The Oculus Rift – the one that started it all. Starting with an overly ambitious Kickstarter campaign back in August 2012, The Oculus story sure is an interesting one. The project proved to the world the power of crowd sourcing, as 9,522 individual dreamers helped fund the idea that would one day become the Oculus Rift. $2,437,429 was the amount it took to help elevate the concept of VR from a young man’s technological aspirations, to an actual, physical product that to this day keeps shaking markets wherever it’s implemented. Oculus started like a gadget though, a gaming-oriented gadget:
“There are a lot of cool gadgets out there, but I promise you that you have never seen anything like this” – MSNBC
Since that summer a handful of years ago, Oculus has become one of the first few brands associated with the term “Virtual Reality” games, and that’s not surprising, given their history. From a basement project to a 2 billion trade-off to the team over at Facebook, Oculus has been the first brand to etch it’s logo into the virtual reality hall-of-fame. Since its official launch of the first consumer version (CV1) back in 2016, talented and award-winning developers from every corner of the planet have been busy creating new and exciting content for us to try with this new type of immersive technology.
Today we’re going to take a look at some of that content, with a particular focus on the games which have been received well by the growing global community. The idea behind the Oculus was, after all, to “to create the world’s best virtual reality headset, specifically for gaming” as cited by the company’s founder, Palmer Luckey back when it all began. There’s a lot of ground to be covered, so we’re just going to highlight our current favorites out there. Let’s get on with the show, of the games you ought to be playing, in 2017:
Robo Recall is a futuristic, action-packed, and humorous game for the Oculus, that was announced to a crowd of patient fans at the Oculus Connect back in 2016. At the time we were watching the event, we were attending the conference via. the NextVR app, so despite a few latency issues on a Scandinavian internet connection, we thoroughly enjoyed the concept. The trailer takes every single over-simplified, stock-audio-induced tech keynote speech you have ever seen, added a thick layer of sarcasm, as well as a heavy robo-artillery and turned it into something amazing. The game itself works wonderfully well with the use of the Oculus Touch, and will without a doubt keep you entertained for hours. FPS-gamers, right this way!
Genre: Action, Shooter
Developer: Epic Games
Chronos is a third-person adventure game that was announced at the launch of the Oculus Rift CV1 back in 2016. If you have any place in your heart for franchises like Fable or Legend of Zelda, you’re going to love this. The concept is quite easy – stand face-to-face with a massive, wondrous labyrinth, and venture forth to explore its ancient chambers, corridor after corridor, working your way towards the other side. As you progress deeper into this sacred ruin, your character will age, altering the game play mechanic subtly and forcing you to adapt to new ways of solving the puzzles you’ll face. A must-play experience for sure.
Genre: Exploration, Action
Developer: Gunfire Games
Elite Dangerous takes the concept of space shooter, adds first-person perspective, well-made graphics, multiplayer and virtual reality to mix. The net result is a game that has (as well as an infamous learning curve), everything you need for that Han-Solo-In-The-Millennium-Falcon feeling. Take your place in the cockpit, start your engine and take to the skies, in a galactic battle that will make all other space-shooters seem like something that should have been run on a 2007 smartphone! If you’re any kind of fan of Star Wars, the EVE franchise or similar concepts you’re going to love Elite Dangerous.
Genre: Simulation, Action
Developer: Frontier Developments
Farlands let’s you explore the wonders of a freshly discovered planet, teeming with life. As a free introductory piece to virtual reality, it’s a great choice as the models, sounds and overall foreign-planet-feel here, really is out of this world. It comes as no surprise to us that it was featured in the launch video of the Oculus Rift. Really, if we can ever reach a point where this kind of visual quality and creative playfulness is the status quo – VR will really have reached a point where it ought to be in every single home out there.
In a very Avatar-like showcase, Farlands ships you away from your seat at the living room sofa and somewhere far beyond where life is blooming, with an abundance of positive impressions. Our only real issue is the current controls, but those can be forgiven, given its visual quality and overall look-and-feel.
Developer: Oculus Studio
The Assembly is a game the takes up an array of complex moral questions, spins them around and uses them as a blueprint to run a really intriguing story line. The game forces you to think about every move you make from start to finish, which leaves you wondering – why aren’t here more games out there like this? The puzzles you’ll face are interesting, engaging and worthy of your time if you have ever found yourself in an old-school RPG game like Planescape Torment for instance (which have been filled to the brim with moral intrigue). This is definitely a title worth picking up. The game won the 2016 TIGA Award for “Most Original Game” which as an accomplishment stands on its own two feet. We don’t want all titles to be horror, adventure or shooters. Every now and then you want something new and daring, capable to make you reflect on your game, hours after reaching its end. The Assembly is one such game – don’t miss out on it.
