It’s time to look back on the last 7 (six if you’re counting) and talk about what’s been stoking the gaming fire over the last week. For this week’s news entries, I’ve got a long read about one of my personal Kickstarter unicorns, as well as some other interesting commentary on gaming as a whole. Also, apparently the Oculus CEO is a big PoS and that makes me glad I didn’t but one.
I have many fond memories of Burnout Paradise on the 360, with hours melting away driving around Paradise City competing a myriad of challenges and getting cooler and cooler cars while pulling off some cool driving stunts. I’ve played some Forza in the past, and I think I might have played maybe 15 minutes of the original, but this year’s Horizon was the first to be released on PC (as part of the Microsoft Play Anywhere initiative). The first thing I will say is that this game looks AMAZING on the PC; granted I’m running the latest i7 with a Geforce 1080 so it stands to reason that the game will look good. Surprisingly though the game also looks pretty dang decent on the console too, as I watched Dan play it a bit there and played a little while on the console myself to continue to check the save game migration (TLDR: it works flawlessly).
I’m really looking forward to trying out the co-op in this game, since it actually allows you to play through all the game with friends, and even has 2 other online modes that offer less structured experiences as well.
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I’ve had MANY a discussion with people (including other contributors here) about Star Citizen. The long in development game has been increasingly covered in the games press for the past few years as funds have continued to soar (well beyond $120 million) with nothing but a few demos to show for it’s 5 years of development. This week an extensive Kotaku UK piece was published that included interviews from the current and former (mostly anonymous) developers on the project. It’s a fascinating (and long) read that talks about the earliest days of the project and even enlightened me to the fact that the game wasn’t ever primarily a Kickstarter project.
You can read the Kotaku UK piece here.
The Oculus was the first VR headset I actually tried, and while the experience was cool, it wasn’t until I actually decided to (impulsively) purchase an HTC Vive that I really “got” what the VR experience could be. Up until recently, I had even thought to pick up an Oculus as well just to compare the two experiences. Recent stories about the founder/CEO however have caused me to rethink that impulse, which is kind of sad considering the company/product as a whole isn’t necessarily tied to the creator’s political beliefs. Reading more into the creator in general brought some “things” to light that I’m not sure I’ll ever get over though.
You can read about the story on Polygon here and the follow up on his response here. Gizmodo also had a piece detailing more about the CEO here that I found eye opening as well that you can read here.