OUR RATING – 7/10
If you’re a fan of the hit sci-fi show Doctor Who, there’s no way you weren’t looking forward to the release of Doctor Who: The Edge of The Reality. It was originally released as a VR title, and now it is available on PC, Xbox, PlayStation and Switch. Meaning it’s a lot more accessible. So, how does that affect the game? You’re about to find out.
First of all, the one thing that fans can absolutely look forward to are the performances by Jodie Whitaker and David Tennant, who have breathed immense life into the experience. The story is exactly what you’d expect from a Doctor Who story, and there are plenty of references and easter eggs to keep players happy. It’s mostly a linear experience, but considering this is a port of the VR title and not a new game in the franchise, that’s understandable. Consequently, there are a few things that might hamper your enjoyment, but we’ll talk about them when we get to it.
The Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality Roundup
You play as a nameless character on the quest to help the 13th Doctor, voiced by the talented Jodie Whitaker. There’s a Reality Virus threatening the fabric of space, time and reality itself, and The Doctor turns to you for help at such a desperate time. She’s trapped, thanks to a new villain. And you need to find three crystals to help her save reality. On your quest, you’ll see a lot of familiar faces, like the Weeping Angels and the Daleks. Our favourite section from the game was definitely the one with the Weeping Angels, for obvious reasons. The thrill of running from an enemy who can only move when you’re not looking at it is unparalleled. We loved in the show and even more so in the game. But it’s not all good, since the VR controls haven’t really translated to conventional controllers so smoothly.
And that’s perhaps the biggest issue with Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality. Since the game was originally designed for VR, playing on a controller can feel clunky on a lot occasions. Combine that with the linear level design and progression, and it becomes clear that the game lacks substance. It’s somewhat disappointing and highlights how much there needs to be a proper console/PC title for the Doctor Who IP.
But there are still a lot of things to like about the game. For instance, I’m sure anyone who’s watched the show would wish to tinker around in the TARDIS or use the sonic screwdriver. And when it comes to that, Edge of Reality doesn’t disappoint one bit. Stepping into the Thirteenth Doctor’s TARDIS was an awe-inspiring experience for sure. Just like the show, you’ll have to rely on your smarts and the sonic screwdriver to get out of sticky situations, and it feels very close to living an episode on the show itself. This game will definitely bring your fantasy of traveling around space and time as the Doctor’s companion to life.