I definitely think we’ll look back at this year’s GDC as the coming out party for Virtual Reality. Sony brought it, but then I wasted my snarky comments about Microsoft’s attempt to jump in because I never could have predicted the GameFace. I’m also hoping that before the year is done, we’ll look back and see that several Japanese game designers made the successful leap to indie game development. Things are looking good for Mighty No. 9 so I can’t wait to see Koji Igarashi’s “Not Castlevania” indie creation. It was also business as usual at Ubisoft with rumors of Far Cry 4 and the next Assassin’s Creed leaking out. Assassin’s Creed: Unity ditches the numbers and is headed for the next-gen French Revolution. I hope I can get there by boat.
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The last week in headlines
- Castlevania producer leaves Konami. I hope he took his whip with him.
- Walmart will take trade-ins and sell used video games. How you doing over there, Gamestop?
- SimCity goes offline. One more BIG fix left?
- Rumor: Microsoft working on VR, too. Oculus could use more investors. Just sayin.
- First wave of ID@Xbox games feel pretty good. We’re headed in the right direction.
- Sony’s VR is called Project Morpheus. Gets pretty good reviews at GDC.
- For the VR trifecta, meet the GameFace for Android.
- They will unearth those E.T. cartridges and document it. Give in, New Mexico.
Game critique and trailers
- Trailer: Magicka developer’s working on new Gauntlet game for release this summer.
- Review: Polygon says Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes “feels more like a cash grab.”
- Review: Joystiq convinces me that Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z may be weird enough to be worth trying.
- Review: Giant Bomb and I agree about Luftrausers
- Review: A lot of inFamous: Second Son scores. Nothing groudnbreaking, but it’s smooth, stylish, and fun.
- Of course they haven’t figured out how to keep the next AC game a secret. Meet Assassin’s Creed: Unity.