Song In The Smoke: Rekindled review: a physical and fun reworking of a VR classic

Can you survive in Song In The Smoke: Rekindled's PSVR 2 realistic wilderness?

Song In The Smoke: Rekindled review; a person draws a bow and arrow to shoot a creature
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Our Verdict

Song In The Smoke: Rekindled features some satisfying tactile crafting and combat systems, made all the better by PSVR2. Rekindled is a prehistoric survival adventure you can fully immerse yourself in.

For

  • Grounded, physical experience
  • Excellent visual upgrade
  • Captivating gameplay loop

Against

  • It's a remake of the old PSVR game

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Song In The Smoke: Rekindled is a PSVR 2 survival adventure that has already won numerous awards on PSVR and Oculus. With enhancements for PlayStation VR2, including haptic feedback and improved textures, it's never been better. But is it enough in 2023?

Crouching in the bushes, I loose an arrow that finally takes down the feathered beast I’ve been tracking, taking care to recover the arrow shafts as they’re too precious to waste. But as I look down at my spoils, wondering whether to skin it for its pelt first, or carve out some meat to sate our hunger, I realise it’s almost nightfall and I'm a fair trek far from my campfire.

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The Verdict
4

out of 10

Song in the Smoke Rekindled (PSVR 2)

Song In The Smoke: Rekindled features some satisfying tactile crafting and combat systems, made all the better by PSVR2. Rekindled is a prehistoric survival adventure you can fully immerse yourself in.

Alan Wen
Video games journalist

Alan Wen is a freelabce journalist writing about video games in the form of features, interview, previews, reviews and op-eds. Work has appeared in print including Edge, Official Playstation Magazine, GamesMaster, Games TM, Wireframe, Stuff, and online including Kotaku UK, TechRadar, FANDOM, Rock Paper Shotgun, Digital Spy, The Guardian, and The Telegraph.

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