Whenever you step foot into an arcade either one that is tied to places like miniature golf to even ones that be stand-alone, what type of games are you drawn to? Is it the latest or greatest arcade game experience or maybe the ones where you can win tickets to get those big prizes like Basketball or Skeeball? For me, I have been drawn to the fast action of Air Hockey. But I would always find a way to try… Read more.
Escape Into Your Reality
Music, rhythm, mythology are interesting words. You can have the mythology of the story and it will help tell the story. But when you bring in other aspects of the story such as the music and the rhythm into the mix, it can really add the impact of the mission of the statement that is trying to get across to so many. I really love a good story that is being told, but when you can have the hero with… Read more.
We are full of life with the strengths and weaknesses to define who we are. The body over time goes through many changes. But when that body can go no more, what happens to it or even the soul? Do we stay around or do we move on? What if, in some form, our soul could become one of the stars in the night sky as we look up and wonder? It really is interesting when you think about it.… Read more.
When hearing the word Japan, what kind of things come to mind? The art? The people? The culture? Maybe for some, it's the food, the landmarks, or maybe even the importance that Japan brings. For me, thinking about all of this does come to mind, but also the rich history that is still presented to this day. So when I heard that developer Endeavor One made a game where you take on a role as part of the imperial class… Read more.
If you were stranded on a remote mountain facility facing not only the unknown but enemies everywhere you looked, what would you feel? Do you think you would go in and take the atmosphere by the hands and use your infamous battle cry or would you be more strategic about it? Do you think your thoughts would be clear or would they be clouded based on what was going on? Maybe you would just see your life flash before your… Read more.
If you could travel across a virtual zone in a pair of starfighters to defend the core from doom, how well do you think you could protect it? Do you think you could go in without a second thought, without any hesitation to save the day or would you go with a more strategic approach? How well do you think your reflexes would be with bullets flying at you from different directions? To me, I would need to be in… Read more.
If you could take the word rhythm and add freestyle, dancing, and retro into the mix, what do you imagine? Do you imagine something as simple as the space around you or would be on a more massive scale such as a world or worlds? If you could add some music into your experience, what do you envision to sound like or even look like? Would the space or worlds that you imagined be full of colors and just have… Read more.
Have you ever had a bad dream so bad that you thought you were awake and the nightmares were so bad that they seemed so real that you woke up in a sweat of your own fears? Were you able to go back to sleep afterward or did you have to stay awake only to fear what would happen if you did enter your dreams again? Horror and Virtual Reality can play tricks on the mind as you enter the… Read more.
What would you do if one day you received a call asking for help? Would you continue with the call trying to figure out what was going on or would you hang up thinking it was the wrong number? Imagine being constantly spied on by the government where every move could mean a consequence. If you had the computer skills to hack the system, would you take it upon yourself to do what was right and help those who were… Read more.
If you entered a world where you had to defend your towers against the enemies who wanted to take control of everything, how well do you think you would do? Do you think if you came face to face with a T-Rex that you would be able to survive and live to tell the tale? When it is in the middle of a battle, could you handle everything that was being thrown at you or do you think you would… Read more.
Have you ever wanted to travel into space with your friends? What do you think you would do? Land on a planet, the moon, or try and risk it all and land on an asteroid? How well would you be able to handle gravity? But if there were a list of commands that had to be followed, do you think you all could work together to make sure the mission you were on was a complete success, or would you… Read more.
If you were in a middle of a war with the enemy firing at you, how well do you think you could actually hide? Do you think you could use the shadows to strike when it was the least expected? If you had a target of someone who your country thought was a serious threat in your sight, do you think you could actually do what you thought you could do or would there be a hesitation where your mind… Read more.
If you could race anywhere in the world, where would it be? What it be someplace exotic or would it be somewhere close to home? What kind of vehicle do you think you would be racing in? Something familiar or a new design that someone may have not even thought was possible? But what would you do if you could travel within a dimension of sorts? One that has a simple familiar vibe to it, but at the same time… Read more.
