This week has been one of those really busy weeks where I desperately could have used an extra day or two in order to get all my chores done. One of those things I’d have liked to have found the time to finish wasn’t actually a chore though, I’m talking about my play-through of Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son on PSVR.
You can watch me experience the first couple of days of Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son in this week’s episode of Ian’s VR Corner, but be warned; this game is a lot ruder than the 1993 movie, with F-bombs a-plenty and an early morning surprise that popped up when I least expected it.
The first couple of hours of Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son seem to do an excellent job of capturing the vibe of the original movie. As I mentioned earlier, there’s an extra layer of adult humour in here that some may find jarring, but look past that and you’ll find a game that obviously loves its source material.
From the Murray-esq sarcasm and snark that flows effortlessly from the mouth protagonist Phil Connors Jr. through to the lovingly recreated streets and buildings of Punxsutawney and a cast that features some very familiar characters, there’s a lot here that fans of the film will appreciate. It’s not all potty-mouthed put-downs either, as you’ll see in the video above, there are signs of a beating heart beneath its deadpan exterior.
Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son should be comfortable for anyone to play as it’s a mainly stationary experience. There is a small amount of movement around each location but this is teleport only and blink turning is mandatory.
While there’s a lot of dialogue to listen to, each location in the game has plenty of things to interact with to keep things interesting, which often gives the game a Job Simulator-like vibe. This is especially true in the kitchen of the Connor house, where you can pass the time in a variety of ways, from flicking through the music channels on the TV to learning how to cook your family’s favourite breakfasts.
While the repetition of daily events sounds like it could lead to some incredibly boring moments, so far each day I’ve played has managed to find new ways to surprise me. This is especially true of the final day featured in the video above, which includes a rather surprising and bloody interaction with a blender.
If you’re interested in trying out Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son for yourself, it’s out right now for PSVR and PC headsets.
If you enjoyed this episode of Ian’s VR Corner, you can catch up with my previous adventures over on YouTube in our VR playlist, where I’ve covered Sairento, Ghost Giant and Five Nights at Freddy’s VR. You can also read our list of best PSVR games.