released on Nov 09, 2018
Named after a real-world phenomenon where players' brains are so engrossed that images of the iconic falling Tetrimino blocks linger in their vision, thoughts, and even dreams, Tetris Effect amplifies this magical feeling of total immersion by surrounding you with fantastic, fully three-dimensional worlds that react and evolve based on how you play. Music, backgrounds, sounds, special effects - everything, down to the Tetris pieces themselves, pulse, dance, shimmer, and explode in perfect sync with how you're playing.
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i never thought tetris could make me cry (good) yet here i am
Tetris is a classic game. In VR it is a soothing experience. The music, visuals, and gameplay are almost hypnotic.
I played a lot of Tetris Friends in college. College was a dark and depressing time in my life. The rat race of academia, the mounting debt, the failed relationships, and the looming threat of poverty in our crumbling world without the necessary diploma was heavy on the head. Tetris Friends was a frantic and stressful Facebook game full of ads and a hierarchical matchmaking multiplayer where super freaks from far away countries would t-spin your whole body and shake you for your lunch money. I think I got pretty good at tetris in this time.
Eventually I did graduate from college and I deleted Facebook and tetris left my life for nearly a decade.
Now I return to tetris, an adult riddled with hippie love and big boy drugs and I see that tetris, in my absence, has done much the same.
I absolutely adore Tetris as a game and as a franchise, and Tetris Effect does it a complete justice. Not only is it frankly gorgeous, it introduces the Zone mechanic, which makes it really interesting. The multiplayer mode is just as fun as the story mode, which is a great sign for a great game.