Category Archives: Make it a (Virtual) Reality

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Gravity Rush

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You’re soaring through the air, piercing the sky above the floating city of Hekseville. Its inhabitants gaze up in wonder as you bring yourself to a halt, hovering just above the tallest building, the city stretching out from all angles. Suddenly there’s a scream, and monsters start to pull themselves through a portal that’s appeared on the ground. They pour out, scattering onto walls and market stools, their glowing orbs inviting you to throw yourself down and smash into them. So that’s exactly what you do. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Scribblenauts

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It’s chaos. A caveman is fighting an elephant while angels over overhead, joined by people flying jetpacks. A cat rides past on a skateboard while a tiger struggles on stilts. You’re standing on a ladder using a spyglass to survey the madness, when you see your prize, a Starite. You summon and flying car, navigating a swarm of winged dolphins as you grab the object. This is the world of Scribblenauts, and it could be one of the most insane experiences to come to VR ever. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: PlayStation 2 Emulation on PlayStation 4

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It’s important to – quite literally – think outside of the box when it comes to virtual reality (VR). You might have thought that services such as Netflix would never be a good fit for this new medium, but place viewers in a virtual theatre and pop up a giant screen and you’re set to spend hours in the Daredevil marathon, forgetting the outside world. The same can be said for Oculus VR’s partnership with Xbox, allowing Xbox One titles to be streamed into the Oculus Rift. This approach allows standard 2D content to be enjoyed within VR, and there’s another place that it would make an ideal fit. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Just Cause 3

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You set out towards the edge of the plane and look down, an island paradise sprawling out far below. Taking a deep breath, you take one final step off and spread your arms, opening a wingsuit that turns you into a superhero, soaring through the sky as bullets start to scream past your head. Enemies have spotted you, so you deploy a parachute and ready the all-important rocket launcher. A couple of well-placed shots to the building and it begins to crumble around you as you make a smooth landing. Welcome to Medici. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Football Manager

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Living out sports fantasies is something that many virtual reality (VR) want to do. The tech may still be some way off from making us the best athletes in the world, but it’s impossible to deny the lure of putting on the Oculus Rift and scoring the perfect goal in a World Cup final or winning a Grand Slam tournament with a stunning return. But there’s another element of the sports genre that could be made much more powerful in VR; management simulation. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Fallout + Wasteland

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Twice now VRFocus has visited the barren wastelands of the Fallout franchise to talk about what could be for virtual reality (VR). Bethesda Softworks’ open worlds are some of the most eagerly requested locations to explore with a head-mounted display (HMD) such as an Oculus Rift, with modders and enthusiasts going to great lengths to get this week’s Fallout 4 working with the technology. But, while we’ve looked forward with the franchise before, we’ve never really paid tribute to its past. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Call of Duty: Black Ops III

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Call of Duty in VR. It’s what the uneducated (in VR) mind first thinks of when they hear about the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or PlayStation VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) for the first time. But anyone that’s been following the tech will tell you that the fast-paced action and tightly-scripted sequences of this juggernaut are a recipe for a VR disaster, at least with the tech in its current state. Still, that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to occasionally look Activision’s seemingly unstoppable series and think about what could be, especially when it comes to the latest release, Call of Duty: Black Ops III. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

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VRFocus knows just how painful it can be to think about the possibilities of a virtual reality (VR) entry into The Legend of Zelda franchise. That’s not because such a prospect could be disastrous; quite the opposite in fact. It’s more to do with the fact that the series, which routinely makes the best use of creator Nintendo’s hardware, could go hand-in-hand with the tech, but instead that its owner seems so far away from ever embracing VR. We have, of course, already talked about a VR addition to the series in ‘Make it a (Virtual) Reality’ before. But, with The Legend of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes‘ out this week, we’re taking another look, this time with a focus on Link’s top-down adventures. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Star Wars: Battlefront

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It’s time to live the dream. Take your blaster in hand and join the frontline with your Rebel comrades. Set foot on the sparkling Hoth snow, taking a brief moment to appreciate its beauty before staring up at the horizon to face the incoming Imperial onslaught. The AT-ST towers above you as it plods ever forward, seemingly not to be stopped under two Snowspeeders zoom overhead, their sudden arrival causing you to duck with momentary panic. You keep an eye on the aerial battle as you begin to trade fire with a legion of Stormtroopers, watching as one craft elegantly weaves around the legs of the mech. A tripwire is laced around it and it begins to stumble, just as it reaches your trench. Your jaw drops as the enormous mechanical beast starts to tip, giving you just seconds to clear out of the way. The silence that follows the thunderous explosion is broken by your friends cheering. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Iron Fish

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Many of us want virtual reality (VR) to go deeper. We of course mean that figuratively, expanding on the tech’s current limits and appeal, but we also mean it very literally. VR opens up one of the most fascinating, picturesque and yet deadly areas of our planet, the ocean. With the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and more we don’t need to strap on diving gear and head out into the unknown to experience the thrill of uncharted waters, we can do it from our own armchairs. Developers are already exploring this to some degree; World of Diving from Vertigo Games allows for multiplayer exploration while Minority Media’s Time Machine VR offers an educational experience. READ MORE