Horror has already proven that it’s perfect for the VR medium and it’s never been more apparent than when you’re walking through the everchanging rooms of The Persistence. Walk those halls you must, though, as it’s your job as Zimri eder to get the doomed spaceship the Persistence back online, a task that would be much easier to undertake if you hadn’t just been killed. Luckily for you, the Persistence ship is equipped with the latest clone technology and its engineer, serena Karim, has cloned you. It’s an interesting concept and ties in brilliantly to the core roguelike mechanics that form the heart of firesprite’s game. there are times when Zimri is just as frustrated as you are, letting out expletives or having to be reassured by serena after dying for the umpteenth time.
for the most part though those deaths are your own fault, for like the best rougelikes it’s typically your own greed that’s just as much your downfall as the twisted clones that prowl the ship’s four decks. you’ll constantly push your luck, though, as in addition to those deadly hidden monsters, every room and walkway contains numerous extra items that can be picked up and used to ensure you live that little bit longer, with three currencies found at the heart of firesprite’s adventure: stem cells, fab chips and erebus tokens. numerous fabricators are found throughout the ship, which will generate all sorts of useful items and weaponry – providing of course that you have the correct currency for them – and you can also use limited teleporting and the heightened senses found in your suit to further stay ahead of your enemies. When death comes you lose all your hard-earned items but keep all your currency, allowing you to then upgrade your clone’s body and buy numerous skills that affect everything from your suit’s stealth power, to the range of the base Harvester weapon that you use to extract the stem cells of your unfortunate shipmates. explore deep enough and you’ll even find other crew members that Zimri can be transplanted into in order to stand a better chance of achieving her core objectives.
every death also resets the layout of the ship, meaning no two games are ever the same. While it can be a slog to revisit those early stages, a useful key can be found in supply crates that let you instantly jump to later levels. firesprite’s game design shifts as much as its decks do and you’ll find the later hours of The Persistence becoming as much an fps as it is an outright horror game. It’s incredibly satisfying when you’re (relatively) tooled up and can unleash fury on the enemies you were actively avoiding a few lives earlier.
exceptionally atmospheric and with an accomplished control system that will suit all levels of Vr users, The Persistence really is something special. It will occasionally spit out impossibly unfair combinations and does take a while to grow on you, but when it does The Persistence digs deep and doesn’t let go.
8/10 VERDICT a clever Genre mix AND essential vr experience
Mastering your shield is essential if you want to make progress. A good deflection will expose an enemy, allowing you to harvest them. Be aware that some of the foes you face are a lot stronger than others… Below: They might be procedurally generated, but the rooms of The Persistence still feel organic as you’re navigating them.
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Below: Enemies come in all shapes and forms, and this one is particularly dangerous, so keep well away.