Adrift Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Adrift RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Ten Oculus Rift Games All Oculus Owners Must Play https://www.gameskinny.com/uknqm/ten-oculus-rift-games-all-oculus-owners-must-play https://www.gameskinny.com/uknqm/ten-oculus-rift-games-all-oculus-owners-must-play Mon, 02 Jan 2017 03:00:01 -0500 sknau002

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The Oculus Rift went through some strange times between their announcement and release, such as being bought by Facebook. Many people weren't sure that was a good thing for the future of the virtual reality headset, but it hasn't seemed to get in the way of its success.

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This was our definitive list of games that should absolutely be played on the Oculus Rift. We made sure to only include games that are available now and not games that are currently being developed, so if there are any you're looking forward to, or any currently available games you feel that we missed, let us know!

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Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

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By: Steel Crate Games | $7.49 | Oculus Store
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If you watch any YouTubers, you probably know about this game. The goal is to disarm a bomb. But you don't have the instructions to make it happen. Your friends, however, do.

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This game was originally not on Oculus Rift, but now that it is, it absolutely adds to the tension of the game. You can't peek over at your friend's instructions for one, and on top of that, not everything is right in front of the player, so scrambling for the right tools may easily happen.

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The best part of Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is that it's multiplayer. There aren't many multiplayer VR games, especially in the couch co-op category, but this game handles it cleverly, by requiring only one headset to play. This is definitely a required Oculus Rift title for anyone who plans to game with friends.

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AirMech: Command

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By: Carbon Games | $24.99 | Oculus Store
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Just to keep things shaken up, here's another recommended Oculus Rift game that isn't from the first-person perspective.

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AirMech: Command is a real-time strategy game played from the perspective of a typical RTS game, but now the camera is controlled with the players head. It makes looking back and forth from different battles and bases easier. The defining concept is where the player is watching from: Their Airmech. It's the ultimate war machine that can be used in-game to turn the tide of battle, but during regular combat, it's the perch from which the player watches and commands the battle. 

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There are nine Airmechs to control that have varying abilities, allowing different types of gameplay -- shaking up the misconception that virtual reality games can't offer variation.

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Lucky's Tale

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By: Playful | $Free | Oculus Store
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Lucky's Tale is a Third-person game. Right from the get-go that sounds awful for a virtual reality game. But surprisingly, it works really well.

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The player's head is the camera and can look and peak around the game while the controller actually controls the main character, Lucky. It plays like a typical third-person platformer from the Nintendo 64 and Gamecube days, but with some VR tricks up its sleeve. It's free on the Oculus store, so once again the barrier of entry is nonexistent -- assuming you have the headset of course.

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For those looking for fun for all ages, Lucky's Tale is definitely a good one for this.

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Chronos

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By: Gunfire Games | 24.99 | Oculus Store
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Some have said they don't want VR because they think it's a gimmick; that "real" games won't use VR. Chronos is here to disprove that. The dungeon crawling RPG, aims to be that first Oculus RPG that sets the standard for others. It has a unique mechanic that plays with time. Every time the player dies, they age a year and your skills and abilities also change, making every new attempt at the dungeon different.

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The game plays like a fantasy RPG, but the game is actually set in a distant future where an apocalypse has sent humanity back to the days of swords and shields. It plays similarly to a Zelda game in the puzzle solving, but the battle mechanics are something of their own.

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The Climb

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By: Crytek | $33.49 | Oculus Store
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Have you ever wanted to go rock climbing, but you're afraid of heights? Same. But with The Climb from Crytek, this goal suddenly becomes much easier.

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Become a rock climber without the threat of dying from a fall (in real life anyway) in this beautiful simulation. Seriously, most of this game could probably be spent just looking around. Despite Crytek's recent issues, they still have a beautiful looking engine -- the CryEngine.

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The Climb is also tense as hell when you're about to fall off a ledge, but instead of it being a character about to fall, it's you. Don't worry, in reality, the worst thing you could fall on is a carpeted living room floor (unless you have wooden floors).

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The Gallery: Call of The Starseed

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By: Cloudhead Games | $14.99 | Oculus Store
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This game is its own special kind of game. It's not a first-person shooter, but it's also not a walking simulator. It's somewhere in the middle, solving environmental puzzles to progress.

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The game draws inspiration from 80's fantasy films and places the hero in a world where he must find his sister through a strange journey and a constant "sinister presence" according to the Steam description. From the Steam page, one can see that The Gallery started as a HTC Vive game, but has recently come to the Oculus Rift as well. It was a bestseller for the Vive, and it can only be predicted to see the same success on the Oculus.

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The Unspoken 

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By: Insomniac Games | $29.99 | Oculus Store
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With the Oculus Rift and the Touch controller in mind, The Unspoken game takes it to the limit of what can be done with these peripherals. This is one of the games that makes people think this new virtual reality attempt isn't just another fad.

