Just in time for the holidays, Merry Snowballs brings out your inner kid again in this Christmas themed VR Snowball fight simulator. I jump in for a video preview of Merry Snowballs and was not disappointed. Currently Merry Snowballs is free on the Oculus store and less then $5 on Steam, also free on Vive with a Viveport subscription.
With Black Friday around the corner, there are VR deals to be had at Best Buy!
Best Buy has several deals and they are featuring savings on Gaming Consoles: $349.99 for Sony PSVR The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR Bundle
The Oculus Rift bundle is $100 off.
And there are Mixed Reality demos planned in select locations. This is a good opportunity to try and buy.
Here’s a quick link to the video game deals page.
Space Pirate Trainer is a simple arcade style VR shooter for the HTC Vive/Oculus Rift released on October 12th, 2017. With the majority of games these days, trailers always make you think the game is 1000x better then it usually is, so personally I wasn’t expecting too much from this, and boy was I wrong.
The game itself is really everything I wanted, simple to learn with one main menu to choose options from and within seconds you’re in the game and playing. Also when you start the game, your controllers are instantly guns which is another bonus, easy to shoot at the menu system and quickly jump into gameplay.
Another thing that’s nice for beginners to VR is the stationary movement. Some games require you to move around in the game with a controller which takes a bit of getting used to and still makes some people dizzy at times, with Space Pirate Trainer, you don’t have to worry about movement besides dodging, for the most part you’re in one position and just trying not to get killed as you battle evil space bots from the top of the Space Pirate Trainer platform. As simple as the game is, it’s easy to learn but hard to master, which makes it fun and addictive and honestly hard to put down, not to mention global online leaderboards for the super competitive nerd rangers out there.
For the game modes you have a variety of options to choose from.
First you have Arcade which gives you 3 lives total, with waves getting harder each round.
There’s also Explorer Mode which gives you health regen but only 50% points.
Hardcore Mode is also fun but doesn’t include bullet time, making it harder to dodge projectiles.
Last is Oldschool which is my personal favorite, the waves start out easy and get more difficult as you progress.
As for weapons, you have a bunch of options and can change weapons on the fly with your touch controller. Weapons range from the Quarkcannon, Pulse Laser, Shotworks, Railgun, Raygun, Ion Grenade and Brawler.
For $14.99 on Steam, Space Pirate Trainer is a solid addition to any VR collection and well worth the price tag.
For any Star Wars nerds out there, you’re being summoned! A light-saber bundle with AR capabilities plus headset and tracker is included. Thanks to Lenovo we’ll be seeing this sooner than later. The $199 price tag will get you a whole package: a Lenovo Mirage AR headset, tracking beacon, and of course, the best thing any up-and-coming Jedi Master needs, a Lightsaber controller!
Star Wars™: Jedi Challenges is powered by your smart phone and works with Android and iPhone. Here’s a list of current compatible phones… iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, Samsung Galaxy S7, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel, Moto Z.
For now there’s a few different games for the Jedi Challenges setup. Lightsaber Battles being the main attraction, but there’s also Holochess which is a a strategic board game and an RTS type game Strategic Combat.
For anyone wanting to workout, Lightsaber Battles could aid in some fun and active gameplay, while Holochess and Strategic Combat are slightly less active, yet still challenging and thoughtful.
Overall Lenovo and Disney have a cool new product on their hands and it has a good chance at bringing some smiles, sweat and laughs to a new Augmented frontier.
To pre-order, visit their official site here: http://www3.lenovo.com/us/en/jedichallenges/
HTC Vive announced earlier on Twitter that DOOM VFR & Fallout 4 VR will be coming out December exclusively on their platform. Fallout 4 VR is scheduled for a 12/1/2017 release and DOOM VFR is scheduled for 12/12/2017. Of course both titles should be available on Steam as well.
Although HTC Vive says their not competing with Oculus’s recent price drop, Vive is making a big move with their $599 HMD. Not to mention 3 massive VR titles coming out exclusively, sends a pretty strong message that they’re willing to compete with Oculus not only on the hardware front, but also on the exclusive software front as well.
Oculus has had multiple exclusives recently so it’s good to see HTC Vive bouncing back, and of course at the end of the day this is just great for consumer VR with price drops in hardware and AAA VR titles coming out before the end of the year.
For those with the PSVR, not to worry, both titles will be coming to the PSVR as well as Skyrim VR! Current dates are set below with video previews. As of now Skyrim VR is just for PSVR, but hopefully it should make it’s way to Vive and Steam in the future.
Skyrim VR: November 17 for PSVR (PlayStation 4)
DOOM VFR: December 1 for PSVR (PlayStation 4), HTC VIVE (PC)
Fallout 4 VR: December 12 for HTC VIVE (PC)
For those of you who remember the Sega Dreamcast, might remember a game very well on the right side of fantastic…Rez which launched on PS2 and Sega Dreamcast in 2001 is now making an appearance with it’s updated predecessor Rez Infinite on the Oculus, Sony PlayStation and Steam VR platforms. Rez Infinite has been on the PS4 for the last year, but is a new release to Oculus and Steam VR, which should no doubt bring some smiles to players on both platforms.
The game itself is a trip and one thing that Rez was notable for was taking out the normal sound effects in your average rail shooter and replacing them with electronic sounds and melodies, as you attack more enemies, you make an assortment of symphonic magic. Now that’s Synthtastic!
The fact that Rez Infinite was made for VR is going to be a wild ride for anyone new to the game world and will have to endure silky 60fps frames with 7.1 surround sound support, not to mention the visuals are like The Matrix meets Tron. Rez Infinite is truly an experience, worth it for anyone wanting to dive deep down the rabbit hole of fun and immersion.
After diving into the HTC Vive and downloading a boat load of content, I showcase 5 fun and free VR experiences that should put a smile on your face and a tear down your cheek especially if you’re watching Pearl… 🙂
So, in no particular order…
NVIDIA’s Funhouse VR
The Lab VR
Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine
Pearl (Oscar Nominated VR Short Film)
After diving into the Oculus Rift and downloading enough content to make any hard-drive scream “Bloody Mary!” I narrow down my favorite 5 VR experiences for the Oculus Rift thus far.
*Note: All of these downloads were free with the exception of a few saying “Free for a Limited Time.” So…Download them quick so you can get them for free as well!