What are the best Vives games for people with limited space?
Using your Vive in a large, empty room is definitely something you have to experience, but not everyone has the space to game like this all the time. Luckily, there are a bunch of games that were designed specifically for seated or standing-room gaming. Here's a list of the best!
- War Thunder
- Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
- NoLimits 2 Roller Coaster Simulation
- Black Hat Cooperative
- EVE: Gunjack
- Ultimate Booster Experience
- Sublevel Zero
- Elite Dangerous
A unique world with ancient secrets to discover, a beautiful, haunting soundtrack, and a grappling hook make Windlands a treat for VR. You're free to move through ruins and nature at your own pace, and you can set the game to be as challenging as you want when attempting to reach the end of the level. If you want to relax while you game, this is the one for you, and if you want a thrill, try running through the levels to get to the top of the speedrun leaderboard.
War Thunder has been out for awhile now, and the recent addition of VR support has really sent it over the edge. Hop into a cockpit of a historically accurate WWII airplane or tank and wage battle against other humans across a whole host of battlefields. Play with your friends or against your friends on PC, Mac, and PS4 — at the same time — in an incredibly detailed world where the war didn't end.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
If you don't think you and your friends talk enough, you should all invest in this game. One of you is locked in a room with a bomb set to explode — your job is to defuse it. Not a bomb tech? That's OK, neither are we. Your friends, however, each have a manual in front of them with information on how to defuse the bomb. The catch? They can't see the bomb, so clear communication both ways is crucial to ending the day in one piece.
NoLimits 2 Roller Coaster Simulation
Love riding roller coasters? You have to check out NoLimits 2! Enjoy no line-ups, a front-row seat, and unlimited ride tickets — you're going to find it hard to stop riding. Once you've ridden the in-game coasters, you can create your own ride using the same software pros use to design new coasters. There are 40 different styles to choose from, plenty of scenery to pretty up your park, and a bunch of other tools to make this the most realistic roller coaster simulator out there.
Remember those old magnet racing games like WipeOut and F-Zero? Redout is an homage to those games, and, boy, it sure is fun. There are over 75 events to race in on 20 tracks, and you can even race against up to 12 players over the internet. The race tracks and locations are beautiful, and the soundtrack ramps up the faster you go — talk about an adrenaline rush.
Black Hat Cooperative
Black Hat Cooperative is a game that can make or break friendships. One of you is on the keyboard and standard monitor calling out commands, while the other is in the Vive following commands. You must cooperate together to sneak past robot agents who infest the levels — your ultimate goal is to grab as much loot as possible before escaping. Pieces of a map you find in the levels will help you advance — will you get to the end?
Fans of EVE: Online probably already know about Gunjack — you're a gunner on a mining ship somewhere on the outer edges of space, and it's your job to protect the ship and its cargo. Apparently the cargo is precious, because you're going to have your work cut out for you. There are a bunch of different levels to play, and you can pit your skills against your friends on the leaderboard. As far as space shooters go, this one is highly recommended.
Ultimate Booster Experience
If you love short bursts of incredible excitement, Ultimate Booster Experience shouldn't be ignored. You're shot into the air on a 600-foot swing that takes you on a ride over a detailed city. The soundtrack is great, the visuals are great, and you'll enjoy updates in the future with new locations to swing over. Check this game out today as a great way to surprise your friends who boast about a lack of fear of heights.
ADR1FT lets you take on the role of an astronaut desperately clinging to life in a ruined space station. You must float around in a zero-gravity environment, propelled by your limited boosters, trying to reach the next oxygen tank before your breath runs out. Can you figure out what happened to the space station? Good luck navigating the complex, beautiful environment.
This game sees you as the pilot of a gunship that has complete freedom of movement in a zero-gravity environment. The premise is this: the world is randomly generated each time you start a new game, you don't have any lives, and there are no save points. Pick up weapons and tools as you fight your way through, and craft new items to help you on your journey. If you love looting, crafting, flying, and shooting, Sublevel Zero will be right up your alley.
You start out as a small-time star pilot with an unimpressive ship and not a lot of money — where you go after that is pretty much up to you. Along the way you'll encounter plenty of other players in the MMO world — many will try to kill you, many will try to befriend you. Explore the universe, mine resources from planets, trade those resources, and fight off those who want to steal your riches. Good luck finding the edge of the universe; there are about 400 billion star systems to explore.
Your favorite game
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