Editor’s note: The video above is from September 2016. Since then, we’ve removed a few titles and added some of the best Oculus Touch games into the mix as well.
The Oculus Rift launched in late March with a lineup of games which were both exciting and new. Since the launch of the Oculus Rift, many new games have been released and so, naturally, it’s time for a big update to our ‘best games’ list.
Many of the games being released now are no longer just ports, there built specifically for virtual reality. Some of the games cost $5, some cost $60, and buying every game for the Rift at this point would certainly cost as much as the device — if not more. Not everything is worth your time, but at least a dozen or so are worth it.
If you’ve already bought a Rift, you’ve played a lot of games included with the device but there a few others we’ve added to this feature. These are our favorite VR games for the Oculus Rift so far: the ones that have amazed us, scared us, and made us feel like were playing games for the first time.
Robo Recall is arguably one of the highest quality games ever produced for Rift, offering riveting gameplay and bright and exciting visuals. We first checked out the title at Oculus Connect 3, and came away being blown away with how fast paced and put together the game felt. The title is produced by Epic Games, the same studio who makes the revolutionary and stunningly beautiful Unreal Engine 4, as well as games like Paragon and Unreal Tournament.
The game casts the player in a world with assistive robots that have run rampant against the humans they were built to help, and it is up to you to destroy them in a variety of fun and exciting ways. You can rip the limbs out of robots and use them as weapons against others, and can even catch bullets and throw them back at your assailants. There are loads of ways to have fun in this game, and the teleportation and time dilation mechanics in this game are absolutely top notch.
If you opt to buy the Oculus Touch controllers that are required for this game you can actually get it for free, but it is still a fantastic deal at $29.99 if you have these remotes already.
Technolust places the player inside a dark cyberpunk world, very reminiscent of something such as Total Recall or Blade Runner. The developer describes the style of gameplay as an ‘interactive visual novel’, allowing the player to explore the crazy environments involving A.I. revolutions and corporate dominance. The developer has won a number of different awards for both sound and art design, and allows for hours of exploration and gameplay.
For someone that has been eagerly awaiting CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, this should be the perfect interlude, as it gives both a unique dystopian vibe as well as futuristic VR gameplay. For $24.99, this title is certainly worth a look.
Edge of Nowhere
Before it’s release, Edge of Nowhere was easily one of the most anticipated games for the Oculus Rift. Now that it’s out? While in our full review we lamented its short length and wished that the game made somewhat more novel use of its VR capabilities, this still remains an exciting game that has a near AAA feel to it. In Edge of Nowhere, you play as Victor Howard on a journey to find his fiancee. There’s frantic action, some light horror elements, and a pretty engaging story to help keep the whole thing moving along
See also – Edge of Nowhere review
Chronos was built from the ground up for VR and looks to be a pretty impressive title. This 3rd person RPG pits you on a quest to save your homeland and puts you within a vast labyrinth filled with puzzles, enemies, and plenty of challenges just around the corner.
One of the most interesting aspects of the game is that each time your hero dies, they lose a year of their life. Other than that, this seems to be a somewhat typical action RPG, minus the fact it’s a VR experience.
See also – Chronos review
Just like Lucky’s Tale, EVE: Valkyrie was included with the Rift pre-orders, though it is also listed separately as well for $60 for those who bought the Rift later. Set in the same universe as the popular EVE: Online, Valkyrie is one of the most hyped games for the Rift.
The game is set in the 1st person perspective, with the gamer piloting a combat-ready spaceship. The gameplay is super fast paced, and the goal is simple: kill as many enemies as you can, while keeping your ship from being destroyed in the process. There’s also a non-combat flight mode called “Scout Mode” which is perfect for getting used to the controllers and for those moments when you just want to take in the VR world in all its glory and beauty.
Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope
If you’ve been playing Serious Sam since the early days, you’ll certainly want to check out the VR-exclusive ‘Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope.’ You’ll get to step into the shoes of Sam, and fight the aliens and help take back Earth from the extraterrestrial beings.
One important thing to keep in mind, however, is that the game is exclusive to the Oculus Touch, meaning if you just have an Xbox controller, you won’t be able to enjoy this one just yet.
