One genre I find myself coming back to over and over again in VR is rhythm games. Whether it’s Beat Saber, Thumper, BoxVR, or the recent Dance Collider, I just can’t get enough of these games! So when I heard Ohshape was coming to PSVR, I was very interested, especially seeing its unique mix of rhythm games and the very random game show, Hole In The Wall. So, is Ohshape any good?
Ohshape is a PSVR rhythm game that has you trying to fit your body through walls with cutouts in them. You’ll be moving your arms in dozens of positions, sliding left and right, crouching down, or leaning in a direction. There are also walls that you have to avoid, walls you have to punch through, and collectibles to grab. The goal of each level is to keep your health bar from depleting while trying to move along with the music. And where things get really challenging is when you try and go for high scores, that’s when combos and collectibles become really important. Luckily the game has a shadow in front of you showing you where you line up, which is a very nice feature for both casual and competitive play.
The game has 3 different albums, consisting of 2 different arena types, and a total of 31 songs. There is a pretty good variety in genres here, including K-Pop, Trap, pop, dance, rap, and more. Each of these songs has 4 difficulties, beginner, easy, medium, and hard. The best I can do currently is medium, it’ll definitely take a while to practice and get used to the hard difficulty, which is where most of the replayability will come from. But there are also cross-platform leaderboards, allowing you to compete either worldwide or in your country. Though my only issue with this game is that it doesn’t have a leaderboard for your friends list, which was one of my favorite features from other VR rhythm games.
The game also has modifiers and a practice mode. The modifiers allow you to change the speed and accuracy, and the practice mode lets you loop the song or start from any point in the song. There is also a setting for players in a small play area, making it so that you don’t have to slide to the right or left of the arena. This is a really neat feature and is something that should be in more VR games. I would also like to mention that there is a party mode in the game, so if you’re interested in competing with friends or family using the same headset you can play that mode.
Everything in the game works really well, and whenever I messed up it felt like my own fault rather than the game’s fault. One reason why the game works so well is because of the height calibration. There are options for both manual and automatic height calibration, and these really help to make sure that none of the walls are unnatural to fit through.
So overall, Ohshape is a really fun game! The gameplay stands out from other rhythm games and really makes you feel like you’re dancing to the music (it’s also a fantastic workout game). Ohshape has plenty of songs to play, a platinum trophy, online leaderboards, fast and fun gameplay, good tracking, and is overall a really polished and fun game. It wouldn’t be my first or even second choice for rhythm games on PSVR, but it’s definitely one of the best ones so far, and I would recommend it if you love VR rhythm games like me, or are looking for a new game to use for working out in VR.