Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Wolfenstein Board Game Will Let You Kill Mecha Hitler https://www.gameskinny.com/2ymep/wolfenstein-board-game-will-let-you-kill-mecha-hitler https://www.gameskinny.com/2ymep/wolfenstein-board-game-will-let-you-kill-mecha-hitler Tue, 25 Feb 2020 16:41:32 -0500 Ty Arthur

Wolfenstein fans will soon be able to sate their thirst for killin' Nazis in the tabletop realm. 

Following in the footsteps of Youngblood and Cyberpilot, where fans got to play as two Nazi-hunting sisters and fry Nazis alive using a mechanical dog in glorious VR, the tabletop version of the first-person shooter will act as the ultimate collection of all things Wolfenstein.

Developer Archon Studios is set to launch a Kickstarter campaign later this year to fund the Wolfenstein board game. The tabletop development crew has previously released titles like Dungeons & Lasers and Vanguard of War.

Wolfenstein: The Board Game will play as a co-op dungeon crawler featuring 10 separate missions, which can be played by themselves or strung together to form an overarching campaign. Of course, the entire point is to free the world from mecha Hitler's clutches.



More than 50 minis are set to for the base game set, including:

  • B.J. Blazkowicz
  • Kreisau Circle
  • Armored Supersoldaten
  • The Fuhrer Himself
  • Robot Panzerhunds
  • Space Marines
  • Fire / Rocket Troopers
  • General Von Grimm
  • Robotic Drones

Full details on the tabletop game can be found on the game's official website, where interested backers can also sign up for a newsletter to find out when the Kickstarter officially begins.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on the Wolfenstein board game release, as well as other video to board game adaptations on the horizon!

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Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot Review — A Shallow Shooting Gallery That's Lacking Lore https://www.gameskinny.com/6uukn/wolfenstein-cyberpilot-review-a-shallow-shooting-gallery-thats-lacking-lore https://www.gameskinny.com/6uukn/wolfenstein-cyberpilot-review-a-shallow-shooting-gallery-thats-lacking-lore Fri, 26 Jul 2019 11:01:36 -0400 Jonny Foster

Set in 1980's Paris, Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot is a virtual reality spin-off from the main series of Wolfenstein games. You take control of a nameless, mute character referred to only as ‘Cyberpilot’. Obeying instructions from a French ally, you hack your way into various Nazi killing machines to turn them into Nazi-killing machines, a joke at which the game whimsically rolls its proverbial eyes.  

The only explanation for Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot being an entirely seated experience is provided by a female voice, which tells you that "they" have had to strap you into a chair. There's no explanation why.

Of course, this contrivance feels like a missed opportunity at building a worthwhile backstory. For example, you might have been left wheelchair-bound by a tragic accident or an experiment, or maybe you were left mute after a Nazi soldier tried to slit your throat. 

It’s a common and ironic sin in VR games, which are usually so focused on player immersion that they don’t spend any time fleshing out the world itself. It’s particularly vexing and disappointing here because Wolfenstein has such rich and interesting lore — but Cyberpilot only ever briefly references it. 

Utilizing VR, the game does a fantastic job immersing you in its setting, but that presents its own issues, too. You never feel like you're in danger because you aren’t the one directly in the fight. Your character is quite clearly controlling the robots remotely while viewing a live video feed, as opposed to actually piloting mechs and machines, which leaves everything feeling a bit flat and detached.

Add to this that enemies don’t make any sounds when you shoot, burn, or otherwise injure them, and you end up feeling incredibly disconnected from Cyberpilot's gameplay. You end up with an experience that doesn't feel like a Wolfenstein title. There's no blood. There's no real feeling of conflict. And Nazis comically ragdoll when you kill them.