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The developers describe the game as an "urban magic fight club" where players fight friends and strangers in the streets of a city using 25 different spells. These spells can be tuned to either hand too, leaving the creativity literally in your hands.

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Spells aren't just offensive skills either. They can also be defensive and traversal! Leaving room for custom strategies.

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SUPERHOT VR

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By: Superhot | $22.49 | Oculus Store
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Man, Superhot is awesome. It originally released as a non-VR title, but has since released to virtual reality. It genuinely feels like it was meant to be a VR title the whole time.

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Superhot is a title that questions what's real. The story puts a computer hacker into the chair of a computer before pulling them into a simulation that feels a little too real... Is it real? Or is technology just playing tricks on us?

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The world only moves forward when they player moves, making them able to guess everyone's moves and plan accordingly. But remember, one shot is enough to kill you. Health doesn't regenerate, ammo is limited to what's in the magazine, and way too many enemies to plan out a strategy in one go. Good thing restarts are instantaneous. 

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Bullet Train

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By: Epic Games | $Free | Oculus Store
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We really wanted to put Robo Recall on this list, but it's technically not out yet for the public. So Bullet Train is the next best thing! It's a free game from Epic Games that actually serves as a proving grounds for Robo Recall, the next game from Epic.

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The premise is simple: You get off a train and are attacked by futuristic police. Why? We don't know, it's a free tech demo that is actually way more fun than it should be.

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You can teleport and manipulate time, much like the next title on this list, but with a few differences. For the price tag of $0.00, it's definitely worth checking out.

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ADR1FT

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By: Three One Zero | $19.99 | Steam
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ADR1FT is a virtual reality game played with the Oculus Rift that takes place in zero gravity. It's a game based heavily on exploration, but players have limited resources such as oxygen as they navigate a destroyed space station.

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The player must solve puzzles which consist of fixing up/navigating the damaged space station. Audio logs of the incident that destroyed the station can be found throughout the game, as well as artifacts from those who were not lucky enough to survive.

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According to the game, there are two main objectives: "to survive and to return home safely."

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The Oculus Rift was the first real player in this current-day virtual reality arms race. Announced back in 2012, it's what sparked other companies to compete -- bringing in the PlayStation VR and HTC Vive.

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With both the competitors launching with motion controls (the Vive using it's own, and the PS VR using the Move controllers), the Oculus Rift was a bit behind, but has recently released the Touch controllers (at $199) for all your reaching needs.

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When it finally released to consumers in March 2016, it had a library full of experimental games during its long development process. Thanks to that, some have been formed into fully fledged games, while others provided the groundwork for others. This is a list of 10 games all Oculus Rift owners must play.

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Every PS VR Game Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/eaws3/every-ps-vr-game-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/eaws3/every-ps-vr-game-announced Tue, 15 Mar 2016 16:05:04 -0400 Curtis Dillon

Sony revealed the price and release window of PlayStation VR today at the Game Developers Conference. The headset will launch in October of this year and cost $399, making it the most affordable VR headset (of the big three) on the market.

So with this exciting news, we figured we'd compile a list of every PS VR game that has been announced to date. Obviously many of these will not be launching in 2016, but Sony has confirmed that 50 games will come to PS VR this year. Therefore, you can expect to play a significant number of those -- and probably a few unannounced titles this year! The future has arrived.

Here are the games that have been confirmed for PlayStation VR:

  • 100ft Robot Golf
  • Ace Combat 7
  • Albino Lullaby
  • Allison Road
  • Apollo 11 VR Experience
  • Aquarion Evol
  • Atom Universe
  • Adrift
  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • The Assembly
  • Battlezone
  • Chernobyl VR Project
  • Classroom Aquatic
  • Crystal Rift
  • Cult County
  • Cyber Danganronpa
  • Dead Secret
  • Distance
  • Dreams
  • Eagle Flight
  • Earthlight
  • Eclipse
  • EVE: Valkyrie
  • Fated
  • Final Fantasy 14 (demo)
  • Futuridium VR
  • The Gallery: Six Elements
  • GNOG
  • Godling
  • Golem
  • Gran Turismo Sport
  • Harmonix Music VR
  • Headmaster
  • Hyper Void
  • Job Simulator
  • Joysound VR
  • Jurassic Encounter
  • Kitchen
  • Loading Human
  • Megaton Rainfall
  • Mind: Path to Thalamus
  • The Modern Zombie Taxi Co.
  • Mortal Blitz VR
  • Omega Agent
  • Bad Bird
  • The Occasional Encounter
  • Omega Agent
  • Paranormal Activity VR
  • Pollen
  • Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin
  • QUBE
  • Rez Infinite
  • RIGS
  • Robinson: The Journey
  • Star Wars Battlefront VR Experience
  • Snow
  • Summer Lesson
  • SuperHyperCube
  • Tekken 7
  • The Deep
  • The Getaway: London Heist
  • The Hum: Abductions
  • The Mars 2030 Experience
  • The Playroom
  • Thumper
  • Thunderbird
  • Trackmania Turbo
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
  • Vector 36
  • VEV: Viva Ex Vivo
  • Visage
  • VizionEck
  • War Thunder
  • Wayward Sky
  • White Day
  • World of Diving
  • World War Toons
  • Xing: The Land Beyond

