Psychonauts is one of my all time favorite games. Just a couple of nights ago at dinner we were listing our favorite levels in the game. I mean you have the level where Raz stomps a city as Goggalor.
And a level where you follow the milkman conspiracy and go up against girls selling cookies.
They are all just brilliant. Brilliant works of art as different as people’s individual minds. Because that’s where the levels are. Psychonauts is the story of Raz who sneaks into a summer camp for psychic kids. While there, he learns psychic abilities and stumbles on a plot to use the kids for evil. Raz, of course, saves them. The puzzles are clever and totally different for each level. You truly cannot walk into a level and go, “I’ve got this. I’ll just take all of what I did in the last level and do that with this new technique I just learned added on.” No seriously. You can’t walk into a level based on modern sculpture that’s played out on different sides of a cube floating in space and be like, “Well, I was just in a dance party pinball race in the last level so I totally know what I’m doing. This won’t be a challege at all.”
But I’ve talked about Psychonauts before. Anytime it’s up for download, I definitely recommend it (we got ours on the PS3 for the boys…and me to replay). So why bring it back up. Because they are working on a Psychonauts 2. But that’s not news either. Double Fine has a tortured history trying to bring us the second game, which you can learn about with a quick google search. No, I’m bringing it up because I’m having a little pity party for myself. They are going to release a stand alone chapter of the game. On the PS VR. And I will have to miss it.
When you have kids and responsibilities and a budget, some things just don’t work for you in the gaming world. In about a month, we will be purchasing a Switch (because Zelda). I can’t remember the last time we bought a system when it came out. Usually we wait for a deal. We bought the WiiU fairly early because of the Wind Waker edition. But the PS3 we bought when it was down to $150 and we only just got a PS4 this past Black Friday again on a deal. Buying a VR for $400 is just not going to happen. I don’t blame Double Fine for supporting the new technology, but the likelihood of us ever owning any VR is so low it’s close to Kelvin.
If, however, the PS VR is on your list of priorities, I hope you get to play Rhombus of Ruin. And I hope it’s really good. I will be sitting in pins and needles waiting for Psychonauts 2.