It’s not a huge week for any of the three PC-based VR platforms, but there’s some interesting stuff to check out across all three platforms including that rarest of things, a new game on the Windows MR platform. Plus: Fallout 4 VR and LA Noire next week!
And don’t forget that UploadVR has a Steam community group, complete with a curated list of recommendations so that you don’t have to waste any money finding out what’s good in the world of VR. We also have a top list of the absolute best Oculus Rift and HTC Vive games at the corresponding links.
Released to promote the recent blockbuster, Justice League VR features a set of minigames that allow you to take control of various members of DC’s flagship superhero team. Drive the Batmobile as Batman, speed down the subway as The Flash or, uh, fight a big fish as Aquaman. Sadly this isn’t the VR experience to bring our comic book dreams to life; it’s forgettable at best and frustrating at worst.
Front Defense: Heroes, from Fantahorn Studios
Front Defense was a mostly bland stationary wave shooter, but Front Defense: Heroes is an intense cooperative multiplayer FPS in the same vein as Call of Duty: WWII. It doesn’t have smooth locomotion yet, but it nails the thrill of 1940s firefights pretty well already. It’s free if you bought Front Defense previously or only $4.99 as a launch promotion.
Here’s our review-in-progress for more on the game.
Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay, from ILMxLAB
Easily our favorite release of the week, Droid Repair Bay arrives just ahead of The Last Jedi and might be the best Star Wars VR experience yet. In it, you help fix cutesy little robots aboard a resistance ship. It’s only a short piece but it’s genuinely charming and memorable, especially as you play with the robots like pets. This is one that kids will love.
Notes on Blindness, from Nove Lab
Price: $2.99 (Rift)
Tying into a movie release from a few years back, Notes on Blindness is a pretty stunning VR experience that first debuted on Gear VR and now arrives on Rift. You step into the shoes of a blind man and learn just a little of what it might be like to discover the world around you when you have no sight. As far as VR experiences go, this is absolutely one you should be checking out.
Read more about it here.
Danger Goat, from nDreams
Price: $9.99 (Windows)
We’re mostly putting this here because, as far as we can tell, it’s the first game to release for Microsoft’s new Windows Mixed Reality headsets since launch all the way back in October. It’s hard to tell since the story has next to no sorting options at all. A port of a Daydream launch title, this puzzle game has you navigating a goat through a dangerous world, manipulating the scenery by tilting your controller to clear paths. It’s a little on the easy side but not without its charms.
Here’s the Daydream review.