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Generally favorable reviews- based on 179 Ratings

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  • Summary: From deep beneath the ocean to the furthest reaches of outer space, Tetris Effect’s 30-plus stages are more than just backdrops; together with music, characters, and animations tailor-made for each level and triggered by your actions, they’re all meant to make you feel something — to conveyFrom deep beneath the ocean to the furthest reaches of outer space, Tetris Effect’s 30-plus stages are more than just backdrops; together with music, characters, and animations tailor-made for each level and triggered by your actions, they’re all meant to make you feel something — to convey a mood, or even provoke an emotional response. [Enhance, Inc.] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 72
  2. Negative: 0 out of 72
  1. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 12, 2018
    100
    Tetris Effect and PS VR go together like ham and eggs. It’s the perfect pairing of tech and game design. Don’t have a headset? You can still join in but you’re missing out on the definitive way to play. [Issue#157, p.92]
  2. Nov 12, 2018
    95
    For all its glorious visuals, endless modes, and virtual reality additions, the game of Tetris needs not more than a set of reliable input methods to snatch a dozen hours from right before your eyes. Tetris Effect is a confident, yet elegant, take on the simplest game in the world and a sheer masterclass of game design, at that.
  3. 90
    A masterful reimagining of Tetris that changes little about the core gameplay but still manages to create one of the most immersive video games ever.
  4. Nov 29, 2018
    90
    It's plain and simple: Tetris Effect is the best Tetris-game ever. It looks gorgeous and VR is amazing. Just buy this game.
  5. Nov 9, 2018
    89
    Some games have a personal feeling, and that's the case of Tetris Effect. If you loved the aesthetics, sound and gameplay similarities that Rez and Lumines shared (like every action has a sound effect that impacts the soundtrack), then Tetris Effect it's for you. An original and refreshing way to renew a myth that keeps entertaining big time.
  6. Nov 20, 2018
    85
    We all know the game, we all know its rules... but in VR, Tetris still manages to surprise. Kudos to the dynamic use of colours, which really lifts this game to a whole new level.
  7. Nov 9, 2018
    70
    All the flair that’s been added to the base game lays bare what’s been deliberately and inexplicably left out, like online multiplayer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. Nov 10, 2018
    10
    Awesome game! beautiful music and visual effects! a piece of art very recommended, a local or online multiplayer would be very good to playAwesome game! beautiful music and visual effects! a piece of art very recommended, a local or online multiplayer would be very good to play with friends, Excellent job in this game Expand
  2. Nov 12, 2018
    10
    ....................... TETRIS ist a perfect game. ........................
  3. Nov 9, 2018
    10
    No review can sum up the magic of this game. Even if you arent a puzzle game fan, try it. You wont regret it.
  4. Dec 20, 2018
    9
    Even for a Tetris game this is a very unique way of presenting it. The combination of music to go along with how well you're doing in theEven for a Tetris game this is a very unique way of presenting it. The combination of music to go along with how well you're doing in the board is great. Some of the animations though can block what you're doing on screen sometimes, and I've lost a couple of times because it was moving so fast and I couldn't see where I was dropping a piece due to that. However this is a game that is very soothing and works well to help wind a person down from a long day. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys Tetris even a little bit. Expand
  5. Jan 8, 2020
    8
    Beautiful yet simple game. Great graphics and awesome music. Great both in VR and nonVR
  6. Nov 9, 2018
    7
    This game has some awesome effects. It is one of the best PSVR experiences. I also like the playlists and how they are set by mood. But it hasThis game has some awesome effects. It is one of the best PSVR experiences. I also like the playlists and how they are set by mood. But it has no multiplayer, not even local. $40 is bit too much, and I expect multiplayer at that price. Expand
  7. Jul 24, 2019
    3
    While Tetris Effect is a beautiful game, a game it feels like I’ve waited my whole life to play—it’s plagued by the very thing that makes itWhile Tetris Effect is a beautiful game, a game it feels like I’ve waited my whole life to play—it’s plagued by the very thing that makes it fun: the audio visualizations. If you play Tetris Effect you’ll notice that when moving your tetraminos, a little sound plays to the beat. This is a lot of fun if you play the game to the beat of the music, but if you want to play Tetris as fast as possible the sound cue will slow you down or mess up your accuracy. There’s a solution to this, and it’s called turning the volume off on the game—but then, you don’t get to enjoy the reason you just spent $40 on a Tetris game, and you’re just playing Tetris with a controller which is objectively worse than mouse and keyboard for pin point accuracy.

    The other issue is that when you level up to the next stage, the beat (or time signature, if we want to get musical) does not consistently transition into the next time signature, it’s very abrupt and jarring and often happens out of sync. For a game that is trying to immerse you in its music and visuals, it shouldn’t be that hard to program loading times between levels to finish a time signature accurately before starting the next one.

    The biggest problem with Tetris Effect is that the most efficient way to play it is with the volume off, screen zoomed in and the “effect” turned to minimum brightness. Which is just normal Tetris. And it’s a damn shame too, since playing with the music is a lot of fun but it feels like exactly what the title suggests: its an “Effect.” The sounds and music should be aiding you in this game, but instead they work against you. You don’t get rewarded for playing to the rhythm, which in a music game is RIDICULOUS. No score bonus, quickly placing a tetramino to the beat doesn’t give you a little extra time on the next piece, and pieces fall onto the board out of tempo.

    We could also mention that this is a $40 Tetris game with:
    - No Online Multiplayer
    - No Mouse/Keyboard Support
    - All buttons must be configured even buttons you don’t need to use like camera movement
    - The right stick has a turn camera that can not be reconfigured. Why would you need to turn your camera in Tetris?

    This game is a shallow disappointment. All flair and no substance. Smoke and mirrors. An illusive trick.

    I hope Tetris Effect 2, if it even comes out, handles some of these complaints. Even better, they could patch the game to address these issues. Otherwise this game’s difficulty and challenge is just an “effect.”
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