Fallout 4 VR
Platform: HTC Vive
It would be very easy to fill this list with VR versions of pre-existing games that have been retrofitted to support a headset, but Fallout 4 VR stands out as a noteworthy entry in this list. Based on the primary conceit that the jingoistic ideology of 1950s America never went out of fashion, that technology advanced far quicker than in reality and that the world was plummeted into full-on nuclear war, Fallout 4 places players in the middle of a post-apocalyptic open world as they forage for survival supplies.
Making the jump to VR, none of the original game’s visuals are lost thanks to pretty hefty system requirements of a GeForce GTX 1070 or AMD RX Vega 56 and an expensive HTC Vive headset. What you’re getting is the full Fallout 4 experience which is sure to wow anyone who tries it out.
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
Platform: PlayStation VR
Have you ever gone on a runaway mine train at a theme park and wished you could do it at home and make it a lot scarier while shooting clowns? Well, step right up.
It might be a couple of years old at this point, but for our money, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood is one of the best ways to show off how VR can be used to effectively scare the living daylights out of you. Playfully spinning off from 2015’s teen slasher homage Until Dawn, Rush of Blood takes a decidedly more action-packed approach as players hurtle through hellish scenarios batting off whatever flies at them.
The game is also still the strongest case for the (as of yet mostly untapped) potential of the PlayStation VR, unrestricted by the console’s hardware limitations and is a testament to a compelling gameplay gimmick.
Platform: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, Windows MR
From the title alone you’d think that this might be just a VR port of 2016’s indie darling Superhot, but in fact developer Superhot Team decided that they had to rebuild the game from the ground up to make it work for VR.
While it may have a minimalist aesthetic that follows traditional FPS mechanics, the unique hook is that time only progresses when the player moves. This turns what would be a frenetic shooter into an exercise in planning, strategy and puzzle-solving. It can be pretty tough in places, but the game never loses its sense of Matrix-like cool as you dodge bullets.
Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives
Platform: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR
If Until Dawn: Rush Of Blood proved that VR can make you wet yourself out of fear, Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives is evidence that it can make you wet yourself with laughter.
Taking place in a future where robots have taken over (because of course that’s the future), Job Simulator presents playful renditions of ‘human jobs’, or at least what the robots of 2050 think are human jobs. The game is broken up into different minigames – “Auto Mechanic”, “Gourmet Chef”, “Store Clerk” and “Office Worker” – that portray stereotyped and exaggerated versions of these jobs.
We won’t spoil any more because the majority of the humor comes from the surprise. But trust us, it’s worth it. If you can’t get enough, you’re in luck because developers Owlchemy are currently working on a follow-up called Vacation Simulator which will no doubt provide just as many laughs.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Platform: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality
Trekkies all over the world lost their collective heads when Star Trek: Bridge Crew was announced at E3 2016 and it’s not hard to see why. Finally, their dreams of sitting on the bridge of a Starfleet ship would come to fruition. And even better, they could do it with their friends.
One of the inherent appeals of Star Trek: Bridge Crew was that you could take on a role in the bridge crew of the title, working collectively with friends in VR to complete missions. The only downside is that everyone had to have their own PC or PS4, headset and copy of the game, making this an expensive exercise in fantasy fulfilment.
Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes
Platform: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR
If Star Trek: Bridge Crew’s multiplayer is a bit inaccessible due to equipment constraints, Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes is a completely unique experience that provides a two player game, innovatively using the two seperate displays.
How it works is ingeniously simple. One player has a controller and the VR headset, the other has a controller and the main monitor. The VR player is presented with a bomb that has various contraptions and buttons on it while the other is looking at a bomb disposal instruction manual. What then ensues is a mad flurry of communication as they collectively try to figure out how to stop the bomb before it goes off.
Tense and hilarious, Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes is a game that is completely different from anything you’ve ever experienced before – definitely a worthy addition to the VR player’s catalogue.