Weekly Video Game Round-Up: ‘H1Z1’, Oculus Rift, and More

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Are H1Z1 player afraid of the dark? What are Oculus Rift’s minimum specs? Is it possible to beat two games at the same time using one controller? Get the answers in this week’s Video Game Round-Up.

Each week, we spotlight a few stories from the previous week that didn’t make the front page on Game Rant. Here are last week’s stories:

Are ‘H1Z1’ Players Afraid of the Dark?

H1Z1 Wallpaper

A developer from Daybreak Game Company took to Reddit this past week to share some interesting data about H1Z1. In the post, the developer revealed that a “high percentage” of H1Z1 players log out of the game when it becomes night time. Due to that fact, the Daybreak developers say they are looking into offering some day-only servers, as well as making some changes to the night cycle in the game.

The developer then followed up the original post with a couple edits, stating that the company will be shortening the night cycle and lighting it up a bit based on feedback from players in the Reddit thread. The developer also said the company will be making a couple server daytime only.

The developer didn’t provide any details on when this will be happening, though we imagine it won’t be too far off.

Source: Reddit

Oculus Rift Minimum Specs Released

Oculus Rift Not in 2015

Now that Oculus has announced the consumer version of their highly-anticipated virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift, is slated for an early 2016 release, the company seems ready to provide additional details about the unit. According to Oculus, below are the recommended PC specs for users to get the most out of their headsets:

  • NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
  • Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer

For those who aren’t familiar with PC specs, this is a fairly higher end requirement for PC gamers. All things considered, a rig that fits these specs would run a gamer about $900 or more, and that’s just for the tower and CPU hardware. Monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers would all be extra.

‘Final Fantasy IV: The After Years’ Available on Steam

Final Fantasy IV The After Years Characters

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is now available on Steam, a long seven years after it first released. The game, which takes place 17 years after Final Fantasy IV, follows Ceodore, son of Final Fantasy IV’s Cecil and Rosa through 10 episodes or ‘tales’.

Those interested in picking up Final Fantasy IV: The After Years can do so on Steam for $15.99 individually, or in a bundle with Final Fantasy IV for $22.99.

‘Neverwinter’ Getting Five Free Expansions, MMO Hits 1.6 Million Players

Neverwinter Xbox One

Two big news items for Xbox One’s MMO, Neverwinter, this week. First, Neverwinter developer Perfect World announced their plans to release five free expansions for the game by the end of the year. For those who have played the game, this is very exciting as Neverwinter already has a good amount of content for a free MMORPG, so additional expansions should make it even better.

Additionally, the developer revealed that Neverwinter sports 1.6 million players, with 2.3 million characters created. Of those players, 92,000 have reached the maximum level of 60 for at least one character, and 92 players have killed over 1,000 dragons each. Those are some impressive numbers for a game that released just a short time ago. We don’t imagine Neverwinter will be going away anytime soon.

Fan Beats ‘Mega Man X’ & ‘Mega Man X2’ Simultaneously Using Single Controller

It’s pretty impressive when gamers can be either Mega Man X or Mega Man X2. However, that wasn’t enough for one gamer who decided to beat both games simultaneously, using a single controller.

That’s right, as the above video shows, the player ran through and beat both games using a single input. The feat is extremely impressive, especially considering the two games have different map and level layouts.

We’ll be interested to see if this same gamer, or any other gamer, attempts a similar feat with other games.

Source: YouTube

Canceled ‘Rock Band’ Sequel Was All About Making Music

Rock Band 4 Backwards Compatible

Rock Band developer, Harmonix, revealed the studio had developed a Rock Band sequel after Rock Band 3 that challenged players to create music, not just play known titles. The game, known as Rock Band Sessions, was cancelled shortly after a playable prototype was completed.

During an interview with IGN, Harmonix Product Manager Daniel Sussman revealed the team’s reasons for cancelling the project:

“It didn’t work for a number of different reasons. But Rock Band Sessions was really interesting to work on, and really exposed a lot of strains to us, and made us think about how musical expressivity in the format of a Rock Band game. And it actually informed Rock Band 4 in a lot of ways.”

We look forward to seeing the new features in Rock Band 4 when it releases later this year.

Rock Band 4 is expected to release in 2015 for PS4 and Xbox One.

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