Oculus has encouraged developers to create new VR experiences with their Early Access section in the Oculus app. This gives Rift adopters more content to experiment with, and it gives the devs a boost of income and valuable feedback to help shape the final product. Here are the best titles from Oculus Early Access.
Knockout League (about $20) is an Oculus Touch title that puts you in a boxing ring against a variety of colorful characters. Precision motion tracking allows for 1:1 movement, so your uppercuts and jabs will land how you intend them to land.
Train in the gym before heading into a primetime match, and get real-world exercise while having a ton of fun.
The shooter that made a lot of us fall in love with the Vive is now available in Oculus Early Access. Raw Data (about $40) is a singleplayer and co-op game that sends you into the depths of Eden Corp to figure out why their androids have become homicidal.
There are multiple characters with multiple play styles available, so you're sure to come back to this one again and again.
The Gallery — Episode 1: Call of the Starseed
Rift titles usually fall into a single category; either game or visual experience. The Gallery — Episode 1: Call of the Starseed (about $10) blends the two together to create a powerful, interactive story where you get to be the hero. This mature game takes design cues from those dark fantasy movies we grew up with and still love.
This is just the first of a series of episodes that will finally complete the epic story. Keep an eye out for more in the future!
Space Pirate Trainer
Space Pirate Trainer (about $15) — you guessed it — teaches you how to be the deadliest rogue in the universe. The Oculus Touch controllers become duel-wield pistols, and you can also switch out for shields if you're more of a defensive player.
A badass soundtrack and endless waves of killer robots will keep you entertained for hours on end, and you'll get a wicked workout ducking and dodging around your VR play area.
Magic Table Chess
This free, early access game has all the trappings of a costly, finished game. Sit across from your opponent as you duke it out on the original black and white battlefield. You can choose where you play and which difficulty AI to play against — whether you're a beginner or a hardened veteran, you'll find a suitable challenge.
Multiplayer support is on its way, and you'll also be able to customize chess pieces, boards, and the rooms you play in. For fans of chess, this is a must-have.
Super Island God
Whether or not you have a God complex already going on, Super Island God (about $20) is an entertaining game that makes great use of the Oculus Touch controllers. Mold your island as you see fit using your virtual hands, and raise the tribe from humble beginnings to a bustling civilization.
This is a great combination of real-time strategy, puzzle, and art games that can even take advantage of room-scale movement to get around your island.
As far as using your desktop in VR, Bigscreen Beta is one of the leading apps even though it's still in Early Access.
Invite or join your friends in a bunch of different settings, play multiplayer games next to each other, watch 2D and 3D movies on theater-sized screens, and even have meetings with clear voice chat. If you're thinking about ditching your classic monitor for VR, try out this free VR app first.
Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope
Serious Sam has been around for a long time, but never have you been able to actually be Sam himself until now. These missions revolve around Sam's time as the Saratoga's captain, and they are as over the top as you expect from these games.
Tons of weapons, tons of enemies, enormous bosses, and all the blood and guts you can stand make this one of the best Touch-enabled shooters so far for Rift. Grab it now for about $40. Don't forget; co-op mode is now available.
Titans of Space 2.0
Titans of Space (about $8) is back in a 2.0 form, and it now has Touch support. Zip around our solar system and beyond in your small, insignificant ship and learn about the planets, moons, and stars that make up our universe.
This is as much an education as is it a relaxing, pleasant trip through places forever out of reach.
At first glance, Subnautica (about $20) seems like yet another diving experience made for VR. It is actually so much more. Crafting? Yep — even huge submarines. Guns? Of the laser variety. Underwater bases? Fully customizable. A real challenge? How about alien species, leaking hulls, and active underwater volcanoes?
Subnautica is as beautiful as it is intense. For anyone who doesn't mind a VR action game with a lot of movement, this should be right up your alley.
Have you tried any Oculus experiences on this list? Let us know in the comments section!
Updated June 20, 2017: We've refreshed this list to ensure you're still getting the absolute best Early Access experiences.
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