3 VR Games Paving The Way For Future Experiences
The virtual reality gaming market has expanded in ways that are difficult to follow. At first, things seemed gradual. We heard more about demos and concepts than actual games. The rollout of the industry as a whole took its time. Now, things almost seem to be moving too quickly. It’s hard to keep track of the latest games, which headsets they’re designed for, and what’s on the horizon.
But the best way to keep track of the market probably isn’t to try and follow every new release. Soon it’s going to be just as hard to keep up with the VR games as it is for mobile and console releases. Instead you’d be better served keeping an eye out for games that could be looked at as pioneers. The following are four such games that we’ve already seen either demo’d or released.
Eagle Flight has been out for a while now, so it might be a little late to call it a game changer. It debuted at PlayStation Experience 2015, and in 2016 an article looking at five promising PlayStation VR games called it a stunning achievement in visual design. That description still holds up. Ubisoft and PlayStation just know what they’re doing. Eagle Flight still holds up as one of the most visually impressive VR games out there. It allows players to soar over cityscapes and fly around. While that kind of experience has its limitations in typical VR, it could still lay the groundwork for incredible games at VR arcade facilities. These facilities will have better ways to deal with physical confines, and a game like this could truly let a player feel the sensation of flying over a famous (and beautifully rendered) city.
If your primary focus is on major developers like Ubisoft, you may not have come across this title yet. An article on the best VR casino games described it as one of the very first pilot games to be tested with VR, and it may wind up being one of the most significant. Developed by Microgaming, it’s a title that turns online roulette into a fully immersive VR experience—complete with a beautiful (and oddly relaxing) outer space background and a robot dealer. The game as currently constructed isn’t particularly expansive, but it’s a nice example of how an ordinary experience can be made unique through VR world design. This sort of design has the potential to thoroughly revolutionize casino gaming and bring countless players along with it.
Fallout 4 VR
This is a title that hasn’t come out, but it has potential to be the game changer in virtual reality. That’s because it will be one of the first major attempts to adapt an open world experience to headset gaming. That’s a tall order, and there are some people who think it’s a fool’s errand.
But even a post that was critical of the idea of adapting open world games admitted that Fallout 4 VR has gotten a lot better since it was first teased. The controls have gotten more intuitive and the environment keeps becoming more convincing. This game could still wind up being a disaster (as could Skyrim VR, which is also in the works). But if it’s good, it’s going to lead to a lot of open world follow-ups.