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 standing-room gaming. Here's a list of the best games that you can comfortably stand in place and play without worrying about missing out on a room-scale experience.
Rez Infinite (about $25) is not your usual action shooter. It takes your floating avatar through trippy worlds built from grids and pulsing lights, and all the while there's a pulsing techno soundtrack in the background that syncs with the in-game action.
This legendary title has been reworked to support VR, and it's clear that this is how Rez should be played from now on.
SUPERHOT VR (about $25) takes a premise that worked very well as a standard game and turns it into a VR experience. Turns out this premise -- one where the action only happens when you're moving -- translates incredibly well for a head-mounted display.
Take time to plan out your attack against approaching red enemies, then kick into action and start shooting, all the while dodging projectiles that are aimed your way. For a great first-person shooter that doesn't require a full room to play, check out SUPERHOT VR.
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 (about $20). 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 (about $15) a try.
Subnautica (about $20) 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 (about $20) 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.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
If you don't think you and your friends talk enough, you should all invest in Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (about $15). 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.
Your favorite game
What is your favorite standing room game for the HTC Vive? Let us know! Also, be sure to check out these other great roundups for more game suggestions.
- Best room-scale games for HTC Vive
- Five must-have games for your HTC Vive
- Best HTC Vive games for a cardio workout
- Best party games for HTC Vive
- Best games for demoing your HTC Vive
Updated September 27, 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.
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