Something for the Weekend: An Oculus Winter Wonderland

VRFocus highlights some of the best titles to pickup in the Oculus Winter Sale.

With just over a week to go until Christmas those that are prepared might be sitting back this Sunday afternoon with a nice warm mug of mulled wine, happy in the knowledge all the presents are sorted. Or you might be in the same boat as everyone else, planned nothing, going on a mad flurry of shopping next weekend instead – nothing like doing everything last minute. Whatever you decide to do today, at some point you may want to grab your Oculus Rift and enjoy some virtual reality (VR) gaming. And with the Oculus Winter Sale in full swing a Sunday afternoon is the perfect time to play a new videogame. So VRFocus has chosen ten of the best that you should consider.

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EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone

Compatibility: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR

The granddaddy of VR space combat shooters, CCP Games’ EVE: Valkyrie originally launched back in 2016, and was one of the pioneers of cross-platform multiplayer across headsets. The Warzone update expanded that reach even further by including standard PC players in the ranks as well. Currently EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone has a 50 percent discount on the Oculus Store, dropping the price from £22.99 GBP down to £10.99.

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Pinball FX2 VR

Compatibility: Oculus Rift

Pinball FX2 VR is another 2016 original, featuring three core tables: Secrets of the Deep, Epic Quest and Mars. An additional five tables can be purchase via the Pinball FX2 Season 1 downloadable content, adding CastleStorm, Wild West Rampage, Paranormal, BioLab, and Earth Defense. Pinball FX2 VR is currently discounted from £10.99 down to £5.99.

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Killing Floor: Incursion

Compatibility: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

In Killing Floor: Incursion, players take on the role of an elite Horzine Security Forces soldier as they team up with allies to fend off the horrific hordes of monstrous creatures called Zeds, using a formidable arsenal of weapons including pistols, shotguns, blades and more. Players are able to freely explore their environment – although the levels do have a linear design to them – scavenging for weapons and ammo while searching for the best locations to fight the monster onslaught.

Another one with big savings, Killing Floor: Incursion has a 50 percent discount on the Oculus Store, dropping the price from £29.99 GBP down to £14.99.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Compatibility: Oculus Rift

As it’s Christmas it’s time to bring out the party games and one of the best local VR multiplayer’s is Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. The idea is simple, one person wears the headset with a bomb to diffuse – but no idea how to – while everyone outside of VR has a manual with the instructions on how to complete each module.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is available on the Oculus Store for £6.99 rather than £10.99.

Blasters of the Universe

Blasters of the Universe

Compatibility: Oculus Rift

First-person wave shooters are very common in VR. One of the most recent to hit Oculus Rift – and one of the best – is The Secret Location’s Blasters of the Universe. Set in a neon rich, 80’s inspired universe, there’s a modular weapon system to unlock, helping you get through those difficult high stages.

Blasters of the Universe is available on the Oculus Store for £5.99 rather than £10.99.

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Tethered

Compatibility: Oculus Rift

Tethered is a strategy videogame casting players in the role of a Spirit Guardian looking to restore balance to the world. All the other guardians have been imprisoned inside ancient totems by an evil consuming the world, and by gathering enough Spirit Energy players will be able to free their fellow guardians. This is accomplished by aiding the inhabitants of the world, called Peeps, who in turn help the quest.

Tethered is available on the Oculus Store for £6.99 rather than £18.99.

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XING: The Land Beyond

Compatibility: Oculus Rift

For those that enjoy big puzzle adventures, White Lotus Interactive released its long awaited title XING: The Land Beyond  back in September. The videogame is littered with environment-based puzzles which require powers and abilities gained along the way to solve them, such as rain and snow.

XING: The Land Beyond is available on the Oculus Store for £11.99 rather than £14.99.

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Wilson’s Heart

Compatibility: Oculus Rift

VRFocus’ first horror entry, Wilson’s Heart is a first-person thriller putting players in the body of Robert Wilson, a 1940’s hospital patient who makes a grim discovery upon waking up. His heart has been replaced by a mysterious device. As players wander the hospital they’ll discover increasingly maddening corridors, environmental hazards, and sinister inhabitants whilst trying to recover their heart and the reasons for this craziness.  

Wilson’s Heart is available on the Oculus Store for £8.99 rather than £22.99.

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The Unspoken

Compatibility: Oculus Rift

The ideal experience for those that want to wield magic like a powerful sorcerer, The Unspoken is a multiplayer combat title pitting players against one another around the world. The recent Acolytes update further enriches the experience with a single-player mode.

The Unspoken is available on the Oculus Store for £14.99 rather than £22.99.

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Racket Fury: Table Tennis VR

Compatibility: Oculus Rift

People tend to eat quite a lot over the festive period so you need a way of burning those excess calories off. So why not play a few games of table tennis on Racket Fury: Table Tennis VR. Racket Fury:Table Tennis VR features a range of single-player and multiplayer modes. Solo there are four cups to play through, pitting your skills against 16 AI opponents. While multiplayer is your classic one-on-one match of table tennis with players from around the world.

Racket Fury:Table Tennis VR is available on the Oculus Store for £5.99 rather than £7.99.

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