The Top 5 Games for Oculus Rift
So, you’ve decided to buy an Oculus Rift and Touch and now you want to know what to download first (besides the free stuff). In our breakdown of the top 5 games for Oculus Touch and top 5 for the Xbox One gamepad, we take a look at some of the best games currently on the Oculus Store.
Before we start, don’t forget that your Rift also works with compatible games purchased through Steam. Thanks to Valve’s open SteamVR platform and OpenVR APIs, Steam supports HTC Vive, OSVR, and Oculus Rift equally, so you can shop around for even more titles that aren’t published on the Oculus Store provided the developer enabled support. And now we present Road to VR‘s top five games for Oculus Touch, and gamepad.
One last thing. HTC Vive owners can play all of these too with the help of ReVive, a software hack that hooks the Vive into Oculus Store exclusives. Alright, on with the show.
Top 5 Oculus Touch Games
5 – The Gallery – Episode 2: Heart of the Emberstone
The Gallery: Heart of the Emberstone (2017) is a longer, stronger and more immersive experience than the first in the series, The Gallery: Call of the Starseed (2016), and shows that Cloudhead Games has put in the hours producing a visually and emotionally adept story that feels like it hasn’t outworn its welcome. Puzzles are innovative, and while they aren’t particularly difficult, they always reward you with something worth pursuing.
4 – Robo Recall
People used to think that fast-paced, high-action games would be too disorienting for new virtual reality users, but in Epic Games’ Robo Recall (2017), you can teleport around at full speed as you blast away at the game’s evil (and hilarious) robot army. If being able to tear your enemies literally limb from limb and beat a robot over the head with their own dismembered arm isn’t astounding enough, the level of detail and polish put into this game will make you reassess what’s possible in VR.
3 – Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality
Created by Owlchemy Labs, the studio that brought you the simulator parody Job Simulator (2016), Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (2017) follows the adventures of a Morty clone, the lowest life form on drunken genius Rick Sanchez’s hierarchy of ‘giving a shit’. Playing in the Rick and Morty universe, you get to explore Rick’s garage lab, do Rick’s bidding, and hunt the seemingly endless Easter eggs hidden throughout the game. There are plenty of laughs to be had, thanks to the comedy stylings and infectious voices of show creator Justin Roiland.
If you’re not a fan of the cartoon, or want to buy something more ‘family friendly’, the game is essentially Job Simulator with more swearing, poop humor and an overarching story, so you can alternatively pick up its silly, but entirely kid-friendly predecessor Job Simulator in substitution. Personally, we like poop humor.
Find out why we gave Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality a [9/10] in our review.
2 – Superhot VR
If you haven’t played the PC or console version of Superhot (2016) before, get ready for a new take on the FPS genre with its strategy-based shooting missions. Designed from the ground-up for VR headsets, Superhot VR (2016) is an entirely new game in the same vein as its flatscreen counterpart. The iconic red baddies (and their bullets) move only when you do, so you can line up your shot, punch a guy in the face, dodge a bullet, and toss a bottle across the room, shattering their red-glass heads in what feels intensely immersive and satisfying—because you’re doing it all with your own two hands. That and you’ll feel like a badass no matter whose basement you live in.
Find out why we gave Superhot VR [9.1/10] in our review.
1 – Lone Echo & Echo Arena
Sharing the top spot are two halves of the same zero-G coin: first-person action-adventure game Lone Echo (2017) and it’s multiplayer counterpart Echo Arena (2017). As impressive feats of engineering in their own rights, both games feature an undoubtedly comfortable zero-G locomotion system that lets you fly through the air without the slightest hint of motion sickness.
Lone Echo is the sort of cinematic sci-fi narrative that engages the player with its excellent voice acting, impressive visuals, and a deep and memorable story. Combined with its innovative locomotion system, it’s truly a gem of a game worth playing—if only to say you’ve been to the edge of the Universe and back. Check out why we gave Lone Echo a solid [9/10] in our review.
Where Lone Echo is plodding and tactful in its storytelling, Echo Arena amps up the speed, throwing you in an online team sport that’s a fun mix of soccer and ultimate Frisbee… in space. The best part? It’s free to own permanently if you download between now and October 20th, as afterwards it’ll be priced at $20. It may not reach the top spot of our list on its own because of the lack of ongoing development currently, but that may change when customers are putting money into the high-flying sport.