With the growing tide of VR releases, we here at OGR want to do our part to highlight a few of the most interesting. With no further ado, our weekly series of top five releases (plus a few extras), in no particular order:
Out of Ammo: Death Drive
A follow-up to the developer’s popular VR strategy game Out of Ammo, this standalone sequel adds first person action and base-building to the mix. Survive in a post-apocalyptic – but rather cute, thanks to voxel-based graphics – wasteland by gathering scrap, reinforce your base and lay waste to zombies and bandits. Did we mention that you can also summon a magic healing dog?
Oculus Rift | 6 GB | $14.99 from Steam
Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul
Based on the film series of the same title, Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul is already being called the scariest VR game ever developed. Some people have reported issues with movement and motion sickness, though, so this one should be avoided by those with weak stomachs – and weak hearts.
Oculus Rift | 10 GB | $39.99 from Steam
Killing Floor: Incursion
by Tripwire Interactive
Killing Floor: Incursion brings the popular series of gory mutant zombie killing into the world of VR. In addition to the over-the-top violence and heart-pounding terror fans of the Killing Floor games have come to expect, Killing Floor: Incursion features a multi-hour story mode and environments ranging from farmhouses to catacombs to scientific research facilities.
Oculus Rift | 10.7 GB | $39.99 from Oculus Store
Miniature TD – VR
by Reality Reflection
A cute and colorful tower defense game with lots of eye-popping voxel explosions, Miniature TD – VR takes advantage of the Oculus Touch for map-building and artillery placement. The game also provides players with a more active role, allowing them to directly bombard a variety of adorable enemies.
Oculus Rift | 2 GB | $4.99 from Steam
by Egg Roll Digital Studios, Inc.
A room-scale adventure with a dark edge, Nano Shift is still in Early Access, but its promise of immersive puzzle-solving and story of a world ravaged by a mysterious nano virus already has us intrigued.
Oculus Rift | 4 GB | $14.99 from Steam
Other Noteworthy Oculus Releases:
by Capon Design
Shifting directions from zombie apocalypses and supernatural horror, Journey VR is a short film for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and OSVR that explores outer space. Relying on stunning visuals and a cinematic soundtrack rather than narrative, this is less a “story” than an “experience,” but its exploration of other planets and asteroid fields are impressive.
Oculus Rift | 50 MB | $2.99 from Steam (or $1.99 to rent)
The Raven VR
by Thomas Pasieka
An animated retelling of the titular poem by Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven VR features music by Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess. Think Poe is too old-fashioned for virtual reality? Nevermore!
Oculus Rift | 254 MB | FREE from the Oculus Store
Aquila Bird Flight Simulator
by Graeme Scott
“Fly like an eagle.” Steve Miller’s lyric goes VR in this bird flight simulator, currently in Early Access. While playable using a gamepad, using an Oculus Touch Controller is the way to go; you want to flap those wings and really feel like a bird. As the joke goes, “I just played Aquila Bird Flight Simulator, and boy, are my arms tired!”
Oculus Rift | 3 GB | $4.99 from Steam (or FREE demo)
In other Oculus Rift news, social and game-playing space Rec Room continues to add loads of free updates, with this week seeing the launch of a new quest, The Curse of the Crimson Cauldron, featuring two new player avatars.
Be sure to check back next week for more exciting VR releases!