2016 is shaping up to be quite the year for Virtual Reality.
But what good is a new reality if you can’t game around in it?
We’ve got everything here from space fighting, to giant robot fighting, to lightsaber battles. Yup, you read that right. Lightsabers and Star Wars are coming to a virtual reality that’s not just in a galaxy far, far, away. Drop what you are doing and check out these trailers below for just a glimpse at the gaming options coming to VR headsets. And of course, be sure to let us know which games YOU can’t wait to check out as VR headsets start shipping to consumers over the next few months.
Space ships? Lasers? Attacking OTHER space ships? Check, check, and check. Built from the ground up for VR, EVE: Valkyrie will be available on a myriad of VR headsets, including Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. There’s different ship classes (fighter, heavy, and support), giving you options for how you want to traverse the final frontier in the next generation of games.
This video is a little more than a regular trailer, but shows off the multiplayer for Hover Junkers, a VR-exclusive, “multiplayer, fort flying, combat game coming” to SteamVR and the HTC Vive. You can play as a girl, guy, or a robot, as you collect loot to upgrade your ship. Hover Junkers has a cool western feel to it too, so get ready cowboy. Or cowgirl. Or…cow robot? You get the idea.
RIGS Mechanized Combat League
Giant robot mechs? Do I really need to say anything else?
Probably not, as the video speaks for itself. But I will anyways. Developed by Guerrilla Cambirdge, and exclusive to PS4 (and PlayStation VR), RIGS is an arena-based shooter and will include both a single player and multiplayer experience. Part sports and part robot, get ready to take on the Mechanized Combat League. The championship awaits.
Cute, colorful, and cuddly; Lucky’s Tale, exclusive to the Oculus Rift, reminds me of Rare’s Conker’s Bad Fur Day, but presumably won’t have the cussing or giant, singing piece of poo. And do I see coins that need collecting? Yup, it sure looks like it. Lucky’s Tale does look very much like an old-school Nintendo 64-era platformer, and more games in that vein are always a very, very good thing. If you’re wondering what a seemingly simple platformer is doing in the land of VR, you’ll need to psychically move around to find secret areas hidden on the map. This may be one platformer where you move as much as your main character.
Star Wars: Trial On Tatooine
Virtual. Reality. Lightsabers. I repeat: VIRTUAL REALITY LIGHTSABERS. The team is calling Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine a cinematic virtual reality experiment, but as long as that experiment includes getting to swing a lightsaber around. I think Star Wars fans are going to be interested.
It’s not the only Star Wars VR game announced this week either: We also got word that Star Wars Battlefront game will be coming out exclusive to PlayStation VR, as well. It’s a good week to be a VR Star Wars fan, that’s for sure.
What VR games are you most excited about? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!
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