With each passing day, the Oculus Rift [official site] edges ever closer to its March 28 release date and I bet there are still a fair few of you sat firmly on the fence. Not just with regards to the incoming virtual reality headset, but also with the entire concept of VR itself. Will it be worth my money? Can I even afford it? Will it change my life? Will I look like a pure numpty prancing about my living room when I use it? What games will I be able to play at launch?
Well, dear reader, I can only answer the latter of your questions (although there’s one I could certainly hazard a guess at) because Oculus have now revealed the 30 games that’ll be available to buy for the Rift when it arrives. Let’s have a gander, shall we?
Announced at GDC, the following 30-strong list includes the games that will be available come launch day on March 28:
Adventure Time: Magic Man’s Head Games: $4.99
AirMech: Command: $39.99
Albino Lullaby: $9.99
Audio Arena: $9.99
Project CARS: $49.99
Dead Secret: $14.99
Defense Grid 2 Enhanced VR Edition: $29.99
Elite Dangerous: Deluxe Edition: $59.99
Esper 2: $9.99
EVE: Valkyrie Founder’s Pack: $59.99
Fly to KUMA: $14.99
EVE Gunjack: $9.99
Herobound SC: $9.99
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes: $14.99
Lucky’s Tale: Free with purchase of the Rift
Omega Agent: $14.99
Radial G: $24.99
Shufflepuck Cantina Deluxe VR: $9.99
Smashing the Battle: $19.99
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter: TBA
Vektron Revenge: $9.99
VR Tennis Online: $24.99
Pinball FX2 VR: $14.99
And here’s the games that have been confirmed but at this point don’t have solid release dates or prices:
The Climb: April release, $49.99
Dead & Buried
I Expect You to Die
Rock Band VR
Damaged Core: Spring release
Dragon Front: Spring release, free to play
Eagle Flight: Spring release
Edge of Nowhere: Spring release
Oculus also say they’re working with “thousands of developers” at the moment, and that we can expect “over a hundred more games” on the Oculus Rift this year.
As pointed out by Eurogamer, Oculus have also provided a handy comfort rating for the majority of the games listed there with ‘Comfortable’, ‘Moderate’, or ‘Intense’ headings, all of which appear to be tied to the speed of in-game camera movement. For example, the space-set, ultra-fast, dog-fighter EVE Valkyrie is labeled ‘Intense’; whereas Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes, a game where you’re sat at a table the entire time, is billed ‘Comfortable’. Although that’s probably the first time that particular game has been described in such a way.
The Oculus Rift headset itself ain’t cheap, but what do you guys make of that launch lineup?
Here’s the trailer which ran alongside the announcement: