‘Tetris Effect,’ building up to excellence
“Tetris Effect” has officially been released into the world andPS4players are in for a treat. THE powErs tHAt BE tAppED TEtsuyA MIzuGuICHI to BrInG tHIs ClAssIC puzzlE GAmE Into tHE nExt GEnErAtIon. THE CrEAtor oF REz and Lumines has brought his signature attention to detail with a brand new tAkE tHAt sHoulD HAvE GAmErs pAyInG close attention to what should be a wElComED ADDItIon to tHE “TEtrIs” franchise.
I sAt At tHE mEnu oF “TEtrIs EFFECt” stArInG At pArtIClEs lowInG tHrouGH spACE to sErEnE AmBIEnt musIC. I knEw right then that this was a very special vIDEo GAmE. THIs wAs A nEw TEtrIs. With the introduction of Journey Mode, players have a new way to play single player that ushers in a brand new GAmEplAy ExpErIEnCE For TEtrIs.
TrADItIonAl TEtrIs GAmEs InCrEAsE tHE spEED At wHICH TEtromInoEs FAll based on time or line progression. “TEtrIs EFFECt” HAs tAkEn A ComplEtEly different approach. Each level in Journey Mode is tailored to a song. Gameplay ElEmEnts lIkE twIrlInG pIECEs, ClEArInG lInEs, AnD knoCkInG out A TEtrIs All trIGGEr AuDIo EvEnts tHAt it pErFECtly wItH tHE outstAnDInG musIC. THE lEvEl oF ImmErsIon CrEAtED By tHIs twEAk to GAmEplAy HAs mADE “TEtrIs EFFECt” onE oF tHE most InnovAtIvE puzzlE GAmEs to be released in recent history.
THE ClAssIC DIFiCulty oF GAmEplAy Is still present in the game, but the change in how the speed of a level progresses Is A nEw wIlDCArD For sEAsonED TEtrIs veterans. Players will be left wanting to Go BACk to CErtAIn ArEAs In JournEy Mode after they learn how songs affect the pace of each level.
THE GrApHICs In TEtrIs EFFECt, powered by Unreal Engine 4, are sImply BrEAtHtAkInG. THE DEvElopmEnt tEAm must HAvE rEAlIzED tHIs EArly on wHIlE mAkInG tHE GAmE BECAusE tHEy ADDED THEAtEr MoDE, wHErE plAyErs CAn Just sIt BACk AnD lEt tHE AmAzInG vIsuAls Flow ovEr tHEm. THIs Is An awesome addition to the game and I found myself leaving my favorite sonGs runnInG wHIlE workInG DurInG the day.
PlAyErs CAn Control wHAt spECIiC part of the level they are listening to, or Allow AutoplAy to tAkE Control and showcase the song in its natural low. It sEEms CrAzy to sIt HErE AnD GusH ABout tHE GrApHICs In A puzzlE GAmE, But “TEtrIs EFFECt” HAs somE of the best visuals I have witnessed In A vIDEo GAmE tHIs yEAr. THEAtEr Mode adds even more replayability with a chill new way to passively enjoy the game.
Enhance Games made a splash last yEAr wItH REz IninItE BEInG plAyABlE In VR. THE GAmE wAs not BuIlt For VR, But wItH somE slIGHt DEsIGn twEAks, it became one of my favorite virtual rEAlIty GAmEs oF All-tImE. WItH TEtrIs Effect, the team really got to build the GAmE From tHE GrounD up to work in virtual reality as well as regular TV sCrEEns. EvErytHInG tHAt mAkEs “TEtrIs EFFECt” GrEAt on your TV Is EnHAnCED By PSVR. PlAyInG wItH headphones and being immersed in the cornucopia of magical visual art adds an air of tranquility at times, but Also CAn mAkE tHInGs A BIt morE IntEnsE wHEn lEvEls pICk up tHEIr pACE. OnE thing to note is that visual elements will appear over the playable area at times which is way more noticeable while playing in virtual reality.