Accounting+ on PSVR Review

I’ve never got on with Rick and Morty. I one hundred percent understand why people like it so much – it is daft, it’s quirky, it involves interesting characters – but for me, just halfway through an episode my ears start to hurt. The screeching voice of Morty annoys me, and that forced stutter Rick uses just gets on my wick. I really did try to like it, honestly I did. But it’s not for me.

That said, I don’t know if even the fans of Rick and Morty wouldn’t find the Accounting+ go-to of just having characters talking rambling crap constantly all the way through amusing. For the first five minutes I admit, I did laugh. But when I realised it was flavor of the day, I got a bit bored.

Accounting+ is made by Goats Goats Goats. They are obviously keen on Rick and Morty, and were keen to point out that they had got ‘the guy from Rick and Morty’ to voice on their game. A pretty awesome accolade, to be fair, but are those who are drawn in with this going to be happy?

The game starts in an accounting office. The graphics are the standard you would expect from a PSVR. Sort of grainy, basic, but charming. It’s all looking quite cute until you pick up the phone and people start talking to you. This is after you have already gone through an unskippable tutorial where a guy with a really slow voice takes you through how to use the controls, so you’re already a bit agitated by that point. And they just keep talking. And there’s nothing you can do.

Here lies the main problem. The idea that having funny voices talking for ages is funny. It isn’t. It gets old quickly. You stand there powerless, trying to click anything in your vicinity just to give yourself something to do, while the characters in your scene just keep chatting.

The scene from the advert for the game comes up next. You appear in a forest, and a weird cloud thing pops out of a tree.

WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING? GET OUTTA HERE! THIS IS MY TREE WORLD! THIS ISN’T YOUR TREE WORLD, THIS IS MY TREE WORLD! GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE, THIS, THIS ISN’T YOUR WORLD, THIS IS MY WORLD! THIS, THIS IS MY TREE WORLD!

This scene did make me laugh a lot. It was so weird, and quirky, and the way that the weird cloud thing reacted to whatever I touched with a new thing to say was so cute. And, of course, the voice actor is hilarious.

But beyond that, you’re going through more of the same. If you’ve seen the trailer, there’s not a huge amount left to the game.

If you approach this game as a immersive Rick and Morty cartoon, you’re going to be quite happy. But this isn’t really much of a game. The interaction you have is minimal. You can’t pick up many items, and when you do, it’s very awkward. The movement physics is a little flawed in the way things are thrown, and the Windows 98-style cursor and pointer that you have as hands is, while cute, really awkward. Instead of picking things up like an actual hand, you pick things up by sort of spearing them.

If you have a mate around, it would be a lot of fun to play with mates and a drink. But it is VERY short. After you’re treated to a handful of scenes, that’s it. At the end, it feels a little unfulfilling. And really, the whole thing where you can interact with pretty much nothing in your environment apart from the key quest items is a bit rubbish and frustrating.

Although I was genuinely very bored in some places, it is very short and there are some bits that are quite amusing. But seriously, this game CANNOT SHUT UP. There was one bit, I was having fun with a bone xyolophone, but the owners of said bones would not shut up about how much of a sexual thrill they were getting from it. Funny for the first 10 seconds, unless you’re high. Maybe that was my problem?

Basically, if you are looking for something interactive, go for Job Simulator. If you just want to experience some silliness and you have mates round,¬†maybe check¬†Accounting+. It is worth playing for a laugh, but you will have to judge whether it’s worth buying. Just make sure you’re not already wound up, because the game’s characters will REALLY piss you off with the incessant talking.

6/10

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