11 VR Games to Look Forward to in 2017

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Virtual Reality gaming has come a long way from its original inception to its realization in early 2016. Since the release of the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift earlier this year, many things have happened with VR gaming. There have been a myriad of improvements and updates for both headsets, as well as the appearance of competition in the form of the PSVR

But of course, the important thing about VR gaming is the games. 

There have been quite a few hits and misses this year with VR gaming and though there have been more misses than hits, it doesn't mean you can't be optimistic for the future.

Here are 10 VR games you can look forward to in 2017.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Ah space, the final frontier.

Star Trek is getting the VR treatment that long-time fans of the series have been waiting for. The initial reviews for the demo at E3 2016 had many people excited for the game's full release.

Players will be aboard a ship, along with several other players or A.I., and they will have to cooperate to complete their shared objective. Players will be doing things such as exploring planets, executing rescue missions and more.

Fans of Star Trek can finally be the star ship captain that they've always wanted to be. And if you're not the captain, just hope you're not wearing red.

Fallout 4 VR

Bethesda VR announced that they were looking into VR earlier this year and on the E3 show floor people could play the entirety of Fallout 4 in VR, not just some cutoff area.

Many people were skeptical if Bethesda still had plans for Fallout 4 VR after the hype around VR died a little in the middle of the year, but Bethesda said it wasn't worried about it.

Certainly, interest in Fallout 4 has died down since its original release, but the idea of being able to play through the entirety of an open world RPG in VR excites many gamers. 

Fallout 4 VR is certainly going to sell many copies -- and maybe some headsets as well.

Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope

There are many fans of the Serious Sam series, but now you can step into the shoes of Serious Sam himself.

Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope is the VR experience for the Serious Sam series. Players will be shooting wave after wave of enemies in this game.

The game is technically out on Steam as an early access title but it isn't finished in its entirety. However, the alpha has received many good reviews from gamers and critics alike, so there's hope this will be good.

If you're looking for a good wave-based shooter, then the full release of this game is something to look forward to.

Giant Cop: Justice Above All

If you're looking for a more humorous approach to VR gaming, then Giant Cop: Justice Above All might be up your alley.

In Giant Cop, you are a cop in the 70's era styled Micro City. It is your job to literally throw criminals in jail and to eavesdrop on people while towering over them. 

Just be careful to not destroy the city as you dish out justice.

Resident Evil 7

With Resident Evil going back to its roots as a survival horror game, Capcom thought it was a good idea to take it to the next level with VR.

The initial reviews of the Resident Evil 7 in VR demos have been great, with many gamers and critics losing their heads in the setting of the game. 

Players will go through Resident Evil 7 in its entirety in VR. And though survival horror games are generally terrifying, the first person perspective in VR -- as well as a good headset -- isolates players and turns the horror up to 11.

If you're looking for a good thrill, then Resident Evil 7 in VR might be your thing. Just avoid throwing your headset after getting murdered.

Skyworld

There are many genres that are thought to be a great fit for virtual reality, and there are many that people wouldn't have thought would work, but sometimes experiments do work.

Skyworld is a turn-based strategy game where players build up their kingdoms and manage their armies to conquer maps. The game allows players to play a strategy game in room-scale virtual reality. Players can walk around the battle map or they can play seated if they wish.

If you're looking for a classic turn-based strategy game with a nice, clean cartoony aesthetic, look forward to this.

Overload

Overload is a six-degrees-of-freedom shooter developed by the team that originally created Descent. In Overload, players control a ship and explore various levels, defeating enemies along the way.

After having been backed on Kickstarter for over $300,000, the developers have announced that there will be full VR support for the game.

 

Budget Cuts

Budget Cuts is a VR stealth game where players will move around an office trying not to get caught, while also murdering numerous robots.

Budget Cuts was one of the very early VR demos that let gamers see what was possible with VR. It let players see what sort of gameplay that developers could possibly implement in VR.

The demo is currently out on Steam for the HTC Vive, but the game has not been fully released yet.

Farpoint

Farpoint is the sci-fi shooter in VR that you didn't know that you wanted.

Farpoint takes players out into the depths of space and onto an unknown planet where they will fight to survive. You explore a desert-like environment, slaughtering bug-like aliens that can range from average sized enemies to giants.

The game will release for the Playstation VR.

SUPERHOT VR

After the initial release of the hit indie title SUPERHOT, many fans were left wondering what was next for the developer and the series. This past E3 the developers presented SUPERHOT VR.

In SUPERHOT players dive into the world and try to survive several scenarios presented to them. Sometimes players have a gun or a melee weapon -- or sometimes they have nothing at all. But they always have to clear levels and survive with a twist: Time only moves when they move.

In SUPERHOT VR players will utilize motion controllers and a VR headset to move around, with time moving in response. They will have to stay still to freeze time, to analyze situations and to plan their next move.

If you're looking for a cool shooter with a fun twist, this might be what you're looking for.

In the future, many VR games are going to release as interest in the medium increases and its cost decreases. Some of the titles on the list might be misses, but many of them might  be hits.

We can only look forward to finding out in 2017.

Published Dec. 3rd 2016

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