Raw Data wasn’t the only shooter I played in virtual reality at PAX East, nor was it the best. That title belongs to the Oculus Rift exclusive Dead and Buried, a first-person cowboy shootout simulator.
The Oculus area at the expo was divided into four separate rooms, one for each player taking part in the demo. Two teams of two players each battled to be the first to get 15 kills by blasting away at each other with the yet-to-be-released Oculus Touch controllers, all while physically dodging bullets and hiding behind objects in the environment via the Rift’s head-tracking ability.
Too many horror games and movies these days rely on jump scares as their only real source of fear. While there is nothing inherently wrong with that, they really are cheap and easy. Recently there has been a resurgence in media of actual horror with notable films such as The Witch and It Follows coming to mind, but games, on the other hand, have mostly stuck to jump scares.
Albino Lullaby doesn’t resort to that. In fact, I’m not sure it has any scares at all. If anything it’s like Tim Burton and David Lynch had sex in a funhouse; amusing to look at and creepy.
Remember that classic racing game Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart’s Super Off Road? You know, the game where you race tiny trucks across dirt tracks while using turbo boosts to catch some sick air over bumps in the road.
BlazeRush is like that, only with slightly better controls, online multiplayer, and Oculus Rift support. Too bad it is just plain boring.