Medal of Honor VR, Oculus Link, Mario Kart Tour, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com, for Thursday September 26th. I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far, let’s talk about some video games.

Before we jump into the news I need to make a clarification from yesterday’s show. I claimed that the recalled collectible Fallout helmet was from the pre-order edition of Fallout 76, but this was incorrect. In fact it is a seperate item that was being sold at Gamestop. Quite frankly this was a rookie mistake on my part, I didn’t do the research that I should have. Please accept my apology, I will do better in the future.

Respawn announces VR title Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond

Respawn Entertainment, developers of Apex Legends and the upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, have just announced another new game. This time around it’s a virtual reality title, Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. This is the first entry in the series since 2012, and will of course continue its WWII setting. They showed off some fun stuff, like the fact that you can catch a grenade out of mid air and throw it back. It’ll have both singleplayer and multiplayer, which haven’t been detailed just yet, and it releases on the Oculus Rift next summer.

Oculus Link announced

Also in VR news, Oculus has just announced their product, the Oculus Link. Essentially this is a USB-C cable that gives you the ability to connect your Oculus Quest to your PC. After that’s done, the entire Oculus Rift library will be opened up, and the hardware from your PC will back it up. Facebook will be selling an $80 cable that is 6 meters long, and while you can use your own cable, it might not be optimized for the hardware. On top of all that, they’re going to be bringing controller-free hand tracking to the Quest some time next year. So instead of relying on external sensors, the Quest will analyze the shape of your hand and track it with internal sensors. Its crazy to see how things are advancing, I’m looking forward to it.

Mario Kart Tour released, and it has a $5/month subscription option!

Nintendo has released Mario Kart Tour on mobile phones today, and something that came as a surprise is their first ever use of a subscription service on an individual game. For $5/month, you can unlock exclusive characters, karts, badges, and access to the 200cc races. The reason that they went with this is readily apparent. Super Mario Run did way below their predictions, which was a one-time purchase game. Then they recently came out with Dr. Mario World, which has microtransactions just like their most successful games. It also did very poorly. So now they’re trying to mix things up to find what works for them on mobile. We’ll see how it plays out, but I’m not sure that the subscription model is best for them when you have things like Apple Arcade coming around at the same price point.

Elite free from Frontier. Freespace 2 free from GOG

There are two pretty old space games that are being given away for free right now, in case you’re interested. First is the game Elite, which was the beginning of what would eventually become Elite Dangerous. It’s from 1984, it’s space exploration, and you can grab it on the Frontier Store. And if you head over to GOG they are giving away Freespace 2, which is a dogfighter from 1999. fre

That’s all the news for today, I hope you enjoyed it. I’ll be back tomorrow as scheduled and until then…Happy Gaming everyone!