Since the beginning of the virtual reality boom, companies like Steam have been scrambling to keep up with the new market trend. Several companies have come out with virtual reality games, which range from horror, to living, educational, sports, and even a game where you “defeat” cockroaches.
There has certainly been no limit to the variety and volume of games that have been released with VR capability this year. But, as we all know, it is not cheap to get into the circle of virtual reality gamers. Indeed, a thousand dollars is not uncommon when it comes to purchasing your first set of equipment (not to mention the cost of having a computer capable of handling it).
This being said, many of us do not have the money to buy a whole bunch of new games that can range upwards of twenty dollars each. So here is a small list of five highly-rated, free virtual reality games you can download to play on Steam for no cost!
This game is one people recommend all over the internet, many saying that it is a good introduction to the different capabilities of virtual reality.
The game is essentially several mini-games which are listed as: Slingshot, Longbow, Xortex, Postcards, Human Medical Scan, Solar System, Robot Repair, and Secret Shop. Some of these titles are self-explanatory, while others leave us wondering what secrets they could hold.
Steam’s user ratings for this game are close to 100% positive, having 6 negative reviews out of 1,012. I would say that is a positive response!
Designed similarly to Wii sports, this game is popular, in part, because it is multiplayer. Many people like it because they have friends on here they can play with or compete against. However, this game does not just have several standard sport mini-games like basketball, archery, or tennis.
Steam lists Paintball, 3D Charades, Disc Golf, Zero-G Paddle Ball, and Dodgeball. Paintball without the mess sounds like fun to me!
Steam calls this game a “Cross-platform MMO content combat game”. War Thunder takes us to the times of World War I and the Korean War. As you might divulge from the title, it is about combat vehicles.
Air and land vehicles of all shapes and sizes (sea vehicles are rumored to be coming to the game soon) can be utilized by your country as you enter combat against warring nations. What really sets this game apart? It has a Guiness world record for most number of aircraft in any game. Is your curiosity piqued yet?
As many MMOs today, there is a free-to-play version as well as a paid version with added benefits. Of course, we all love MMOs, but they always tend to come with some drama and people who try and spoil the fun. While this game’s user ratings are overwhelmingly positive, the source of the most discontent seems to be with this age-old problem. But if you have a thick skin, I recommend trying this game.
HTC Vive/Oculus Rift
Another Massive Multiplayer Online game, and one many of us are probably familiar with in the non-virtual version, this game has the largest user base out of any of the other games on this list by far. For those of you who are not familiar, this game is multiplayer, pitting two teams of five against one another in order to control a mythical land. It is essentially a battle arena game, with some strategy and a lot of fun involved!
This game is by far the most quirky and interesting on the list. Quanero fully utilizes the VR feature, placing you in a bar where a crime scene happened, allowing you to alter time in order to solve the crime. If you enjoy solving riddles and puzzles and have a high attention to detail, then this game might just be what you need to get your critical thinking buzzing!
These are just a few suggestions based on gamer recommendations and user reviews! Steam has all kinds of free games for virtual reality so check them out here for a full list!
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