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Will FPS / War Sims be #1 choice in VR Gaming? + PlayStation VR Comparisons to Oculus Rift

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Hey gamer family, this question is to everyone: What do you think is an exciting idea for a video game that does not involve guns?

With the prevelance of Virtual Reality hitting us sooner than later, starting off with a 1st generation round of hardware including the PlayStation VR for PS4, we are about to see real-life “Murder Simulators” that anti-video game fanatics have been ranting about for decades. And while war / shooters have their place in entertainment, historical knowledge, tactical survival skill, etc. – will shooters and the so-called “Murder Sims” the industry has been condemned by time and time again really remain the #1 choice for gaming experiences once Virtual Reality begins to slowly take over?

I enjoy war games of all types but once in awhile I feel like shooter games are all the same.

This is why I don’t heavily invest in the Fighting and Racing genres as well. With Virtual Reality Gaming 1st Gen approaching, I’m hearing that shooting people nonstop and whipping your head around massive speeds isn’t going to be available right away and isn’t even recommended for obvious reasons.

The genre of shooters will need to be recreated from the ground up with some amount of realism added to the pace of gun fights at least, never mind the psychological implications of shooting on end in what seems more and more real each hardware cycle.

To see projects like DayZ, H1Z1: Just Survive, or RUST where shooting happens but isn’t a main objective or a nonstop, unrealistic event when it does happen. But let’s be honest these games are still quite buggy, unfinished, boring at times, and need to be replaced by more robust franchises that have been given the proper TLC a new genre birth deserves, not Early Access hell for years upon years of stagnation!

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Alternatively this also opens the door brilliantly for titles with new mechanics and genre concepts. Its very hard to predict and invent what that would be exactly but thankfully many developers worldwide are already working on the initial waves of design. I can at least say I’m glad that No Man’s Sky has been confirmed for PlayStation VR compatibility and it would be great to see a World of Warcraft type game some day on this hardware. I wouldn’t mind seeing something like Sea of Thieves reach VR as well.

Unfortunately, it has been practically confirmed that some games available now will get support patched in. Most likely Sony will keep an eye on quality control for these patches and make sure it only happens when it makes sense. It has been relatively proven in VR already that shooters coded for a TV, Monitor, Mouse and Keyboard, or GamePad Controller are not as good on a VR headset as they need to be to avoid motion sickness.

This was found out thanks to the research & development of great minds like John Carmack who led up Oculus prior to Facebook purchasing the company, and of course engineers at Valve who essentially used Oculus as a shell to do R&D with then ditched for their own standardized Steam VR platform now competing with Oculus Rift via the HTC Vive. A number of specs were gathered and future R&D was revealed by HTC and Valve advancing the release of this round of VR hardware to occur more quickly. While Oculus has attempted to adopt most of this new research and has accomplished much of this in the Consumer Rift, the two technologies still have differences and it remains unclear how the market will shift in terms of support for either headset.

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For this reason and the hefty cost of investing in PC parts to handle running such a device, many gamers are looking towards news, development, and eventually impressions of the best content PlayStation VR has to offer. PSVR will not run at the high level of specs that HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are now calling their minimum standard. But initial impressions are that the PSVR is still a satisfying experience. Sony will be showing off a lot over the next few months and has remained firm on a 2016 release date for the PlayStation VR headset at a price range of $399.99 (base unit) with a $499.99 bundle for people who don’t yet already own a PS4 Camera since it is required to use the PSVR headset. The $499 bundle also includes a game demo disc, headphones, 2 PS Move controllers, and PlayStation Worlds – .

Some controversy surrounds the fact that the recently leaked PlayStation 4K specs (AKA PlayStation 4.5 or codename NEO) give mention to improved experience for the PSVR headset. This seems a little bit unjustified to me, since it’s obviously going to perform better doing EVERYTHING as a system with a higher speed, bus speed, bandwidth, and memory in its APU (CPU / GPU) as well as RAM – Of Course, PSVR will perform better too!

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However, both the standard PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4K are capable of allowing traditional players on DualShock 4 / Television while another player is using the PlayStation VR headset and PS Move Controllers (or DualShock 4) and interacting in an experience together while viewing the different screens. This is possible because the PSVR comes with an additional processing unit mounted to it. And although some may even find it unfortunate that PS Move controllers and a PS4 Camera are required for the ultimate experience, this is a very early but great time for VR technology.