While many Rift games focus much more on the VR aspect as a way of integrating new gameplay elements, The Assembly takes a different approach. Featuring a darker, more dramatic theme than many of the games released so far, The Assembly tells the story of two characters within a shadow organization known only as The Assembly. The Assembly’s purpose and motivations are not clear, but what little the player knows is simple: the organization doesn’t operate within government guidelines, or even within the realm of what society deems as normal.
The game is a first-person drama. The player makes decisions that affect their path, much like a visual novel. However, exploration is just as important; as the player, you will be able to explore delicately crafted environments via smooth, polished movement controls. And because the game is designed to be a long-form narrative, there’s no need to worry about it ending too quickly; The Assembly promises many hours of gripping storytelling and engaging gameplay.
In AirMech Command you take on the role of an omnipresent commander, guiding your futuristic army from above, though there’s also sequences were you can fight beside them in the trenches.
While AirMech was originally developed for other platforms, AirMech: Command has been optimized for VR and should provide an excellent real-time strategy experience. The goal of the game is to complete various missions, as well as unlock new AirMechs and other units. There’s a single player campaign, co-op support, or even competitive play against your friends.
Minecraft (Windows 10 Edition Beta)
All the things you love about the Minecraft world can now be played out in an even more immersive way thanks to a new update for Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, which brings forth support for the Oculus Rift. While the game is still a beta and isn’t as full featured as you’d get with the traditional Minecraft, it’s still a lot of fun and certainly worth checking out. It is worth noting that people who are extremely motion sickness prone might have a bit of trouble with this one, though.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a fun VR game where one player has the VR headset on, and your friends are outside the VR headset with paper or binder. The game is a fun multiplayer game where you can play when you have friends over and is the new card game. The goal of the game is to disarm a bomb, and the person in the VR headset is the one trying to disarm the bomb. The friends outside the headset have the binder or paper with instructions on how to disarm the bomb. The friends talk the person inside the headset through the disarm before it goes off.
The game is a fun take on VR where everyone can play even though VR is an isolating platform. The game is available for multiple platforms, but if you have a Rift, you can get friends acquainted with VR while still having fun with them.
Conquering towering rock formations inspired by natural structures in North America, Europe, and Asia. The Climb let’s you solo rock climb the side of mountains from the comfort of your house. There is multiplayer mode where you can compete with friends to get the highest score, or you can choose the tourist mode to explore at your own pace.
The beautiful scenes and realistic areas will immerse you in dozens of locations around the world. While the game is intense with heights and precious spots, it’s not sickening. The game isn’t for the weak of heart, but if you’re brave enough you won’t look back! It’s also worth noting that, in addition to Xbox One controller support, this game also is optimized for the new Oculus Touch.
Damaged Core is a first person shooter with a storyline, unlike many VR shooters round. The VR shooters on VR have mainly focused on online gameplay, attention to detail with the guns and graphics, and leaderboards. Otherwise, many of the VR shooters, even on this list, don’t have a full-fledged story mode. Damaged Core is a breakaway from the pack with a full featured, ten plus hour story mode. The story was written by Drew Holmes, who helped create and write the Bioshock series. The dystopian future filled with robots that rebelled gives you hours of story, and also dozens of ways to play.
The robots that rose up to take over the world were created by humans. Now another humanoid creation, made entirely from code, is going to help save humanity. The code is a software virus which can overtake other robot bodies to become the enemy. You’re playing as the ‘code’ who jumps from robot enemy to robot enemy to become them. There are 17 different enemies you could potentially become to help save humans before they just become a footnote.
Released back in 2014 for the PC, Mac, and Xbox One, Elite Dangerous has been well received among gamers. In this VR-optimized version, the game itself remains the same, but the addition of full 360 degree immersive should make it even sweeter. The game is a MMO where you live in space and are attempting to make a living, whether that’s through fighting, trading, or anything in between.
For those that already own this on the PC, the good news is that you’ll get access to the Oculus version for absolutely free.
I Expect you to Die
I Expect You To Die is a highly anticipated puzzle game where you play the role of a secret agent that finds him or herself stuck in some pretty sticky situations. This game is optimzed with Oculus Touch in mind (and Touch is therefore REQUIRED) and has a variety of unique and interesting missions.
These games are the top VR games for the Oculus Rift. Now there are hundred of games available for the Rift, and many of them are ports of 2D games. Have you played any of the games on our list or did we miss any games? Tell us in the comments below what you think about the list and if we missed any.
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