Do you remember a time where you would place blocks or dominoes down in such a way to make them fall in a special way to make some pretty cool designs? Maybe you tried to make them go in a circle or tried to make things spell out a name? What about taking it another step further and add additional gadgets to make your own designs go from point A to B or even to point C in new and… Read more.
When you hear the word DOOM what comes to mind? The iconic fast action shooter, the memories of the multiplayer, campaign, or maybe even invasion. All of those would be strong candidates to describe the game that has been loved by many and I am sure many of you have even your favorite ones to describe the game. For me, it's all of them and also the science fiction of it all and how the game can throw the action… Read more.
When you step into Virtual Reality, what are some of your favorite places to go? Maybe it's a distant planet where you can be a hero, maybe it's a museum in a different country, or maybe it's getting closer to animals. All those are exceptional choices when you want to escape. But has your mind ever wandered into the screams and scares of horror? A genre that when combined with Virtual Reality, can take things to another level and playing… Read more.
Have you ever thought about the simpler times in life? I mean the times where there is not the technology that we have today. Maybe it could be the Dark Ages as you go into battle with another with maybe nothing but a sword and shield in your hands with some armor on your body or maybe being a pirate as you fight other pirates on a ship with the waves crashing and hope you never have to go into… Read more.
Have you ever looked at the city at night with all the lights, the people, and just wonder? Maybe wonder about what really goes on or think about who truly is good and evil. Each person has a tale to tell if only you willing to take the time to listen. But what about those that can't make it for whatever reason? The ones that if given the chance could be something great, they just need to be able to… Read more.
What has been your favorite type of genre for a game? Would it be the scares of horror? Racing to become the number one spot? What about fast-paced arcade-style games? We all have our favorites and those are the memories we made while playing them. For me, there is just something about the fast-paced action as you try to do your best and get the highest score and if there is a chance to see your name on the leaderboards… Read more.
The words spy, espionage, undercover, and puzzle can have different meanings. For some, it may mean the spy movies like James Bond or even Austin Powers, it can mean a good book or T.V. show, like Get Smart or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, or even games like I Expect You To Die. But it can be safe to say, that the words can mean mystery, solving puzzles, and even trying to overcome a situation no matter how serious or comical it… Read more.
When you step into an arena in Virtual Reality surprises can be at any turn. The action and the fighting from enemies from all around you can strike at any time with any obstacle. The way you can physically move to make your strike or block that attack is really quite fascinating when you think about it. This is what makes Virtual Reality so special and allowing you to enter that arena and almost test to see what you are… Read more.
Think about your life now. How good you have it compared to those that may not be as fortunate. Now, what if the roles were reversed and it was you had nothing, who had to live on the streets and had to make a name for yourself. How do you think you would do? Would you become a victim of society or find a way to get the respect you deserve and to prove to all those doubters that you… Read more.
Virtual Reality can take us many places and allow us to do things that we normally would not even attempt in real life. Things such as flying a space ship, entering an alien world, being in a shark cage or even doing parkour on top of rooftops without any hesitation about our life being over if we were to miss that jump. Virtual Reality really is the dimension between worlds and realities. So when I heard that Developer Joy Way… Read more.
When you think about the words such as Vampire, Werewolf, or even World of Darkness, what comes to mind? Maybe it's the horror aspect of it all. maybe it could mean a different life waiting for you to make it yours, or maybe it's the pure fantasy of it all. Entering a world where things may not be as they seem is something that has always intrigued me in a way that Virtual Reality opens its doors and invites us… Read more.
Nostalgia can mean different things to different people. For some, it can be T.V. Shows or old movies. Some can be books or plays. But for many, it's the games that we played as we were growing up and watch as it goes through different variations. Sometimes it's that certain new perspective that allows us to really remember the good times and get excited about the things that we have always loved. So when I heard that Developer Ivanovich Games… Read more.
