Duck Season VR Game Review on HTC Vive

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Duck Season VR: SNES’s Classic game with a modern twist.

When I logged in to Duck Season on the HTC Vive, I felt a familiar nostalgia. While I wasn’t alive in the late 70’s, early 80’s – being a kid sitting down to a brand new rental is a mostly universal feeling.

Our story here starts with our young protagonist getting a one-rental of “Duck Season,” the hottest new game. While the world outside is full of adult problems such as murders and kidnappings, our character isn’t worried about all of that. He’s just a kid, enjoying his time, eating bananas and hanging out while his mom works.

(All those games on the floor are actually playable, as are the movies.)

Despite being much higher resolution than the original, real-world game, the “duck hunt” part of *Duck Season is much like you’d expect. As for most VR games, the reloading is a more complicated process than “pressing R” or anything of the sort. You have to put both hands on the shotgun, and there is some skill to it. It’s overall pretty mindless and fun.


(As you can see, it’s pretty smooth.)

Here comes the hard part for me. Let’s just say that… if that’s all the game Duck Season VR was, would my review be any longer? No, it wouldn’t, would it? It doesn’t take too, too long of playing the game to realize that there may be more going on. Much like from a real child’s perspective, it can get easy to get lost in the game itself and forget to notice little details… important details.


(I don’t think he should be smoking, should he? This is a kid’s game!)

And if stuff like that isn’t weird enough, sometimes it can be very important to turn around and see what you might be missing.

I wish I could say more. I really, really do. I haven’t even seen it all yet, but suffice to say two things about this game: It’s an amazingly smooth, engaging, fun and thrilling VR experience. The other thing? Never let a kid play this game. Ever. It might look like it’s suitable for kids, but you’ll quickly find out its not.

Ultimately, I highly recommend this game for anyone playing Virtual Reality. It’s a highly memorable experience that will compel you to play it again and again to see the various endings. Again, don’t traumatize any children with it – it’s NOT a kid’s game!

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Duck Season VR Steam PC Game Review for HTC Vive


Duck Season VR: SNES’s Classic game with a modern twist.

When I first logged into Duck Season on the HTC Vive, I felt a familiar nostalgia. While I wasn’t alive in the late 70’s, early 80’s – being a kid sitting down to a brand new rental is a mostly universal feeling.

Our story here starts with our young protagonist getting a one-rental of “Duck Season,” the hottest new game. While the world outside is full of adult problems such as murders and kidnappings, our character isn’t worried about all of that. He’s just a kid, enjoying his time, eating bananas and hanging out while his mom works.

(all those games on the floor are actually playable, as are the movies.)

Despite being much higher resolution than the original, real-world game, the “duck hunt” part of Duck Season is much like you’d expect. As for most VR games, the reloading is a more complicated process than “pressing R” or anything of the sort. You have to put both hands on the shotgun, and there is some skill to it. It’s overall pretty mindless and fun.

(As you can see, it’s pretty smooth.)

Here comes the hard part for me. Let’s just say that… if that’s all the game Duck Season VR was, would my review be any longer? No, it wouldn’t, would it? It doesn’t take too, too long of playing the game to realize that there may be more going on. Much like from a real child’s perspective, it can get easy to get lost in the game itself and forget to notice little details… important details.


(I don’t think he should be smoking, should he? This is a kid’s game!)

And if stuff like that isn’t weird enough, sometimes it can be very important to turn around and see what you might be missing.

I wish I could say more. I really, really do. I haven’t even seen it all yet, but suffice to say two things about this game: It’s an amazingly smooth, engaging, fun and thrilling VR experience. The other thing? Never let a kid play this game. Ever. It might look like it’s suitable for kids, but you’ll quickly find out it’s not.

Ultimately, I highly recommend this game to anyone playing Virtual Reality. It’s a highly memorable experience that will compel you to play it again and again to see the various endings. Again, don’t traumatize any children with it – it’s NOT a kid’s game!

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Thanks for reading! If you want to see more, you can find my Twitch stream at twitch.tv/crimsonBZD – I play virtual reality and a wide variety of games. Fun and friends are more important than playing like a pro.

This article is just a glimpse of what I and VR have to offer. I plan on making more virtual reality videos and articles for you to enjoy. Thanks to my girlfriend @ChelzBZD for editing this thanks ya’ll!

