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 Oculus Rift 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 Oculus Rift games so far: the ones that have amazed us, scared us, and made us feel like were playing games for the first time.
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality
Adult Swim Games and Owlchemy Labs (the makers of Job Simulator) join forces to put you right in the middle of one of your favorite cartoon shows, making this one of the most unique Oculus Rift games so far. You will play as a Morty clone through Rick’s garage, the house and even alien worlds. You will have to help with Rick’s experiments, solve puzzles, slap Rick around, destroy your surroundings, walk through portals and more. No day is boring in the Rick and Morty universe, so go have some fun, get in trouble and find your way out of it… if you can.
It’s not exactly a cheap game at $29.99, but this title offers a great VR experience and we know there are plenty of Rick and Morty fans out there who would love to live this insane experience.
Robo Recall is arguably one of the highest quality Oculus Rift games ever produced, 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.
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. You can pick it up now for $39.99.
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.
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.
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.
Damaged Core will set you back $29.99.
The Mage’s Tale
If you were to classify The Mage’s Tale into a phrase, it would probably be something like “DnD on steroids”. Honed as the spiritual successor to The Bard’s Tale, The Mage’s Tale thrusts users into a land of monsters and mayhem, with danger around every turn. The title looks like a vamped up version of the original Elder Scrolls games, and trust us, we’re not complaining. The graphics look incredible and the gameplay superb, and putting that altogether — this is easily one of the best Oculus Rift games you can buy right now. The Mage’s Tale is on sale for $35.99 now.
Lone Echo was another one of our favorite Oculus Rift games we checked out at Oculus Connect 3 last year. The title uses absolutely beautiful graphics mixed with particularly interesting physics to make you feel like you are floating through the deep depths of space. The title has the player pull their way across the spaceship in zero gravity for an incredibly immersive experience. The game also features 4-play competitive multiplayer, forcing you to maneuver through zero-gravity as quickly and accurately as possible. The developers are pushing the story as the defining feature of this title though, so if you’re into complex and immersive storytelling, this will be a game you won’t want to miss.
Lone Echo launched on July 20th 2017 for Oculus Rift and Touch, with the multiplayer ‘Echo Arena’ title launching alongside it for free. You can get the full game for $35.99.
While VR is still arguably in its infancy, we’re happy to report the number of Oculus Rift games continues to steadily rise. What are your favorite Oculus Rift games, did we miss any? Let us know down in the comments.
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