The Best Oculus Rift Games of 2017 So Far – Battlezone & Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality

These are the videogames from 2017 that you should own.

Now it’s time for the final two videogames every Oculus Rift owner should have. If you owned the headset at the time that they launched then you probably already enjoy shooting futuristic tanks, or creating weird concoctions in a garage laboratory. For those new to the head-mounted display (HMD) then you need to get yourselves Battlezone and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality.

Battlezone

Battlezone is the first virtual reality (VR) title from British developer Rebellion. Originally arriving for Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE) PlayStation VR when it launched in October last year, the studio finally brought the tank-based shooter to Oculus Rift (and HTC Vive) in May.

It’s an homage to the original 1980 title by Atari – Rebellion bought the rights – which some class as the first VR title (due to players having to put their face into a scope on the arcade cabinet). Featuring both single-player and multiplayer co-op modes, Battlezone has procedurally generated levels so each play through is different, with maps offering small, medium and large options. There’s also several tanks to chose from with more to be unlocked as players progress. Additionally, there’s a wealth of customisation options available, from decking out the tank in new designs to various weapon loadouts and upgrades for the best destructive capabilities.

To say VRFocus enjoyed Battlezone is an understatement. The review gave it five stars and said: “Battlezone is arcade VR action at its finest, with options galore allowing players to uniquely hone their combat strategies. With both extensive single-player and multiplayer modes there’s enough here for countless hours of gameplay, so you can comfortably sit cocooned inside these rolling machines of destruction and never get bored, because quite frankly, it’s too much fun.”

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Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality

For VRFocus’ final videogame it has to be the one and only Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. From the makers of Job SimulatorOwlchemy Labs, this title is the perfect experience for just having a casual play, with loads of stuff to interact with depending on if you’re feeling creative or destructive.

Based on the hit cartoon show – as if you didn’t know – Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality is about helping the duo complete their wacky adventures. Whilst there’s a story to play through, teaching you about some of the weird and wonderful things you can do, you can just experiment to your hearts content, listening to Rick’s one liners.

While you don’t have to be a fan of the cartoon to enjoy the videogame – like Star Trek: Bridge Crew – there are so many little in jokes and references to the TV show that it’s easy to tell this was made for the fans.

It’s all about picking things up and seeing what does what. Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality is unique on this list for its lighthearted, hands-on approach to gameplay. Yes Wilson’s Heart allows you pick things up, but it’s far more controlled than Owlchemy Labs’ offering. It’s also one of those perfect videogames for VR newcomers, they can go at their own pace and see why people harp on about VR being so interactive.

If you like a few crude jokes and something that’ll make you smile, then Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality should be on your radar.

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