October 7, 2016

EVE Valkyrie Coming To PS VR This Tuesday With Cross Platform Play

Posted on October 7, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

CCP Games VR exclusive space shooter Eve Valkyrie  is going to be released as a console exclusive for PlayStation VR this coming Tuesday.  Ahead of the game’s launch CCP & Sony have released a launch trailer featuring some of the characters from the game’s single player offerings.

EVE Valkyrie is CCP game’s attempt to bring the long running Eve franchise to the action flight genre. Utilizing a VR headset, like the PSVR or Oculus Rift, players are thrust into the boots of a clone fighter pilot aboard one of the larger ships within the Eve universe. While the game does feature several “single player missions” that are aimed at allowing pilots to learn the mechanics  rather than to tell a cohesive narrative.

The heart of Eve Valkyrie is the Player vs Player combat – a number of modes have been since the game’s launch on PC including a carrier attack mode, a trench mode as well as new maps. The game was originally exclusive to Windows PC and has yet to make the (faster than light) jump to other platforms like Steam.

An upcoming update for the PlayStation VR version will allow cross-platform play with the Windows PC version.

As an EVE Online player I pretty much squealed at the Gurista emblem on one of the pilot’s jackets.


October 2016 Humble Monthly Games Revealed – Slime Rancher, Grim Dawn & More

Posted on October 7, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Subscribers to Humble Bundle Monthly can now login and gain access to 7 Steam titles including the early unlock Grim Dawn, the absolutely adorable Slime Rancher, adventure game Deponia Doomsday – which our reviewer wasn’t too keen on, top down action shooter Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, Train simulator Train Valley and a few other titles.

Grim Dawn | Released: Feb 26 2016 | MSRP: $24.99 CDN

An isometric action RPG set in an apocalyptic time, Grim Dawn features hundreds of items & quests as well as a dual-class system allowing players to mix and match their play styles. The developers also promise that the quests in Grim Dawn carry with them some sense of consquence, so if you’re into impacting the world around you – this might be the game for you.

Slime Rancher | Released: N/A Early Access  | MSRP: $21.99 CDN

This is perhaps the most adorable game I’ve seen in quite some time – you take the role of an young slime rancher who dreams of making her fortune among the stars. After blasting off into the cosmos the player lands on a distant planet inhabited by all sorts of colorful cute slimes. Using her trust backpack this very much still green rancher must suck up, repel and collect the slimes to survive in this harsh environment.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number | Released: March 10th 2015 | $15.99 CDN

Wrong Number is the sequel to the ultra-violent indie shooter that made its mark a few years back. This sequel wraps up the Hot Line saga with a brand new soundtrack, intense new enemy A.I, new weapons and some brutal challenges. Players will have to switch up their play style depending on the faction that they are taking on – this could mean approaching challenges differently or making use of the various new weapons in order to pave the way to victory with as many bodies as possible.

Train Valley | Released September 2015 | $15.99 CDN

Build railways to connect cities by laying down track, building bridges or creating tunnels – don’t let the obstacles stop you and do whatever you have to connect your destinations. As the architect of the new railways you’ll have to manage congestion and demand for your services by installing switches, additional rails and other junctures to keep things on schedule. Train Valley features real-world scenarios taken from history like the North American Gold Rush and others. Players will travel across different time periods and all around the world as they visit Europe, Japan and other destinations.

These four games represent what I feel is the most promising of the seven new titles available via  Humble Monthly in October. Here are the other games that subscribers will have access to:

  • Deponia Doomsday
  • Action Henk


The Next Product From Oculus: A More Affordable VR Headset

Posted on October 7, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Virtual Reality has been all the buzz the last few years and 2016 has been “the year” for the technology – now that first adopters have been able to get their hands on VR products aimed squarely at consumers. Premium VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have not only had high prices ranging in the hundreds of dollars but also require gaming rigs that can cost upwards of $1500 CDN. Today at Oculus Connect 3 the company announced that they have a more affordable option coming down the line thanks to an unnamed prototype headset that will standard apart from its existing product line.

This brand new headset was demonstrated during Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote address at OC3 – the prototype will sit between existing mobile Oculus sponsored solutions like the Samsung Gear VR and the full priced Oculus Rift. This device will work as a self contained VR experiences and will not require an expensive PC or a smartphone to provide immersive VR experiences.
No price for this new potential headset, release date or technical specs were discussed during the keynote. We also don’t know if it may work with a PC, similar to the way that the Samsung VR can with additional apps.

Does the idea of a “standalone Oculus Rift” appeal to you? Let us know in the comments section.


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