Finished this yesterday, decided to give it at least a day before talking about it on here.
I played it on the Oculus Rift S, which is a really amazing piece of hardware. I've had some very limited VR experiences in friends houses, but it was the very first time I've had the time to really sit down and appreciate it.... or rather stand up.
The room VR is really awesome, I love that the Rift S didn't make me install those annoying sensors on my walls, putting even more cables in the room. Never, not even once during this 14 hour long campaign had problems with controllers or headset tracking, so the sensors on this thing work really well. Also relatively impressed with the built in speakers on the headset, while not too loud or bassy, the surround sound really feels great, and it's actually useful for gameplay too.
The screen is ok, 80hz refresh rate is sorta noticable but you quickly forget about it. What I didn't like is that the resolution and screendoor effect still needs to be at least twice the quality of what we have here to really start to be impressive. I sometimes would take the headset off and glimpse at my monitor and it looks so much better there, color depth, sharpness, etc. But, the exchange of picture quality for full immersion was really worth it here I think... I mean, it's one of the most immersive experiences I've ever had with a video game, it sometimes really feels like you've been transported into another simulation, and not a very uplifting one either, the combine really fucked earth up. Lmao.
Btw, I did experience some nausea on my first day, it lingered for a few hours too, which sucked. But now, it's completely fine, I don't even feel that eerie feeling when taking off the headset and returning to reality anymore.
Anyway, the game... it took me a full hour, or probably more just to get to Russell's apartment, I was tossing bottles at the walls, throwing pots at cats, sketching penises on a glass window with a marker, reading newspapers, and just grabbing shit... I legit felt like a kid that just received the most amazing toy on Christmas morning, lol.
It's a really polished game, the level design is really well done, and it works really well for VR. Sometimes it falls on the claustrophobic side, and lacking any meaningful exploration paths. When the levels do (rarely) open up a little bit, it feels great to just move around and take it all in. But I'm also well aware of the technical limitations of the platform.
Overall, I'm glad I updated my PC and got a VR headset for this. Don't regret it one bit, amazing experience. And now... we have source 2 to play around with, lets go baby.
Lol they forced Denuvo onto the whole player base. I uninstalled the game like lightening - not that I was enjoying the game that much anyway, but for everyone else who was that ain't cool. Bethesda, you suck so much.
I've been working from home for about a month now. Luckily I still have my job. On March 24th my body decided "Now is a good time to give this guy appendicitis"...so I went to the ER and had my appendix taken out. Let me tell you... NOT a good time to be in the hospital right now. They treated me like I had the virus as a precaution (was actually good to see!)... Whenever a nurse entered my room they had to put on an additional gown on top of the one they were already wearing, a new face mask, and a face shield...then when they left the room they threw it all into a bin. It was quite surreal. I am back at home now and it's been about 3 weeks since my surgery. Still in some pain but hopefully gonna get better soon. Feeling lucky that both me and the fiancee still have jobs and can continue to pay our rent and bills.
That being said, both my mom and stepdad were diagnosed with stomach cancer last year and both had their stomach taken out. My mom additionally was diagnosed with Mesothelioma (a cancer caused by asbestos) and had to have that surgically removed as well. Suffice to say they are both extremely immune-compromised and living in Germany while I am in Canada. It's nerve wrecking.
On the bright side I've been playing a lot of videogames obviously.... I am playing through the entire Uncharted series again, just finished Uncharted 1 .... Also started re-watching The Walking Dead which made me realize that things could be A LOT worse lol.