After the Fall is one of those VR titles that was a ton of fun to play when it first released, but that didn’t really offer enough content at launch to keep me invested for the long-term. Sure, the co-op multiplayer action was great, but after ploughing in a good few hours with friends, I didn’t pick it up again.
Thankfully, it has seen a slew of new content hit the game since its launch in late 2021, with all of those extras (as well as a few additional treats) put together in one collection for the PlayStation VR 2. Not only does it feel like a more rounded and complete experience now, but it also looks and feels much better to play thanks to the power of the headset.
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We’ve already reviewed After the Fall when it launched on Meta Quest 2 back in December 2021, so this review will focus more on the extras brought to the game as well as the PlayStation VR 2 improvements. If you want a more detailed look into the gameplay, you can read our initial review through this link.
After the Fall is a co-op focused shooter that sees teams of up to four players working together to take down a monstrous threat known as the Snow Breed, with a heavy emphasis placed on gathering resources and weaponry to improve your loadout. This means battling across a variety of desolate landscapes, working together with allies to clear set pieces, and, of course, surviving the deadly varieties of Snow Breed that bring with them a bunch of vicious (albeit cool) ways to end your existence. Think of it as a sort of spin on the Left4Dead formula but in VR and you’ll have a basic idea as to what you can expect from the game.
It’s a lot of fun to play though, with the enthralling set-pieces, wide range of weaponry, and co-op dynamics all coming together to make for some satisfying shooting action. And, of course, shooting monsters is ALWAYS more satisfying in VR, so it’s got that going for it too.
“New game modes, new maps, new enemies, new weapons, new customisation options… there have been a ton of extras brought to the experience that really give players plenty to sink their teeth into.”
So what can players expect from After the Fall: Complete Edition? Well, one of my complaints when I first reviewed the game was that it could feel a little lacking in content, so I’m happy to report that the game brings a bunch of cool extras to flesh out the experience. New game modes, new maps, new enemies, new weapons, new customisation options… there have been a ton of extras brought to the experience that really give players plenty to sink their teeth into. The game also launched alongside the new ‘Descension Update’ on the PlayStation VR 2, giving players two new levels to celebrate the release, so long-term players who might have taken advantage of the free upgrade from PlayStation VR will have something fresh to experience from the get-go. Everything just feels a lot more expansive in the game, with it offering more than enough now to keep players coming back for more.
It also looks a hell of a lot prettier, with the environments, textures, and character models packing more detail, whilst the additional fancy visual effects help bring the world to life. It’s obvious from the intro alone that the game has seen a massive boost to the visuals on PlayStation VR 2 when you see the snow falling around you, the light of your torch brighten enemies, and every detail of that nasty-looking lumbering Snow Breed’s face when he goes in for the kill-shot, with the generational leap in the hardware VERY clear from the get-go. Add to that the higher resolution that eliminates jagged edges and makes the world sharper, the HDR enhancement that helps the colours of the world stand out, and the wider field of vision that lets you get a better sight of the Snow Breed in your peripheral, and it’ll be hard not to be impressed by just how good the game looks.
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After the Fall: Complete Edition also takes advantage of the features included with PlayStation VR 2, with players feeling the pressure when pulling gun triggers on the Sense controllers and also the impact of enemy attacks via the haptic feedback of the headset itself. These may feel like small additions, but they go a long way in making the whole experience all the more immersive, especially since the game will quickly overwhelm you with foes and but you in an array of deadly situations – these neat little touches go a long way in making you feel like you’re right there in the midst of the action.
After the Fall: Complete Edition Review
After the Fall was already a good game, but the additional content and improvements seen with PlayStation VR 2 make it even better than before. Not only does it look prettier and feel more immersive to play, but it also brings plenty of additional content that makes it a much more fleshed out experience when compared to the game’s initial launch – so much so that it has been my most played game on the PlayStation VR 2 since the headset’s release.
And besides all that? It’s just a ton of fun to play, with the frantic shootouts and battle for the survival feeling better than ever on the PlayStation VR 2. If you and a few buddies are lucky enough to have the new headset, you’ll DEFINITELY want to give After the Fall: Complete Edition a try.
Developer: Vertigo Games
Publisher: Vertigo Games
Platform(s): PlayStation VR 2 (Reviewed), PlayStation VR, Meta Quest 2, PC VR