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Sun, 24 May 2020 14:00:00 +0100

Becoming a real-life rock star sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Money, fame and and non-stop partying are excellent end goals, but when I was younger I quickly realised that to accomplish those goals I'd have to actually put the time in to learn an instrument. So I chucked that dream in the bin and just played videogames instead.

Lovely videogames have had my back though and subsequently I've earned millions in GTA Online, I've performed to packed arenas in Guitar Hero and now, thanks to Hotel R'n'R on PSVR, I've been able to fulfil my deepest of rock star desires by going on a hotel room trashing rampage.

Hotel R'n'R has been performing to smaller audiences in Early Access since 2019 but it's hoping to hit the big time when the full game goes on tour this coming Thursday 28th on both PC headsets and PSVR. While there's plenty of PC footage from the Early Access build out there, this week's Ian's VR Corner is one of the only places you'll be able to watch a big chunk of the PSVR build in action before launch.

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Sun, 17 May 2020 14:00:00 +0100

The ludicrous lopping and comedy chopping of goofy gladiatorial game Gorn proved to be a winning formula when the Early Access build lolloped its way onto PC VR platforms in 2017. The simple premise of the game - fight to the death against waves of scantily-clad, beefy bad-guys who totter around on tiny, unstable legs like new-born deer - meant that it was not only fun to play, but it was extremely amusing to watch too.

Since then, PSVR owners have been clamouring for a port so that they too could experience the mayhem and finally (after multiple delays) Gorn PSVR is due to release this coming Tuesday, 19th of May.

In this week's episode of Ian's VR Corner, you can watch me pummel my way through the first 30 minutes of the full PSVR version and it's safe to say, it was a lot of fun.

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Tue, 12 May 2020 12:00:00 +0100

I don't know if you followed the strange story of Leonardo's Salvator Mundi a while back, but the short version, as told in Ben Lewis' book The Last Leonardo, is pretty simple. The art business might be classy and filled with elegance and learning, but a subsection of it is incredibly dodgy. Big ticket paintings are amongst the most valuable things on planet Earth, and thus wonky paintings get smoothed out into something sellable, inconvenient facts get forgotten, and before you know it a painting that once sold for under 100 pounds is suddenly valued in the hundreds of millions - and then it disappears, owner unknown, location only guessed at.

I didn't think Animal Crossing would be the game to bring all this into focus, but maybe it makes sense. Redd has appeared in my village, and he's a wonderfully untrustworthy presence. This fox deals in art, but he's not a slick South Ken operator. Instead he parks his boat, which puffs gritty black smoke into the blue Animal Crossing sky, behind my island. I go in, and it's dark inside. I can't really get a close look at the works on offer. Botticelli's Venus - or is it? - is for sale alongside a fragrance diffuser and a battered microwave, all set up on plastic tubs for my perusal. Redd has a scrappy invoice pad on a nearby table, alongside empty bowls and used chopsticks. I can look at stuff but not too close, and Redd half-heartedly flings in a little art world lingo alongside his sales patter.

Yesterday I bought a fake of Leonardo's Vitruvian Man. The original is so delicate it has to be stored out of sight, and those who are able to actually get close to it often marvel at the fact that you can still see the puncture mark Leonardo made with his compasses when he drew the circle. Mine has a coffee stain on it - maybe a reference to the way forgers stain new paper to look like old paper - and I'm pretty sure Blathers is going to have bad news for me about it.

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Sun, 03 May 2020 14:00:00 +0100

Although my first experiences with video games revolved around 128k machines and their lovely, rattly cassette tapes, it's the 16-bit era of gaming that I remember most fondly.

Late nights spent trying to sneak in a level or two of Super Probotector without my parents hearing. Four friends huddled around an Amiga playing Hired Guns. Trips to the shopping center where I'd stare longingly at the video game demos on display in the local branch of Dixons. These are all memories that came flooding back to me as I played through the first hour of Pixel Ripped 1995 for this week's episode of Ian's VR Corner.

You can watch me take a trip back to 1995 using the Oculus Rift S as some kind of makeshift time-travel device in the video below, where I give you my usual, nonsensical first impressions of the game.

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Thu, 26 Mar 2020 13:02:00 +0000

We're taking Rezzed online over the next few days, presenting sessions, streaming games and bringing you highlights of what's new and interesting in the world of independent games. You can find more details on exactly what's going on over here, and we'll be bringing you more write-ups over the coming days.

