Best VR games and experiences coming out in 2017: Horror, shooters & more

Both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are now on sale, and the PlayStation VR will be here in a matter of months, which begs the question - which games can we play? We've rounded up the best games for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift separately, but here we showcase some of the best VR games coming out in 2017 and beyond.

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  • Minecraft VR
  • Sky Sports VR
  • Batman: Arkham VR
  • 2016 Olympics
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • Farpoint
  • Serious Sam VR
  • Fallout 4 VR
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew
  • Paranormal Activity VR
  • Raw Data
  • Assassin's Creed VR
  • Affected
  • Superhot VR
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Both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are now on sale, and the PlayStation VR is out in a matter of months, which begs the question - which are the best games to play? We've rounded up the best (already released) games for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift separately, but here we showcase some of the best VR games coming out in 2017 and beyond. Read next: The complete guide to virtual reality: VR headsets, VR games, apps and more

Also see: Best Games Deals

Best VR games coming out in 2017: Minecraft VR

In a joint announcement from Microsoft and Mojang, creators of Minecraft, it was announced that Minecraft for Windows 10 will be gaining VR support via fa free update in the next few weeks, although this is exclusive to the Oculus Rift. There's already a variant for the Samsung Gear VR, but the experience provided by the high-end Oculus Rift is said to be much more comfortable and immersive.

There's more information available on the Minecraft website about what to expect, although there is no mention of Oculus Touch controller support once the handheld controllers launch later this year. 

Release date: mid-August 2016

Price: Free via update, requires full Minecraft game

Platforms: Oculus Rift

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Both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are now on sale, and the PlayStation VR is out in a matter of months, which begs the question - which are the best games to play? We've rounded up the best (already released) games for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift separately, but here we showcase some of the best VR games coming out in 2017 and beyond. Read next: The complete guide to virtual reality: VR headsets, VR games, apps and more

Also see: Best Games Deals

Best VR games coming out in 2017: Minecraft VR

In a joint announcement from Microsoft and Mojang, creators of Minecraft, it was announced that Minecraft for Windows 10 will be gaining VR support via fa free update in the next few weeks, although this is exclusive to the Oculus Rift. There's already a variant for the Samsung Gear VR, but the experience provided by the high-end Oculus Rift is said to be much more comfortable and immersive.

There's more information available on the Minecraft website about what to expect, although there is no mention of Oculus Touch controller support once the handheld controllers launch later this year. 

Release date: mid-August 2016

Price: Free via update, requires full Minecraft game

Platforms: Oculus Rift

Best VR experiences coming out in 2017: Sky Sports VR

It seems as if Sky is branching out beyond the realms of standard TV, as the broadcasting giant recently announced an upcoming virtual reality app compatible with Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR and even the likes of the high-end Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Sky has since confirmed that it has already experimented with Formula 1, Tour de France and even the Anthony Joshua boxing matches. The company also confirmed it has filmed a VR promo with none other than David Beckham.

Richard Nockles, Creative Director at Sky VR studios confirmed that there will be a launch event for the Sky Sports VR app at some point in August where the company will be supplying cardboard VR headsets, but apparently a Sky VR headset is still some time away. Nockles said "Our primary task is to guide how this industry is going. It's an arrogant way to look at it, but we're effectively creating a new language."

Release date: August 2016

Price: Free to download, possibly require a Sky subsciption

Platforms: Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

Best VR games coming out in 2017: Batman: Arkham VR

Batman: Arkham VR is a brand new Batman story (not a sequel to the hugely popular series, sorry guys!) exclusive to the PlayStation VR, and is due out later on this year once the PlayStation VR headset enters the market. So, what does the game entail? According to the developers, it lets you be the Batman. The game provides gamers with the opportunity to explore Wayne Manor and take a trip to the Batcave as Bruce Wayne, and of course, a chance to put on the iconic Batsuit.

Interestingly, it doesn’t sound as if it’ll be as action-packed as the regular Batman games, and will instead offer “an intense murder mystery in the style of the classic Batman comic books, but with a strong dose of dark psychology that the Arkham games are well known foraccording to Bill Green, Principal designer at Rocksteady Studios. You can watch the reveal trailer here, although it doesn’t give too much away.

