While virtual reality is still in its infancy stage, as most games are closer to tech demos than full experiences, there are still a lot of awesome games currently out or coming soon to VR. Below our five new games set to jumpstart the coming VR revolution.
Thumper is a game unlike any other and while the VR version of it is almost identical to the console iterations played on a simple screen, there are subtle differences to the virtual version that make a considerable difference. Defined as a rhythmic violence game, Thumper feels like a mix between Rock Band and Audio Surfer, then take ecstasy. Its stunning visuals and sounds certain might take some getting used to, especially for queasy stomached folks like myself, but its worth it. Thumper’s ability to envelop gamers in this strange world is expanded tenfold when experienced in virtual reality and unveils one of the may, weird possible paths the technology allows developers to explores.
#4: THE CLIMB
No, it’s not a Miley Cyrus simulator, The Climb is exactly what you’d think it is, a rock climbing simulator. Experience what it’s like to boulder up a mountain and take in the sights, without the actual danger of falling off and dying. While The Climb does contain a lot of aspects of VR that still need work, including motion sickness and controller syncing issues, it represents a very important future for virtual reality. As important as hardcore audiences are to the success of video games and their consoles, games like The Climb can be VR’s equivalent to Wii sports, immersing avid sports fans into a video game world because of similar interests. Like a lot of other VR games, The Climb gives players who might not be as athletic the opportunity to try and experience something like climbing a mountain, but on a smaller scale.
#3: STAR TREK: BRIDGE CREW
Every nerd in the world has dreamed of sitting in the captain’s seat of their own spaceship, especially when it’s in control of a bridge crew in the Star Trek universe. Not only does Star Trek: Bridge Crew make that a reality, it paves the way for other licensed software to create livable experiences for avid fans. Obviously, the first one that pops into the mind of a similar possible product in VR is ironically their rival, Star Wars. If Bridge Crew is a success than lightsaber battles, space dogfights and other types of Star War VR possibilities can be brought to life. Star Trek: Bridge Crew will also reveal the huge market virtual reality can have in the real-time strategy portion of gaming. Live out space battles in Eve Online with VR instead of watching from an outside perspective!
#2: I EXPECT YOU TO DIE
Like any warm-blooded American, I’ve seen multiple James Bond movies each ten times over, as nothing beats a spy movie. Of all the quotes, Goldfingers “I expect you to die” is the best of all the Bond villains. Now gamers can live out the thrilling fantasy of racing against the clock to save yourself from your impending death, as it puts new difficult situation, and you’ll have to figure out how to escape. I Expect you to Die represents one of the most important outlets that VR has in comparison to consoles, the ability to get creative. Games like Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes explores this route on consoles very well, but there’s just something about being in the area and rushing against the clock, even if you know you are in no real physical danger, the virtual nature still confuses you into thinking otherwise. I Expect you to Die and games of its ilk represent a fresh experience that has been missing from consoles for a while, as graphics and frame rates can only get so nice and there can only be so many first person shooter experiences and sequels before you get bored with the formula.
#1: FALLOUT 4
Despite the previous statement of games on consoles getting formulaic and boring, everyone’s first thought when it was announced is getting to experience games we’ve played on a console in real life. Fallout 4’s unique wasteland is one of the perfect jumping off point to test the idea that the console iterations of the games we know can work in virtual reality. Resident Evil 7 had a great go at it but aspects of the game certainly made it a bit more difficult than I believe the upcoming Fallout 4 VR game will to adapt a console game to VR. Not only that but Fallout 4 VR represents a massive marketing opportunity just like Bridge Crew does for the RTS genre, and that’s the open world genre. Many Fallout fans love the series because of its ability to immerse the player into the actual world, and VR gives the opportunity to actually do so, and without even having to pack any Rad-X or Radaway!
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