Friday, March 25, 2016

7 Franchises That Need Virtual Reality

The PlayStation VR is this year’s newest hotness. It’s going to bring virtual realities into our homes with a minimum amount of fuss and a price tag that isn’t over $600. We can plug, play, and enjoy our games in a whole new way. Sounds great, right? It will be, but it could be even greater.

We don’t want the PlayStation VR to be the next Virtual Boy. We want it to be a rock star. Which means Sony should be doing everything possible to talk to the best developers and publishers so they’ll support the device. Some amazing series have established themselves on the PlayStation 4. If they added PlayStation VR support or promised a new installment that worked with the technology, they’d be system sellers.

Dead or Alive

Dead or Alive 
is one of the prettiest fighting games out there. The worlds and details are vibrant and the characters iconic. Tekken is going to have PlayStation VR support, as is Dead or Alive Xtreme 3. It only makes sense that other future entries do too. After all, Koei Tecmo has enjoyed experimenting with the series before. The Vita version had a "touch" mode. The next DOA could have a "look" mode to match! Get up close with those girls (and guys too)!

Far Cry Primal
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With Far Cry Primal, we get to be Takkar. He’s a prehistoric man out to reunite his tribe. We already get to experience the game through his eyes. It’s a first-person affair, after all. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Ubisoft put out a patch that made the game PlayStation VR compatible? We could really, truly walk in his shoes. Plus, it’d help them build experience for future PlayStation VR projects. Everyone would win!

The Last Guardian
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The Last Guardian, if it really does still exist and will eventually appear, would be a fun candidate for a PlayStation VR gimmick. Maybe it shouldn't force people to play through the whole game in the first-person view. That might be a bit much. Games in the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus line are always gorgeous, so maybe The Last Guardian could offer a PlayStation VR tourist mode? People could explore the ruins worry-free, taking a walk through familiar locations and savoring the sights without babysitting a griffon. 

Mirror's Edge Catalyst
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OK. So, bear with me here. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is the sort of game that could absolutely make someone motion sick. The first game did, even without VR. It’s something about the first-person perspective and constant movement. Still, it would be fantastic to actually be Faith with PlayStation VR support. I mean, there’s already been a fan-made mod for the original Mirror’s Edge that adds Oculus Rift support. If ordinary people can do it, so can DICE.

Fallout 4
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PlayStation 4 owners don’t really have a special “thing” when it comes to Fallout 4. PC owners get patches first, as well as mods already from industrious users. Once mod support is added to the console versions, the Xbox One is going to be the first with that honor. Adding PlayStation VR support to a game that many enjoy playing in the first-person would make the experience much more real. You’d better connect with the people of the Commonwealth. Isn’t that something we’d all appreciate? Though, that would make those Deathclaws even more terrifying.

Call of Duty
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Activision and Sony have already gotten in good together. With Call of Duty: Black Ops III, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 owners had early access to DLC. Plus, PlayStation 4 owners had an exclusive beta. It’s already been reported that this arrangement will be in effect for other Call of Duty entries. Wouldn’t it be great if this year’s installment offered PlayStation VR support? Imagine going through the campaign or taking on a multiplayer match with your friends firsthand? It’d be a surreal experience.

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GTA V did something incredibly cool on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It let people, for the first time, play the game entirely in the first person. There’s new depth, it looks different when you drive, and adding accessories like sunglasses actually makes it feel like you’re wearing a pair of sunglasses! It’s a great touch and adds extra authenticity to an already amazing game. Now, take all that and imagine PlayStation VR support too. Certainly, it could end up needing extra effort, but it’s the sort of experience I’m sure we’d all be willing to pay extra for as DLC. It’d be a gaming milestone.


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