The HTC Vive turned 2 years old just back in April. Its game portfolio has come a long way since then, with plenty of great titles to choose from. But with an expanding library also come harder choices. Which game will you spend your precious time and money on?

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August 12, 2016

Here are some of our favorites.


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR

[Price: $59.99]

Step into a fantasy world of dragons, beasts, magic and folklore. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR is the virtual reality version of an all-time favorite RPG.

Whether you choose to stick to the story mode, take care of side quests, or just roam randomly, Skyrim’s open world will surely look more amazing from a first-person perspective. Just imagine standing in front of a dragon in VR.


Batman: Arkham VR

[Price: $19.99]

Many were surprised when Rocksteady announced a new Batman game. The studio had claime Arkham Knight was the last title in the series they would produce. According to Bill Green of Rocksteady Studios, the arrival of the PlayStation VR changed that. Now gamers can do what they’ve always wanted: really become the Batman.

This particular Batman experience is more focused on the sleuthing side of things than combat. You take on the role of Batman as he attempts to solve a case involving the murder of someone he knew well. In the game you have the ability to explore Wayne Manor, the Batcave, and much more. Unlike the previous Batman titles, Arkham VR will be entirely in first-person and tell a “highly focused, very personal” narrative.

The ability to physically reach for the various gadgets on your body promises to be a gameplay experience Batman fans won’t soon forget. Just don’t mix up the location of the Batclaw and the Batarangs!


DOOM VFR

[Price: $29.99]

Doom’s always been about heavy metal, big guns, and demons from hell, and Bethesda’s brought all that a VR world unlike any other.

You are playing a a cybernetic survivor, activated by the UAC to fight a demon invasion. You will have to go through fast-paced battles and challenging puzzles to restore order and prevent a catastrophic failure at the Mars facility.


Fallout 4 VR

[Price: $59.99]

Fallout fans rejoice. The latest installment of the series, Fallout 4, is available in VR. It is not cheap, but those of you who have played this action RPG title will know the experience is neither short nor simple. This is a full game with plenty of features, a vast world, and many hours of gameplay.

You are dropped in a nuclear wasteland as the sole survivor of Vault 111. Explore, craft, build, and bring life back to the wasteland while struggling to survive. Do you have what it takes?


Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality

[Price: $29.99]

Adult Swim Games and Owlchemy Labs (the makers of Job Simulator) have joined forces, putting you right in the middle of one of your favorite cartoon shows. This is one of the most unique Oculus Rift games so far. You play as a Morty clone and visit 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 cheap at, but this game offers a great VR experience. We know there are plenty of Rick and Morty fans out there who would love to live this insane experience.


Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope

[Price: $39.99]

Serious Sam now has 2 full VR titles, The First Encounter, and The Last Hope. The games both look pretty fantastic, based on demos first shown off at Reboot Develop 2016. The titles both offer great graphics and more explosions than you will know how to deal with. Wield loads of different weapons and shoot your way through hoards of enemies while traversing vast landscapes with various different atmospheres. Neither game will have deep and interesting stories, but they should be quite a bit of fun to play — what with all the adrenaline-pumping, exploding action.


Star Trek: Bridge Crew

[Price: $49.99]

What fan of the Star Trek hasn’t had fantasies of sitting in the captains chair of the U.S.S. Enterprise and ordering the helms person to go to warp 8. Star Trek: Bridge Crew, from developer Red Storm and publisher Ubisoft, allows you to do the next best thing by letting you experience a fully immersive bridge simulation, whether you are alone or if you play with up to three more players.

The game lets you participate in a campaign on board the science ship U.S.S. Aegis, set in the “Kelvin timeline” of the three most recent feature films. In single player mode, you are the captain giving orders to your AI crew members as you explore the region, fight off Klingons and more. The co-op mode lets four players take on the roles of Captain, Helm, Tactical and Engineer. each of which has to perform their own tasks.

In addition to the U.S.S. Aegis storyline, you can go on randomly generated missions on that ship, as well as on the bridge of the original U.S.S Enterprise from the first TV series. This is an expensive VR title, but it’s a must have for Star Trek fans with an Oculus.


Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine

[Price: FREE]

Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine is a demo by ILMxLAB. It tosses users into the Star Wars universe, placing them on the desert planet of Tatooine and allowing them to experiment with various gameplay features like deflecting blaster fire with your lightsaber. A lot of users were upset this title is a bit short, but it is free and only meant to be a demo of what Lucasfilm could potentially do with the Star Wars series in virtual reality.

Watch the Millennium Falcon fly over your head and interact with R2D2 in this awesome Sci-Fi demo and let us know your thoughts on the game.