Remedy's Control was one of last year's best-loved games, and today it gets a major story expansion in the form of The Foundation. As part of our online games festival Rezzed Digital, Ian was eager to get his hands on it start flinging desk drawers with his mind. You can watch his exploits below, live from 2pm today.

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Sun, 22 Mar 2020 14:00:00 +0000

Would you believe me if I told you that this week's episode of Ian's VR Corner featured a stealth game based around a canoe? Oar would you think I'm due a paddlin' for being a big old liar?

Well, water you know! Phantom: Covert Ops is not only a game that actually exists, but it also has a brand new release date too - June 25th for Oculus Rift and Quest.

To celebrate this recent announcement, I decided to record myself playing through the Phantom: Covert Ops alpha demo, something which has only previously been available to try at big gaming events like Oculus Connect 6. You can watch me paddle my way through this short slice of stealthy gameplay in this week's Ian's VR Corner, where I try to take out a giant radio tower after canoeing my way down an enemy-infested river. Will I sink or will I swim? Find out in the video below!

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Sun, 15 Mar 2020 14:00:00 +0000

Tower defence style games are ten a penny in VR Land and to be completely honest with you, I got bored of them a long, long time ago. That means, if I'm even going to go near one nowadays, said game will need to have a really good, imaginative twist. And in the case of Good Goliath, that twist is to turn the player into a giant tosser.

Wait, what? No, I wasn't being rude! Your role in this game is to fill the fists of a captive giant who must dodge, catch and throw an assortment of projectiles at advancing waves of tiny, aggressive attackers. So, instead of playing as a stationary archer or gun emplacement, you're going to need to get rather physical in order to survive.

You can watch me working up a sweat in this week's episode of Ian's VR Corner, where I play through the first two levels of the game in a special early gameplay preview. Be warned though, there is a massive amount of tossing!

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Mon, 02 Mar 2020 19:50:00 +0000

On Tuesday morning, the nominations for the 2020 BAFTA Games Awards will be announced - and Aoife, Ian and Zoe will be livestreaming from first thing to discuss the nominations.

You can watch our BAFTA megastream right here from 8am UK time on Tuesday. The team will be streaming from 8 till late as they talk over the categories, pick their winners, and play some of the nominees live.

The BAFTA Game Awards take place on Thursday 2nd April. This year, the coveted BAFTA fellowship will be going to Hideo Kojima.

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Mon, 02 Mar 2020 09:00:00 +0000

The Final Fantasy 7 Remake is just over a month away - I know, pinch me - and we just got our most comprehensive look yet at Square Enix's bold undertaking. And who better to guide you through everything that's new - and everything that's pleasingly the same - than Final Fantasy 7 superfan Aoife Wilson as she runs through 17 big new details we picked up from the latest demo.

There's info on how Aerith and Tifa play, contextual summons, some surprise Crisis Core references Cloud and Aerith's first meeting and how it's been expanded upon, the extended flavour text and all the many, many details that are combining to make the Final Fantasy 7 Remake look so special.

Oh, and there's also the chance for you to try it yourself as a new playable demo has just stealth dropped on PlayStation Network. Needless to say, we'll have plenty more for you on Final Fantasy 7 Remake over the next few weeks.

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Sun, 23 Feb 2020 14:00:00 +0000

The Room VR: A Dark Matter is the fifth game in the Room series and while it's the first one to make the jump to VR, its spooky escape room escapades seem like a perfect fit for the medium.

In this week's episode of Ian's VR Corner, you can watch me play through the first two levels of the game in a preview build for the Oculus Quest. In it, I channel my inner Sherlock Holmes in order to get to the bottom of some creepy crimes that have unfolded deep within the British Institute of Archaeology.

If you're a fan of The Room series already, you'll be pleased to know that The Room VR: A Dark Matter includes everything you loved from the flat games but of course this transition to VR only adds to the immersion.

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Sun, 16 Feb 2020 14:00:00 +0000

It's weird how VR can make a familiar game feel like a completely new experience. For example, I've played GTA 5 many a time before and on multiple platforms, but looking at the world of Los Santos through the twin lenses of a VR headset allowed me to spot so many little details that I'd missed on previous visits.

