Most people hate their jobs. They either find themselves doing something they don’t like or they’re stuck where they are purely because they have to pay their bills and can’t afford to quit. Luckily, by the year 2050, we won’t have to work any longer and will instead leave the mundane nuances of everyday work to robots.
This is the overall concept of Job Simulator, a launch title for PSVR from Owlchemy Labs. It is here, in the year 2050, that you are able to relive these mundane jobs as they once were; when humans were the workers of the world. The game’s hub world is that of a job museum where you are able to enter simulations that allow you to experience what it was like “to job” before robots began taking over all of the work. It’s a goofy concept, but it sets up well for some good laughs.
There are 4 different locations in Job Simulator which include an an office, a kitchen, a car shop, and a convenience store. Each different location felt unique and contained their own special items and gadgets to play around with. In addition, all of these different jobs require you to perform tasks that the robots ask of you. Chores may range from filling a a car with siracha sauce instead of oil, or instead, cooking some soup that is made of apples, bacon, and a ham to serve to a hungry robot customer. Most of these tasks end up being quite hilarious, which is Job Simulator’s strong suit. The game is at its best when it makes you perform chores that make you laugh hysterically while doing so.
In fact, the jokes in Job Simulator were probably my favorite part about the experience. It’s an incredibly well written game and JobBot, the robot who accompanies you throughout the 4 different areas of the game, is quite funny. Often times I find that games where jokes are so prevalent begin to wear thin by the time I have finished it. Luckily, Job Simulator doesn’t take too long to beat. I spent about 2-3 hours with the game and saw all it had to offer so maybe this attributed to why I didn’t think the jokes fell flat.
Being one of the launch titles for PSVR, I thought that Job Simulator was a great foray into virtual reality. All of the environments in the game are simple, yet intuitive, and really help you get your “sea legs” in the virtual world. Additionally, it’s a great game to help you understand how the PS Move controllers can be added to a PSVR game. If you haven’t tried VR for yourself yet, I highly recommend that you allow Job Simulator to take your VR virginity.
My biggest complaint with Job Simulator, however, would have to be its length. While it is incredibly fun to play, I didn’t think the overall content that is included with the game was worth the $29.99 price. Once you have completed all of the tasks with each of the 4 different jobs, there’s really not much else to do. While you may come back from time to time to goof off in the various environments, there’s really nothing else to hold your attention after the few short hours you’ll spend with the game.
Job Simulator isn’t just one of the best games on PSVR, it’s also a great way to wrap your mind around how virtual reality works. It’s a great entry into the world of VR, but it’s also just a game that allows you to have fun and goof off in the environments that it places you in. Often times, I think there aren’t enough video games that just allow the player to have fun. Job Simulator, on the other hand, is pure fun. If you’re looking for a great PSVR launch title to sink a few hours into, check it out for yourself.