2016 is definitly going to be a crazy year for Oculus Rift. The pre-orders are already starting and a lot of games are being prepared for this massive wave of new VR players.
In order to remind and prepare you, here are the CONFIRMED games that will be available in 2016!
List of 2016 VR games:
Classroom Aquatic is the world’s first trivia/stealth game for the Oculus Rift. Players play as an exchange student in a school of dolphins, taking a test that the player is in no way prepared for. They must resort to cheating in order to pass it! Youtube video.
Esper is a first-person Oculus Rift / Samsung Gear VR puzzle game set in 1975. Certain members of the public begin to display extra-sensory abilities and, in the interests of national security, the government panic and start forcing citizens to undergo aptitude tests.
As one of these people, you’ll be ‘encouraged’ by a contractor of the government to prove you’re not a threat. Put your wits to the test and use the power of telekinesis to make it through the trial so you can leave… safely? Youtube video.
I Expect You To Die
I Expect You To Die – Step into the tuxedo of an elite secret agent and try to survive a series of ever more deadly situations. Complete your mission using your wits and a top secret device that gives you the power of telekinesis.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes – One player is trapped in a virtual room with a ticking time bomb they must defuse. The other players are the “Experts” who must give the instructions to defuse the bomb by deciphering the information found in the bomb defusal manual. But there’s a catch: the experts can’t see the bomb, so everyone will need to talk it out – fast! Youtube video.
VR Sports Challenge
VR Sports Challenge offers gamers a variety of sporting challenges, including hockey, football, baseball, and basketball — all playable in virtual reality! Youtube video.
Stationary Gameplay: 3rd Person / RTS
AirMechVR brings fast-paced giant robot combat to virtual reality via the Oculus platform. DotA-style gameplay with transforming robots each with their own unique stats and abilities. Fast paced action and shorter game lengths keep the battle intense.
Chronos’ mission is to create stunning virtual worlds where all things are possible, and to train people on creating virtual worlds and experiences. To make VR accessible to all people, and to create opportunties for everyone involved. To be the catalyst for enough VR content that VR can serve as a time machine: A portal to futuristic worlds as well as ancient ones. To create experiences that connect people in ways that make physical travel unnecessary. Youtube video.
Defense Grid 2
DG2 is the definitive tower-defense strategy game and the new Enhanced VR Edition, rebuilds the user interface and controls to give players the most intuitive and immersive Defense Grid experience imaginable. Youtube video.
Gang Beasts VR
Gang Beasts is a silly local multiplayer party game with surly gelatinous characters, brutal mêlée fight sequences, and absurdly hazardous environments. It will be available as Oculus Rift comes out in Q1. Here are the patch notes. Youtube video.
Nighttime Terror is a top down shooter inside your childhood nightmares. Fight against your scary toys and compete with other players for the high score!
Available on Oculus Rift (Windows), GearVR and Google Cardboard. Youtube video.
Tactera is a virtual reality RTS game set on a virtual holographic tabletop. Inside a futuristic command center, a virtual holographic display allows commanders like you to finally see through the fog of war. Build swarms of gunships, tanks, bombers, and other units, and use them to strategically outmaneuver the enemy. With a perfect close-up view of the battlefield, there are no excuses left. All that counts is the tactical skill of the commander. Youtube video.
Assetto Corsa is a sim racing video game developed by the Italian video game developer Kunos Simulazioni. It is designed with an emphasis on realistic racing experience with support for extensive customisation and moddability. This one is also one of my favourite VR games of 2015. Youtube video.
ADR1FT is an immersive First Person Experience (FPX) that tells the story of an astronaut in peril. Floating silently amongst the wreckage of a destroyed space station with no memory and a severely damaged EVA suit slowly leaking oxygen, the only survivor struggles to determine the cause of the catastrophic event that took the lives of everyone on board. The player fights to stay alive by exploring the wreckage for precious resources, and overcomes the challenges of an unforgiving environment to repair the damaged EEV and safely return home. Youtube video.
American Truck Simulator
American Truck Simulator – Experience the most legendary American trucks and deliver various cargoes across the United States. American Truck Simulator takes you on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes and widely recognized landmarks around the States.
Apollo 11 – On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon. You can now experience this event by becoming Neil Armstrong and boarding the Saturn V Rocket which is still to this day the most powerful machine ever created by humans. Youtube video.
Battlezone – Designed for the next wave of virtual reality devices – including PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift – Battlezone gives you unrivalled battlefield awareness, a monumental sense of scale and breathless combat intensity. You are in the cockpit of a super weapon. Your instincts and senses respond to every threat on the battlefield as enemy swarms loom over you and super-heated projectiles whistle past your ears.
You’ve seen war. Now feel it. Youtube video.