The best way I've found to describe this phenomenon to non-VR users is to liken it to looking through a holiday brochure at photos of a resort you're planning on visiting. The resort looks beautiful from the pictures sure, and in your mind's eye you can easily picture yourself sat there by the side of the pool, sipping on a cocktail.

But those flat images are nothing compared to the feeling of actually being there in person, to stand by that pool and to see the size of it in three dimensions. To know the depth of it by peering over the edge into the water or to spot the little weeds or odd bits of wear and tear dotted around the paths that surround it because in the photos they masked by all the scenery.

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Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:00:00 +0000

There have been many times during the past 10 years of watching The Walking Dead TV show where I've thought to myself, "Wow. What a stupid decision, you deserve to get eaten". That's part of the fun of zombie shows though. Not the wanting people to get eaten bit, mind. I'm talking about imagining what you'd do if you were in that character's shoes. About fantasising about what you'd be willing to do in order to survive.

I've played these scenarios out many a time in video games of course. It feels like pretty much fifty percent of all flat games out there are zombie games, so I'd like to think I've got a good idea of how things would go if I got caught up in these situations. I've also played a fair few zombie games in VR too, but The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners is probably the first one of these that delivers a truly authentic and believable feeling of surviving in the aftermath of an undead uprising.

In this week's episode of Ian's VR Corner, you'll be able to see how well I get on in my very own zombie apocalypse as I play through the first hour of Saints and Sinners on the Oculus Rift S. Well, not just play. More like role play, because I've created my very own TV show called, The Walk-Ian Dead. Enjoy!

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Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:00:00 +0000

With Christmas done and dusted, there's undoubtedly going to be quite a lot of you out there sporting brand new Oculus Quest headsets. That's excellent news of course, but your first foray into VR can be quite overwhelming, especially when it comes to choosing which games to buy first.

But that's where this week's episode of Ian's VR Corner comes into play as I thought I'd go over ten of the best Oculus Quest games that I think you need to own in order to get the most out of your new headset. In no particular order, these are titles that not only show the Quest off to the best of its abilities, but also will provide you with the most fun possible across a number of different genres.

You can check out the video version of this round-up just below these words where you can watch footage of each game featured or, if reading is more your thing, you'll find my entire list just under that.

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Sun, 12 Jan 2020 14:00:00 +0000

Forget the loot box controversy, my biggest disappointment when it came to Star Wars Battlefront 2 was the lack of a dedicated VR mode. After the excellent, but rather brief Rogue One: VR Mission was included in the PS4 version of Star Wars Battlefront, I was fully expecting a bigger and better VR campaign in the sequel.

Sadly that wasn't to be, but where EA failed, an incredibly talented VR researcher and software developer from Utah University has picked up the slack. Project Stardust: X-Wing VR is the brainchild of Dylan Stout who spent his Autumn term in 2018 developing a VR experience for a study into Virtual Reality Sickness. Over time and with the help of a few friends, this experience has slowly morphed into a fully fledged, PC VR remake of the 1983 Star Wars arcade game, which follows Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing, Red 5 as he attempts to blow up the Death Star during the Battle of Yavin.

You can watch me play through the latest build of the game, which features dogfighting in space, turret clearing over the surface of the Death Star and of course the famous Trench Run in this week's Ian's VR Corner. Oh and I also create a rather bizarre bug that slams my X-Wing into reverse at a pivotal moment. Because of course I do.

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Sun, 05 Jan 2020 14:00:00 +0000

It's probably quite an understatement to say that 2019 was a good year for VR. Oculus released some new, game-changing headsets and published some incredible AAA VR experiences. The PSVR once again played host to a full year's worth of top notch titles and of course Valve announced the existence of Half Life: Alyx, a VR exclusive Half-Life spin-off that blew the collective minds of everyone in the gaming world.

Even the normally quite chill December was an exciting time for VR, with both my favourite VR game of the year, Boneworks and Budget Cuts 2: Mission Insolvency, the sequel to one of the most popular VR games of all time, releasing on exactly the same day.

Now, if you've been paying attention to Ian's VR Corner in 2019, you'll know I had to skip Budget Cuts 2 in order to cover Boneworks before I went on holiday for Christmas. I'm putting that right this week though and you can watch me blunder my way through sections from the first 90 minutes of Budget Cuts 2 in this week's episode of Ian's VR Corner, which you'll find directly below these words. There's so much robot murder...

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