Post by Shane R. Monroe on Dec 31, 2018 22:22:42 GMT -7
THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS
___Platinum___ Beat Saber Oculus Rift | This is the game that sold me on VR. I play it every single day.
Dead & Buried Oculus Rift / GearVR | Easily one of the best experiences on GearVR and it is jacked up on steroids for Rift. Great single play, great multiplayer. Polished as hell.
Robo Recall Oculus Rift | It probably came with your Rift and it is easily one of the most impressive games on the platform. Tearing off robot arms and beating them about the head and neck with it? Bloody awesome.
SuperHot VR Oculus Rift | Looks like a shareware game ... plays a bit like Dragon's Lair ... and it easily one of the most satisfying games on VR.
Arizona Sunshine Oculus Rift | A real adventure game. Well polished, a ton of fun and quite satisfying.
Space Pirate Trainer Oculus Rift | Easily a system seller. Some of the most god-like you'll feel playing a video game. A must own.
___Gold___ Fruit Ninja VR Oculus Rift | Instantly engaging and most people understand how to play already. Excellent game for introducing new folks to VR.
Google Earth VR Oculus Rift | Er, it's Google Earth but in VR ... and it is great. Free too.
Bigscreen Beta Oculus Rift | Make a room, invite your friends - share your desktop and watch movies/videos together. A neat way to get together. Free.
Virtual Desktop Oculus Rift | A notch about the Virtual Desktop included with Oculus. PERFECT for consuming 360 pictures (ANSEL stuff is great) and 360 videos (including the BLUE kind; read the Steam comments)
___Silver___ Batman Arkham VR Oculus Rift | This is something you keep around to impress your friends with VR. It's about a 40 minute interactive experience with a damn creepy ending. May have issues with some video cards, though.
GORN Oculus Rift | A basic arena fighting game. Lots of different weapons, lots of blood and gore (cartoony). Lots of stuff to unlock and work toward. My 12 year old boy loves it.
Ghost Town Mine Ride & Shootin' Gallery Oculus Rift | Remember those old school shooting galleries? And the half-assed scary mine ride at the state fair? Yep - this is both together. Damn cool, but beware some motion sickness.
___Bronze___ Super VR Trainer Oculus Rift | This is a collection of small games; it's cheap but fun (might need a third sensor for one of the games) but the price makes it worth picking up... the dark room game and the light saber game alone pay for it.
VRZ Torment Oculus Rift | Cheap. Super indie. A fun little distraction and scratches an itch.
NVidia VR Funhouse Oculus Rift | Tech demo that is a lot of fun - especially for new-to-VR folks. Recommended.
___No Medal Awarded___
Cove Point Fun Center - If it came free in a bundle? Fine - but otherwise, there are other, better titles similar that execute the idea properly. Disco Time 80s VR - Again, free in a bundle? Great. Otherwise, take a pass. Nice idea, just not well executed. The Haunted Graveyard - One time play, not exceptional in any way. Came in a free bundle and I still uninstalled.
___In The Queue___ Not played and evaluated - but will be!
Elven Assassin Echo VR The Body VR Bullet Train Star Trek Bridge Crew Dark Days Anshar Wars 2 Skybox VR Player vorpX Marvel Powers United VR Raw Data Creed Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope Sparc Subantica Talos Principle Timelock Ultrawings Ocean Rift Moss Rez Infinite Vanishing Realms Battlezone Pierhead Arcade Tricker VR Cove Point Fun Center
OK Here's my version. I'll might add links later, but most of everything, like 99% is all on Steam. You can find Steam Emu versions of some of these at igg-games.com if you're so inclined. Of the rated games, Stage 9 is the only one I can think of where you can't get it on Steam and it's available via torrent.
Beat Saber WMR - Lenovo Explorer | As Shane says, it is a great game, I should have bought it sooner. It's the one my wife and daughter love the most.
Google Earth WMR - Lenovo Explorer | Fly around the world and visit places from the air or ground level. Simply amazing and completely free, it's a no brainer to get this.
Pinball FX2 VR WMR - Lenovo Explorer | Wow. Just get it! All the tables you own already will work with it. You will not be disappointed if you are a pinball fan.
Rec Room WMR - Lenovo Explorer | Kind of like Roblox in the sense that people build mini games to play in VR. It's free and there are some really fun games to play and lots of other people to play with. A definite must have.
Vanishing Realms WMR - Lenovo Explorer | Dungeon Crawler. Very well done, good graphics good mechanics.
Gun Club VR WMR - Lenovo Explorer | Play with lots of guns and blow things up. It's very polished, the guns are realistic and I really enjoy shooting things. I would put it in platinum but the ranges are limited.
