Playing Space Channel 5 VR Makes You Look Stupid, but Ulala Will Not Judge You

Playing Space Channel 5 VR Makes You Look Stupid, but Ulala Will Not Judge You

Dance dance revolution.

Games media is still a little green at describing and rating VR games. We try to evaluate these fairly new experiences according to now immersive they are, how effectively they draw us into their virtual worlds, and what have you.

Going hands-on with Space Channel 5 VR (which carries the amazing subtitle "Kinda Funky News Flash") at PAX East gave me a new measurement tool: I've decided the best VR games draw you in so completely, you absolutely forget your meat copy is flailing in real-space like a dork. I don't care how stupid or clumsy I look while playing Space Channel 5 VR. I have a world to save, dammit. People are dancing out here. It's chaos. Ulala believes in me and my funky moves, and that's all that matters.

Space Channel 5's bizarre pastel-neon world surrounds you as soon as you slip on the PlayStation VR helmet. Aliens are forcing people to dance, and as Ulala's new apprentice, you must help her zap the threat by parroting the enemies' movements, Simon-style. If you're already a fan of Space Channel 5, then you already know this song. You move up, down, left, and right to muster the energy to send your foes flying back to outer space—but in Space Channel 5 VR, you actually move your full body to the beat. I got quite a bit of a workout by the end of my session, but then again, I'm as fit as bottle of marshmallow fluff.

When Space Channel 5 VR got me started with a short training mission that shows you the ropes, I felt that initial stab of self-consciousness that (I assume) afflicts everyone trying to sync up their quick-moving digital avatar with their real-world movements. Once the demo started in earnest and Ulala instructed me in her friendly, brisk way to get my head out of my ass, I was all-in. Up! Left! Right! Pew pew pew!

I was sad when my session was over, but I scored an 88% rating. By the end, I didn't care if anyone laughed at my doughy, noodly limbs flapping around like banners for history's saddest army. These doughy limbs fired off energy beams that freed dozens of hostages. It was all a very silly, very good time, and I enjoyed being under Ulala's employ. I think we make a good team.

I'm admittedly not sure how well Space Channel 5 will work as a full experience. I suppose it all depends on how much energy you have to spare on getting down and funky for minutes at a time while wearing the PlayStation VR visor. Well, nobody ever said committing murder via the art of dancing is supposed to be easy.

Look for Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash on the PlayStation 4 later this year.

Disclosure: PAX East is run by ReedPOP, which owns USG.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

Related articles

Animal Crossing New Horizons Beginner's Guide and Walkthrough

Your one-stop shop for all of our guides on Animal Crossing New Horizons. Here's a beginner's guide, and walkthrough.

Animal Crossing New Horizons: Summer Shell DIY Recipes List and How to Get Them

Summer means a whole host of new features have been added to Animal Crossing New Horizons. Here's what you need to know about Summer Shells and the DIY Recipes they're used in.

Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Catch a Whale Shark

The Whale Shark is one of the largest fish you can catch in Animal Crossing New Horizons. Here's how to get your hands on one.

WWE 2K Dev Promises a "Significant Evolution in Gameplay" in the Next Title

Will a year off and a trip back to the drawing board help WWE 2K thrive?

You may also like

The Last of Us Part 2 Has Some Impressive Audio Accessibility

Sounds like Naughty Dog's really gone the extra mile with options like text-to-speech.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 4 Delayed: "Now Is Not the Time"

The latest in a series of events getting pushed back.

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Isle of Armor DLC Launches June 17

We're off on a new adventure very shortly.

Starting Screen | Starting Screen | Black Work Matters

There's been an outpouring of support for black creators today, but it should always be there.