Oculus and Vive both have their own similar controllers with additional technologies added to them and while Vive comes with them, it’s built into cost at $799. Currently the Oculus Rift doesn’t come with these but a future bundle will and is called Oculus Touch. For now, that bundle is not available and Oculus Rift is going for $599. These are early adopter prices and early adopter bundles, with the expectation that if you are buying PSVR you can afford a PS4 Camera. If you want the ultimate experience, you will eventually afford some PS Moves since you probably already sold yours at the end of the PlayStation 3 era like most of us did (D’oh! *Homer Simpson voice).

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Killzown Unboxes – Magic The Gathering – “Oath Of The Gatewatch” Intro Pack

Killzown Unboxes Magic The Gathering

DJ Killzown Jones is back with another episode of “Killzown Unboxes” and this time he take a look at one Magic The Gathering “Oath Of The Gatewatch” Intro Packs called “Vicious Cycle”. Magic The Gathering is the number one trading card game in the world and “Oath Of The Gatewatch” is the latest booster expansion in the popular and long running card game. The Intro Packs are designed for players who are just starting play MTG and their are a total in five in each new set in addition to a Event Deck, Fat Packs, single Booster Packs, and Booster Boxes. The MTG “Oath of Gatewatch” Set is available now where trading cards are sold, check out the video below and keep it locked right here to RGN for more “Killzown Unboxes”.

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Mega Ran – 2015: Year In Gaming – Prod. By K-Murdock

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Mega Ran is back once again with “2015: The Year In Gaming”, his annul recap of everything that happened in the Video Game Industry as well as his personal life. K-Murdock one of Mega Ran’s producers and Chip-Hop Legend is own right is back on the boards and  even gives a shout out to Ran at the end of the song. Mega Ran has had a phenomenal year in 2015 with the releases of  “Soul Veggies” with Storyville, “Race For Your Life” with SkyBlew, “Emerald Knights: The Album” with Bag Of Tricks Cat, “The Whole Point” (We Can Freak It Freestyle) with Mr. Miranda and finally his Billboard Hip-Hop Top 20 Solo Album  “RNDM”.   We here at RGN would like to congratulate Mega Ran on all his personal and professional success and will continue to support his music and movement in the years to come. Check out  “2015: The Year In Gaming” below and click here to purchase the track from MegaRanMusic.com

 

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Killzown Invades: Pixel Pop Festival 2015 – Part 1

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Killzown makes his triumphant return to Saint Louis’ Premiere Indie Game Festival, Pixel Pop 2015. This year featured over twenty independent game devs in both Video and Table-Top/Card Game format on the show floor as well as panels, contest, and game tournaments during the show’s two day stretch. This years event was hosted Dynamic Midwest Events and Happy Badger Studio at Webster University’s East Academic Building. Check out the video below and for more info on Pixel Pop be sure to visit  www.pixelpopfestival.com/ today.  If you want to keep with Killzown check him out on www.djkillzownjones.com, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and subscribe to his channel on Youtube then as always keep it locked to RGN for all of your event coverage.

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[Updated] Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever Releasing this November

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Update: The novel’s release date has now been set to December 15th, 2015.

Original story as follows:

Everyone’s favorite Tomb Raider is back in an all new written adventure this fall, in Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever. Due out on November 3rd, this standalone novel from Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent (Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals), sees the return of classic Lara as she embarks on yet another perilous adventure spanning the globe. Dual wielding pistols and all.

Official excerpt:

After a ruthless competitor beats her in a race to recover a priceless antiquity in Sri Lanka, Lara Croft returns home to London. Nursing her bruises, she gets a call from an old friend in desperate need of help and learns that something truly strange has been discovered during a excavation beneath the City of London. Investigating, Lara witnesses something so spectacular it could rewrite the history of the British Isles—and perhaps even the world—but is drawn into a dangerous shadow world of espionage, conspiracy and black market trafficking. There’s too much at stake. Lara sets off on a globe-trotting mission to recover a precious antiquity that links the modern world to ancient myths and legends, as old foes and new threats gather to stop her finding the truth. What is the true secret of the blade, who can she really trust, and is this the one mission even she can’t survive?

