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Top 5 Oculus Releases – Jan. 27th-February 2nd – Sails, Six-Guns and Steampunk

A little of everything this week, from third-person action to sailing sims. And instead of the usual generic wave shooters, fans of VR gun-play – and bow-play, for that matter – have an embarrassment of riches to choose from, with several new games arriving that actually manage to innovate with new approaches to storytelling, locomotion and the shooting itself:

VR Regatta – The Sailing Game

from MarineVerse

VR Regatta - The Sailing Game - screenshot courtesy Steam
VR Regatta – The Sailing Game – screenshot courtesy Steam

One of the things we love about VR is how it can let us experience things we might not otherwise have access to. For VR players without memberships at their local yacht clubs, there’s VR Regatta, a realistic sailing simulator that’s been garnering positive Steam reviews from both gamers and actual sailors.

The fact that this one isn’t recommended for players susceptible to motion sickness probably goes without saying.

Oculus Rift | $14.99 from Steam

Cold Iron

Catch & Release, LLC

Cold Iron game screenshot courtesy Steam
Cold Iron – screenshot courtesy Steam

The opposite side of the wave shooter coin, Cold Iron is a dueling game: instead of endless waves of enemies, players outdraw and gun down opponents one at a time.

While the drawing and shooting mechanics are garnering positive reviews, we’re also intrigued by the narrative thread and its “Weird West” setting – basically cowboy stuff with supernatural elements – which we’re betting has a good chance at overtaking steampunk as the fantasy setting du jour.

Oculus Rift | 3 GB | $19.99 from Oculus or from Steam

Seek & Destroy – Steampunk Arcade

from GamestormVR

Seek & Destroy - Steampunk Arcade - screenshot courtesy Steam
Seek & Destroy – Steampunk Arcade – screenshot courtesy Steam

And speaking of steampunk, Seek & Destroy – Steampunk Arcade gives you all the brass robots, gear-driven mechanisms and Tesla-inspired lightning gloves you could possibly hope for, if you’re a fan of science fiction Victoriana. At heart it’s a wave shooter, but with level names like “Panic in the Streets of London” and “Kick in the Crown Jewels,” we like that it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

It’s also compatible with the 3dRudder foot controller to make dodging steam-driven automatons all the more realistic.

Oculus Rift | 8 GB | $5.99 from Steam

KIN

from House of Secrets

KIN game screenshot courtesy official site
KIN – screenshot courtesy official site

Previously released on Gear VR, this overhead-view platformer set on an alien planet marks developers House of Secrets’ leap from VR music videos to games proper.

Both the combat and the 3D puzzle-solving in KIN look engaging, and we particularly like the contrast between the light, airy quality of the main character – and the enemies she encounters – and the clunky but colorful low-poly environments to explore.

Oculus Rift | 8 GB | $14.99 from Oculus

Down to Dungeon

from Far North Entertainment

Down to Dungeon game screenshot courtesy Oculus
Down to Dungeon – screenshot courtesy Oculus

Simple cartoonish graphics belie the depth of this fast-paced dungeon crawler for Gear VR. Played from a third-person overhead perspective, Down to Dungeon offers plenty of procedurally generated levels and hordes of enemies to dispatch – not to mention loads of loot – for discerning action RPG fans.

Gear VR | 205 MB | $2.99 from Oculus

Other Noteworthy Oculus Releases

In Death

from Solfar Studios

In Death game screenshot courtesy Steam
In Death – screenshot courtesy Steam

This Early Access archery game interests us both with its innovative approach to VR locomotion in VR – involving teleportation arrows fired from the same bow used to dispatch enemies – and its gothic architecture.

Oculus Rift | 6 GB | $19.99 from Oculus or from Steam

In the Cloud: VR Afterlife

from Future Lighthouse

In the Cloud: VR Afterlife game screenshot courtesy Oculus
In the Cloud: VR Afterlife – screenshot courtesy Oculus

Somewhere between in interactive vignette and a short film, In the Cloud: VR Afterlife is an excursion into cyberpunk/transhumanist paranoia that will appeal to those of us who used to read Mondo 2000.

