Samsung's Gear VR Is Out Now For $99

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Samsung's Gear VR Is Out Now For $99

The future of VR is here, and you don’t have to wait until next year for releases of Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and HTC Vive to try it out. Commercial VR is available today thanks to Samsung's Gear VR.

2016 may be the year where VR really comes out swinging, but if you want an early taste, Oculus has teamed up with Samsung to release the Gear VR, a portable VR headset powered by Samsung Galaxy smartphones. If you already have a Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, or Galaxy S6 Edge+, then upgrading to VR is as cheap as $99. We've had a few of these headsets floating around the Game Informer offices for a while now, and the general consensus is positive. You do need one of the above phones for the headset to work, but it's a fun little system with some cool VR games that also doubles as a portable movie theater.

[Source: Oculus]

Amy Hennig And Jade Raymond Talk About Collaborating With LucasArts For Star Wars Project

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Amy Hennig And Jade Raymond Talk About Collaborating With LucasArts For Star Wars Project

Amy Hennig – creative director for EA’s Visceral Games’ current Star Wars project and former Naughty Dog creative director – divulged new details on how she and the teams at LucasArts is collaborating to bring a new Star Wars projects to life. Hennig also spoke about how movies are different from games.

In an interview with Venturebeat, Hennig and Jade Raymond, founder of EA’s Motive studio and former Ubisoft creative executive, traded details about creating stories within established universes. Hennig compared the process by which LucasArts vets new storylines to the Force, the power which connects all living things within the Star Wars universe.

“My role, my mission that I was given when I joined, was to say, 'How do we tell more stories?'" Hennig said to Venturebeat. “I’ve been working closely with Lucasfilm since I joined...We’re trying to build more. They want people to be telling new stories. Not in the sense of, 'How is this Star Wars?' It’s all connected. It’s like the Force. It binds everything together. That sense of destiny and inevitability and fate is really important to Star Wars stories.”

Xbox Live Gold Members Get Early Access To Digital Black Friday Deals

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Xbox Live Gold Members Get Early Access To Digital Black Friday Deals

Black Friday deals have always been a great time to snag some cheap games. Case in point, Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Live sale is offering some great deals on games, movies, and consoles. In the spirit of the season, we'd say check these deals out for your friends and family, but who are we kidding... you're going to want some of these games for yourself.

Starting now, Xbox Live Gold members can save up to 50 percent off Xbox One titles like Forza 6, Grand Theft Auto V, and FIFA 16, or up to 67 percent on specific Xbox 360 titles like Halo 4, BioShock 2, and Madden NFL 16. For those who enjoy using the new backward compatibility feature of the Xbox One, several of the Xbox 360 games on sale are a part of the lineup of games that work on Xbox One. During Microsoft’s Black Friday sale you’ll also find discounts on movies, TV shows, and consoles.

Everyone will have access to these deals starting on November 24, but Xbox Live Gold members can grab these deals right now with even deeper discounts than what will be available to non-Gold members. For more details on what games are on sale, check out the official Xbox website.

Gravity Rush Remastered Arriving A Week Early

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Gravity Rush Remastered Arriving A Week Early

Gravity Rush Remastered was originally scheduled to launch on February 9 in North America. However, new developments have revealed that the PlayStation 4 port of the Vita cult favorite is now arriving seven days early.

Yesterday, PlayStation Europe tweeted to announce the game's new release of February 2 in Europe. Today, Sony Computer Entertainment of America's Nick Accordino retweeted that news to confirm the same date for North America. 

Same goes for SCEA! We'll see you Feb 2! https://t.co/8lxgN4CMJi https://t.co/SQZIXHbszl

Dark Souls III Could Be Final Souls Game

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Dark Souls III Could Be Final Souls Game

It's been a fun, if not difficult ride, but Dark Souls' creator Hidetaka Miyazaki is ready to conclude the Dark Souls series with Dark Souls III.

From Software’s Dark Souls series has risen to become a massive figure in the gaming industry, but its time in the limelight might be nearly over.

In a recent interview with GameSpot, Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki said, “I don't think it'd be the right choice to continue indefinitely creating Souls and Bloodborne games. I'm considering Dark Souls III to be the big closure on the series. That's not just limited to me, but From Software and myself together want to aggressively make new things in the future. Dark Souls III will mark the last game where the development project began before I became president. The next title will be a game that was conceived while I was president. I believe that From Software has to create new things. There will be new types of games coming from us, and Dark Souls III is an important marker in the evolution of From Software."

Submit Your Questions For Our Quantum Break Podcast

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Our month of Quantum Break coverage is coming to a close next week, and now that we're almost done sharing all the details we gathered from our trip to developer Remedy in Espoo, Finland, we want to open up the floor to our readers.

Do you have questions about the combat, narrative, or television component of Quantum Break? Now is your chance to ask them. Post your questions in the comments section below, and we'll ask some of those question to creative director Sam Lake next week on a special edition podcast.

To learn more about Quantum Break, click on the banner below to enter our hub of exclusive content that will be posted throughout the month.

Awkward Video Game Animations Acted Out In Real Life

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Awkward Video Game Animations Acted Out In Real Life

It’s safe to say we’ve all seen video games characters fall short when trying to mimic reality. Vine user Danny Gonzalez demonstrates in a recent Vine video just how far many games are from seamlessly recreating even simple everyday tasks like sitting.

Many open-world games should come to mind when watching Vine user Danny Gonzalez jump towards a bench, punch at it, and then slowly turn to plop down. Oftentimes, sitting down looks more than a little wonky when our avatars try to pull it off, especially afterwards when they stare into space absentmindedly.

[Source: Danny Gonzalez via Kotaku]

Afro Samurai 2 Pulled From Multiple Stores, Developer Apologizes

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Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma has been removed from PlayStation Store, Xbox Marketplace, and Steam following significantly poor reception. The developer also is planning to release refunds to buyers.

In an interview with CGMagazine, developer Versus Evil explained the decision to halt plans for a second and third volume.

“The game was a failure,” said Versus Evil General Manager Steve Escalante. “We could not do, in good conscience, volume 2 and volume 3. So we’ve begun the process, it’s been a long process to figure it out because Sony has never really had to do this in this way, but we’re returning all the money. So across the board we’re putting out an apology saying ‘sorry about this.’”