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Blade of Gwynnever’s storyline was written in conjunction with Crystal Dynamics, the developer of the Tomb Raider video games.

The novel is available to pre-order on Amazon.com ($10.59) at other select retailers.

Source: Prima Games

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NHL 16 Review

EA Sports NHL 2016 Review by RealGamerNewz

NHL 16 is the most recent addition to the NHL series of games by EA Sports. Following a poor showing in last year’s NHL title, many expected EA to have a much better showing in this year by overcoming the growing pains of the newest console generation. Whilst there is versions of this game for the previous console generation (360 and PS3), this review covers the current generation’s iterations (XBONE and PS4).

GAMEPLAY
Like previously stated, last year’s title was found to be subpar by fans of the series, feeling it was shallow and lacked many of the features key to the NHL experience, examples being the “Be a Pro” mode and offline shootout modes as well as online multiplayer whilst playing with guests on your console of choice. That has been fixed, much to my and many other’s pleasure. These modes have vastly been improved, especially the Be A Pro and GM mode, which feels like it took what was best about these career modes of previous games and combined them into a much more user-directed experience, where you feel that what you do as the player or team general manager has a huge effect on how the entire experience is. I could go on about how much more enjoyable this year’s edition is compared to the last five NHL games in this field alone.

The gameplay as well has been overhauled, making the game more accessible to casual players with the addition of on-screen hints to teach the player how to play whilst in-game, but still allowing much more veteran players to the series the ability to hide these hints or custom tweak these hints to just show positive cues for when you play well. The game feels much smoother and realistic to the hockey experience where every move you make affects the player like they are on the ice and not on solid ground.

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This still does not leave the game with no flaws, as there are plenty of exploitable ways to easily score/win, which to some makes the game too easy and draws heavy criticism whilst playing the online portions. As well, like many EA sports games, there are a bevy of in-game glitches where players will go flying after a hit or simple contact when the physics engine goes a tad wonky, which are much more hilarious than annoying, but still problematic nonetheless.

GRAPHICS / MUSIC:

The graphics and music themselves haven’t vastly improved, but the overall presentation has been overhauled, as during gameplay it feels like an actual telecast and no longer do the stats “glitch out” during the Be A Pro/GM or Season modes where the stats appear as all zeroes. All the arena experiences feel like the actual place these teams play and the crowds are more involved with the game, having custom signs based on who is playing in said game as well as the players who score, are in goal and even the ones that take penalties.

As well, the menus have been redesigned to be much more manageable and user-friendly. The soundtrack itself is lacking as it no longer has a real soundtrack and instead features arena-esque music during stoppages and just very basic menu music whilst out of the game, which is very disappointing. As well, there is no way to put your own music into the game, which is a feature that is very much missed.

ONLINE CAPABILITIES:

The three main online portions of this game have vastly been improved this year, especially in the way the game handles matchmaking, making it more balanced. As someone who rarely plays the online parts of the game itself, when I do rarely play it, it’s great to be matched with someone of my skill level. However, the ability to exploit a few different types of goals, you can find yourself rather frustrated by how easily a game can get of hand.

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REPLAY VALUE:

As the game has redone many of its career modes and overhauled the overall experience, I have found that it’s much easier to want to play this game over and over, making subtle changes to the teams that play, especially with the variety of teams not just from North America but many of the European leagues as well as all the Junior development leagues in Canada, with the unfortunate problem that US colleges and proper IIHF support are missing, which is just a minor issue as the NHL experience is still impressive.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

After the poor showing last year, this game absolutely reignited my trust in EA for the series itself. The drawbacks such as exploits, silly glitches and my nitpicks of missing teams pale in comparison to the vast improvements that were put in this time around. Easily can sink a lot of time into this title, especially if you are a hockey fan and the detail put into teaching the user during the game can make even the most inexperienced of players have a hell of a time playing. If you love hockey and have the current gen consoles, I would highly recommend picking this up.

