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  • Summary: Meet Quill, a young mouse with dreams of greatness beyond the confines of her quiet settlement. One day while exploring the woods, she finds a mysterious stone and an ancient magic is awakened. Dramatic events quickly unfold as a distant evil extends its reach. With her uncle now in graveMeet Quill, a young mouse with dreams of greatness beyond the confines of her quiet settlement. One day while exploring the woods, she finds a mysterious stone and an ancient magic is awakened. Dramatic events quickly unfold as a distant evil extends its reach. With her uncle now in grave danger, Quill must embark on an epic journey—and she needs you there by her side. Together, you'll travel to forgotten realms, solve challenging puzzles, and battle menacing enemies. Alone, no one can conquer what you're up against. But united, you just may defeat even the darkest of villains. Immerse yourself in the world of Moss to help write the story of a hero in the making. [Playstation.com] Expand
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  1. Positive: 59 out of 64
  2. Negative: 0 out of 64
  1. Mar 26, 2018
    100
    While Moss is a short adventure, it's one filled with awe and wonder. The storytelling is superb with brilliant writing and a great atmosphere. The gameplay while basic is so much fun that you will never want to stop playing this game. If you have a PlayStation VR you need to pick up this game, Moss is a masterpiece that is going to go down in the history books for the first game of this genre to work and play well in VR.
  2. Mar 5, 2018
    90
    The PlayStation VR deserves to be thought of as a whole separate platform, and thus far that platform has been lacking in the killer games to sell it. This is the first must-have release to arrive; something truly special. Moss is an absolutely phenomenal experience; completely captivating, utterly endearing, and absolutely magical. Ghibli fans will find this closer to the works of the legendary studio than the Ni No Kuni games. Best of all, it finishes on a promise of more adventures to come and, like a bibliophile desperate for that next book, players will be left desperately wanting the next chapter in this story.
  3. Jul 29, 2018
    90
    Moss hits way above its weight — creating one of the few captivating, must-play stories on VR.
  4. Mar 1, 2018
    85
    In spite of a reduced enemy pool which gives the incentive to kill the same foe over and over, and regardless of its short story, Moss is one of the best PlayStation VR games out there. The camera is used with skill and helps create a strong link between Quill and the player.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 9, 2018
    80
    Enchanting. [May 2018, p.81]
  6. Feb 28, 2018
    80
    Moss is an exceptionally thoughtful, beautiful and unique experience. It’s deceptively simple, but surprisingly deep in unexpected ways. While $29.99 USD is a steep asking price for an experience that feels unfinished, if you have a PlayStation VR and are dying to try out something fresh, you’d be remiss not to give Moss a go. It’s a game that wouldn’t feel right without VR, yet doesn’t rely on the technology as a lazy gimmick in lieu of proper game design. We haven’t seen the last of our little pal Quill and something tells us that her next adventure will take virtual reality to new heights.
  7. Feb 27, 2018
    70
    Moss is sublime throughout, but it’s so good that you’ll wish there was more of it. Much more of it. Clocking in at just a few hours, the game feels like the prologue for a much bigger adventure, and it’ll leave you yearning for more. As a virtual reality experience, only minor technological limitations detract from its lush fantasy world and cunning use of the medium. There's no doubt that Polyarc's built the foundations for something truly special here; it now needs to write a few more chapters in Quill’s tale.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Feb 28, 2018
    10
    Oh wow. This is the kind of experience I bought PSVR for. I had high expectations for Moss and yet the game exceeded them. Moss is beautifulOh wow. This is the kind of experience I bought PSVR for. I had high expectations for Moss and yet the game exceeded them. Moss is beautiful in every way. The gorgeous world, the calming ambient sounds, the enchanting music, the heartbreakingly cute little mouse Quill; all together that alone puts this game at the front of the VR games pack. Then the game play itself is satisfying and fun. You steer Quill with your controller stick and your own hand, represented by a sphere of light, by moving the controller. This feels like you're truly cooperating, a fact that the game also reminds you of in other different ways, like you giving Quill the world's most adorable high five after job well done.

    It's a platform puzzle game with combat, all of which escalates in a kind pace from learning the first step to more challenging puzzles, fights and jump action sequences. There were fights I died over and over, and there were timed jump puzzles I failed at an embarrassing amount of times, but I didn't feel frustration over it. I felt that all the times I failed it was because I didn't perform well enough. The controls and level design are solid and were not to blame. Not entirely at least, there were some moments towards the end where you kind of had to die once to understand what you were supposed to do. Regarding the controls there was one spot I had to spin a thing that for some reason was annoyingly difficult to turn, but for the most part it was smooth sailing.

    It's a short game, but I feel like it would be enjoyable to play again. There are a couple of things I know I missed that I want to find, and some tantalizing hidden trophies I'd like to sniff out.

    Finally a massive congratulations to the narrator Morla Gorrondona. She did an amazing job. Amazing. Probably half the magic of Moss is how she tells the story. Polyarc struck gold casting her.

    When you step into the world of Moss, remember to pause now and then and look around you. The world truly feels alive when you look up at the distant treetops, listening to the sounds of the forest. I'm going back there right now.
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  2. Jun 4, 2018
    10
    Moss: Taking VR in the Right Direction *Spoiler Free*

    NOTE: I only review games I like. (not that I review many) but I don't see the point
    Moss: Taking VR in the Right Direction *Spoiler Free*

    NOTE: I only review games I like. (not that I review many) but I don't see the point in bashing something I could never make.

    How can I characterize this game? I have heard the comparisons to Redwall, and why not? We have an adorable protagonist that isn't the least bit weak. Quill is inquisitive, helpful and fierce.

