The 5 Best Games On Oculus Rift

05/18/2016 by Dave Thier | Source: Forbes
You might, finally, have gotten your Oculus Rift. Facebook’s new VR platform had some manufacturing issues, but the company seems to be well on its way to filling preorders, and by this point most of the people I know that want a Rift have one. That leaves us with another problem, however. The Rift is not just a piece of hardware, it’s a platform, and as such it’s just no good without developers stacking the thing with software for us to play. So if you’re staring at that Oculus storefront, pretty though it may be, with no idea what to buy, here’s some guidance on five games worth picking up:

Eve: Valkyrie: CCP’s space shooter is a ten-year old’s starfighter fantasy. On a fundamental level, you know what you’re getting here: the opportunity to fly around shooting things in space.virtual reality. It looks great, it feels great, and anyone who ordered an Oculus will already have a copy. It’s not everything I would have hoped: a paucity of game modes and no single player means that this is far from the definitive space sim in VR. But what’s there is excellent, and if multipalyer, team-based deathmatches are your thing, you’ll be right at home here.

Defense Grid: A tower defense game doesn’t seem like it would be the ideal fit for virtual reality, but there’s something entrancing about this updated game ported over to the VR. You are a god of sorts, looking down at your tabletop and watching your systems execute the little enemies with precision and grace. In some ways, VR allows you to play the ultimate board game, and the unreality of the looking down at a virtual tabletop is an easier transition into VR than attempting to emulate real experiences. That, and the little tokens hidden in the stages have me salivating for a hidden object game in VR.

Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes: Local multiplayer in virtual reality feels Ike something of a contradiction in terms: if you wanted to play a game with other people, maybe strapping a headset to your face isn’t a great way to go. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes challenges that idea. The VR-bound player is placed before a virtual bomb, and the the other players have to give him or her instructions without being able to see it themselves. It’s an adaptation of a classic team building game, and an excellent way to expand the capabilities of your headset in an interesting way.

Chronos: Chronos, at first glance, doesn’t seem like it needs to be a VR game. It’s a third person fantasy action adventure, after all, a string of adjectives that aptly describes any number of games we’ve all played on consoles. But we’re taking baby steps here, and Chronos constitutes an excellent version of a genre we’re familiar with in a new setting. It’s not all familiar: the progression mechanic and overall ambience is unique in an interesting way, and this stands up well as a game regardless of the platform. VR makes it all the more eerie, and it’s worth your time if you like these games.

The Climb: Here’s what i love about VR. Crytek, a company best known for sci-fi shooter, Crysis, decided to make a rock climbing game. There’s no rules for this new platform, and there’s a simple joy in being able to scale a virtual peak, jump across a chasm or two, then look around at all you can see. It is intense at time, relaxing at others, and a great demonstration of why you got that VR headset in the first place. Will it be better with tuoch controllers? Absolutely. But it’s a great little demo of what’s possible on VR right now, and the real terror of making one of those jumps makes the whole thing worth it.