Here are our top HTC Vive titles you should play today!
While the HTC Vive only released earlier this year, the number of titles available for the platform is growing at an exponential rate. If you've just picked up your headset, choosing titles from the SteamVR library is becoming an ever more daunting feat. We've rounded up our favorite titles that you need to pick up first for your HTC Vive.
Update 12 January 2017: We've updated this list with some recent outstanding releases, including Onward, Raw Data and Arizona Sunshine!
Virtual reality is a platform designed to disconnect you from the real world, so the last place you'd expect to find yourself is working in a virtual office. Somehow, Job Simulator manages to shake up this mindset, by adding enjoyable characteristics to the most tedious of tasks.
Never did I think I'd find pleasure from manual labor, but Job Simulator manages to add excitement to the most mundane of professions. By taking on the role of a chef, car mechanic, office worker or store clerk, players are tasked with completing customer orders.
These tasks only act as a guideline and some of Job Simulator's greatest moments can be experienced when steering away from these activities. With only minor guidance and no time limit, the game encourages players to be creative in their approach and experience all the surrounding environment has to offer.
Job Simulator is currently available for $29.99 via the Steam Store, however, is often provided as a free title alongside the purchase of an HTC Vive.
Raw Data is among the best shooter experiences in virtual reality, taking full advantage of the HTC Vive's room-scale tracking abilities. Throwing players heads first into a hostile humanoid army, the game takes no compromises to both atmospheric tension and gameplay opportunities.
Although wave-based shooters are in no way scarce for the HTC Vive, Raw Data's unique charm comes from its unmatched polish and depth. While still a part of Steam's Early Access program, content added rarely fails to meet the high standard currently in place. With responsive gunplay, a growing collection of content and an appealing premise, Raw Data is an unmissable experience for any VR shooter enthusiasts.
Raw Data is currently available for $39.99 via the Steam Store. If you're interested in picking up the game, make sure to check out our review for the game's current state!
Although social experiences are becoming increasing popular for virtual reality, traditional gaming is still leaps and bounds ahead in terms of familiarity. This is part of what makes Onward for the HTC Vive so compelling, expanding the already established multiplayer shooter format to virtual reality.
Onward places a heavy emphasis on player communication, taking advantage of the HTC Vive's inbuilt microphone to really drive home its focus on teamwork. Being a slower-paced military simulator rather than an arena shooter – strategy and pre-planning are both key components of Onward's gameplay. Boasting a wide range of weapons, healthy roster of maps and active player base, Onward is a must-buy for any passionate online shooter fans.
Onward is available for download exclusively via Steam for $24.99. For more impressions of Onward's frantic multiplayer action, take a look at our full review!
With virtual reality still being a relatively new platform, we're still yet to see projects emerging with content on par with traditional triple-A releases. The recently released Arizona Sunshine is a great sign of things to come however, being one of the most varied and cohesive packages available on the HTC Vive today.
Between the game's narrative-driven campaign and cooperative multiplayer modes, Arizona Sunshine offers a huge range of content if you're looking to get your hands bloody. Being a consistently enjoyable and refined VR experience with significant replayability, it's hard not to recommend the game to fans of more linear shooter titles.
Arizona Sunshine is currently available for $39.99 via the Steam Store. To get a closer look at Arizona Sunshine's sun-scorched world, check out our review!
As one of the free to play titles available exclusively through SteamVR, The Lab is one of the best titles to date that showcases the potential of virtual reality. Marketed as a premier entry-point to VR, the game takes advantage of almost all technology offered the HTC Vive.
For those who picked up a Nintendo Wii, The Lab can be most simply explained as the Wii Sports of the HTC Vive. Packed with a number of simple, yet replayable sandbox experiences, the game provides a sense of the system's potential. Included in the package is a mix of experiences that combine room scale, photorealism, and narrative elements into a truly unique experience.
The Lab is available for download exclusively via Steam as a free-to-play title.
What about you?
Are there any titles that you recommend to virtual-reality newcomers? Make sure to leave them in the comments section below!
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