The number of virtual reality games available grows every year, and while many of the early VR games were rather crude and simple, developers are now discovering the best methods to utilize the technology. If you’re interested in experiencing some of the best VR games on the market, check out the following titles.
“Star Trek: Bridge Crew”
Bringing multiplayer functionality to VR devices has proved difficult for many developers, but there are still plenty of high-quality multiplayer options out there. “Star Trek: Bridge Crew” is among the best and allows you and your friends to take a seat on the bridge of one of the Federation’s starships — the USS Aegis. You and your pals will take on the roles of captain, tactical officer, helm officer and engineer and your mission is to search for a new world for the Vulcans to inhabit after their home planet has been destroyed. “Star Trek: Bridge Crew” lets fans of the classic sci-fi show finally live out their most exciting dreams of interstellar exploration from the comfort of their living room couch.
First-person shooters remain some of the gaming industry’s most popular entries and plenty of game makers have taken advantage of the opportunities that virtual reality gaming creates for this genre. Epic Games created one of the most popular VR shooters: “Robo Recall.” In the game, you are Agent 34, an employee of a robot manufacturer, and your job is to remove defective robots from the production line. Unfortunately, a virus has causes many of the robots to rebel against humans and you must also figure out the cause of the virus while disabling the robots. Overall, the game is filled with excellent graphics, a sly sense of humor and plenty of robots to destroy.
If you’ve ever wanted to scale a cliff but have an intense fear of heights, you could always try playing “The Climb” from Crytek. While there’s no guarantee you won’t get vertigo from playing the game, you’ll be a bit safer “climbing” in your home. The goal is to scale a tall cliff near a shoreline and the capabilities of virtual reality create a sense of scale and excitement for you during the experience. All the while, the beautiful graphics truly immerse you in nature, including beetles scattering away and flies that buzz around your head as you make your way to the top.
“Resident Evil 7: Biohazard”
One particular gaming genre that uses virtual reality technology to its advantage is the horror/survival segment. Many of these games are already incorporating VR, with the most notable example being Capcom’s “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.” As you control Ethan Winters from a first-person perspective, you must make tough decisions regarding your family, their well-being and how you can escape from the infected beings trying to attack you. The virtual reality aspect of the game adds to the suspense, with jump scares aplenty and sounds creepily traveling from ear to ear.
Some of the most beloved games of all time are platformers like “Super Mario 64” and “Banjo-Kazooie.” They allow gamers to control characters, via third-person, through magical worlds, often facing challenges ranging in difficulty from super simplistic to endlessly frustrating. Oculus Rift has its own platformer: “Lucky’s Tale.” In the game, you control an anthropomorphic fox named Lucky as he travels through a fantasy world. You’ll jump, climb, spin and run through multiple levels and mini-games, leading up to boss battles and the final 14th level.
These five exciting virtual reality titles are just a sampling of what VR can offer to the gaming world; there’s no doubt VR games will get even better with time.
This article is presented by Jannell Ford in Hanover, Massachusetts.