Virtual Reality Reviewers Top 10 VR Experiences of 2014

Posted December 31, 2014 by David in Features
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It’s been an amazing year for VR in general and we have seen some great games released.

It was very difficult to narrow our choice down to just 10 and as always with any top 10 list not everybody will agree with our personal choice but we do feel that the below choices are the cream of the crop when it comes to the past 12 months. Let us know if you agree or disagree with our choices in the comments below. We also want to wish all of you a very happy new year.

VRR Team ( Dave, Edmund, Sandra )


 

crashed lander10. CRASHED LANDER

Overall this is a fantastic gem of a game. Simplistic graphics, a wide variety of level design and a core game flight mechanic that will keep you entertained for hours.

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qbay19. Qbeh-1

Qbeh take’s everything that made Portal’s puzzles great and mix’s it with elements of MineCraft and even Tetris and blends them all together to create something unique yet familiar. Its Rift implementation is the best we have seen yet from a previously released 2D game so much so that it’s hard to imagine that it was not originally designed with VR in mind.

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affected8. Affected

Affected is a horror experience you are not likely to forget as it takes all of the most common fears and phobias that the average person might have and uses them all to instill new nightmares on your frightened mind.

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radialg7. Radial–G

Radial-G is super fun, fast and tricky to master. Its a pure arcade racer in the same vain as F-Zero or Wipeout. With new tracks and ships on the way in the future this game is well worth the current asking price.

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time rifters6. Time Rifters

Time Rifters is an extremely fun and satisfying ride while it lasts. Unique game play mixed with an awesome soundtrack make this a must play VR experience for all rift owners.

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new retro arcade5. New Retro Arcade

New Retro Arcade is a must play for anybody who grew up in the late 80s and early 90s. Its a cool environment that will keep you entertained for hours. If multiplayer was implemented and if all the arcade cabinets played the in game sounds this would be one experience I could quite easily sink many hours into.

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windlands4. Windlands

Incredibly enjoyable movement mechanics and beautifully designed world. Bold and daring, Windlands is a joy to play.

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senza3. Senza Peso

If you don’t have an Oculus Rift and you ever get a chance to experience just one demo I recommend you ask for Senza Peso as you will hopelessly get completely immersed in this strange but beautiful landscape.

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technolust2. Technolust

Overall Technolust is very impressive even at the very early stage and everybody who has backed Technolust can rest easy as IRIS V.R continue to impress with their development of this game and we think Technolust will surely go down in history as the first truly immersive adventure experience in Virtual Reality that will keep you jacked in for hours on end.

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assecto1. Assetto Corsa

Assetto Coras has really improved since the DK1 days but it’s still a diamond in the rough when it comes to UI interactions and setup. Playing this on the DK2 is a sublime experience and I can now truly say that I will never go back to my triple screen setup.

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Note worthy exceptions for our list above include Alien Isolation and Elite Dangerous. I though I would preempt all the comments for both of these games with the following.

When it comes to Alien Isolation we have played through quite a lot of the campaign for this game but it only has hacked VR support meaning that the developers have not intended for it to be played in the Rift yet. This causes problems with the menus and re-centering in places and we felt it would be unfair to review a hacked / unfinished version of the game until it gets official VR support. As soon as this has official VR support expect a full review.

My personal feeling with Elite Dangerous is that although it is one of the most polished VR game available today I just didn’t have any fun with it. To start the game you have to go through at least an hour of tutorials and then when you finally get into the game you have to mine endlessly or deliver cargo. When you do get to combat it becomes a “who can turn faster” contest with the looser having to regather lots of lost resources.  This is likely going to be controversial but as I said at the start with any top 10 list it’s bound to trow up some oddities as its all about personal taste.  We have decided to take our time with ED and will have a full review early in the new year after putting in many more hours with the game as we also feel that playing such a game requires more then a 15 hour play through before giving our final thoughts.

Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below on what you think should be on the list.

 

 

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David

David Whelan a professional web developer has been a serial early adopter of the latest technology. From an early age playing on a C64 he always dreamt of entering virtual worlds and exploring the endless possibilities that could be offered up by the platform.

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