Demeo is a one-to-four player tabletop turn-based dungeon crawler that can be played on both the PS5 and in PSVR2, the latter being significantly better. You choose your role from a possible seven classes (Guardian, Warlock, Sorcerer, Assassin, Hunter, Barbarian and Bard) and must traverse three floors, using card abilities and rolling dice to slay monsters that stand in your path on the way to the dungeon boss on the final floor.
There’s plenty of content on offer within Demeo, with a total of five campaigns that have differing locations, enemies, and bosses, each one taking anywhere between 90 minutes and three hours to complete. The boards in which Demeo’s campaigns take place are highly detailed environments branching from forestry dungeons to castle catacombs; you’ll see just how detailed the various figures and surroundings are when playing in VR. For instance, fire spews ash particles that drift upwards, poison bubbles like it’s brewing in a cauldron, and leaves float gracefully from trees — it really is a marvellous scene in PSVR2.
Multiplayer is where Demeo really shines, however, be it with a group of mates or randoms online. Working as a team, strategically taking turns to deal damage, buff, and heal each other to gain the upper hand on your foes is a fantastic feeling. Also, with Demeo being crossplay with PCVR headsets, where there is a huge, dedicated playerbase already, PSVR2 players will be able to join an experienced group without issue. From our time with the game, the community is very welcoming to new players who are eager to guide those new to Demeo, giving out tips, tricks, and strategies via the built-in game chat.
Resolution Games has also made excellent use of PSVR2’s new features. The headset’s haptic feedback is triggered for a short duration every time you take damage and for a longer duration when you are downed. The team has also made great use of the adaptive triggers in the PSVR2 Sense Controllers by adding a varying weight to each of the pieces that you’ll be picking up and moving around the board.
The controls are also excellently mapped for comfort in VR to allow for longer play sessions; with the ability to tilt and rotate the table any which way you like to find the perfect playing and viewing angle, say goodbye to that sore neck you’d normally get from leaning over a table for too long.
Whether you have a group of friends to play with or feel like conquering the campaigns alone, you’ll have a blast no matter what. Demeo is easy to pick up and difficult to master, although it should be noted that the social space Heroes Hangout is inexplicably absent from this version. Nevertheless, it has a slew of content, a fun and strategic gameplay loop, stunning visual detail, and superb virtually reality implementation that all help to create a fully immersive tabletop title like no other.