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Virtual reality has often been used to insert players into situations that would otherwise be impossible. Moss, one of the newest PlayStation VR titles, goes about this in a slightly different way. Instead of making the player the focus, each stage of the game is a sort of interactive diorama. Controlling the adorable mouse protagonist Quill, players can make their way environmental puzzles by inspecting every nook and cranny of the tiny world set in front of them. It creates an experience that feel unique to VR and facilitates a new sort of immersion that is the breath of fresh air that VR needs right now.
Inserting oneself into the action of a video game is what makes virtual reality such an immersive experience. Bullet hell games are scary enough as it is, taking place on a 2D plane while tons of bullets head towards a tiny ship. Thrusting this concept into the first-person perspective of a VR shooter, Blasters of the Universe takes the brain-busting space management of a bullet hell game and forces you to stare helplessly as the sea of bullets slowly drift towards you. One of the smoother-controlling shooters I’ve played in PSVR, while relatively short, it offers plenty of challenge that will have you coming back for more.
It was easy to lose heart after the garbage fire that was Resident Evil 6. Thankfully, Capcom stepped up and delivered a brand new Resident Evil experience that is both brand new feeling and upholds the roots of what makes the series fun. Bringing the series into the first-person perspective was bold move, but it paid off with Resident Evil 7. Even though the point of view changed, everything about the gameplay like managing ammo, finding keys, carefully navigating corridors and even opening doors still felt uniquely like it belonged in the series. Playing the game in virtual reality is one of the most intense experiences I’ve done in gaming. Many parts of the game are very scary and being put into that world through a VR headset only makes it that much more terrifying. The story is self-contained enough that folks who are new to the series can easily join in now, with some sly easter eggs for series veterans. The characters, especially the Baker family, are interesting to learn about and the story goes to some cool places by the end. Many people have criticized the latter portion of the game for becoming more action heavy, but if you look at previous games in the series, it actually follows a similar pattern in that regard. I played through this game four times in 2017 alone and will likely go back for another round in 2018. In any other year, this would have been an easy top spot, but I reluctantly call Resident Evil 7: Biohazard the 2nd best game of 2017.
Virtual reality, in its current form, still hasn’t been around very long and many developers are actively experimenting to find what works well for the format. Off the bat, it’s been easy to see that action and horror work well in VR. Fated: The Silent Oath has taken a different path and proven that there it’s not always about the thrills and chills. Emotionally-charged silent moments in this story based in the world of Norse mythology highlight a new way of telling a story that makes you feel even more of a connection to what is happening.
Escape rooms have grown in popularity, especially in the last year or so. Many video games made an effort to emulate these popular real life attractions as well recently to varying degrees of success. Putting a horror spin on the concept, Dying: Reborn is a flawed experience that never feels great to play, while admirably attempting to create an interesting horror story.
In this, the final episode of this Resident Evil 7 play through, Ethan finally catches up with Eveline and then immediately receives a phone call. Oh no, wait that was me in real life. As such, the Ben Cam cuts out at that moment. Will Ethan finally put an end to the madness? Watch to find out and please comment and subscribe to let me know what you’d like me to play next!
After escaping from the ship, Ethan heads down in a nearby mine and discovers much of the truth behind Eveline. Will Ethan discover all of the secrets of this biohazard? Watch to find out and subscribe for more episodes daily!