RRC Digest 10/25/16 – Playstation VR, Rez Infinite, Thumper

This week I’m dedicating RRC Digest to the Playstation VR. I’ve had the device for a week and a half now and I have some thoughts! First up, I’d like to talk about the hardware from a perspective I think a lot of people can relate to — going from a Gear VR to a PSVR — rather than comparing it against a Vive or Oculus.

The Hardware – Before getting a PSVR, the majority of my VR gaming was done on a Samsung Gear VR. In the world of VR headsets, the Gear VR is a great way to show people what VR looks like, but it doesn’t leave a lasting impression. The controller situation on Samsung’s device is a mess — I own a million controllers and none of them work, and last I checked, the decent Android controllers were marked up to $80-100. That influenced my game purchasing decisions quite a bit, leaving me with a handful of forgettable experiences that were fun to show off to friends and family members. Beyond that the device sat and collected dust, supporting the notion that VR could be a passing fad like the Wii or Kinect. Continue reading RRC Digest 10/25/16 – Playstation VR, Rez Infinite, Thumper

RRC Digest 10/18/16 – Dishonored 2, SWTOR, Westworld, Mafia 3!

This week I’ll be offering up some quick takes on a bunch of different items. I owe you all the rest of my New York Comic Con coverage — which isn’t much to be honest, but it’s worth discussing. Beyond that I have impressions of the first episode of Westworld and my time with Mafia 3 so far. Continue reading RRC Digest 10/18/16 – Dishonored 2, SWTOR, Westworld, Mafia 3!

RRC Digest 10/11/16 – Resident Evil 7 VR @ NYCC 2016

As I look to the pile of words below this intro I realize it may be a good idea to split up this week’s digest. Today, I’ll be talking about my time with Resident Evil 7 on Playstation VR. Later, I’ll share my thoughts on Dishonored 2, Little Nightmares, The Old Republic’s new expansion, plus some other tidbits, most likely in a more condensed form.

Resident Evil 7 “Lantern” demo in VR – Capcom’s Resident Evil 7 preview cycle has been a weird one so far. First, they released a surprise demo called Beginning Hour. That demo seemed to ape developer Hideo Kojima’s P.T., which acted as a playable teaser for the now-cancelled Silent Hills. Like P.T., Beginning Hour ignores the traditional gameplay of its survival horror brethren, featuring gameplay that’s more in line with modern indie horror games like Outlast and SOMA. Continue reading RRC Digest 10/11/16 – Resident Evil 7 VR @ NYCC 2016

RRC Digest 10/4/16 – #GameOn and Virginia

This week I have some overdue words for a new Long Island game shop that has won my heart, and impressions on a new indie game experience called Virginia. Next week is New York Comic Con, so I’ll either have a lot to say, or I’ll be too busy to write anything at all! Stay tuned.

#GameOn – This Miller Place, Long Island game shop has been open for a year but I just discovered it a few weeks ago. It’s about 40 minutes away from me, but compared to the other independent game shops on the island it’s around the corner. I’d like to tell you about the store itself but I think it’s important to give you some context. Continue reading RRC Digest 10/4/16 – #GameOn and Virginia

RRC Digest 9/27/16 – Destiny’s Rise of Iron expansion

I have a lot to say about my topic this week, so let’s keep the life update quick. Firstly, my internet is back and stronger than ever. It only took an army of Optimum Online techs to fix it, but there’s a brand new line running from the street to the modem, so problem solved! Other than that it’s been a week full of Destiny’s Rise of Iron DLC. Let’s get to it…

Rise of Iron is fine, but it’s no Taken King – I like Bungie better when they’re scared. Destiny’s first big expansion, The Taken King, was a dramatic response to the 6-out-of-10 reception that Destiny received in year one. It was rich with content, and rewarded players for their efforts. It was Bungie in damage control mode in the best possible way.

The pre-release talk around Rise of Iron was often about how much confidence Bungie gained after The Taken King and their well-received April Update. This wasn’t really “Destiny Year 3” because “Year 2” was such a fundamentally positive change to the game. But the expansion they’ve released isn’t Taken King, and some of the choices they’ve made to prolong the experience are giving me year one PTSD. Continue reading RRC Digest 9/27/16 – Destiny’s Rise of Iron expansion

RRC Digest 9/20/16 – Internet Outages, Rapture Revelations, and My Favorite Movie of 2016

Week 2! RRC Digest is officially underway. It’s a shame I had such a poor week for media consumption. Thanks to a relentless battle with my home internet, a lot of my gaming time has been limited and sporadic. But I did manage to play some of the Bioshock Collection, finally getting around to completing the Burial at Sea DLC episodes. Continue reading RRC Digest 9/20/16 – Internet Outages, Rapture Revelations, and My Favorite Movie of 2016

RRC Digest 9/13/16 – Hitman GO / Lara Croft GO, O.J., Dishonored’s Daud DLC

I’ve come back to this blog and said I’d start posting regularly more times than I can count. So in an effort to force some structure on myself I’m going to try posting an article a week about my current recommendations. Sharing the media I’ve consumed lately with friends and anyone willing to read is one of my favorite things to do, so this seems like a no-brainer. Check in next week to see if I stick with it!

We’ll see how the format evolves over time, but for now it’ll be a series of recommendations based on the various games, movies, shows, and anything else that strikes me as a worthy recommendation. Continue reading RRC Digest 9/13/16 – Hitman GO / Lara Croft GO, O.J., Dishonored’s Daud DLC

Game & Film Opinion by Joe Donato