Pixel Ripped 1978 Review – PlayStation VR2

Two of my favorite titles on the original PlayStation VR were Pixel Ripped 1989 and Pixel Ripped 1995 from developer ARVORE. You can find my reviews of those two titles here but we’re here today to talk about the third entry in the series Pixel Ripped 1978. This is the first entry developed for Sony’s PlayStation VR2 headset and that’s the version I took for a spin for this review.

Pixel Ripped 1978 takes us further back than the prior two entries but still has us playing as our hero Dot. The evil Cyblin Lord is once again up to no good as he is trying to hack into Atari’s past to make himself the main character. Dot has to once again stop him but will have the help of the creator of Pixel Ripped, Bug, by her side. What follows is an adventure that will take you through some classic Atari IP worlds as unlike the prior entries the team had Atari’s support this time to actually use their titles. Some of them I wasn’t too familiar with but others like Yar’s Revenge I was. As you play the game, you’ll switch between playing as Dot in the virtual world and playing as Bug at her desk in the real world. There is a ton of detail and retro game love in both worlds which I really appreciated like having the actual Atari console at your desk and having to actually insert the game cartridges into it.

You’ll spend a lot of time playing as Bug as she navigates 2D levels on her monitor and also works to debug problems. Sometimes you’ll have to take over as Dot in first-person segments to carry out an objective and other times you’ll be hitting your monitor as Bug to knock bugs out into the world to get rid of them. On top of that other things will pop up to distract Bug like a phone ringing that needs to be answered or a co-worker that you have to talk to. Juggling dealing with these distractions and working on the computer was fun and kept me on my toes. The parts when you play as Dot are OK but not as fun due to some weirdness with the movement in first-person. Trying to shoot or land my melee attacks just didn’t feel as intuitive as I would’ve liked which brought those parts down a bit for me. On the audio side of things, the game has a lot of retro sounds for the actions you perform and the voice work of your co-workers was also quite good. There is even a fun little voice-over easter egg from a certain PlayStation executive.

Pixel Ripped 1978 is another great entry in the franchise and brings a lot of Atari love to the show. The story and characters were enjoyable, the game is full of fun retro easter eggs, and jumping between the two worlds was unique and fun. Dot’s sections could’ve been better with some more work done to the combat but that’s my only major complaint. If you have a PlayStation VR2 I highly recommend you add this one to your library.

*Pixel Ripped 1978 is available now on PlayStation VR2, Steam, and Oculus. PlayStation VR2 Version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.

Pixel Ripped 1978

$24.99
8.5

Great

8.5/10

Pros

  • Blends 2D and 3D gameplay really well
  • Lovely presentation with lots of retro love throughout
  • Good voice over work and sound effects

Cons

  • Dot's gun and melee combat isn't as fun as it could be
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Editor/Writer/Reviewer here on ThisGenGaming.com. I've been playing games for almost 30 years now and play everything from AAA blockbusters to Indie games.

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