This week’s collection of new releases isn’t as overwhelming as last week, but there are a couple gems to be found. First up you’ll be clean out a monster-infested ship in intense sci-fi shooter Dead Effect 2. On the other side of the scale, you can run your own rice bowl dish shop in Counter Fight: Samurai Edition as you cook and serve food as quickly as you can.
In the meantime, if you missed last week, you can see those new releases here. 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 HTC Vive games — which is updated every few months with the latest and greatest options.
New HTC Vive Releases on Steam
Reaping Rewards, from Limitless Ltd
Price: Free To Play
Reaping Rewards is a narrative-driven experience where your emotional choices will propel the story forward. You play as an apprentice Grim Reaper on your first day of training and your choices will shape who you become.
Recommendation: Definitely give this a go for zero dollars.
Vehicle VR, from Nick Helweg
Price: $1.79 (Currently Discounted)
Vehicle VR is a motor-powered puzzle game that aims to be rage inducing. You complete levels by getting your vehicle to the finish box at the end and must use quick reflexes and awareness to do so. Can you get the fastest time in the world?
Recommendation: Unique puzzle game at a cheap price.
69 Ways To Kill A Zombie, from Wadup Games
69 Ways gives you over 60 tools including guns, explosives, traps, swords, bows, and spears to use as you grind through hordes of zombies. The game uses LOCOmotion which has you swinging your hands to move around the virtual space.
Recommendation: The game has some bugs to get worked out, but keep an eye on it and possibly grab it during a sale.
Operation Baba Yaga, from Bravewitches VR Production Committee
Price: $15.29 (Currently Discounted)
Operation Baba Yaga welcomes the Brave Witches to VR where you fly high above Eastern Europe and defeat your enemy. This is more of a passive movie with interactive elements than an all-out game.
Recommendation: Worth a look for fans of the series it’s based on.
ObserVRtarium, from NSC Creative
Price: Free To Play
ObserVRtarium is an immersive virtual museum with a collection of objects centered on outer space. The developers want to provide an experience that works well in homes but can also be used at brick and mortar museums and attractions.
Recommendation: It’s in Early Access, but definitely check it out for free.
Ski Jump VR, from Pixel Perfect Dude
Ski Jump is a VR extension of the mobile game by the same name. The current version includes 2 hills and 3 jumping modes with realistic physics, but the final game aims to include 10 hills by release.
Recommendation: Keep an eye on this one during Early Access.
Caelum: Into the Sky Volume 1, from Digital Realms Ltd
Price: $5.94 (Currently Discounted)
Caelum is an adventure game where you journey through a world of wonder and treasures. There are many secrets to be uncovered, puzzles to complete, and mysteries to unravel once you explore the secret laboratory. The game will feature 6 episodes in its final form.
Recommendation: Keep an eye on the visually impressive puzzler as it evolves throughout Early Access.
Dead Effect 2 VR, from BadFly Interactive, a.s.
Price: $17.99 (Currently Discounted)
This sequel brings back some fresh and intense sci-fi shooting. You have single-player missions along with co-op and you have a character you develop with various weapons, gear, and body implants to utilize as you clean out a monster-infested ship.
Recommendation: This is a polished and visually appealing title you should add to your collection.
Battle Dome, from Bad Bird Studios
Price: $8.99 (Currently Discounted)
Battle Dome is a virtual shootout where you take on other players individually or as a team. Engage in 5v5 sci-fi action where you must get to the opponent’s base and destroy their core before they do the same to yours. With 23 weapons and 15 maps, you’ll have quite a bit of content to keep yourself entertained.
Recommendation: Definitely check this one out. It’s been around a while and is now out of Early Access.
Virush, from Arcturus
Price: $5.39 (Currently Discounted)
VIRUSH is an arcade-style experience with a high-energy electronic soundtrack accenting your defense against viruses. You’ll move like a classic snake game as you collect data packets by running over or encircling them before time expires and they become infected.
Recommendation: In need of classic style play? Grab this one.
Bubble Labs VR, from Kishan Emens, Tavius Woods
If you’re looking for a simple way to introduce someone to VR gaming mechanics and immersion, Bubble Labs VR is for you. In it, you create and experiment with liquid particle physics and vibrant colors.
Recommendation: This is a good entry for the uninitiated or children.