The Assembly

[Price: $29.99]

While many games focus much more on the VR aspect as a way of integrating new gameplay elements, The Assembly takes a different approach. The game 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. Exploration is important here; as the player, you can explore delicately crafted environments via smooth, polished movement controls. The game is a long-form narrative, so don’t worry about it ending too quickly — The Assembly promises many hours of gripping storytelling and engaging gameplay.


Job Simulator

[Price: $19.99]

Obviously, doing more work is what you want to do when you get home. Why not give Job Simulator a spin? The game is a hilarious sandbox designed to get you acquainted with the motion controllers.

Set in a future where humans are no more than a curiosity to the robots who have taken over, you can make lunch, check out at the grocery store, blend carrots and floppy discs, and more. It’s all actually very exciting. You can smash objects, throw things across the rooms, or stack them. It’s great for getting a feel for the controllers, and insanely addicting.


The Lab

[Price: FREE]

Want to adopt a mechanical dog, defend a castle, or try to fix a robot? The Lab is Valve’s only self-made Vive launch game. It features a series of mini games which let you explore the virtual world while learning how to use the headset. It’s a perfect proof-of-concept game to show friends when they come over to see the cool VR headset you bought.

While the pocket universe looks corny, it’s a place you can spend hours practicing your archery, which is rad. Who doesn’t love archery.


Spider-Man: Homecoming VR Experience

[Price: FREE]

This free VR game is based on the recent Spider-Man movie. Suit up as Peter Parker gets to check out his new Spider-Man suit, which has lots of cool new technology from Iron Man. After learning how to use the suit’s web shooters, you will have to complete a series of training trials. After that, you will be ready for the final part of the game as you, as Spider-Man, take on the flying villain the Vulture. This is a perfect introduction for people who have just bought their Vive headset and want to play a quick game to get the feel of VR. 


The Solus Project

[Price: $19.99]

In most games, survival is simple: kill the enemy before they kill you. In The Solus Project, it’s a bit more complicated. As the sole survivor of a crash landing on a strange and beautiful alien world, you must navigate through the environment, finding food, shelter, and most importantly, a way off the planet.

The enemies in the game are best avoided. Fighting them usually results in death, but according to the developers, that’s expected. Players are meant to die several times and use each death as a learning experience. Imagine Robinson Crusoe meets Minecraft Survival Mode meets Avatar, and you may be close to what Solus Project encompasses. The environment creates a feeling of total isolation, whihc can be just as dangerous as the enemies themselves.


Arizona Sunshine

[Price: $39.99]

Don’t let the name of this game fool you; this is not a VR game about relaxing in the sun in the Arizona desert. This is a high-end, gory, zombie-themed first person shooter. Developed by Vertigo Games and Jaywalkers Interactive, Arizona Sunshine pits you against the undead in the American Southwest. The game offers players a chance to shoot zombies in the head with over 25 different weapons, all of which can be handled by motion controllers.

There is a lengthy campaign broken up into short segments, just in case you don’t want to wear the Vive headset for hours and hours. The game also allows players to freely move about the desert and explore canyons, mines, and other locations. You also have to loot the zombies you kill to scavenge ammo and other supplies. The game also supports co-op play with a friend in its campaign. You and three other friends can even face off against waves of zombies in its multiplayer Horde mode.


Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul

[Price: $29.99]

Have you tried a horror VR experience? I have gone through a few. It’s nerve wracking when it lasts 10 minutes, but imagine going through hours of it. Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul is based on the same mythology as the film series. You don’t need to know a lot about the movies to understand what’s going on, but fans will find more to appreciate.

You are stuck in a house in a woodsy neighborhood and realize there is more to this home than expected. The place is dark and all you have is a flashlight, so get ready for some good scares.


Onward

[Price: $24.99]

If you’ve been waiting for a truly hardcore military shooter HTC Vive game, Onward is for you. It plays like a VR Call of Duty. You hold your rifle in both hands, use a walkie talkie for communication, and much more. This is easily the most realistic VR shooter out right now, and it uses roomscale to its fullest extent. That includes using the trackpad for movement, instead of the typical teleporting mechanic.


Tilt Brush

[Price: $19.99]

Tilt Brush was among the first experiences to become available for HTC Vive users. It allows artists to create 3D paintings inside a VR world (within your living room). There are no missions, quests, or responsibilities — just let your imagination flow and create whatever you wish.


Summing things up

These are just a few of our favorite HTC Vive games. There are certainly plenty of other great experiences to be had with the Vive. Tell us in the comments below what you think about the current HTC Vive games available, and which ones look the most promising!

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