Genre: Exploration, Narrative
Arizona Sunshine is a game that will make any enthusiast, or die-hard fan of The Walking Dead reconsider, why they didn’t pick up an Oculus Rift that much earlier. The game takes place in the dreaded Arizona heat, and contains all the blood and gore you could have ever hoped for in a genre such as this. The controls are intuitive, the weapons interesting, and the game play mechanic fun to explore. Arizona Sunshine is one of those games in which you will be instantly happy that the accuracy of your motion control is not on the same level as on the PlayStation 4. Your superior controls via. the Oculus Touch will make this feel as natural as can be, and you’ll be on top of the world, despite that zombie apocalypse before you know it. A good game to try, if you’re looking for a nice, clean FTP shooter with a bit of a horror-twist. Fans of FEAR, right this way!
Genre: Shooter, Horror
Developer: Vertigo Games
Edge of Nowhere
Edge of Nowhere is a game that will leave you at the edge of your seat for hours on end! While it seems strange that a third-person adventure-horror (for lack of a better word) game might be something worthy of your time, the title certainly makes it work. In the game you are following the trail of a missing expedition and your missing wife, and the chase takes you to heart of the Antarctic mountains. As you ascend the towering icy mountains, you uncover an ancient cave, leading you in a downward spiral into madness, in what is undoubtedly a highly memorable, psychological adventure game.
Genre: Adventure, Horror
Developer: Insomniac Games
ADR1FT is a game that helps you escape the day-to-day office job, and land straight into the life of a lion-hearted astronaut. The game answers the question: “what would it be like, floating alone, weightless in space?”. If Gravity didn’t quite do it for you, ADR1FT just might! If you are a fan of astronomy, interstellar intrigue or just happen to suddenly pay attention whenever you see Neil Degrasse Tyson in your video feed – now is the time to pay attention. ADR1FT is, while relatively simple by design a really beautiful game that will make you feel that age-old feeling of just how insignificant we all are, on the grand cosmic scale. Still, the feeling of being lost in space certainly isn’t a laughing matter, and if you can play this game without leaving a sweaty controller afterwards, you’re certainly braver than us!
Genre: Exploration, Adventure
Developer: THREE ONE ZERO
The Climb is a game that’s going to truthfully, transform the way you think about adventure gaming from a first-person perspective. The premise of the game is quite simple – you’re given a list of destinations to climb, and you climb them, to the best of your ability. The experience, while fairly vanilla in nature is truly realistic and convincing. You do feel like you’re actually there, risking life and limbs. The very notion that you can hang from a cliff, several hundred feet in the air, while desperately trying to find somewhere to move next is nothing short of exhilarating. Just imagine for a second, if games such as Skyrim (yeah, not as unlikely now, it seems), Farcry or even immersive horror games such as Amnesia started implementing these game play mechanics.
Genre: Sports, Arcade, Exploration
Lucky’s Tale is the game you want to take for a spin, if you have ever shown any love for the good old iconic platform/adventure franchises Crash Bandicoot or Spyro the Dragon. While it might not initially sound like a game you’d imagine would be ideal for VR, it’s actually a great way to kick off your Oculus inventory, as it isn’t too hard on you in terms of motion-sickness. The game itself is entertaining, smooth from start to finish and all-in-all, a great “first” in the VR platformer genre.
Genre: Adventure, Casual
Rock Band VR
Rock Band VR is a force to be reckoned with, for those of you who are about to rock. Do you have a mighty Jack Black-like rockstar attitude to unleash upon the unsuspecting crowd? Do you have the rhythmic guitar-muscle-control of an ancient rock God? Well, my friend, it’s time to take a look at Rock Band VR for the Oculus Rift. We simply had to feature this game for the one simple reason that it combines Virtual Reality with karaoke, and does so in such a manner that it will, beyond the shadow of a doubt – rock your socks off!
Genre: Music, Simulation
Developer: Oculus Studio
Summary: 10+ Awesome Games for the Oculus Rift 2017
With that, we reach the end of today’s list of 10+ Awesome Games for the Oculus Rift 2017. There’s so much more content to be mentioned here, and we will be updating the article moving forward. We believe that a strong reference point for great content is pivotal, and strive to be the place to go, whenever you’re looking for curated content in the VR sphere. With that said, thank you for reading, and we’ll see you soon.