Fallout 4 VR PC Game Review | HTC Vive|

Fallout 4 VR – What was the Controversy About & Why It’s A Must Have for any Virtual Reality Fan.

The release of Fallout 4 in virtual reality was just too big for the VR world not to have controversy, but like any good controversy there are real issues and perceived ones. These perceived issues are simply old issues that people aren’t even aware have been fixed. This leaves the question what really happened with Fallout 4 VR?

1) The game released in VR with a major glitch that made it extremely blurry, and mainly unusable. This issue was entirely RESOLVED within 24 hours via a beta update from Bethesda. Essentially, the game was bugged to run at the desktop resolution, not the HTC Vive resolution. As a result, people with 1080p monitors had an extremely blurry experience. On the other hand, people with 4K monitors still had a pretty clear picture.

Since the patch was released to beta, they have updated it a few times. The patch is currently live to anyone who has the game. The issue was a bothersome, but even at its worst, Fallout 4 VR still looked better than many of the older VR games I’ve played.

(This is not the blur issue, I just wanted to show you these ghouls.)

2) The game came with less than desirable anti-aliasing settings enabled by default. At time of writing, these settings cannot be disabled in the game settings. You need to go in and change the settings manually. You can either add a line to an .ini file, or open the console using tilde (~) enter the command ‘TAA off’ to turn TAA off. To be clear, the game is still entirely playable, and comfortable with these settings enabled – but removing them does make the game clearer. I don’t have a way to show you the difference, since it’s only apparent in VR. I can’t even capture it using the display mirror that I use to make the gifs.

Hopefully Bethesda implements options to adjust features from the VR menus soon. There are already several fixes made by the community that are readily available online.

If I had to fault Bethesda for anything, it’s that they should include a robust set of options in their games at this point, considering that for every Bethesda release you eventually end up having to adjust an .ini file.


(More Ghouls! They’re terrifying in VR. Seeing their limbs rip off in real scale is incredible.)

3) The game is a port, so it’s not built for VR from the ground-up. What does this mean? To put it literally – you are playing the entirety of the flat, desktop version of Fallout 4 – in VR. In many VR shooting games, you manually remove the magazine from a weapon and then insert a new one to reload, oftentimes using both hands on the weapon to stabilize and fire it correctly.

In Fallout 4 VR, you don’t do any of this. Instead to reload, you grab the grip buttons on your main controller. The magazine flies out of the weapon, waits for a second, and flies back in. A lot of people were expecting VR-specific features akin to the reloading found in virtual reality FPS games like Pavlov or Onward.

One issue that I’ve personally noted is that the scopes don’t work in the game… Sure, stuff like red-dot sight attachments do, but not the actual scopes such as the “Night Vision Pipe Rifle” below. In the 2D version, I recall that the entire screen changed to give you a night-vision effect and zoomed in your screen slightly. The same experience in VR, is just the same dark texture from the 2D version – you can’t even look through the scope. There are mods that make the scope see-through, but right now, you’re better off removing any zoomed scopes in the game or avoiding weapons that have them. This is something I expect and hope is resolved in the future, as it does cause aiming issues with some weapons.

Here’s an example:

In combat, it’s not awful, but I highly recommend iron sights…

We’ve discussed a lot of the problems of Fallout 4 VR, but I hope I didn’t give you the impression that the game is any less for having those issues. The largest issues are fixed, some issues aren’t even really with the game, but with other hardware. What does the game get right? The short answer is its Fallout 4 in Virtual Reality. It’s exactly as awesome as that sounds. There has never been a VR game that I have been able to personally point at a distant hill and say, “I can walk all the way from the top of that hill to this far off hill on the other visible side without loading anything. Oh, and that isn’t even half the map!”


(When I heard the Super Mutant Suicider’s bomb get closer to exploding I had to run away quickly!)

Ultimately, Fallout 4 is an incredible game in 2D, and none of that is lost in it’s transition to Virtual Reality. Instead, it puts you right in the Sole Survivor’s shoes. Simple interactions in the 2D version that were little more than a distracting sob story feel very real. The first cut scene at the start of the game… (No spoilers) gave me two options. Joke about it or cry and I had trouble doing either.

