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The First 30 Oculus Rift Launch Titles

Pinball FX2 VR

Pinball FX2 VR is the first game to let you live the dream of playing pinball in VR. The game creates a room containing an arcade style pinball machine. You walk up to the machine and start playing pinball. The game attempts to recreate the real life sounds and feeling of playing one of these arcade classics.

  • Game Play: First-Person
  • Comfort Level: Comfortable

Project Cars

Project Cars puts you behind the wheel of any one of a number of famous cars. You then sign up with a sponsor and begin your career racing around the world to earn fame and fortune. The game has become a favorite in the world of esports for its realistic and immersive game play.

  • Game Play: First-Person Or Third-Person
  • Comfort Level: Intense

Radial G

Radial G is another racing game, and unlike Project Cars, it doesn't aim to be down to Earth at all. Although the game still tries to be realistic, it is set in the distant future, and instead of racing a car you fly a ship. You can build and customize your ship with a wide selection of weapons, shields, perks and other gear to create the best possible racer.

  • Game Play: First-Person
  • Comfort Level: Intense

Rooms

Rooms is a unique twist between a 3D platformer and a puzzle game. You play as a girl, Anne, that is trapped inside, and must find the way out. Along the way there are a total of 144 puzzles, 96 of which are part of the main storlyline, while the other 48 are devoted to gaining new special abilities and gear to make getting through puzzles more interesting.

  • Game Play: Third-Person
  • Comfort Level: Comfortable

Shufflepuck Cantina Deluxe VR

You find yourself stranded on a desert island. Your ship is destroyed and you have no way to get home. There is nothing you can see nearby, with the exception of one building. Upon entering you find out it is an interstellar casino. Now that you are here, your only hope of returning home is to win big and obtain the parts you need to fix your ship and get off this strange planet.

  • Game Play: First-Person
  • Comfort Level: Comfortable

Smashing The Battle

Smashing The Battle takes place at a futuristic construction site. The building was being constructed by robots, which subsequently fell pray to a hacker who ordered the robots to attack all of the human workers on site. The game is layered out in multiple episodes with two playable characters, The Survivor and The Chaser. Each character has a unique story for each episode as they fight the robots and try to resolve the situation.

  • Game Play: Third-Person
  • Comfort Level: Moderate

Vanishing Of Ethan Carter

After detective Paul Prospero received an unsettling letter from Ethan Carter, he realized that the boy was in grave danger and set out to find him. By the time Prospero arrives, Ethan Carter has vanished following a murder, and Prospero must search through Carter's home town of Red Creek Valley to discover what happened to the boy and the surrounding murders.

The game contains puzzle elements, but focuses mostly on the game story to keep players' attention. The primary focus during development was on the game characters, the story's mood and on the game atmosphere to make an immersive experience.

  • Game Play: First-Person
  • Comfort Level: Intense

Vektron Revenge

Vektron Revenge is a classic arcade shooter re-envisioned in VR. The game has no level or time limits. The simple goal of the game is to shoot down enemies and dodge 3D obstacles in a 360 degree environment, survive as long as possible, and get the best score.

  • Game Play: Third-Person
  • Comfort Level: Moderate

VR Tennis Online

VR Tennis Online is exactly what it sounds like—an online VR tennis game that lets you compete with your friends and other players around the world. The game does add a few extras, including special moves you can learn, and offers a wide selection of characters for you to choose from. However, it is mostly an immersive tennis game taking advantage of VR to create a more realistic experience.

  • Game Play: Third-Person
  • Comfort Level: Moderate

Windlands

Windlands sets you free on a series of islands high in the sky. You use a grappling hook to cling to passing objects and swing yourself through as you explore and navigate around the world. The challenge is to figure out how to navigate the world in order to reach the highest points and special locations without falling.

  • Game Play: First-Person
  • Comfort Level: Intense


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Michael Justin Allen Sexton is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware component news, specializing in CPUs and motherboards.