What are the best Vives games for people with limited space?
Update 6 April 2017: We've refreshed this list with a bunch of new titles to ensure you're still getting the absolute best games that you can enjoy in 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!
If you've ever wondered what it's like to be stranded at the bottom of the Pacific ocean with waning oxygen and dead bodies floating around, you'll probably enjoy Narcosis. A massive earthquake destroys a methane-mining operation, and as you attempt to make it back to the surface, things get really weird.
This is a truly terrifying game that will have you thinking about it for days after you finally see what the ending holds.
Fruit Ninja VR
The insanely-popular mobile game is back and better than ever. Fruit Ninja VR puts two sharp katanas in your hands and it's up to you to slice every piece of juicy fruit that's launched your way. Precise motion tracking lets you skewer fruit and bat bombs away, and a challenging leaderboard will keep you coming again and again.
For a lighthearted, colorful challenge, give Fruit Ninja VR a try.
Assetto Corsa is one of the prettiest racing games out there, and Vive support puts you right into the driver's seat. Some of the most popular racetracks in the world have been scanned and imported into the game, and there are over 60 official cars to race.
Physics run deep; get used to tire flat spots, heat cycles, aerodynamics, and energy recovery systems. If you're looking for a racing sim that has hundreds of hours of replayability, check out Assetto Corsa.
Subnautica isn't just another VR diving experience; there is an in-depth crafting system (you can even craft submarines), there are laser guns, and there are fully customizable underwater bases. This open-world exploration game will have you battling aliens, leaky hulls, and erupting underwater volcanoes.
If you'd like to spend you time underwater building bases and crafting subs — and you don't mind a game with a lot of motion — check out Subnautica.
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.
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.
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.
For more information about Elite Dangerous, be sure to check out our Beginner's Guide.
Your favorite game
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