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PAX PRIME 2013 - We got our first chance to take a look at the Omni Virtuix, a new virtual reality item designed to be used in conjunction with the Oculus Rift VR headset. Combining the two really takes you into the game and into another world. There are still a few bugs to be worked out, but the premise of the device is pretty awesome.
The system requires special shoes, or shoe attachments, a kinect sensor, sensors, and the Virtuix itself. Right now, your motion is just tracked as controller inputs, so you can theoretically map your walking to any key you want and type by walking. At $499, the system could be combined with the Oculus Rift and the entire VR set would set you back less than $1000. Could this get gamers into better shape?
We were all over EA's issues with the launch of the SimCity reboot, which was a huge issue for the publisher a few months ago, even pushing out its CEO John Riccitiello of the company over the borked launch.
The publisher has just launched SimCity on the Mac, but the EA forums have become flooded with complaints from gamers saying SimCity for Mac is unplayable. The biggest issue seems to be that SimCity can't launch into full-screen mode, with other users complaining that they can't even install the game on their MacBooks.
SimCity developer, Maxis, has had a spokesperson step forward to say that "there are a small number of players who have encountered issues with SimCity for Mac" and that they are working on fixing these issues up.
PAX PRIME 2013 - The computer hardware manufacturer MSI had an extremely cool racing chair at its PAX booth. This chair's display is powered by MSI hardware, which feeds a triple-monitor setup in front of a motion chair. It's pretty awesome and I would love to have it in my own house. Take a look for yourself:
While I doubt MSI is planning to go into mass production, this chair is quite awesome and shows what you could build with some money and time. If someone does go and make something like this, please send pictures or video to us, preferably with instructions on how you made it.
PAX PRIME 2013 - Sony brought back its Gran Turismo racing pods for the public at PAX Prime 2013. These cool racing pods feature a racing wheel, pedals, seat, and what appears to be a 42-inch TV as the display. The racing pod would be awesome to have at home for racing, though I'd hate to know the cost of one. Sony was a bit finicky about recording, so they required me to record the player in the foreground.
The game doesn't appear to be much different than what we saw at E3, though I'd imagine numerous under-the-hood tweaks have been made, boosting performance and balancing the gameplay. It looks like it will be a great racing game to launch the PlayStation 4 with.
One of the first games that really pushed me to upgrade back in the day was Under a Killing Moon. I didn't have a CD ROM drive at the time, and the game arrived on multiple CDs, something that cost close to AU$1000 back in the day.
If you remember back that far, Under a Killing Moon featured Tex Murphy, who is making a comeback thanks to Kickstarter. The game will be called Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure will hit PC and Mac in early 2014, from publisher Atlus. The title received around $600,000 in funding a year ago when it was known as Project Fedora.
Developer Big Finish Games is now stepping in with a big name publisher in order to help it "more fully" realize its vision for the game. I can't wait to see the game in action, FMV and all.
Here it is! The official trailer to Rockstar's sure-fire, record-breaking, open-world game, Grand Theft Auto V. The trailer is expansive, topping all of the previous footage and trailers we've seen yet. Check it out:
September 17, folks, September 17! I don't have a current generation console, so I won't be playing this because Rockstar isn't supporting the platform they started out on: PC. Not even next-gen consoles, which is disappointing. Hopefully Rockstar are just keeping the next-gen version behind closed doors for now.
Grand Theft Auto V is oh-so-close to being released, and during an exclusive look at the open-world game's soundtrack by Rolling Stone, Ivan Pavlovich, soundtrack supervisor, said that the soundtrack in GTA V is the biggest its done, with around "20 movies worth of score."
Pavlovich added: "We approached the radio stations as the musical soundscape [you experience] as you fly into L.A. One of the things we've never done in a GTA game before is a pop station; exploring that made so much sense in the context of L.A." GTA V's soundtrack is somewhat unique, too, as it's the first in the series to have its own score created by Rockstar.
If you're a Borderlands 2 fan, and let's face it, most of us are, then you'll be pleased to hear that Gearbox Software is releasing a Game of the Year package deal for the first-person shooter RPG.
It will be priced at $60 and arrives in October, with every single bit and byte of Borderlands 2 included, including the Borderlands 2 Season Pass and the Premiere Club. The full list, is below:
- Borderlands 2 Main Game;
- Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty;
- Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage;
- Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt;
- Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep;
- Creature Slaughter Dome;
- Premiere Club Content:Gaige, the Mechromancer Character Class; Gearbox Gun Pack; Golden Key; Vault Hunter's Relic;
- Krieg, the Psycho Character Class;
- Collector's Edition Heads and Skins;
- Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 1.
However, there are two more DLC packs coming this fall, the Headhunter Pack and Digistruct Peak Challenge, which are both not part of the GOTY Edition. This is disappointing, you'd think Gearbox would go the whole hog and give you everything. The Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition drops on October 8 in the US for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 and on October 11 in other regions.
Saints Row IV has been out for just one week, and it has already sold over one million copies. Its publisher, Deep Silver, announced the news, taking some time within the announcement to also unveil its working on new DLC for the game.
The Presidential Pack, which includes face masks of US presidents Washington, Lincoln, Obama and George W. Bush, was exclusive to GameStop pre-orders, but can now be purchased for $2.99 on all platforms. The Grass Roots Pack, which is described as a "culturally-sensitive pack inspired by America's more remote citizenry" includes the Plunger Launcher weapon, two new outfits, and a "fancy truck, complete with a pink flamingo." This is available now on the PS3 and Steam for $2.99, and will reach the Xbox 360 sometime today.
Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Volition and Deep Silver's parent company Koch Media said: "We are incredibly happy of the reception for Saints Row 4 as a critical and now a commercial success. The development team at Volition is second-to-none as a driving creative force in the entertainment industry and we are very proud to have them as part of the Deep Silver family."
To tell you the truth, right now, I don't know whether I want to pick up a next-gen console on launch day. The launch titles I want, such as Watch Dogs, are hitting PC, but could Microsoft swing things around this weekend at PAX in Seattle, Washington this week?
The news comes from Microsoft's Major Nelson, who said that there will be 60 Xbox One and Xbox 360 demo pods at PAX, with these games including Forza 5, Ryse, Project Spark, Killer Instinct, Battlefield 4, Kinect Sports Rivals, Fable Anniversary, Dead Rising 3 "and of course there will be other surprises at the booth, including games that I'm not at liberty to divulge... yet."
What could we expect? We could see Epic Games' unannounced next-gen new IP for one. We could be completely surprised by something totally different, such as a new title from Microsoft Studios, but other than that, we'll have to wait a few days to find out. Our own Trace Hagan will be driving down to the event, covering it for us here at TweakTown.