Gear VR | 65 MB | FREE from Oculus

Baby Hands

from Chicken Waffle

Baby Hands game screenshot courtesy Steam
Baby Hands – screenshot courtesy Steam

Almost literally a sandbox, Baby Hands lets you fill the shoes – and tiny, destructive hands – of a toddler. Family-friendly but legitimately funny, given all the options for mayhem available even now in Early Access.

Oculus Rift | 5 GB | $24.99 from Steam

Check back next week for more Oculus releases.

Primordian game screenshot courtesy Steam

Top 5 Oculus Releases – Jan. 20th-26th – Other Worlds

After a few slow weeks, the post-holiday dry spell is over. This week’s new Oculus releases are Rift-heavy – sorry, Gear VR players – but offer a variety of out-of-this-world exploration opportunities, from deep space dog fights to underwater base-building:

End Space

from Orange Bridge Studios

End Space game screenshot courtesy Oculus
End Space – screenshot courtesy Oculus

Having started as an arcade shooter for Google Cardboard and then making it to Gear VR, End Space finally makes its way to the Rift. It’s a match made in heaven, and even Gear VR users that have already played it will want this version, since the Rift’s expanded processing power is perfect for rendering the game’s awe-inspiring visions of dazzling deep space battles and awe-inspiring star-scapes.

Essentially a VR expansion into the venerable genre of outer space dog fight simulator, End Space has an advantage over EVE: Valkyrie – the game it most closely resembles – in that it’s a story-driven, single-player campaign, so player-matching and server support won’t arise as potential issues to the immersion factor.

Oculus Rift | 1.6 GB | $19.99 from Oculus

Subnautica

from Unknown Worlds Entertainment

Subnautica game screenshot courtesy Steam
Subnautica – screenshot courtesy Steam

Perhaps this week’s most expansive offering, Subnautica finally swims its way out of Early Access with loads of aquatic environments to explore on an alien water planet. Combining exploration with crafting, you’ll need to keep on your toes – or swim fins, rather – gathering parts and crafting equipment for your undersea station while avoiding the massive predators that hunt beneath the waves.

Though it’s not an exclusively VR-based game, its undersea world really does seem ideal for the medium…though perhaps not for the claustrophobic.

Oculus Rift | 20 GB | $19.99 from Oculus or $24.99 from Steam

Primordian

from Stonepunk Studios

Primordian game screenshot courtesy Steam
Primordian – screenshot courtesy Steam

Still in Early Access, this ambitious story-driven action game is already getting loads of positive press and Steam reviews. A big part of that is its setting: an intriguing hybrid of science fiction and fantasy with a hint of psychedelia, it looks like the more interesting bits of Avatar with maybe just a touch of Zeno Clash and Frank Frazetta in the mix.

With a single-player campaign already playable and loads more levels on the way, Primordian already looks like a must-have for hardcore VR gamers.

Oculus Rift | 6 GB | $24.99 from Steam

A Handful of Keflings

from NinjaBee

A Handful of Keflings game screenshot courtesy Steam
A Handful of Keflings – screenshot courtesy Steam

The third in a series of casual, family-friendly city-building sims from NinjaBee, this marks the first foray into VR for Kefling-kind. While the titular little creatures themselves might be a little too cloyingly cute for some – they look a bit like garden gnomes – A Handful of Keflings looks like a pleasant and relaxing diversion for VR players needing a break from high-speed space battles, bloody monster-bashing or underwater exploration.

And the perspective – players don’t enter the village directly, but hover over it like a tabletop game – ensures a comfortable experience unlikely to provoke motion sickness even among the most sensitive.

Oculus Rift | 1 GB | $19.99 from Oculus or from Steam

The Perfect Sniper

from Sinn Studio Inc.

The Perfect Sniper game screenshot courtesy Steam
The Perfect Sniper – screenshot courtesy Steam

Inspired by old school cop vs. gangster movies, The Perfect Sniper tasks players with finding and assassinating mob targets in an attempt to take back the streets by any means necessary. Its release has been marred by delays – it was initially pushed back a week, then launched with part of the story campaign missing – but we love the way this looks, combining slightly campy Mafia motifs and frantic car chase scenes with low-poly character models.

