Sometimes when you are trying to find a movie to watch you can spend more time searching than you actually do watch the movie. Sometimes you may be in the mood for a comedy or a horror movie or a good family movie. But sometimes you just want to let loose, have some fun, and just see what happens. The same thing can be said when you play a game. Some times you just want to go in, not really think, and just have some fun. So does Developer Strange Game Studios allow us to have some fun and just see what happens? Let’s find out with Honor and Duty: D-Day for the PlayStation Vr.
I want to say this before jumping in with the review. When you first see the gameplay, you may start to wonder about the look of Honor and Duty: D-Day rather than the actual playing of the game. Don’t let that fool you. With that said, let’s continue.
Honor and Duty: D-Day is as I mentioned an online multiplayer game in the middle of a battle with up to 32 other players. There are four different maps with a mix of Team Death Match and Attack and Defend. But not only do you get to shoot like there is no tomorrow, but you also have vehicles and yes, there is even a battle royale all in the awesomeness that is PlayStation VR. But if you really do not want to play in Virtual Reality, you don’t have to. I mean if you want to be those select few that don’t want to jump in you can, I guess, if that is your thing. I am just kidding, it’s good to have an option for those who may still not be sure about VR and still want to have some fun.
Let’s talk about the options for a minute. Everything is right here that you could possibly need from enabling VR to joining Multiplayer and Battle Royale to Controls and VR settings. And yes, if you are wondering, there is 3D Rudder support. Strange Games Studios was also very generous with the types of controls you have to select from. You can use the DualShock 4 controller, both Move controllers, and the Aim controller. I will say that I did not try to use both Move controllers as I jumped right in with the Aim controller and then moved to the DualShock 4 controller just to see and I will say that both the Aim controller and DualShock 4 controller work very well.
One of the things I love about Honor and Duty: D-Day is the fact that when you join a Multiplayer game, there is virtually no wait. You just join and thrown into battle. You can also select when you die, to respawn with your squad or random. Depending on where your squad is and if they are surrounded, that might not be the best option as I found out many many times. But on the other hand, I selected randomly as well and I got put at some points where someone with a sniper hit me like nothing else. But that’s the beauty of it, you never know where you may end up, but I never once got mad, I was just having fun. You do have four classes to select from which are Heavy, Assault, Medic and Engineer. Not all classes and weapons may be available at first as they may need a certain rank to access them.
Speaking of dying, you will die a lot. There were times when I was in a tank…yes, a tank and got shot and died. You can be a gunner in a vehicle as the driver is driving like a maniac who almost flips you both and get shot. You will run out of ammo and your health will go down, so be on the lookout to replenish what you can before the enemy shoots you and tries to take what was yours in the first place. And you know what, it didn’t matter, it doesn’t matter because this is Honor and Duty: D-Day and dang it, we will fight or die (probably die) trying.
But one thing I forgot to mention is that mic support is very active here, so chatting with your teammates can be a bonus. For those that may not like language or just not talk, you can disable the chat in the game which sometimes can be more of a blessing than first thought.
Let’s talk about sound. From the moment you are thrown into battles, there are sounds from planes waging war from above and crashing, to hearing the tanks move out sounds good to the shots of gunfire sound good. What I like is with the different weapons, each one seemed from what I can tell to have a distinct sound to them, which is a nice addition. Sure generic repetitive sounds could be used for the same weapon, but the extra effort to make them sound different was a nice touch.
On the graphics, it is what it is. It’s not high detail, the art style is this cartoonish shading with some lower detail, but that really is ok and it works. But what some may think as needing more detail throughout, I appreciate the smaller details that were put in such as the sniper rifle that when you look through it has you looking through almost into another layer. Am I any good with the sniper, not really, but it was still fun to use it.
Is Honor and Duty: D-Day 100% perfect? No, it isn’t and it’s not trying to be. There were some things that took me by surprise, but not in a bad way. A couple of times I respawned on a roof. There is nothing wrong with that, in fact, I used that to my advantage and took some shots from above until I died. But when I respawned again on the same roof, I decided to jump down and go for the attack, until more than half of my energy was gone. Sometimes I would try and go jump over a fence, but only be able to land on half of the fence, but yet could not jump over. And there were times on a map where I landed in the water and was able to move, but not jump out onto land.
So if anything that I hope gets added is more modes such as Death Match or Capture The Flag or even a zombie mode where half of the players start out as zombies and the others try to not get infected. It would work so well and plus it would be kind of funny to play in that type of mode with this art style. I would also love to see more maps and vehicles. But the great thing about the Developer is that they do listen and continue to make the updates and additions to the game.
Honor and Duty: D-Day shows us that when we look at things in life, sometimes judgment is passed without knowing everything there is to know. Sometimes that judgment can cloud one’s mind and lead us down a path we nor the people that care about us the most, never envisioned us to be and we become the ones that are judged. But if we give it the time and understanding to see the story, then we actually might be better because of it.
Honor and Duty: D- Day is out now on PlayStation VR. A review code was provided.
In case you missed the trailer, please enjoy. Until next time, I have some ranking up to do.