This list of top 10 HTC Vive and Oculus games to play with your friends has a little bit for of everything for everyone. Whether it’s just a casual evening shootout filled with fails, chuckles and hilarity, or a serious endeavour that requires utmost team coordination, we’ve got you covered! Let’s dive right into it!
#1 Echo Arena
If you haven’t picked Echo Arena yet…well, which rock have you been living under this long? It’s been all the rage for while now. Best of all, it’s completely free.
The game is a blast, trust me. You are in this zero gravity arena, which resembles Ender’s Game Battle Room a lot. A lot!
The goal of the game is to… well, score a goal. You do this by grabbing the disk and flinging it in the direction of the goal, praying to gods Old and New that it goes in. It usually doesn’t, but that’s not that important. At least not in the beginning, I guess…
In the meantime, you slide through the arena, push, pull, punch other players in the face (yes, you can do that – it stuns them!). All three player modes are supported – sitting, standing, and roomscale – so you’ll definitely have options that fit you the most.
Now, the only downside is that it’s an Oculus exclusive. Don’t let that discourage you – it can easily be played on HTC Vive with ReVive.
I know. It’s a pain to resort to hacks just to play the game, but you won’t be sorry. Trust me.
Gunheart is recently launched early access VR game that lets you and your friends join together in various co-op missions. You play as robot bounty hunters, somewhere at the edge of the galaxy. As you complete the missions, you get better weapons and gear for your rig.
While it’s not the most polished VR game out there (early access, heh…), it’s a boatload of fun! There are a lot of aliens to shoot, missions are procedurally generated and span over large areas, action is constant and regular.
If you’re looking for a fun “shoot-em-up” game with tons of replayability, this is definitely it!
Gunheart is fully compatible with both HTC Vive and Oculus Touch. It’s available on Steam for 31.99€/$
#3 The Unspoken
Admit it – at one point in your life you’ve wanted to have super-powers! It could’ve been anything – telekinesis, Kamehameha, summoning monsters out of thin air, or just a plain old fireball slinging and watching the world burn.
The Unspoken lets you do all that, and more. You’re a wizard with incredible powers and abilities – something like Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Your goal is to defeat other wizards of such calibre in all kinds of urban environments. If you and your friends enjoy playing competitive games against each other, this is the game for you.
Unfortunately, The Unspoken works well only on Oculus. A lot of people report lags and frame loss on HTC Vive through the ReVive hack. Therefore, if you and your friends own HTC Vive, you might want to save those 30€/$ for now.
#4 Arizona Sunshine
ZOMBIES! A lot of them! The little-bit pricey first-person shooter (39.99€/$!), Arizona Sunshine was released in December 2016. During that time, it has maintained very high positive ratings.
Obviously, you’re somewhere in post-apocalyptic Arizona, fighting and surviving the undead hordes.
Developed exclusively for HTC Vive and Oculus, this game offers a lot of bang for the buck. Literally. You’ll be banging a lot of undead heads off of their shoulders, in a variety of ways. The campaign follows the story, and you can choose your own pacing.
Controls are polished and smooth, one of the best in the industry. Immersion is guaranteed, with a lot of details such as zombie mutilation, interactive environments and realistic “feel” of many ingame weapons.
The co-op mode lets you play with friends and beat the undead together. However, the more living brains out there, the more zombies will come. Don’t get overwhelmed!
Even if you’re not really into zombie games and zombie genre in general, I’m positive you and your friends will enjoy this game for a long time.
#5 Rec Room
Rec Room is a fun and lighthearted Early Access Free-to-Play VR game. It’s basically a hub consisting of several mini-games and game-modes. You can play Paintball, Disc Golf, co-op adventures, 3D Charades etc. There’s something for everybody.
It works well both on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive so far.
The game is perfect for some decompression after work and during weekends, as well as some casual fun after some more demanding VR games.
Pick it up, and let you friends know. After all, it’s free.
#6 Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is one of those VR games where you just go: “OMG! How come I never got to think of this!! Whoever made this is a genius!”
Released almost 2 years ago, it received a plethora of awards for innovative and creative design. The game is a blast. Literally. If you fail, you will get blasted to pieces.