Darknet, from E McNeill
Price: $9.89 (Currently Discounted)
Darknet is a puzzler where you play as a hacker within a virtual space that represents the Net. Use viruses, worms, and exploits to steal the data before you get tracked.
Recommendation: One of VR’s first great puzzle games on Gear VR is now on Vive. Recommended!
Toy Plane Heroes, from Oasis VR
Price: $7.49 (Currently Discounted)
In Toy Plane Heroes you and a few friends engage in a unique dogfighting game where you pilot toy planes. There’s a great sense of scale as a toy plane in a large room.
Recommendation: It’s a cool little game worth playing for flight fans. Lots of potential for future growth.
VR Theme Park Rides, from EnsensSoft
Price: $3.99 (Currently Discounted)
VR Theme Park Rides is a collection of twelve mini-games centered on theme park attractions. There’s a Castle of Terror, Roller Coaster, Bumper Cars, and a more for you to try out.
Recommendation: There’s potential for motion sickness, but it’s a decent and visually solid collection of experiences for the price.
VR Slugger: The Toy Field, from Poly Poly Games
Price: $10.79 (Currently Discounted)
VR Slugger is a robust batting experience inspired by the Japanese board game Yakyuban. There’s a puzzle mode where you must hit the ball to a specific target and a time attack where you hit as many home runs as you can in 30 seconds in order to climb the leader boards. There are also 8 unique bats for you to use and unlock.
Recommendation: Take a look at this if your other batting experiences have gotten boring.
Airtone, from historia Inc
Price: $24.89 (Currently Discounted)
Airtone is rhythm action where you move your hands to match the markers moving toward you and then shake, trace, or the pull the triggers to catch them in time. As you progress you’ll interact with your android friend Neon and unravel the story.
Recommendation: This is a high-quality rhythm game that stands out from others. Give it a go.
Power Solitaire VR, from Parkerhill Reality Labs
Classic Klondike Solitaire comes to VR in Power Solitaire VR where you play alone, against an intelligent robot, or online against up to three others. There are a few surprises along the way as well.
Recommendation: It’s a very solid solitaire experience to add to your library, but nothing new.
Counter Fight: Samurai Edition, from Tricol Co., Ltd.
Price: $7.99 (Currently Discounted)
Ever want to run your own rice bowl shop? Well now you can in this fast-paced experience where you must cook a variety of dishes and get to them your eccentric customers as quickly as possible. There’s an endless challenge mode and a timed 5-minute challenge as well.
Recommendation: It’s a fun experience that gets a bit of a sweat going. Check it out.
Disco Time 80s VR, from Indiecode Games
Want to bust a move? Turn on Disco Time 80s VR and hit the dance floor. This game includes nine 80s style tracks and a disco dance floor. You can also listen to your own music.
Recommendation: Pass on this one.
Verto Studio VR, from Verto Studio LLC
Price: $20.09 (Currently Discounted)
Verto Studio is a fully-capable 3D modeling studio that you can run entirely while in VR. Import FBX, OBJ, DAE, or other formats and configure every detail of display down to the individual polygons. Once you’re comfortable, you’ll be able to manipulate and create 3D scenes from scratch using a plethora of tools.
Recommendation: There’s a really pointed interest required for this experience but, if you’re into it, it’s a robust tool for you to create with.
Lathe Safety Simulator, from [Too Many Names to List Here]
Lathe Safety Simulator teaches you how to operate industrial lathe with a lower chance of injury. You’ll be guided through the operation while also learning the major parts and pieces that make it work.
Recommendation: This could serve as another example for industrial companies that promotes the use of VR for training. Check it out.
The Existence Abstract, from Soukdee Games
The Existence Abstract is a procedurally generated shooter that adopts rogue-like elements for its gameplay. You’ll navigate a grid-like maze, dodge traps, utilize over 70 items, and take down enemies as you explore the Abstract.
Recommendation: Keep an eye on it and grab it during a decent sale.
VR Sushi Bar, from mikai inc.
VR Sushi Bar is a sushi chef simulator where you must prepare and plate sushi, pour the tea, and serve your customers with no errors or delays.
Recommendation: Pass on this one.
New HTC Vive Releases on Viveport
Cabinet Model Room, from Fuqing City
Cabinet Model Room is an effort to curb the costs of setting up such a project by giving you a virtual template to customize before spending money on materials and labor.
Recommendation: If you have a similar project coming up, definitely give this a go.