With PlayStation VR out in the wild, I’m curious how all of you that have it are finding the system. Are you enjoying the virtual reality experience for the first time? Are you struggling with some of the system’s limitations, or finding yourself unexpectedly ill after playing? Let us know in the comments below.
In the News This Week
- A giant PSVR popped up in King’s Cross Station this week
I kind of felt that it should block the top of the escalators, forcing everyone using the station to go through VR, but it’s still a pretty impressive and fun set up, featuring a few demo units inside for people to try out.
- The PS4 Media Player now has full VR support
Which makes sense, I guess, given that Sony have just released a virtual reality headset…
- Halloween comes early to Overwatch
And in a nice twist, this isn’t a new competitive multiplayer mode, but a PvE mode which pits four players against “Dr. Junkenstein himself, Junkenstein’s Monster, the Reaper, a mysterious witch, and host of shambling zomnics.” Halloween themed treats and cosmetics will be your reward.
- Steam is getting full support for the DualShock 4
Great news that we won’t have to fiddle aroud with unofficial drivers anymore. As Bunimomike said, “Utterly, utterly wonderful news. It’s already becoming easier, but to have official support. Well… that’s just great. It’s a brilliant controller in my humble opinion.”
- Hitman heads to Japan for its grand finale on 31st October
- Friday The 13th is now coming out Q1 2017
But on the plus side, it’s not getting a single player mode, with AI bots added into the mix.
- Star Citizen’s single player has also been delayed
There’s been a very long gestation period for this game, which has been one of the most successful crowd funding projects ever, but when you’ve got as stellar a cast as this one – it features Gillian Andersen, Gary Oldman, Mark Hamill, and Andy Serkis – you’d probably want them to take their time and get things right…
- And Cuphead has also been delayed to next year
This one seems to be stuck in development hell, having been originally planned for release in 2014 then getting delayed time and again. It still looks pretty great, though.
- The next major Final Fantasy XIV expansion, Stormblood, is out next summer
- Wattam goes multiplatform and will release late next year
“Wattam will come out further into next year, probably,” said Robin Hunicke. “We haven’t announced a ship date yet. That’ll be on the PlayStation 4 and some other platforms as yet unannounced.”
Games in Review
It’s been another big week for reviews, as the second wave of PSVR embargoes lifted. Amid a sea of competent games for the system, was there anything that could truly stand out as being an essential purchase?
- Rez Infinite – PSVR, PS4 – 9/10
- Battlezone – PSVR – 8/10
- Rigs: Mechanized Combat League – PSVR – 8/10
- Lego Dimesions: Ghostbusters (2016) Story Pack – PS4, XBO, PS3, X360, Wii U – 8/10
- Skylanders Imaginators – PS4, XBO, PS3, X360, Wii U – 8/10
- Mafia III – PS4, XBO, PC – 7/10
- Driveclub VR – PSVR – 7/10
- Eve: Valkyrie – PSVR, Oculus Rift – 7/10
- Headmaster – PSVR – 7/10
- Dragon Quest Builders – PS4, PS Vita – 7/10
- Seasons After Fall – PC – 7/10
- Manual Samuel – PS4, XBO, PC – 7/10
- Lichtspeer – PS4, PC – 5/10
This Week’s Features
Starting off with more Playstation VR stuff, Aran, Tuffcub and I brought together our thoughts on our favourite PSVR games so far, with a few surprises in the mix. Dom also brought us a preview of a charming god sim strategy game called Tethered.
I spent plenty of time with Battlefield 1, and as those with EA and Origin Access got to play the game’s 10 hour trial, I spoke about the game’s compelling new Operations mode and the powerful and emotive single player campaign.
We spoke to PlayFusion about Toys to Life, as they launched a Kickstarter for Lightseekers, whil we also talked to the developers behind the incredibly ambitious looking Dual Universe, which is dealing with being a space game created in the aftermath of No Man’s Sky. Changing tack completely, Jake visited king to play their new Rummy-based multiplayer game, Shuffle Cats. They had actual cats at the studio. I was terribly jealous.
Rounding things out, we had What We Played, which understandably focussed on VR gaming!
Check out Dark Souls 3’s upcoming 3v3 multiplayer
It’s coming as part of the Ashes of Ariandel DLC.
Morgan Yu can be a woman in the new Prey
Get a look at what the female version of the character will look and sound like in this latest trailer, as she tries to warn the rest of humanity of the threat present on the space station
A short teaser of Hitman’s finale episode
As you’d expect of a mission to Japan, IO have chosen the most picturesque time of year to set it in.
Get a look at Infinite Warfare’s combat rigs
As the beta is live this weekend, here’s what the game’s handful of multiplayer characters offer.
I also want to feature out Battlefield 1 videos:
Honestly, while plenty of people replied in What We Played, there was a surprising lack of achievements. The Lone Steven completed BioShock 2 this week, finding himself getting a little emotional at the story’s ending, before turning to Red Faction: Guerrilla and Prototype, as he continues to delve into the PlayStation 3’s back catalogue.
Beyond that, it’s the early dabbling with PlayStation VR or getting on with some of the other new releases in this hectic time of year.
The Week Ahead
After last week’s rush of PSVR games, this week’s release schedule is looking positively subdued. That said, there’s still some pretty big hitters on the list.
- Mordheim: City of the Damned – PS4, XBO – 18/10
- Batman: Return to Arkham – PS4, XBO – 21/10
- Battlefield 1 – PS4, XBO, Win – 21/10 (Early Enlister Edition on 18/10)
- Civilization VI – Win, Mac, Linux – 21/10
- Lego Harry Potter Collection – PS4 – 21/10
Whether you’re eyeball deep in some virtual reality game, playing more conventional games on a TV or computer, or simply kicking back and relaxing, I hope you all have a lovely weekend.