Introduction to Virtual Reality
Developed by: Felix & Paul Studios
Release date: April 18, 2016
If you are new to VR, then this app is definitely for you. It won’t strain you eyes or give you any motion sickness so it’s perfect for all people who have just gotten a VR headset and want to try it out without any problems. And even if you are used to fast movements and complicated manouvers and you don’t get any king of motion sickness, you can still download Introduction to Virtual Reality and experience faraway land, see a giant face to face and get put in the center of a Cirque du Soleil performance.
Developed by: CCP Games
Release date: March 28, 2016
As a game that came with Oculus Rift pre-orders, this game is probably the best in its class. The incredible arcade space combat sim will have you looping and shooting your way through space, doing barrel rolls and competing against fellow Rift owners. Maybe the game is not exactly for the newcomers to intense VR games, because all the fancy turns and stunts may also have your stomach doing them. Despite all that, this game is an example of the capabilites of Vr technology.
Edge of Nowhere
Developed by: Insomniac Games
Release date: June 6, 2016
A personal favourite that is inbound for the Rift, Edge of nowhere is a third-person action-adventure that sees you venturing deep into the mountains of the Antarctic, looking for a missing expedition team. Your role is somewhat of a surveyor that is accompanying the explorer while he enters the deep unknown and fins a surreal, terrifying world, where nothing is what it seems. So make sure to keep your wits about you and your eyes wide open. because Edge of Nowhere will have you standing on your toes at all times.
Developed by: Mojang
Release date: August 15, 2016
It wouldn’t be a list of VR games without this title. Minecraft has been along for a long time now and few people haven’t heard of it. The game puts you in a truly vast virtual world with one simple rule: survive. And with the new Windows 10 version rolling out with compatibility for the Oculus we could not be more excited. You will have the ability to choose from Creative or Survival mode in full 3D, so you can truly immerse yourself in the world of the game. What’s even more amazing and grat is that the Rift version will support multiplayer, so you can build and explore your virtual world with you friends, making it all the more fun.
Developed by: 505 Games
Release date: March 28, 2016
If when you were a kid you dreamt of being an astronaut, then this is the game for you.
The story puts you in the place of a female astronaut, a sole survivor of a destroyed space station with no idea why the other crew members are dead. The main goal is to stay alive and get back home safely. Like EVE:VALKYRIE, it’s better to get used to the Rift a little before you start playing Adr1ft, because the overwhelming turns, flips and spins in zero-G is a quick way to get motion sickness. But once you are settled in, familiar with the controls and not getting sick from the fast movements, the game can be an amazing experience for your inner space traveller.
Developed by: Playful
Release date: March 28, 2016
As another game that got included with some preordes of the Rift, Lucky’s Tale makes the best examples of how to make platformer games in VR. The headset controls the camera, which means you can pan, peak and zoom qround the level with no need of an analogue stick. It also helps with revealing secrets spread amongst the levels, and you can even push away enemies that are in Lucky’s path. The game is simple, and it’s true that it won’t push you like Mega man, the old-school Mari or other classics in the same genre, but it is truly an exampleof how immersive third-person VR platformers can actually be.
Developed by: Crytek
Release date: April 28, 2016
This game is one of the unique ones for the Rift. It’s a brand new release from Crytek that has you participating in the extreme sport of free solo climbing. If you don’t exactly know what that is, it is basically climing rocks with no safety equipment whatsoever. You will constantly be leaping between ledges that are barely inches big, re-chalking your raw hands every few minutes, but in the end you will emerge at the top in triumph. Needless to say, the VR experience is quite intense, and with the launch of Oculus Touch, games like this one will surey become even more immersive.
Developed by: Discovery VR
Release date: June 23, 2016
Discovery has told us amazing stories, transported us to unknown places every time we tune in and sparking curiousity in us with each new thing, and it has been doing that for more than 30 years. Now, they are taking all of that a step further with Discovery VR. With the app, you can immerse yourself in time and space, check out shipwrecks full of sharks, or go freeboarding on the windiest streets of the world, and there is much more coming our way.
Apollo 11 VR
Developed by: Immersive VR Education Ltd.
Release date: April 1, 2016
Apollo 11 VR is one of the greatest achievement of manking, now told in the immersive universe of virtual reality. Get in the boots of the people that achieved this great feat. Not only will you learn new things, you will also get to see and hear authentic audio and video archives from the 1969 space mission. And if you want something more exciting, you can also take the wheel and fly the command module, land on the Moon, deploy the experiments and explore all before you get to the fiery return to Earth. It truly is the journey of a lifetime.
Developed by: Sketchfab
Release date: May 19, 2016
Sketchfab VR is without a doubt the biggest user generated 3D and VR content library in the world. With a community of over half a million creators, you can do almost whatever you feel like. You can take immersive tours to remote places, see fantastic creatures, experience cultural heritage from all over the world, or even hold a beating heart in your hands.