Some of the Best VR Games Recently Released
With excitement mounting around the amazing PC-based VR headsets that are right around the bend, it’s almost easy to put the mobile Gear VR in the past. But Oculus’ new headset still has some solid games coming out every single week. Read further for reviews on the latest VR games.
It’s for sure that, up to this point, Oculus and Samsung timed much of the best Gear VR content to come right around the time of the headset’s first launch, between November and December. There’s been some exciting innovations since then, including AltSpaceVR, LeBron James: Striving for Greatness and the fun game Archer E. Bowman, but we have noticed fewer Buy This Right Now! types of games in the first months of 2016. That isn’t a criticism, so much as a note of a natural cycle: every platform has highs and lows of quality content releases, the peaks usually converging around high-traffic shopping seasons and new hardware launches. It just seems like we’re in more of a low right now, but that should change over time.
… Here are some amazing games out now!
The newest in a long line of tilt your head to pilot a spaceship arcade games for the Gear VR,Space Agent plays that play as well as the rest. There appears to be a random level in the new creations, putting obstacles and rewards in slightly different places every time, to keep the gamer on their toes. Price: US$0.99
Samsung School of Rugby
Strangely fun considering its basic nature, this game is a 360° video of some rugby players kicking around a ball. Keep your eye on the ball as much as you can to win points.
It’s a fun, fairly interactive, way of turning a simple VR video into something amazing. Price: Free
First-person shooters aren’t supposed to work well in virtual reality, but this one gets the job done in a fun way … at least for a very simple mobile game. You can roam freely around the old west camps and play well using only head movement and the Gear VR’s trackpad which does not follow well.
This isn’t one you’ll want to get lost in for days, but it’s fun for a quick game of shoot them up. Price: $2.99
Escape Room VR
This game ticks the options for two of the biggest Gear VR pet peeves: click-to-move navigation and trackpad only options which makes it hard to move. But if those things don’t concern you, it’s a pretty fun entry in the game of solving puzzles to find your way out of a mysterious place genre. Price: $2.99
Air Hockey VR
As you’d expect, this one is, well, the game of air hockey … in virtual reality. Using the analog stick on your gamepad to move the paddle around the air hockey table doesn’t, actually make for a great control plan. This kind of game will be much better using motion controllers like Oculus Touch on the Rift or the Vive’s controllers on HTC’s headset.
It’s still not a bad arcade game, considering the Gear VR’s lack of movement controls and positional (upper body) tracking on the game. Price: $2.99
Hidden Temple – VR Adventure
As we stated, we rarely find much joy in click-to-move kinds of VR games (the point is feeling like you’re someplace else, and clicking a dot to habitually move forward takes something away from that). But Hidden Temple’s approach, stare for a few seconds to cooperate, works much better.
This game is like a shortened adventure game, as you pick up objects, hoard them in your inventory and use them to cooperate with other objects, collect gold and find a way out of this mysterious location. Price: $4.99
There are many more VR games that will be released throughout 2016 for different genres and of different qualities.