I’ve been an early adopter for VR, starting way back in 2014 with Oculus’ Development Kit 2, or DK2 for short. Two years later the first Oculus retail headset came out and since then, there has been a steady flow of iterations on the hardware, and some very notable software releases as well. Back in 2016, I kept telling everyone I could about how absolutely amazing and paradigm shifting this virtual reality technology really was going to be. The key phrase was “going to be”. At the time, I said I believed that it would be about 6-7 years before VR really became cheap enough and mainstream enough to be heavily integrated in our lives, like smartphones are now.
The prequel to Half-Life 2 is nothing anyone ever wanted. But for what Alyx actually is, is something extremely special. I’m not the biggest Half-Life fan, heck I didn’t even play the first one to completion (Until a few weeks ago), but even if I was, Alyx’s announcement was a bit of a dissapointment, as Valve really needed to just go and do what they said they would have done for the last 15+ years and make Half-Life 3/Episode 3. Instead we get a game that takes us all the way back to before 2004’s Half-Life 2… but with one singular gimmick… Virtual Reality.
When Westworld came out back in 2016, I was blown away by how superbly the storytelling was done. The whole premise of being in a theme park, where the animatronics are so lifelike that you forget they aren’t real, and you are set free to do whatever you want is a power fantasy of the utmost.
Cyberpilot can best be summed up as small tacked on addition to Youngblood. As it takes certain gadgets and enemies and locations in Youngblood and expands on them just the tiniest amount. The VR only side game that clocks in at about an hour and a half and barely gives much in the way of story or any meaningful development to the world that Wolfenstein creates. You just simply aren’t in the game long enough to have anything really feel like it matters.
There are few games that have brought me such pure joy as the Kefling series. Back in good ol’ 2008, I spent Christmas Eve by myself doing my annual Stay Up All Night Playing Games tradition, that year I picked a small Xbox Live Arcade title called A Kingdom For Keflings, and played it straight into Christmas Day for a total of 17 hours straight.
Tetris Effect (2019)
There are only a few perfect video games, and Tetris is one of those. I have played a lot of Tetris over the years, starting with the Game Boy version and falling in love with the NES’s color palette during my days modding and testing out emulators. With Tetris Effect finally hitting PC and the VR option coming to Oculus and Steam VR, I couldn’t wait to get immersed in the world of Tetriminos.
As long as Video Games have been around, Spider-Man games have promised the feeling of being Spider-Man. With VR coming out in consumer form in 2016, there have been plenty of tech demos or “experiences” that try to replicate being the Web Slinger himself.