When you enter into Virtual Reality it can deliver many experiences. And some of those experiences can be calm ones and some can be full of zombies. There is something about the thrill of having zombies come after you and it's up to you to be good with the way that you move to the way you handle weapons. So when I heard of Developer's Eliot released a game with a unique title, Pancake House, I had to know more.… Read more.
One of the things that keep on surprising me within Virtual Reality is movement. You can drive or fly a ship and go as fast as possible. You can walk or run and you can even swing based on the mechanics of the experience. But when I heard that Gamedust was making a game where you have grappling hooks that you can swing around along with acrobatics along with solving puzzles with humor, I was intrigued. I had to know… Read more.
When you hear the word dance, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe it's a school activity, maybe it's people dancing out in the streets or competitions or maybe in the clubs as a way for people to escape. But there is one thing that dancing has is movement and exercise and the creativity for you to make it your own. So when emergeWorlds released their newest title Dance Collider towards the end of 2019 on PCVR… Read more.
Think about the last time you looked at art. I mean really took the time to look at it and thinking about the meaning. Think about what the artist was thinking and feeling when they created their masterpiece. Look at Van Gogh's "Starry Night" or Monet's "Sunrise Impression. Ever wonder what it would be like to step through those paintings and enter that world to actually get a sense of what that time would be like? But when I heard… Read more.
Do you remember first hearing about the movie Sharknado and maybe we're thinking like many others, sharks and a tornado...how is that even possible. But then you started seeing the trailers and watched the movies and somehow, was drawn in. Then with each sequel, it seemed like more and more celebrities wanted to be apart of the experience. There was just something about the movie that didn't take itself too seriously, but it was all about having fun and just… Read more.
Do you ever read a story or see a movie and thought about how great it would be to enter that land and meet your favorite characters? Maybe you wanted to venture out more than what the story actually told or possibly wonder what it must have been like to visit that place and see what things were like before the hero of the story was introduced. Thoughts like this always make me think about the what-if possibility of the… Read more.
Think about games and how some have survived on different generations of platforms over the years, what comes to mind? Before you answer with your favorite FPS shooter or driving sim, let's focus more on the music genre. Maybe one with space, aliens, and a reporter named Ulala. From the being released on Game Boy Advance to Dreamcast to even PlayStation, Space Channel 5 is one title that many will have some memory of. So when there were talks about… Read more.
Many types of genres work when it comes to Virtual Reality. But one in particular that I hope we get to see a lot more of is platformers. The ability to move around in Virtual Reality and get that sense of immersion, really cannot be beaten. It allows you to see things in different ways that you normally would not get to experience when it comes to playing them on T.V. So when I heard that Ven VR Adventure and… Read more.
Think about all the things that you are able to do in Virtual Reality based on the experience that you are presented with. From exploring to survival, Virtual Reality gives us a way to interact with different objects in different ways. Even if you are surrounded by zombies, the experience can sometimes be scary and sometimes it is just a matter of having some fun while trying to survive the zombies. So when I heard about Throw Anything and the… Read more.
In this issue of Mr. PSVR's Interview Corner, we talk with Sabastian of Red Limb Studio and look into the world of Rise of Insanity. A first-person psychological horror game that originally was not built for Virtual Reality, but was later added. Set in America in the 1970s, the story focuses on Dr. Stephen Dowell, a renowned psychologist faced with a difficult patient who shows distinct, yet contradictory symptoms of different medical disorders. But we also get into more of… Read more.
In this issue of Mr. PSVR's Interview Corner, we talk with Neil Rennison of Tin Man Games and get into some of the games that they have been responsible for and learn more about their newest game, Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown. A game that brings to life the tabletop game genre, a narrative-driven campaign, and how being a scoundrel can sometimes lead to being a hero in ways that only Virtual Reality can. We also find out what… Read more.
In this issue of Mr. PSVR's Interview corner, we talk with Cecile Valary of 3dRudder and learn about a new foot motion controller for the PlayStation VR called the 3dRudder that allows you to move, lean, and turn with your feet so that you can do more with your hands in Virtual Reality. We also look at what current games are supported as well as how it just might have an advantage in the way you play and experience games… Read more.