A number of mechanics also detract from any enjoyment you’d get out of making Nazi marshmallows, such as the game's self-healing button. Having a way to heal yourself is fine, but the action of engaging it takes five seconds or so, meaning you're stationary and unable to access your weapons. When this happens every 30 seconds, it starts to become a chore, and I’m not sure why Bethesda wouldn’t just give you regenerating health or provide some other time-saving mechanic.

Death can also mean 5-10 seconds of loading screens, each manifested as lines of hacker code. Of course, you have to sit through these before you regain control of your machine, which, again, becomes exhausting after a fashion.

There are certainly positives to Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot’s gameplay, though, even if they’re somewhat buried under the bloat.

There’s a hacking minigame that functions a lot like Bethesda’s classic lock-picking puzzle, only in three dimensions; by rotating the left move controller in 3D space, you look for “sweetspots," which feels unique and rewarding. 

Combat in the final robot you pilot, the Zitadelle, also packs an enjoyable punch.

Despite its flaws, there’s a good amount of polish and versatility built into Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot as well. There are three difficulties for those that like a challenge, there achievements to collect, and there is a wide variety of comfort and performance options to tweak in the menu.

The game only lasts a couple of hours, and the levels are linear, but there have been far worse VR titles to release for $20.

Pros
  • Good level of polish and options
  • Clever controls make for some interesting mechanics
Cons
  • Gameplay is stale and flat overall
  • Barely utilizes the Wolfenstein brand 
  • Short and forgettable

Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot feels more like an elongated tech-demo than a fully-fledged VR title. It only features a handful of levels, which don’t leave much room for exploration. I’m glad Bethesda didn’t decide to build another wave shooter — that’s the last thing VR needs! — but Cyberpilot’s shallow shooting gallery leaves much to be desired. 

Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot supports the Dualshock 4 and Move controllers on the PS4, and is also available on Steam. It officially supports the HTC Vive, WMR, and Valve Index headsets, but we had no issue playing it with an Oculus Rift S.

[Note: A copy of Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot was provided by Bethesda for the purpose of this review.]

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Top 11 Most Anticipated VR Games of 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/nbhiu/top-11-most-anticipated-vr-games-of-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/nbhiu/top-11-most-anticipated-vr-games-of-2019 Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:35:37 -0500 Ty Arthur

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There are undoubtedly many, many more games set to hit the virtual reality market in the coming months, but these are the ones we're most excited to try out.

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What did you think of our picks for the top 11 VR games slated to land in 2019? Did we miss any that should have made this list? Sound off in the comments below!

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If you aren't sick of Battle Royale mania yet, you should be excited by the prospect of this growing genre finally coming to VR.

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Yep, you'll be falling from the battle bus, building structures, plundering empty buildings, and struggling to survive to the #1 spot as the circle shrinks all in glorious virtual reality. 

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If this catches on, I'd expect to see Fortnite add on a VR mode next year as well!

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Ghost Giant

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VR is tailor-made for this kind of experience, where you are just a pair of giant disembodied hands looking down on a virtual world and deciding how you are going to interact with it.

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This seems like an excellent attempt to embrace the standard tropes of virtual reality games and expand on them, rather than try to hide them. With any luck, Ghost Giant will show all the other games how it's meant to be done.

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Trover Saves the Universe 

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Speaking of over the top, hoo boy, Trover Saves The Universe is going to strain the patience of anyone not fully onboard with the Interdimensional Cable episodes of Rick And Morty.

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This is going to be pure, grade-A, weapons-grade nutso that will put all other attempts at bizarre gaming to shame by several orders of magnitude.

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I still can't decide if this will be the best thing ever or if I'll be rolling my eyes and pulling my own hair out, but either way expect this game to make a splash.

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Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot 

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VR has pretty consistently shown an affinity for spin offs offering new ways to experience a well known franchise.

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With Cyberpilot, we'll get to saddle up in giant mechanical doggos to light Nazis on fire. What's not to love?

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I do have to wonder how much of the over-the-top grisly imagery from Wolfenstein 2 will make it over in the translation, as that might become a bit much to handle in VR mode.

