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The best new Oculus Rift games

The best new Oculus Rift games
New Atlas rounds up the biggest and best Oculus Rift games from August and September of 2016
New Atlas rounds up the biggest and best Oculus Rift games from August and September of 2016
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Damaged Core
1/7
Damaged Core
Mountain Goat Mountain
2/7
Mountain Goat Mountain
Evil Robot Traffic Jam HD
3/7
Evil Robot Traffic Jam HD
Heroes of the Seven Seas
4/7
Heroes of the Seven Seas
Feral Rites
5/7
Feral Rites
Mount Wingsuit
6/7
Mount Wingsuit
New Atlas rounds up the biggest and best Oculus Rift games from August and September of 2016
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New Atlas rounds up the biggest and best Oculus Rift games from August and September of 2016
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The Oculus Rift is about to get a lot better, with the upcoming launch of its Touch controllers. Ahead of the full scoop on that, which we expect next week, let's recap some of the biggest and best gamepad-laden Rift releases from the last two months.

Damaged Core

Damaged Core
Damaged Core

Earlier this year we interviewed the CCO of High Voltage Software, developer of Damaged Core, and he promised that "the game has come so far" since the demo we'd played at the time. He wasn't kidding: The much more polished launch version of Damaged Core just may be the best game in VR.

We love the way the first-person shooter blends practical VR gameplay with the story and game world, from the ground up. While many VR games use teleportation for movement, without any real explanation as to how or why your character has such wizard-like abilities, the justification for Damaged Core's movement is built perfectly into its premise (you're an AI entity possessing enemy robots, machines and computers).

More importantly, the gameplay is fast, furious and loads of fun. If you own an Oculus Rift, this instant classic is a must-buy.

Damaged Core by High Voltage in the Oculus Store

Mountain Goat Mountain

Mountain Goat Mountain
Mountain Goat Mountain

It's a bit strange going from an essential, AAA title like Damaged Core to what amounts to a modern-day Q*bert, but Zynga's Mountain Goat Mountain makes for a surprisingly delightful and addictive arcade fix.

Much like Q*bert, the Rift's Mountain Goat Mountain has you hopping up a pyramid, one cube at a time, using only diagonal planes for movement. Unlike the 80s arcade and console classic, though, the pyramid isn't a small contraption but an enormous mountain, and your goal isn't to change colors of cubes but to make it to the top while collecting as many coins as possible.

Mountain Goat Mountain by Zynga in the Oculus Store

Evil Robot Traffic Jam HD

Evil Robot Traffic Jam HD
Evil Robot Traffic Jam HD

We think tower defense games work brilliantly in VR, and Gear VR port Evil Robot Traffic Jam ticks that box. It's much more simplistic and cartoony than the quintessential Defense Grid 2 VR, but still not a bad purchase for US$12.

Evil Robot Traffic Jam HD by Element Games in the Oculus Store

Heroes of the Seven Seas

Heroes of the Seven Seas
Heroes of the Seven Seas

A pirate game where you sail a ship, making quick turns and blasting away at scurvy-laden scallywags? That sounds like a perfect recipe for a pukefest.

Fortunately I experienced zero nausea during Heroes of the Seven Seas, a mobile-styled high-seas adventure. While a little on the repetitive side, it's more than a solid buy for a mere $7.

Heroes of the Seven Seas by Mirage Interactive in the Oculus Store

Feral Rites

Feral Rites
Feral Rites

From the developers of the excellent Edge of Nowhere, Insomniac's Feral Rites aims for a AAA sheen of polish, but we were disappointed. Imagine repetitive and choppily-animated 90s-era arcade brawler gameplay, interrupted far too frequently at the beginning by boring exposition and tedious tutorials voiced by actors who make WWE wrestlers sound like Sir Ian McKellen.

The writing isn't much better, with zingers like "I feel so powerful! What has come over me?"

If you're 10 years old, the all-around cinematic presentation would be acceptable, but how many little kids have expensive Oculus Rifts? For an adult, it's a cringe-worthy chore – and a far cry from the top-notch storytelling in Edge of Nowhere.

You do get to transform into a beast, though, so there's that.

Feral Rites by Insomniac Games in the Oculus Store

Mount Wingsuit

Mount Wingsuit
Mount Wingsuit

Press button, fly down mountain in wingsuit, try to fly through the rings. While I (somewhat surprisingly) didn't feel nauseous playing this one, I also didn't have much fun. It's also far too similar to a handful of other falling/flying games for the Rift dev kits and Gear VR.

Mount Wingsuit by Ninja Whale Studios in the Oculus Store

If you want to cast your net wider, you can check out our roundup of the latest Gear VR games or peruse our picks for the best all-around VR games.

Stay tuned to New Atlas next week, as we'll be on the ground at Oculus Connect 3 with all the details on Oculus Touch and the platform's first motion-controlled games.

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4 comments
Gary R McCray
I got the Rift DK2 primarily because it supported Half Life 2 which I played most of the way through on it with head motion targeting on. It worked fine so long as you didn't wildly swing your head around. Now of course, they have disabled it in the more recent Firmware updates. Worse there are still no other games of similar caliber available for it or the Vive, all we are getting are little offshoot games that would never make it as a legitimate video game or console title. And frankly it still looks really bleak this Christmas. These things are useless without decent games and so far all we get is demos and left overs.
Sheikh A'Leg
That's it is it ? Such a great bit of kit and games for 5 year olds. When will they start designing apps for adults ?
Grunchy
This reminds me, it's October now so the PlayStation VR machine should be available soon?
Jason Pase
I can only imagine how tough it would be to review cars If I was prone to being car sick. I'd probably end up rating slow, sedated, comfortable cars 9.5/10
Ohhhh those pesky Ferrari's, Lamborghini's, and Porsche's always making people feel ill - I wonder who would buy or want one of those when a minivan is so much more practical !
VR Comfort should *NOT* be the most important factor when reviewing new titles.