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Top Games Coming to VR from E3 2018

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E3 2018 showcased a ton of new games, updated us on a few we already knew about, and even brought some classics to new platforms. But if you purchased an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive last year you might be anxious to know what titles are coming to VR, and who gave the best press conference when it comes to the future of gaming?

Though it wasn’t the same VR-wave we saw last year, almost every press conference had a title or two to share, including Bethesda’s huge push to bring its titles to new platforms, and a big range from Sony – who didn’t show everything they had up their sleeve during the actual presentation. Microsoft, on the other hand, despite a huge catalog of fifty different announcements, stumbled and fell when it came to the VR front.

Overall, there are still a ton of titles in development from big studios and smaller indies, and we’re excited to see where they’ll end up. Here are our top picks for the VR games you’ll be playing next year, and the ones that might persuade you to cross the line into virtual reality:

 

  • Keep Your Eyes on the Mimics in Prey Multiplayer: Typhon Hunter

Alongside all-new game modes and Mooncrash DLC for Prey, Bethesda announced that a VR game mode will be launching this summer for players who buy Mooncrash, or the Prey Digital Deluxe edition. Typhon Hunter mode will put you back in the boots of Morgan Yu, finding your way through the overrun Talos space station – but this time it’s multiplayer.

You’ll face off against five friends playing as mimics, with the ability to transform into any item aboard the space station. Did that coffee mug just move? Was that chair always stood in the doorway? Prey: Typhon Hunter sounds like the ultimate VR paranoia experience, and it also comes with a singleplayer TranStar escape room experience.

The game mode should be coming to all Steam VR compatible headsets, and of course, can also be played on PC, so you’ll always have mimics waiting to hunt you down.

 

  • Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot – Punch Nazis in an All-New VR Dogfight

If punching Nazis on a computer screen isn’t as satisfying as you’d like, you’re invited to go the next step with Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot, a standalone VR title to be released in 2019. Cyberpilot puts you in the cockpit of a Panzerhund: (bringing a new meaning to the more common ‘dogfight’ VR titles) a fire-breathing armored dog-tank, in addition to a range of pimped out destructive mechs, you’ll have all the tools at your disposal to wreak havoc on the streets of Paris.

Bethesda also announced that, in addition existing Elder Scrolls titles, their new game Elder Scrolls: Blades will be coming to all possible platforms, including everything from phones to VR. However first footage only showed the phone UI setup, and it’s clearly far from being adapted to VR platforms. We’d settle for Elder Scrolls VI and Fallout on VR instead.

 

  • Déraciné – A Haunting Fairytale from Dark Souls Developers FromSoftware

From the developers of Dark Souls and Bloodborne: something drastically different. Déraciné, the French word for “uprooted” or “nomad”, is a new VR title exclusive to PSVR, and launching later this year. Sony showed off a mysterious trailer shortly after their E3 press conference, showing a young girl in what appears to be a British boarding school.

“Aren’t you excited? You’re going to be a fairy, and live in the world where time stands still, where nobody can see what you’re up to – ever again.” There’s something sinister at play in Déraciné, but we’ll have to wait for more announcements to learn more about how the game will work in VR, and where FromSoftware are headed with their strange new story.

 

  • Transference – A Close-Up and Personal Horror Game from Elijah Wood

Transference is “an escape room set in a deranged mind”, a horror VR experience that wants to get inside your head, and it looks sincerely unsettling. Ubisoft debuted a new trailer showing off Transference gameplay: exploring neon-lit claustrophobic hallways, we glitch between visions of figures watching us from afar and close-up live footage of our obsessive captor.

Transference seems to bleed between multiple perspectives and warped realities, simulating a corrupted consciousness, and shredding your nerves with a constant, ramping tension. The game will be available on Steam VR and will release in the fall of 2018.

 

  • Lend a Hand in the Charming World of Ghost Giant

In amongst Sony’s PSVR lineup was a gem in the form of Ghost Giant: a puzzle adventure game from the makers of Fe. You play as a strange, invisible giant, looking after a dollhouse town of furry residents as you befriend

“Peek into the windows, open doors and find hidden secrets all around town. Sancourt is full of discoveries for you to make, and people for you to meet.” At its core Ghost Giant is a game about loneliness and friendship, and about reaching out a hand to those in need. It looks like a charming, relaxing game to disappear into when the day is done.

 

  • Soar through Clouds in Insomniac Game’s Stormland

Last, but not least, Insomniac delivered on a new title at the PC Gaming Show, presenting Stormland, an action game where you play as an android, destroyed in the path of a coming Tempest, you must search the cloudscape for your scattered friends, and fight your way to freedom. Stormland is aiming for an expansive open world that you’ll be free to explore: walking, hovering, and gliding through stunning environments.

The game has both a single player mode and the option for multiplayer exploration, raiding, and collaborative missions that benefit players everywhere. It looks like an incredibly ambitious game for VR, but it’s exciting to see Insomniac still on the cutting edge of game design. Stormland is coming exclusively to the Oculus Rift sometime in 2019.

Helen Jones is a Ravenclaw graduate who likes to apparate between her homes in England and Denmark. She spends her time reading fantasy novels, climbing mountains, and loves to play story-focused and experimental indie games like The Stanley Parable or Night in the Woods. She also covers tabletop and board games over at Zatu Games, and you can follow her twitter @BarnacleDrive for updates, blogs, and pictures of mushrooms.

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Watch Ninja On An Episode Of Family Feud

Don’t miss the moment Steve Harvey meets Ninja for the first time.

