Are you excited yet? With the deluge of PlayStation VR related information this week, the wait has now become unbearable for what appears to be a wonderful entry point to the world of VR, with the most comfortable and affordable headset yet, all attached to this generation’s best selling console. Of course, after next week you can immediately become excited about PS4 Pro but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
I’ve been spending time this with some of my favourite titles of the year thus far, with Forza Horizon 3 and Madden 17 proving that the art of the sequel is alive and well. I didn’t have quite as much fun with Paper Mario: Color Splash but it’s still a lot of fun despite some flaws. I’m now trying to work out whether I can fit in Gears of War 4 before PSVR arrives, when Driveclub VR, Battlezone, Batman: Arkham VR, Eve:Valkyrie and Tethered – more on that one next week – are on my must-buy list.
Tef got a PSVR and spent the weekend putting it through its paces. For many of you this should mean he is not your friend, and cruel fate has played a horrible trick on you. On the other hand he’s done all sorts of PSVR related stuff for you to read and watch and about a million reviews (this may be hyperbole). He loved Batman: Arkham VR, and is still very much enjoying Battlezone,which you can expect a review of next week. He also managed to play Destiny and gave us some super-secret hints about what else he’s been up to:
My VR time was all cut short by a trip to Sweden, which if you know your developers and their geographical locations will let you fill in the blanks as to what I was playing – that’s all I’m actually allowed to say a moment.
Tuffcub is the luckiest bear this week, as Teflon has passed our PSVR unit to him for a couple days while he was out of the country. It seems as though he’s spent rather a lot of time watching the Great British Bake-Off in it though, where Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry can be viewed on a vast virtual screen!
I’ve been sucked (steady on) back into Destiny (phew) once more and am grinding (fnar) my way up the light levels again. Part of me is very aware it is waste of time, but another part wants the digital shiny things and big numbers. I’ve also been playing as much PSVR games as possible including Driveclub VR, Super Stardust VR, Tumble VR, Batman Arkham VR, RIGS, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, Battlezone, and the deep sea diving bit of PlayStation VR Worlds. Basically all the VR!
Our newest writer at TSA Towers is Steve, and he’s been playing the “frankly bizarre” Manual Samuel, as well as some Witcher 2 and LEGO: Pirates Of The Caribbean. Sadly he’s been laid up with a stinking head cold, but he’s cracked out his trusty PSP Go and got back into Resident Evil Director’s Cut. Hopefully he can still operate all his fingers through the potential cramp.
Miguel has been playing Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies and Clustertruck, while Jake has been falling further down the Destiny rabbit hole, with plenty of Supremacy Iron Banner while fitting in time for some all-important beta testing for Pokémon Liquid Crystal, his fan remake of Pokémon Crystal.
Kris has been playing a serious amount of FIFA 17 and dropped in to let us know his thoughts on taking a lower league club through a season;
I haven’t tried the story mode yet, have mostly just been playing a few random matches as the mighty Brighton. It’d be lovely if we got promoted this season, just so we could have actually accurate face scans in the next game. As it stands, there’s only about three players on the Brighton team who actually look like their real world counterparts, a consequence of them previously playing in the Premier League. The rest of the squad is just vague approximations. In terms of the actual gameplay, it feels good, although I don’t really understand the new technique for corners.
It’s been a frustrating week for Dave as he’s spent time with Dragon Quest Builders, but it looks as though he got over it with the amazing PS+ offering Transformers: Devastation by punching Decepticons in the face. Matt meanwhile got to review Gears of War 4, and he rather liked it!
Aran has also been on the FIFA 17 train, where he made it through The Journey and started on the potential ruinous Ultimate Team mode. He also finished Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands, possibly displacing The Wolf Among Us at the top of his personal Telltale game charts.
Finally it’s Jim’s turn to fill us in on his week, and what a packed week it has been!
This week started with some more King’s Quest. Although not the series’ strongest episode, Snow Place Like Home moves the story on nicely (if a little too quickly at times).
Uncharted 4 has reeled me in once again with its multiplayer. Those daily challenges and popping open loot chests drag me back day after day for my fix.
Modern Warfare Remastered is also up there, as is Ni No Kuni and Syberia 2. Mount & Blade: Warband has been getting some serious attention too, though I’m quickly realising how demanding it will be to become conqueror of all Calradia.
Now then, what have you been playing? And are you able to contain yourself until the arrival of PSVR?