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10 Best Oculus Rift Games

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10 Best Oculus Rift Games

Having now played the vast majority of Oculus Rift games that are on the way, it’s time to reveal the ones that we’re most excited about.

 

EVE VALKYRIE FOUNDER’S PACK

We’ve played this one a number of times now, and the latest build keeps it firmly at the top of our most wanted list. It’s a dogfighting spin-off from the huge (and hugely complicated) Eve MMO, and it’s ludicrously gorgeous, fast and exciting.

Multiplayer is at the heart of the game, with teams of fighters facing off against each other, but CCP has confirmed that there’s also a single-player story mode and another mode dedicated to simply exploring the game’s beautiful recreation of outer space.

Battles are awesomely dramatic, beginning with a Battlestar Galactica-like launch from a huge battleship and involving seat of your pants chases through fleets of cruisers.

CCP considers the Founder’s Pack to essentially be an early access title, with developments and tweaks being made on the fly, but it already seems pretty fully formed and has enough unlockable content – from ships to weapons to cosmetic customisations – to keep you hooked for a very long time.

  • Release date: 28 March
  • Price: $59.99 (free with Rift pre-orders)

 

THE CLIMB

We’ve been fans of The Climb since first playing it at the end of last year, and this latest version confirms it’s an absolute corker.

Essentially a free climbing simulator, The Climb allows you to scale huge heights in the most beautiful locations without ever leaving your house. It’s a seriously good looking game that manages to really capture the essence of free climbing. It feels surprisingly natural when played with the gamepad, too, although Oculus Touch support should take it to a new level.

  • Release date: April
  • Price: $49.99

EDGE OF NOWHERE

I wager this will be one of the early heroes of VR gaming. Edge of Nowhere is a third-person exploration adventure with HP Lovecraft-inspired horror.

The snowy landscape is beautiful, the caverns creepy, and the creatures inventive and terrifying. But while there might be one or two jump scares, it’s the games general eeriness that’ll make you sweat most over the handful of hours it’ll take to complete the story.

  • Release date: Spring
  • Price: TBC

 

DEAD & BURIED

10 Best Oculus Rift Games

Here’s a game that puts the Oculus Touch contollers to their obvious and best use – turning them into six-shooters in a Western.

The latest demo is a 2v2 shootout across a saloon, and you’re able to duck and hide behind cover, standing up or leaning to fire at your opponents across the bar.

The game’s got an awesome feel to it: aiming is accurate, firing is weighty and there are few things cooler than the reload mechanic, which involves flicking your wrist to the left to empty the cylinder and then right to click it back in.

There’s not much information out there regarding the size of the game, although previous demos suggest there will also be a single-player component, but it’s already exceptionally good fun.

  • Release date: TBC
  • Price: TBC

 

PROJECT CARS

 

10 Best Oculus Rift Games

At this point everyone should be aware of Project Cars. It is, after all, one of the finest and toughest racing games ever made.

In VR it’s every bit as brilliant as you might imagine: as close to racing a real car as it’s possible to get in your own home. It makes you a better racer, too, as you’re able to effectively monitor your mirrors and blindspots and can better aim for the apex of each corner.

And because this is a game that’s already been around for a year, it has a huge amount of content (all of the extra content packs are included in the Rift version) and a proven, dedicated community to race against. It might not be the first game you show off to your mates, but it’s the one you’ll still be playing weeks and months after you first get your Rift.

  • Release date: 28 March
  • Price: $49.99

 

ADR1FT

Think of this as Gravity in VR and you’re on the right track. You play as an astronaut floating in the remains of a badly damaged space station – and your suit is leaking oxygen. You have to quickly make sense of your situation, attempt to get your station’s critical systems working again, and keep your oxygen levels topped up.

It works brilliantly in VR, with your helmet visible as you move your head, giving you a real sense of being in a spacesuit. The zero-gravity environment makes movement tricky and disorienting, but not especially uncomfortable, even though Oculus has given the game an ‘intense’ rating.

What’s really amazing is the sense of isolation and loneliness you feel – another similarity toGravity. This is a deeply immersive, involving and affecting experience, and a great showcase for VR.

  • Release date: 28 March
  • Price: $19.99

 

LUCKY’S TALE

Lucky’s Tale has got everything a cartoon platformer should: an endearing premise and characters, colourful, solid graphics, and gameplay that’s simple and challenging all at once, especially if you’re working to hunt down all of the coins and other collectibles in any given area.

The solid three-dimensionality of the worlds and super-cute characters makes playing an absolute joy, especially when something comes right up close to your face.

Ballpark playtime is apparently 4-6 hours, which obviously isn’t super-long, but for a game of its type is perfectly reasonable, especially when you factor in that it comes free with every Rift.

  • Release date: 28 March
  • Price: free with every Rift

ELITE DANGEROUS: DELUXE EDITION

This is another game whose appearance in VR is as an addition to an already huge and hugely successful title, and it’ll likely be a smash hit as a result.

The Deluxe Edition contains a load of extra content above the original game – and let’s remember that this is the game in which you can explore the entire Milky Way, mining, fighting and trading at your leisure. This is one of a handful of VR titles that offers months of gameplay, rather than just a quick and dramatic first experience.

  • Release date: 28 March
  • Price: $59.99

 

JOB SIMULATOR

This is the game to use when you want to show off your new VR toy to someone who doesn’t really play games.

The concept is this: the year is 2050 and robots now do all of the blue collar work. To learn what it was like to do a job, humans enter a simulator and are given an interractive history lesson by JobBot. Yes, this is really, really silly stuff.

It’s all about using the Oculus Touch controllers to interract with your environment – whether that’s completing the tasks that JobBot gives you (photocopying some work, making a sandwich, etc), or just messing around with all of the objects around you. There are four jobs to do, including office worker, diner chef and mechanic, and every one I’ve played has been equally hilarious.

  • Release date: TBC
  • Price: TBC

 

CHRONOS

About 12hrs in length, this is an interesting RPG that combines a Resident Evil-like fixed camera system (albeit one you can look around by moving your head) with Dark Souls-inspired sword and shield combat. It doesn’t initially seem terrifically deep, but it is very quick to pick up, good fun and nicely presented, with a lovely sense of scale to the environments.

There are some neat ideas here – die and you age a year, and as you get older you unlock more traits to make your replay a little easier. In other words, the better you do the harder the game becomes. You can play as male or female and there appears to be a decent range of weapons (swords, axes, hammers, etc) and shields. Definitely one to watch.

  • Release date: 28 March
  • Price: $49.99


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