Virtual reality continues to innovate with new experiences all the time, many of which challenge the idea of gaming like we’ve never seen before. Among the countless, and admittedly fun, shooting galleries you’ll find artistic experiments, sweat-inducing workouts and otherworldly adventures just waiting to be discovered.
With HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR, we have plenty of choice when it comes to games and experiences to delve into with virtual reality. Plus there’s also many great VR titles available on mobile devices, particularly for players with a Google Daydream or Samsung Gear headset.
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With this plethora of virtual reality titles, Trusted Reviews has compiled a list of the very best. Note this is a list of PC and console VR games, not mobile.
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Sprint Vector is a virtual reality experience that demands fast reflexes and equally quick movement on behalf of the player. You play as a participant in a galactic sporting event where you must run across a range of insane environments and reach the finish line in record time.
It’s really fun, and the sense of speed and scale makes it perfect for VR whether you’re playing on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or PlayStation VR. Be aware, those prone to motion sickness might have a little trouble with this one.
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Developer: Mixed Realms
Being a Ninja remains one of the coolest things you can do in virtual reality. Jumping through the air with katana in hand only to land triumphantly before slicing through oncoming enemies. Sairento VR does a fantastic job of bringing this dream to life, offering one of the finest combat experiences in the medium yet.
Offering up a variety of addictive mission types and virtual playgrounds, Sairento VR tests your instincts like nothing I’ve ever seen in virtual reality. Having to be aware of your surroundings both in the air and on the ground while firing away at foes in not only fun, but surprisingly challenging. Now out of early access, this is a VR experience well worth checking out.
Fallout 4 VR
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Available exclusively on HTC Vive
Fallout 4 VR was arguably the biggest VR title of 2017. Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic RPG has been translated in its entirety to virtual reality with all of its detailed environments and engaging gunplay intact.
Exploring the Boston Wasteland is far more immersive when its inhabitants are capable of walking right up to you and, when the situation calls for it, can be blown away by a variety of brutal weapons.
While currently exclusive to HTC Vive, Fallout 4 VR can be played on Oculus Rift with a bit of creative tinkering. When it comes to RPG experiences in virtual reality, Fallout 4 is easily one of the best out there by a country mile.
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Available on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PSVR
Superhot VR is easily one of the coolest shooters available to play in virtual reality. You’re in a virtual world where time only moves when you do. This logic applies not only to objects and bullets, but all of the enemies rushing toward you as well.
Each level becomes a delightful game of violent experimentation as you figure out the most stylish approach to eliminate those before you. It’s unbelievably satisfying and something we cannot recommend enough for VR newcomers.
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Available on: Oculus Rift
Another game included with Rift orders, Lucky’s Tale looks to break new ground and translate the classic 3D platformer into virtual reality.
Your view controls the camera, and Lucky’s Tale makes great use of your ability to manipulate perspective, hiding secrets behind trees and under obstacles.
Gameplay-wise, it’s not as fast-paced and frantic as the likes of Mario with 100 seconds left, and Lucky, the wily fox himself, has a much floatier jump animation, making the game more forgiving.
Levels are short in order to maintain player comfort in VR, as you might expect.
However, in a genre which started way back at the dawn of gaming itself, it’s great that Lucky’s Tale brings us a fresh perspective.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
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Available on: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PSVR
The clue is in the title: communicate effectively and you don’t get blown to bits. Got it?
This game gives us an insight into the incredible potential of asynchronous multiplayer in virtual reality.
The person donning the VR headset acts as a bomb-disposal agent, and in each level will see an explosive device with a series of batteries, widgets and nodes on it. His allies, who can’t see the bomb, receive a series of instructions which describe exactly how to dispose of each variant of the nodes. It’s up to the person wearing the headset to describe the bomb and work effectively to disarm it with those clutching the instructions, all against a time limit.
The incredible adrenaline rush this game brings, the yelling at each other and the hilarity at poor descriptions, will make you feel like you’re playing charades at Christmas with the family.
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Available on: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift
Like painting? Want to paint in 3D? Welcome to Tilt Brush.
Tilt Brush allows you to completely immerse yourself in your art, painting in a full 3D environment using the HTC Vive’s paddles. Create vast sculptures or beautifully detailed landscapes – you’re only limited by your imagination.
As a product bundled with the HTC Vive, of course you’re going to try it out. It helps that it’s also pretty good.