Have you ever met Dogmeat in these games?

(These hounds are freaky, especially in slo-mo!)

He’s a bit larger in Virtual Reality than I expected. As soon as I got to Red Rocket for the first time with Dogmeat waiting for me, I was all smiles! The wasteland is an intimidating place on a computer screen – but it’s downright terrifying in person. Having a companion – especially one as fearless and noble as Dogmeat – really helps take that terrifying edge off…

Well, it can take the edge off. Nothing will save you from the jumpscare of a freakin’ over-leveled Radscorpion jumping out of the floor!


(Even the workshop features transfer over to VR seamlessly. While I haven’t tried it yet, some of the regular Fallout 4 mods work in VR too.)

All said and done, in full roomscale VR, Fallout 4 is beautiful. This is the must have game of 2017 for the HTC Vive. I’ll recommend plenty more as time goes on, but you cannot pass up this game (assuming you have the hardware to play it!) Fallout 4 VR is only the start – Skyrim PC VR is confirmed for 2018!
Thanks for reading! If you want to see more, you can find my Twitch stream at twitch.tv/crimsonBZD – I not only play virtual reality, but a wide variety of games. Fun and friends are more important than playing like a pro. This article is just a glimpse of what I and VR have to offer. I plan on making more virtual reality videos and articles for you to enjoy. I want to give a huge shoutout to @ChelzBZD for editing this article

Thanks ya’ll!

GORN: VISCERAL REALITY or The Best Comical Gory Gladiator Fighting Game in VR!


(Gorn: Visceral Reality on Steam)

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GORN: VISCERAL REALITY or The Best Comical Gory Gladiator Fighting Game in VR!

Before I ever even played it, Gorn was a game that I just knew I had to try. Just ask around, it’s clear to see that any mention of “the best VR games for the Vive” is sure to have Gorn Visceral Reality in its list – and the reasons are obvious. I mean what’s not to love, from the wiggly weapons, to the misshapen gladiators (that kill their friends as often as you) and eyeballs that randomly pop out onto the floor?


(The wiggly weapons down play the sheer brutality that this game can actually offer. Take a look at those peepers drop to the ground!)

There is certainly no shortage of blood, gore, and quite frankly hilarious ways to kill your opponents. If you’d like to explore the different ways to do so, there’s even an endless mode in-game in addition to the standard arena mode. However, in Endless mode I always feel bad for the first guy. The game only offers you a few dinky rocks to start out with, but me? Well, I like to face him mano-a-mano.


(Watch me swinging on him that good ol’ one-two punch combo)
As for weapons, the game is still in development. Although to my knowIedge, it’s not in Early Access. (They just add more stuff for free) There are quite a few options. I won’t spoil it, but there are a number of swords, maces, morning stars, giant mace heads you can swing, and my personal favorite: The Hammer! (Cue Ezma.)

I mean, just look at what the hammer can do:


(I actually had no idea that was going to happen, I was trying to parry his spear.)

Now, let’s address one thing that is an issue with a lot of Virtual Reality games–the level of difficulty. Let’s say that a game is too challenging then it will quickly become scary, but if it’s too easy it feels like you’re going nowhere. Gorn solves this issue and gives you an intimidating challenge to conquer. Keep in mind that this game is played in a Virtual Reality, so it’s you standing there. Just like you’d see me, my eyes are the eyes that you would be viewing from in VR. The enemies in this game, they’re tough. In the next image, you can see the view gets fuzzy since I took a blow I am dying. However, a single kill yourself resets HP. Things get intense when you’re surrounded by five to six attackers approaching you, suited in full armor.


(Check out that sweet dab by the enemy at the end, right before I chopped his arm off!)

I am really excited to see what will be added to Gorn. If you haven’t noticed yet I LOVE this game and I’ve already beaten it times over. I’m happy with all of the updates that have come so far. Once I saw this:


(Yes…that’s exactly what it looks like)

I am sure that their team is going to add crazy cool stuff to this game that I can’t wait to see and experience in virtual reality.