Release date: October 2016

Price: TBC

Platforms: PlayStation VR

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Best VR games coming out in 2017: 2016 Olympics

For the first time ever, the Olympics will be available to watch in virtual reality, allowing users to experience the games as they would if they were in Rio de Janeiro in real life. However, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive owners shouldn't get too excited, as NBC has made it exclusive to Samsung Gear VR owners with certain pay-TV subscriptions.

The company is promising users up to 85 hours of VR content throughout the games. The videos will start going live on 6 August 2016, the day after the games officially commence in Brazil. It's available for Samsung Gear VR owners in the US via NBC's Sports app, within the TV Everywhere section. 

Best VR games coming out in 2017: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Capcom took to the stage during Sony’s E3 2016 press conference to announce Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, the next major entry in the Resident Evil series. While the game is said to utilise the atmospheric survival horror style that made the series what it is, it’s also going to be scarier than ever before. Why? Because the game is now first-person compared to third-person in previous games, meaning gamers get closer to the zombifying action than ever before (and it’ll make exploring dark places much more terrifying).

However, it brings an additional benefit for PlayStation VR users – it’s fully PSVR compatible. That means you can play the entirety of the game from beginning to end in virtual reality, although you’d be a braver person than us for doing so! Biohazard takes place after the events of Resident Evil 6 on a sprawling, derelict planation mansion in the US, with exploration and survival being the two main aims of the game.

Find out more about Resident Evil 7: Biohazard here: Resident Evil 7 release date, gameplay rumours, price and platforms

Release date: 24 January 2017

Price: TBC

Platforms: PlayStation VR

Best VR games coming out in 2017: Farpoint

Farpoint is an upcoming PSVR exclusive that takes place on a hostile alien world, with survival and exploration being the main themes of the game. What makes this difficult are the hordes of aliens coming at you from almost every angle, meaning gamers must think fast and aim faster to survive – take a look at the announcement trailer for an idea of what we mean. Farpoint developer Impulse Gear has worked closely with Sony over the recent months and years to produce the PS VR Aim controller, a gun-shaped accessory for PlayStation VR that looks to make the experience even more immersive.

"The PS VR Aim Controller offers the most realistic and precise way to control our game. With direct 1 to 1 tracking, you aim in Farpoint just as you would in real life.” Impulse Gear co-founder Seth Luisi wrote via the PlayStation blog. "This allows you to do things in Farpoint that are just not possible in a standard FPS game. It also provides an unbelievable sense of presence in the virtual world."

We’re not quite sure what we’re more excited for – Farpoint or the PS VR Aim controller – but roll on ‘end of 2016’!

Release date: end of 2016, TBC

Price: TBC

Platforms: PlayStation VR

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Best VR games coming out in 2017: Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope

Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope is, contrary to the name, not very serious but looks to be a huge amount of fun for VR users when it comes to Steam via early access this Summer. Anybody that is familiar with the series will already know what Serious Sam is about – guns, action and general craziness – and now that has been taken and reshaped for VR purposes. You find yourself on Earth amidst a war with ‘Mental’, and Serious Sam (with his band of rag-tag resistance members) must save defeat the enemy and ultimately, save the galaxy.

There’s a wide range of weaponry available to Serious Sam, from the fairly tame handguns to crazy out-of-this-world weaponry, and hordes of enemies to mow down in the process. Players are static though, unlike with the previous games, but providing a static environment negates the need for controllers and the motion sickness that comes with controller-enabled movement.

Release date: Summer 2016 (Early Access)

Price: TBC

Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift

Best VR games coming out in 2017: Fallout 4 VR

Bethesda took to the stage at E3 2016 and showcased a range of news in the form of existing game updates, as well as showing footage from upcoming blockbuster games. However, for fans of Fallout 4 - and those with a HTC Vive in particular - the biggest news of the night was the announcement of Bethesda VR.

More specifically, Bethesda announced that Fallout 4 would gain VR support in 2017 with the SteamVR-enabled HTC Vive. Sadly, there wasn’t much else in the way of details, leaving VR gamers with a flurry of questions - will it use the Vive controllers? How will you traverse the map? According to varied hands-on reviews of the game during E3 2016, it seems that you’ll be able to use both hands in-game for shooting and interacting, but movement will be achieved via a teleport system instead of utilising the touch-enabled trackpads of the Vive controllers. While it may not be as immersive, the teleport system removes motion sickness issues when using a controller instead of physically walking.

