Playstation VR launched last month and I picked up my pre-order along with a handful of games. I was ready to jump head first into the alleged next big thing for gaming. I pre-ordered the PSVR back in February (maybe March?) before I ever had any experience with VR. Eventually in the summer I got to play Battlezone on PSVR at a Best Buy Demo. From that brief experience I was pretty amazed at how immersive VR felt. It was like I was no longer in a Best Buy, and I had entered a different world. The Sony rep didn’t completely adjust the device for my eyes, so it was a little blurry. It was similar to looking at a side view of the 3D effects on the 3DS. I didn’t think it mattered to have the Rep adjust it 100%, it was still 85% – 90% fine. But later after playing I felt vertigo a couple times over the next 30 minutes. I figured this was because I didn’t accurately adjust the device. It still was such an amazing experience I was now convinced it was worth keeping my pre-order and exploring it some more when it came out.
When launch day came, I had fully bought in on the hype and wanted to try out just about everything. I picked up the Launch Bundle that included 2 Move Controllers, the Camera and PS Worlds. I got every game that I thought seemed interesting, all the physical copies shown above and I bought Job Simulator and Rez Infinite digitally. I figured these would be great to showcase the PSVR.
My first game I played was PS World, specifically London Heist. This was by far the most fun I had on the first night, but it was also a very short experience. In London Heist you are always in a sitting position, and there isn’t much movement. Sitting at a table, sitting at a desk while shooting, sitting in a chair, and sitting as a passenger in a van while you shoot enemies. Using the Move Controllers as my hand, and interacting with objects was so immersive, I felt like I was actually lighting a cigar in front of my face and shooting Uzi’s in a car chase.
Earlier in the year I picked Playstation 4 as my most likely system for the “next-gen”, before it was even unveiled. Now here we are, just 2 weeks away from the Playstation 4 Launch. My pre-order has been in since June but now I’ve got to start figuring out the games I want to buy and the ones I may want to just rent. I like trying out the system exclusives, so i can really see what experiences I can only get on that specific system. There are also games currently available on the Wii U/PS3/360 that I think I’m looking forward to experiencing on the Playstation 4 to see how far the gap is between generations. Target is supposed to be having a Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sale on games the week of the PS4 Launch, and that might change some of these “rentals” into a “purchase”
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Rental – I feel obligated to support the Wii U and would’ve picked this up on Wii U over the 360 or PS3, but the PS4 version should clearly be the best. I’m in no rush to purchase this game though, I still haven’t played Assassin’s Creed Revelations or Assassin’s Creed III. I’ll eventually get around to those other Assassin Creed games and then I’ll rent ACIV (or purchase it if it’s cheap by the time I get around to it). If AC IV gets high praise and reinvents the franchise, then I may just skip past AC:R & AC III so I can play some next-gen Assassin’s Creed
Battlefield 4 – Purchase – I loved Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and was really hyped for Battlefield 3’s release, however when BF3 came out I ended up not playing that much of it. I’m not too pumped up or excited about Battlefield 4, but I know when it comes out I’ll get sucked into it and hooked. Playing it on the Playstation 4 will let me see the high quality graphics and environments PC gamers got to enjoy in BF3 while I was playing on 360. I’m sure I’ll sink a lot of time into this one.
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I’m a huge Nintendo fan, and I supported the Wii, GameCube and Nintendo64 strong at launch, so the Wii U wasn’t going to be any different. I pre-ordered my Wii U (32GB) shortly after Nintendo unveiled the price and release date, then I started sorting through titles I wanted to pre-order for the launch. So far I’ve pre-ordered a good amount, I’m unsure if I will actually end up purchasing all of them, some I’ll probably cancel if they get weak reviews/feedback. Newegg had a promotion for $15 off $60 pre-orders, $12 off $50 pre-orders and $10 off $40 pre-orders, and I took advantage of this. The following is the list of games I pre-ordered.
007 Legends ($45) – I have played almost every James Bond game that has been released since GoldenEye, and I can’t think of one that I didn’t enjoy (sure some weren’t great, but had their moments). I’ve always preferred James Bond games on Nintendo consoles, I guess just for the nostalgia factor, but I chose to get this on Wii U since it’ll give me something different to play on the system. If I were to get it for 360, it would get buried behind Borderlands 2, Assassin’s Creed III & Resident Evil 6. Even if this receives weak reviews, I’m sure I’ll still stick with it.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii U ($45) – While I personally don’t like the idea of a 2D Platformer as Nintendo’s launch title on their new “powerful” system, it is still a Mario title, so it will be anywhere between good and classic. There’s no chance I’m not getting this, even if I’m wishing it were a new Galaxy style Mario Read the rest of this entry