Official Trailer:

 

realgamernewz-public-domain-clipart-silver-bar Rating: 8.2 / 10

RGN Rating: Silver Game
Developer: EA Canada
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Available On: PlayStation 4 / Xbox ONE

Release Date: September 15, 2015

Review Copy Info: Xbox ONE digital copy purchased by RealGamerNewZ reviewer.

Score Breakdown:
Gameplay- 26/30
Graphics- 4/5
Online Capabilities – 3/5
Replay Value- 8/10
Overall- 41/50, an 82%

Editor’s Note: NHL: Legacy Edition also available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. This is a review of the PS4 / Xbox ONE version of NHL 16.

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Killzown Invades – Gateway Geek Fest – Part 2

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Killzown returns to the Gateway Geek Fest show floor to show you the folks at home more of what you missed. If you missed the last episode of Killzown Invades GGF click here and come back when your finished  watching it so you’re all caught up.  Gateway Geekfest will be back next year August 5th – 7th 2016 with more information to be announced soon. Check out the video below and then be sure to visit www.gatewaygeekfest.com/ for everything GGF.  Keep with Killzown on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and subscribe to his channel on Youtube. Thank you for watching and make sure to keep it locked to RGN for your event news and coverage.

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Developing the Future Trailer – HTC Vive #VRGaming #SteamVR [HD 1080P]

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Developing the Future Trailer of HTC Vive.

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New Mega Ran Video Ft D&D Sluggers Uses New & Crazy / Innovative Old School Gameplay

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DJ 2Thirteen has done it again with Boston footage featured in the latest video from artist Mega Ran’s single “Infinite Lives” featuring D&D Sluggers off Mega Ran’s upcoming album RNDM. Benjamin Sutherland has also added a lot to this collaboration in terms of some really high quality, wild gameplay that gives life to Mega Ran and D&D Sluggers in the video game world. See if you can spot the games that inspired this, and you might be surprised by how it looks good enough to make you want to play after seeing.

Currently RNDM is available for pre-order on iTunes and is at #124th place on the sales charts, something that can provide huge exposure for an independent artist such as Mega Ran who has been making video game inspired music for years, selling out shows at gaming events, running worldwide tours, and keeps on giving back to the fans with more of what they want on top of helping out the community without bragging about it including supporting backpack drives through his widely viewed promotional channels.

Official Music Video:

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Pre-Order RNDM on iTunes https://itun.es/us/rhfl9

You can pre-order the album for just $4.99 which Mega Ran calls “the album of my life” and draws inspiration from both his hip hop and video game rap roots to fuse together a piece of his soul. If you’re not into iTunes though, that’s fine, but the first 999 people who pre-order the album on MegaRanMusic.com will also get a free copy of the Mighty No. 9 Official Video Game Soundtrack through a bonus Mega Ran has arranged with Comcept in addition to the free bonus song “Mighty” which comes on all copies of RNDM and plays as the ending credits track to the video game Mighty No. 9 which was created by the father of Mega Man Keiji Inafune through a successful $3.8 Million Kickstarter campaign paying tribute to the legendary Mega Man series.

Pre-Order RNDM on MegaRanMusic.com

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Broken Pixels Kicking Off ORLANDO NERD FEST 2015 Tonight !!! – Livestream & Music Video

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“We rap about games.” That’s the motto and don’t wear it out, Video Game Loving Musician Group Broken Pixels will be at the Orlando Nerd Fest 2015 and you can watch it all live on Twitch if you didn’t make it out there! The show is already happening now live, and at 9:15PM EST Jerome “JC” Chance, Lesky Lee singing hooks and XK holding down the spacebar, taking stage to perform kicking off an entire weekend of nerd culture expressed through song. (producer Equivalent Exchange of Broken Pixels had a family matter and could not make it.) With their influences ranging from heavy metal to hip hop to comic books and video games, the music the group creates led to them creating the Official theme song for THQ’s “Saints Row the Third” in November of 2011, performing at events such as E3 and San Diego Comic Con.

Check out the Orlando Nerd Fest 2015 Livestream as well as a sample of Broken Pixels’ work below.

Orlando Nerd Fest 2015 Official Livestream:

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2015 Broken Pixels Official Music Video:

Have a great weekend everyone, and be sure to keep it real and keep it gaming!

Orlando Nerd Fest 2015 Schedule:

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