Downward Spiral: Horus Station PS4 Tips and Tricks – Even if You Don’t Have VR
We have a few Downward Spiral: Horus Station PS4 tips and tricks for you, whether you are playing 3rd Eye Studios’ port in VR or not.
A few months ago, developer 3rd Eye Studios’ title Downward Spiral: Horus Station was released on Steam. It was designed for VR play, and it quickly won over many fans thanks to its compelling story, atmosphere, and overall immersive gameplay. PlayStation 4 users will now get the chance to try it themselves, and there are multiple ways to play.
We have a few Downward Spiral: Horus Station tips and tricks to help you ease into the game. There’s no reason these same tips won’t work for PC, but our focus was on the PS4. If you have a few tips of your own, let us know in the comment section below.
To VR or Not to VR
Horus Station was designed with VR in mind, but you can absolutely play it on a traditional 2D TV. It is also designed for use with handheld controls like the PS Move, but a standard dualshock controller works as well.
You shouldn’t ignore the standard way of playing the game – the atmosphere is still great, the mystery is still there, and overall it’s still a good experience. But with that said, the game is a different, deeper experience with a PSVR. Movement is a key element in Horus Station, and moving in VR in a 360 environment is an experience in itself. The hand controllers are a good fit for this type of movement as well. But don’t let that dissuade you if you are looking for a sci-fi game.
Ultimately, the choice is yours, and you shouldn’t ignore Horus Station because of a lack of equipment.
- The game’s default setting is VR is off.
- There are eight acts, all of which can be played in VR or not.
Engage and/or Explore
Regardless of VR, there are two ways to play Horus Station – with or without combat, “Engage” and “Explore.” By bypassing the combat you are losing some of the challenge, but death in Horus Station simply means a regeneration at a nearby station so there’s not much risk or weight in it.
Combat is also a much different experience with the PS Moves than with a dualshock. It’s a bit more of a generic FPS and not all that challenging with a traditional controller, and enemies tend to come at you in a direct line, making it fairly easy with a dualshock. There’s also no specific benefit to destroying enemies- you don’t earn experience points or collectibles, so the choice is yours and there are no real consequences.
Exploring the station requires you to factor in movement – not just simple directional movements like pressing forward to move in that direction – but rather grabbing a wall to push off or using a device to propel you around. When you begin the game you’ll need to use the walls of the station to push away, but you’ll quickly find a grapple gun of sorts. It’s easy enough to use, you just point it at an object and fire when the reticle is green. You’ll later find a vacuum gun that allows you to freely move, but it is a little slower and less exact, albeit better in a wide open area.
Mixing all the options together is arguably the best option, but it all takes a little getting used to.
- There are 20 collectibles to be found throughout Horus Station. They are floating everywhere, and you simply need to pick them up.
- You won’t find the vacuum gun until the third act, so practice with the grapple gun.
- You’ll collect several guns along the way. It’s worth experimenting with them all, but it will mostly come down to preference.
- The giant Goliath enemies can kill you quickly – bypass them when possible and stay hidden.
- When you enter a new area, wait a moment at the door for the lights to turn on, otherwise, you can run right into an enemy.
- Length will vary but expect 4-6 hours for a first Engage solo playthrough.
Co-op vs Solo
As with the question of whether or not to play the game in VR, there is also a question of whether or not to play the game solo or with someone else through online co-op. There are pros and cons to each option, but there’s a simple way to get the most out of both.
Horus Station is partly a mystery, and it is solved by playing the game from start to finish. Once you know how it all plays out, that element is gone – that’s not to say that there isn’t replay value, but the surprise factor won’t be there. If your first playthrough is solo, a second co-op run will allow you to focus on the gameplay that is accentuated by teamwork.
Regardless, there’s no wrong way to play.
- A co-op playthrough with two players that know where to go (or one that can lead) can be completed in around three hours.
- In co-op, practice passing items between players – it will speed things up when you need to look for keys and the like.
Horus Station includes a multiplayer mode, complete with a deathmatch and a horde mode. You can choose the type and the map, and lock it with a password if you choose to keep it private.
Movement is key in multiplayer, and cover – while fleeting – can be the difference between success and failure. Learning the maps will also be vital.
- At the time of launch, the number of potential PS4 players is still relatively low, but that may change.
General Downward Spiral: Horus Station Tips and Tricks
- If you get stuck, backtrack and look for switches and/or items you may have missed.
- If you see a drive on a console that is illuminated blue, there is probably a matching blue hard drive to go with it somewhere nearby.
- The path forward is usually – but not always – illuminated by green lights.
- You can flip buttons on control panels, but only a few do anything – look for an immediate reaction.