Doki-Doki Universe Review (PS4)

Doki-Doki Universe

After spending a whole two weeks playing almost nothing but Mass Effect: Andromeda, I wanted to start playing other games again. With the addition of a new external hard drive I was able to download a bunch of games that were in my library just sitting there that would have never fit on my internal storage before. Even though I had already played this game on the PS3/PS Vita, I decided to give it another shot because I enjoyed it the first time around. You can read my original review here, and keep reading to find out if I enjoyed it just as much the second time around.

Doki-Doki Universe is about a cute little robot named QT3. Left alone by his family on a planet with just a red balloon, he waited years and years for his family to come back, especially Lani the little girl that he cared for. After all that wait he’s picked up by Alien Jeff and told that his model was discontinued for their lack of humanity. If QT3 doesn’t want to end up like the rest of his robot model line, he’ll have to learn some humanity and in order to do that he’ll have to travel from planet to planet and learn the different traits of what it means to be human. Along the way you’ll test your own humanity as you take little quizzes. Answer honestly and you might even actually learn something about yourself.

I really enjoyed this game the first time around that I played it, and the second time was unfortunately not that enjoyable. The reason comes a little later, but I will say that I really really enjoy the story and the overall point of this game. For such a small game it has a lot of heart and really tells a touching story. When you think of it, there are huge budget AAA games that can’t even tell this kind of a story. This game kind of breaks the mold and really has you routing for QT3 as he goes from planet to planet. Plus it has a happy ending, everyone loves a happy ending once in a while right? There’s a bunch to do as you go from planet to planet, learning and helping out the citizens of these planets. Then there’s the quizzes. There are a bunch of quizzes scattered around that will basically analyze you and I would say that it does so pretty accurately. The thing is thought that you have to answer honestly and not answer how you think the game wants you to answer.

Here comes the bad part which basically ruined the second playthrough of this game for me, the playability. Not only was this game super laggy at times, but the lag made the game crash more then once. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times. Game crashes are not good. It’s not good for the system and it’s not good for the overall perspective of the game. If I have a game that is constantly crashing on me then I’m not going to remember it to fondly. Anyway, one crash even corrupted my data which completely sucked. I was halfway through the game when this happened and thought I would have to start from the beginning all over again. Luckily I didn’t, but that’s not the point. The file was so corrupt that the game wouldn’t even start without having me delete the corrupt file. I’ve never had this happen before on my PS4. It made me angry with the game and by this time I just wanted to finish playing and get my trophies so I could be done with the game.

SERIOUSLY! This game completely ignores that the PS4 controller has a touch pad, like a lot of games do. This had me a little aggravated because the touchpad would have been great for those times when you were saying hello to someone or taking part in a little quick time event that made you rotate the R stick. Why not use the touchpad instead? It would have made things more interesting and gave the game that extra kick.

The graphics for this game were really nice on the PS4. I enjoyed the graphics on the PS3 / PS Vita, but was surprised that they played out so well on the PS4. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by the simple graphics that were so much more and really brought the story to life.

Play this game from start to finish and do everything this game has to offer to get yourself 14 really easy trophies. This is one of those games though that isn’t about the trophies, but the story that the game is trying to tell. When it comes to this game I like to think of the trophies as just an added bonus.

Overall I give this game a 2.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Great story that has a lot of heart and can even teach you about your own humanity along the way.
+ Simple graphics that really make the game.

What’s Not So Great:
This game can be super laggy at times making it almost unplayable.
This game suffers from a lot of game crashes that could corrupt your data making you have to start all over again. While my data was corrupt, I didn’t have to start all over again, but I’m sure not everyone has been this lucky.
Completely forgets that the PS4 controller has a touch pad because it’s never utilized.

I know I was really harsh for this game and it’s sad because this is a really great game, but I was harsh on it because it was a port from the PS3 / PS Vita version to the PS4. While the PS3 version didn’t work all that well, the PS Vita version was different meaning that some work should have went into making the PS4 version workable without the problems from the PS3 version. This didn’t happen and for a game that had so much heart, it just seemed like a money grab which is kind of heartless if you think about it. That being said, the story is really worth it because it’s sweet and has a lot of meaning to it, but if you’re going to play it skip the PS3 and PS4 version and play on the PS Vita.

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