Earth Defense Force 5 is another addition to a classic long-running franchise. The Japanese third-person shooter game pits you against alien invaders. Mostly in the form of giant bugs. It’s also optional to play alone or with friends, adding a layer of multiplayer gameplay to it. Earth Defense Force sells itself on cheesy humor, destructible environments, and nonstop action. Graphics aren’t a major part of the game so I’ll try to critique less for it. I know that’s not something the PC community would like to hear but bear with me. The setting The setting isn’t hard to understand because it doesn’t go that deep. You’re part of a multinational organization that polices alien activity on Earth. This isn’t the same as MIB where aliens migrate and cooperate. Think more like literally defending the Earth from giant bugs. That’s about it. You also get access to unique weapons not found in conventional militaries. The game also has a … [Read more...] about Earth Defense Force 5 PC Review: Destructive Nonsensical Fun!
Oculus is on fire with its latest hardware offerings, and the Rift S may be the company’s most impressive VR headset yet. Although, it’s hard to call this a traditional review, due to the fact that the Rift S is the default Oculus Rift system from here on out. The older models have been discontinued, so anyone buying a new headset from this week forward will get the Rift S instead of the existing consumer model. That’s a smart play that should help limit customer confusion, but the real question is: If you already have VR headset, should you upgrade into the Rift S? The short is yes, I think upgrading is a wise decision for most players. The longer answer can be read below. What Oculus has improved The biggest change in the Rift S is the loss of the external sensors; I only need to connect the headset to my PC through a single DisplayPort and USB 3.0 connection, touch the controller to the floor, and trace my play area to get everything calibrated. The original … [Read more...] about Rift S review: PC-driven VR gets much simpler
When I realized my husband would be turning 30, I decided I wanted to do something a little more memorable than a dinner or a gift card for his birthday. So, I rented him a spaceship. More accurately, I booked us a trip to Proxima Command, an escape room-style experience in Toronto, Canada, that’s much closer to an extended, Choose Your Own Adventure-style session of Star Trek: Bridge Crew than a traditional, puzzle-based escape room. We headed down to Christie Street, one of the quiet and enigmatic stretches of Toronto filled with charming independent shops and restaurants. We showed up as a group of six for our booking and were invited into a briefing room, where we were asked if we had any sensitivity to a water-based smoke machine or flashing lights, and received a brief rundown of the journey we were about to embark on. Proxima Command takes place in a dark room that has been outfitted with dozens of tablets and monitors on the wall, a speaker system that projects the voice … [Read more...] about Proxima Command blends escape rooms with Star Trek bridge antics
The Oculus Quest is the most innovative virtual reality headset since the arrival of the original Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The benefits of Oculus’ new hardware, which is out May 21, don’t come from enhanced resolution or a lighter weight, but from the ease of use and lack of setup. The external sensors are gone completely, and the unit is self-contained — no PC required — but the Quest still offers the same tracking abilities as the Oculus Rift. That means the controllers offer six degrees of freedom to manipulate objects in virtual reality, but you don’t need to go through any extensive setup or use any external sensors at all to enjoy room-scale VR. You can use the hardware in any room after going through a setup process that takes around 10 seconds to complete. It’s a game changer, in other words: portable, self-contained VR for $399 for the 64 GB option or $499 for the 128 GB option, and both versions come with the headset and two controllers. … [Read more...] about The Oculus Quest is virtual reality’s next big leap forward
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 builds upon where the original installment left off while retaining most of its positive aspects and adding its own flair to the mix. It stands tall amidst the “always-online shared-world looter-shooters” and checks all the boxes one would expect from the genre. The Division 2 doesn’t try to build itself on empty promises and yearlong plans but offers plenty of content right off the bat with more to come. The content is engaging and there is loot for everyone. The Division 2 is set in Washington D.C., seven months after the events of the first game. The opening set piece throws you in the middle of a firefight somewhere on the outskirts of D.C. that essentially acquaints you with basic controls and mechanics. The sequence culminates with you reaching the Capitol to answer a distress call and, as the new sheriff in town, are tasked to better the law and order situation in the region. As is the case with a majority of looter-shooters … [Read more...] about The Division 2 Review – An Online Looter-Shooter Done Right