Iron Man VR focuses on the part of Tony Stark’s origin where he decides to do away with building weapons for the government. Much like any given MCU movie, his nemesis ends up being someone that he created with his own destructive ego. In this case, it’s Ghost, vengeful over all the damage Stark Industries caused before Stark decided to call it a day. Interestingly enough, Ghost is the Ava Starr version of the character from Ant-Man and the Wasp (who never had an issue with Stark), as opposed to the never-named male version from the comics, who regularly acted as an Iron Man antagonist.
Release Date: July 3, 2020
Platform: PlayStation 4 (PlayStation VR)
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Stark’s supporting cast is made up of his assistant-turned-girlfriend Pepper Potts, the Samuel L. Jackson design of Nick Fury, and two AI holograms. Friday is a holographic assistant while new character Gunsmith is an AI copy of Stark from his reckless and problematic warmongering years. While Gunsmith had been retired, he’s eventually brought back in the fold to help investigate the sudden appearance of Stark Industries weaponry being used against Iron Man. While he’s able to help enhance Iron Man’s armor, he’s also a reminder of how far Stark has come from the man he used to be.
The game is split into three parts, mainly. There is, of course, the actual action levels where you fly around and blast stuff. As long as you ignore how weird it is that Iron Man never flies horizontally, the flight mechanics are seriously immersive. In order to play the game, you have to use two PlayStation Move Motion Controllers. With them, you can fire repulsor blasts from the palms of your hands. This works to propel you in whichever direction with a double-tap to go into blasting speed. Then there’s the ability to just blast lasers at whatever target. You’ll have to juggle your abilities at times, flying in different directions with one hand while firing at a drone with another.
Iron Man also has a special rocket punch ability that…well, it packs more of a punch. As the game goes on, you can add more abilities, including the badass and destructive unibeam.
When you aren’t blasting at the same few enemies over and over again, you’ll be asked to fly to specific spots and place your hands in specific areas to move the sequence forward. For instance, early on there’s an action sequence where Pepper is trying to land a damaged airplane. The landing gear refuses to open, so it’s up to you to get under the plane and tear the bottom open with your gauntlets.