Virtual reality is no longer the future of gaming; it’s hear, right now, changing the way people play. Sony, Microsoft, Facebook, Samsung and HTC are among the tech giants that have invested heavily in VR headset technology, resulting in high-quality hardware that immerses gamers in complete 3D surroundings. And along with these high-tech headsets are numerous games and apps that let people dive into various virtual worlds. Be prepared to pay big bucks for a top-shelf headset capable of playing the best games, but many VR apps can be enjoyed with cheaper headsets offered by Samsung and Google. Here we’ll review three of the must-have games for gamers making the leap from TVs and monitors to virtual reality goggles.
Ever dream of flying with the birds? Well, now is your chance. Eagle Flight literally puts you in a bird’s-eye view as you explore the city of Paris roughly 50 years after the disappearance of the human race. Explore alleys, swoop past historic landmarks and master aerial acrobatics. All the while, work toward conquering the overgrown city by building nests and outsmarting rival animals. You can even team up with five other players in an online multiplayer mode. Play Eagle Flight on the PlayStation VR, the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive.
“Not as flashy as the sci-fi VR games, but still a lot of fun, and the graphics are great.”Robert Gardner
“Love the multi-player mode! So much fun, kind of like capture the flag.”Bill Newsome
“I don’t even play the story mode; I just set it on free flight and do my own thing.”Rebecca Coulter
Batman: Arkham VR
Batman: Arkham VR puts you in the batsuit and unleashes you upon Gotham City. Released by Rocksteady Studios, this game is only available on the PlayStation 4 and requires the PlayStation VR to play. The total gameplay of this title isn’t as long, but this is a stunning introduction to the depths of virtual reality on a leading video game console. Now’s your chance to become the Caped Crusader.
“This feels like more of an extended tech demo than a real game, but it’s still a lot of fun.”Scott Cheney
“I got motion sick playing this, but I still loved it!”Nathan Coster
“I feel like this is just an appetizer. I’m stoked for what VR will bring to gaming.”Jerome Week
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
The other two games on our list require a more expensive VR headset, but this one can be played with a cheaper headset such as the Samsung Gear VR or the Google Cardboard. In this game, the player is trapped in a room with a bomb that must be disarmed. You hear voices from experts who are reading manuals and attempting to walk you through the disarming process. Screw up, and it’s game over! This game can also be played on a monitor, but the VR adds a huge amount of tension and uncertainty.
“Wasn’t a fan of this game at first, but it grew on me. It’s definitely not as high-powered as other VR games.”Daniel Mowe
“I wouldn’t put this on my top-three list, but it is a good counter to the other two games listed here.”Brad Scott
“This game does a great job of dialing up the pressure. It also makes me never want to be trapped in a room with a bomb.”Katie Small