411 Games Top 5 1.17.14: Top 5 Wanted Oculus Rift Games
Posted by Sean Garmer on 01.18.2014
From Dead Space and Rainbox Six to Mario Tennis, Myst and more, the 411 staff counts down the top 5 games they want to see brought into the virtual reality of the Oculus Rift!
Hello everyone, I hope it has been a good week for all the readers out there. We are VR, virtual reality.
This week, the 411 staff were asked to give out lists for their Top 5 games they would like to see in a virtual reality setting or the Top 5 Games they'd like to see on the Oculus Rift.
Daniel Anderson (Games Zone Reviewer, Games Fact or Fiction Organizer, Regular Contributor to "Cooperative Multiplayer" The Official 411 Games Podcast)
5. Rainbow 6 - One thing that made Rainbow 6 stand out when first released was the realism. You could plan your team's entry into a battle and one hit could drop a team member. Imagine a graphically updated version of this played online. You would actually feel like you were going through a building clearing rooms and looking for hostages. I love the idea.
4. X-wing vs TIE Fighter - I miss good space flight sim games and this series was one of the best. A VR helmet could help a lot in any flight sim game just because you could look around the cockpit without moving your ship (assuming you are not using a joystick). I would love to see this series return and using a VR headset with it would be fun.
3. Elder Scrolls - Buggy nature of the games aside, they generally look amazing. What could be better than a beautiful first person RPG? How about a beautiful first person RPG with a VR helmet? Imagine playing Skyrim, and then looking behind you after hearing a roar and being nose to nose with a dragon. Sounds great to me.
2. Kyle Katarn Jedi Knight - I know my list has a couple Star Wars games, but these are the games that jumped into my head immediately as what I would enjoy. The Jedi Knight/Jedi Outcast series are great. I love those games. I think playing FPS with lightsabers and Jedi powers while wearing a VR headset would be fun. Of course, that is assuming Disney lets another game get made which I doubt.
1. Dead Space - Really this could be any first person horror game, but with Dead Space being a good FPS horror game it gets the nod. I think a headset would add more suspense to any horror game. The enemy jumping out at you would be really scary and fun. I can also imagine watching someone jump like crazy while playing a game like that and looking hilarious. It will be funny and fun at the same time.
John Cash (Reader Voice, Occasionally Contributes to Four Player Co-op)
Top 5 Games You'd Like to See on Oculus Rift
Note: I am not a fan of the Oculus Rift. I think it has limited use. I don't think Virtual Reality games will ever really be accepted until we have something like Star Trek's holodeck to play them on. However, there are some games I would be willing to play on it, and they are probably not what you'd expect.
Honorable Mention: Google Maps/GeoGuesser - I wasn't sure how much this was considered a game, so I didn't include it, but it would be wonderful to explore the world via Oculus Rift and Google Maps.
5. Myst series: Myst and Riven were the first video games I ever played on a computer. My Dad was enthralled with what was at the time incredible technology. I think the Myst series (and something like The Witness) would do well on the Oculus Rift, as there aren't really any enemies to run into, you're just solving puzzles and exploring. It would be great to be able to walk around an entire puzzle and look up and down it in real-time, rather than clicking directional arrows to move one frame to the left. It would not surprise me if a new Myst game or an "HD remake" of Myst came out and made use of the OR.
4. Wii Sports: Nintendo did something amazing for me, and I imagine many other late teens/20-somethings who gave the Wii a chance; it gave us something to play with family. I had to hold back tears the entire night that I was able to play Wii Bowling with my two 80+ year old grandmothers, who hadn't even been TO a bowling alley in 30 years or more. So why not take it one step further? The controls to the game are simple enough. I don't think it would boxing would be very good, but pretty much all the other games on the original Wii Sports would be wonderful experienced through the OR.
3. Any kind of table top game/card game: Imagine playing Poker Night at The Inventory, but being able to look around the room. Maybe even build in a cheat mechanic where once a game you can walk to a fridge to get drinks and then choose how you walk back and look at people's cards, with various outcomes dependent on who you get caught by. Or just play Chess with a friend online, anywhere from a virtual chess club room, to a fancy study room in a mansion, or just playing down in Central Park. These kinds of low intensity game would be perfect "hangout" games for people who can't be together in person for whatever reason.
2. Gone Home: When I played, all I kept thinking about was how it literally felt like I was in the house, or at least controlling a robot with a camera walking through a real house. Just thinking about walking down those dark hallways with the OR on gives me goosebumps. I'm sure there is already a mod for this, considering you can play Skyrim with the OR, but an officially programmed version of Gone Home or a related type game (Dear Esther, Proteus) would be absolutely breath-taking.
1. Animal Crossing: I know many people will think "Well it could be ANY life sim game", but I don't think so. Sims or Second Life would just be too boring in first person, but with Animal Crossing, you're not really manipulating the world like you can in Sims, you are just going through the day-to-day life of a cute avatar in Cutesville. Getting to see all the things you've found and donated to the museum "in person", being a delivery person and meeting all your new neighbors "face-to-face", and just experience all the little nuances to the town would just be glorious. Stepping out of your house on the first day of Animal Crossing winter and seeing everything covered in snow would be wonderful beyond description for me.
Sean Garmer (Games Zone Reviewer, Games Top 5 Organizer, Regular Contributor to "Cooperative Multiplayer" The Official 411 Games Podcast, WWE PPV Roundtable Organizer)
5. Need For Speed: Arcade racing would be great for this. You can just be in the moment, enjoy all the visual splendor, and just focus on beating your opponent without worrying about if something is wrong with the interior part of the car.
4. Halo: You already get a first person perspective playing the game, but wouldn't it be cool to get inside Master Chief's head and know what he's thinking all the time? Not only that, but you control the running, the shooting is even more real than it already is, and you feel the impact right there.
3. Mario Tennis: I know Mario Tennis was around for the Virtual Boy, but with better graphics and color it would feel more immersive without killing your eyesight. As we saw with Wii Sports, Tennis is one of those sports that would work very well with a virtual reality system, it would be easy to play, and you can play it in spurts too.
2. Yu-Gi-Oh: My favorite card game ever and I would like to be able to be locked in and just enjoy the surroundings and see the cards come to life in front of my eyes.
1. Tomb Raider: Tomb Raider is already thrilling in a third person perspective, but with Oculus Rift it would be even better. Hey it was the 411 GOTY for a reason right?
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