"Astro Bot is the Mario 64 of virtual reality," read a comment aimlessly floating through my social media recently, prompting a mixture of suspicion, curiosity, and snark. It's a hell of a statement, given how much Mario 64 singularly changed video games, and, to be clear, not one I'm making. But the claim was audacious enough to prompt the cleaning of cables around my home theater, letting me plug in PlayStation VR headset for the first time since playing Moss, a charming adventure game, earlier this year. I've been a VR advocate for a while, and continue to support VR in the abstract, but when I only have an hour or so to play something at night, VR is too much. I'd rather just flip on the TV, lay awkwardly on the couch, and move on. Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, however, is worth all of the extra effort. It's not the Mario 64 of virtual reality, but who cares? It's tremendous.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/negmnw/astro-bot-is-a-nintendo-quality-platformer-thats-also-a-vr-stunner