If you could only play seven upcoming VR games as 2017 comes to a close, which ones would you choose? It’s a tough call, but here are our top 7 picks.
One short year ago, Sony launched PlayStation VR, its virtual reality games platform. PlayStation joined Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and others in the quickly developing field of VR gaming. The past year has seen over fifty new games for PlayStation VR. The ones in the pipeline promise to be more exciting than ever. But that was last year. How is PlayStation going to top itself? What are some of the upcoming PS4 VR games? What’s going on with other VR platforms, like Vive and Oculus Rift?
More importantly, there’s the most pressing question on many of our minds: will Fallout 4 ever be available for use with Oculus Rift?
First of all, what’s up with Fallout 4 for Oculus Rift?
HTC announced in June that the VR release of Bethesda Games’ Fallout 4 would be exclusive to the HTC Vive. Great weeping and gnashing of teeth ensued. Bethesda Games then corrected their statement and raised hopes once again. They said they want release Fallout 4 on “as many VR platforms as possible,” and then … Nothing. Toward the end of August, PC Games N reported that the only platforms Bethesda Games has announced for Fallout 4 are HTC Vive and PlayStation 4.
As of this writing, you can purchase Fallout 4 VR for Steam, and a search on “Fallout 4 Oculus Rift” reveals that canny players are using Steam to make the game work on Rift. Problem solved? You be the judge.
Upcoming PlayStation VR Games
As most gamers would agree, PlayStation VR is cool. At this time, you can play a first-person character searching a haunted house for his missing wife in Resident Evil: Biohazard—though to suggest that this survival horror game is merely a haunted house game would be an understatement of the most egregious kind. There are also puzzle games, first-person shooter games (and games like Superhot VR, which combine the two). There are loads of simulator games, games you can play alone, and multiplayer games. Here are a few of the currently available and upcoming PS4 VR games that I think are the most interesting.
1. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes.
This is a multiplayer game—and exclusively a multiplayer game. The player wearing the headset is in a room alone with a bomb. Everyone else has access to a set of instructions for defusing the bomb. All the players have to cooperate to disarm the bomb before it explodes. Huge fun.
2. Eve: Valkyrie.
This space dogfight simulator is already well supported for Oculus Rift. It really shines on PSVR as well. Its simple controls can make anyone feel like an expert pilot, despite incoming asteroids, battleships, and so on.
3. Job Simulator: the 2050 Archives.
Sometimes the humdrum of everyday life is the most significant challenge we face. Why not step into someone else’s humdrum and see how you fare? In Job Simulator, you can try your hand at any number of jobs, including office manager, auto mechanic, and even grocery store clerk. The challenge is that your tasks will get increasingly more chaotic, and come at you faster and faster. But don’t worry—unlike your life, it’s only a game!
4. Robinson: The Journey.
Your character crash lands on a mysterious planet filled with dinosaurs. In addition to avoiding being eaten, you have secrets to unlock and discoveries to make. The best part is the luscious graphics. The combination has made this one of the most popular PSVR games, and with good reason.
5; Skyrim VR.
This is one of the most exciting upcoming PlayStation VR games. During Sony’s E3 2017 showcase in June, Bethesda Games announced that it would be bringing Skyrim to VR. In this epic fantasy game, users will be able to use the PSVR motion batons to wield magic, as well as various weapons, to engage with Skyrim characters and become part of the action. Skyrim VR’s release date is on November 17, 2017, for PSVR.
Upcoming VR Games for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift
In addition to the new VR Games for the PS 4, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift fans have a lot to look forward to.
6. Skyworld VR.
All right, this one just released, but it’s so cool I had to mention it. Skyworld is a turn-based strategy game in an epic fantasy setting. You can build your forces on the fly on the battlefield, compete in online multiplayer, and conquer different Skyworlds. Released on October 17 for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Undoubtedly one of the weirdest and most exciting upcoming VR games, Transference is a psychological thriller game produced by SpectreVision, a company owned by Elijah Wood—that’s Frodo Baggins to you and me—in collaboration with Ubisoft. SpectreVision primarily produces horror films, and it shows in the description of what they’re calling a half game/half film, which is set in a world where human memories can be recorded and digitally created. The release is planned for Spring 2018, for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR.
It’s an exciting time in VR gaming regarding the leaps and bounds in which the technology is growing, the profusion of new types of games, and the way that they are combining Virtual Reality with other media. There’s a lot of fun stuff out there, but it’s also obvious that the best is yet to come.
Featured image: Screen grab of Junk Yard Dog from Fallout 4.