Bebylon Battle Royale
Bebylon Battle Royale – So if you ever dreamt about possessing the body of an eccentric superstar baby driving a Rolls Royce hovercraft armed to destroy the giant ego of your baby opponent in front of screaming fans… then it’s the perfect game world for you.
Darkfield is combining the feel of classic space games with modern, mission driven co-operative gameplay. You are part of an elite squad with customized ships and special abilities. Team up with your wingman to shoot down enemy fighters, protect civilians and take down big space structures. Youtube video.
Digital Combat Simulator
Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS World) is a free-to-play digital battlefield game, focusing on simulation of military aircraft. It includes the FREE Su-25T and TF-51D aircraft and it is extensible through additional DCS modules as well as user-made add-ons and mods. Youtube video.
DiRT Rally captures the essence of what makes rally unique – that sense of trying to remain in control, as you hurtle along dangerous, undulating roads at breakneck speed, aiming to squeeze everything out of your car whilst knowing that one crash could irreparably harm your stage time. Youtube video.
Elite: Dangerous is considered on of the best Oculus Rift games that are out there. Interesting thing is that Oculus Rift consumer version is not even released to the public yet, and it manages to awe people, even with its arguably low resolution (for now). And the people who do not own the Oculus Rift are constantly throwing money at the screen in hopes of getting that VR experience. Youtube video.
Enemy Starfighter seamlessly mixes third-person tactical control and first-person cockpit gameplay to create an intense one-of-a-kind action experience. Lead your fleet through randomly-generated battles, each testing your ability to think, to fight, and to be ruthless. Can you reach the traitor home world? Youtube video.
Euro Truck Simulator 2
Euro Truck Simulator 2 gives you the chance to become a real truck driver from the comfort of your home! Featuring licensed trucks with countless customization options and advanced driving physics, the game delivers an unparalleled driving experience which has put it in the spot of the most popular truck driving simulator on the market. In game world features numerous landmarks and precisely recreated territories to create the ultimate experience, making you feel as if you were driving the trucks in real life. Youtube video.
In EVE: Valkyrie™, you are in command of a heavily armed fighter in the most realistic dogfighting game available on any platform. Immersive VR technology puts you right in the cockpit for visceral team-based action. This game is bundled with Oculus Rift CV1. Youtube video.
Flying Aces VR
Flying Aces VR – Take to the skies, and experience the birth of aerial combat during the Great War (1914-1918). Fly structured missions to develop and test your piloting, gunning and bombing skills, and eventually lead your side to ultimate victory. Youtube video.
iRacing… One of the most realistic racing games out there, even without the Oculus Rift. iRacing shines where it should shine. The way the cars feel when you turn, the way the car sounds when you accelerate. All of it is just like in real life. Youtube video.
Live for Speed
Lunar Flight – Explore the most realistic and beautiful realtime simulation of ‘Lunar Flight’ in this unique and challenging game. Experience the heart pounding sense of dread as you deliver supplies to moon bases with only seconds of fuel to spare! A modern take on the classic arcade game, Lunar Lander, Lunar Flight extends the experience to a fully fictionalized and accessible lunar module simulator providing a variety of mission types involving transporting cargo, acquiring data at survey locations and locating lost cargo. Youtube video.
Narcosis – Survival, horror at the sunless depths of the Pacific Ocean. Stranded on the seafloor with low light and few tools, an industrial diver takes desperate steps to surface before his oxygen — and sanity — give out. Youtube video.
Project CARS is the ultimate driver journey! Guided, tested, and approved by a passionate community of racing fans and real-life drivers, Project CARS represents the next-generation of racing simulation as the ultimate combination of fan desire and developer expertise. Youtube video.
Radial-G – Climb into the cockpit of a futuristic race craft and tear up the anti-gravity track. Offering single & multi-player action, Radial-G delivers full immersion racing on tubular tracks featuring gut-wrenching twists, jumps, splits & unique inverted racing. Also supports Oculus VR. Youtube video.
Sublevel Zero is a first-person roguelike six-degree-of-freedom shooter set in a universe where reality is falling apart. Take control of a lone gunship pilot whose mission is to loot and craft ancient technology. Youtube video.
Time Machine VR
Time Machine VR – A plague is consuming humankind. Civilization faces extinction. As a time-travelling scientist, you must go back to the Jurassic and face dinosaurs whose DNA holds the key to our survival. Pilot your time machine through prehistoric oceans, investigate these beasts, and save the human race. Youtube video.
Vox Machinae – Your Grinder’s cockpit is your home away from home. A lovingly detailed interior will make you forget about the real world and accept your new life as a rugged Grinder pilot. Like a mullet, it’s all business in the front, but a party in the back. Take a nap in the bunk while you wait for an interplanetary transfer, or check the computer between missions. Youtube video.
