I usually tend to not pay much attention to games that are created around some event, compliment a movie release and such, because usually these are nothing special or interesting and they get released just to fill a gap expanding the franchise. Though there are some rare occasions that such a game may actually turn out to be quite good and interesting to play, unfortunately this is not the case with London 2012: The Official Video Game released about a month ago. So up until now I wasn’t interested in it at all, but in light of the Olympic Games and all the talk about their 3D coverage I’ve decried to finally give the PC version a try, of course in stereoscopic 3D mode.
To my surprise it turned out that the game has native stereoscopic 3D rendering and built-in 3D mode that outputs only in Side by Side format, apparently intended for use on stereoscopic 3D-capable TV sets and not for PC. Actually the game leaves very clear impression that it has been developed with consoles in mind and it has just been ported to PC, and actually without a gamepad you may find it not very comfortable for playing. The good news is that since the game features native stereoscopic 3D rendering and Side by Side output you also get stereoscopic 3D support on the versions intended for consoles such as the PS3 or the Xbox 360. So multiplatform stereoscopic 3D support, though only in Side by Side format where you actually need to sacrifice some of the image quality and sharpness when in 3D mode, due to the lower horizontal resolution that you have for the image that each eye sees. But the graphics of the game itself is nothing special anyway (probably limited due to the console processing power and the need of decent stereo 3D support), though it is still Ok, you might want to crank up that AA a bit higher (at least you can do it on PC, so take advantage from that feature).
So how about not activating the built-in Side by Side 3D mode and instead opting out for rendering the game in stereo 3D mode using 3D Vision? The latest beta video drivers and profile updates don’t show the presence of an official 3D Vision profile for the game, so apparently Nvidia did not bother much with that particular game as well. But having the game supporting native stereoscopic 3D rendering, even when using 3D Vision produces very good stereoscopic 3D effect with no serious issues visible, so you can give it a try if you are a big sports fan and cannot wait for the actual Olympic Games to start in a few days. Someone reported that when running the game in stereo 3D mode with 3D Vision you get image seen only in one eye, try changing something in the video settings of the game like the level of AA or the resolution and you should get it rendered normally in both eyes.
Namco Bandai Games has something interesting to offer those of you that like things popping out at them all the time when playing games in stereoscopic 3D mode, the arcade cabinet video game called Dark Escape 3D will offer just that and more. Currently only available in Japan, but hopefully soon also released in other regions as well, the arcade cabinet video game Dark Escape 3D offers gamers a scary 3D experience in the form of survival shooting game where monsters literally jump out at you from a 3D display, you’ll be wearing a pair of glasses of course.
The game’s developers have gone even further from just offering stereoscopic 3D experience by adding some extras to make it even more realistic and scary for the players, especially the ones that get scared easily. The entire game Dark Escape 3D is enclosed in a cabinet to block external noise and light better and offer the best 3D experience, along with a surround audio with scary sounds coming from all around you, the seats shake at specific times to further increase the effect and there are some special air blowers that can give you the extra scare with a cold breeze on your face where you least expect it.
Since the game is designed to be played by two persons there is an extra feature available, a heartbeat sensor built into the handles of the gun you use to shoot the monsters, making the competition more interesting. As after you finish a level you get the level of scare that each of the players reached while playing (higher increase in the heartbeat). The Dark Escape 3D arcade cabinet shooter game definitely looks like a good attraction to try and have fun for a bit with, but I suspect that you may quickly get bored by it. So maybe good to play it for a bit and enjoy the out of the screen 3D effects for a while, but i is not something that you’d want to have at home and play all the time, or would you?
Project CARS is something interesting in the form of a community supported car racing simulation game with the developer Slightly Mad Studios behind the project (the developer of Need For Speed SHIFT and SHIFT 2 Unleashed). The platform called World of Mass Development created by Slightly Mad Studios for Project Cars and maybe for future games as well in interesting with that it gives users the ability to take active part in the development of the project and not only to financially contribute for its development. So far the project has accumulated 2,762,455 Euro funding from the community and the game’s developer and it really promises to be something good, offering interesting an fun gameplay, realistic simulation and great graphics. On top of that as you can see from the stereo 3D video embedded above, it will apparently also work well in stereoscopic 3D mode and will look even better and more realistic when played like that (the embedded video is recorded from a current game Beta using 3D Vision). So feel free to share your thoughts about Project CARS as it will take some more time before the project is ready and the actual full game gets released… there is no official released date announced yet, but probably something like mid 2013.