Guest Spot – Dave Fanning Show

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I appeared on the Dave Fanning show last Saturday, talking about videogames for Christmas and virtual reality.

Give it a listen

Was great to meet the man himself, whose extremely humble and personable as you might expect.

Here are the cliffsnotes…

Christmas Gaming Recommendations

Two new consoles out for Christmas

Both new consoles have HDR – but need 60hrz HDR 4k TV to take full advantage (approx 600 euro minimum)

Xbox One S – 399.00 euro

4k bluray player / HDR, tiny speed boost in GPU and CPU
2TB hard drive
smaller lighter, power unit included
supports Ultra High Definition Blu-Rays
supports Netflix 4k
slightly improved performance on all older games that had frame rate drops
uses less power, but a little louder (still quieter than PS4)

Playstation Pro – 400 euro (1 tb harddrive)
[old PS4 – 299 – 350 (hard disk size dependent)]

4k uprezzing – no 4k bluray
some games slower
double the graphics card
but not a huge upgrade a 1080p

Playstation VR  – 399 euro (littlewoods)

+ 60 euro for camera
+ 80 euro for two move controllers

cheapest (fully featured ) VR headset available right now
lets you play regular playstation titles on giant virtual screen
already sold very well, so there’ll be lots of games on the way
social screen multiplayer

VERY IMPORTANT – need to make sure you get a bundle with the playstation camera and move controllers if you don’t have them already

Games I’ve tried – Eve Valkerie (60 euro), Playroom VR (FREE), Rez Infinite (30 euro), Rush of Blood (20 euro), Alumette animation (FREE), Job Simulator (30 euro), Thumper (20 euro), Wayward Sky (20 euro), Tumble VR (10 euro)

Some games better with PS4Pro – Robinson, Rigs, Driveclub

Other VR options

Oculus Rift + controllers (ships Dec 6th) = 941 euro online + needs high end computer
Gear VR = 99 euro + needs high end Samsung phone  (Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge)
HTC Vive + controllers = 929 euro + needs high end computer + large play space minimum 5ft by 6.5ft]

There’s also the NES Classic – 65 euro
a tiny console which holds 30 classic NES Games in a box smaller than a NES cartridge
games would normally be around 5 euro each on virtual console (or free if you pirate them on an emulator!)
including classics like Punchout, Caslevania I & II, Super Mario Brothers I to 3, Legenda of Zelda I & II, Megaman 2
Kirbys adventure, Packman, Donkey Kong Jr, Bubble Bobble, Kid Icarus, Tetris, Final Fantasy I to 3, Paperboy
can save games
only one controller with very short cable (around 3 feet), need to reset to try another game

Nintendo fans may want to wait to buy a console – Nintendo switch
not out till March 2017
combines a portable handheld console with a home console
take ‘grown up’ games on the move
Nintendo hoping to take their massive success with portable console (3DS, 2DS, New 3DS XL)
Uses cartridges!!!!

GAMES FOR CHRISTMAS

Grownup Games – Best of the Year

Doom – All Platforms
– fast paced remake of the classic shooter

Fallout 4 – All Platforms
– still going strong – mods now out to Xbox and PS4
– incredibly deep adventure on a post apocalyptic wasteland
– with base building and lots of subgames
– from makers of Skyrim

Dishonoured 2 – All Platforms
– sequel to incredible stealth game
– you’re an assassin with magical powers in a beautiful victorian fantasy steam punk world

Star Wars Battlefront – All Platforms
– fly, shoot and fight in the starwars universe – from makers of Battlefield
– Rogue One DLC on December 6th
– add on to the popular star wars game based on the upcoming movie

Titanfall 2 – All Platforms
– sequel to the popular fast paced mech shooting game

Uncharted 4 – PS4
– latest update to the action adventure series

Inside – all Platforms
– Horrifying platform game
– beautiful puzzles and unrivalled near monochrome art style
– you’re a little boy fleeing from faceless pursuers

The Walking Dead  – all Platforms
– series 3 out – dec 20
– adventure game based on the TV series

Family Games

The Witness
– Stunningly beautiful puzzle game, reminiscent of myst

Life is strange – All platforms
– beautiful highschool adventure game featuring a time travelling teen

Planet Coater – PC
– rollercoaster tycoon for the 21st century

Forza Horizon 3 – XBOX
– latest edition of the classic racing game

Pro Evo 17  / Fifa 17 – All platforms
– latest edition of the popular football games

The Witness – All platforms
– incredibly deep puzzle game from the maker of Braid

Axiom Verge – Wii U
– beautiful 2d retro adventure game

Severed – Wii U
– first person 2d puzzle adventure game with painterly style

Paper Mario Colour Splash – Wii U
– paper cutout style adventure game mixing classic mario gameplay

Mario Kart 8  – Wii U
– latest edition of the classic series

Super Mario maker – Wii U
– build your own levels based on the classic series
– or play thousands of levels from other people all over the world

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