Virtual reality is staking its claim in the video game market, with devices like the PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and Samsung Gear VR all emerging with new games and experiences. Whether or not VR will be a hit is still unknown, but for now it’s here. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the coolest games we’d love to play in virtual reality
Virtual reality is staking its claim in the video game market, with devices like the PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and Samsung Gear VR all emerging with new games and experiences.
Whether or not VR will be a hit is still unknown, but for now it’s here. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the coolest games we’d love to play in virtual reality.
Minecraft VR has proven that sandbox games are viable in virtual reality, so why not a full-fledged open world RPG like the Elder Scrolls? Fantasy RPGs like the Elder Scrolls games feature beautiful worlds, with plenty of NPCs to talk to and side quests to take on. Imagine exploring the world of Skyrim in virtual reality, as if you were actually there.
A fan created an unofficial workaround to enable this, but it’s no replacement for a full-fledged, optimized VR experience.
This game tops the list of things that will likely never happen, especially since Nintendo has shown very little interest in virtual reality, but Xenoblade Chronicles X would be fascinating in VR. While its story suffered because of it, Xenoblade Chronicles X put exploration first, and it featured a massive, vivid alien world. Seeing it in person would be an out-of-this-world experience—almost literally.
The Room and its sequels are perfect for virtual reality. These puzzle games already have a first-person view, and the controls are set up to mimic real actions, such as turning keys and opening secret panels. The developer has already made one VR game, Omega Agent, so perhaps The Room in virtual reality will follow.
There are a lot of considerations developers will need to take into account before creating a virtual reality horror game, but the Fatal Frame series would be well-suited for it. Ghosts and hauntings would become especially creepy if they were all around you, and the camera-based combat is perfect. Fatal Frame attempted augmented reality with its Spirit Camera spin-off, but it was hindered by the weak camera. Virtual reality is a great next step.
SimCity, or any city-building simulation like it, would be ideal for virtual reality. Imagine being able to overlook your city as if it was right in front of you, reach down, and place new buildings as you please? It would give you a whole new level of control.
For that matter, real-time strategy games might also be particularly well-suited to virtual reality…
Well, these are five of our top picks for games we’d love to see in virtual reality. What are yours?
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