When Valve announced their partnership with HTC to launch their very own VR headset, the HTC Vive, it took the world by storm. Not only the prospect of another VR headset besides Oculus Rift was exciting but simply the fact that it would have the touch of Valve to it, the company considered to be one of the best things to happen to PC gaming, was enough for many to keep an eye out for HTC Vive. Over time, Valve revealed more interesting things about the VR headset including room-scale motion tracking, something which Oculus Rift lacked at the time. If you are one of those people who ended up purchasing HTC Vive headset because of these reasons, our list of Top 10 Best HTC Vive Games is perfect for you to try out more VR content.
Top 10 Best HTC Vive Games
10.Batman Arkham VR
Available for $20, Batman Arkham VR for HTC Vive puts players literally in the Dark Knight’s cowl as they use the high tech cowl to solving mysteries and investigating crime scenes, similar to the detective vision from games. If you loved the fancy crime solving puzzles in the Batman Arkham game series, picking up Batman Arkham VR should be a no-brainer although it would be wise to wait for a sale the game is extremely short.
Anyone who has played Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise would be familiar with the concept of Eagles and Eagle Vision in the game’s universe. Taking that idea and expanding it to a broader and more modern experience, Ubisoft launched Eagle Flight for $40. The Eagle Flight HTC Vive game lets players explore the world from an eagle’s point of view in a world where humans have been extinct for 50 years. As an eagle, players fly over the streets of Paris, can swoop down to fight other animals and even take part in a competitive multiplayer mode.
For space fans, Adr1ft presents a VR experience that can sometimes feel quite similar to begin an astronaut yourself. Inspired by the movie Gravity, Adr1ft is on our list of best HTC Vive games thanks to its beautiful visuals of outer space and the urgency in the gameplay where players wake up floating in the debris of a space station with no memory and running out of oxygen. For $20, this is an HTC Vive game experience worth checking out.
7.Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Basically building upon the original game, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes VR allows players to get even more immersive in this bomb defusing simulator where players group up with another friend and play mini games while constantly talking in order to defuse the bomb. For $15, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is an amazing social VR experience that can be quite fun and tense at moments, working as a great party game as well.
A collection of free mini-games from Valve themselves, The Lab combines eight mini-games into one HTC Vive experience with each game offering an entertaining time, although a bit short. For those who love Aperture Science robots from the Portal game series, The Lab is an added bonus as those robots are everywhere. Even when you are not playing one of the mini-games, you can roam around in the virtual space when playing The Lab and interact with numerous things and creations.
Originally launched as an exclusive for Oculus Rift, Eve Valkyrie is now available on HTC Vive as well and includes cross-platform multiplayer so you can play with friends who are using Oculus Rift as well, something similar to what OSVR Games are doing in the VR marketplace. Available as a full priced $60 game, Eve Valkyrie lets players pilot spaceships as part of a gang of pirates and participate in competitive multiplayer experience with a progression system. If you are in the mood for some space dogfighting, look no further than Eve Valkyrie which is why the game is so high up on our list of Top 10 Best HTC Vive games.
4.Star Trek Bridge Crew
Another one of Ubisoft’s VR experiences, although priced at $50, Star Trek Bridge Crew makes up for its price tag by delivering a pretty authentic Star Trek experience in a multiplayer environment where players are put in the shoes of one of the members of USS Enterprise’s Bridge Crew. The VR game can be played with up to 3 other friends, each taking on a specific role aboard the ship. One player pilots the ship, another serves as the engineer, one in charge of tactical decisions and the fourth player serves as the ship’s captain.
A post-apocalyptic zombie world is easily a perfect fit for HTC Vive games and the $40 Arizona Sunshine delivers just that. If you normal zombie games are no longer scary enough for you, Arizona Sunshine should once again make you tense as this time you will be running away or fighting hordes of zombies in VR, making the experience even more scary. The game’s campaign can be played solo or in co-op and once you finish the campaign and still want a taste of zombie VR games, you can take part in a horde mode with up to four players.
If you have tried Guns of Icarus Online, you must be familiar with multiplayer games where you are part of a crew on a steampunk airship and fighting other players. Hover Junker kicks that experience into overdrive by being one of the few games that fully utilize the complete room-scale tracking of HTC Vive and delivers an amazing multiplayer experience. Players can not only pilot their junker but will also have to fight enemies, ducking in real life to duck behind cover in the game, move around to gather scraps or flank enemies. For $35, Hover Junkers is a no brainer if you want to make full use of your HTC Vive headset.
The original Superhot game was praised by everyone for its innovative and exciting gameplay where players have to dodge enemies but time stops when the player stops moving, making them think tactically about their next move. Superhot VR feels like a natural evolution of that which is why it deserves the top spot in our best HTC Vive games. Armed with Vive Touch controllers and thanks to extremely precise full motion tracking with the Vive headset, you can enjoy the game’s fluid motion and mechanics without having to worry about tracking issues that can otherwise affect VR gameplay. Available for just $25, Superhot VR is easily the perfect game to try out your new HTC Vive headset and see what VR with motion tracking is all about. If you are still on the fence about purchasing a headset, the game can also serve as a good demo to convince you about making the purchase.
So there you have it, our list of Top 10 Best HTC Vive games available on PC which you can play and enjoy the full body room-scale tracking feature offered by Valve, something which is missing from PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift unless you invest in extra sensors. With the growing developer support behind OSVR project, more Oculus Rift games should also be heading towards HTC Vive.