June 30, 2022

Operation Warcade – PSVR Review

Operation Warcade by Ivanovich Games is without a doubt a spiritual successor to the 1987 arcade hit Operation Wolf by Taito. From the level design to the enemies and including the shooting mechanics. It is all here.
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Operation Warcade by Ivanovich Games is without a doubt a spiritual successor to the 1987 arcade hit Operation Wolf by Taito. From the level design to the enemies and including the shooting mechanics. It is all here.
If that wasn’t enough to bring back the feelings of nostalgia the entire game takes place inside an amusement arcade. The game itself is actually an arcade cabinet complete with a mounted uzi, just like the arcade cabinet of my childhood.

Operation Warcade plays just how I remember Operation Wolf playing in the arcade. side-scrolling levels filled with generic, faceless soldiers running onto the screen from all angles. The big difference this time around is that you have unlimited ammo.
Each level comes with 3 objectives ( which adds up to 108 in the whole game) which range from easy to quite taxing. Completing objectives opens up new levels across multiple settings such as jungles and deserts.
The graphics are quite good and the simple act of leaning back and seeing the arcade screen with your score is an awesome touch. Each level is a simple left to right scrolling while you shoot enemies and vehicles as they run onto the screen. Dotted along the levels are immersion points that take you to a sort of mini-game / level such has flying a helicopter or driving an APC whilst shooting enemies.

The controls for Operation Warcade can be set to either the DualShock 4, move controllers or the aim controller. For the purpose of this review, I used the move controllers and found them to be perfect.
The left-hand controller holds your grenades (which are somewhat cumbersome when trying to throw them) and the right-hand controller holds your Uzi. As you progress through levels and complete tasks you will unlock upgrades such as extra grenades or extra arrows for the bow.
Overall, Operation Warcade is a beautiful walk down memory lane and a great improvement on its predecessor Operation Wolf. It invokes amazing childhood memories of the local arcade and is an absolute joy to play.
Not only is it a great game to play solo but it is also fun to introduce my teenage son to one of my favourite childhood classics.
Overall score – 7/10