HTC raised more than a few eyebrows when it announced the Vive, a VR headset that ostensibly competes with the more well-known Oculus Rift. But far from being some one-off excursion like the Re Camera, the Vive has gained critical acclaim from those who've had access to its pre-production developer units, and HTC's partnership with Valve gives the company an in with one of the gaming industry's most influential players. At CES 2016, HTC revealed a new model, the Vive Pre, with some very interesting additions to the original.
On top of some ergonomic adjustments for more comfortable wear, the Vive Pre adds a front-facing camera to the design, which allows for easy viewing of the real world without having to remove the headset.
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Blown Away: First Try
Blown Away is an interesting little platforming game. The chief mechanic is a quick teleporting move - zapping from spot to spot basically replaces the main character's jump move, and creates some interesting puzzles and progression.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a unique platforming, a cave-based navigation game, a sarcastic take on Simon Says, a circular twitch game, and a space-based MOBA. Without further ado:
Blown Away: First Try
Blown Away is an interesting little platforming game.
'Tis the season to spend money on stuff for others, but what about you? What about your needs? It just so happens there are a ton of apps and games on sale for this holiday week, and we're going to keep track of all the best stuff. Check back as we'll be updating this post with new sales as we come across them.
There are probably quite a few new Amazon Kindle tablet owners poking through their brand new gadgets this morning, and to encourage new customers to check out what the Appstore offers, Amazon is giving some of its best games for free. A couple of its best games, anyway - the rest of today's 13 freebies are less than notable. But gamers will definitely want to grab textual space adventure Lifeline, atmospheric exploration game Last Horizon, and the zany fantasy-themed Goat Simulator MMO Simulator.
Merry Christmas everyone! This jolly message comes to you courtesy of your beloved Activision Publishing developer who has decided to grab a few bucks from your stockings because you've been a bad kid this year and you deserve to be punished for liking Zombie games and causing virtual mayhem.
For some reason, Activision has decided to re-release Call Of Duty: Black Ops Zombies under a new listing on the Play Store. The first-person shooter that puts you at the line of defense against hordes of zombies dates back to 2012 when Liam called it "interesting" in his review. It has been stagnating on the Play Store with no updates since December 2013 with plenty of reviewers complaining about compatibility, bugs, and overall sluggishness.
The dream of OUYA was not to be. It turns out that overturning a decades-old industry by disrupting it with mobile hardware and open-source software is a tough row to hoe, and adding on a semi-exclusive game market (you know, that thing that consoles do that's already universally hated) wasn't the best opening move. So OUYA floundered in the maturing set-top box market until Razer snapped it up in the hopes of bolstering its own Forge TV, which had been on the market for months and was already known as the worst option in an extremely limited field.
Huh. Maybe they just wanted some company to commiserate with.
In any case, the customers who bought and paid for OUYA hardware are getting a couple of dividends out of the deal.
Peter Moorhead's Murder (that's "Murder" by Peter Moorhead, it's not a game about killing a guy named Peter) is a point-and-click adventure game that mixes sensibilities from stories like Blade Runner and The Matrix with some stylish pixelated graphics.
The saga of OUYA is a cautionary tale of how hard it is to build a new gaming platform. After an initial crowdfunding success, OUYA had trouble attracting developers and keeping gamers interested. The company was gobbled up by gaming giant Razer earlier this year, and now the OUYA store is back as Cortex for the Android TV-powered Forge TV.