Thursday, April 21, 2016

Oculus Rift

​Oculus Rift​ - It finally came in and here are my impressions broken down into categories.


  • Very easy setup.  
  • It takes 2 USB 3.0 slots.  One for the head tracker and the other for the headset.  
  • You also need the HDMI output from your video card.  I tried using a DP to HDMI converter which did not work with the Rift but did for my TV out so I can have both hooked up at the same time.   
  • The Oculus home software walks you through the setup process and I was done in about 5 minutes.
Headset Hardware
  • The headset has 3 adjustment straps, one on each side and one on top. 
  • I guess I have a small head as the side straps where pulled about all the way just to make it tight.  
  • It is light and once you get the straps set it's easy to take off and on. 
  • You can adjust the spacing of the lenses with a small button under the right eye.
  • The headphones work very well and I thought they did a decent job producing bass. 
  • I did play for 3 hours straight and my face did get a little irritated by the material that was touching my skin and that could be due to the newness and the chemicals on the fabric.  
  • My neck is a little sore this morning but nothing major.  It will take a bit of time to build up those specific neck muscles. 
  • I do use reading glasses but since the Rift projects the picture far away I don't need them for the Rift.
  • I did try putting on the Rift with my glasses though and it was not easy even after opening all the straps up.  Maybe easier with more practice.  
  • I did not feel nauseous at any time during my playtime. I am running with a 980TI and have not had any frame rate drops.   

Headset Performance

  • The first time I put them on I watched an intro video and it was awesome.  
  • I was standing in front of an alien on a rocky planet and he was looking at me and making faces.  .
  • Then I was standing in a hall and a T-Rex was at the other end and he came at me and stopped just in front and roared and the spit came flying out at me then he walked over me.
  • Next I was standing on the edge of a building looking down and I did feel a bit queasy since I don't like heights.  
  • The sense of being there in a different place is what is cool about the Oculus.  Looking all around and being enveloped in the world is really a unique experience.  
  • With all that said the tech still needs a couple of years to get where it needs to be.  
  • The problem I have with the Oculus is with the Screen Door Effect where it looks like you are looking at the picture through a screen door, I can see the pixels that make up the picture so it isn't sharp and that is bothersome to me and it reinforces the feeling that I'm looking at a screen and not really in the world.  
  • Maybe my eyes are more susceptible to this effect as I've read on some posts that they can only tell if you are looking for it but I see it all the time. 
  • The games are also not in 1080P even the though the screens have a high resolution the picture you see is just not as crisp and clear it feels more like 720P and I've even read it's more like 480P.  
  • In a couple of years once the lenses and video cards get better this tech will really shine. 

Software Impressions

Oculus Home

  • You have to install this product and it be open in order for the Rift to work.  
  • It's a store front like Uplay and Origin.  
  • There is an option that you have to turn on if you want to be able to play games from Steam or other networks, it's not on by default. There are some games that are exclusive to the Oculus Store so you need to do some research before deciding on where to buy. 
  • I was able to play a couple of VR games through Steam.  

Game Impressions

Project Cars

  • I mainly wanted the Rift for driving simulators, mainly Dirt Rally, but most of them don't have support for the Oculus yet.
  • I only tried PC for about 2 races and it was cool being in the car looking at the dashboard and seeing all the racers just by turning my head.
  • The graphics are a bit jaggy and it's a bit difficult to see far away images because of the resolution.  
  • I need to do some more tweaking with the graphics to see if I can fix these issues.  


  • A 3rd person action adventure game that feels a bit like Dark Souls.  
  • The camera is in a fixed position sort of like the Resident Evil games but you can still look around.
  • The game is fun on its own and the VR does add a bit to the world in making you feel like you are there.    

Lucky's Tale

  • A platformer that works really well in VR. 
  • Again you do feel like you are in this place.
  • There are some sections where you go underground and you see the action kind of like a diorama which is neat. 

Eve: Valkryie

  • Space shooter where you are in a cockpit and that feels perfect for VR as you do feel like you are in a ship and there is a cool thrill when it takes off as you see the scenery fly by. 
  • The graphics are great but once again the SDE takes me out of the world.  


  • Only got to play about 30 seconds before it crashed but it was Doom in VR.  


  • Is the Oculus Rift worth $600 plus the PC you need to run it?
  • At this time I would say not yet, probably in 2-3 years once the tech gets better then this will be amazing.
  • If you have to have the latest gadgets then you may want to splurge on one but right now there isn't a game that is a must play so again waiting until there is more software will probably be the best decision.
  • I think these same issues I have  will exist with the VIVE so I'm probably going to cancel my VIVE pre-order.  
  • It may sound strange but I got a similar feeling to the Oculus when playing games in 3D with the convergence set really high. The image felt like it was right in front of me and that I was in the world as well.  It wasn't as tight as the Oculus since your whole view is the world but it was a similar feeling. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dark Souls 3 Ratchet and Clank, Visceral Detail Cleanup

Oculus Rift - Just got charged and it should be shipping soon.  Hopefully I'll get it by the weekend.