An Interview with Pawel Gajda of Carbon Studios… In this issue of Mr. PSVR's Interview Corner, we talk with Pawel Gajda of Carbon Studios and look into their newest game where you can become a powerful sorcerer with powerful spells at your fingertips and protect the realm of Meliora, The Wizards. We also see what is new with the Enhanced Edition and why it's the ultimate expansion of The Wizards, if there is in fact, a learning curve, and why… Read more.
Within Virtual Reality, many things can immerse us. From simplesounds to places we have never been before. It really is amazing. Butwhen you start to get into the horror aspect of it all, something isdifferent. Virtual Reality can take you out of your element and place inthe middle of it all. Your mind can start to have these thoughts, yourheart can start beating faster and all this is adding to the experience. Sowhen I found out that Fallen Planet Studios… Read more.
Pirates are awesome, but when you can become a Space Pirate, that takes it to the next level. So, when I found out that you can train to become a Space Pirate where you can step inside a game that will make you move all while having blasters, I had this smile on my face. So I had to get more information, I had to know more. That’s when Chris Haney from i-Illusions was happy to help out and answer… Read more.
When it comes to Virtual Reality, immersion is key. You are in that world, the sounds, the interactions, the life that Virtual Reality brings is special. But when you can be placed in a ring and able to box that takes the training and dedication, you really can start to appreciate the time and thought that went into it. So when Survios announced that they were making a boxing game based on the Creed movie, I had to know more.… Read more.
Welcome to The PlayStation Brahs. Please introduce yourself. So what is it like working at Archiact? “Archiact is a great studio located in downtown Vancouver, Canada. The company has been working exclusively in VR (and now AR) for 5 years. We’ve grown a lot from when I started over 3 years ago, but my last two years on Evasion have truly been the highlight. I’ve been so fortunate to collaborate with an incredible, passionate team who aim high and wanted… Read more.
If there is one of the few things we can count on life it is music. Music can soothe the soul. It can turn sad times into happy ones with just that voice, that guitar riff, and sometimes it can be just that one beat. So when I heard that we would be able to mix genres from rock to techno so that we can make our own perfect song, I really had to learn more and Tomas Sala from… Read more.
In this issue of Mr. PSVR's Interview Corner, we talk with co-founder and President of Survios, Nathan Burba about their newest music-rhythm experience where anyone can learn to play music in about five minutes and feel like a prodigy thanks to their Music Reality Engine and along with 40 music tracks, Electronauts. We also find out what Nathan would tell his younger self and his top three tips of those looking to working in Virtual Reality, and how Electronauts has… Read more.
Space will always be a question of mystery. We can let our imaginations run wild and see it come alive through books, tv, movies, and games. But sometimes our imaginations lead to new ideas that once executed, become something that could far meet our expectations. So when I heard that 3rd Eye Studios was bringing out Downward Spiral: Horus Station for PlayStation and that it would have PlayStation VR support, I had to find out more. I needed to know more about… Read more.
There is something about the calmness of space. Seeing all the stars, being able to see incredible views and weightlessness. It’s all very beautiful and poetic. But all that beauty could turn into something fearful if something went wrong. What if your time was limited? Who would hear you? What would be some of your possible last thoughts? So when I heard that Anshar Studios was, in fact, coming out with Detached for the PlayStation VR I had to know more. I had… Read more.
Ever since I can remember I have dreamt of going into space. Wondering what it would be like to be part of history, to touch the stars, and land on the moon. Like many of us, we may never be able to live that dream…or can we? Recently I had the opportunity to live out that dream in a way that I thought would not be possible. Presented in such a way, that I was able to experience that history,… Read more.
Ever since I saw Jupiter & Mars for the PlayStation VR announced at PSX 2017, there was something that drew me in. It is one thing to look at something and see it, but it is another to experience it in Virtual Reality. There is just something about what I saw and what would sure to be a glorious and refreshing experience. So I reached out to Tigerton to get some of their thoughts, some of their inspirations and to learn more… Read more.
