The entrance of virtual reality into the gaming arena is changing the way we experience games. Lifting the industry beyond the traditional desktop and handset media, the VR tech aims for a more immersive gaming experience that even the best HDR support and highest frame rates can’t deliver.
As the medium picks up speed both in possibility and in popularity, more game developers are also exploring the full particulars of VR game development, producing exciting, new VR-specific games that launch sweat-inducing calisthenics and fun, off-world discoveries.
Although the medium is still young and missing the outstanding library of hundred-hour RPG titles and expensive shooter-game productions, the current releases as of 2018 offer enough diversity to rouse the curiosity of the adventurous gamer.
The following is a roundup of the top VR games you should definitely check out now.
Gran Turismo (GT) Sport
Developed by Polyphony Digital for PS4 and available for PlayStation VR, GT Sport is perhaps the most realistic racing game to drift the market to date. Its esports-focused online mode encourages a great racing experience, and it offers some of the best sound design and visuals in the racing-game division.
The thrill gets even more heated up when you switch to VR mode. Experience the adrenaline-pumping rush of first-person racing without the actual risk of ruining your cool car or losing your head.
Buy it here.
A Chair in a Room
A lot of horror games rely on cheap shock attacks and petty scare tactics to force a jump out of their players.
That makes finding authentically chilling horror games a real thrill. And that’s exactly what Wolf & Wood Interactive delivers in their virtual reality horror 3-D video game A Chair in a Room, which boasts an astounding 9/10 rating in Steam.
Adequately paced psychological horror built with great storytelling takes the player down a rabbit hole of derelict swamps and run-down motels in search for answers. Each point delivers an interesting puzzle that keeps the player hooked, using a smart mental game to induce genuine hair-raising moments that are way superior to mere PC gaming, console-driven experience.
A Chair in a Room is available for HTC Vibe/SteamVR, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR.
Rock climbing in VR is probably the closest most people will get to actually braving thousand-meter drops. It’s these kinds of tingling delights that make VR games worth a try.
In The Climb, Crysis developer Crytek takes the nerve-wracking sport to the world of virtual-reality gaming as it partners with Oculus Rift to create a game that combines stunning graphics with challenging obstacles to trigger your fear of heights. Although you don’t have to risk your bones and limbs to accidental slips and missteps, its virtual-reality environment is enough to have you hesitating for that next heel hook.
Fallout 4 in VR
Undeniably one of the biggest VR releases of 2017, Fallout 4 made its virtual-reality debut with HTC Vibe, to the delight of many RPG enthusiasts in the gaming universe. The award-winning, postapocalyptic-action role-playing video game was incredibly translated in its entirety into VR, complete with its brutal artillery and awesome gameplay. Relive your most spectacular Boston Wasteland adventure in this fantastic VR experience.
This very-well-received virtual reality game lets you slay in style. While a lot of shooter games force players to shower the most number of bullets to pass levels, this game does more than just letting you hit the mark.
In Superhot VR, time only moves when you do, giving you enough preplanning and logical thinking to figure out the most stylish ways to execute the glowing red enemies charging at you in slow motion.
The game is available in both story mode and endless mode for infinite fun. Superhot VR can be played on Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and HTC Vibe.
Nothing is cooler than wielding two knock-off lightsabers slashing through dashing square blocks to the tune of upbeat music. With a 10/10 rating in Steam, this virtual-reality rhythm game by Hyperbolic Magnetism has earned the nod of the gaming mob to become one of the best VR games to grace the VR market. In addition to the surprisingly therapeutic environment is its well-thought game mechanics, which makes the game challenging enough to be addictive.
Beat Saber is available in Oculus Rift, HTC Vibe, Windows VR, and PlayStation VR.
With all the possibilities virtual reality brings into the world of gaming, it’s not wishful thinking to expect more awesome games in the VR-gaming market in the future. Even now, it’s hard to keep up with all the good stuff coming. You’re missing out on a great experience if you haven’t tried it yet. So go play these games and see for yourself.