1. EVE Valkyrie
If you want to dive head-first into some action-packed space dogfighting, EVE Valkyrie is your go-to. You can pilot space fighters in other games, notably Elite Dangerous, but EVE will throw you directly into its great-looking 16-player furballs. The new carrier assault mode creates some especially tense battles to take down the enemy base, and even gives you the opportunity to do a Star Wars-style trench run.
2. House of the Dying Sun
This is still in Early Access, but it’s already an impressive space combat game that puts you both in command of a fleet and in the cockpit of any fighter you choose. It’ll work with or without VR, but it’s far more impressive when you’re right there in the cockpit. There’s a lot of depth to piloting these ships, since you can take advantage of Newtonian physics to pull of Battlestar Galactica-style maneuvers and upgrade your ships in a variety of ways. The low-detail untextured look reminds us of the old X-Wing games, and that’s a good thing.
Chronos is a challenging puzzle/action-adventure, and one of the richest experiences available on Oculus Rift yet. To survive, you need to excel at patient, calculated combat with major consequences littered between multi-faceted, Zelda-style puzzles, in a diverse, beautiful game that creatively spans across multiple dimensions. And while it could comfortably exist without VR, Chronos' use of scale in quests that have you shrink to the size of a toy and venture through a comparatively giant bookcase, or put you in a front-row seat to a giant cyclops fight, offers a new and confronting perspective that gives Chronos another edge.
4. Dirt Rally race
There are two battles to wage once you enter a Dirt Rally race. One is between you and the track - a battle measured in ever-faster lap times and fought with tweaked toe-in angles as you play with either a gamepad or force-feedback wheel. The second is against the urge to look everywhere around you except the road. Dirt Rally is a fantastically authentic racing experience with lifelike physics and jaw-dropping graphics. A straightforward career mode and Rallycross multiplayer provides variety, while the HUD-less display provides depth and realism. A must-have for petrol heads.
This game may be called “gameception”. What I mean is you put on a VR headset, and you are in a room sitting on a couch, playing a video game. You essentially play a game within the game. Once you start progressing in that TV you are looking at, you will notice some certain things happening around you. Things you find inside the TV game will be somehow affecting the dude (you), who is sitting on a couch. It may not sound or seem scary at all, but believe me, when you put the Oculus Rift on, it WILL start to mess with your head eventually. Everything looks real, because the look of the environment of which you are in, seems too real to be fake. One moment I forgot I was in the game, since I was focusing too much on what was happening on the screen, and the scary moments really made me think for a split second, that it happened in my room. The game is extra creepy with 7.1 surround system headphones because a lot of the scary stuff will be happening on the couch you are sitting on.
6. Alien: Isolation
This game is regarded as one of the most immersive horror games of this decade. And that is without the Oculus Rift. Now imagine it with VR. Your job within the game is to simply survive while doing your little point-to-point mission. As the AI of the Alien that lurks around you is extremely smart, it is not easy to fool or simply outrun it. Once it sees you, you are dead. Why I included the game in the top list is because it works with the Oculus really well. You have to be behind the cover when you look at the monster if you want to survive. With the Oculus Rift, it is really fun to get up in your seat to look over the table and see the alien slowly moving away from you. There are also some moments where the alien will kill you with his claw. You feel the camera shaking, and when you look down with your VR headset, you can see the claw penetrating your stomach, and then taking it out.
7. Slender: The Arrival
You probably know the previous slender game. It became seriously mainstream a couple of years ago for YouTubers to upload some Slender gameplay. Your job is to collect the needed pages from various different places. As you progress in the game, the main antagonist, Slender Man, who follows you around and teleporting from place to place, becomes more active. There are A LOT of scary moments. You basically are always on the edge, since you never know, when he pops out. You look left, and he just stands there, looking at you with his tall figure and emotionless, or to be more exact, faceless face. As every game with the Oculus Rift is in 3D, Slender: The Arrival is not an exception. There will be some moments, where “something” will be jumping literally in your face, and if you are not ready for it, the 3D will do its job to shake you down to your core.
Now I was thinking long and hard if I should if it should be included in the first place of Oculus Rift horror games list. This game is the definition of horror. What disturbs the most was how cozy it looked with the lightning, and how warm these walls were. I felt like Indiana Jones with my little lamp, and with my brown and dirty map. It deceives you so much. Couple of minutes into the game you see the real face behind the game. Every squeak will terrify you beyond measure, and you just start hoping there is a save station somewhere. You will encounter bloody creatures, big many-legged abominations, and what were scaring me the most were these statues, that sometimes end up behind you when you turn around. Unfortunately, I could not finish the game. The voice effects were too much for me, and this claustrophobic feeling really presses on you, especially since you can’t look away from the screen. Even “Markiplier”, who is a popular Youtube gamer, started literally crying at one point, because he could NOT take the pressure that Dreadhalls gave. Either way, it was an amazing experience which I have never felt before, so you should definitely check it out.
9. Lost In the Rift
If I ever had goosebumps after finishing something, its in this game. I was literally shaking when taking off the headset. I am not sure, maybe it was just this particular day, when everything scared me, but I am not going to go back to this game for sure. It almost felt like it traumatized me. Some people may not find it as scary (to each their own), but for me, it was genuinely the scariest game I have ever played. It didn’t even need the jump scares, the environment and the sound themselves scared me to death. Your job in the game will be to find an exit in the tunnels you accidentally entered. You will go deeper and deeper and deeper down the tunnels, until you find something.