Publishers Oasis Games have given PlayStation VR owners something to smile about by releasing two cartoon style shooters in two weeks. Their third release for the virtual reality headset is nothing like their previous outings. It wants to wipe that smile off your face and replace it with chills down your spine. It’s a dark, story-driven psychological adventure game called Weeping Doll and as the title suggests there’s plenty of dolls in the game.
Developed by TianShe Media, the game starts with a female voice reading extracts from a book called The Weeping Doll. This voice tells of two twin sisters and their doll maker father. The youngest of these siblings has a birthmark on her face and because of this she is shunned by her parents. They locked her up in a cold room with only a doll, which had a similar birthmark, for company. This story is soon cut short and you find yourself in the shoes of a maid locked in a Japanese family’s Victorian-style house. A phone call pretty much confirms that the house and The Weeping Doll book are connected. You must explore the house and solve puzzles to uncover the dark secrets within its walls.
While you explore the house you will come across many locked doors to unlock these you must complete puzzles to reveal keys. It’s safe to say that puzzles in Weeping Doll aren’t the most challenging for example there’s one where you complete a picture by putting tiles in the correct places and another has you looking for a combination for a lock. These simple puzzles break up the exploration and but still allows the narrative to continue at a steady pace. The narrative is also expanded by looking at numerous objects that are in the house.
Thanks to the wonders of the PSVR you will feel very immersed while you explore the house, you can look around as though you were really in the eerie mansion and there is a real sense of depth in most objects. However the graphics in Weeping Doll are a little odd, while they don’t look bad, they do look a little bit blurry and out of focus. I’ve played a number of games on the PSVR to know that this is a look that the developers have intentionally opted for instead of an incorrectly setup headset.
Any motion sickness that you may have experienced in other games is missing from Weeping Doll due to the nifty way you move around the house. Using the left thumb stick you move an avatar of your character around the room and then teleport to that position. The game has fourteen trophies and most of these are story related. However you will need to make sure that you examine every item in the rooms if you want to get all the trophies.
Weeping Doll may only last an hour or two and the graphics are a little hazy but the game does have its positives; the story is well thought out and executed, it rewards you for exploring everything and there’s the odd ‘make you jump’ moment which will have you frantically looking around everywhere. Also it’s priced reasonably enough for me to recommend that you go and explore this game.
NelMaNo Rating – 7/10
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