Reflecting on yet another failed attempt at an extreme track in Trials Rising at some ungodly hour in the morning, I come to the conclusion that this series has probably evoked more emotional responses out of me than the majority of story-driven games. This is literally a game about riding a bike from one end of a track to the end without falling off too many times. Somehow, though, it can make me laugh, smile, yell, get angry and threaten to murder my friends. I didn’t murder them, though. Honest. It was just heat of the moment. Now hand me a shovel, would you?
Here’s a little known fact; while the original DiRT Rally may title itself as a rally sim it’s actually a horror game in disguise, especially in VR. It has an uncanny ability to constantly put you on the edge of your driving limits with rocks, trees and drops mere inches away from your spinning tires. It’s fucking terrifying, like being stuck on a roller coaster that’s falling apart while you urge it to go quicker and quicker.
I won’t try to lie and claim that Ubisoft’s The Division left me feeling impressed when it first launched. There were some good ideas and man was it beautiful from a visual perspective, but it was ultimately a hollow experience. Still, with The Division 2 coming in a few months and lots of people saying The Division is far better than it was at launch I fired The Division back up.
While platformers might not be powerful juggernaut that they once were we gamers are still treated to a relatively slow but steady stream of new games in the genre. Unruly Heroes is the latest in that stream, but as always the question is a simple one; is it actually any bloody good? Yes. Yes, it is. This is a hugely entertaining romp that’s near perfect for family gaming.
There are a lot of survival games centred around crafting out there, so Smoke and Sacrifice has its work cut out when it comes to standing out from the crowd. Initially released back in 2018 for PC and Switch, Smoke and Sacrifice has made its way to Xbox One and Playstation 4 for 2019. Has it been worth the wait?
Its become a bit of a joke around the Internet that game reviewers often cite Dark Souls in their work. Anything remotely challenging is compared to Dark Souls, and any vaguely similar game design elements are, too. But in the case of Ashen it’s a very fair comparison. In many ways Ashen is Dark Souls Lite, a game that takes what people love about Dark Souls and finds ways to pare it back into a streamlined package. Somehow, Ashen still manages to be its own thing, too.
It’s easy to criticize the amount of wave-based shooters available for VR, but the genre is especially suited to virtual reality, perhaps even more so with PSVR where real-life movement is limited. Gun Club VR is yet another wave-based shooter, sure, yet it wants to set itself apart with an emphasis on realism. Give it a few hours and you’ll feel like John freakin’ Wick. Just with, y’know, that gun-fu part. Or the dead puppy. Or the smashed car.
While we all wait for Borderlands 3 to finally happen it seems Gearbox want to give virtual reality some love with the release of Borderlands 2 for the Playstation VR, a timed exclusive that Sony gets for a whole year before it arrives anywhere else. So, is it worth jumping back into Gearbox’s looter shooter?
Oh boy, oh boy, it’s time to attempt my first official PSVR review and we’re kicking things off with a good ‘un! As the mute and nameless protagonist of Red Matter you’ve been dispatched to one of Saturn’s moons in order to retrieve secret documents from the enemy known as The People’s Republic of Volgravia. But things aren’t what they seem as something strange and a tad sinister has occured at the base. Don’t get your knickers in a twist, though, because this a puzzle-driven experience from start to finish.
Having been named the leader of an entire rebellion and charged with incredible responsibility I cannot help but feel my troops may be questioning their choices as they watch me float a cow into the sky before triggering the booster rockets strapped to its backside, sending it spiralling into the air before it crashes into a nearby cliff. This isn’t some cunning ploy to distract the enemy or some ingenious new bovine weapon, it’s just me dicking around. This revolution is screwed. The oppressed masses are about to become the squashed masses.