Category Archives: Make it a (Virtual) Reality

Make It A (Virtual) Reality: Star Wars VR

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A small ship darts down the narrow gully, its wings are spread, splayed into an X shape. The ship’s shadow, generated by the seemingly endless barrage of green blasts flying past, flashes over the metal walls on either side as it dodges watch tower pillars, criss-crossing gangways and volleys of laser. The target lies ahead. All that matters is the target. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Mortal Kombat

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This week marks the return of Mortal Kombat, a videogame series that regularly rewrites the rulebook on bloodshed. Is it wrong to dream about a virtual reality (VR) adaption of the series? Quite possibly; NetherRealm Studios’ ultra-violent fighter often proves overwhelming on a standard screen. To bathe in the blood of combatants with the help of an Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus might be a bit much. READ MORE

Make It A (Virtual) Reality: TRON

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You made a mistake and now it has cost you. The entirety of your being is no more and yet it is still there, suspended within the light of a single laser beam. Somehow your consciousness has survived this process and the scattered parts of what made up your senses tries desperately to rationalise what is going on around you. A kaleidoscope of red, white and blue, like digital snowflakes, appears before your non-eyes. You feel yourself falling down, falling in to something quite unfathomable as pieces of mesh-like debris barely miss you.  READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Xenoblade Chronicles

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The Bionis and Mechonis tower above you. Eons ago, these two titans were locked in a fierce battle in a world consisting of nothing but endless ocean. Years on and their corpses remain, dwarfing the land and life that has flourished below. You stand in a vast, grassy field, an ant not only to these two giants looming in the distance but also some of the beasts that roam the land before you. Your journey will take you to many sights just as impressive as this one, delving into rocky caverns and brushing the waves of golden shores. This is the world of Xenoblade Chronicles and it deserves to be marvelled at in virtual reality (VR). READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Space Invaders

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You stand alone, a single defender against the tide. You are one but they are legion; the last hope against seemingly insurmountable odds. You pilot your weapon skilfully, ducking and weaving as their projectiles rain down on you. It seems wholly inadequate for the task before you, but, it is all you have. They come in waves, a slow steady decent, almost metronomic at first but accelerating as they move towards you. A simple rhythmic beat echoing in your ears as you shelter from the raining death. With limited options you make the call and begin firing up through your own shield at the aggressors, blowing apart column after column of enemies at the expense of opening yourself up to fire. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Devil May Cry

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You’re surrounded. A swarm of enemies circle around you, one of which is daring to make the first move. You scan the room for the weak link, mind racing through options. Your hands reach down for Ebony and Ivory, preparing to fire at a moment’s notice. One grunt rushes and, before you know it, you’re caught up in a lightning-fast combo that sends them flying across the area. The rest ready themselves to rush in. You place your hand on your trusty sword, Rebellion, and prepare for the next round. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Screamride

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Here’s an experience that lives up to its name. You’re sitting on a rollercoaster feeling a very real bout of nerves as you wait for it to start up. Suddenly, you’re literally shot forward, following a path that jolts you from left to right before throwing you upside down. “It’s alright,” you think as your hands grip your chair, “rollercoasters are entirely safe.” Seconds later your cart derails and zooms off into the air, giving a momentary sense of freedom before gravity kicks in. You dare to open one eye as you plummet towards the ground, only to note the collision course with a huge building. You smash into it and the architecture comes toppling down around you. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Dying Light

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You could be on vacation. From the rooftops this picturesque city looks like the ideal holiday-making destination with sun-licked trees and rustic buildings. Then you look down and notice the thousands of thousands of zombies, tripping over each other in a desperate, hopeless scramble to get a taste of your flesh. Perhaps not the best place to take a week off, then. You tiptoe around the edge of the roof, the wind clearly tempted to push just a little too hard. A zombie suddenly appears from around the corner, its flailing arms made all the more threatening by your uneasy footing. One slip and it’s a very fast and real trip to the ground floor. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: The Order: 1886

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Now this is cinematic virtual reality (VR). You’re standing on top of a blimp, a powerful wind trying to carry you away. Rooftops can be seen miles beneath you while your Captain fails to make his voice heard over the roar of the engines. You strap yourself in and rappel down the side of the craft, starting to suffer from a very real case of vertigo as you descend. Inside, there’s an intense series of fist fights and close-quarters shootouts to be had, with bullets screeching past your head and enemies racing towards you. READ MORE