First on our list of “16 Most Anticipated VR Games of 2017” is a title takes us to the land of supposedly extinct creatures. ARK Park happens to sound a lot like Jurassic Park, don’t you think? This unique twist of a game takes players on a scavenger hunt with the task of finding as many dinosaurs as they can. Saddle up your dinosaur companion or even choose to go by foot, and journey into the beautiful world of ARK Park.
Panoptic is scheduled to be released sometime in 2017. It’s still in the development stages with early access on Steam for players to get a taste of the demo and it’s unique game play. Panoptic brings both HTC Vive players (the Overseer) and PC players (the tiny citizen trying to escape) together in this one of a kind title. Pitted against each other, the Overseer must make escape impossible for the tiny citizen – a dynamic unseen in any other virtual reality game yet.
Farpoint brings the player to an exploration/survival based alien world. With safe havens scarce and hostile alien enemies around every corner, fast reflexes and quick thinking are a must to stay alive. Farpoint for the PSVR was released earlier this year in May – happy alien hunting!
Fallout 4 VR
Fallout 4 VR was teased to gamers during Bethesda’s 2016 E3 spotlight. We don’t know when it will be released, but it’s aimed to debut sometime this year. Fans of the series can look forward to exploring the wastelands with their furry companion once more in a uniquely immersive experience.
Polybius was released earlier this year in May. This trippy virtual reality arcade-style game closely resembles a mix of both Galaga and Space Invaders. Players will embark on a seemingly mindless, but endlessly fun space adventure in this title that brings hours of fun.
Rock Band VR brings the series to next gen platforms while delivering a creative new experience for gamers. Anyone who played previous Rock Band games can look forward to more rock out sessions with a relaxed play style letting the player do as they please. After all, it would be pretty difficult to see which buttons to press with your VR headset on!
Lone Echo puts players in a space setting where they use their hands to traverse around the environment. That’s right, just like a real astronaut. The title aims to bring players as close as possible to feeling like they are in space, while also offering a compelling story line. No release date has been confirmed yet, but Oculus Rift owners should definitely put this title on their watch list
Brass Tactics brings the genre of real time strategy to VR. Players get an unprecedented overview of the battlefield as they plan their course to victory in this thrilling title, releasing on the Oculus Rift in Fall of 2017. Let the battle for continental domination begin!
From Other Suns
From Other Suns brings a vast and exciting “choose your own path” space exploration game to players. On a quest to figure out how to save humanity – which is trapped beyond a wormhole by the way – you will be faced with zombies, aliens and even robots as you blast and explore your way to the answer. Gamers can look forward to this title in Fall of 2017.
Have you ever wanted to roam the halls of a haunted medieval castle while wielding a fireball spell in both hands? Mage’s Tale brings that fantasy to reality in this dungeon crawling title on the Oculus Rift. Learn to command a collection of spells and journey to save your master. No release date has been set, but we will all be waiting eagerly.
Robo Recall also released earlier this year for the Oculus Rift, and is actually free to play on Steam. I’m sorry but if the title and fact that it’s free haven’t sold you already, you can’t call yourself a gamer. The creators of Gears of War bring players into a world where robots have gone mad, and it’s your job to stop them of course. With plenty of weapons and enemies to shoot at, let the mayhem commence.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
I think we’ve all had the desire to pilot the Star Trek Enterprise and explore the vast depths of space, at least at one point or another. Released in May of this year, Star Trek: Bridge Crew gives players a realistic feel of what it’s like to pilot the Enterprise. Suit up and prepare to work well with others as you go to explore the Trench.
Essence will take players back in time as its mythical world that symbolizes that of The Last Guardian. Released earlier this year in April, players will explore ancient ruins and forests while simultaneously solving puzzles. If you’re looking for a more laid back experience, this title has you covered.
SingSpace takes us as close to virtual reality American Idol as possible, if the judges were small square headed robots that is. This karaoke title incorporates a multiplayer aspect so you can show the whole world your talent. Play it on the Gear VR, and be sure to provide earplugs for anyone watching you.
Horror games are one of VRs flagship genres. Syren immerses the player in an underwater survival horror game with a a few puzzles thrown in. Your scary enemy? Recreated mermaid experiments that have of course gone amiss. It may not sound to creepy, but once you experience the titles eerie setting you’ll be convinced and begging for more.
Arktika brings the fast paced shooter title that everyone craves once in while, with beautiful visuals. Planned to release sometime this year, the game is supposed to be based in a survival horror setting, but tends to play more like an action shooter title. Either way, gamers will be able to spend many hours reloading their virtual guns.