Oculus Rift Launch Titles Include Eleven Gear VR Games

Oculus has just announced the 30 launch titles for the Rift, available starting on March 28, 2016. The launch trailer has clips from each of the titles, and you’ll notice that a decent number of them are already available for the Gear VR. In fact, over a third of the titles (eleven of thirty) are already Gear VR titles, albeit, there’s the possibility for improvements in graphics and content with the Rift versions. It’s great to see some of the best Gear VR titles on multiple platforms!

Adventure Time

Screenshot_2016-03-16-15-45-52-1Turbo Button had previously announced that they’ll be bringing Adventure Time to the Rift, HTC Vive and PSVR. Now we know that it will be available on Day 1. This platformer may be short, but it’s a joy to play.

Check out our full review: Adventure Time: Magic Man’s Head Games

Audio Arena

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Audio Arena is a rhythm game, complete with great music and clean visuals. In addition to the full game, Skydome Studios has recently added a free demo to the Gear VR Store. If you have access to a Gear VR, it’s definitely worth at least trying the demo.

Check out our full review: Audio Arena – Lays the Beatdown

Darknet

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The winner of the Oculus VR Jam, Darknet has been a Gear VR favourite amongst strategy/puzzle lovers. Your objective is to steal data from within a network using a series of different exploits, all before the timer runs out. Darknet offers a ton of gameplay and the ability to really challenge yourself with more difficult levels.

Dead Secret

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Dead Secret is a “whodunnit” mystery game. You’ll find yourself in a home investigating a death. Search for clues and be prepared for a few scares. Robot Invader has created one of the best Gear VR titles yet, with a creepy atmosphere and a mystery that’s more than meets the eye.

Check out our full review: Dead Secret – A Secret You’re Going to Want to Share

Dreadhalls

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If you haven’t heard of Dreadhalls yet, you haven’t been paying attention. Dreadhalls is a horror game with the objective of escaping a dungeon. Not only is the atmosphere ominous, but you’ll soon discover that you are not alone. As the game descriptions says, this is “not for the faint of heart.” Not sure if you can handle it? Try out the free demo and find out.

Esper 2

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It’s easy to see why the Esper series is constantly compared to the Portal series, and the second title, Esper 2, really strengthens that comparison. Although you’re stationary rather than moving around the rooms, Esper 2 legs you use tricks and items in your surroundings to solve puzzles. Throw in comedic voices from the likes of Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) and more, and you have yourself a great puzzler.

Check out our full review: Esper 2

Eve Gunjack

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CCP Games has been busy building their Eve series for VR. They’ve already announced that their upcoming title Eve: Valkyrie will be bundled with the Oculus Rift. We now know that they’re previous shooter, Eve: Gunjack, will also be making its way to the Rift. Eve: Gunjack has some of the best graphics available in the current Gear VR lineup. The gameplay itself is fairly simple, you’ll be taking down baddies from your gun turret. Reviews have been mixed for gameplay, but it’s definitely worth looking into if shooters are your thing.

Check out our full review: Eve: Gunjack – Blast From the Past

Herobound Spirit Champion

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The Herobound series now has 3 titles on the Gear VR. The latest is Gladiators, a multiplayer battle arena game. The first and second are both RPG adventure games. Herobound First Steps is a free Gear VR title that will give you a sample of what to expect from Spirit Champion, so it’s a great place to start. Rest assured, Spirit Champion has much more variety in environments, puzzles and abilities, and even has a simple storyline. This is the closest thing to Zelda that you’ll find on the Gear VR.

I recently completed Herobound Spirit Champion for the Gear VR and I’m hoping to have a full in-depth review on the site by sometime next week.

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Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

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Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a multiplayer game, but in a different way than you may be expecting. You’ll need a friend and you’ll need them close by, or at least on the other end of a phone. One person dons the VR headset and has access to the bomb, but with no idea of how to diffuse it. The other person or team of people, has the printed instructions from the developer website, but cannot see the bomb. Together, you must work to describe what needs to be done before the time runs out. If you’re looking for something different to play at a social gathering, definitely take a look at this one.

Omega Agent

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One of my personal favourites on the Gear VR is Omega Agent. It’s an open world game that allows you to move in all directions, thanks to being strapped in a jetpack. Admittedly, this game did give me a bout of motion sickness, but even that didn’t stop me from jumping back in afterward. Omega Agent offers two different game modes. There are a series of missions with three star achievements available in each, based on your performance and the mission objectives. There’s also a free-roam mode that has a large number of collectibles hidden around Omega Island.

Check out our full review: Omega Agent – Live and Let Fly

Vektron Revenge

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Vektron Revenge is one of the more simple arcade shooters for the Gear VR. It’s a fairly basic premise. You’re placed within the game and have to destroy waves of enemies. There are pickups available and you’ll need to survive as long as possible. You’ll be competing against your own high score, similar to many old-school arcade games.

Source: Oculus Blog

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David | VR Giant
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