Category Archives: Make it a (virtual) Reality

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: X-Men


VRFocus has talked about the possibilities of virtual reality (VR) superhero videogames before. While we’ve discussed the issues of bringing the genre to life with an Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus head-mounted display (HMD) before, the potential for experiences based around characters such as Spider-Man, Batman and Iron Man have also been explored. But it wasn’t until this week’s reveal of the X-Men VR experience from 20th Century Fox at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) that Marvel’s mutants sprang to mind. It doesn’t take long to realise that the series is perhaps the best superhero fit for VR. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Telltale Games


It’s your decision. You stand between two close friends that have been with you through thick and thin, only now there’s an issue that they just can’t agree on. The two are set to split, and it’s your choice as you to who you side with. They stand either side of you, waiting expectedly for your answer, looking you in the eyes as your brain ticks.  You twist your head back and forth, knowing that the choice will leave one of your close companions heart broken. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: LittleBigPlanet 3


Play. Create. Share. In VR.

Undoubtedly one of Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) biggest and best surprises at this year’s E3 2014 was the reveal of LittleBigPlanet 3, marking the series’ debut on PlayStation 4 and developed by franchise newcomers Sumo Digital. It was an unexpected twist that came early on in the company’s press conference, lighting up the stage with its bright visuals and joyful multiplayer experience. Surely this is a series that SCE would like to see utilised with its Project Morpheus virtual reality (VR) headset? READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Batman


Is this the hero virtual reality (VR) deserves? You’re perched high above the streets of Gotham, watching its citizens go about their lives completely oblivious to their silent guardian looming overhead. Gunshots ring off in the distance and you take off, diving face-first towards the ground before spreading your arms and letting the air swoop you back up into the night sky as you glide towards the disturbance. Gotham seems peaceful for the few seconds you get to survey the area, before landing in the middle of a group of thugs. Five of them surround you. You assess each one’s stance and position, and then get to work. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: No Man’s Sky


It’s not hard to see why No Man’s Sky was one of the most talked about videogames of E3 2014. Amidst an industry obsessed with lavish explosions and joyous violence, here was a title that dared to be different, focusing on fantastical discovery and fulfilling a sense of wonder. As it turns out, those are two ideologies that go hand-in-hand with virtual reality (VR). The potential for Hello Games’ upcoming title combined with the Project Morpheus or Oculus Rift VR headsets is undeniable. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Uncharted


This feels real. You’re looking at the trail of footprints you’ve made leading along the beach and up into the jungle. Sandy marks turn to trampled grass as you head inland. It’s all created with stunning authenticity; waves gently brushing up onto the shore and an amazing variety of vegetation bending out of the way as you brush past. Of course, this isn’t the time to focus on such things as you have your back pressed up against an ancient, crumbling ruin as enemy fire vibrates its foundations. Bullets whizz past overhead, striking tree trunks. You think about popping your head out for a second when a small object drops by your feet. You look down. Grenade. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: E3 2014

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This is a dream for many of us. You’re at E3. You’re not sitting at home, cursing the computer screen as the livestream buffers once again, but actually sitting in the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, waiting for Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) E3 press briefing to start. Around you, esteemed members of the media gather and start to shuffle laptops and bags under chairs. In front of you SCE executives find their places, with the likes of Kaz Hirai and Andrew house calmly chattering away. The lights begin to fade and anticipated cheers rise up around you. E3 2014 is about to begin. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Guitar Hero/Rock Band


This is the ultimate thrill. You’re standing on stage with an ocean of 30,000 fans stretching out in front of you, each one mindlessly jumping up and down, singing each and every word as if their life depended on it. Speakers behind you shoot solos and drum beats past your ears and out across the open air, travelling further back than you can see. Your band mates are lost in the moment, but you can’t help but stop and take it all in, breathing in the heavy, sweaty air as if you were really standing on that stage yourself. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Call of Duty/Battlefield


Explosions. Lots and lots of explosions. They force you to duck and dodge as they roar out across the battlefield, tanks suddenly leaping into the air as RPGs violently collide into them, helicopters losing control and smashing into nearby buildings, glass raining down on you from above. Enemies pour out onto the scene, swarming around you as you dare peek out from behind the mound of rubble serving as makeshift cover. You fumble between weapons, desperately trying to hold the line as bullets inch past your face, slotting into the wall next to you. It’s chaos. READ MORE