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Crytek always seems to be among the first to push hardware to its limit with their games. It wouldn’t be Crytek without some lush jungles, but for their first foray into PlayStation VR they’ve filled them with dinosaurs. Tasking you with exploring this gorgeous world, Robinson: The Journey does some amazing work with both scale and depth perception. Perfectly sculpted for VR, this cretaceous expedition is not quite the action-packed adventure it might resemble at first glance, but the sheer joy of exploration makes it worth checking out.
Cooking games that require multitasking are amongst the most addictive out there. Often including keeping a million things in your brain at once, it’s easy to wish you had someone there to help out. This is the exact experience Overcooked: Gourmet Edition looks to offer. Sporting a hilariously wacky story and the most intense co-op gameplay around, this is one you’ll want to check out and make sure to bring a friend.
Revolutionizing local multiplayer by allowing smartphones to be used as controllers, The Jackbox Party Pack has been a staple for nearly every party I’ve thrown since it came out. None of the collections had been perfect yet though, as there were always a few duds in each pack. Sporting the best selection of games yet, The Jackbox Party Pack 3 is now available and might just be the selection I boot up here on out whenever I have folks over. Sporting four brand new games alongside my personal favorite returning game, let’s break each of them down one by one in no particular order.
Wrapping up an episodic narrative game game be tricky, as we have seen from many Telltale seasons. King’s Quest has been both a triumphant tribute to the series of the past and an incredible story in its own right. Successfully towing the line between fanciful humor and genuinely emotional moments, King’s Quest has been one of my favorite games of the year thus far. Episode 5, titled “The Good Knight” wraps up the series by tying up any of the loose ends left and recounting many moments of your journey. The end result is a final episode that provided some of the best nostalgia, not just for the older games, but even for moments from earlier episodes.
Virtual reality is still a brand new addition to my home and thus nearly anything feels pretty novel. Barreling down the lanes of Thumper and riding the terror rollercoaster of Until Dawn: Rush of Blood are things that just can’t happen in the real world. What about things that can exist in the real world then? Tackling this subject, Sports Bar VR sticks you into a virtual drinking hole filled with the standard fare of games you might find in one of those locations. There isn’t a ton there, but the charm of Sports Bar VR is found in a slightly different kind of interaction.
Thankfully, I’ve never taken drugs or had any kind of psychedelic trip that’s gone terribly wrong. From how it has been depicted in movies, I can’t imagine you could get much closer than, what is probably my favorite PSVR launch title, Thumper. A game that is aptly described as “rhythm violence” has you barreling down a path as a scarab beetle making sharp turns and busting through barriers in a world that is made all the more terrifying when you strap a VR headset around your face. In an interesting twist, Thumper does not require VR to play, yet from my experience immersing yourself in the visuals via PSVR gives you a massive advantage towards nailing though cues.