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The Top 5 Room-scale Games for HTC Vive

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It was a hard decision, but you’ve decided to go with the HTC Vive as your first ‘serious’ VR headset, a room-scale device that released early 2016 as a result of a decisive collaboration with Valve. Here we take a look at our top 5 games for Vive, and a little more information you might need to get you started.

Update (9/28/17): Updated the headline to better indicate that this list is focused specifically on room-scale games, those which are best played with ample physical playspace, one of the Vive’s key selling points.

The Vive is a powerful ally in the fight against marketplace fragmentation, as it draws content from Steam, Viveport—and with the help of Revive, a software hack that lets you play Oculus exclusives, the Oculus Store. Right out of the box, you’ll have a room-scale setup, something that the Rift requires at least one additional sensor to claim. So while these games may play equally well on the Rift with that third or fourth additional sensor, the list below reflects games designed specifically with the Vive’s room-scale capabilities in mind, meaning no corrective UIs telling you to face sensors, and no need for snap-turning (‘VR comfort mode’).

Before we go any further though, you’ll find that you have access to a number of games on our Top 5 Games for Oculus Rift list thanks to the Revive hack, so make sure to check out some of the guaranteed fresh Oculus exclusives, and all the games that support Rift and Vive equally well.

5 – Space Pirate Trainer

With the marketplace jam-packed with nearly identical wave shooters, many offering thin premises for you to go and shoot something, I-Illusions’ Space Pirate Trainer (2016) remains an oldie but a goodie as it drops all pretense to offer one of the slickest sci-fi shooting experiences this side of the Debogah System. Sure, the main challenge is summed up with a glorified leaderboard, but you’ll have a hard time putting the motion controllers down as you bend and twist around incoming slow-mo lasers whilst firing back like Han Solo.

‘Space Pirate Trainer’ on Steam

4 – The Lab

Valve’s The Lab (2016) is without a doubt among the best games, free or otherwise, so we just had to add it. Initially built by Valve as an exploration of what types of interactions could be possible in room-scale, motion controller-capable VR, this little collection of mini-games blew away almost everything else on Steam with its mere existence. The competition has since improved, but if you’re looking for a well-done taster of all things VR, The Lab is not only a brilliant place to start, but merits at least as many hours of exploration as many adventure games currently for VR.

‘The Lab’ on Steam

3 – Rec Room

Social games are a fun way to talk and interact with people in VR, but if you don’t have something fun to actually do while you’re there, the novelty ultimately wears off and it’s a little less likely you’ll return. Against Gravity’s Rec Room (2016) gets you up out of your seat to play surprisingly well-done multiplayer ‘Quests’ that take on a battle through classic sci-fi and medieval settings, and has a number of group activities like paintball, disc golf, and 3D charades.

Rec Room currently sits at a perfect [10/10] score on Steam, maintaining an ‘Overwhelming Positive’ community rating. It certainly doesn’t hurt that it’s free, but the score more likely comes from the fact that the social platform is an exceedingly solid experience, with intuitive UI, and a fun-focused attitude that doesn’t feel like a business platform with a few toys.

‘Rec Room’ on Steam

2 – Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality

Also topping our ‘Top 5 Oculus Rift Games’ list is Owlchemy Lab’s Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (2017), from the same studio that brought you the simulator parody Job Simulator (2016). Following the adventures of a Morty clone, the lowest life form on drunken genius Rick Sanchez’s hierarchy of ‘giving a shit’, you play in the shows universe from within the Rick’s garage where you do your genius grandfather’s bidding while hunting the seemingly endless Easter eggs hidden throughout the game. Justin Roiland worked cloesly with Owlchemy to get the lore and feel of the game just right, so don’t be surprised if a feeling of existential dread sweeps over you. After all, nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s going to die.

If you’re not a fan of the cartoonor want to buy something more ‘family friendly’, the game is essentially Job Simulator with more swearing, poop humor and an overarching story, so you can alternatively pick up its silly, but entirely kid-friendly predecessor Job Simulator in substitution. Personally, we like poop humor.

Find out why we gave Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality a [9/10] in our review.

‘Rick and Morty VR’ on Steam

1 – Raw Data

With Survios’ Raw Data (2016) leaving Early Access October 5th, the game has matured greatly since it was initially released on Steam. Now including multiple heroes, a better developed narrative, more refined controls, and 1v1 ‘duel mode’ to go along with its adrenaline-pumping multiplayer arena, this shooter justifiably lands on our charts with little else to say but “wow.” It’s more than just a robot slicer and shooter though, as it features a pretty cool mash-up of tower defense elements that will leave you teleporting frantically to fend off the waves of baddies as they amble ever closer to you.

Check out our unscored review of Raw Data here.

‘Raw Data’ on Steam

Honorable Mentions

  • Google Earth VR: Hours can be spent touring around virtually throughout the entire planet’s-worth of 3D geography and buildings. It’s almost (but not quite) like really being there.
  • Tilt Brush: It’s more than MS Paint for VR, it’s a real tool hat digital artists are using to plan and execute their 3D creations. Touch
  • Bigscreen: Big updates are coming to Bigscreen soon, the social VR space that lets you stream whatever is on your monitor to a group of like-minded nincompoops. Use it as a virtual LAN party or simply as a virtual desktop for your own viewing and browsing pleasure.
  • DiRT RallyDriving through the forest with a beer in your hand isn’t ok…in reality. But in DiRT Rally you’ll need all the soothing ethanol you can get as you stomach the twists and turns of an exciting car simulator. It’s ultimately a fun and exciting way to burn some time perfecting your Initial D drifting skills. Ok. Better leave out the alcohol anyway. (steering wheel is suggested. drink responsibly)

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