Almost two years ago I reviewed a PlayStation VR title from developer ARVORE called Pixel Ripped 1989. It was a game that spoke a lot to me as it allowed me to strap on the VR headset and be immersed in a setting set during the years that I grew up in. As much as I liked the game though there was room for improvement and no one knew that better than the developers at ARVORE. They set out to do it better the next time around and next time around is here with Pixel Ripped 1995. Is this sequel more of the same or have the developer achieved their goal of making an even better game this time around?
Just as the last game was a love letter to the 80’s Pixel Ripped 1995 is a lover letter to gaming during the 90’s. I was still a kid back during that time but I have fond memories of playing various games on my Sega Genesis as well as my cousin’s Nintendo platforms. Suffice to say that any time I play something that makes me remember my young gaming days I get pretty excited and Pixel Ripped 1995 had that effect on me. To set up the story, you once again play as the hero from the first game Dot and are battling against the villain from the first game Cyblin Lord. Cyblin is up to no good again trying to steal another Pixel Stone and so you as Dot must set out to stop his evil plans again.
The quest this time takes you to the year, you guessed it, 1995. Here, Dot takes over a gamer named David and must work together with him through games within games while also trying to avoid David’s nemesis, his mom. Just like the first game you’ll shift between playing as both characters. While playing as David you’ll be trying to stay focused on the screen while other characters like his mom and dad try to distract him. While playing as Dot, you’ll be adventuring through different types of games that will remind you of classics such as Metroid and Streets of Rage among others.
Things that you do in the game can have an affect on Dot’s world and there are even cool moments where you’ll be trying to play two games at the same time and have the ability to use things between the games. Other moments in the game you’ll be trying to conquer scenarios where things from the game come into David’s world. I loved all of this stuff in the first entry and Pixel Ripped 1995 delivers even more awesome moments and scenarios than the original. Every moment controlled well with the Dualshock 4 and I never had tracking issues or any other real performance issues outside of a few bugs that have since been patched by the developer.
Not only is the gameplay itself great but ARVORE has delivered once again on the visual design as well. The cartoony world is as beautiful as ever with everything having a nice crisp art style to it. The pixel art graphics of the games you’ll be playing are wonderful and all of the character models are solid. Audio work is also commendable with every game having a wonderful soundtrack that brought me back to those retro days of playing games as a kid. As for the trophies in the game the developer even listened to feedback here and gave this sequel a Platinum trophy for all of us who care about that sort of thing. I really couldn’t find a lot wrong with the game other than the fact that I wish it lasted longer than just a few short hours
Pixel Ripped 1995 is even better than the original and that’s saying a lot since that one was a great game in its own right. It brings even more wild moments and gameplay sequences that once again are only made possible thanks to virtual reality. It’s a perfect game to play to get lost in a world similar to one you may have grown up in or to see what it was like for the rest of us back then. This should be on every PlayStation VR owners to-buy list.
*Pixel Ripped 1995 is available now on PlayStation VR. Reviewed on a PS4 Pro. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review. ThisGenGaming is an official partner of vrgamecritic.com where you can find all of our PlayStation VR reviews.