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  • Summary: Pistol Whip is an unstoppable action-rhythm FPS. Journey through a cinematic bullet hell powered by a breakneck soundtrack to become the ultimate action hero legend.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Nov 7, 2019
    100
    Pistol Whip’s multiple difficulties and modifiers like Deadeye and Dual-wield add depth to a game that’s more addictive and satisfying than Beat Saber. This is neither fully a shooter nor completely a rhythm game yet it ticks off both boxes and does so exceptionally quickly in a stylish package. The 10 launch songs, all in the same general musical style, are a bit limiting. Pistol Whip, though, is already the game that brings me back to my VR headset again and again, and I expect that to be the case for months to come. I’ll be in the group waiting for more official scenes to arrive, trying to finish a few more songs in Deadeye mode on hard, showing the game to others and hoping someone figures out how to add custom maps and songs.
  2. Nov 18, 2019
    90
    Pistol Whip is insanely fun, downright hectic, and excellent for parties. While the seven levels won’t last very long, the soundtrack and compelling rhythmic gameplay carry this one to stratospheric heights. Embrace your gun kata, and pick this up.
  3. Nov 8, 2019
    83
    Beat Saber meets John Wick: Intense music action in VR with rather typical shortcomings in terms of modes and content.
  4. Nov 7, 2019
    80
    Pistol Whip is huge amounts of fun even on the easiest difficulty setting, suitable for VR players no matter their skill level. Like any videogame of this type there is an overly repetitive value to the gameplay, and with only 10 scenes to begin with, it could’ve done with a few more; especially when it comes to music variety. Even so, Pistol Whip can still be heartily recommended for all you VR fans.
  5. Nov 8, 2019
    80
    By combining shooting, dodging, and rhythm, Pistol Whip gets you moving in a unique and compelling way. The game is at its best when it leads you into a strong sense of flow where dodging and shooting fuse into a cohesive dance. It isn't without occasional frustration—having your flow broken by seemingly unfair deaths can be annoying. A generous set of modifiers and options allow you to tweak the game in significant ways, especially the Dual Wield mode which changes (for the better, in my opinion) the way the game feels. Pistol Whip has undoubtedly strong fundamentals, though it seems like there's untapped potential waiting to be unlocked with better level mapping.
  6. Nov 7, 2019
    80
    Pistol Whip is a VR highlight with fast-paced rhythm shooting, an exciting soundtrack, and an enticingly abstract art style.
  7. Nov 18, 2019
    70
    There’s something to be said for a stripped down to basics game experience, without too many complications or intricacies that get in the way of the fun. Pistol Whip is entertaining and another of the growing list of successful arguments for VR as a near-staple for gamers. As a music game, it doesn’t have the depth or addictive appeal of Beat Saber. It can be fun and is one of the better action/arcade games in the VR space, but given its limited playlist and mechanics, I suspect it doesn’t have the long-term appeal of other, more fully-featured games.

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  1. Nov 8, 2019
    10
    Do you want to feel like John Wick shooting bad guys to a banging soundtrack? Of course you do!

    I am relatively new to VR having just
    Do you want to feel like John Wick shooting bad guys to a banging soundtrack? Of course you do!

    I am relatively new to VR having just picked up an Oculus Rift S 3 weeks ago. I have been interested in VR since the release in 2016 however did not want to mess around with sensors around the room for the "room-scale" experience.

    In the past 3 weeks I have been enjoying various experiences in VR, (Beat Saber, Superhot, Arizona Sunshine, Asgard's Wrath, Blade and Sorcery). I have been playing titles both large in scope and small.

    Pistol Whip is my favorite VR experience. The ultimate goal in VR is to make you feel awesome. Pistol Whip NAILS that and gives you a great workout all the while.

    I actually feel like John Wick moving through these fantastic abstract vignettes, changing my shooting position, dodging bullets and obstacles all while nailing my shots to the beat of the banging soundtrack.

    Get this game!
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  2. Nov 7, 2019
    10
    One of the best VR games I have played, next to beat saber and super hot.
    Really a must buy.

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