Video games exploring the modern world of on-line order fulfilment work had been inevitable, however we pictured they’d hit tougher and have extra to say than The Final Employee does. Taking part in because the final human worker choosing packages to be delivered for a retail monopoly named Jüngle, the real-world parallels are apparent and the setup is fertile for some sharp satire, nevertheless it’s in the end not capitalised on.
The dystopian office setting has limitless potential, nevertheless it stays unfulfilled over The Final Employee’s brief runtime. Jüngle doesn’t have many layers to peel again or disturbing secrets and techniques to unveil, it’s simply an unmistakably unhealthy place run by a overtly duplicitous dude. You’re not afforded the selection to bypass the CEO’s efforts by sabotaging deliveries or put your foot down and refuse to work altogether. You’re simply caught on a singular narrative path and, in the event you don’t hit your supply quota, you’ll simply be compelled to attempt once more.
Exploring the package-cluttered halls of Jüngle continues to be a neat spectacle in VR, and it might be the definitive method to play The Final Employee if it weren’t for the constraints it places in your motion. Whilst you have the flexibility to maneuver in any horizontal path whereas taking part in on a flat display screen with a controller, in VR you’re caught shifting the place you’re dealing with. You’ll lose out on the sense of presence, scale, and spatial consciousness PSVR2 supplies, however we’d advocate taking part in outdoors of digital actuality to make the moment fail state stealth sections considerably much less infuriating.
That’s to not say there’s nothing to love in The Final Employee. Its small solid and simplistic story are elevated by some stellar voice work. Their ill-mannered quips and puns are greater than sufficient to induce continual smirks. There’s additionally an animated intro cinematic that’s excellent and units the stage completely with no phrase of dialogue. Disgrace it’s the one one.
The Final Employee’s principal downside is that it’s a recreation made for VR that’s higher with out it. Fulfilling on-line orders in a capitalism-induced apocalypse is a wonderful concept marred by inconsistent execution and confounding restrictions positioned on VR motion. It’s brief sufficient to not overstay its simplicity, nevertheless it’s not good sufficient to make any astute thematic statements.