The Oculus Rift launched in March 2016 with a lineup of exciting and new games, and many more have been released since then. It’s now June of 2018, and naturally, it’s time for a big update to our best Oculus Rift games list.
Most of the Oculus Rift games coming out now are no longer just ports, but rather they are built specifically for virtual reality. Some of them cost $5, others cost $60. 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.
These are the best Oculus Rift games so far: the ones that have amazed us, scared us, and made us feel like we where playing games for the first time.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
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
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!
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
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.
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality
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 $29.99, 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.
Robo Recall is easily one of the very best Oculus Rift games yet, offering riveting gameplay and bright, exciting visuals. We first saw the game at Oculus Connect 3 and were 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 Unreal Engine 4, and created games like Fortnite, Gears of War, and Unreal Tournament.
The game casts the player into a world where assistive robots have run rampant against the humans they were built to help. 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. You can even catch bullets and throw them back at your assailants. There are loads of ways to have fun in this game. The teleportation and time dilation mechanics are absolutely top notch.
The game comes free with the Oculus Touch controllers. It is $29.99 if you have them already, and well worth it.
Edge of Nowhere
Before its release, Edge of Nowhere was easily one of the most anticipated Oculus Rift games. While in our full review we lamented its short length and wished 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, 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 pretty impressive. This 3rd person RPG puts you on a quest to save your homeland. The game is set in a vast labyrinth filled with puzzles, enemies, and plenty of challenges around every 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. Still, it’s one of the best Oculus Rift games you can buy. You can pick it up now for $39.99.
See also – Chronos review
Just like Lucky’s Tale, EVE: Valkyrie was included with 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 Oculus Rift games.
You pilot 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 for Windows 10
All the things you love about the Minecraft world can now be played out in an even more immersive way. This title is available for the Oculus Rift and supports all the features you know and love. There’s plenty more to say about Minecraft, but you’ve heard it all before. It’s all that — in VR. Get building!
The Solus Project
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.
Damaged Core is a first person shooter with a storyline, unlike many VR shooters. Usually VR shooters focus on online gameplay, attention to detail with the guns and graphics, and leaderboards. Damaged Core breaks away 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.
Robots have risen up to take over the world. Now another humanoid creation, made entirely from code, is going to help save humanity. The code is a software virus that can overtake other robot bodies to become the enemy. You play as the “code” who jumps from robot enemy to robot enemy to become them. There are 17 different enemies you could potentially become on your quest to save humanity.
The Mage’s Tale
If you were to classify The Mage’s Tale into a phrase, it would probably be something like “Dungeons and Dragons on steroids.”Hailed as a 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. It looks like an amped up version of the original Elder Scrolls games. The graphics look incredible and the gameplay superb. This is easily one of the best Oculus Rift games you can buy right now.
Lone Echo was another one of our favorites from Oculus Connect 3. The title uses absolutely beautiful graphics and particularly interesting physics to make you feel like you are floating through space. The player moves by pulling their way across a spaceship in zero gravity. It’s an incredibly immersive experience. The game also features four-player competitive multiplayer, which forces 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.
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 Oculus 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
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.
What do you do when you get home from work and want to wind down? Continue working, of course! The Job Simulator is bundled with the HTC Vive at launch. The game is a hilarious/sandbox which helps you get acquainted with the motion controllers.
The game’s set in the future where humans are no more than a curiosity to the robots who have taken over. The most basic activities like making lunch, checking out at the grocery store or blending carrots and floppy discs become incredibly thrilling. The ability to smash objects, throw things across the rooms or stock objects lets you get a feel of the controllers but is an insanely addicting game.
What are your favorite Oculus Rift games, did we miss any? Let us know down in the comments.
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