Category: Reviews

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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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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Syren Review – Oculus Rift

I wasn’t sure that I wanted to review Syren. I find VR horror to be a bit too much for me a lot of the time. But I decided to give it a shot anyway because… that’s my job. I’m happy to report you don’t have to be afraid to play Syren. At least not for the horror aspect anyway. As of this writing I haven’t beat the game. I’ve played for a few hours though and I definitely have some thoughts that I can share before I dive back in and give the full review.

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VR Invaders Review – Oculus Rift

The year: 2046. Also known as…The Future. You are Thomas Hall a brash, easy-talkin’, gunslingin’ diver. Only you don’t dive in water, you dive into neural networks to retrieve people who get lost in this needlessly dangerous technology. Like in the Matrix, you no longer enter the virtual world with a pair of dorky goggles and some plastic controllers, instead you jack your brain directly into the machine by allowing the tech to directly interface with your most vital of organs, your noodle. Also know as, brain.

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The Tree Of Babylon

I was contacted the other day by Lee Jeong-Mi, the developer of Tree of Babylon asking if I would check out her game and write about it. She is a one-person dev team from Seoul, South Korea who felt that the Oculus Store seemed to cater largely to males and she wanted to change that. “I need to see something beautiful on my Gear VR ” she said.

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Catan: The Ultimate “Gateway” Game

Everyone knows the “classic” board and card games: Monopoly, Candyland, and Uno just to name a few. Sadly, this is the extent of their game knowledge. There is a whole world of board and card games that use new and unique mechanisms, instead of the “roll and move” we all grew up with. For my first game review, I thought I’d start off with a “gateway” game. The term “gateway” refers to a group of games that are easy to learn and play, and introduce the new mechanisms to the gaming world. There are many games in this category, but Catan is often considered one of the best.

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Neon8 Review – Oculus Rift

Neon8 is pretty weird. As you can read in the Oculus store description, you are a warrior in the metaverse and your job is to save the Neon8, which are some sort of strange computer baby, from the in/Zexts. In/Zexts are the bug-like monsters that are trying to devour the Neon8. To do this you run, jump, fly and shoot your way around anywhere from 1 to 6 or more floating islands picking up the defenseless Neon8 which are completely immobile.

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Classic VR Giant Review – Affected: The Manor for Gear VR

I’ve just finished playing Affected: The Manor and I have to say, this is probably what horror games or experiences in VR ought to be. It’s creepy, it looks great, it’s not too long and even though it has it’s share of jump scares, you pretty much know when they are coming and can be prepared. In other words, you’ll be able to get through this one.

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VR Giant Classic – Wands: Almost Magic

Things have been a little bit slow for the Gear VR over the last few months. We had the occasional bigger release tossed in among much more casual and in some cases pointless affairs. But that all changed this week with Oculus seemingly going crazy and releasing everything that they have all at once. Ten games were released this week, if you count the concepts, and honestly, sometimes they are better than the full releases so you should. But easily the best of the bunch are the two that did not get a soft-launch. Wands and Smashing the Battle.

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