Google's Tilt Brush is now available for purchase on the Oculus Home store. Oculus Rift owners with Touch controllers can experience virtual reality painting. Oculus Medium, Facebook's native sculpting application, launched with the Oculus Touch controllers late last year. While Medium is a great tool, it never lived up to the expectations created by Tilt Brush. This is still my favorite VR application and it is the first experience that I load up when I introduce someone to virtual reality. Please take a look at this footage of Tilt Brush running on HTC Vive.
Shackers can buy Google's Tilt Brush on Oculus Home today for $29.99.
Hot on the heels of Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan throwing a wet blanket on the idea of Doomfist as the next hero, the official game site has released a tease into who or what the next addition to the roster could be.
A faux interview with 11-year-old Efi Oladele of Numbani reveals that the young lady is a genius when it comes to robotics and artificial intelligence. She just won a "genius grant" from the Adawe Foundation and the interview drops a few obscure hints as to what Blizzard my be planning. Efi is adept at building drones to do work for her, and her dream "is to build something that can keep us safe, like the new OR15s." She adds that she has "an idea" of what she want to do next, but is going on vacation first.
So, to recap, Efi could be the new hero with smart drones and robots to assist her, or she could be the inventor of a new robot that serves as a boon to humanity or turns against us all. Or it could be some combination of the two. The first and last option are rather unlikely given her age and the potential fallout of "Blizzard is killing kids," so the bet is on an Omnic hero or villain when the announcement finally hits.
Either way, the speculation has begun, and Doomfist is on the back burner–for now.
If you love playing Blizzard games but have an aversion to upgrading your older operating systems on PC, then be prepared to force yourself to make a change if you still want to play World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, StarCraft 2, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm.
Blizzard has announced that it will be ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista sometime in the next few months. The changes to the games will be rolled out on a staggered schedule, to be announced closer to the actual update. Microsoft stopped supporting those versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012 respectively, but Blizzard kept up support "since a decent portion of our audience was still using them at the time." But since Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 are now more prevalent, Blizzard is moving to stop enabling those who don't want to make a change.
"After these older operating systems are no longer supported, the games will not run on them, so we encourage any players who are still using one of the older OSes to upgrade to a newer version," Community manager Ornyx said in the forum post.
So if you are still running one of those dinosaur OSes, suck it up and upgrade if you want to keep playing your favorite Blizzard games.
Civilization 6 will be getting another update in the next few weeks, this time adding the country of Australia to the roster of playable civs. And if that wasn't enough, the free patch associated with the DLC will add modding tools and Steam Workshp support are also being included in the patch.
The Australian Summer 2017 Update features leader John Curtin, the country's prime minster during World War II. The perks for the civ, which is showing up for the first time ever in the franchise, include:
Adding Australia will cost you $4.99, but the patch coming with it will add the highly requested features of Steam Workshop support, modding tools and multiplayer teams. The usual performance tweaks, "ranging from trade routes to ice caps, obsolete units to AI upgrades," will be included, developer Firaxis said.
The .38 patch dropped for Paragon today, with the big part of the update being the addition of pop star Shinbi to the roster. But as with any patch, there are plenty of bug fixes and balance tweaks to go with it.
Shinbi is a bit of a change from previous heroes - she had a music video to reveal her addition to the game - and she likes to summon spirit wolves to help her do her dirty work as an assassin and ganker. Her abilities include:
Here is a trailer discussing how to play the character properly.
And if you want a music video, this was her coming out party for the game.
As for the full patch notes:
Horizon Zero Dawn's multitude of murder machines can range from relatively docile to downright scary. Before you jump into an encounter, it's important to assess your enemies and make a plan for how to bring them down. The various robots have a variety of weaknesses that are vulnerable to different elements, and some individual robot components are especially vulnerable. We'll walk you through how to check for enemy weak points and then exploit them in combat.
Before you jump in, take a moment to duck into some tall grass or behind cover, and hit R3 to scan with your Focus. Machines will be highlighted in blue, with vulnerable components highlighted in a contrasted bright yellow. The information delivered from this scan is vital. It will tell you not only what the main body of the machine is vulnerable to, but also what will damage the yellow-highlighted components. Generally speaking, armor and weapons are vulnerable to Tear damage, while fuel tanks are vulnerable to Blast or Fire damage. Machine bodies may be vulnerable to Fire, Blast, Freeze, or Shock damage.
Armed with that knowledge, but before going after a machine's main body, it's useful to remove particularly dangerous weapons. These components will also be highlighted in yellow, and can often be picked up and used against them as a heavy weapon type. So, before they even know it, take aim at these components with a Tear weapon. If you have a Carja or Shadow Sharpshot Bow, you can use the Tearblast arrows to knock off many components in one shot. If you can remove a weapon and grab it, you can usually bring the machine down easily.
