What are the best games for Oculus Rift?
VR is quickly catching on and the Oculus Rift is one of the systems leading the charge. If you're looking to drop a mint on a 'Rift, you'll want to spend the rest of your money on the most worthwhile games.
Here are our favorite games that you should be playing!
- EVE: Valkyrie
- Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
- The Climb
- Lucky's Tale
- Edge of Nowhere
If you've lost countless hours to the behemoth MMORPG that is EVE Online, then you'll be excited to know that you can lose countless more hours in VR!!!
However, don't expect the same style of gameplay or even the same premise. Instead, you're thrown into space battle in a sci-fi shooter wherein you're the commander of your own ship.
It's definitely nowhere near the complexity of EVE Online and it isn't even that fun on PC, but in VR, flying a sweet spaceship around in 3D space, whilst shooting your guns in the air and going "AHH" is delightful.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
If you're looking for explosive party fun (there are more puns where that came from), then Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes should absolutely be on your radar. The game requires two or more players, with one player as the "Defuser", working in VR, and the others as "Experts", giving the Defuser instructions from the provided bomb defusal manual.
The fun part? The Defuser can't see the manual and the Experts can't see the bomb. It's all about communication, baby! And should there be a Led Zeppelin moment (Communication Breakdown – do keep up, won't you?), then KABLOOEY! Game over.
Each bomb is made of several modules that vary from bomb to bomb. Some modules are just classic wire-cutting defusal scenarios, but other modules require more attention and you won't be able to defuse them, instead you have to shut them off from time to time so that they don't go off and ruin your progress.
VR demands party games and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is easily top dog right now.
Some VR games are more interactive cinematic experiences than they are "games". The Climb is just such an experience. From a first-person view, you have to scale mountains to the top, all while surrounded by some of the most beautifully rendered CGI scenery you've ever seen.
This isn't just a sightseeing trip, however, since you can also race your friends or brave precarious obstacles, like swing across wires between peaks or gondolas.
If you have a fear of heights, this is definitely not the game for you, since, in VR, you won't be able to help but look down.
OK, so Chronos is a little like the Legend of Zelda, but what it might borrow from that franchise, it builds on in an expansive and ambitious VR experience that's sure to make you "whoa" á la Keanu Reeves.
You play as a male hero who must save his realm from destruction in this fantasy/alternate history action-adventure epic. Sounds pretty formulaic, but the coolest part of Chronos is how your character progresses. Once a year, the door to the mystical labyrinth opens, which is the cornerstone to saving the realm. Every time you screw up and die in the labyrinth, you're cast out and must wait a year to go back.
This ain't the Simpsons, kid – you character ages in that year and the cost of abilities changes based on your age. You start off as a boy, lightning-quick and full of energy, but maybe a bit sloppy. As you age, you slow down, but you gain wisdom and experience to make up for lost youth.
The idea behind Chronos is absolutely fascinating and it's lovingly iced with gorgeous graphics and gameplay that's as fun as it is spellbinding.
Sick of zombie shooters and fantasy quests with dark consequences? Lucky's Tale is just the palate cleanser you need. It actually comes with the Oculus Rift and you may have been inclined to ignore it, but you really should give it a try.
Why? For one, it's a really well-made platformer — the graphics are relatively seamless, the character and level design is interesting and light-hearted, the audio is brisk and playful; the list goes on. For another, it's goddamn adorable. It's a fox off in search of his missing pet pig. COME ON, PEOPLE! My heart melted when I couldn't see lucky behind a sign, so I leant forward to peer over it and he waved at me and said "hey".
The camera is a little hard to get used to to start – you move Lucky, which moves the camera, but the camera also shifts around the stage, sort of catching up to you. That being said, once you're used to it, it actually works really well. You can guide Lucky while looking around you and taking it all in.
If you want an absolutely delightful, light-hearted, make-happy VR experience, Lucky's Tale is the cute 'lil fox you've been looking for.
It's VR, why wouldn't we use it to explore outer space? It's a brilliant concept and Adr1ft takes it many steps further by adding in the fact that you're an astronaut with amnesia who wakes up floating amongst the wreckage of a space station.
Adr1ft is billed as an FPX (first-person experience), so it's more of an interactive cinematic than a "game". Word of advice: If you have asthma, steer clear of Adr1ft. The main character is heavily breathing throughout the entire thing and her oxygen is regularly running out because her suit is seemingly damaged.
She'll come across an oxygen tank every so often that she uses to top up, but still breathes like she's sprinting. As realistic as it might be, it does get a little annoying. That being said, this is likely the most immersive outer space experience that's ever been created in a video game capacity, let alone a VR capacity.
If you're into an interesting story and want to relive the movie Gravity, check out Adr1ft and get ready to need a couple shots of an inhaler by the end!
Edge of Nowhere
If you like to subject yourself to harrowing horror stories and potentially peeing in your pants, then Edge of Nowhere is the fascinatingly frightening action-adventure you've been waiting. You play Victor Howard, an explorer in search of his also-explorer fiancée, Ava Thorne, who's gone missing on an expedition to Antarctica.
The leader of said expedition was considered a madman for believing that these creepy, ancient, alien-like monsters still exist, but a few scientists still followed him down to the South Pole, Ava included.
As Victor traverses icy caves and peaks, reality bends around him and the proverbial shit hits the fan, with monsters of varying frightfulness popping up out of every crevice. You must frantically scale quickly crumbling walls of ice and jump over frozen pits in order to outrun the beasts that stalk you as you search of your missing love.
This is one of those old-timey expedition stories like Atlantis: The Lost Empire, but with a horrifying twist that is sure to please horror gamers, action-adventure gamers, and fans of third-person-shooters. Just remember to have a change of underwear nearby.
All these games are awesome and made for VR, but if you really want to open up your Steam library to the Oculus Rift, check out VorpX. It's a 3D driver that puts your into games like Skyrim, Fallout, and Call of Duty, making your regular games, VR games. It's $39.99 and you get a large list of games to transform into full 3D experiences.
What are your favourite games for the Rift?
These are our recommendations so far, but what are your favorite VR games for the Oculus Rift? Let us know in the comments!