Depth, PUBG, and Rainbow Six: Siege
While VR gaming is my true muse, I could never forget the joy that comes from a mouse and keyboard. This past month, I’ve been getting back to the basics. If you’re looking for something fun to play between VR sessions, consider the following.
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds - PUBG is probably the most popular PC game at the moment, and for good reasons. Although there are only currently two playable maps, the possible scenarios seem limitless, whether you’re playing a solo, duo, or squad match. Each match beginnings with roughly 100 people parachuting down from a plane, quickly scavenging for weapons, and killing each other. The players that win matches are typically the players that avoid confrontation as much as they can throughout a match. Matches can be super slower, or over in a matter of seconds depending on what choices you make. One popular and fun strategy is setting up bridge traps. This entails lining up multiple vehicles in a row to block passage on a bridge. When players attempt to cross a bridge trap, they often face a halting crash followed by a fatal barrage bullets. Personally, I love using a two-seater motorcycle to do backflips off any cliff or ramp I can find. The true charm in PUBG comes from playing squad games with three of your close pals.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege - Siege is the latest game I’ve picked up. Although it took me some time to warm up to it, it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The main game consists of competitive 5v5 matches that consist of one attacking team and one defending team. Game modes include defusing bombs, rescuing hostages, and capturing zones. Strategy and communication is everything. With an install exceeding 50GB, you can bet half of the environment is destructible. The best Siege players are the creative ones who find can find the best plan of attack.
Depth - I’ve been playing Depth since it was in very early access. This is one of the few games I’ve watched grow and evolve since it’s conception. The main gamemode involves 4 scuba divers following and protecting an aquatic robot named S.T.E.V.E. from 2 sharks. Each team has 30 lives each (sharks vs scuba divers). Divers are able to upgrade their weapons where as sharks can upgrade their abilities. Players experience true terror when playing as a scuba diver for the first time. Divers hear a loud heartbeat sound when a shark is near, much like one you’d hear when watching Jaws. The closer the shark gets, the faster the beat gets. Combined with the violent speed of the shark attacks, Depth provides a truly terrifying experience for new players.
I highly recommend all three of these games.