A short while ago, I got to stick my sweaty face into HTC’s second generation PC VR headset, the Vive Pro, which was on show in the UK for the first time. The headset boasts a higher resolution and OLED displays, among other upgrades, and so the question is whether or not this can overcome VR’s visual shortcomings and give the medium a much-needed second wind. Well, it’s definitely a big improvement – but that’s also something of a double-edged sword. I tested the Vive Pro with the suitably atmospheric undersea exploration game Operation Apex, made by UK developer Curiscope in partnership with Vive Studios. It was released last December, but has just released a big update which includes an appealing free-roam mode. Though it’s just dandy on the original Vive, its grand seascapes and looming (but non-aggressive) sharks made a fine demo for this new version of the hardware. The Vive Pro’s resolution has jumped to 2880×1600 from the regular … [Read more...] about Vive Pro tested: the visual upgrade VR desperately needed, but is it enough?
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Take on Noctis’ journey like the king you are armed with these vital tips. PC players have had an even longer wait for Final Fantasy 15 than the console players – and they had to wait the better part of a decade as its seemingly rather intense and rocky development played out. A little over a year from the original release FF15 Royal Edition is here on consoles providing a more complete version of the game that includes DLC, while PC players can at last also get in on the action with the release of FF15 Windows Edition. The game is sprawling – there’s quite a lot to do in the world of Eos. Lots to do inevitably means there’s going to be a number of questions, especially in an RPG of this scope. Thankfully we’re here – and we crafted these tips back in 2016 after finishing the original version of the game. They’re back, retooled and rewritten for PC players and console fence-sitters only just jumping in now. These are the things you really … [Read more...] about Final Fantasy 15 tips: 9 essential tricks you should know before starting
Few people have stayed with God Of War for as long as Cory Barlog, writer and director of Kratos’ return on PS4. After taking up the mantle of lead animator on the first game, he returned as director on its sequel before leaving early into the threequel’s development to work with Mad Max’s George Miller, and juggle God Of War on Sony’s PSP handheld. So why come back for PS4’s soft reboot? “I think it’s rewarding, that’s the whole point of it,” he says as we sit down to chat. “These things take so long and so much of our lives that I felt like it had to mean something to me. I had to feel like I was digging a little deeper into this character and this world. Want more Kratos? Everything you need to know about God of War “For this one, it’s more like instead of babysitting it’s my own kid – meaning when I go home from work my worry never stops... at all. I am constantly thinking about this, because … [Read more...] about God of War director talks FIFA-inspired combat, learning from Mad Max, and getting your gear from the dwarves who made Thor’s Hammer
Monster Hunter World is here. Armor-up, grab a switch axe and begin your quest. Monster Hunter World is the next big entry in the long-running action RPG series from Capcom and it’s an absolute hit with the critics. Don’t be fooled by the title; World is the next core entry in the Monster Hunter series, not another spin-off or remake. After many years of bouncing between portables, where admittedly it thrived, Monster Hunter is set to make a big splash on the most popular home platforms. It’s had a serious overhaul, too. Monster Hunter World puts a thoroughly modern spin on the classic series formula, retaining the basic hub, quest and hunting structure we all love so much, but generously throwing new features in and updating existing systems. This series has always had the potential to go really big, and Monster Hunter World looks set to do just that. Don’t be left on the sidelines wondering what’s happening; get across Monster Hunter World now – … [Read more...] about Monster Hunter World guide: strategy and advice for hunting in Astera
It’s an odd experience to have followed the development of a game for almost a decade, only to have it blindside you. Iconoclasts, the slow-cooked passion project from prolific developer and highly talented sprite-artist Joakim ‘Konjak’ Sandberg might look like your average Metroidvania-type platform adventure at first glance, but that’s not the whole picture. Konjak cites semi-obscure Genesis/Megadrive game Monster World IV as his primary inspiration. That’s not a game I’ve played so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Thankfully, I came away very pleasantly surprised by Iconoclasts’ unconventional flow and strange story. While Iconoclasts does share many of Metroid’s core concepts, and borrows much of the movement feel of Metroid Fusion, the closest overall point of reference I can offer here is Cave Story, with a greater focus on puzzle-solving. While backtracking is sometimes required, and there’s no shortage of secret … [Read more...] about Wot I Think: Iconoclasts