5 Fantastic Virtual Reality RPG Games You Should Know About
VR gaming is finally becoming a full-fledged experience that is both exciting and entertaining. In the early days of VR gaming, the user experience could be seen as gimmicky. The graphics looked liked color Tetris pieces, the movement was sluggish, and the storylines were less than award-winning. However, in 2019, as Virtual reality technology has quickly become some of the most cutting-edge technologies within the gaming industry, gamers are trading their platform controllers for VR headsets.
At the center of VR gaming are RPGs. These expansive worlds create the perfect atmosphere for VR technology to flex its muscles. With vast lands to explore, thousands of micro-interactions, and a plethora of characters within the storyline, RPG titles enable gamers to take VR engagement to a new level. If you are looking to jump into VR gaming with some of the best overall experiences, we recommend checking out these titles.
1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
As one of the best games ever created, Bethesda Game Studios masterfully crafted a game that still is seriously played eight years after its original publication for PC, Playstation, and Xbox. Over the past two years, VR versions have been rolled out — furthering the replayability for the RPG giant.
Skyrim follows the storyline of a Dragonborn character that is summoned to kill Alduin, a large black dragon who has long been prophesied to destroy the world. Your character explores the Skyrim province growing their skills and abilities in search of Alduin. The reasons are nearly countless as to why Skyrim is the perfect VR title, but to just rattle off a few: the graphics are phenomenal, the storyline is enthralling, the user freedom is second to none, and the player engagement is constant. You won’t find a better VR gaming experience anywhere outside the Skyrim universe.
2. Fallout 4 VR
Another Bethesda Game Studios production, Fallout 4 falls on the opposite side of the storyline scale as it takes place in a post-apocalyptic Boston, Massachusetts. Originally released for PC, Playstation, and Xbox in 2015, Fallout 4 was met with high praise by both critics and players. In 2017 it was released as a standalone game for VR, and has quickly become one of the fan favorites of the headset community.
The story follows your character who is picking up the pieces 210 years after a nuclear war. After being awoken from a cryogenic chamber and in which his son is kidnapped before his eyes, you are on a mission to avenge his disappearance. Fallout 4 features some of the best looking artistic graphics available to VR, creating an almost surreal experience. Filled with hours of entertaining side quests, fun real-world locations like Fenway Park, and unique special weapons, you will have a hard time taking your headset off.
3. The Mage’s Tale
Released in the summer of 2017, this VR exclusive title brings a full-length in-depth dungeon crawler experience to gamers. Developed by inXile Entertainment, The Mage’s Tale was met with solid positive reviews, and revered for its size and possibilities compared to most other VR RPGs. Highlighted by subterranean exploration, puzzle-solving, and spellcasting with enemies, the real-time navigation makes firefights that much more satisfying when you dodge a blow. While The Mage’s Tale doesn’t carry the transformative VR experience like Skyrim or Fallout, it sure is a great introduction into VR gaming, easy and a hell of a lot of fun.
Since its release in 2016, Chronos has been regarded as one of the best VR exclusive RPGs on the market. As a third-person action combat RPG, it rests in a similar tone to Zelda. The simple swordplay system of attack-block-roll-parry is elementary in function, yet difficult enough to not quite master — and certainly hard enough to be killed by basic enemies. Chronos follows a hero’s lifelong quest to save their homeland from impending evil. With over 15 hours of engaging VR play, this sword-slashing title is sure to be both rewarding to both the casual and hardcore gamer.
5. Shadow Legend
The most recent title on this list, Shadow Legend can be thought of like a mix between a poor man’s Skyrim and Runescape. This action RPG centers around your character who is the Grand Master of the Knights Templar as you fight to save the kingdom from Lord Adaroth. A shining point to Shadow Legend is the player’s freedom and functionality. From feeding horses to frying steaks over a campfire, almost anything within the environment is interactive. Shadow Legend isn’t going to wow you with its visuals or fun side quests like the other titles on this list, but it is well worth the price of admission to fight through a fully designed and entertaining storyline.