Five Upcoming Virtual Reality Games We Can’t Wait to Try

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There’s a lot to be excited about as a gamer in 2016. We’re on the cusp of a gaming revolution of sorts. Virtual reality consoles are set to transform the nature of video games, and the technology is only getting better. For the first time ever, affordable and convincing virtual reality is hitting the market and entering our homes. Some virtual reality experiences are more highly anticipated than others, such as the following upcoming titles for HTC Vive, Playstation VR and Oculus Rift…

Robinson: The Journey

PlayStation 4 VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

8th November

If Jurassic Park is your favourite movie, then you’re in for a treat. From the creators of the Far Cry series comes a game with equally exotic visuals that will take you back in time. Well, technically, the game will take you to another planet…one on which dinosaurs roam wild and free. You play as a young boy called Robin who, after crashing his spaceship on the jungle planet, must survive the beautiful but terrifying place with only the ship’s portable A.I. as company. You’ll come face to face with raptors, triceratops and – of course – the dreaded T-Rex. It’s dinosaurs in space – what’s not to like? Robinson: The Journey is without doubt one of the most highly anticipated adventure/survival games for VR, and a single screenshot of the gorgeously illustrated scenery should be enough to get you excited for its release.

EVE: Valkyrie

PlayStation 4 VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

13th October 2016

This deep space dogfighting game has been likened to Battlestar Galactica for its depiction of a sci-fi universe filled with outlaws and exhilarating space combat. You will play as a fighter pilot and a new recruit to Valkyrie, a rebel group dedicated to fighting rival clans for power and resources. The game has been praised for its stunning and immersive graphics, as well as the sense of seamless and intuitive maneuvering players experience when piloting a spacecraft. EVE: Valkyrie is widely regarded as one of the best VR games so far.

Bolt Casino

PlayStation 4 VR

TBA

What do you do if you’ve got a knack for poker but the local casinos are too pricey (not too mention intimidating) yet all the online poker rooms are too impersonal and – let’s face it – pretty boring? Virtual reality gaming has allowed for a midground between the two, most promisingly in the form of Lucky VR’s multi-player casino worlds. These VR developers transform the games offered by famous online poker brands into virtual reality experiences. For a game such as Bolt Casino VR, the technology brings to life a customized persona who can gamble with the holograms of other players in any number of amazing settings.

Affected: The Manor

Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift

8th June 2016

The main appeal of any horror game is, arguably, the testing of your limits. How far can you venture without freaking out and giving up? Watching your friends react to jump scares is also a bonus, of course. VR promises to make that experience all the more terrifying, and horror game developers are probably just as excited at the potential of VR horror as gamers themselves. Many well-established franchises have already jumped onboard VR boom including Paranormal Activity and Resident Evil. One of such franchises is Affected – a game developed by small indie studio Fallen Planet. Though the graphics might not be as mind-blowing as some other VR games, Affected: The Manor has gained something of a reputation for being one of the scariest VR horror games on the market – as also evidenced through this thoroughly entertaining video. A spine-tingling mix of eerie music, dark hallways and sudden frights makes this game the ultimate VR experience for horror fans.

Farpoint

PlayStation 4 VR

TBA 2017

For a lot of people, the most exciting experience VR can offer is the intensifIcation of the first-person shooter experience. Farpoint promises to fulfill every wish for fans of the shooter genre with an adrenaline-inducing game where you’ll use the PS VR Aim Controller as gun, with its motion and navigation sensors. Though few clear details have emerged as to the plot, it seems that players will have two main characters to choose between, and their mission involves exploring a barren planet – which definitely includes fending off some mutant creatures, by the looks of the trailer.

From the above games alone, it’s clear that VR will be offering a rich and diverse range of immersive experiences for almost every type of gamer.

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