In this week’s Game Rant Open Discussion, we’re discussing the PlayStation VR launch, Destiny, Red Dead Revolver, and more! Come on in and join the conversation!
The weather may be getting colder by the week, but this was a red-hot week in terms of gaming news. Between the launch of Gears of War 4 and the PlayStation VR headset, fans from either side of the console war have had no shortage of content to explore, and it’s not like PC or mobile gamers have been left out of the party. Now that Friday has arrived, it’s a great time for the Game Rant Open Discussion!
For anyone unfamiliar with the weekly thread, the Game Rant Open Discussion is a place where our readers can get together and discuss whatever they’d like to talk about. While videogames are an obvious common ground that has brought us all together here, any topic is welcome in the Open Discussion – so whether someone wants to humble-brag about how far they’ve walked for Pokemon GO or simply discuss the best way to bake a burrito (why are you baking that?), this is the place to do it.
To help kickstar the discussion, we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up a few interesting topics from the past week. This week, our recommended readings include the PlayStation VR launch, Red Dead Revolver, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, and more!
PlayStation VR Officially Launches
This week Sony’s Playstation VR headset has officially launched, offering a catalog of 27 different VR titles for its launch week. Sony will be hoping that its entrance into the mainstream virtual reality industry will appease the wide market of consumers who may not be able to afford costly hardware like the Oculus Rift, a device which the PlayStation VR certainly beats from a perspective of price.
So far, the PlayStation VR has impressed despite the fact that is boasts less powerful technical specifications than prominent PC-based headsets. It hasn’t taken long for gamers to use the headset beyond its intended purpose, and analysts are predicting a healthy-looking 1.4 million sales for Sony’s headset by the time the next calendar year arrives. Only time will tell if the PlayStation VR will go down as an integral stepping stone to mainstream VR, but in any event nobody can say that Sony didn’t do its part for attempting to push the burgeoning VR industry forward.
Are you interested in the PlayStation VR, ranters?
Red Dead Revolver Quietly Releases for PS4
Most gamers will remember the hubbub made when Red Dead Redemption was brought into the fold of Xbox One backward compatible titles, a move which prompted an unprecedented 6,000% increase in digital sales for the western title. Before Redemption, however, there was Red Dead Revolver. What the title lacked in a sandbox open world it made up for with memorable characters, intense and comparatively ridiculous boss battles, and some truly enjoyable card-heavy deathmatch multiplayer.
This week, Rockstar Games has quietly released Red Dead Revolver for the PlayStation 4, complete with improved visuals and support for the PS4’s trophy system. Red Dead Revolver was a title that made our top list of PS2 games we’d love to see on the PS4, and many intrepid cowboys will undoubtedly be happy to have the classic Rockstar title on the platform. Red Dead Redemption may have overshadowed its predecessor in terms of reception and sales, but Red Dead Revolver is still quite an enjoyable title for those looking to scratch their western itch.
Destiny’s New Raid Has Been Beaten in 23 Minutes
With the release of the Rise of Iron expansion for Destiny, it didn’t take long for adventurous Guardians to take on the new Wrath of the Machine raid and put it through its paces. When a new World First team was crowned after being the first to complete the challenging raid, fans were so interested in seeing the raid for themselves that Destiny shot right back to the top of the Twitch charts. Now, another record has been broken: a redditor named GladHeAteHer182 and his team have broken the speedrun record for Wrath of the Machine, completing the challenge with an incredible time of 23 minutes and 20 seconds.
Similarly, a team of 3 Guardians recently completed a flawless run of the raid without anyone dying, while other intrepid players have managed to beat the raid’s final boss without firing a shot. While we’re certain at some point a streamer will beat the game using an unconventional controller (as is the norm), for now the standing speed record of just over 23 minutes looks like a hard gauntlet for any would-be record setter to best.
Destiny: Rise of Iron is available now for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Friday The 13th: The Game Delayed To Include A Single Player Campaign
Yesterday, Gun Media confirmed something that fans have been pondering ever since Friday the 13th: The Game co-creator Wes Keltner spoke about how a single player campaign could work in the game. Gun Media confirmed that these thoughts are being put into practice, but the decision comes at a cost to fans hoping to see the game this year: Friday the 13th is officially being delayed to 2017, so that developer Illfonic has time to polish the new single-player campaign experience.
Now slated for a spring 2017 release (January 13th is a Friday, just so you know!), Friday the 13th: The Game will offer the new single-player content for free for anyone who backed the game on Kickstarter or pre-ordered the game. Everyone else will have to pay an additional $10 for the digital version of the game, which would brings the new total to $40. The price for the physical version of the game remains unchanged at $60.
Will you be creeping along Camp Crystal Lake, Ranters?
Turok 2: Seeds Of Evil is Coming Back for PC
In an era of remasters, ports, and compilations, it takes an exception to really stand out from the crowd of pixelated revivals and, sometimes, poorly-done cash-ins. There may just be one of these titles on the horizon, however, as Night Dive Studios has now confirmed that it is working on a port of Turok 2: Seeds of Evil for the PC. Night Dive Studios producer Daniel Grayshon provided the announcement in a brief statement on Steam, although any other details about the Turok port are being left for another day.
Grayshon didn’t provide fans with any semblance of a release window, but did take the time to explain its absence: the studio’s top priority is to make sure the development process for Turok 2: Seeds of Evil gets the respect it deserves, and it looks like the studio is aiming to slowly and methodologically port the title, rather than rush things and risk butchering the process. Fans experiencing an odd sense of deja vu about this announcement could be forgiven, considering that the sequel to Turok was slated for a PC release along with the original, but only the first game ever released. Night Dive Studios went quiet on the sequel until now, finally confirming that Seeds of Evil would indeed find its way to the PC – eventually.
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