The time of virtual reality is upon us. With the recent release of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, and the fast approaching release of PlayStation VR, this technological revolution should be fresh in the minds of gamers across the globe. Here are ten games in the pipeline to look forward to when we strap our headsets on this year.
10. The Modern Zombie Taxi Co.
Probably the strangest entry to this list, The Modern Zombie Taxi Co. pits you as the last human on earth in the aftermath of the inevitable zombie apocalypse. You use your skills as a taxi driver to ferry the zombies to wherever they want to go. It looks light-hearted and a lot of fun, mixing the novel ideas of Crazy Taxi and Envirobear to merge into a brand-new game.
9. 100ft Robot Golf
Another PlayStation VR exclusive: 100ft Robot Golf is pretty much what it says on the tin. A tribute to 90s-style mech animation, you do battle with other robots in a destructible city, smashing down buildings to make your shots easier, or your opponents’ shots harder.
8. The Assembly
The Assembly looks to be VR’s first adventure game and presents a morality tale that let’s you play as two people involved in The Assembly, an underground organization unknown to the public, conducting questionable experiments for the good of mankind. It aims to use virtual reality for deeper immersion, and has you figuring out tricky physics puzzles on top of the moral choice dynamic.
7. Edge of Nowhere
Exclusive to the Oculus Rift and developed by veteran powerhouse Insomniac Games, Edge of Nowhere is a third-person virtual reality action-adventure set in the Antarctic. The game looks to have been inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, as you traverse mountains in search of a lost expedition team, while encountering surreal monsters that aim to test your wits and sanity.
6. RIGS Mechanized Combat League
Rocket League on steroids – that’s the best description I can come up with for this one. Instead of cars, you pilot mini metal gears called RIGS in an arena, using futuristic weaponry to blast your enemies away. There is also a sporting element to the game, and it boasts high-octane competitive multiplayer action. Now imagine this in virtual reality.
5. Giant Cop
Another game that does exactly what it says on the tin. Giant Cop stars you as, well… a Giant Cop. You have to bring justice to Micro City, using the environment and your enormous stature as your arsenal. It offers a satirical, fourth-wall breaking narrative with a lot of humour, and you can even upgrade your law bringing abilities by solving various missions like bank heists and violent protests.
4. Rock Band VR
A match made in heaven. Little details are available at the moment, but Rock Band‘s already immersive nature lends greatly to the formula of virtual reality. From the video we can get a glimpse of what it’ll be like, standing over the crowd, being able to see your other band members, and rocking out like it’s nobody’s business. I’m sold.
3. Star Wars Battlefront VR Experience
Nearly nothing is known about this project so far, beyond the fact that a partnership between DICE and Lucasfilm is bringing the world of Star Wars to PlayStation VR. There’s certainly a lot of room for innovation here. If they manage to get lightsabers to feel right with the move controllers, and adapt some of the amazing set pieces from the movies, I’m sure it will be a colossal hit. Let’s hope that it’s only using the Battlefront brand as a namesake.
2. Psychonauts and the Rhombus of Ruin
Now I may be a little biased here, but I think Psychonauts is by far and away the best IP to be warped into the realm of virtual reality. Telekinesis and other psychic abilities would flow perfectly and be a great way to utilise the PlayStation Move controllers. Gladly, Double Fine are taking the plunge, and Rhombus of Ruin is set to bridge the gap between the cult classic Psychonauts and its recently kick-started sequel.
Now I think I can speak for everyone and say that when I saw this game at E3, my jaw hit the floor. Dreams is a limitless creator, a game that I don’t think the developers even understand. It’s a game creator, a movie maker, and an imagination station in the purest form. The ability to draw and flex your artistic muscles to your hearts content is an alluring promise and effortlessly improved by the addition of virtual reality. It also features an intriguing single player mode, where you traverse through different dreams, solving unique puzzles and exploring beautiful worlds. What a concept!