E3 2017 is underway and as always the excitement never stops. Already we’ve had loads of announcements and game demos of fantastic virtual reality (VR) titles, and Oculus are keen to get as many titles onto the Oculus Store as possible.
Oculus may have lost a previously exclusive franchise this year, with Lucky’s Tale jumping to Xbox One X in the form of Super Lucky’s Tale, but that’s not the end of Oculus Rift videogames – this year’s show has revealed more titles that’ll make you want to stay in the virtual world for hours on end.
Take a look below for our list of the very best Oculus Rift titles at E3 2017.
nDreams’ Bloody Zombies is a side-scrolling beat-’em-up with a lot to show for it. The unique visual style sees 2D cut-out characters wandering a 3D world.
VR support means you’ll be able to look around the world the world, seeing these cut-out characters from every angle, and making visible a wider portion of the landscape. These small changes may be minor, but it gives the VR version of Bloody Zombies and edge over its 2D rendition. Definitely one to watch.
Ready at Dawn’s new multiplayer shooter, Echo Arena, is tackling esports head-on. Intel’s VR Challenger League will champion Echo Arena as a legitimate staple of VR esports going forward.
Echo Arena sees 10 players battle in an anti-gravity setting as they fly around stages, avoiding bullets and strafing behind cover. The potential for esports is massive, and Ready at Dawn know this. To boost the player base, the videogame will be free at launch for a limited time.
Illion Games’ new action RPG, Petra: Vendetta Rising will have players saving a plague-ridden world as survivors must fight to continue living.
The game will allow 4 player multiplayer, and a campaign with more than 50 hours of gameplay. You’ll be able to get your hands on Petra: Vendetta Rising this Summer in Early Access, with the full game releasing in Fall 2017.
Ubisoft are showing some love with this brand-new anti-gravity space shooter, Space Junkies. The multiplayer VR shooter will allow you to team up with friends and glide between obstacles – fully controlling your 360 degree movement in low-gravity space.
The game will take place in Orbital Arenas – Orenas – where players will do battle to come out on top. The “visceral, jetpack-fueled VR arcade shooter” is shaping up to be very enjoyable – an essential shooter for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift owners.
Transference might be one of the more mysterious titles we’ve seen at E3 2017, but possibly the most intriguing. Developed by Ubisoft in collaboration with SpectreVision, a studio with Elijah Woods as creative director, Transference looks like one of the most interesting VR experiences announced at E3 2017.
Ubisoft released a quick Q&A with the team. On the subject of gameplay mechanics they said: “The mechanics of Transference will feel approachable to those who love narrative based games with puzzles; you are free to explore, discover and interact with objects. At first glance, the interactivity may seem simple, but what makes it unique is the ability to change the perspective of the world and influence events through time and space.”
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