Are you planning on getting PlayStation VR? Which PS VR game are you most excited for? What game series would you like to come to VR? Let us know in the comments and keep tuned to GameSkinny for all your PS VR news!

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Adr1ft now has a release date https://www.gameskinny.com/satne/adr1ft-now-has-a-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/satne/adr1ft-now-has-a-release-date Sat, 20 Feb 2016 12:12:17 -0500 shox_reboot

Adr1ft, a first person space survival game developed by Three One Zero and published by 505 Games is set to release on the 28th of March as a launch title for the Oculus Rift.

If you want to get a basic idea behind the game, think back to the movie Gravity. It did a great job in conveying what it could feel like to be stranded in Space -- at least judging by Sandra Bullock's acting along and the seriously impressive visuals.

Adr1ft seeks to take that whole scenario a few steps further by putting players in space while throwing some pretty horrible curve-balls at them.

You play as an astronaut stranded in space, looking for a way to repair an emergency escape vehicle while dealing with a damaged space suit and (as if the aforementioned wasn't enough trouble already) memory loss. Since this is on the Oculus Rift, it's safe to say that players can expect a unique and surreal experience to say the least.

It's also worth noting that Adr1ft will be available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well at a later date.

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9 awesome indie games still to come in 2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/anvlo/9-awesome-indie-games-still-to-come-in-2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/anvlo/9-awesome-indie-games-still-to-come-in-2015 Sun, 16 Aug 2015 04:30:01 -0400 Daniel R. Miller

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No Man's Sky

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Release Date: 2015
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Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC
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What is there to say about No Man's Sky that hasn't been said already? The game looks amazing, and no matter what happens, it will make an instant impact on the industry as a new standard for what the indie games can accomplish. Of course, there are some doubts as to whether the game world will be too by the numbers.

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Game director Sean Murray has said in the past that the secret behind the game's infinite universe is simply math, which makes me wonder if there will be enough assets to cover the fact that a lot of planets will have very similar features.  Regardless, there's many a reason why many gamers, myself included, can't wait to get their hands on this game. However, don't be surprised if Hello Games elects to wait until 2016 to let us play No Man's Sky.

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Hyper Light Drifter

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Release Date: 2015
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Platforms: PC, Mac
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Hyper Light Drifter has some of the best use of perspective with pixels that I've ever seen.  The indie action RPG has gained a considerable amount of praise and anticipation from its following, beginning during its Kickstarter campaign in 2013. Hyper Light Drifter is built upon five core mechanics: melee combat, shield defense, dash movement, an array of secondary items, and the use of a drone companion.  

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Jotun

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Release Date: September 2015
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Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
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Jotun is a beautiful, hand-drawn Viking adventure that is not for the weak.  The game prides itself on difficulty and demands its players be tactful, patient - and above all, skillful.  I had some hands-on time with the beta version recently, and I can say for sure that the game's strength is in its boss encounters.  

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In a sense its experience is similar to that of Shadow of the Colossus, the world exploration in between boss encounters is both epic in scope and empty in space. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but rather an intentional design choice, meant to evoke the sense of loneliness that the protagonist is enduring on their journey. 

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Adr1ft

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Release Date: September 2015
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Platforms: Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4
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Adr1ft is an upcoming sci-fi survival game set above the earth in zero gravity. A terrible accident has occurred at a space station orbiting the planet, and it is your job to figure out what happened and get back to Earth. Your character is inhabiting a damaged spacesuit that can't hold oxygen for very long, so one of the primary moment to moment mechanics is the constant struggle to keep yourself alive by finding canisters of O2. 

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SOMA

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Release Date: September 22, 2015
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Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC
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SOMA is a sci-fi horror game built in the same vein as the Amnesia and Penumbra series, which is no coincidence since the developers are one and the same. This time, players will be exploring a run-down underwater ocean lab, filled with frighteningly human and aggressive mechanical monsters, as well as the potential dangers of the unknown.  SOMA tries to emulate a sense of loneliness with a larger environment to traverse, really making the player feel small and insignificant.

