The gaming world is abuzz with talk of virtual reality, as the Oculus Rift's consumer model edges closer to release and Sony prepares Project Morpheus for the PS4. The next chapter of gaming and entertainment is almost here.
Knowing what's to come, we thought we'd take a look at the games we think could benefit most from the VR space.
Here are the top 10 games we'd love to play in virtual reality:
10. Titanfall 2
Considering Titanfall is incredibly fast-paced I'm unsure of how well this would work, but in theory Titanfall 2 in virtual reality sounds like a magical idea. Taking control of the Titans using the Oculus Rift/Project Morpheus (it would be silly to doubt that the hugely successful game will not be coming to the PS4 next time around) is easy to imagine, though taking control of the Pilots might provoke some motion sickness. We can dream, though.
9. The Witness
Braid creator Jonathan Blow's upcoming PS4 first-person puzzle game The Witness has a lovely art style that would complement virtual reality well, and while it may not get the adrenaline going as much as the other games on this list, it would certainly make for an interesting implementation of the technology.
Multiplayer virtual reality action? Count me in.
Evolve's being developed by Turtle Rock, the guys behind the Left 4 Dead series, and from early impressions and screenshots it seems to be L4D with hulking monsters instead of zombies. This would lend itself well to virtual reality, providing equal amounts of horror and hilarity, if the L4D series is anything to go by.
7. Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture is being developed by The Chinese Room, the creators of Dear Esther, an atmospheric first-person game that suffered from being a little too pretentious and, frankly, dull. With its apocalyptic setting, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture has the potential to be much more enjoyable than its predecessor, and if it can bring the atmosphere of Dear Esther to a more interesting game, then this upcoming PS4 title will be a great opportunity for Sony to show off Project Morpheus.
6. BioShock Infinite
BioShock Infinite's Columbia is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous game worlds I've ever centured into, and running it on the PC with the graphics settings turned way up was really a sight to behold. It would be a crying shame to not explore it in virtual reality, and so I am thoroughly expecting to be sliding down those sky rails with my Oculus Rift strapped to my face at some point in the near future.
This PS4 and PC first-person horror game features a procedurally generated environment, essentially meaning that your surroundings change with each playthrough. This means that Daylight should theoretically be rife with nasty shocks and surprises, and as has been evidenced from the myriad of YouTube videos that show terrified YouTubers playing through horror games using the Oculus Rift, it seems like a no-brainer that Daylight should be compatible with both the Rift and the PS4's Project Morpheus.
4. Star Wars: Battlefront
We don't know much about the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront game other than the fact that it's coming, but the idea of experiencing the Star Wars universe in virtual reality is an undeniably exciting one. While the Battlefront games were typically played in third-person, they've always featured a first-person mode, too, and one which will likely be fleshed out in the new game. If this is to be the case, then Battlefront with Oculus Rift/Project Morpheus support would be fantastic.
3. No Man's Sky
Hello Games' No Man's Sky is one of the most ambitious upcoming games of 2014, featuring procedural planets and the ability to seamlessly hop from land to space. From what we've seen of it thus far, No Man's Sky has a distinctive and beautiful art style, one that deserves to be experienced in virtual reality.
2. Mirror's Edge 2
Perhaps the most obvious choice of game to feature Oculus Rift/Project Morpheus compatibility, even the idea of wallrunning in virtual reality in Mirror's Edge 2 is enough to make me want to throw money at Sony already.
1. Portal 2
If the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus can somehow overcome that whole motion sickness issue, then playing Portal 2 in virtual reality would be like one long rollercoaster ride, albeit one in which you're frequently chastised by sociopathic A.I. that has a penchant for breaking into song at the end of the ride. Puzzle-solving with added adrenaline.