Entries by Daryle

Join Me At Dads And Dragons

Daryle here. My time with VR Giant has come to an end. Actually, it came to an end a while ago. But fret not if you’re one of the few regulars who enjoyed my content here, I have only moved places. You can now find me at Dads And Dragons.com where I will still be reviewing virtual reality games among other things. My time with VR Giant, especially at the height of its popularity, was one of the most amazing periods of my life. After 20 years of looking forward to virtual reality I somehow wound up with a website where I got to write about it and managed to snag a satisfying chunk of audience. I was able to foster relationships with game developers, other folks in the VR media, people at Oculus and far more VR users than I likely ever would have without a website. This is where I feel like I should thank the people who made it possible. That would be you, the reader. I’ve had lots of blogs in my time that no one was reading. Having an audience makes it a totally different beast. A better beast. The kind of beast you can get excited about. When you hear people say they couldn’t have done it without you, turns out they actually mean it. Well, I do anyway. They might be lying to your face. There are others who I would like to thank, but they don’t much care for the spotlight so I will just say thank you and they will know who they are.

Fusion Wars Quick Look

If you’ve been wanting a great first person shooter game that is fast and not only has, but requires full controller support, then Fusion Wars may just be the game that you’ve been waiting for. It isn’t perfect, but it’s the most polished game we’ve seen in a long time. I suspect it will take it’s position among the ranks of games like Anshar Wars 2, Esper 2, Dead Secret and other Gear VR greats.

VR Cover Review

Here is something new! A video review of VR Cover Rift products. I wouldn’t expect to see this sort of thing often unless companies suddenly start sending me free stuff to review (feel free to do that companies…I’m down.) But I was sent these and decided to share my thoughts. I was not paid to say this, but I was given the products for free. I guess saying that is sort of a spoiler about my opinion on them, but watch the video anyway wouldja? Thanks!

Micro Machines VR Racing – Gear VR Review

I wasn’t expecting to see Micro Machines when I booted up the Oculus Store last night. I know that sometimes bigger releases don’t get pushed out on Wednesday with the rest of the riff-raff and so I usually check the store several times on Thursday but after checking several times today and seeing nothing I figured we were done for this week. Then, mostly out of habit and boredom, I checked the store again and there it was. And I became excited. I’ve never played the old Micro Machines but I know that those who did were often pretty big fans of it and I thought maybe this would be the Gear VR’s version of BlazeRush, which is an incredible game and have it or something like it on the Gear VR would be lit, or whatever the heck you kids are saying these days.

Chronos – Oculus Rift

Gunfire games contacted me not too long ago and said they noticed that I hadn’t reviewed Chronos yet and would I like a key to be able to do so? I told them that I would love a key, but my system isn’t up to spec so I’m not sure it would run. I’m rocking a GTX 770 and a DK2 on this bad boy (I’m referring to my computer.) He said he was going to check with the team to see what they said about it. After a few days I became impatient and asked if he had learned anything and he said they weren’t sure but I was welcome to try it. And try it I did.

Starfighter Arduxim

Starfighter Arduxim is the latest space shooter game to grace the Gear VR. It follows in the footsteps of Anshar Wars, Anshar Wars 2, End Space, Cosmos Warfare…um, Starship Disco? How loose are we going with comparisons here? Anyway, the point is, there have been a lot of space shooter games on the Gear VR and to be honest, even though I am sick to death with space (which is something I never thought I would say, but there we are) I really enjoyed it. As a matter of fact, it is the first game I’ve played all the way through in a long time.

Hex: Heavy Encounter EXOsuit

Many of us who have been in the Gear VR game for a while are familiar with Robot Invader and I’m sure I’m not the only one who was pretty excited to see a new game from the studio show up in the store on Wednesday. In case you aren’t a member of this group, Robot Invader is the studio who made Dead Secret. If that still doesn’t ring a bell for you, then you need to stop reading this right now, go to the Oculus Store and purchase Dead Secret. It was one of the earlier games on the store and remains one of the best to this day. For the rest of you, the game I’m talking about here is Hex: Heavy Encounter EXOsuit.

Free Throw Bomber

Free Throw Bomber is a game that I wasn’t expecting to like as much as I did. If you have a peek in the history of articles here you will see that I didn’t much care for Baskhead. There just wasn’t a lot to it. I was expecting that Free Throw Bomber was going to be pretty much the same except throwing the balls instead of catching them. And, that is what you do, but it’s mixed up with bombs, difficult (though limited) goals, and innocent bystanders you can maim. I will admit, my initial impressions (which you can see in the video below) were a bit more favourable than the lasting impression the game has left me with, but I still think that it’s a fun game to pass the time and I can think of worse things to spend three bucks on.

Wands on the Gear VR

Wands is a wizard duelling game and, though I’ve only played a few matches, most of them against an AI opponent, I have to say that it’s a pretty good game. You start by selecting your wand and adding attachments. The attachments are purchased with Relic Dust which you earn during the competative matches. You have a limited selection of attachments at the start, but you can see what the others are going to do once you manage to gather enough dust to buy them. There are not a ton of add ons, but with the amount of Relic Dust earned each match and the fact that the cost of attachments goes up as you buy them, it could take a long time to see them all.