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Armello

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Release Date: September 1, 2015
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Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Mac, Android
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Armello is a turn-based multiplayer digital board game with strategy and role-playing elements by developer League of Geeks.  The premise of the game is that the king of the land of Armello has fallen ill to a mysterious sickness called The Rot, and a power struggle for his throne has begun.  As each turn commences, the king gets closer and closer to death, and as a result, more corrupt.  

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Players take control of a single clan, lead by a prominent animal character with different attributes that can be enhanced by completing quests, defeating opponents in battle, and acquiring new gear. All of this builds into a final confrontation with the king to take his castle. The first player to defeat the king and take the throne, wins the game.

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Calvino Noir

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Release Date: August 25, 2015
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Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC, iPhone
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Calvino Noir is a 2D side-scrolling stealth adventure game that leans heavily on inspiration from films like Bladerunner and The Third Man, as well as the game Deus Ex, for both its narrative and architectural representations. There are three distinct pillars of importance when defining the Calvino Noir experience: puzzle-solving gameplay, enhanced immersion, and an episodic storyline.  

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In a recent post on the PlayStation Blog, the developers cited the authenticity of the architecture within the game world as a key aspect that establishes the game's gritty art style through form.

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Shadowrun: Hong Kong

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Release Date: August 20, 2015
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Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
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After successfully reviving the Shadowrun series back in 2013 with Shadowrun: Returns and following up with the Dragonfall expansion last year, developer Harebrained Schemes returns with the next official entry, Shadowrun: Hong Kong.  Hong Kong was successfully funded on Kickstarter earlier this year, raising over $1.2 million, achieving the same amount of success as the initial campaign for Returns.  

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Shadowrun is a cRPG that is know for its sci-fi cyberpunk meets high-fantasy magic world that predicates its gameplay on freeform exploration and strategic turn-based combat.

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Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power 

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Release Date: August 20, 2015
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Platforms: PC
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The Trine series has enjoyed a relatively quiet run of success since the first game launched back in fall of 2009.  The games have effectively combined 2D platforming, 3D graphical elements, and puzzle solving that revolves around environmental manipulation with a splash of basic combat. All of these elements are kept fresh throughout due to a constant rotation of three characters representative of classic gaming archetypes: a soldier, a wizard and a thief.  

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Trine 3 improves on its own game mechanics by exploring the use of depth for environment traversal, all while maintaining the classic two dimensional plane.

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AAA games tend to make most of the headlines throughout the calendar year.  However, it can be argued that some of the best and most unique gaming experiences come from studios without the backing of big publishers. Independent developers have a great deal more freedom in defining what they want their game to be, and cater towards more of a target audience than the general public.

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As the indie scene has evolved over the years, so has the quality of the games coming from it. There is a steadily growing financial payoff in going indie, and although it's still undoubtedly a riskier business venture, there are more and more developers making the jump, so the competition has become increasingly fierce. 

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This list does not necessarily consist of games with concrete release dates, as delays and uncertainty are the norm among indie titles.  However, these games have at least been slated for release in 2015.  Just bear in mind that this is all subject to change.

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Adam Orth Seeks to Create a New Game Genre With Adrift https://www.gameskinny.com/lcgrz/adam-orth-seeks-to-create-a-new-game-genre-with-adrift https://www.gameskinny.com/lcgrz/adam-orth-seeks-to-create-a-new-game-genre-with-adrift Fri, 03 Apr 2015 20:22:12 -0400 Jessa Rittenhouse

Adam Orth's new game studio Three One Zero is not only making a new game - Orth wants to make a new genre. With the studio's first title, Adrift, the former Microsoft developer wants to introduce gamers to the First Person Experience (FPX).

In Adrift, you play as an astronaut, the sole survivor making your way through the wreckage of a devastated space station. With no memory and a badly-damaged EVA suit, you must try to determine what caused the disaster that killed your colleagues, while finding the resources to stay alive and repair the ship that will take you home.

The FPX Adrift allows the player to immerse themselves in the experiences of the stranded astronaut on the devasted space station.

A non-violent game that immerses the player in a desperate race against time and scarce resources, Adrift will also, Orth hopes, offer players a narrative that they can connect to their own life experiences - exploring such heavy topics as addiction, cancer, parenting, relationships, and growing as a person.

In a recent interview, Orth acknowledges that this sort of game ventures into unexplored territory, but after his experiences with the toxicity of the internet following his now infamous tweet about the XBox One's "always-on" policy, Orth is ready to take the plunge. "There's nothing about Adrift that isn't a giant risk," he admits in the interview. "The entire thing is a giant risk ball. But after my experience with the internet, I didn't feel like I had anything to lose."

Adrift is slated for release in the summer of this year on XBox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam, with an eventual release on VR consoles like the Oculus Rift.

Are you ready for a new genre? Do you think the FPX can be a success? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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