VR in 2016
2016 is the bonafide year of virtual reality. The Samsung Gear VR launched late last year, Oculus Rift pre-orders are up and running, and HTC Vive and PlayStation VR are hot on their heels. While the first year of any new technology is typically rife with launch issues and growing pains, it’s hard not to get swept up in the excitement. It’s true VR has a wide range of functions, but its potential for gaming is what has us most hyped. Anyone that’s ever played a game in VR for an extended period of time knows how immersive and thrilling of an experience it can be. Whether you’re equally excited about VR’s potential or remain a skeptic, these VR games need to be on your radar.
- Platforms: Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR
From the moment we first played EVE: Valkyrie, we knew it was something special. Once you enter your ship’s cockpit and look around, the space instantly becomes believable and immersive. While flying at breakneck speeds, we could look around to survey my surroundings and track my enemies, while piloting the ship with the controller in my hand. It’s one of the most visually stunning and smooth games we’ve ever played, VR or otherwise, and we can’t wait to get a taste for more once Valkyrie one takes off into the stars later this year.
- Platform: Oculus Rift
Imagine hanging hundreds of feet above the earth, by nothing more than your fingertips, as you swing your body to desperately try and reach the next ledge across an expansive gap. While that could easily have been at any moment in the Uncharted or Tomb Raider franchises, the experience becomes much more intense and personal with a VR headset strapped to your face. The Climb, from Crytek, is all about the perils of rock-climbing and it’s equal parts terrifying and exhilarating.
- Platforms: PlayStation VR
Interestingly enough, fast-paced first-person shooters, the genre that dominates our modern game industry, has very few representatives in the VR space as of yet. Luckily, Rigs, a game that combines first-person mech combat and sports league, aims to fill that void. Based on the footage released thus far and the brief time we’ve spent with the game, it amounts to a VR melding of Unreal Tournament, basketball, and mech suits. And somehow, it’s not only one of the fastest and most exhilarating games announced for VR thus far, but it’s also one of the smoothest.