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5 VR Games You Shouldn’t Miss In 2022

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After the resounding success of Half-Life Alyx, it’s only natural to be on the lookout for the next big VR title. The one that will come along and wow us, bringing something new. Showing us the unique sort of fun you can only get from playing VR. Waving your arms around frantically while almost stumbling into the coffee table. There are a lot of exciting titles upcoming and already available, covering a whole range of different genres that appear very promising.

Whether they will be the next Half-Life Alyx? Who knows, what I do know is that these five games seem like buckets of fun.

 

5. Green Hell VR

GREEN HELL VR - What Is DIFFERENT in VR?

For those of you who have a soft spot or love for all things The Forest. This rather in-depth survival game has been out on PC for some time, with very positive reviews. While the fellow in the trailer may seem rather comical, a normal view for the non-player in the room. It takes on a very different feel if you put yourself in his shoes. Swimming in exotic, disease-ridden, lakes and rivers. Moving your hands to sharpen your machete, swinging it to hack at trees. Collecting rocks, and crafting all through your own movements. It has got to feel as cool as it looks, right?

While Green Hell VR is not a game for the faint of heart, with a strong emphasis on the difficulty of surviving in a ‘green hell’, its gorgeous jungle environment looks like a pleasure to explore in VR, from the relative safety of your living room. Just try not to machete your TV.

4. Zenith: The Last City

Zenith: The Last City l Launch Trailer l Oculus Quest Platform

Fight, craft and explore a vast multiplayer world built specifically for VR. Developed by Ramen VR, Zenith: The Last City is looking like a title I never knew I wanted. The trailer has everything I could want from an up and coming MMO; one that I would dive into to test for a weekend before getting hooked. Except, it’s in VR and looks almost too good to be true. The trailer has airships, combat against bosses and minions. The narration and solid soundtrack only work to build hype alongside the sprawling, detailed landscapes on display.

While the graphics lean towards the cartoony side of things, from a VR game promising an MMO experience while still looking this good, I can’t see a problem. Promising late-game raids and all things you can expect from a classic multiplayer RPG experience, there is a lot to look forward to here.

3. Cities VR

Cities: VR - Announcement Trailer | Meta Quest 2

If you have ever spent time playing Cities Skylines, and let’s face it, if you have, then it’s likely more time than you can comfortably admit. Then you, like me, may have wondered what the game would be like with a more personal touch to it. Standing on the streets of the city you built, watching the traffic jams you so meticulously worked to avoid pile up as your emergency services struggle. I digress, there is a lot to expect from Cities: VR, mostly as it’s built upon a title that is loved and played globally by thousands, as the ultimate modern-day city-building title.

There is something innately satisfying about watching your own creation thrive, the beauty of the streets you intricately placed being brought to life by the hustle and bustle of the world. I can only imagine doing the exact same but in VR would take it to another level, building then immediately proceeding to walk down the newly built road for self-satisfaction. Given that the foundations are all there already, it would be difficult for this title to be anything but fun.

2. Hubris

Hubris VR - Announcement trailer

From the trailer alone there is so much to look forward to here in Hubris. A multi-episode saga set in a brand new sci-fi universe. You must parkour and fight your way through stunning landscapes, aliens creatures and robots. The protagonist is a recruit in training, looking to become an agent of the Order of Objectivity. This training will, of course, include tests of strength and agility to survive on different worlds, crafting weapons or tools and using vehicles to progress. Notably, much like Green Hell VR, Hubris also offers a full VR experience.

Aiming for an immersive experience, as you jump, swim and fight across a variety of strange flora and fauna. The story and secrets behind the Order of Objectivity are just waiting to be discovered.

1. Wanderer

Wanderer - Teaser Trailer | PS VR

It is hard not to think of The Wanderer by Dion after so many hours of Fallout. This Wanderer, however, is set to take you on a whole new level of adventure. I found it hard to tear my eyes away from the trailer, giving off strong Half-Life Alyx vibes. Wanderer is already available on Steam and well worth your time. ‘Built from the ground up for VR’, this title boasts a range of features. From its luscious visuals, sounds and effects to the gameplay itself. Wanderer offers escape-room style puzzles, ‘tactile hands-on interactions’ and action arcade sequences. All to bring you the ultimate time-travelling VR experience.

Are you ready to defend ancient civilizations and decode messages smack-bang in the middle of a war? Even if you aren’t, this title might be worth a shot with the range of content on offer.

 

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Kiefer Whitaker is an avid gamer, writer and fantasy lover. When not writing about games, he can be found working on an Overhaul Mod project for M&B Bannerlord.