Pavlov VR WMR - Lenovo Explorer | Realistic style FPS. Takes a military style shooter to a whole new level. I'd give it platinum but it could use better graphics (think Xbox 360 quality) and the movement mechanics could use some work with the touchpad.
Zaccaria Pinball WMR - Lenovo Explorer | What's more to say, it's pinball. I built a electronic pinball machine, and have played a number of them. I own 20+ pinballs and operate 12 on location. VR pinball beats all other forms of electronic pinball, hands down. Amazing experience. I only knock this down because Zaccaria pinball obviously doesn't have the tables everyone wants, namely Williams/Bally.
The Lab WMR - Lenovo Explorer / HTC Vive | Given that it's free it's amazing. The problem with it is that I think there isn't enough to keep your attention for too long. The longbow game is the best by far and the main reason to come back. I have played the Lab on both Mordroc's HTC Vive and my WMR and they both play the same, IMO.
Minecraft VR WMR - Lenovo Explorer | Purchased for Windows 10, Minecraft supports WMR headsets, playable from the WMR house and purchased with the Windows Store app. It's minecraft, except you are actually in the world. My kids were begging me for it so I bought it for them. It's cool to be in the world, but it's what you would expect, pretty much, from Minecraft. Hence why it gets gold and not platinum level.
Zombie Riot WMR - Lenovo Explorer | You're stuck in one location defeating waves of Zombies with various weapons. When the wave is done you move to a new location. A GREAT cheap game, totally worth spending a few bucks on if it's on sale. Graphics are bright and fun. Loses points because you can't move around and all the zombies look the same, but still fun.
Throttle Powah VR WMR - Lenovo Explorer | Motorcycle type game where you ride around with two wheels in an open environment. It's fairly simplistic in terms of graphics and I haven't spent a ton of time with it, but it's more polished than most for a cheap game and you definitely get a good feeling like you're cruising around. I think I paid $3 for it and it's worth it at that price. I would probably not want to pay more than $5.
Bigscreen Beta WMR - Lenovo Explorer | Great for watching videos or using the desktop, although I find it just as useful to use the desktop app in the WMR house, and to watch 2D movies in the WMR house.
Pierhead Arcade WMR - Lenovo Explorer | I want to give this a Gold, but I am holding back because I think some of the mechanics of throwing balls needs work. Other than that, if that was fixed I might even give it a gold. It has a bowling alley, shooting range and all kinds of other fun arcade redemption style games you'd find at Chuck E Cheese to play. Graphics are fine, not fantastic, but what you might expect. I love the Ice Cold Beer style game they have in it. I really wish they would fix the throwing, or maybe it's just me not figuring it out, I don't know.
Regenesis Arcade WMR - Lenovo Explorer | Poor man's Space Pirate Trainer. Great though. Graphics are good and it's a lot of fun to shoot at the drones.
Detached WMR - Lenovo Explorer | You're in space and you have to get some shit done. Great graphics and theme, but I think the mechanics of moving around are difficult to master. I need to put more time into it instead of buying other titles, lol.
Stage 9 WMR - Lenovo Explorer | Walkthrough the Enterprise D. It's free and you're fucking over Paramount by downloading it, apparently. So go get it.
Saloon Showdown VR WMR - Lenovo Explorer | Get in an old west gunfight. I'm tempted to give this a silver, but the graphics aren't fantastic, and I think it's a little too easy. Other than that, it's great and shooting the people is about as realistic as I think you might be able to expect. I would definitely buy it again.
Moto VR WMR - Lenovo Explorer | Ride a motorcycle. Crotch rocket specifically. This actually has a lot of a potential, figuring out how to shift takes some time and I don't think it's as easy as riding a real bike, but I can see it being a lot of fun if the developer keeps going with it. It loses points due to the tracks being ultra simplistic and it's in early alpha stage, I would say. Bikes look very cool though.
NVIDIA VR Funhouse WMR - Lenovo Explorer| It's free so it's a no brainer. It's fun but there isn't a ton of replayability, IMO.
Scanner Sombre WMR - Lenovo Explorer | Explore a cave system but using a scanner that makes the walls dots. I haven't spent a ton of time exploring the caves so I don't know if it's just more than my basic description, but it's a neat experience at least as far as that goes.
Gun'n'Stories Preface VR WMR - Lenovo Explorer | Shoot 'em up western. Graphics are good but gameplay is buggy and not all that interesting. Waves of baddies coming at you, not very realistic. If it cost money, it would be in the fail category.
Drone Hunter VR WMR - Lenovo Explorer | Another space pirate trainer clone for the budget inclined. Graphics aren't as good as Regenesis, but it's fun and the voiceover work is great.
Ultimate Booster Experience WMR - Lenovo Explorer | A few mini games and mini rides to do. The title basically is that you are on amusement style rides. Definitely throws you for a loop, literally. If you like falling and bungee jumping type stuff, this game is worth a few bucks.
Mini Bowling WMR - Lenovo Explorer | It's like mini golf for bowling. Even their regular bowling lanes are not great. If you want a bowling app, just buy the Pierhead arcade and skip this.
VR Curling WMR - Lenovo Explorer | I love shuffleboard so I thought this would be fun. I don't understand the game mechanics so I never got to throw the rock or whatever it's called. It's from the same dev as Mini Bowling and I would def say it is not worth the money.
Qbike: Cyberpunk Motorcycles WMR - Lenovo Explorer | The idea is you are riding a light cycle, ala Tron Legacy. But it's a fail of a game. Not well executed and the levels just aren't appealing. It might deserve a Bronze, but if I had the choice to buy it again I wouldn't.
Maze Run WMR - Lenovo Explorer | You are stuck in a maze. Get out. Only problem is motion mechanics suck and it's not worth figuring out how to get out. Graphics are sub par. There isn't anything to do but escape. Don't waste your money.
FlyInside Simulator WMR - Lenovo Explorer | Flight Simulator. Completely VR. I want to like this, it's free and I actually got it running after fixing some issues with graphics settings in Nvidia's GeForce experience. But they limit you to 7 minutes in free mode, and just trying to fly or learn how to do anything with 7 minutes is not enough. And I'm not about to shell out 35 bucks for a newer flight sim that I can't even really properly test out. The devs wrote me back about the issues I was having launching it, fwiw. I also wonder if it's somehow based on a X-Plane derivative, and I already own X-Plane so I don't know if it's worth it. FlyInside is known for their other utilities that let you use fully VR in other flight sims, namely FSX. This is one of the biggest reasons I bought VR is as a potential to replace (and sell) my flight sim equipment, which is worth way more than the VR and computer I run it on combined. Once I have FSX running with FlyInside, I will post a separate review of that utility.
___Launched but Can't Rate Yet___
Shoot Loop VR WMR - Lenovo Explorer| Graphics are great, but I haven't had the time to remap the controls so I can't pick up the guns. Looks good though!
X-Plane 11 WMR - Lenovo Explorer| Flight Sim - I would rate this higher maybe once I can get it working, but I have failed the few times and haven't had a lot of time to devote to it. It is rated for WMR so I know it should work, it's probably just some setting I'm not familiar with.
Apollo 11 VR WMR - Lenovo Explorer| Experience what it's like to be on Apollo 11 as an astronaut. I only had time to sit through the JFK speech in the living room and ride the rocket into basically earth orbit level, but it's promising. Looking forward to seeing the moon and then I'll rate it.
Paleo museum VR WMR - Lenovo Explorer | Dinosaur skeleton museum. I need to remap the controls but what I saw so far would put it at the bronze level anyway.
___In The Queue___ Not played, not launched - but will be!
Everspace Elite Dangerous - Needs to be played with a joystick which I haven't set up yet Krypt Crawler - Needs remapping on WMR Duo TimeLock VR Arizona Sunshine Buzz Aldrin Cycling Pathways To Mars Crisis VRigade DeoVR Fantasynth Nefertari: Journey to Eternity Quanero Raygun Commando VR Retne The Body VR: Journey Inside a Cell The Brookhaven Experiment Waltz of the Wizard War Thunder Fallout 4 Budget Cuts Alice VR Creed Rise To Glory Duck Season Fruit Ninja GORN Hot Dogs Horseshoes Hand Gernades Subnautica VR Coaster Extreme VR Sports VTOL VR WAR DUST
___Titles I downloaded but am not sure I can run on WMR___
BladeRunner 9732 Derail Valley Doll City VR LA 2097
There is a cyberpunk/bladerunner experience some guy made that I had found on a blog somewhere. I can't remember if it was for the rift or vive but it was based on his love of blade runner and looked awesome. It was when I was researching VR and I forgot to bookmark it. If you find it let me know! It's not one of the BR titles that is available for the Rift.
Would it make sense to say WHAT WMR unit you are using? I don't know if they are all 100% the same ... but ...?
OK I updated it. I just installed and played a few minutes of Minecraft VR tonight too, I'm updating my list. I really wish I could have you try my headset and get your take on it since you are so detail oriented in your reviews. Maybe one of your local buddies will take a stab at a WMR headset instead of the vive or rift and you'll get to try it. I'm also hoping that maybe the Xbox will support the WMR headset spec soon. I did a cruise a few months ago and saw an xbox guy (he was wearing a lanyard that made it obvious he was on the xbox team) and he wouldn't tell me exactly what the plans were but he said VR for xbox is in the works. You'd think they'd be pissing off a lot of WMR early adopter owners if they didn't make it support them.