Oculus Rift | 15 GB | $16.99 from Steam

Other Noteworthy Oculus Releases

BattleSky VR

from Oh!WHATif Inc.

BattleSky VR game screenshot courtesy Steam
BattleSky VR – screenshot courtesy Steam

BattleSky VR is a multi-player aerial combat game. Just released in Early Access, it only has two characters to choose from, but given that they’re a dragon and a futuristic flying armor suit in the vein of Iron Man…there’s really no way to make a wrong choice. And the flying mechanic is already quite solid, so this is worth picking up even in its current state.

Oculus Rift | 4 GB | $4.99 from Steam

Be sure to check back next week for more news about the latest and greatest Oculus Rift and Gear VR games.

Top 5 Oculus Releases – Jan. 6th-12th – Finding Lost Toys and Punching Robots

Now that the holidays are over – and we highlighted a few of our favorite Oculus releases of 2017 – we’re back to our regular routines, and it’s a little bit of a light week as far as Oculus Rift and Gear VR releases are concerned. Nonetheless, we managed to find a few interesting games and experiences for you to check out as we wait for the first quarter of 2018 to really get started in earnest.

The Lost Bear

from Fabrik Games and Odd Bug Studio

The Lost Bear game screenshot courtesy Oculus
The Lost Bear – screenshot courtesy Oculus

Previously available for Sony PlayStation VR and now making its way to the Rift, The Lost Bear combines tried-and-true 2D platforming with hand-drawn forest landscapes. We’re really impressed by the way the art evokes classic fairy tales – the woods as a place of danger, rather than Disney-style singing animals – but we’re a little worried that its story of a child in search of a lost teddy bear (and pursued by vicious hounds, no less) might be more of a tear-jerker than we can handle.

Oculus Rift | 4 GB | $7.99 from the Oculus Store

Mech League Boxing

from VRGEN

Mech League Boxing game screenshot courtesy Steam
Mech League Boxing – screenshot courtesy Steam

Now out of Early Access, this is Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots gone VR. Beyond the obvious appeal of punching robots in a boxing ring, Mech League Boxing is also quite the physical work-out, and developers VRGEN have leaned into that had, complete with warm-up routines to really get your blood flowing before each match.

Oculus Rift | 4 GB | $9.99 from Steam

The Glen

from Lucid Dreams VR

The Glen game screenshot courtesy WEARVR
The Glen – screenshot courtesy WEARVR

VR meets techno-shamanism in this dreamlike experience driven by the music of Celtic-flavored world music duo Cu Dubh. Dance to the music of drums and bagpipes around a bonfire in a recreated imagining of an ancient ritual.

Oculus Rift | FREE from WEAREVR

EvilCorp Hackball

from Konrad Kowalski

EvilCorp Hackball game screenshot courtesy Oculus
EvilCorp Hackball – screenshot courtesy Oculus

Despite a flimsy premise about hacking into an evil corporation’s database to save the world, EvilCorp Hackball is essentially Marble Madness done as a VR endless runner, and that’s good enough for us!

Oculus Rift | 109 MB | $3.99 from the Oculus Store

Dinosaur Island

from Snatch Game Studios

Dinosaur Island VR game screenshot courtesy Oculus
Dinosaur Island VR – screenshot courtesy Oculus

Yes, it’s a bit of a Jurassic Park rip-off, but we’re legitimately impressed by how good the dinosaurs look, especially for such a small mobile VR game. The shooting looks solid as well, even though – truth be told – we’d rather be shooting dinosaurs with cameras than sniper rifles.

Gear VR | 320 MB | $2.99 from the Oculus Store

Other Oculus News

In other Oculus Rift news, Home users will soon be able to personalize the music playing in the background. Michael Bross – best known for his work on the Oddworld and Ratchet and Clank series soundtracks – has composed nearly an hour of exclusive tracks for Home 2.0.

Also exciting news for Rift gamers: award-winning cyberpunk shooter Raw Data is free to play this weekend, so be sure to check that out.

Be sure to check back next week for the latest Oculus news – the Consumer Electronics Show is taking place this week, and there are sure to be plenty of exciting developments.