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Gadgeteer 

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While plenty of VR games these days are become ever more ambitious and working in fully movement, there are still plenty of great games where you remain more stationary and just interact with the environment.

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That's what's on display with Gagdeteer (previously going by the code name Ruberg), which has you setting up and knocking down intricate chain reaction puzzles. I would expect this one to be a party hit like Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes.

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Stormland 

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This is probably the one big VR release of 2019 that's getting the most buzz right now and its being developed by Insomniac Games and Oculus Studios.

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Some of VR's biggest triumphs so far are games that change your perspective and offer a different kind of experience, and that's what it seems like we'll get as a broken down robot (the Short Circuit comparisons are coming strong and fast).

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The combat here looks like a more fully realized version of Blasters Of The Universe, and that's a very good thing, and the visuals will make you think of Horizon: Zero Dawn, but minus the humans.

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Ace Combat 7 

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Surprisingly, the number of air combat simulations in VR are pretty sparse on the PlayStation 4 right now. There's that super short Call Of Duty Jackal entry, and not a whole lot else.

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Rather than a full VR game, Ace Combat 7 will include a series of VR-specific missions, but what we've seen so far looks very slick. Hopefully this is just the start of the virtual reality dog fights headed to Sony's flagship console.

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Age Of Wushu 2 

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This upcoming Chinese action MMO will include something you haven't seen in the massively multiplayer realm before.... a VR element for exploration (although sadly not for combat).

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There's not a ton of info yet on exactly how the VR sections will work and how you will switch back to non-VR during combat, but you can officially color me intrigued.

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Seeing virtual reality aspects worked into more games will go a long way towards see VR get adopted on a wider scale.

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The Mage's Tale 

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This full VR RPG set between The Bard's Tale 3 and 4 is actually already out now on Steam, but it was actively in development for a PSVR port in early 2019.

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Sadly, the fate of this one is now very up in the air sadly, with InXile just being bought out by Microsoft.

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We can't imagine they'll be keen on letting their new acquisition release a game on a rival console, but there's been no official word yet on whether this is actually cancelled or not, since it had already been announced and was deep in development.

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Borderlands 2 VR

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OK, OK, we're cheating even more with Borderlands 2 VR! This one comes out December 14th, a half month before its officially 2019, but that's not going to stop us from putting it here.

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This is easily my own most anticipated title as it provides another opportunity to face off against awful dad Handsome Jack and interact with the amazingly psychotic Tiny Tina yet again.

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Who else absolutely cannot wait to joy puke your face off in virtual reality? Of course, with this version of the game arriving soon, it leads to a more important question... where the hell is Borderlands 3 already?

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Star Child 

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Yes, Star Child does in fact arrive one single day before it officially becomes 2019, but you'll forgive us, right?

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This looks like the new unexpected VR game that's going to provide a totally different experience than you'd expect, much like Moss did for PSVR at the beginning of the year.

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Based on the trailer, it seems like we're in for some crazy platforming and giant boss-dodging action in a unique alien landscape.

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Any given trailer for a VR title these days still gets hit with the running gag about how 5 people will love the game when it releases, but the notion of VR remaining firmly underground is about to be strongly challenged in 2019.

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A whole lotta killer games have already arrived since our article earlier in the year looking at whether PSVR in particular is worth investing in at this point.

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Between horror games like The Persistence, shooters like Firewall Zero Hour, and platformers like Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, there's just no reason not to jump into the VR fray anymore.

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There's plenty more slated to land in the next month before the year's over as well, such as Arca's Path coming soon and two Persona dancing games arriving in early December.

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That's just the beginning though, as 2019 is unquestionably going to be the year VR breaks out into the mainstream. In the slides ahead we round up the 11 most anticipated tiles in every possible genre!

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While many of the upcoming games in our top 11 picks will be available for the PSVR, we've broadened out our search across the entire VR lineup, including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality.

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