Post by Alex J. Lopez on Jan 2, 2019 15:15:30 GMT -7
To avoid being repetitive (and because I'm lazy), I'll break from format a bit. I'm on Oculus Rift, class of 2017.
Mentioned above and deserve mentioning again: -Beat Saber -Robo Recall -Dead and Buried -Fruit Ninja -Google Earth -Bigscreen Beta -Deo VR -VRZ Torment -Nvidia VR Funhouse -Guns 'N Stories, Bulletproof - full version (plays great on Rift, I play this often)
Other favorites: -Ultrawings (similar to Pilot Wings Resort on 3DS, I really like this one)
-Star Trek Bridge Crew (fun in and out of VR, I've only played solo so far but love the variety and attention to detail. Polished.)
-Serious Sam VR The Last Hope (Outstanding! Not $40 outstanding, but if you can get it on sale it's a lot of fun)
-Base Blitz (table top RTS with some similarities to Advance Wars, very cool)
-Drop Dead (on rails light gun shooter, reminiscent of House of the Dead)
-Chronos (3rd person perspective action RPG dungeon crawler, polished)
-The Mage's Tale (1st person perspective action RPG dungeon crawler, great visuals)
-Farlands (travel to an alien planet to observe, photograph, and interact with alien life forms. I was hooked on visiting this daily for weeks)
-Tethered (part RTS, part god-sim. playable in or out of VR. pretty cool)
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter VR (great mystery/puzzler in or out of VR)
Not my cup of tea: -Subnautica (gorgeous and realistic, made me want to hurl in minutes) -Raw Data, demo (seemed dated and bland when I played over a year ago, but the full release is supposedly much improved. way too many games of this kind on VR at the moment for me to bother loading it up again, but Chris is a big fan and might change my mind) Carnival Games VR (Buggy, awkward controls. Crashed often. Save your money and get the free and excellent Nvidia VR Funhouse) -VRog (worst game I've played on Oculus, Vrog lets you pretend to be a frog, hopping from lillypad to lillypad and catching flies with your tongue. I got this in an Indiegala bundle--they can't all be winners...)
Post by javierdlopez on Jan 23, 2019 18:40:56 GMT -7
In my limited experience... Here's what I've found to be great, ok and not so great.
Great Star Trek Bridge Crew. My favorite VR game so far. Super Hot VR. Super Hot is not so hot without VR. It is absolutely fantastic in VR. Creed: Rise to Glory. Another Showpiece. AAA game. Well done. A must play in VR Beat Saber. Great use of VR in a rhythm game. Game wouldn't be so great without the community created maps & mods. Job Simulator. I've played a ton with my Son. It's basically a fancy tech demo with tons of personality and style. Highly recommended Space Pirate Trainer. My son's personal favorite. Great pick up and play. good for quick bursts of arcade style play. Feels like you have Dave & Buster's at home
OK Fruit Ninja VR - New take on an old favorite. The lack of options and inability to "reset the room" from within the game keeps it from being great. Counter Fight: Samurai Edition. A little like Job Simulator, but focused on cooking Japanese cuisine. Things get a little repetitive quickly so replay ability is a little limited. UltraWings. I really like this game. It's a little limited in scope and the controls are a little laggy for me. But it's a nice little flight simulator that reminds me of Wii Sports Island. If you can snag this on sale, it's not a bad buy. Google Earth VR - Controls seem a little wonky for me, but it's a great tool to show the world to your kids.
Not so Great. Batman Arkham VR - I know a lot of people enjoyed this. I thought it was shallow and not very intuitive. There's only so many times you can look in the mirror and say: "Hey! I'm Batman!" Guns N Stories - Really tech demoish. Aiming is pretty bad (and it's a shooter). Game play I found to be pretty limited. I got bored after a few games. NVidia VR Funhouse - Graphics are fantastic, but I thought the game overall was pretty clunky. Throwing mechanics in VR aren't great as it is. And this game is no exception. Serious Sam VR - I wanted this to be awesome, but the game seemed incredibly difficult and the teleportation stuff doesn't work well for me. I didn't get very far before I got bored. Super VR Trainer - Throwing mechanics... Not great in VR.
Honorable Mentions - Games I haven't played much but have had good first impressions. Arizona Sunshine. Game looks great, but i haven't touched the campaign. I played around with the horde mode and had issues with picking up amo and reloading. I need more time before I develop a stronger opinion. YouTube VR. Most of the videos i'm seeing are pretty low resolution. Kind of a bummer and does nothing to help the tech. Rec Room VR: played around a bit, but I'm not much for interacting with "randos". hopefully I can get some of my friends to give this a try with me. BigScreen Beta: really cool collaboration application. I have not been able to "try it out with friends" so it's hard to gage it's usefulness.