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5 of The Best Virtual Reality Video Games Involving Heights



Acrophobia is the fear of heights and if you love heights, you are an acrophiliac. VR (virtual reality) headsets take the gamers into a new dimension (with high-energy shooting, challenging puzzles games, and more), especially if you compare it to a regular video game console. Open-world video games where the protagonist falls from sky-high areas (like Mirror’s Edge, Assassin’s Creed, and Prince of Persia) can leave your heart pounding. Rollercoasters, elevators, and Ferris wheels, all have at least two things in common. If you are acrophobic and claustrophobic, you do not want to be on them.


No matter how much some of us may try telling our minds that video games are not real, constant in-game falling (like jumping from a building in the Grand Theft Auto series) is not the most pleasant sight. Sometimes, falling from excessively high positions in video games, gives your playable character mortal damage, defying the laws of physics and other times, your character is unscathed. In DOOM Eternal, (similar to the 2016 released Doom) you can fall from dizzying heights, returning to battle, as if though nothing happened.


The Oculus Quest 2 currently lacks the option to turn on parental controls, that can allow responsible adults block 18+ content. HTC's Vive and Valve's Index do not have child safety features, but while you may think of the thousandth reason why no child or adult should wear a VR headset, a part of you will want to anyway. Climber: Sky Is The Limit is a worthwhile video game, but would not it be more thrill-seeking in virtual reality? When heights are involved in the same atmosphere as virtual reality games, you should be prepared for a confusing experience. This is a list of 5 of the best virtual reality video games involving heights.


5. Stride: 

Fans of the free-running Mirror’s Edge series got enormously exhausted of waiting for a virtual reality version. Prior to Stride VR on Oculus Quest (which looks identical to Mirror’s Edge, from the bleached-white buildings, to the vibrantly-highlighted objects you can use for progression), there was a modded version of Mirror’s Edge for the Oculus Rift. 

Stride is not Mirror’s Edge, but we love the parkour-style of leaping, to last-minute ledge grabs, to wall-running, and climbing up pipes.


4. Everest VR: 

Powered by the Unreal Engine, in Everest VR, you cannot fail and will reduce the odds of overcoming your fear of heights. After climbing Mount Everest in a series of first person challenges, the reward is that you climbed the most popular mountain.

Then the thought about how you did not feel a temperature below zero degrees May pop up, reminding you that it is virtual reality. The real-time graphics producing AAA visual fidelity, is unmatched in other virtual reality applications. 

You will be at Basecamp, traverse the Khumbu Icefalls, overnight at Camp 4, travel up Hillary Step, then finally, conquer Mount Everest. Too bad, nobody thinks about jumping from a helicopter, to the summit of Mount Everest.


3. The Climb VR: 

This first-person virtual reality game does the obvious. You climb cliffs, but what else? You climb cliffs in locations around the world. There are three featured environments: Alps, Bay, and Canyon. Each of the environments contain five levels, that are easy, medium, or hard. Climb using motion controllers, moving your hands to grab the next ledge. If you reach a gap too big to climb across, then you can push across the ledge to jump.



2. Richie’s Plank Experience (2017): 

Developed and published by Toast, Richie’s Plank Experience will have your palms sweaty, knees weak, arms heavy, and if you ate spaghetti, you just may vomit on your sweater (like Eminem’s 2002 song Lose Yourself). You will be 80 stories high, but what helps you relax, is not really anything. Try staying silent or listening to music. Silence can make you just as nervous as staring down from a wooden plank, to the citizens appearing like tiny ants. You just have to keep your balance in this psychological experience.


1. The Climb 2: 

The Climb 2 allows you to navigate vast caves and discover hidden shortcuts. When an erupting volcano occurs, you just have to maintain your focus. When you are city skyscrapers, use your climbing skills. Take the option of battling your friends in with multiplayer features, and conquer the leaderboards, if you can. There are three distinct levels and each level may take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. It is not always about being the best. 

Isaiah Joshua is an author and poet and has a love for video games. In May 2016, he graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor's Degree in Cinema Arts and Science. As an avid gamer, some of his favorite games are "WWF No Mercy, Hitman, Manhunt, Sims 3, Mortal Kombat, and Street Fighter. Conscious in gaming culture, he is always researching gaming history, as well as the latest games to write about.