One of the biggest genres in console and PC gaming is the shooter – an instantly recognisable concept with wide appeal. This appeal has also extended to virtual reality, putting players right into the center of the battle zone.
The HTC Vive has seen a growing number of first-person shooters since launch, mostly due to the platform's room-scale abilities. When paired with the controller's ergonomic design, the headset has emerged as one of the best places for fully immersive combat. But which shooters are best for you? We've rounded up our top five shooters for the HTC Vive!
While shooters have emerged as a perfect fit for the HTC Vive's input methods, online multiplayer is still an uncommon feature to see. Due to the overall inconsistency of the platform, there a lot of flaws in the HTC Vive's design that limit its potential in competitive scenarios.
Onward is a first-person shooter that stands out from the existing library of virtual reality titles, built entirely on the concept of player vs player combat. Military simulators are relatively common in PC gaming, but Onward is the first notable attempt to bring the experience to the HTC Vive.
Similarly to other military simulators, gameplay is relatively slow-paced at times, with short bursts of action. This places an emphasis on strategy and coordination with your team. The game's voice chat is automatically enabled through the HTC Vive's inbuilt microphone, to promote communication with your squad. Not only is Onward a great standalone shooter, but also a compelling social experience.
Onward is currently priced at $24.99 in Early Access, through the Steam store.
Space Pirate Trainer
For those with a sweet spot for retro shooters, Space Pirate Trainer provides the perfect trip down memory lane. With its vibrant aesthetic and arcade approach to gameplay, the game delivers robust and engaging gun mechanics.
The game unleashes droids and as a space pirate, you must repel the waves of enemies. Armed with a varied arsenal of weapons and gadgets, players must shoot down the droids while dodging their attacks. As a room-scale title, the game also translates the player's movement for a truly immersive experience.
Space Pirate Trainer can be purchased on Steam in Early Access for $14.99.
The Brookhaven Experiment
From the moment you start The Brookhaven Experiment, it's instantly clear that the experience isn't designed for the faint hearted. If you're afraid of the dark, struggle under pressure or just hate rabid zombies, The Brookhaven Experiment can be one of the most immersive but horrifying experiences on the platform.
The game releases zombies in waves and using your chosen equipment, you must attempt to repel their attack. Zombies come in all shapes and sizes, varying from human-like creatures to 8-foot tall behemoths. While there are a number of horror experiences for the HTC Vive, The Brookhaven Experiment is the first VR game that left me feeling truly in danger.
The Brookhaven Experiment is available on Steam for $19.99.
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
When Hot Dogs, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades first debuted earlier this year, it showcased how virtual reality can be used to deliver unrivalled simulations of real world activities. Packed with dozens of varied weapons and gadgets, the game provides the ability to host realistic gun simulations right inside your living room.
Each of the game's weapons features fully-operational reloading and firing mechanisms, almost identical to their real-world counterparts. Between each weapon class, all of the guns also come with their own handling and feedback, depending on the type of ammunition used.
As a project still in development, frequent updates constantly add new weapons, shooting ranges and game modes to experiment with.
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades is available in Early Access for $19.99.
For fans of futuristic first-person shooters, Raw Data offers some of the most invigorating and engaging gunplay for the HTC Vive. Despite the game's lack of content in its current state, the existing version in Early Access lays the foundations for a full-fledged shooter.
Taking on the role of an ambitious hacker, Raw Data pits waves of humanoid robots against the player. These security forces escalate in waves, as your data extraction slowly progresses. The game also has an additional multiplayer mode, which offers similar action alongside a cooperative buddy.
Raw Data is currently available on Steam for $39.99 in Early Access.
What have we missed?
Are there any shooters that you feel are missing from this list? Make sure to let us know in the comments section below!