Unity is one of a small handful of engines that VR developers use and it's a pretty popular choice. NVIDIA has some great technologies to help make VR games more immersive and now it's easier than ever to use them in Unity.
Yesterday, the beta release allowed for Multi-Res Shading, Lens Matched Shading, Single Pass Stereo, and VR SLI to be included in your VR game. Hopefully, this new addition will allow for many games out there to get these cool new features integrated into them. I mean, who doesn't want some nice boost in performance in their games and VRWorks can help with that.
This week's Nintendo Download is off to the races, whether it's riding around in go karts or racing to survive topping out in puzzle games...okay, that's a bit of a stretch for an opener. It doesn't take anything away from this week's releases on the Nintendo Switch being pretty big.
First off we have Puyo Puyo Tetris released earlier this week. Once again we have two classic puzzle games released in a single game, this time with Puyo Puyo and Tetris. For those who have never heard of Puyo Puyo, some gamers might know it better as Kirby's Avalanche and Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine when it was released in the US for the Super NES and Sega Genesis/Game Gear respectively. You essentially drop colored blobs onto other colored blobs and joining four of them adjacently will clear them out. Anyway, Puyo Puyo Tetris allows players to play both games in both single player and multi-player, and you can even play a different game than your opponent. A demo is currently up on the Switch's eShop to check out.
The other major release, or re-release in a way, this week is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This version of the game will have more characters, karts, and tracks unlocked from the start than any other Mario Kart game in the history of the series. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will also include a revamped battle mode which I'm pretty eager to check out as Balloon Battle has always been my favorite battle mode in the series and while it was in the original Mario Kart 8, I prefer dedicated arenas to battles instead of the normal tracks found in 8. Granted the mode now uses a points-based system instead of Last Man Standing, but I can kind of forgive that. That just lets me play longer and have more fun popping my opponent's balloons with coincidentally well placed turtle shells.
Super Bomberman R is looking to bring back the old Konami mascot by upping the Konami mascot count. That means we have Castlevania’s Simon Belmont, Gradius’ Vic Viper, and Pyramid Head.
Ah, sorry. I’m going to just look at the information from Konami’s website one more time to make sure, because I must have read that wrong NOPE I sure didn’t it’s Pyramid Head.
Listen, the patch they rolled out today makes some slight adjustments to the game, particularly in making the online experience smoother. And that’s great! And I do care about that as a reporter. There’s simply no way any other news is going to take precedence over the guy who does things I'm being told by my editor that I cannot describe, being in a cutesy Bomberman game. There’s no patch update that could possibly be more important.
Anyway this free update will be rolling out soon, presumably followed by the heads of several colorful, cute characters. For a full list of the updates, head to Konami's website here.
Hey, can I have your number? That’s what Dota 2 will be asking players in ranked matches after May 4th. But Dota 2 doesn’t want to take you on a disappointing dinner date. Dota 2 won’t take you to Red Lobster, hog those delicious cheddar bay biscuits, and go on about how “people are too sensitive these days.” Dota 2 is more concerned about “smurfing,” or when multiple accounts are created by a single user.
Smurfing is usually done by veteran players posing as beginners, or trying to get around being placed in low ranking matches due to bad behavior. Essentially everything done through smurfing is super rude.
And while Valve admits that a linked phone number will not eliminate multiple accounts for a single user entirely, they still hope to “add just enough friction to this process that the number of players doing this will be noticeably reduced.”
This isn’t the first effort by Valve to curb toxic behavior in Dota, a game riddled with it, but it is a rather sweeping measure in their ongoing battle with a sizable portion of their user base hell bent on ruining a game for everyone else. For a full list of the updates included in the patch, check out the blog post here.
Bethesda and id have a new showcase trailer out for Ruins of Sarnath, one of the new maps for Quake Champions. It's a slime-slicked temple that clearly draws heavy inspiration from Quake's occult, Lovecraftian roots--I mean, the map has a giant frikken eye in the middle of it. Take a look at the trailer below to see what I mean. I'm skeptical and excited for Quake Champions at the same time; I hope it just isn't a me-too ripoff of Overwatch, as we've seen how that goes before.
The roster is in and the loot is incoming. Here are your free PS Plus games for May 2017:
The games are available to all PS Plus subscribers and will be playable as long as your PS Plus subscription is active.
If you missed out on getting Genji's Oni skin last time around, you're getting another chance. Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard's multi-franchise strategy game, is holding a new event (the Nexus Challenge 2.0) that provides rewards specifically aimed at Overwatch players.
The challenge lasts four weeks (ending May 22) and begins as soon as Heroes of the Storm 2.0 (a massive update coinciding with the release of Genji as a playable character) goes live in your region. Each week, players have the possibility to earn several rewards, and all you have to do is play five matches a week with a friend.
Heroes of the Storm is free to download on PC and Mac.
As promised, the first look at Call of Duty: WWII is now here. The game takes place between 1944 and 1945 and you can see the famous Normandy beach storming is in it. The story follows various characters in the game and that signature scripted action can be seen throughout the trailer. Private Red Daniels will be your main character, but you'll get to take control of others as well. Also, I knew I recognized one of the people in the game and that's Josh Duhamel playing a role in the campaign.
SledgeHammer has been working on this game for two years and I hope going back to the World War II era brings some life into the series. The livestream talks about how much they paid attention to the time period and they strived to be as accurate as they can.
No release date but you can pre-order now to get into the beta.
Now let's compare that to the first Call of Duty. My how times have changed.
As is tradition in the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: WWII will be getting a pro edition, which features the game in addition to some goodies.
This time around, according to Charlie Intel, the goodies are the monolithic Season Pass, and a steelbook bearing the image of what we can assume are the beaches of Normandy, as seen in the preview below.
Are you excited to see Call of Duty returning to its roots, or do you think it's a poorly disguised attempt to cash in on Battlefield 1's success? Let us know in the comments.
Activision will be doing a big reveal of the game tomorrow (April 26), so if you're interested, be sure to stay tuned.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is the next entry in the legendary fighting franchise, and today we got a trailer that gives us a glimpse of its story.
Two seminal enemies, Ultron from Marvel and Sigma from Capcom, are quite literally joining together in order to face down the heroes of both "dimensions." It looks wonderfully cheesy and over the top, as it should be.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will release September 19, 2017. You can watch the trailer for yourself below.