Single player VR games can be loads of fun on their own, but the magic of the technology often comes out when multiple people begin playing together on the platform. Whether it is through competitive shooter titles or co-op adventures, there really is something that everyone can enjoy with other people. So what are the best games available for each specific platform? You’ll have to read on to find out.
Onward [Price: $24.99]
Though Onward is technically still in early access, the game has already gained quite a reputation for being one of the highest quality multiplayer shooter simulators we have today. The game has received 92% positive reviews across its 1,309 reviews on Steam, showing just how many users have not only played the title but have taken the time out of their day to actually review the thing.
The development team describes the title as being a “Mil-Sim paced tactical multiplayer shooter”, and that description seems to be spot on. When playing the game, users move around with their virtual avatar, and can perform many of the actions they would in a regular multiplayer shooting game like Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Whether it’s reloading your ammo in a realistic mannor or knifing someone in the back, many players describe Onward to be the premiere immersive combat experience.
Keep talking and Nobody Explodes [Price: $14.99]
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a fast paced bomb survival game that tasks a group of ‘remote’ bomb squad experts to describe how to deactivate a virtual bomb that one player is tasked with destroying. This is a time-based experience that gets more and more tense the further you progress, and it can also be said that the instructions will get all the more confusing.
This is a great party game for essentially any number of players, as those describing the defusing method can always add a different perspective and description in order to get the puzzle solved. It’s been rated extremely highly on the Steam marketplace, and it currently marked down 50% to only $7.49 at the time of writing.
Rec Room [Price: FREE]
Like multiplayer mini games? Then Rec Room is the title for you.
The title is free to play, and gives users access to a huge number of small sports games that they can play with other users around the world. Whether it’s paintball, charades, disc golf, or just hanging out, you can do it with other players in this game.
There are already a number of small communities that have been developed with the title, so you should be able to find a new group of friends to play with no matter where you are. You can check out the HTC Vive subreddit for meeting games and times.
Though Elite: Dangerous and Eve: Valkyrie are both technically available on HTC Vive as well as the Rift, they have gained quite a fan base on this platform in particular. The games are often seen as the ultimate in space adventure experiences, as they allow players to traverse the deep reaches of the universe in a completely immersive mannor, heading a spacecraft with nothing but their own wits. Add something like a physical flight stick into the mix, and you’ve got a couple of the most immersive space simulation experiences out there.
The games doesn’t come cheap, however. At $59.99, the developers and demanding a full game’s pricing to get these experiences. This isn’t surprising, and hopefully the density of the titles will make up for the steep price.
The communities surrounding both of these titles are thriving, so there should be no shortage of friends to play with. You can check out their respective subreddits for updates and discussion.
The Unspoken [Price: $29.99]
The Unspoken was one of the most exciting titles we checked out at Oculus Connect 3 back in October of 2016, and the full release of the game was no different.
In the title, the player takes the place of a wizard with a variety of different spells to cast, using various motions and button controls to be both offensive and defensive towards the enemy. You can teleport to different watch-points around the beautifully detailed maps to get a better aim on your enemy, and can use the Oculus Touch controllers to create intricate spells using hand movements.
The game is a 1 v 1 battle arena, and has great real-time tracking to make sure there is fast and accurate gameplay. The title is meant to be competitive to the point of a possible e-sport, and is quite a bit of fun to attempt to master.
Minecraft [Price: $26.95]
Minecraft in 2D is cool enough, but what about 3D? The game was announced for the Oculus Rift platform quite a while ago, and has been updated multiple times to support more features in the virtual world.
Viewing and building your creations from the scale of a small character is quite awe-inspiring, and you can even join players in Gear VR due to Oculus cross-compatibility. Most people will say that playing Minecraft in virtual reality will make you fall in love with the title all over again, and it’s pretty clear that that is the case.
RIGS: Mechanized Combat League [Price: $49.99]
If you’re into giant fighting robots, then RIGS: Mechanized Combat League might be for you.
The game places players in a giant arena with shooter-style combat, where they can aim with their head movements and shoot with the Dualshock 4 controller. There are 3 different game modes for players to attempt to master, which adds an additional level of complexity to the multiplayer experience. This title can make you really feel like you’re driving a giant mechanized robot, so if that’s been your dream ever since you were a kid, this would be the game to check out.
Sports Bar VR [Price: $14.99]
Ever wish you could hit up a sports bar without having to actually go outside? Now you can!
With Sports Bar VR, players can play classic games like pool or air hockey with their virtual avatar. The Playstation Move controllers are used to control the pool cues and other pieces of sports equipment, and are pretty effective at emulating the real thing. Users can actually play these games, or just use the scenery to mess around and do things like throwing bottles at the wall and messing with the surrounding area.
There are quite a few games available to play in the title, so you should never run into a moment where you don’t know what to do. This game is also only $20, so don’t hesitate to pick it up if you’re looking for some classic fun.
Battlezone [Price: $49.99]
Battlezone was originally a title launched for Atari, but has come back in full force with the onset of virtual reality. The game takes on a fun low-poly vibe, and makes most everything into a destructible object.
Your particular tank can be customized quite a bit to show off your specific style against the enemy, and can be rigged up to be be more offensive or defensive depending on what kind of play style you are going for. The game can be played co-op or alone, so jump in your tank and get ready to blow stuff up.
Samsung Gear VR
Lost Cities [Price: $4.99]
Lost Cities is a 1-on-1 competitive card game which tasks the player to make as much money as possible. It sets the user in a variety of locations with a number of low-poly figures and characters, and is based on the tabletop game by Reiner Knizia.
You can chose from a variety of avatars and play with people all over the world, essentially mimicking the actual game and playing it with others whenever you want. The title is only $4.99 as well, so it’s well worth it to check it out.
VR Karts: Sprint [Price: $4.99]
Who doesn’t love some good old kart racing?
In VR Karts: Sprint, players will have the opportunity to race around various unique environments to compete for the fastest time. There is plenty of customization available to each of the players, including color options for your kart as well as accessories for your avatar.
Whenever you want to do some good old fashioned racing in, jump onto VR Karts: Sprint to get that classic Mario cart experience with players around the world.
Social Trivia [Price: FREE (Built in)]
Like trivia games? Wish you could play them at any time and compete against hundreds of other players in real time? Social Trivia can make that happen.
With Social Trivia, your knowledge can be used competitively almost immediately, from putting on the headset to facing off against hundreds of other players across the world. The game was created by the Oculus team, and can be found in the concepts section of the Oculus store.
Wands [Price: $5.99]
Wands is a game very similar to The Unspoken. In the title, wizards will have the ability to choose special wands and a variety of different spells which they can use to cast at their disposal. You can switch spells on the fly using the button on the Daydream controller, and can even practice in the basement are while waiting for an opponent.
There are multiple different arenas that players can compete in, and you will have the ability to cast against bots in order to gain access to new spells. While it was pretty difficult to find another player to compete against at launch, there are quite a few players with the game at this point, so you shouldn’t have to worry any longer.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes [Price: 4.99]
We originally slotted this game as one of the top titles for the HTC Vive, but now that it is also available for Google Daydream we felt that it would be unfair to not include it in the list.
While the game is going to be slightly different since there is only one motion controller in this case, it should be just as exciting as it is on HTC’s system. Your friends will still be using the bomb guide to try and help you not blow yourself up, and the Daydream View headset is much more portable and compact than something like the HTC Vive. Though the graphics will likely not impress as much as they would on HTC’s system, they should still be good enough to have an explosively good time.