Category: Gaming

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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Children of Colossus Review – Oculus Rift

I have to start out this review by admitting something. I hate boss battles. I remember being shocked when I started hanging out in online gaming forums and finding out that most gamers love them. I had been so sure that they were universally despised that I had hoped to rally enough people to convince game makers to stop using them altogether. Shadow of the Colossus was one of the most disappointing games I’d ever purchased for that reason. I’ve never been about high scores or challenge, but rather about wish fulfillment. What did a game let me do that I couldn’t do in real life? With Frogger on the Atari 2600 it was enough that I could move a frog on the TV. That was unbelievable to me. With Mario it was that I could shoot fire balls. Sonic could run fast. You get the point. I also liked to beat the game because that’s how you got to see the best cutscene, something I’m sure most gamers reading this are cringing about right now, but it was never about conquering the game.

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Damaged Core Review – Oculus Rift

Have you ever wanted to be a perfect A.I.? Not just some boring A.I. that tells your user where the nearest sports bar is, but a badass baddie blasting war machine? Then you’re in luck. In Damaged Core you are a carefully engineered robot that can hack and mobilize your consciousness into enemy bots and infiltrate the enemy by their own hands. The story goes you were procured by another robot as a last ditch effort to prevail in this war against the human-designed “Core”. It’s a whole scandalous thing and some people fighting on your side aren’t very happy with the idea of a perfect virus. You blast your way through missions and progress through the story in hopes of destroying The Core and winning the war.

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3DP Renaissance Part 1 – Unbox

Welcome to the first segment in the 3D Platformer (3DP) Renaissance series! Today I am looking at Unbox, a game from a Manchester indie studio, Prospect Games. This isn’t a review. I’ve not played nearly enough of this game to give a review, but I have to be honest, I was surprised at the quality of this game. Unless there are some really big problems later in the game, I feel fine suggesting that if you want a cool, unique 3DP with fun characters and tons of charm that you need to play this game.

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