There’s been a lot of talk about virtual reality headsets hitting the consumer market over the last few months, but there aren’t many companies that have any definitive launch plans before 2016. Well, except for Samsung.
The company announced that, in conjunction with Oculus, it will release the Samsung Gear VR to retail starting on November 20th, going for the low price of $99. That’s pretty affordable for virtual reality-based tech, and it looks pretty slick to boot.
But, of course, some people are wondering if the investment is worth it, considering that they don’t have that much information regarding the games coming out for it. Using Netflix with it is sure to be awesome (with the virtual living room and everything), but there’s gotta be room for games too, right?
Here’s a breakdown of some of the games that will be available for launch alongside the unit, as well as a couple of intriguing ones that will release a little later down the road.
If you’re not really in the mood for innovation and want to roam around a virtual arcade instead – and really, who wouldn’t – there’s the Oculus Arcade, which introduces a handful of favorites from Sega, Midway, and Bandai Namco from anywhere between one and three dollars a pop. Such classics include Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and 2, Virtua Fighter 2, Defender, Joust, Pac-Man and Galaga, with new offerings being added soon, just like a real arcade. The price is about right, and you actually get to stand in front of an arcade machine.
The creators of Monument Valley have been quite busy with their first VR adventure, as the trailer above clearly shows. In Land’s End, you’ll make your way through a transcendent, fantasy-based world as you attempt to solve a mystery, all through the developer’s unique storytelling. Featuring a number of exquisite landscapes and artifacts to study, the game promises to be one of the most involving virtual reality experiences to date.
Prefer a little action on the VR side of things? Take a look at Climax’s Bandit: Six Salvo, a target-filled, shoot-em-up where you defend a military station from incoming enemies, both on the ground and in the air. Using a variety of weapons, including a twin cannon and a tank turret, you’ll have the opportunity to blast enemies from the sky, earning new points and acquiring additional upgrades to step up in the heat of battle. Also, you might want to make note of the slick cel shaded art design.
There’s nothing like a good horror game to get your nerves on end, especially with one that takes advantage of virtual reality gear, giving you that feeling of “being there.” That’s exactly what Robot Invader’s Dead Secret provides, as you attempt to solve a murder mystery using your journalistic skills. Of course, being scare-based, you never know what to expect, as you’ll have to locate the killer before he gets a bead on you.
Another engaging part of CCP’s EVE universe, this turret-based shooter is likely to get a great deal of attention when it releases after the Gear VR’s launch. In Gunjack, you control a stationary gunport as you shoot at enemies both large and small, using everything from machine guns to missiles. You’ll need all that firepower too, because some of these foes won’t go down so easily. Gunjack promises to be one of the more entertaining VR games out there. Now we just need it to come out already.
Fans of open-space shooters like Star Wars: Starfighter and Colony Wars will feel right at home with OZWE Games’ Anshar Wars 2, where you guide a space vessel against the deadliest of enemies across the reaches of the galaxy. There’s a twist. Instead of grasping a routine controller to fire away at enemies, you’ll instead use your head for movement and shooting. As you can see from the trailer above, the game promises to utilize the 3D effects of the Gear VR quite fluidly, while at the same time packing plenty of action.
Check out the trailer below to get a glimpse of what other games will release with the Gear VR soon.
Cover image source: CCP