Last week we had a massive new VR shooter hit Early Access in the form of War Dust, putting 64 players on the same map in two teams of 32 each. This week, there’s nothing quite that ambitious. Instead, we’ve got a free edition of one of VR’s most visually striking shooters, an Oculus Go port of Daydream’s best game, a PSVR tourism app, and a mesmerizing VR short about an ancient healer.
Seeking Dawn: Free to Play Edition, from Multiverse
Price: Free, Platforms: Rift, Vive, Windows VR
Seeking Dawn is a gorgeous VR game, but its gameplay never quite does enough to back up the extreme visual fidelity. We had plenty of issues with the game when it first launched earlier this year, but now there’s a new free version, complete with multiplayer support, that’s basically a wave-based survival mode. And it’s Halloween themed because why not!
Read our full review of the paid game here.
The Bond, from Axis Studios
Price: Free, Platforms: Rift, Vive
The Bond is a visually stunning, free, VR short about an ancient healer and her connection with all living things – good or evil. Far away, in an alien forest, a TiaMuati and her faithful beast seek out a sacred glade. Here she can connect with the web of life – and see the world through other’s eyes. But there’s an imbalance – a dark presence. As the forest’s guardian she must confront it… and you’re coming with her.
— Turisme (@turismecat) October 30, 2018
Legends of Catalonia, from The Greyskull Company
Price: Free, Platforms: PSVR
VR tourism hasn’t really hit its stride yet and it’s typically rare on PSVR, but this app is really, really impressive. You can visit famous locales around Barcelona like never before in this world. From the Store page: “Enter an epic adventure, traveler. Catalonia awaits you and you must help the knight Sant Jordi to recover the secrets of his lost diary. Join an adventure in the hands of illustrious travel companions and overcome the challenges that await you in a world of dreams, legends and fantasy.”
Eclipse: Edge of Light, from White Elk
Price: $9.99, Platforms: Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR, Daydream
If you hadn’t guessed by now I was really rather fond of Eclipse. I even see it as a sort of spiritual successor to Ustwo Games’ excellent Land’s End on Gear VR, only more ambitious. White Elk took a lot of risks with the game’s design that pay off in spades, from the smart use of Daydream’s controller to giving players full control over their movement. The result is a memorable sci-fi adventure that kept me fully engaged from start to finish, and left me feeling like I’d really explored an alien world. This isn’t just the best game on Daydream, but one of the best mobile VR games full stop.
Read our full review of the original Daydream version here.