Dark Souls 3

  • Finally defeated the first major boss after about 6 attempts, his fire sword attacks looked awesome.  
  • This game isn't as stingy with bonfires as the last two games and they are usually pretty close to the boss lairs so the game does seem a bit easier. 
  • There are a ton of weapons, I think I already have 20 in my inventory although I'm only using about 3 of them.  
  • I was having a couple of crashing issues until I disabled AA but they did release a patch on Monday that may have fixed that issue, other than that the game has run smoothly.
  • The like the enemy designs as they are quite grotesque, the ugly frogs with the big eyes are back as well. 
  • Had my first invasion the other day and it couldn't have came at a better time.  I was in an area where there is this giant on a tower far away that keeps throwing large spears at anyone who tries to cross this specific path.  The invader spawned just behind me so I took off running down the path and was able to dodge the spears but the invader didn't have as much luck and died at the barrage of spears without me swinging a single time and it felt awesome.  

Ratchet and Clank

  • A game about the new movie which is a retelling of the original game. 
  • This is classic Ratchet and Clank game play at it's best with some of the best graphics that I've seen. 
  • I've beaten all the major Ratchet and Clank releases and the game play still holds up.  
  • Can't wait to see all the crazy weapons, I haven't read much about the game. 
  • It's $40 so a nice price as well. 

Visceral Detail Cleanup

  • Ever wondered what happens to all those bodies and blood soaked floors that is left over from one of your gaming sessions?
  • Wonder no more as you undertake one of the best co-op games of this generation as you get to help clean up all the mess.
  • So grab your mops, buckets, and bins and get ready for Visceral Detail Cleanup.
  • The game at first glance seems horrible and dull, but it's probably one of the funnest multiplayer experiences that I've had.
  • The fun is not in the actual game play but the chat between friends.
  • The game does have some wonky physics which does lead to some spirited conversations.  
  • If you are mopping up blood and then someone kicks over the water bucket sending all of the blood that you just cleaned go everywhere you may get a little irritated or maybe they keep walking through the blood leaving tracks that might also spur a louder than normal response.  Also don't try to run when carrying a bin full of body parts, it will end in a mess. 

New Releases - Not a big release week.  My pick is Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair which has the best talking bear in any game series.


Banner Saga 2
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Loud on Planet X


Axiom Verge — Vita (PS4 Cross-buy)
Blues and Bullets Episodes 1 and 2
Invisible, Inc.
Lichdom: Battlemage
Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse
Loud on Planet X
Pang Adventures

Xbox One

Lichdom: Battlemage
Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom


Langrisser Re:Incarnation -Tensei

Wii U

Star Fox Zero
Star Fox Guard

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Dark Souls 3, Enter the Gungeon, Hyper Light Drifter, Quanturm Break

Still no Rift yet expected ship date maybe next week.

Dark Souls 3

  • Another Dark Souls game.  Either you love them or hate them.
  • I put in about 5 hours last night and died about 30 times so it's slow going but I like it.  
  • I'm on the PC and it's runs smoothly and looks great, I've read reports of some slowdown on the consoles.
  • The game seems a bit more streamlined so it may be a bit easier for newcomers to tackle, it's still is full of mystery but they do explain a bit more of what and where you need to go and do. 
  • The speed of the game/combat is between DS1 and Bloodborne which feels great.
  • The eneimes and bosses so far have been interesting and brutal. 
  • Man these games are sooooo good and different from everything else that is made today.  

Enter the Gungeon

  • Rogue-like twin stick shooter where each enemy is a type of bullet, the game has a really cool style.  Flipping over tables to provide cover is cool.  
  • I wish it had some sort of progression like Rouge Legacy.  It has random drops which do expand over time but if you don't get a good weapon on the first level it makes it tough to go much farther.  
  • After 2 hours I've only got to the second level once.  
  • I think they need to do a bit more re-balancing and this game would be perfect. 

Hyper Light Drifter

  • A really cool looking tough isometric action RPG. .
  • The graphics are 8-bit but look amazing.
  • There is no text in the game and no English is spoken, you only see pictures when you speak to NPC's so there is some mystery in the game.
  • The combat is fast and fluid but tough as you only have about 5 hit points starting out so you must be cautious. 

Quantum Break

  • I've only spent about 30 minutes playing but I'm not sure I'm going to like this game.
  • The controls do not feel good, they are floaty and I haven't even tried combat yet. I've tried changing the sensitivity but something is just off.
  • I really liked Alan Wake so I had high hopes for this game but it's not starting off well.  

Rocket League

  • Still going strong, playing at least an hour or two a day.
  • The basketball mode is coming this month which looks interesting. 

New Releases - Of course Dark Souls 3 is my pick of the week but I also picked up Ratchet & Clank.


Dark Souls III
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Stories: The Paths of Destinies


Dark Souls III
Ratchet & Clank
Risk of Rain
Samurai Warriors 4 Empires
Stories: The Paths of Destinies


Dark Souls III




Bravely Second: End Layer


Risk of Rain