I’m gonna level with you. I haven’t played my PSVR for ages. Once the launch novelty wore off, I’ve found myself feeling lethargic towards setting it up. Whilst I had fun with Doom VFR, Batman and Bravo Team, Moss was the only VR experience I’ve had that truly impacted me emotionally. Until now.
In Ghost Giant, you exist to lend a hand to a little boy named Louis. Louis is a really kind hearted boy who despite being understandably freaked out by your arrival, soon becomes reliant on you to poke, prod and literally raise the roof off obstacles to help him across the game’s 13 chapters. With the wonderful Zoink Games at the helm, I worried that their first venture into VR would struggle to live up to their previous body of work. I needn’t have worried. Ghost Giant has all the ingredients that make Zoink’s games so utterly delightful; beautiful visuals, off the wall humour and superb voice acting are all in abundance here. Despite all these things, it’s the story that takes centre stage. I don’t want to give too much away, but what starts out as a lovely, cute and fun game takes a somewhat heartbreaking turn just after the half way point. The game addresses and handles the subject of depression so beautifully that we won’t blame you if you shed a tear into your VR goggles. That being said, Ghost Giant‘s aim appears to be to leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy by the time the end credits roll, and trust us, it’s mission accomplished.
The game is enough in itself to justify buying it, but the icing on the cake comes in the form of a really fun trophy list. The Platinum is simple to obtain here with a handy chapter select after you’ve finished the story. Not only that, but the list is hilarious. Do I want a trophy for putting a taco on a cat? Yes, yes I do. Do I want to wave at billboard’s and have them wave back at me? Yep. Even the collectibles are fun – throwing basketballs in hoops, poking caterpillars, blowing pinwheels…it’s all been designed to get you using your move controllers in unique and inventive ways and I just loved every minute of it.
The most complimentary thing I can say about Ghost Giant is that as soon as I’d finished playing it I immediately went online and ordered some more VR games. A system I’d previously been neglecting, is now something I have fallen in love with. Thanks Ghost Giant, fist bump.
Be prepared to be moved with your Move controllers in the best way, as Ghost Giant is utterly beautiful and one of the best VR games around.
Punk rating: 9/10