♟️Chess Ultra VR (2017) | What Do You Need to Know Before You Buy It #review

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As I said in my first review on Ghost Recon Wildlands, these are not classic reviews. It’s more like a What-Do-You-Need-to-Know-Before-You-Buy-It kind of review, from a consumer perspective and a personal experience. The Gaming Boutique kind of review. Things that can make you buy a game in a second – like a good story or stunning cinematics -, but also to put it on the maybe, or even nope-never-bye, lists, in the very next second – overpricing, overpromising, or any other over-something you might find unacceptable.

Game: Chess Ultra (website)
Company: RipStone
PlayStation Store: Chess Ultra
Game Community: Chess Ultra on Steam

I played Chess Ultra for the first time last month, being one of the five PlayStation games I recommended, looking for PlayStation Store deals. Launched on PlayStation on June 21 (2017) by RipStone, Chess Ultra is still promising to be the greatest strategy chess game of all time, offering the ultimate chess experience with stunning 4K visuals, Grandmaster approved AI and full VR compatibility.

You can play Single Games or Tournaments, both in 3D and VR environment. You can customize the place where you are playing, but also the chess pieces. The game comes with several sets, more of them being available in the PlayStation Store. For example, I liked the Pantheon Game Pack, released on Sept 20, 2017, and I bought it with the game for the fun of playing with a real Roman army. 🙂

The menu is simple, the VR mechanics are using the direction of your eyes and the button X to choose a section, and you have also access to Challenges against AI, or Tutorials, if you are not familiar with all pieces or you just want to see some great openings and tactics. You can modify the sound and music volume, deactivate cross-network play, and show the legal moves a piece is available to do.

Note: Chess Ultra is one of the cross-platform games I own, being also available on Steam, HTC Vive, Oculus, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Here are two videos, look and feel for both 3D and VR experiences.

On Single Games, you may choose from different types of games that include also Marathons, which allows players to make one move in 24h. It’s what I am playing, to be able to handle 6 games at the same time and 3 tournaments, the difference here being that you have 72h, and after that, you will automatically lose the game.

There is a nice 15 to 20 minutes activity before going to bed, or/and in the morning during your coffee. 🙂

PROs and CONs

The only CON (and is a tough one) is not related to the game, but to the PS VR set. I really hope that 2020 will bring us a wireless VR headset from Sony because that long VR wire who’s connecting the headset to the main unit is killing the passion, my friend.

PROs are none and all. 🙂 I already recommended it, so if you want to buy a nice game of chess with a VR component, Chess Ultra might be what you are looking for. You can buy it from here, and for other sets you can search the PlayStation Store.

Final conclusions and ratings

Chess Ultra (2017) – Gaming.Boutique rating

Chess is a game for all ages, very helpful for developing logical thinking and intuition. Chess Ultra (2017) already has a little community, meaning that you don’t have to wait long for finding a match (once again, I have played Marathons), a super-nice graphic content, and also great music in the background.

Note: Please keep in mind that PlayStation VR is not for use by children under age 12.

Content:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Sound:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Graphics:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Cinematics:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Control:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

Note: I didn’t take into consideration the Story, as on other reviews. It is a Chess game. 🙂

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