Eight Of The Most Exciting VR Games On The Horizon

by Ben Reeves on Jan 01, 2016 at 07:00 AM

The VR landscape is the proverbial wild west of game development. Game makers don’t entirely understand how to best make use of the new technology, but it will be fun to watch them figure it out. The big VR headsets haven’t even released yet, but there are already a number of VR projects worth getting excited over. Here are our picks for the best VR games to play once you get your hands on a headset.

Bullet Train
Developer: Epic Games
Platform: Rift

This Time Crisis-style first-person shooter places users into the middle of a series of bullet-happy firefights. Players use Oculus’ Touch controllers to pick up, aim, and fire an arsenal of weapons and can teleport across the battlefield at will. However, the most exciting aspect of the game is that players can actually grab bullets, and even rockets, out of the air and throw them back at their foes.

Developer: Three One Zero
Platform: Rift, Vive, PlayStation VR

Often described as the movie Gravity in VR, Adr1ft puts players in a space suit and has them survive in open space after a mysterious disaster tears open their space station. In adventure game fashion, players will solve puzzles as they explore this wrecked station, collect compressed air to keep breathing, and find audio logs that will help them piece together the events that led up to the incident.

Developer: Honor Code, Inc.
Platform: Rift, Vive, PlayStation VR

When an undersea miner gets cut off from his support crew above the surface, he suddenly has to battle the elements and his personal demons just to survive. With limited air to breath and a small supply of flares to help them see, players will have to figure out how to make it to the surface while fending off wild ocean life in what could be one of VR's early horror hits.

I Expect You To Die
Developer: Schell Games
Platform: Rift

I Expect You To Die isn’t just a classic James Bond line, it’s an inventive puzzle game where players are locked inside a car, and must use their wits and the power of telekinesis to escape from an elaborately trapped car without blowing up. Reminiscent of mobile hits like The Room, I Expect You To Die is a creative puzzle game that will force you to use the objects around you in creative ways. You’ll likely die a lot, but that’s almost as fun as winning.

The London Heist
Developer: London Studio
Platform: PlayStation VR

Developed by Sony’s London Studio, The London Heist is reminiscent of classic Guy Ritchie ganger flicks like Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The demos we’ve seen so far have had us using the PlayStation Move controller in a series of shootouts that take place everywhere from posh London mansions to the front of a lorry during a high-speed highways chase. 

Developer: Guerrilla Cambridge
Platform: PlayStation VR

Sony is hoping to capture the attention of the competitive shooter market with RIGS, an arena-based shooter set 50 years in the future where the best athletes in the world compete against each other in a strange version of combat basketball while remotely controlling battle mechs. Players take each other down using an assortment of traditional deathmatch weapons, but the ultimate goal is to dive through a hoop in the center of the map.

Job Simulator
Developer: Owlchemy Labs
Platform: Rift, Vive, PlayStation VR

By 2050, robots have put us all out of a job. Thankfully, Job Simulator has archived the classic office experience for posterity. In this tongue-and-cheek look at our daily lives, players get to step into the roles of a gourmet chef, an office worker, and a convenience store clerk. It sounds silly, but Job Simulator’s absurd environments are incredibly engrossing, and we had a blast just trying to photocopy donuts or throwing every item in a kitchen into a cooking pot.

Developer: Gunfire Games
Platform: Rift

Unlike a lot of VR games which simulate first-person action, Chronos is a classic third-person action RPG. Chronos chronicles one hero’s lifelong quest to explore a massive labyrinth looking for the secrets to restore peace to his homeland. Players start their journey as a young adventurer who is nimble, but advancing age will turn them slower as they grow more powerful and attuned to magic.