Virtual reality games are currently on the rise, so to help those newer VR players out (or those veterans searching for something new) I wrote this article.
The VR 2021 Experience
The VR experience is the best when it comes to immersion, therefore VR as a platform is very difficult to beat. However, it’s not just the VR headset that causes this immersion, the game has to effectively communicate it to you. In this article, we are going to go into depth on which game creates the best immersion that you need to play in 2021 whether you are on an Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, Valve Index, or PlayStation VR, there’s something here for everyone.
Half Life: Alyx
Without a doubt, this has to be at the top of the list. Half Life: Alyx is arguably the best VR game for immersion to date. Many were afraid for the release of Half Life: Alyx especially with it being one of Valve’s first VR games. But without a slight bit of doubt, this survival / adventure game / puzzle game successfully fulfills the long wait for those half-life fans.
The graphics and physics truly reflect this being the best immersion game, but in particular, my favourite aspect was the sense of scale of everything, it felt so huge and yet you’re just in your living room! Oh and don’t get me started on how great the puzzles are, they give you enough information but not enough to give it away.
Successfully adding to the immersion is the realistic looking creatures, I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t get scared at all during points. If you’re willing to spend a fair bit of money for one game, then this has to be a game you play in 2021.
For those looking for something more ‘relaxing’ (depends how you look at it) beat saber is the next stop. I can’t lie, I knocked beatsaber for the longest time, especially since rhythm games aren’t my cup of tea, but playing it is a whole other feeling!
The part that makes it much better has to be the mods to allow custom song maps made by the community, allowing you to listen and dance to your favourite songs instead of lying on your bed with earphones in.
The game has a simple concept, you hit note blocks with the correct coloured lightsaber that comes to you in sync with the music. Some songs are harder than others and feel like a work out, but some are more laid back and relaxing. This is arguably the best pass-the-time game for Virtual Reality.
You can download beatsaber across any platform, so go ahead, jam out to that music and chop some blocks.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Resident Evil 7 provides that breath of fresh air other VR games lack. This horror game classic has had its first port to VR, and you always know the classic horrors would end up being fantastic in VR, did you forget about the famous VR title Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted?
Resident Evil 7 is different to your typical horror routine however, so you can’t just run through without a breeze. Capcom has taken it back to its roots with all the precautions necessary to give you a good scare, so as you play, you will have to find ways of surviving against the game’s many freaky encounters.
This is a PlayStation VR exclusive, so single player console players, this is the game for you.
By the title, Skyrim doesn’t need any introduction, everyone knows what this game is. Coming as a multiplatform VR, it’s arguably one of the biggest adventure games anyone has ever seen in VR.
You get to relive the entire skyrim story once again in VR, however it does not include some DLCs. The graphics aren’t amazing, but having one of the biggest classic adventure games in VR is still great fun to roam around in.