    But, how do I begin a review on a game that is perfect? Or as perfect as you can be in VR. I read the GI review and many others. The only knock this game can have is that occasionally the floating ball can get "caught" on something. But, it is such a tiny problem that has more to do with the hardware than the software and for that, the game can be forgiven.

    You start off by sitting in a wondrous library of old with candles and a book. You use the DS4 to open the book and begin the tale. The book is animated and begins the narration. After a few pages, you are pulled into Quill's world of Moss.

    This can only be experienced in VR. If you get a chance to play the demo, realize that the game is even better.

    Once in this lush and vibrant world it is easy to just look around and take it in. Polyarc's attention to the littlest details like how Quill mounts a step or how her tail swishes are the amazing little details that add to a complete experience. The way the water reflects the surroundings, the way other characters, NPCs wander about the world, just makes the game so much more engrossing.

    Gameplay: It is a platformer. you control Quill as she makes her way around a particular scene. You may have her wait while you move a stone or a statue or unlock a part of the puzzle. A few times, I missed something and Quill pointed to where I should look. At about the 3rd scene, Quill fell off a ledge and I had to try again. Then she fell again. I realized that if I stand up, I can see what she was doing better. This added a depth to the game the developer intended. There are so many cool little secrets to be discovered by simply standing and looking about the board. Combat isn't difficult and it is fair. I didn't feel cheated if I was defeated, it was my fault. This isn't Bloodborne, (a game I love for the difficulty) and that is okay.

    Puzzles: Easy to Moderate. There aren't head scratching, teeth grinding, hair ripping controller smashing puzzles here. Is that a knock on the game? No. It means, with a little patience you can figure it out with feeling some challenge yet doesn't take away from the flow of the narration.

    Character: Protagonist: Quill is incredibly charming. There is just such awesome cool little animations (like high fiving) when Quill is out and about. Her little voices and squeaks, the way she responds to injury, and her fierceness in combat really build a character that is lovable.

    Overall: It is emotional. It is a great story. It is a fun game to play. It is worth every penny (and then some.) VR games and developers need to play this and emulate it. As soon as I was done, I wanted a Moss Chess game (or board for my current VR chess game.) The game actually excites me about the future. It reveals that you can have games like Dragon Quest, Ni No Kuni, or Civilization in VR and not as a gimmick, but as a full fledged game.

    OK: ONE SPOILER: And it is a wonderful one: The final trophy states that this is just Moss: Book One.

    YES!!!
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  3. Aug 7, 2018
    10
    Very nice experience that you can only find on VR. It may not seem like much, but you will love the game for its basic gameplay, graphics andVery nice experience that you can only find on VR. It may not seem like much, but you will love the game for its basic gameplay, graphics and storytelling. The kind of game you have not played in a very long time, and go back to the core of what makes a virtual experience great. Expand
  4. Feb 28, 2018
    10
    There's not much to say besides this is a fantastic game and it's a must have VR title. All boxes are checked in my book. Gameplay, puzzles,There's not much to say besides this is a fantastic game and it's a must have VR title. All boxes are checked in my book. Gameplay, puzzles, world, graphics, art direction, music and VO even to the general ambiance if incredible. The only down side is there is little depth to combat even though it can get challenging at points and the game overall is fairly short but on the up side, You'll want to play it more than once and the platinum looks very tasty indeed. I'll give it a 10 cause I see some bombing going on but in reality I'd reckon it's a 8 outta 10. Expand
  5. Jun 29, 2018
    9
    Moss is short, no doubt about it but definitely lives up to being a great adventure game. Moss has a great story with fun little combatMoss is short, no doubt about it but definitely lives up to being a great adventure game. Moss has a great story with fun little combat scenarios and little puzzles that really get you thinking along the way. The great thing about Moss being a platformer in the third person, you can sit down and use a controller. Reducing/removing any motion sickness and utilizes the controller properly. Moss break the fourth wall and uses this to its advantage. It also makes use of the camera by making you be 'it'. Great, fun adventure and gives hope to VR. Expand
  6. Mar 6, 2018
    9
    This is a great VR game and I hope other companies rip it off unashamedly. It is a puzzle-platformer kind of game, a lot like Trine, Inside,This is a great VR game and I hope other companies rip it off unashamedly. It is a puzzle-platformer kind of game, a lot like Trine, Inside, Little Nightmares, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, except all the action takes place in front of you like a diorama come to life. It would be a good game without VR, but that certainly adds another dimension, if you know what I mean.
    It is short, and at $30 that is almost $10/hr, but I've paid that much for 3D movies that weren't as good as this. Plus, you can let your friends and family play it too. If that price is too steep, wait for a sale. I hope nobody bashes it because it is too short for the price. It is a work of art and another milestone in VR gaming.
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  7. Aug 20, 2018
    7
    I unfortunately cannot give a full 10 to this game even tough i want to because it's a wonderfull one but lacks on 2 vital points

    first one
    I unfortunately cannot give a full 10 to this game even tough i want to because it's a wonderfull one but lacks on 2 vital points

    first one would be longevity. i beat the game within around 6 hours, finding most collectibles in the game on the first run, for a pro gamer it could be done withing 4 hours on first attempt, for the price i would expect a solid 10 hours of gameplay. VR needs content to take off and moss could be the kind of game that makes people take the dive

    second one would be the lack of diversity wich could be related to the length of the game. 3 different kind of monsters is way too little and gives close to no challenge

    as for the soundtrack, the graphic and the story. SOLID 10, if the second part fixes the shortcomings i mentionned, Moss will be a perfect game
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