- Developer: Mixed Realms & Swag Soft Holdings Pte Ltd
- Publisher: Mixed Realms
- Platforms: PS VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index
- Price: $37.99
- Release Date: July 10, 2019
- Date Reviewed: July 13, 2019
- Reviewed on: PS VR
- Review code provided: Yes
Holy shit Sairento for PSVR is an AWESOME game. Excuse my language but I felt compelled to start the review with that sentence. Heck, I could even end the review right there. But, I won’t. That’s because I want to elaborate why I have fallen in love with this game.
First of all, Sairento VR is a mission-driven, VR action role-playing game set in a reimagined Japan in the near future. In Sairento, you play as a member of the Silent Ones, chosen for your outstanding character and trained by a sensei skilled in the art of ancient Japanese martial arts and modern fighting, you not only yield a mean katana, but are also skillful with guns and projectile weapons. The Silent Ones are a a righteous but covert organization of seemingly ordinary people who practice the long forsaken code and martial arts of the ancient samurais and ninjas. You are tasked with uncovering the sinister secret behind other members of the Silent Ones turning into crazed nano-infected shells of their former self and in the process, fight your way through multitudes of your past comrades.
There are hundreds of ninja games out there but Sairento brings it to life with the possibilities of virtual reality. This is the most immersive ninja experience you can get without actually donning a ninja outfit yourself. Though, you may have trouble finding other ninjas or samurais to fight to Sairento is the most immersive experience you can get. Ninjas need to be quick, deadly and able to manouver in such a fashion. The very idea of running on walls and jumping around an environment can be nausea-inducing. But, by some marvel, developers Mixed Realms have made this experience awe-inducing. Even more impressively, it is the studios first title which leaves us very excited to see what bigger projects will come in the future.
Sairento utlisies teleportation over short distances for player movement. This can be used effectively to dash and slash through your enemies as well as additional options. Due to these options the use of two move controllers is required. This is not a problem though because it feels so bad-ass to pull a sword off your back. The movement does take some time to get used to due to the jump style and wall running. However, once you nail this down, it feels so damn awesome to pull off some mastery maneuvers to execute enemies.
If it wasn’t for Blood & Truth I would be crowning Sairento as the best PSVR game of 2019.
The game is roughly 6 hours long so is relatively short but those 6 hours are some of the best you can spend with your VR headset on. In the single player campaign mode, your are tasked with tackling the corruption within the Silent Ones organization. In your mission you face off against mutated samurais, devious ninjas, creepy robot geishas and hulking sumo wrestlers. There is greater replayability on offer thanks to challenge and co-op modes.
In terms of the arsenal available, there is a wide range of weapons to utilise. Sairento PSVR includes all base game weapons and the “Sairento VR – Weapons Pack” DLC from the PC version. Katanas, guns, bows, kunais and throwing glaives can all be enhanced with relics to execute your enemies. No matter what weapon you use, you will undoubtedly feel like a badass using them.
Sairento does a very good job at balancing difficulty. At the start of the game the enemy AI is not too deadly, thus allowing you an easier time whilst you come to grips with the movement system. Missions get progressively tougher however once the training wheels are off and what you get in the end is a satisfying challenge.
Graphically, the game does not seem to offer the same high resolution as what I have seen from the PC counterpart. This is understandable though and Sairento still looks amazing on PSVR. The levels are sometimes a little dull but you hardly notice as you rush through performing your badass ninja moves. The whole aesthetic comes together though to provide an immersive experience.
Sairento is one of the best VR games to date. If it was not for Blood & Truth I would happily crown Sairento the best VR game of 2019. There’s nothing on VR that lets you step into the shoes of a ninja badass like Sairento does. For PSVR owners, it’s a must-buy as one of the highest quality titles available on the hardware.