For $40, you can experience around three hours of a white guy with a gun battling aliens that can infect humans in Insomniac Games’ VR debut, and no, it isn’t Resistance, but obviously that isn’t a stretch for the developer.
That means you’re paying around $13.33 per hour of gameplay, which quite possibly makes this one of the most expensive games in recent memory on a money per time basis, even beating out The Order: 1886. But is it worth it? If you love John Carpenter’s The Thing, scaling walls in games like Tomb Raider and Uncharted, and the stealth sections of The Last of Us, then maybe.
OmniBus is one of those games made for the Twitch streamers and YouTubers who overreact to everything. The game has purposefully broken physics meant to be funny but instead ends up negatively impacting the gameplay, unlike games such as Goat Simulator and QWOP that pull this feat off.
The story mode has you playing as OmniBus, a personified superhero bus. There isn’t much story to be had aside from brief dialogues at the start and end of each level which mostly consist of telling you your objective and thanking you for completing it. But no one is buying this game for the story in the first place.
You play as Elvis, whose house is destroyed, so he sets out on a dangerous platforming adventure to get a new one via his warranty. Along the way Elvis walks right through the middle of a race war between his people, the red triangles, and their neighbors, the blue monsters.
Over across 100 levels, you hop between platforms which you stick to as if magnetically, allowing you to run around all sides without fear of falling. Elvis acquires a blue-monster disguise early on that allows him to jump on blue areas that would otherwise disappear when he approaches. Inversely, red spaces can’t be used when in the disguise. Even the stages themselves are ‘racist’ in this game. Luckily, you can instantly switch between colors on the fly with the press of a button.
I’ve recently had the epiphany that any game featuring Aerosmith — the objectively greatest Rock ‘N Roll band of all time — is better off for it. I’d even go as far as to say Aerosmith has the Midas touch when it comes to video games, as I can’t think of a single bad game that Aerosmith has been involved in.
Take one part MacGyver, one part Alan Turing, one part the hidden pictures section in Highlights, and a whole bunch of pop culture references, mix them in a bowl of virtual reality, and you’ve got Please, Don’t Touch Anything, the Oculus Rift-exclusive VR remake of the game of the same name.
The original was 2D pixel art, had you looking straight ahead, and costs $5, so is the remake worth $15?
If you’ve been on social media lately, you’ve probably seen someone reacting to a twist in a recentCaptain America comic that has the Cap revealing himself to be a double agent for the evil Hydra, as seen in the header above.
A lot of people are upset about it, maybe because Captain America was originally created by two Jewish men and Hydra are basically Nazis minus the imagery. Or maybe people just don’t like twists. Marvel poster boy Stan Lee called the twist “a good idea,” while comic book superfan and movie director Kevin Smith said it “could be fun but won’t be a canon change.”
Regardless of how you feel about the actual reveal, it spawned a meme of characters from other universes committing the same kind of double-agent twist, and many of the ones based on gaming are fantastic.