From the clumsy experience of its early days, the VR technology has evolved to breathtaking gaming adventures of so many shapes and colors. Players have quite a choice of hardware and can afraid not of motion sickness, having the whole focus on the playing process and its excitements.
We at Paracosm Project are fascinated by Virtual Reality and all those possibilities it opens for game developers (and gamers, of course). While connecting new products to Paracosm platform and Caer Sidi service, we pay special attention to VR/AR/XR games.
In this post, we would like to review some of the existing VR titles, available for playing on (arguably) the most progressive headsets: Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. our article about the Virtual Reality hardware is “Dawn of VR gaming: failures and successes”.
An uncertain term of “the best”
Like any other art, the experience of gaming is rarely absolutely universal. Someone likes shooters, and someone prefers racing. That’s totally ok, and the following list of the best VR games should be taken with a grain of salt.
It’s a good idea to try different sorts of Virtual Reality – to build your own opinion on what is really in harmony with your gaming preferences. So, this list is a kind of VR beginners set that gives various shades of experiences. You should try Virtual Reality to feel this excitement on your own.
It’s probably the best VR game for the first try, If you never played anything of Virtual Reality, start with Beat Saber. If you want to recommend something to absolute beginners in VR, just organize for them a playing session of Beat Saber.
In this game, you have laser sabers in your hands and destroy with them flying colorful blocks. Everything happens with the music accompaniment, so the playing process is a bit similar to dancing. A few difficulty levels and a huge variety of songs make Beat Saber a great choice for casual and hardcore gamers.
This might seem weird that for their fun playing time people choose a simulator of a job (“Aren’t you fed enough with your real job?”). This impression fades away after just a few minutes of playing Job Simulator.
Players should complete some tasks in this game (cooking, for example), and they have the freedom to do this in the goofiest way possible. In a colorful, cartoonish world, you have lots of objects to explore, trying to mix them, to make them do something fun and unusual.
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality
Lots of various activities are available in this colorful game. The primary difference from the previous item in our list is the origins – obviously, we have the spirit of the “Rick and Morty” cartoons here. Rick has created a clone of Morty (which is the player) and gives them various tasks. They are mostly hilarious and bring lots of fun.
The game is good for fans of the show – voices and images of the favorite characters make up an enjoyable experience. Also, it’s just fun entertainment for all gamers. Thanks to this title, we can have another cartoonish VR experience with occasional shooting elements and many toxic jokes.
From rhythmic and hilarious games we can move to the shooting adrenaline.
The game Superhot doesn’t offer astonishing graphics of a huge virtual world to explore. Players find themselves in a kind of glass environment, where the brightest objects are red figures of attacking opponents. They should be eliminated with various weapons, and this process is unique to the max, it makes the game special and worth trying.
When you stay still in the VR world of Superhot, everything around is also motionless. This gives you time to make a decision, to find the best way to accomplish a mission. The time starts moving with you, so the actions here should be fast and well thought-out. Superhot gives an amazing feeling of being a superhero.
Virtual Reality is a vast space for fantastic creations. Inviting players in a huge world that lives its own independent life – this is quite a challenge for VR game developers. And authors of Subnautica made everything just brilliantly.
You become an explorer on a planet, covered with water. Your spaceship has crashed here, and to survive and fly away, you should find lots of useful objects, make with them something much more complicated.
Deep ocean on Subnautica is amazingly beautiful, with many creatures and plants, with many resources to collect. Sometimes you may feel a bit disoriented here, but then it turns out to be a nice feeling of real explorations. And you delve not only into the world but also into the game story.
The Talos Principle VR
The amusements of exploration can be found in this game too. But they are of a different kind, a bit philosophical and a bit logical.
Players appear in an empty world as robots. Step by step they collect pieces of information about their nature and purpose. Everything has been made in the form of mysterious puzzles. Solving them is a super interesting process. And of course, the world is just beautiful.
Originally, this game has been made as a traditional one, but the technology of Virtual Reality boosts it up to a new level.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
The primary audience of this VR game consists of fans of the Star Trek franchise. Still, it may be interesting for many other gamers too – thanks to its unusual style. It shows amazing possibilities of Virtual Reality as an intermediate for our communications and interactions.
A few players, connected by the Internet magic become crew members of Enterprise, a huge spaceship from the popular sci-fi series. Each of them has a specific area of responsibility, but everyone should act as one team and accomplish missions by tight cooperation.
The idea of communications in Virtual Reality can have various implementations. Paracosm Project works on a VR room that will be a kind of portal to many games, a place to chat with friends, or even trade virtual assets. Get more information in the article “CrossParacosmic VR Hub: a place beyond time and space”.
It’s great to add some powerful magic to mostly a sci-fi VR experience. This game does this quite well.
You delve into dark dungeons with many dangers – to explore, to battle, and of course, to cast many magical spells. The world of Mage’s Tale is so atmospheric. Its gloominess fascinates and may give quite a refreshment for fans of this genre. An interesting story complements the experience.
The spirit of this game is quite in tune with our Post Scriptum paracosm – some VR features is planned for the upcoming role-playing game.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR Edition
Another game with a similar atmosphere of medieval legends is Skyrim. Its VR Edition opens an absolutely new experience.
Making a Virtual Reality game out of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a super ambitious initiative. It proves great potential of the VR technology in gaming, and also it demonstrates how the current hardware and software tandem is still limited.
The world of Skyrim is huge. Really, it’s enormous to explore from the position of a person with a VR headset. There are lots to do in this paracosm, but the visuals are rather poor. And the battle mechanics are not perfect at all.
Nevertheless. The game is worth to try it out. For gamers to enjoy and for developers to get lessons for their products.
Do you develop a game or have an existing one? Paracosm Project can open new opportunities for you – check them out in the article “Paracosm platform has a place for your game world”.
Games from this list may become a nice entry point to Virtual Reality. For developers, these titles are a source of inspiration – for example, for making great adventures and connecting them to the Paracosm platform and Caer Sidi service. This opens the unique opportunity to write the game information in DRT of Tangle and provide players with such trendy features as phygital objects.
One more interesting article for both gamers and developers is about popular nowadays monetization schemes: Free or Paid Games.
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