When Dick Wilde came out on PSVR a few years ago, I almost pulled the trigger and bought it. I was the new daddy of a PSVR AIM controller and Dick Wilde was one of the few games to support the new peripheral. Sadly, I never was able to experience. I wasn’t going to make the same mistake twice. Dick Wilde 2 is like having an arcade right there in your living room. From the design of the world to the controls, PlayStack has obviously put a lot of love into this game. But is it worth your time and, more importantly, your money?
Ins and outs of shooting fish
From the moment you enter the main launch area of the game, you forget about the controls. This is the best compliment I can give a VR game. When you forget you’re in a video game, and to you the mini-hotdog gun in your hand is real, is one of the best feelings you can have in VR. Yes, I said mini-hotdog gun.
The launch area of Dick Wilde 2 is a game in itself. You are on the sore of a fishing bank and surrounded by the most redneck junk you can think of. Dick Wilde himself is drinking a beer to your right and in your hand is a makeshift gun that shoots mini-hotdogs endlessly. Almost everything around you can be affected by these little mini-dogs. From shooting the toaster to launch toast twenty feet into the air, to the endless empty beer cans littered around the area.
Two friends fishing with guns
From here you have a choice; single or multiplayer mode. Both modes take you through various locations and various difficulties. However, multiplayer allows you to play co-op with a friend. This friend goes with you on your missions to rid these waters of radioactively mutated aquatic life. Although PlayStation cannot offer local co-op to VR titles they did allow for cross-platform play. This is great if you have a friend who plays VR on PC with HTC Vive or Oculus Rift but doesn’t have a PSVR.
Repetition rears its head
Most options in the single player are also available in the Co-op mode, although Co-op makes missions much easier. This means your choice in guns or what upgrades you need to buy are much less important. However, when playing solo these options become very important. You have four options: Pistol, Shotgun, Automatic, and Energy. These guns surprisingly all handle very differently. Even though the weapons are limited in options, you can mix and match once you unlock them.
Each gun feels great to use with both the Move controllers. The freedom of having two pistols, pistol and a shotgun, or any other combination adds replay value to each level as you try to best your previous score. The controls are some of the most accurate and responsive I’ve seen so far in a shooter on PSVR and alone are enough to pick this game up. However, the novelty soon wears off once you are frantically trying to shoot all the projectiles, enemies, and obstacles that litter your path. For an arcade rail shooter, the game is surprisingly relentless. Multiple times I found myself out of breath at the end of a level. And the difficulty only ramped up when using the AIM controller.
The PSVR AIM controller is one of my favorite peripherals and Dick Wilde 2 makes excellent use of it. You lose the ability to wield two guns simultaneously, but with the AIM controller, your accurate increases exponentially. This coupled with the fact that this single gun does more damage, you won’t be at too much of a disadvantage using it. If you have the Aim controller and are looking for a good use for it, Dick Wilde 2 would be a game to look at.
Not as Wilde as it sounds
All in all, Dick Wilde 2 is a good VR game. It doesn’t change the rail shooter, but it’s charming and does a great job of making it feel like you have an arcade game in your house. From the colorful redneck dialogue to the gameplay, Dick Wilde is a good game. However, it’s not a game you will spend a lot of time with. The various difficulty modes, co-op missions, and mix & match gun gameplay will add replayability. However, unless you have a real love of rail shooters, this won’t be one that you go back to for long. I really enjoyed my time with Dick Wilde 2, but have very little desire to return.