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This year looks very promising when it comes to VR gaming. 2021 brings very exciting releases like VR adaptations of franchises and some very anticipated originals, especially for the VR gaming headsets. This year will keep you busy playing some awesome VR games no matter if you are using Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, or SteamVR headset.
Below, TheVRReviews broke down some of the most anticipated games this year, which we believe are the best of the best. Here are the 10 VR games we cannot wait to play this year:
1. After the Fall
The developer Vertigo Games, who designed Arizona Sunshine, a hit zombie shooter, is returning with this new adventure that opens a door towards exploring the hostile and frozen world after an outbreak has turned LA into a post-apocalyptic area. You will need to navigate through the remains of our society. You will craft weapons and battle hordes. The whole event is set in the 1980s. This game will come later this year on PlayStation VR and PC VR.
2. Assassin’s Creed VR
This game originally was rumored in 2019 now Ubisoft has confirmed the development of Assassin’s Creed VR game. From the little information we have about this game, one thing is certain: it will be set within the famous Assassin’s Creed world. We know that this game is not a franchise of this game’s first VR attempt. In 2018 Assassin’s Creed: The Temple of Anubis was a location-based maze VR game where the player would battle their way through a maze-like temple riddled with traps and enemies. This game is expected to be here later in 2021, but we still don’t know by which headsets it will be available for gaming.
3. The Climb 2
This one is a follow-up to The climb from 2016, and once again, you will need to dive into a round of climbing that will induce vertigo. This sequel should bring new features, new unlockable, more maps, and a new urban cityscape. This game will come later this 2021 year, available to play on Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2.
4. Eye of the Temple
Eye of the temple is a room-scale VR game that was a huge hit last year, and now we are being offered a unique free-roam virtual reality experience. This game is not relying on artificial locomotion. Instead, it has you navigating the VR world by moving throughout the real-world environment. There will be physically demanding puzzles and traps on each level of the game that you will need to overcome. You will be granted access to a powerful torch and whip, which will allow you to interact with various mechanisms and transform the environment. There is no official release date, but this game is expected to come in 2021, and we hope it will be more fun than the previous one.
5. Green Hell VR
We recently found out that there will be released a VR version of the open-world survival game called Green hell. This game was originally released in 2018 as a PC game. It would drop you in the center of the Amazon Rainforest, where you would need to survive the elements, the wild animals, the loneliness, and the tropical sickness. We are still not sure if the VR version will be the same as the PC game or a totally new experience. This game will be available to play on Oculus Quest, Oculus Quest 2, and PC VR later this year.
6. Hitman VR
Early this year, we are expecting Hitman 3, which will receive VR support via the PlayStation VR, more precisely on PlayStation 4 and 5. This game’s developers announced that the PSVR players will receive the ability to import each map from the past two games, which means over 20 locations from the “World of assassination” trilogy. Sony revealed that you will be able to blind-in with the busy crowd, look your targets in the eyes and stand face to face with them. You will be able to hear the conversations that are happening around you, and you will be able to interact with items by using your hands. This game will be available for PlayStation VR.
7. Lone Echo 2
Lone Echo was a hit because it offered a sci-fi adventure through the best cinematic VR in 2017. So, you cannot help it but be excited about this game’s sequel, which has been delayed a few times before. This game will launch later in 2021, available for Oculus Rift and Oculus Rift S.
8. Splinter Cell VR
This game is similar to Assassin’s Creed. But that is all we know about this game. The game also will be exclusive to VR. What is different about this game compared to Assassin’s Creed that it will mark their first VR release in the franchise history. Fans are not so happy that is only VR exclusive, but at least there is another sequel that hopefully will as enjoyable to play as the first game. This game will launch later in 2021, and there is no information regarding which headsets will support the game.
9. Stress Level Zero “Project 4”
Stress level zero revealed that they are working on a VR experience for the SteamVR and Oculus Quest, a game utilizing the same physics-driven game mechanics featured in Boneworks. There no much information about this game other than the name, which is Project 4. We can only hope for more details very soon. This game should arrive later in 2021 available for SteamVR, Oculus Quest, and Oculus Quest 2.
Unplugged is an air guitar simulator that looks absolutely like a riot. This game is ditching the touch controllers and faces towards the built-in hand tracking like the one on Oculus Quest. Unplugged will put you in the shoes of a famous rockstar, and you will be able to take the stage and shred your virtual guitar by using your hands. This game is inspired by Rock Band and Guitar Hero, but Unplugged is more about enjoying being a Rockstar rather than learning to play guitar.