Category: Gaming

Augmented Empire Review – Gear VR

As soon as the game starts you’re in the dark, grimy, cyberpunk city of Detritum, a place with a gloomy and depressing atmosphere as people are gathered around flaming barrels and everything just looks bleak and dismal. You play as just Willa Thorne for the first few minutes, a high class young adult who was thrown into the depths of the city, but soon you will have a whole cast of six protagonists to choose from. The story of the game is interesting and keeps becoming more and more expansive as new locations are explored and new characters are met.

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Along Together Review – Google Daydream

When Google Daydream was announced I thought that it had a good chance of being a Gear VR killer. It promised to be on more phones than Gear VR, be built entirely into those phones, it looked to be more comfortable and it had the motion controller. I was ready to jump ship, certain that the one that I was on was sinking. But before it was time for me to get a new phone, Samsung released their controller. That combined with the fact that I’d not been hearing great things about Daydream caused me to rethink abandoning my first love. While what a phone can do with VR is the most important aspect of a smartphone for me, for my wife it’s the camera. And Pixel boasts a pretty solid camera, in fact, at release it was lauded as the best camera on mobile. Thankfully that meant she went with pixel and I could now straddle the two ships, legs akimbo, like Van Damme in that commercial with the trucks. I don’t remember what it was for, but I remember the splits.

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Twisted Arrow Review – Oculus Rift

Despite the age old idea that you should not judge a book by it’s cover, and by extension, a game by it’s cover art, I nevertheless find myself doing that anyway a lot of the time. I think that adage came to be before a large portion of marketing budget went in to designing eye catching covers. I only bring this up because everything about the Twisted Arrow store art caught my eye, from the yellow and green colour scheme, to the font, to the way the word arrow is being busted up by an arrow, it just screamed production value. I’ve felt this way before though and wound up less than enthused with the product, but I’m happy to say Twisted Arrow is so very close to being every bit as good as I expected it to be.

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Batman Arkham VR Review – Oculus Rift

Batman Arkham VR is both more than I expected and less than it should be. I’ve not watched any gameplay videos of the PSVR version and so I thought that it was mostly a series of galleries with minimal interaction. In a sense it is just a series of galleries, but the interaction is far more in depth than I had given it credit for. On top of that the environments look every bit as amazing as you would expect from a Rocksteady Batman game and so it makes it that much more forgivable that you can’t move around these scenes other than by teleporting to predetermined locations. While I tend to be a fan of superheroes in general I am one of the few that doesn’t understand the extreme fascination people have with Batman. Nevertheless I’ve played many Batman games in my time and this one, despite how it clips your batwings, had me feel the most like I’d stepped into the cowl.

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Farpoint Trailer – PSVR

This trailer for Farpoint looks amazing. This isn’t the first game that has made me wish that I had a PSVR in spite of already having an Oculus Rift, Gear VR and unlimited access to an HTC Vive, but it is the best looking one so far.

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Hidden Fortune – Gear VR Review

Before I begin I have to say that I am not the target audience for Hidden Fortune. I’ve been told by Archiact themselves that it is intended as a casual experience for people who like hidden object games. As a general rule I can’t stand hidden object games and I’m not big on casual games either. But Hidden Fortune isn’t exactly like most other hidden object games and though there are many areas that I feel can be improved, I have to say that it’s the best game in this genre that I’ve played.

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Giant Cop Review – Oculus Rift

When I first saw Giant Cop I thought it looked like a truckload of fun. Being able to stomp around a city as a 200 foot tall police man, help citizens or maybe wreak havoc that only a giant could, and toss crooks and ruffians into a massive collection bin atop the police station all sounded like something you couldn’t mess up. I was pumped. Unfortunately I found the overall experience to be pretty disappointing. It has moments of fun surrounded by periods of confusion, tedium, frame rate issues, and political jokes that were obvious and honestly, not what I wanted out of the game.

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Narcosis Review – Oculus Rift

When I first began playing Narcosis I didn’t think that I was going to like it. Part of that is because it’s a horror game and I’m getting to the point that I just can’t deal with horror games. They aren’t bad games, they just aren’t for me. But most of it was because for the first few minutes were not great for me. To start with, I began the game holding my Touch controllers and it was telling me to press keyboard keys to start the game. I restarted it thinking that something had gone wrong and had the same thing. Then I noticed it was listed as a seated experience so I grabbed my Xbox One controller and tried again. When it first loaded it still told me to press a key on my keyboard and I was about to lose it, but then it switched to the Xbox controller. Now, I’m not a Touch snob, I will play games that don’t use it, but it seems like a strange choice for this game.

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Space Maze Review – Gear VR

Space Maze probably should have been called something else. Something like Space Obstacle Course, or Space Hair Remover. It isn’t a maze at all as there is only one direction to go, but there are a lot of things you have to avoid hitting while travelling in that direction and that is going to make you pull your hair out at times, so either of the names I have just suggested would work better than Space Maze I believe. Actually, make that Ethereal Blue-ish Somewhere Obstacle Course, because it isn’t really space either. I suppose that doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as well, but it’s more accurate.

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Affected The Manor Review – Oculus Rift

You could be forgiven for feeling that virtual reality is practically synonymous with less than stellar, quickly made horror experiences. If you’ve ever played an Affected game then you know that it doesn’t fall into that category. It is certainly a horror experience, just not a bad one. Affected has always been gorgeous, well crafted, and creepy as hell. And when I say always, I’m talking about a long time in VR terms.

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Freeze Me – 3D Platformer Renaissance

Freeze Me is pretty much exactly the game that I’ve wanted since beating Mario 64 and never getting a proper sequel (we can debate until the end of time whether or not Super Mario Sunshine was a worthy successor and you will never convince me.) As soon as I heard about it’s development I began to follow it obsessively and watched every video that I could find on YouTube. This was partly because I was also developing a game and the fact that it was being made by one person was a pretty big inspiration and served to encourage me as I was learning. But a far bigger reason I was interested in it was that it was a bright, colourful platformer in the vein of Mario 64 and after twenty years I was finally going to get to play the game that I had been waiting for.

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