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Perception, A New First Person Horror Experience Coming From Ex Irrational Devs

Posted on January 18, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Developers from the now defunct Irrational Games have formed a new studio, The Deep End Games, and have unveiled their first project – Perception, a first person horror experience that will be coming to both Windows PC and PlayStation 4. The Deep End Games have partnered with a brand new publisher, Feardemic – which is owned by Layers of Fear devs Bloober Team, to bring their unique horror experience to life.

Perception isn’t your typical horror narrative, the game’s protagonist, Cassie has lost her sight and relies on a cane and SmartPhone in order to navigate the environment. With these tools at her side she is able to use a form of echolocation to traverse a gloomy Massachusetts Mansion that might be hiding a dark & ancient secret. Using her tools Cassie is able to use her cane & phone to generate sounds that will illuminate the environment for players. Ambient sounds such as a door slamming shut or a foe running towards you will also illuminate more of the mansion for players to explore. Since Cassie can’t fight back if she is spotted she’ll have no other recourse but to hide and wait for the all clear.

It is important to note that this game does fall into the trope of providing blind people with superpowers – in this case literally echolocation that produces vivid imagery. While modern scientific research using fMRI machines has shown that the brain will rewire itself towards the other sense, this does not result in the type of enhanced experience shown within perception. As someone with a partial visual impairment –  I’m blind in one eye – I am a primarily auditory dominate individual but this doesn’t mean that I can hear frequencies that others can not, it simply means the brain has rewired itself through neuroplasticity to put more focus on the other senses. I feel that this is an important distinction that needs to be addressed when discussing a game with a disabled lead character, especially with a mechanic like Cassie’s echolocation.

As Scientific American discuses the neuroplasticity concept in relation to loss of senses thusly:

“It is commonly assumed that the improvement in the remaining senses is a result of learned behavior; in the absence of vision, blind people pay attention to auditory cues and learn how to use them more efficiently. But there is mounting evidence that people missing one sense don’t just learn to use the others better. The brain adapts to the loss by giving itself a makeover.”

Realism aside Perception looks like a fun horror experience with a story that could be engaging – honestly I’d like to know more about the game’s narrative. Perception was originally kickstarted in 2015 to the tune of $168,000 USD with a then projected release date of June 2016. The devs outlined more about their plans for the game over on the PlayStation Blog yesterday – go check it out!


First Footage of Ace Combat 7 Running On PSVR

Posted on December 19, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Seven minutes of footage from ACE Combat 7’s PlayStation VR mode was filmed was released via YouTube this weekend. The footage isn’t exactly the most enthralling considering it is the TV screen output of a VR experience filmed off a screen at Bandai’s Thank You Celebration in Korea but it does give us a few hints at how the PSVR mode will work. 

Ace Combat 7 was announced back at PSX 2015 and is a direct sequel to 2007’s Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation. The VR cockpit mode and the main campaign are said to be two separate modes, meaning that the VR experience should be designed from the ground up for a headset without compromising features that players on traditional screens would expect.

No release date has been announced but the game did get a new trailer few weeks back which I’ve embedded above. If want to see the VR cockpit mode in action and don’t mind low quality footage, I’ve embedded that below.



Fans Sift Through Every Inch of New LOZ: Breath of The Wild Footage

Posted on December 2, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Nintendo released a pair of brand new The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild videos this evening and they’ve already sent fans on a wild adventure – surely folks will be combing through these two videos for days or weeks to come. Showcasing just a little under 10 minutes of in-game action this new trailer & game-play walk-through hint at or directly confirm a number of new tid bits.

Before we get to the new videos here are both embedded for your viewing pleasure:

Spoiler warnings for the above videos from here on out!

Link will be able to make use of a Lightening Rod. Notice that in this build its base attack value is quite low, half of its description is cut off and it’s only on-screen for a fraction of a second.


The Spiked Moblin Club, one of the weapons dropped by a larger enemy in the brand new trailer. Its base attack value is actually lower than the sword Link is using in this demonstration.


What treasures await us at the end of this gauntlet? Sadly Bill Trinnen won’t tell viewers – some secrets are best left for the players.


A dog jaunts alongside link during a portion of the latest trailer. Could this mean that Link will have other animal companions beside Epona?


Who are these mysterious bird people that are briefly teased? Could they be the Rito from Wind Waker? Some fans have even speculated that these bird creatures are actually related to the shieka somehow.


The final shots of the “Life In The Ruins” trailer gives us a glimpse of two seemingly different female characters. Could this be Nintendo’s way of hinting that we might finally get a female playable Link this time around? Could Princess Zelda be playable for a section of the game? 


What do you think of the tidbits and juicy hints that Nintendo has layed out for us in this latest The Legend of Zelda: Breathe of the Wild footage? I played the game at E3 this past June and was absolutely blown away by it. This (new?) female character and possible canine companion have me even more intrigued. Share your thoughts with me in the comments section at the bottom of this article!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be released for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U in 2017.



Brand New Kingdom Hearts HD ‘ Final Mix’ Trailer

Posted on August 12, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

Have a gander at some of the re-mastered visuals in Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD with the release of the latest trailer. Originally posted on DisneyVideoGames YouTube channel this brief video gives us a look at some in-game footage taken from cutscenes and boss battles.

Kingdom Hearts 1.5HD will release on the PlayStation 3 on September 10th and includes a full HD upgrade of the original Kingdom Hearts, content from Kingdom Re: Chain of Memories and cinematics from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.

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