When I first heard about a new emotional journey was coming to PlayStation VR, I became happy. When I saw some of the screenshots I got very excited about what this would be like. What would we be doing in this and how emotional could this ride actually be. So I reached out to Frost Earth Studio to find out more about Mind Labyrinth VR Dreams for the PlayStation VR and they were happy to help out. Frost Earth Studio… Read more.
There is a certain fan base when it comes to Killing Floor that has this passion for the love of not only the enjoy, but for the atmospheric aroma that draws players in. So back in December when I heard that Tripwire Interactive was not only bringing a new game line up in the Killing Floor franchise, but it was going to be in Virtual Reality, I had questions that were piling up in my head that I had to ask. So when I reached… Read more.
When I first heard about Code 51: Mecha Arena, I had this idea about how it would play out in Virtual Reality. Could the hope of having mechs in a deathmatch multiplayer really happen? When I had the opportunity to review it, my hopes became a reality and I have been having a great time playing ever since. When a game is made, I like to not only appreciate the hard work that goes into making someone’s dream, but I also… Read more.
When I heard that Fountain Digital Labs was going to release a follow up to Virry VR: Feel the Wild for the PlayStation VR, I wanted to learn more. I wanted to get back and close with the animals. So I reached out to them to see where the inspiration, the passion, and desire comes from that makes Virry VR so special. And the CEO, Svetlana Dragayeva was happy to help out. Welcome, Svetlana. Being the CEO of Fountain Digital Labs must be exciting.… Read more.
With 2MD VR Football about to be released onto the PlayStation VR. I wanted to get some more information and learn about how the idea of mixing Virtual Reality with Football came to be and how it allows anyone to be that Quarterback they have dreamed of being with only two minutes to make that play. So I reached out to Truant Pixel to get some input and they were happy to help out. Hello and welcome to The PlayStation Brahs. Please… Read more.
When I played Operation Warcade by Ivanovich Games for the PlayStation VR, I felt the smiles suddenly come over me. There was something all too familiar, but also new at the same time. Something about playing this game in Virtual Reality that added just the right ingredient of fun to an already course of entertainment. So I reached out to Ivanovich Games to learn more about their thoughts on Virtual Reality, adding Aim controller support and the overall fun in gaming. Welcome… Read more.
With PlayStation VR there is always a “What if” type of question about the ideas that eventually will make the final game or experience. When that game or experience is made, I start to think about the original ideas that must have been passed around and discussed. So when The American Dream was announced, I was intrigued. I had to know more. So I went right to the source and Winston from Samurai Punk was more than happy to help out with some… Read more.
Some games just have that thing about them. The kind of things that make you want to learn more about them and play them. There was a game that came out in November of 2016 that came out shortly after the PlayStation VR that I think many of us might have missed out on, but there was something always in the back of my mind that had me wanting to learn more about it. When I learned that it had… Read more.
The Wizard of Oz is a classic movie. The books have that twist to them. So when I found out back in October that Virtro Entertainment was making Run Dorothy Run, the world’s first endless rhythm runner game through OZ and that it would be on PlayStation VR, I had to reach out to them and learn more about this independent VR gaming studio so that I could get their thoughts and inspirations on Virtual Reality. And Jordan and Lee Brighton,… Read more.
With Cold Iron from Catch and Release releasing on PlayStation VR and the theme it was based upon, I wanted to know more about the game, the company, and the overall inspiration they have for Virtual Reality. So when I reached out to Matthew Taylor from Catch and Release, he was happy to give me some more insight into being a game developer and what the future holds for Cold Iron. Matthew Taylor of Catch and Release So tell us about Catch and Release.… Read more.
When PlayStation VR first came out a year ago, there was a collection of games that came with it. That game was PlayStation VR Worlds. The one game that I really kept coming back to was the London Heist. It brought something new and refreshing by putting you right in the middle of the action. The immersive feeling it gave to you as you picked up the cigar to put it up to your mouth, then to be in the car and look… Read more.
