PSVR Assessment: The Pierhead Arcade

Hey guys,

I never got the chance to upload my second post yesterday because we are extremely busy at work and I just didn’t have enough time to get something out. Hopefully I will get a slow day this week which would allow me to throw up more than one write-up but we will just have to wait and see what the rest of the week holds.

Now as you can tell from the title of the post I will be calling my “reviews” assessments. I will not be giving an overall score at the end of this discussion because I feel like giving the game a number score is inconsistent and arbitrary for the most part. I want this to be is a discussion on the game in as much depth as I can to help anyone reading to inform their own decision on whether or not to pick up the game or not. I will give a summary of my points and final thoughts though so if you are looking for a “score” that will be as close as I will get. Let me know if this format works for you, I’m also always open to suggestions so feel free to comment if you disagree.

The Pierhead Arcade brings a good selection of old school fair like arcade games to your home utilizing PlayStation VR. I recently picked this game up on sale for $5.99 and I can absolutely recommend picking it up for that price but the real question is, is it worth the $14.99 price tag when it’s not on sale.

The Pierhead Arcade does a lot of things right. For one, You really can get immersed in this little arcade and sink plenty of time here. Every game in the arcade is enjoyable and it’s always a blast chasing your own high scores and doing your best to improve upon them.

This game is at it’s best when you are showing off VR to a friend that you have over. What I mean by this is, I had my two brothers over and we were all playing this game and we just kept beating each others high scores, over and over, trying to top the others scores and it was exhilarating. There really is nothing like sibling rivalry. So I highly recommend gathering some friends and passing the headset around, you won’t regret it.

There is however two games in the arcade that don’t really work that well. I think a lot of this has to do with the Move controllers so if you are reading this review and you are using Oculus or Rift these may be non-issues but I still have to mention them. The Super Shoot basketball game doesn’t seem to track very well. I feel like when you bring the move controller up to your face the camera starts to confuse the move controller light for a light on your headset at time and it just completely loses detection. To combat this you have to either underhand toss the balls up or really change your shooting form. I don’t think this is the games fault however, I think the controllers are the issue.

The second game that I have had issues with is bowling.  I think the issue with this game is the camera can’t pick up fast motions with the move controller. Again I can’t really fault the game for this, I think this is more of an issue with the PSVR unit itself.

The last thing I want to mention before I recap is a complaint my wife brought up that I have to agree with. It feels really lonely when you are playing this game. There is no multiplayer, no human AI just gathered throughout talking like in Sports Bar VR, nothing. It’s just you. I think even if they just modeled one human to run the ticket counter it would help a little but even there you just point, pick your prize and it gives it to you. Now this game does have online scoreboards but it would be truly amazing if you could have other players actually sharing the space with you. This may be a minor gripe, but worth mentioning none the less.

Overall, as I stated before, I’m really enjoying my time with this game and I will continue to play it to keep furthering my scores into the stratosphere so my brother and wife can’t catch me. However if you don’t have others to gather around to play or friends on your friends list with the game and VR, it could get stale fast.


Cameron Traut

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