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Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is heading up a team on Celebrity Family Feud this weekend, but it’s not the first time the famed Fortnite streamer has appeared on the show.

Long before he reached household name status in the gaming community, Ninja appeared on the televised game show Family Feud in 2015, when he and his family went on a three-day winning streak before losing to the Beams family of Hendersonville, Tennessee.

With Blevins now appearing on an upcoming episode of Celebrity Family Feud, we thought it would be fun to revisit those earlier episodes which have now all been uploaded online.

Regardless if you like Ninja and/or the show, you’ll get a kick out of watching his introduction when he tells host Steve Harvey that he’s a professional video game player who travels across the country and competes, playing video games. The reaction on Harvey’s face is priceless since nobody at the time could have ever guessed how popular Ninja, not to mention streaming video games, would eventually become.

Watch the videos below. Enjoy!

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Check Out the Explosive First Gameplay of ‘Kerbal Space Program 2’

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Kerbal Space Program 2

Gamescom 2019 brought with it a host of surprising game announcements and updates on existing games. One of the most unexpected announcements was the reveal of Kerbal Space Program 2, the sequel to the viral, totally accurate space simulator that first released on PC back in 2011.

Now, shortly after its initial reveal, Gamespot has gone live with the first gameplay of this much-anticipated sequel. Fittingly enough, the footage showcases all the spectacularly explosive spaceships, interstellar exploration, and intrepid Kerbal explorers that the series has become known for.

It should be noted that the footage is pre-alpha, so although the gameplay does show some issues with frame rate and graphics, those should be polished up before the game’s full launch on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2020.

Here’s the full description of the game, courtesy of its official website:

With the original Kerbal Space Program having become one of the most beloved games of all time and now bigger than ever, Kerbal Space Program 2 has been fully redesigned from the ground up to meet the demands of modern and next-generation space exploration, all while maintaining the monumental foundations of the first game. Build a space program, construct powerful spacecraft, design resource-gathering colonies, and much more to uncover the secrets of the galaxy. A plethora of exciting new features will captivate veteran and returning players, as well as usher in a whole new wave of Kerbonauts to the ingenious and comedic world that has entertained millions of players.

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Netflix Releases Teaser for ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’

The Netflix Television Event will launch globally on Friday, October 11

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It was on September 29, 2013, that Breaking Bad came to an end with the final episode of that series, “Felina” in which Walter White evades a nationwide manhunt in order to return to New Mexico and deliver the remaining profits from his illegal methamphetamine empire to his family. Knowing cancer will soon kill him, Walt revisits his former acquaintances to settle his affairs and prepare himself for the conflict and his death. When the credits rolled, audiences believed it would be the last time they would see many of these characters and while we did get a spinoff show in Better Call Saul, one character who hasn’t returned in any other show as of yet is Jesse Pinkman. That’s about to change…

Netflix announced on Saturday that it will release a new Breaking Bad movie that will center on Pinkman (Aaron Paul), who was last seen in the TV series speeding off in a stolen Chevrolet El Camino to parts unknown.

The film, titled El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, was written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, and will be released on Netflix on Oct. 11. The film is also expected to be broadcast at a later date on AMC, the cable network where the TV series was originally shown from 2008 to 2013.

Official Synopsis:

The Netflix Television Event El Camino: Breaking Bad Movie reunites fans with Jesse Pinkman (Emmy-winner Aaron Paul).  In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.  This gripping thriller is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad.  The movie is produced by Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Charles Newirth, Diane Mercer and Aaron Paul, in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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Watch the Trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ the First Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ Series

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Thanks to the arrival of the D23 Expo, Disney has revealed the first trailer for its long-awaited Star Wars original series, The Mandalorian.

Created by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), the series is set after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows Pedro Pascal as a mysterious, gun-slinging Mandalorian bounty hunter who navigates the seedier side of the Star Wars universe.

Along with Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian stars Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Taika Waititi. The first season of episodes will be directed by filmmakers like Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow.

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Here’s the official description of The Mandalorian:

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

The Mandalorian begins streaming on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.

Check out The Mandalorian trailer below.

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Soundtrack Gets a Vinyl Release

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While we don’t publish music news or music reviews here at Goomba Stomp, we are huge fans of vinyl and since we cover film, we figured this announcement would interest some of our readers.

Back in 2017, Jordan Peele’s Get Out topped our list of the best films of 2017 and while the year isn’t yet over, there’s a good chance his follow-up Us, will land somewhere on our best of the year list as well. There are many reasons why we love Peele’s ambitious sophomore film including for the suspense, cinematography, performances, and direction, but one thing that doesn’t get enough praise is the soundtrack by Michael Abels. And if you like us, love the original score, you’re going to love this bit of news.

After giving his Get Out soundtrack a vinyl release last year, Jordan Peele is now doing the same for the soundtrack to Us.

WaxWork Records announced the news earlier today and if you’re planning on buying a copy, you don’t have to wait since it is now available to purchase through the label’s website.

The soundtrack, which received a digital release earlier this year, features composer Michael Abels’ score, in addition to songs from Janelle Monáe, Minnie Ripperton and the “Tethered Mix” of Luniz’s “I Got 5 on It” that appeared in the film’s first trailer. The album artwork was created by illustrator Edward Kinsella and features an interactive die-cut mirror board back cover, a heavyweight art print and an exclusive essay from UCLA Professor, scholar, and activist Shana L. Redmond Ph.D.

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