In Virtual Reality it is important to be immersed in the world you are in. Not only visually, but the sound also is a big part of it. Ever since Stifled was announced to be coming to PlayStation VR, I was intrigued. Here is a game that is taking a different approach to using your voice as the primary visuals. So when I reached out to Gattai Games, Justin Ng was happy to answer some questions about Stifled, Gattai Games and his… Read more.
At the Paris Games Week, we were shown a lot of PlayStation and PlayStation VR games. With such a strong presence of PlayStation VR games, it made one thing clear that VR will have very strong support. And for that, had made a lot of people see what I and others have already known. Virtual Reality truly takes us to other places, into the lives of the characters where we can live out in their world. So I reached out to… Read more.
I recently reviewed Chernobyl VR Project for the PlayStation VR. As I played and learned about the history of Chernobyl, Virtual Reality really added to this history lesson in a way that truly touched me. So I reached out to The Farm 51 to ask some questions about their thoughts on VR and history. Dawid Biegun was able to step up and help answer my questions. What made you decide to do a project in VR about Chernobyl? “When we visit the… Read more.
With The Lost Bear releasing on PlayStation VR, I have been intrigued by the art style that was being used and how that would really carry over to VR. I was also interested in the story being told with Walnut and wanted to find out more. Odd Bug Studio, the Developing Team for The Lost Bear, stepped up, willing to answer all my questions and they did not disappoint. What were some of the influences for The Lost Bear? “The… Read more.
VRog is a game where you don’t play as a frong, but you become the VRog. A game where no controllers are used, but only the PlayStation VR headset is needed to play. The object is so simple with two modes, catch as many bugs as possible in 90 seconds or play as long as your skills allow all while trying to avoid the evil stork. I thought I would reach out to ByteRockers’ Games to get their thoughts and insight… Read more.
Crystal Rift is a grid-based dungeon-crawler, in classic first-person perspective. An experiential horror challenge game that takes the player through a series of increasingly mysterious locations. With Crystal Rift out on PlayStation VR, I wanted to delve into the minds behind the game and reached out to Psytec Games on what inspired them and their thoughts of VR. John Hibbins, the founder of Psytec Games. Was were some of the influences for Crystal Rift? “Early Grid-Based dungeon crawlers like Dungeon Master and Eye of… Read more.
Smashbox Arena has finally launched on PlayStation VR with some very high praise. So you might be wondering what Smashbox Arena really is. Well, it’s a high-octane hybrid of dodge ball and the physics-driven power-ups from Archiact VR and Bigbox VR. You will be diving for cover, dodge, deflect, and volley enemy shots in 360-degree stylish environments. Defend your team and retaliate with wickedly awesome combos and perfectly-calculated teleports. Play single or team up with humorous characters, friends, and players… Read more.
Horror and VR are a combination of both frighting and magical. The ability to have you immersed into a world that very well could be as real as yours and flip that to allow your most inner fears come alive in similar ways as visiting a haunted house is truly remarkable. I reached out to the team at CastleSteps Gaming for some of their thoughts and what makes The Bellows stand out. What were some of the major influences for The Bellows? "The… Read more.
Neptune Flux is just one week away for release on the PlayStation VR and PlayStation 4. This underwater adventure will have you submerged in a one-person sub all the while to discover the secrets that need to be solved to uncover the mysteries. I reached out to Zoxide Games to get some of their inspirations and to ask some questions about the game and their thoughts in general. Nick Pettit is the one person team from Zoxide Games and was… Read more.
With Tiny Trax releasing exclusively on PlayStation VR this week, I reached out to FuturLab to get some of their inspirations and to ask questions about the game. In case you do not know what Tiny Trax is, it’s Epic racing in a tiny world. Tracks that are built around you to make excellent use of the PlayStation VR headset. You will zip along walls, race underwater, and jump through the air all while racing on some of the most insane tracks around. There… Read more.