War Thunder is a free-to-play, cross-platform MMO combat game for Windows, Linux, Mac and PlayStation®4 dedicated to military vehicles used in the World War II and the Korean War periods. Fight in major air, land, and sea battles, with international players in an ever developing environment. Youtube video.
Artificial Locomotion: 1st Person
CrystalRift – A grid-based dungeon-crawler, in classic first person perspective. An experiential horror challenge game that takes the player through a series of increasingly mysterious locations. Also includes Virtual Reality support for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Youtube video.
FATED is an upcoming virtual reality action-adventure experience set in Norse land during Ragnarök. This project is being developed by a dedicated team within Frima.
Minecraft (C++ Edition)
I think it needs no introduction. Youtube video.
Obduction – This is your story now. You’ve been abducted from your cozy existence and added into an alien landscape with a stereotypical, Kansas farmhouse with a white picket fence. But the farmhouse is just the first building in a rather bizarre little town that borders the road – curious structures that beg questions rather than provide answers. And adding to the curiosity, you stumble upon a strange, kluged kiosk that reassuredly welcomes you to “Hunrath”.
Ocean Rift – The idea behind Ocean Rift is to showcase different techniques for simulating a vivid underwater experience in VR. This includes experimenting with different sounds, animals, plant life, ocean current effects, particle systems (dust, bubbles etc.). Youtube video.
P.O.L.L.E.N – After the discovery of the antigravity drive in 1965, lifting objects to orbit became affordable and fast! Planetary colonies, as well as research stations, have rapidly taken over the solar system. It’s now almost as common to be a miner on Earth as it is to be one on an asteroid. Youtube video.
PULSAR: Lost Colony
PULSAR: Lost Colony – Team up to operate an advanced starship and explore a randomized galaxy falling into chaos. Each player (up to five) takes on a unique role and must work together in order to find the Lost Colony. Youtube video.
TECHNOLUST is a Virtual Reality Adventure set in a near-future Cyberpunk world. The world and style of TECHNOLUST are inspired by 1980’s and 90’s Cyberpunk fiction like Blade Runner, Neuromancer and Robocop. Virtual Reality technology such as the Oculus Rift allow a player to deeply explore a fully realized, living, breathing world and truly be present in the game, rather than just controlling an avatar. Youtube video.
The Assembly, a mysterious organisation hidden from the world, has been experimenting outside the constraints of government scrutiny and society’s morals. But what secrets is it hiding? What will it sacrifice in the name of progress? As a chain of events threatens to expose The Assembly, two individuals – each with their own perspectives and motivations – are offered a chance to shape the future. For better or worse, the impossible choices they face will transform not just their own lives, but that of whole nations. Youtube video.
“The Climb” tries to give you the same rush you feel when you are facing great heights, but this time you do not have any safety equipment, and you are relying purely on your hands (and head) to get your lazy butt to the top of the rock. This game will not be playable without the Rift headset, and because of that, controllers and user interface is made specifically for VR. No hidden UI, no FOV problems, just a clean, “motion sickness free” gaming experience. Youtube video.
The Hum: Abductions
The Hum: Abductions is a first person horror game, under development using the powerful and visually appealing Unreal Engine 4 engine.
Thought of as an immersive and frightening story driven game, Abductions is a prequel for The Hum Game, The Alien Invasion Simulator, both parts of a huge sci-fi universe called The Hum Universe. Youtube video.
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a first-person story-driven mystery. Purchase this game to get both the original and the Unreal Engine 4 remaster called The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux. Youtube video.
Windlands – The game takes advantage of the Oculus Rift to make you feel like a superhero as you make huge jumps, swing in the air by the grappling hook and walk along narrow ledges. It is all about movement, exploration and mastering your skills on the way to the final epic battle. Youtube video.
World War Toons
Artificial Locomotion: 3rd Person
Edge of Nowhere
Edge of Nowhere is a VR third-person action-adventure from acclaimed independent developer Insomniac Games. Travel to the far reaches of the Antarctic mountains in search of a missing expedition team. What appears to be a rescue mission takes a turn as you venture into the deep unknown, and discover a surreal world that will test your wits and sanity. Scale towering mountains and use makeshift weapons to survive and avoid descending into madness. In Edge of Nowhere, nothing is what it seems and the unexpected lurks from all sides. Youtube video.
Lucky’s Tale is a delightful platforming adventure game designed exclusively for the Oculus Rift. Join Lucky as he runs, jumps, climbs and spins his way through bright, colorful worlds filled with thrilling challenges, wacky creatures, and all the shiny things a little fox could ever want! Youtube video.
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