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Thanks for reading! If you want to see more, you can find my Twitch stream at: twitch.tv/crimsonBZD – I play virtual reality, and a wide variety of games. Fun and friends are more important than playing like a pro. This article is just a glimpse of what I and VR have to offer. I plan on making more virtual reality videos and articles for you to enjoy. Thanks to my girlfriend @ChelzBZD for editing this and a huge shoutout to @Kitsuga_Gaming and Kitsuga.com, thanks ya’ll!

Virtual Reality and the HTC Vive – What is VR and Why Should You Care?

Virtual Reality and the HTC Vive – What is VR and why is it awesome?
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Hi! I’m crimsonBZD, Gaming enthusiast and I want to show you the immersive world of Virtual Reality. At the time of writing, there are a couple good VR headsets available on the market, including the HTC VIVE – Virtual Reality System, Oculus Rift, Gear VR and others – along with plenty of new units coming in the next six months or more. This piece focuses primarily on full room-scale movement, or Virtual Reality that allows free motion in real time.

Why is full room scale so important? Well, without it, you’re limited. You can only turn your head while you control the game with a controller. Room scale VR games get you up on your feet and moving around quite a bit, you literally are the controller. There are some virtual reality headsets that don’t do this at all allowing for only head rotation and the ability to look up and down. There are units that offer standard (Non-room scale) VR out of the box, with optional add-on features such as extra cameras to allow for room scale motion. One example of a non-room scale virtual reality headset is the Samsung Gear VR which only allows for standard virtual reality.


(Image Credit: Steam. This is part of their room scale setup tutorial.)

In my opinion the HTC Vive is the best VR Headset available with a recent price drop to only $599 it is certainly worth the investment. There are two controllers that come with the Vive VR and these become your in-game hands. There are other accessories (although I’ve never used them) that can track your feet, your waist, a pet, baseball bat – or anything for that matter.

What does this mean? Well, I can turn this…


(My actual VR play space – sorry about the mess!)

…into whatever I choose.

Retro gamers, do you like Duck Hunt? Does anyone remember that old gem? While I don’t specifically have Duck Hunt for VR. I do have a VR game that lets me play as a kid who just purchased Duck Hunt on a one-night rental.

(It might be hard to see, but you have to actually grab a new shotgun shell and reload it, in addition to pumping the shotgun.)

This isn’t just Duck Hunt though, it’s actually called Duck Season on Steam. The game has a lot in it, and I don’t want to say too much. It’ll suffice to say that in the clip my character is inside the TV. If you turn around, you can see the giant kid outside of the TV, as he holds a traditional SNES gun and plays Duck Hunt. When you move your hands, he moves his. Duck Season is a fun game, one I’ve still got to delve into fully.

Now the dark basement that I mentioned earlier can become so much more. One minute you can play Duck Hunt, the next you can fly around as a crazy mechanical cat that leaps from ledge to ledge.

(Yes, I am afraid of heights…this was absolutely terrifying, as well as physically demanding.)

The game is called To The Top on Steam, and I absolutely love it! However, perhaps leaping around in the virtual vomit comet is not that appealing to you.

How about disproportionally shaped gladiators trying to squish your head instead?

(These guys always make me walk backward to get away from them – and straight into my wall!)

The virtual reality games that I mentioned are just a few, short examples of the different worlds you can be in, all while simply standing in an open space. I haven’t even gotten to discuss Steam’s VR Home, which is essentially a landing page and game launcher that you can walk around in. It’s sort of like walking around inside your own virtual Steam library. You can change everything about your VR Home, from the appearance of your character all the way to the look of your controllers between games.

Virtual Reality is gaming of the future. It moves you off the couch and puts you directly into the game. This is one of the first times in gaming history that you can gain an upper hand and beat an online opponent simply by being in better shape. This short introduction to virtual reality only serves to give you just a slight impression of the worlds you can inhabit, games you can play, and the places you can explore– all from within your own home. It is a budding and thriving gaming medium, one that I am excited to see and be part of as it moves forward.

Thanks for reading! If you want to see more, you can find my Twitch stream at twitch.tv/crimsonBZD – I not only play virtual reality, but a wide variety of games. Fun and friends are more important than playing like a pro. This article is just a glimpse of what I and VR have to offer. I plan on making more virtual reality videos and articles for you to enjoy. I want to give a huge shoutout to @ChelzBZD for editing this for me and Kitsuga Gaming and Kitsuga.com, thanks ya’ll!

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