The 5 craziest-looking VR games at E3 2016
There has been no shortage of unique VR games rolling around the video game world since the new tech took us by storm, but this E3 showed off a particular blend of cool, crazy, and mind boggling ideas that demo some of the pure raw talent and creative thinking that VR developers are bringing to the virtual table.
Here's a list of the top five weird, wonky, and innovative VR games that made their way to the Electronic Entertainment Expo this year, either by wowing us beyond our wildest dreams, or by leaving us idly scratching our heads and questioning reality all around.
We've heard little bits of info about Eagle Flight before, and the concept of taking to the skies with a set of feathered wings is definitely more than a little appealing, but Ubisoft Montreal's team-based competitive game modes are really bringing the idea to a whole new level.
Being able to fly wingtip to wingtip with our mates while we juke and jive through the streets of a France retaken by nature is just too good to pass up, especially when the game looks to be absolutely packed with fast paced, frenetic fun just begging to be experienced in VR.
Here They Lie
There were a lot of games at E3 that left us with more questions than answers, but Here They Lie coming to PSVR this fall dropped an especially dangerous payload. We've seen more than a few horror games hit VR but few, if any, featured human-animal hybrids (if that's what they are), what appears to be sharks floating through a dark cavern, and the gall to have these be the least concerning set of images in the trailer.
Whatever dark happenings are going on in Here They Lie, the only thing that's certain is that it's going to be a heck of a unique journey down the rabbit hole and we're more than willing to follow.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
There aren't many things as easily recognizable in nerd culture as the deck of Star Trek's Enterprise. And nothing screams ‘teamwork” like the cohesive relationship of starship captain and crew as they battle it out against the many enemies in the Star Trek universe. So a VR game that allows you and a group of friends to step into that iconic role is definitely something that caught our attention.
It's a dynamic system of barking orders and working the numerous controls at each station to wear down enemy star fleets or to make the jump to hyperspace, but it wouldn't be a true Star Trek adventure without it.
Ever felt like stepping into the roomy shoes of a 300 foot tall officer of the law? Sure you have! And thanks to the power of VR and the developers over at Other Ocean, you can. In Giant Cop you'll patrol the streets of Micro City solving crimes, tossing would be criminals into the ocean, and generally establishing the importance of being a law abiding citizen through fear and constant rigorous attention to the letter of the law.
It's a unique world full of nudists, thieves, and cops the size of skyscrapers, but for all its goofiness it's definitely an interesting take on a top down VR perspective and is something we'd love to see more of in some kind of VR RTS or Tower Defense game; especially the part where you toss offending parties into the ocean. Providing offending parties are Zerglings, and the ocean is lava.
Harmonix Music VR
Harmonix Music VR takes allows you to physically step inside the sound of music by translating your favorite songs and experiences into a beat and rhythm you can experience and interact with in a VR environment. Whether you're creating a 3D sculpture that breathes and pulses to the beat, choreographing your own personal hoedown, or simply relaxing while you take in your favorite songs as they mold the world around you, Harmonix Music VR is an innovative look at blending the depth and structure of music with the powerful visual tools available to us in VR.
It's one of those concepts that seems obvious in hindsight but that somehow no one has done before, and with any luck the concept will work its way into other games as a tool to heighten the atmosphere or just as a fantastic visual effect. Watching the walls literally warp in time with your heartbeat in a horror game, or the grass of the battlefield ripple with the sounds of your battle cry in a medieval hack and slash, is a visual opportunity too good to let fade quietly into the night.