Virtual Reality Games You Should Play In 2019
One of the emerging segments of the video games industry that is starting to soak up even more developer dollars and talent is the virtual reality niche, a market that is expected to grow with the next generation of powerful hardware right around the corner.
Plus the rise of its sister technology augmented reality, only further bolsters this new space in gaming.
Though VR games didn’t quite take center stage at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, in LA this year, there were a few announcements that, nonetheless, are of note to fans of VR games. In this article, we’ve compiled ten of our most anticipated games coming out in 2019 and possibly beyond.
One trend we’re starting to see really take off is the developer’s willingness to explore new game types and narratives in VR.
Not only does this have us excited, but it should have you hyped, too. What many felt could just be a fad is turning into a real cornerstone of modern home console gaming, and we the gamers are benefitting in the bargain.
This partnership between Oculus Studios and Insomniac Games is a sci-fi, open-world first-person shooter with a heavy emphasis on narrative and interaction with the wider game world. The main draw for this game is its promise of an open-world environment which, while common in more mainline games, is quite something unique in the VR space. Featuring graphics that are an amalgamation of cell-shading and polygonal graphics, Stormland looks like the right combination of narrative, gameplay, and graphical fidelity that could be one of the first major cross-genre epics for VR units.
9. Echo Combat
Another Oculus title, Echo Combat can best be described as a first-person tournament game set in the zero-g environment of outer space. Again the graphics keep it simple in order to keep it moving and the main focus of this title is, without a doubt, multiplayer arena play with friends.
8. Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot
In a further expansion of the Wolfenstein franchise, Bethesda is bringing the series to VR with a brand new adventure game, Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot. You will play as a hacker taking control of Nazi war machines in Paris, France.
7. Prey: Typhon Hunter
This game riffs on 2017’s Prey for a hunt-focused game wherein you stalk Prey’s infamous Typhons.
6. The Elder Scrolls: Blades
If you were hoping for an Elder Scrolls game along the lines of Skyrim to be built for VR then you might be waiting a little bit longer. Hopefully, though, The Elder Scrolls: Blades will help slake your thirst for all things TES when it drops in 2019. Ostensibly a dungeon crawler with an intuitive interface and most of the mechanics one would expect in a mainline Elder Scrolls title, Blades should be a little something different when it comes to HTC Vive.
5. Ghost Giant
Dropping for PSVR in 2019, Ghost Giant combines two genres that are typically found together, a ghost story and puzzle solving element, but also promises a kind of Disney-esque yarn about a young boy and the ghost that is protecting him from some danger.
4. Tetris Effect
When it comes to classic titles making their way to the VR format, few games are set to make as big of a splash as Tetris Effect. Described as both a surreal and addictive experience, Tetris Effect takes the famous tetromino-based game and blasts it into the world of 3D in an effort that is startlingly similar to Tetris 3D for the ill-fated Virtual Boy system and the “Tetrisphere” from Tetris 64.
3. Trover Saves the Universe.
If you’re a fan of Justin Roiland and the Rick and Morty series then this game, Trover Saves the Universe, needs to be at the top of your list of VR games to check out next year. Done in the iconic art style that you find in the Adult Swim series, Trover Saves the Universe will probably be a comical game that features a lot of the same humor as the television show. Coming from Squanch Games, that alone should tell you something.
2. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
No one is actually sure when this game is coming out for PlayStation VR but when it does Namco is promising an epic experience. If you’ve ever watched Top Gun and thought the fighter pilot scenes looked cool then Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown wants to give you that experience in VR. Originally slated for late 2017, the game could drop later this year for the 2018 holiday season or, at latest, in 2019. No one is quite sure yet but one thing is certain: Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is going to be a dogfighting VR game like no other.
1. Bravo Team
This cooperative shooter game coming for the PSVR is another hugely anticipated title because, unlike other games, this fps is going to focus on co-op gameplay between you and a buddy as you make your way through what the devs are describing as a city in war-torn eastern Europe.