Role-playing games put you in the shoes of a certain character and take you away on an exhilarating journey. That experience is amplified when you have your face in an Oculus Rift — the real world is erased and you can focus on the story unfolding in front of you. Want to take the plunge? Here are the best RPGs for the Oculus Rift.
Update 1 December 2016: We've added Daydream Blue to the list — it's an RPG we're very excited about!
- Heroes of the Seven Seas
- 5089: The Action RPG
- Early access mention: Daydream Blue
- Early access mention: Spellbound
- Honorable mention: Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta
Likened to Zelda, Chronos deserves to be set on its own shelf. This exclusive title for Oculus Rift puts you in the shoes of a young hero attempting to save their homeland from demons. The artwork is imaginative, and the puzzles will keep your mind keen. Travel between dimensions as you fight for your life — combat is calculated and rewarding. If you die, your hero visibly ages a year and your stats change; the way you played at the beginning of the story won't be the same as at the end of the story.
Heroes of the Seven Seas
Love a good naval RPG? Heroes of the Seven Seas lets you captain your own ship way back in the 16th century — dock at a port to trade and gossip with the locals, sail to exotic islands to search for treasure, and fight, fight, fight. Upgrade your ship to better fight pesky landlubbers and maybe a sea monster or two, and don't forget about your trusty flintlock pistols. Voice acting is great (who doesn't love talking like a pirate), and being at the helm of a pirate ship in VR shouldn't be missed when the price is only about $6.
5089: The Action RPG
If you want an extremely in-depth RPG and you don't mind some low-fi graphics, 5089: The Action RPG is for you. The Overlord of planet Xax hasn't been seen or heard from in 1000 years, and you're here to find out why. The planet is procedurally generated, so you'll never run out of places to explore, and the quests just keep on coming. Disassemble and remake your own weapons, fly around in a ship, or go into stealth mode to sneak up on and spy on people — what you do is really up to you, and the possibilities are almost endless.
Daydream Blue drops you into a magical valley where you get to camp out, enjoying nature alongside your pet robot. Roam the valley, discover the secrets it holds, and play through quests and fun mini-games. You'll meet talking animals who inhabit the valley, and you can even play online with your friends using Gear VR. Right now, Daydream Blue provides a sturdy base expected from an RPG — we're very excited to see what the final product looks like.
Early access mention: Spellbound
Spellbound has the opportunity to be something truly special, which is why we included it in our roundup. Choose a fable from a book and get ready to cast spells — you get to act out the story as it goes along. The voice acting is carefully done, the graphics are incredible in the Rift, and the music suits the game perfectly. Did we mention there are a bunch of spells to cast? Shoot fireballs or freeze enemies, and use your potions to create new combat effects. If Spellbound manages to recreate the initial story multiple times, this will truly be a must-have game.
Honorable mention: Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta
Although the debate over whether Minecraft is or is not an RPG rages on, we felt like it should be included here. Why? It's a free upgrade for Rift users and is an entirely new experience in VR. Collect resources, create a home, farm some crops, craft some armor and weapons, and go exploring. There's not much of a storyline, but there sure is a lot to do. If you already love and own Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta but haven't yet played in VR, now is the time.
Your favorite RPG for Oculus Rift
What is your favorite RPG game so far for Oculus Rift? Tell us in the comments section below!