With the Oculus Rift set for release in March, there’s just about a month left to wait for what may be the next big advancement in gaming. The Oculus has promised 100+ games to play by the end of 2016, but which ones of those are worth your time or the $600 Oculus price tag? Not to worry – we’ve done the research so you don’t have to. Here are some of our most anticipated games coming to the Oculus Rift.
Developer: CCP Games
Publisher: CCP Games, Oculus VR
Genres: Action Game, Shooter
Praised as one of the premier VR experiences, Eve: Valkyrie brings the intensity and fast paced action of an interstellar dogfight right into your lap. Using a targeting system based on head movement, players are put directly into the cockpit so you feel 100% in control of the action. This game is multiplayer too, so if you have any buddies also getting their hands on an Oculus this may be the game to play. There are a lot of gamers who’ll need a really strong lineup to make the device worth buying, so if Eve: Valkyrie gains a following it could be the game to sell the Oculus Rift.
Half Life 2
Developer: Valve Corporation
Genre: First Person Shooter
Already considered one of the best games of its generation, Half Life 2 has made one of the smoothest transitions over to VR of any existing title. With the first iteration causing nausea for some, the newest port sees an incredibly well put together VR experience. Using titles like Half Life 2 which already have a sizeable following will ensure that not every experience on the Oculus will be a foreign one. Players are more likely to buy if they know to an extent what they’ll be getting from their purchase. Exploring familiar worlds like Half Life 2 in this new way might not feel like a replay though, with new depth to the game.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Genre: Role Playing Game
Winner of numerous awards and one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time, Skyrim is another existing title worth giving another play through from this whole new perspective. One of the most popular games in its series, The Elder Scrolls V took everything we loved about The Elder Scrolls and added on dragons – which improves everything. Now you can battle them up close and personal with the help of the Oculus Rift. Skyrim is already among the most immersive games of all time, and one can only imagine the level of immersion achieved through VR technology.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Developer: Steel Crate Games
Publisher: Steel Crate Games
Player 1 is trapped in a room with a bomb about to detonate. The other players have the instructions to defuse the bomb. The one thing keeping everyone alive is communication. Probably one of the best party games arriving on the Oculus Rift, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes takes party games to a whole new level. With the tension at an all time high due to a ever ticking clock expect this game to come with lots of rowdy fun and a couple of drinks. A good way to ruin friendships.
One thing everyone was expecting out of VR was a fun racing experience. Although a costly one, as this is a subscription based game, IRacing is an enjoyable and realistic VR experience. With racing wheels always being one of the most sought after accessories for racing sim enthusiast, the VR headset is set to be the next must have toy to make your high-speed dream a reality.
Developer: Proton Studio
Truly one of the most unique games to come about in a long time. It’s a multiplayer shooter that you play with yourself. With each new life you are joined by a previous recorded incarnation to help get through to the next level. You are your teammate. This was one of the first games to have full Oculus support and already has a decent following. Using games that are made specifically for the Oculus rift with an existing fan base will be key to getting these systems into homes.
Developer: Coatsink Software
Genre: Puzzle Game
Expect puzzle games to be a big part of the Oculus Rift line up. The first person view and new ways to interact with your environment create a perfect place for a game that challenges the mind. Esper, set in the 1970s, puts you in the place of a test subject who has gained psychic abilities. Using your abilities and the VR headset you move objects through 3D puzzles. Puzzles may be big on the Oculus Rift but this one will definitely be worth a play through because it gives you more to do than just solve puzzles. The world building ensures you really feel like a test subject and makes each test feel extremely important and slightly stressful.
The Oculus Rift is on its way and with it we may see a major shift in the way we play games. There are over 100 games coming before the end of 2016. Have any of these caught your eye? Are you planning on paying the $600 for The Oculus Rift? If so let us know in the comments below!