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

The Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR are all now readily available to buy in the UK, which begs the question - which games should we be looking forward to? Here, we showcase some of the best VR games coming out in 2017 and beyond.

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Best upcoming VR games of 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 PSVR 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 May 2017!

Release date: 16 May 2017

Platforms: PlayStation VR

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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 PSVR 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 May 2017!

Release date: 16 May 2017

Platforms: PlayStation VR

Read next: The complete guide to virtual reality: VR headsets, VR games, apps and more

Best upcoming VR games of 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

Platforms: HTC Vive

Best upcoming VR games of 2017: Rock Band VR

Rock Band VR is a complete reimagining of the game we all know and love. Why? While we love the style of gameplay that Guitar Hero offers, it’s not ideal for use in VR as you’d spend the whole time worrying about which button to press, rather than taking in the experience of being (virtually) performing on stage.

Instead, Rock Band VR offers a simpler way to play by letting you get creative, allowing you to come up with your own combinations of cords that fit the song you’re performing. There are suggestions that appear on a bar above the crowd, but these are only suggestions: if you want to rock out with crazy guitar solos, you rock out! The new controls and a wide range of music available on the upcoming game makes it a must-have for music fans.

Release date: March 23 2017

Platform(s): Oculus Rift

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Best upcoming VR games of 2017: Arktika.1

From the developers of Metro 2033, Metro: Last Light and Metro Redux comes Arktika.1, a first-person shooter based almost 100 years in the future during the aftermath of an apocalypse which has left the Earth in a new ice age. While only the equatorial regions can still sustain life, humanity still survives in small numbers to the north and south of the resource-rich equator.

Utilising Unreal’s 4A engine, the graphics look absolutely superb and really help the dangerous post-apocalyptic world come to life as you explore the wastelands of old Russia, fighting off raiders, marauders, robots and other creatures as you go. The gunplay is extremely satisfying with a range of mods available for each weapon, although the only way to move around is to teleport between static points using the blink system – there’s no way to move freely.  

Release date: Q3 2017

Platform(s): Oculus Rift

Best upcoming VR games of 2017: Lone Echo

Lone Echo is a great example of an intuitive way to get around the issue of motion sickness in VR when exploring open environments. While many opt for a ‘blink’ system or standard joystick input, Lone Echo offers the most natural and comfortable way to move around virtually that we’ve experienced so far – using our hands, just like astronauts on the ISS.

The game is set in Space, making the use of hands a no-brainer for the developers – and it works really well. Within minutes, we were grabbing onto surfaces to secure ourselves before pushing away to project us in another direction towards our next objective. It manages to provide a feeling of weightlessness despite having our (real) feet placed firmly on the ground.

It’s not just an impressive technical demo though, as the Sci-fi-themed game offers a meaty storyline that’ll leave you begging for more – just as it did for us. It’s definitely one to watch for Oculus Rift gamers.

Release date: TBC

Platform(s): Oculus Rift

Best upcoming VR games of 2017: Mage’s Tale

Mage’s Tale is an upcoming RPG for the Oculus Rift where gamers take on the role of a wizard’s apprentice – although with a twist. A corrupted Wizard has stolen your master and it’s up to you and your master’s (slightly abusive) assistant to save him. The game will take you through 10 dungeons, each more challenging than the last while you take on a range of enemies, from goblins to giants. But how do you take them down?

Magic, of course. You wield elemental power in the palm of your hand and with a simple gesture you can conjure arcs of lightning, fireballs, javelins of ice and others. The best part is that you’ll come across ingredients on your journey that you can use to concoct new spells, each with varying effects. The game is filled with personality, from comedic snide remarks from your helper to having distorted and colourful vision after eating ‘dungeon mushrooms’ and more.

Plus, there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing arcs of lightning shoot out from the palm of your wrist, right?

Release date: TBC

Platform(s): Oculus Rift

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Best upcoming VR games of 2017: Brass Tactics

On the market for a virtual RTS game? Then look no further than Brass Tactics, offering a table-based real-time strategy game on a clockwork battlefield that looks like it came straight from the Game of Thrones title sequence. Place your units on the board and see them come to life for player-based RTS combat. If you’re into RTS games then Brass Tactics should be one to watch, as it provided one of the most enjoyable RTS experiences we’ve had so far.

Release date: Autumn 2017

Platform(s): Oculus Rift

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Best upcoming VR games of 2017: From Other Suns

From Other Suns is an exciting multiplayer VR game coming out in Autumn 2017, offering something similar to the hugely popular FTL – think of it as multiplayer FTL in VR. Let’s set the scene: you’re the captain of a spaceship with a crew with steady work until “the collapse” which see’s half of humanity trapped beyond the far side of a wormhole along with not only aliens but pirates, robots and even zombies.

You and two friends will tour the sector while upgrading your ship, stockpiling weapons and fighting for your lives in procedurally generated space stations and ships that always offer a new challenge. Spot a space station with an emergency broadcast? You can either go and help or continue on your way – it’s down to you and your crew.

Combine the procedurally generated open world nature with slick first-person shooter combat and you’ve got a game with great multiplayer capabilities and unlimited replayability.  

Release date: Autumn 2017

Platform(s): Oculus Rift, Gear VR

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