series. You could say the same about Emmy in the prequel series but she has actually proven useful on more than one occasion.

The game play is the same as ever. You explore the scenery while solving various puzzles along the way. Granny Riddleton will collect any puzzles you miss. You also have three mini-games you can play in the form of exercising an overweight hamster, repairing a camera and taking pictures, and brewing and serving tea to the citizens of Folsense. For those of you who follow my twitter account, you know that the last one is not only my favorite in this game but in the entire series. You can also collect keys to read an old diary. When you’ve finished the game, you can solve bonus puzzles to unlock a few bonuses in the game.

This game is addictive and intriguing. I give it 8 out of 10; one of my favorites in the series.

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