If you've just received your HTC Vive, you're probably wondering what to do first after measuring your room and plugging everything in. After all, Steam VR currently has more than eight pages of content to explore. So where to start? Should you shoot down alien space pirates, infiltrate an enemy base or explore the depths of the sea? The following games are our top recommended titles to get you off to a fun, exhilarating start.
It's been said that a dead Chtulhu waits dreaming in his house. In Insomniac Games' Edge of Nowhere, you'll find that terrifyingly untrue. As explorer, Victor Howard goes in search of his missing fiancee in Antarctica, you battle against the elements and the face of madness in the pursuit of lost love.
In just about every sport, your biggest competitor is yourself. #SelfieTennis takes a silly approach to this mantra, allowing players to engage in a fast-paced tennis match with themselves. Simply hit the ball over the net and you'll be transported to the other side, just in time to return the shot. In our experience, the longer the volley, the more competitive you'll become. However, at the end of the day there can only be one winner — and that's you.
The popular deck-building game has arrived on VR. Starting off with a small deck of cards, players must use strategy to defeat monsters and other gamers to earn better cards. It's an epic game of skill, wits and just a touch of luck that offers hours of replay value. Social gamers will enjoy the cross-platform multiplayer along with fully animated avatars for voice chat.
Does engaging in intense space combat and negotiating trade of extraterrestrial goods get your mojo pumping? Then Elite Dangerous is for you! Originally launched in 2014 as a traditional video game, the massively online multiplayer title has made the leap to VR. Set in the year 3302, players start with a small ship and try to make a living in a realistic take of our Milky Way galaxy by any means, including trading, assassination, mining or bounty hunting. And if that isn't enough, William Shatner has signed on to voice your computer's vocal responses in a new add-on.
Sometimes you want to challenge your mind instead of your itchy trigger finger. In those cases, we recommend Carpe Lucem ─ Seize The Light VR. The puzzler tasks gamers with redirecting colored lights to their corresponding mechanical flower buds to make them bloom. You'll reposition the lights by figuring out where to place the allocated pipe parts. As the puzzle become increasingly difficult, you'll appreciate the ability to walk around in a 360-space for a new, potential conundrum-solving view.
Evil Robots are futzing up traffic all over the world and it's your job to stop them. In Evil Robot Traffic Jam HD, you'll set up defenses including Frost Towers, Rail Guns, Missile Towers and orbiting battle cruisers to stop the mechanized menaces in their tracks. Defend the planet and make the getting from point A to point B safe again.
This game is a crawl — a dungeon crawl, that is. A Legend of Luca brings the randomly generating awesomeness of the Rogue-Like to virtual reality. The title tasks gamers with making their way through a dungeon searching for all manners of treasure while sending hordes of goblins and ghouls to the afterlife. As you explore, the Vive's room-tracking tech will allow you to physically walk through the rooms.