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Attention PlayStation Plus subscribers! Your new free games for February are here, and featured among this month's lineup is Tequila Works' RiME, an adventurous indie puzzle game with gorgeous visuals released just last summer on the PlayStation 4. In it you play the role of a young boy, washed ashore on a mysterious uninhabited island with environmental puzzles to solve across five wide-spanning areas, themed after the five stages of grief.

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The 2017 PlayStation Experience rediscovered many 2018 PlayStation 4 releases and featured in-depth interviews with many developers. Trailers also debuted for many anticipated releases, including Monster Hunter World. One of the biggest parts of this trailer in particular revealed that a 3D model of the 8-bit hero Mega Man will be able to be used as a skin for your Felyne partner, and weapons and abilities from the Mega Man series will make an appearance too!

Spring jump off of Rush to read about more highlights of PlayStation Experience 2017!

Before The 2017 Game Awards began, the creators of Job Simulator shared with host Geoff Keighley that their next project—titled Vacation Simulator—will be headed to PlayStation VR next year. A controllable human character will be able to interact with robot companions on a colorful beach, and that alone seems intriguing.

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The Game Awards will be airing on December 7th this year, and the nominees have all been officially announced. There are many different categories this year, such as Best Performance, Best Student Game, Best Chinese Game, and many more. But most people watching the show will be looking at one award in particular: Game of the Year. The contenders for this biggest category include Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

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With The Game Awards announcing their official dates near the close of E3 2017, Sony was quick to follow suit, revealing the dates of their annual PlayStation Experience showcase. This year you can catch Sony's biggest celebration and show on December 9th and 10th. As usual, it is expected that they will be unveiling a lot of new surprises, and they will likely be renting out movie theaters across the world for their showcase. The big reveals last year included The Last of Us: Part II and Knack 2. What do you think they'll bring for 2017?

During their E3 2017 conference this evening, Sony had a big focus on games for the PlayStation VR. Of these games, we saw The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, which was the full version of Skyrim, but with VR and motion controls. Other games shown were Star Child, a 2D side scrolling adventure game; Supermassive Games' psychological horror game The Inpatient; war-based FPS Bravo Team; Moss, an adventure game starring a mouse as the protagonist; and Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV, which features the fishing minigame of Final Fantasy XV.

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A brand new virtual reality experience has been announced with actor and creative director Elijah Wood as its headliner. Transference is described as a game that should "bridge the gap between movies and games" according to the official website.

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During Bethesda's conference tonight, the company announced that it would be releasing ports of Fallout 4 and DOOM for virtual reality systems. We didn't get much information about either game, and we have no exact release date for either. However, from what we know so far, it seems that Fallout 4 VR will be a full port of the original game, officially making it the biggest open-world experience on any virtual reality hardware. DOOM VFR, on the other hand, may not be a full port of the original game, but rather a series of minigames and activities inspired by the original.

Adult Swim is celebrating 4/20 this year with the release of a virtual reality game based on the TV show Rick and Morty. Rick and Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-ality launches on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive two days from now, on April 20th, 2017, and it'll cost $29.99. It's probably unnecessary to explain what this date represents, so let's just say that it's definitely the perfect occasion for this game.

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Virtual Reality is really quite amazing. The media has always had the ability to take us away from the redundancy of day-to-day life, but prior to VR, there was always a clearly defined boundary: I'm here, and the screen/book/controller is over there. New devices like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR are starting to blur this line, as the level of immersion they offer is unlike any other prior technology.

Especially with older generations, there has been concern that, as games become better and better, more and more people will choose to forgo real world goals for digital experiences. John Hanke, CEO of Niantic and one of the brains behind the wildly popular Pokémon GO mobile app, seems to think this is a legitimate threat, at least when it comes to VR. Hop inside for more!

Back in December, we learned that Nintendo had filed several patents in relation to Nintendo Switch. The most interesting of these was the potential to attach the Switch to a HMD (head-mounted display), suggesting it could be compatible with a VR device. It seems that we may indeed see VR on the Switch sometime in the future following a recent comment made by Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima. Kimishima told the Nikkei 225 (Japan's stock market index) that the company currently "studies" VR and will add it to the console once they find a way for players to use it for hours without any issues. Industry consultant Dr. Serkan Toto reported the news on Twitter; you can see his tweets after the jump!

Nintendo is the only video game company with hardware that doesn't have confirmed virtual reality support. Many speculate that the Nintendo Switch might be able to slide into a VR headset, based on some recent patents, but Nintendo hasn't been too keen on the idea so far. But even if Nintendo does eventually make VR games, you shouldn't be too hopeful to see the Zelda games use it. Producer Eiji Aonuma doesn't seem to be interested in the technology, saying it wouldn't work to well with the series.

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First person Pokémon!? Well not just yet, but with the Pokémon Evolved mod for Ark: Survival Evolved we can get pretty close! The mod replaces the dinosaurs in the regular game with over 29 different Pokémon. Instead of collecting resources, the mod flips several of the game's mechanics and instead allows you to fight and capture Pokémon for coins which can be spent in terminal for supplies. The mod is still in Alpha, but it already has 600 positive reviews and is available for the PC and Steam VR versions of Ark: Survival Evolved.

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A group of Korean students has developed a virtual reality rig that can be used to play Overwatch. The rig, which they have made a short video to show off, allows players to move about by leaning, carry a physical toy gun that can be reloaded, and even punch enemies by actually using their hands.

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Nintendo filed a series of patents back in June that all appear to pertain to the upcoming Nintendo Switch console, and that treasure trove of technological concept documents just became available to the public. Some of the patents just go over information we already know about (such as detachable controllers and a docking unit), but there are also images that hint at a variety of unconfirmed features, including motion controls, touch screen capability, and even possible virtual reality compatibility. Hit the jump to dig in!