The goal is simple – defuse the bomb. One player sees the bomb, while everybody else has the bomb defuse manual.
It gets really tricky, because the defuse procedures are basically mini-puzzles. They are all designed to capitalize on miscommunication and confusion. A detailed, specific and crystal clear communication is required from both parties involved in order to successfully defuse the bomb.
The bombs are procedurally generated, so the game offers a lot of replayability. The best of all is that you can play it locally. That’s because you only need one copy of the game. The defuse manual is free to download over at BombManual.com
Set in 2271, Raw Data is an Early Access first person shooter designed specifically for VR. It’s compatible both with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, so you can join with your friends in co-op missions or enjoy the so-called Hostile Takeover PvP.
There are multiple classes to choose from, coupled with a wide array of futuristic weapons, abilities and techniques.
As part of the elite hacker resistance movement, your mission is to infiltrate the sinister Eden Corporation, take as much raw data as possible and escape alive.
Raw data is one of the best VR action games out there. If you and your friends enjoy action packed first person shooters, this game is definitely for you.
Launched way back in April of 2015, Elite Dangerous has been through a lot. Despite the troubles, the MMORPG space travel simulator has successfully survived and has a relatively small, but stable and loyal community.
It’s one of those games that cater to people that enjoy complex, snail-paced, open-ended adventures, requiring time and patience in order to progress. If you and your buddies don’t mind endlessly exploring the unknown – this is THE game!
The backstory and the purpose of the game are almost entirely up to the players themselves and the community as a whole. You can play in single player, private mode with just your friends, or in the open world where you can expect anything anywhere, depending on other players.
Dirt, sweat and pet hairs are a legitimate concern when it comes to your VR headset. If not cared for properly and regularly, VR headsets can easily malfunction due to these issues. Here is how to clean your VR headset, the right way!
How to Clean Your VR Headset’s Lenses?
If you keep your VR headset anywhere near glass, or you have pets in your house, dust, dirt and hairs will inevitably end up clogging up your lenses. This will affect the quality of your experience, and in worst cases can even irritate your eyes.
Lenses are the crucial part of the VR experience. You have to take extra precaution when cleaning them, as they can get scratched easily.
The best route is to use a can of compressed air, followed by carefully wiping away the remaining bits and pieces of dust, hair and dirt.
Point the gas can nozzle a few inches away towards the lenses. Apply short and controlled bursts of airflow to blow away the dust.
Follow up with a microfiber cloth to remove all the leftover bits and pieces. Done. Your lenses are as clean as new!
How to Clean Your VR Headset’s Face Pad?
Whenever you wear your VR headset for a prolonged amount of time, sweating is inevitable. Repeated sweating can make your VR headset really gross after a while.
Now, depending on the material your face pad is made off, there are several ways to do this.
If you use one of those waterproof faux leather covers, a simple babywipe or a hand disinfectant followed by paper towel to dry it off quickly will do the trick. Make sure you don’t introduce too much moisture in the process, as moisture can damage the electronics. Just do it fast and proceed with whatever you had in mind next.
Alternatively, buying a few fabric or foam replacement pad covers will go a long way. Simply swap the covers, and dip the dirty one into the water mixed with detergent or soap. Then, let it dry off and it’s as good as new.
For the rest of your VR headset, you can use babywipes as well. Just lightly wipe away all the dust and grime in the corners and crevices and you are good to go.
Air Quality and Temperature
Now, this might not be applicable for everybody, but to avoid sweaty and dirty face pads and lenses, you can minimize and/or prevent sweating and the build-up of dirt altogether.
During summer, air conditioning is a must, especially for VR games that require the movement of your whole body. If you can’t afford it, then at least get a decent fan to keep the airflow circulating.
Unless it’s really hot outside, a good thing to do is to open your doors and windows. This is especially useful during autumns and winter. Letting the cool breeze flow inside will decrease the temperature and naturally reduce the sweating. Meanwhile, your body will stay warmed up from light physical activity required to play your favourite VR game.
If you own HTC Vive, there’s a great third-party solution called VIVE N CHILL which helps cool down your forehead. It’s been crowdfunded on Indiegogo and is currently in pre-order phase. People that tried it report great results, so you might want to take a look at it.
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