VR has gone from a novelty to a must have for most hardcore gamers in the past two years. With hundreds of releases and ports from major studios and indie developers, it can be hard to keep up. Many VR games end up not being worth the hype. But, some games stand the test of time and are still worth playing, even if they are a year or two old. Here are three VR titles you may have missed, but are totally worth your cash and your time.
1. Hover Junkers
This HTC Vive first-person shooter came out in the spring of 2016. While many critics were skeptical of the concept, the game has turned out to be one of the best VR games to date. The premise is simple. You build a “junker”, basically a Mad Max version of a DIY hovercraft, and then you go around shooting people. But, the gameplay is addicting.
You tell the game the size of the room you are in and you actually physically construct a series of obstacles you can hide behind. Hover Junkers is one of the few games that actually let you feel like you are part of the action. You will get a workout, and possibly some real bruises if you are not careful, shooting and dodging while you jet around in some post-apocalyptic desert on your junker.
The biggest knock on the game is that it gets tiring jumping and ducking all the time. But, for most players those are the best features of the game. For more proof about how incredible Hover Junkers is, checkout its subreddit. If you missed Hover Junkers when it was released, it’s time for you to catch up.
2. Dead Secret VR
Dead Secret VR puts you in the 1960’s trying to solve a brutal and mysterious murder. Unlike many other VR mysteries, Dead Secret doesn’t just rely on creatures jumping out of closets and around corners to scare you, although there is some of that. Instead, the mystery uses Hitchcock like suspense and a building sense of dread to scare you. You end up being afraid of what you might find, while you feel compelled to keep looking.
The mystery takes about 6 to 8 hours to solve, and is not the most challenging game of its type. But, the action is smooth, the scenery is beautifully creepy, and the story is unique an intense. If you like a good murder-mystery, Dead Secret will not disappoint you.
This game is different from many other similar VR titles in that it is a point and click mystery. Some may be disappointed that the gamepad is not put to better use, but the point and click action seems to fit better with the 1960’s theme and makes it easier to play the game for long periods of time. The game also features a comfort mode for people prone to motion sickness.
3. Edge of Nowhere
2016 saw a huge revival of interest in 1970’s and 1980’s style thrillers and horror movies. The Netflix hit Stranger Things capitalized on this nostalgia in a big way. The Insomnia Games VR title Edge of Nowhere quietly also feeds on this same nostalgia, albeit in a much more graphic, and even creepier way.
Edge of Nowhere makes you feel like you are living the kind of terrors shown in horror classics like The Thing. Like all great dangerous monster stories it all starts out with people messing around with things they shouldn’t be messing around with in Antarctica.
The graphics and gameplay are incredible. Edge of Nowhere is one of the first VR games where it doesn’t feel that the images and movement were sacrificed for the bulky VR gimmick. Instead, the VR feels natural. The result is a game that is both addictive and terrifying.
The game’s story is heavily influenced by horror genius H.P. Lovecraft. Some critics felt the story stayed too close to its influences and was not innovative enough. But, this misses the point of the game. The entire concept of the game is to make the setup seem familiar, even as you must struggle to find your way out of this virtual horror story.