Find out more about Fallout 4 VR here: Fallout 4 VR release date rumours

Release date: 2017

Price: TBC

Platforms: HTC Vive

Best VR games coming out in 2017: Star Trek: Bridge Crew

 Although the news leaked prior to the event, gaming giant Ubisoft announced its debut virtual reality game dubbed Star Trek Bridge Crew during its E3 2016 press conference, and is due out later this year for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. Ubisoft brought together a handful of Star Trek actors to play-test the VR game and their reactions were as to be expected - overwhelming excitement and amazement at how immersive the experience is. But what does the game entail?

Details are a bit sketchy at the moment, but it looks as if the game involves collaborating with other online players to run every aspect of your star ship. There's a captain, tactical players and engineering players that have to work together, listening to the captains orders and communicating what each person has to do. It's an interesting experience for sure, and those interested can take a look at the debut trailer right here

Release date: 2016, Autumn

Price: TBC

Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR

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Best VR games coming out in 2017: Paranormal Activity VR

Even though Paranormal Activity VR is a fairly recent addition to our roundup, it could possibly be our favourite upcoming VR game based upon this reaction video on YouTube. Earning over £600 million in the global box office since the first film was released back in 2009, the next chapter of the series looks to take place exclusively in VR. Developed by VRWERX, the VR horror extravaganza is set to launch later this year across a variety of VR platforms including the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR.

According to co-managing partner at VRWERX Russell Naftal, Paranormal Activity VR is “a full ‘AAA’ title with three hours of story and up to six hours of gameplay for those who want to explore every aspect of this world”. Regardless of the amount of time, we’re excited to play this one.  

Release date: 2016, TBC

Price: TBC

Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR

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Best VR games coming out in 2017: Raw Data

Raw Data is an exciting co-operative VR game for the HTC Vive currently available via Steam’s Early Access Program, with a full release later this year. While other wave-based shoot-em-ups offer fairly standard guns, Raw Data offers a wide variety of weapons to be used including a bow and arrow and even a samurai sword. Plus, thanks to the HTC Vive controllers, users have to manually aim, fire and reload their weapons with unique gestures, offering a new level of immersion. The further you get, the better your weapons become and the better chance you have to steal Eden Corp’s data, which is the aim of the game.

The enemies are said to be adaptable and vary in terms of specialties with ninja stealthers, heavy armour units and even drones. The best part? You can team up with a partner "in a shared co-op VR space"  and double up on your gunplay. 

Release date: Available via Steam Early Access now, full release late 2016

Price: £29.99 via Steam

Platforms: HTC Vive

Best VR games coming out in 2017: Assassin’s Creed VR

While Ubisoft has announced that it'll be taking a 'year off' from the Assassin's Creed game franchise, the company has confirmed that it'll be releasing an Assassin's Creed virtual reality experience later this year. While there is no current release date in sight, the firm did tease that the experience is based on the upcoming film and it was being created in partnership with big brands including Fox and FX company Practical Magic.

The Assassin's Creed VR experience isn't a game, it's an 'experience' that was shot alongside the movie itself during the production process. With the Assassin's Creed movie not due out until December 2016, could the VR experience be used to advertise the movie? Hopefully we won't have much longer to wait until we find out. 

Release date: 2016, TBC

Price: TBC

Platforms: TBC

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Best VR games coming out in 2017: Affected

A VR game line-up wouldn’t be complete without at least one VR-enabled Horror game. The genre has become extremely popular over recent years with the release of decision-based horror games like Until Dawn, and games where you’re totally unable to defend yourself like Outlast. The games adopt horror-esque features including dramatic lighting and music, although putting yourself in the horror film/game takes it one step further than watching it in your front room.

Affected is a good example of a terrifying VR horror game, and takes place over three locations – the manor, hospital and carnival, each scarier than the last and packed full of unique scares. It's generated a lot of interest online and is one of the most highly-anticipated VR horrors of 2016.

Release date: 2016, TBC

Price: TBC

Platforms: Oculus Rift

Best VR games coming out in 2017: Superhot VR

Time-bending shooter Superhot VR will be an Oculus Rift exclusive when it's released later this year. If you've not played it before, it'll take some getting used to its concept of time, which moves only when you do, forcing you to think carefully about every move.

"The level of game immersion that you get from playing Superhot in VR is simply crazy," said the developer, which says Superhot has been redesigned from the ground up for VR.

Release date: 2016, TBC

Price: TBC

Platforms: Oculus Rift

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