If you have a Ropecaster, you can tie down many of the larger machines in order to have a steadier shot at small components, or even to deal some melee damage. Just be warned that it will break free of its restraints after it sustains a certain amount of damage, and so you'll want to steer clear when that happens.
If the enemy doesn't drop a heavy weapon and you can't or don't want to use the Ropecaster to keep it steady, exploit its elemental weakness. When you shoot an enemy machine with an elemental weapon, a circle coded to that elemental symbol will appear over its head. You'll have to hit it with that element until the circle fills. If an enemy is resistant to a certain type of elemental damage, the circle won't be able to fill. Once a circle is filled, it will go into a status based on the type of damage. Fire will do constant damage, Shock will stun, Freeze will keep an enemy in place, etc. The machines will also go prone at this point, often exposing parts underneath that are very vulnerable to attack.
The one element that almost all machines are vulnerable to is Corruption. This is only available in a War Bow variant, and the material to craft Corruption arrows can only be found on corrupted enemies. It has an effect similar to Overrides, in that it makes a machine fight for you, but only temporarily.
With these tips at your disposal, there will be no enemies you can't take down. For more on finding the right tools of the trade, check out our Crafting and Resource guide. And be sure to read all of our Horizon Zero Dawn guides.
The world of Horizon Zero Dawn is full of machines, which can be hunted for scrap and spare parts. But you don't always have to kill them. Early in the game, you gain the ability to Override certain machines if Aloy approaches while they're unaware. Only a few are available from the start, but more can be controlled after accessing additional Override codes from Cauldrons scattered around the map. To Override a machine, approach it steathily in tall grass from behind, and then hold the Triangle button when the prompt appears.
Cauldrons are stand-alone dungeons, mostly focused on combat with some light puzzle-solving. We'll tell you which machines can be controlled once you complete them for the Override code. After an override, some machines can be ridden, while most will simply fight for you. They will stay loyal for a limited time, unless you obtain the Combat Override + ability, after which they will become indefinite. Remember that some machines–Deathbringer, Corruptor, and all Corrupted machines–cannot be overridden.
Keep in mind that while all of these will be available to approach once the open world is available in Horizon Zero Dawn, some can be very tough. Pay attention to the suggested level, and come equipped for a fight.
With each Cauldron conquered, your options in combat will open up considerably. You can quietly override a few machines and let them do some of the messy work for you, taking out enemy targets or at least softening them up. Check out our full listing of Horizon Zero Dawn guides for more on the open-world action game from Guerrilla.
Total War: Warhammer developer Creative Assembly continues to push out its free-LC for the game, preparing for the release of Bretonnia on February 28. A new trailer offers some cinematic background on the faction's founder, Gilles le Breton.
Bretonnia is already part of the main game, but as a non-playable race. The DLC will change that, adding three new Legendary Lords - Louen Leoncoeur of Bretonnia), Alberic of Bordeleaux, and The Fay Enchantress of Carcassonne - as well as campaigns associated with them. The trailer shows off the lore of le Breton is blessed by the famed Lady of the Lake, and is rescued by the Green Knight, which is also being added to the game as a special summons.
In addition, the full DLC will include new Lords, Paladin and Damsel heroes and more than 20 new units.
If you like the lore behind the game, you will appreciate the King Arthur vibe in the new trailer.
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin has launched today for PlayStation VR, and developer Double Fine Productions has released a documentary-like video explaining how the game was made and some of the challenges it faced when creating the game.
"Making a VR game is really exciting," company founder Tim Schafer said. "It's like traveling into a strange and mysterious new world. And who knows more about traveling into strange, mysterious new worlds than the Psychonauts? So we're happy to have Raz and friends along with us on this new adventure."
Players take on the role of Raz, who has become a full member of the Psychonauts team, which is trying to rescue its founder Truman Zannotto. The video details design decisions, how the mental powers work in VR, addressing possible motion sickness, and even how some of the story elements were created.
The game is designed to bridge the gap between the original 10-year-old game, and the upcoming Psychonauts 2, which had a highly successful crowdfunding campaign and recently grabbed an additional $8 million investment from Starbreeze.
Pyschonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin is selling for $19.99 on the PlayStation Store.
For Honor is a really good fighting game pitting Vikings, Samurai and Knights against each other in a struggle for supremacy, but some early network issues and nitpicky bugs have plagued it since launch. A patch coming today aims to address some of those.
The patch notes reveal numerous technical and hardware problems being fixed, as well as a problem where Steam controller users were inadvertently getting booted as AFK. Here is a complete list:
Ubisoft had previously announced some upcoming gameplay improvements that are still being worked on, such as balance tweaks for the Valkyrie and Guard Break bug fix for the Conqueror and Berserker. These will be coming sometime in the near future, the company said.