Shhh, do you hear that? It’s the sound of silence. There’s very, very little to report on this week, as the Oculus and Gear stores have all but closed their doors for Christmas, instead focusing on their ongoing — and nearly over — Winter Sales. We do have a few things to highlight though from Steam, which has thrown a few bones to people desperate for new content. No new Gear VR releases that we could find, however.
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.
Neon8, from GameDevCoop
Price: $4.99 (Rift)
Here’s a stylish sci-fi 6DOF shooter for those that are enjoying the genre’s revival in VR. Tour the multiverse and blast away alien bugs that threaten Neon8. It’s an arcade-inspired experience that will appeal to old-school gamers.
Recommendation: Something to check out for fans of Descent, perhaps.
Deathlike: Awakening, from Cybreath
Price: $7.99 (Rift, currently discounted)
Nothing gets us in the festive feeling like a bit of survival horror. You’re alone in the woods at night, and you’ve got to survive the terrors that wait in the dark. If you’re squeamish when it comes to horror, we wouldn’t recommend this one.
Recommendation: Only for those that like this VR horror as intense as possible.
LightVR, from MyDream Interactive
Price: $13.99 (Rift, currently discounted)
The full release of LightVR brings personal spaces to the VR productivity app. It has several interesting twists, like the ability to use the passthrough camera to see where you’re typing on a keyboard. It’s a little late to the party but still worth checking out for those interested.
Recommendation: One for those that want to work within VR at this early stage.
Ziggy’s Chase, from phime studio
Price: $12.99 (Rift, currently discounted)
The description for Ziggy’s Chase reads: “Never mind the plumber, the hedgehog is coming to Steam!” I think Sega might take an issue with that; Ziggy is a decidedly slower hedgehog that still runs around zones that look identical to a Sonic or Mario game. VR support is optional.
Recommendation: Look for something with a little more originality instead. Mervil’s is a decent options.
Wave Magic VR, from Overrun Games
Price: $5.99 (Rift)
An early access release of another game that lets you step into the shoes of a wizard. This one lets you try out Leap Motion controls as well as the usual position-tracked and gamepad options. Use them to explore a world and take down mythical beasts.
Recommendation: One for the wizards, Harry.
Primal Carnage: Onslaught, from Pub Games
Price: $20.99 (Rift, currently discounted)
This is a spin-off of the Primal Carnage series, which has been offering dinosaur-fighting survival games since 2012. As you’d expect, it’s a wave-based shooter in which you fight off hordes of pre-historic beasts.
Recommendation: It’s another wave shooter without much depth for the price tag. Wait on a huge sale or more content.
Offroad: VR, from bcInteractive
Price: $7.19 (Rift, Currently discounted)
Racing games and VR go together like peanut butter and jelly. They compliment one another and play off of each other’s strengths. Offroad: VR is a game that doesn’t try to complicate things too much and instead just revels in the fact that it lets you drive around an open world while you go offroading.
Recommendation: If you like racing in VR but aren’t a fan of structured tournament-style tracks, this could scratch your itch.