Although virtual reality (VR) technology has been around for quite some time now, it has always seemed like game development studios weren’t quite committed to making full use of this potentially revolutionary technology. This is despite the fact that VR technology holds the potential to provide incredibly rich and immersive gaming experiences simply not possible with conventional gaming consoles.
It seems that game developers are finally getting the message about VR technology. Combine this with falling prices for VR headsets and consoles, which will make them more accessible, and we could be entering a golden era for VR gaming.
With that said, let’s take a look at some of the top releases due to come out in the next year.
What Types of Games Will Prove Popular?
First, though, we should identify what genres and types of games we will be seeing a lot of.
One genre that looks set to be popular with fans and developers alike is the live online casino genre. Perhaps not surprisingly given the rise of live casinos here, game development studios have been pouring resources into developing VR titles for this genre. And with VR technology offering unrivalled levels of depth and immersion, it is perfectly suited for casino games.
Looking beyond casino gaming, VR technology has huge potential for action games. A number of titles are already in the works for the new Sony PSVR platform, with franchises such as the Hitman series due to get a first outing in the world of virtual reality.
So here are some of the specific titles due to be released for VR headsets this year.
Best VR Games to Look Out for in 2022
Here’s a quick look at the best VR games:
- Hitman 3 – 🏆 Winner!
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Star Wars: Squadrons
- Falcon Age
- Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series
- Pistol Whip
- Half-Life: Alyx
1. Hitman 3
Although Hitman 3 had its initial release on consoles some time ago, a much-anticipated update to this fan-favourite franchise will update it for VR consoles.
Although the third instalment wasn’t necessarily the best outing in the series, the VR update should provide some impressive uses of the technology.
We haven’t seen too many free running games since the classic ‘Mirror’s Edge’ came out some years ago, but Stride looks set to break the drought.
This physically demanding gaming experience will put all aspects of VR consoles to use, and will require you to leap, slide, and wall-run across a richly designed city.
If you are a fan of intense rhythm games with engrossing gameplay mechanics, Thumper could be just the title for you.
This is an unrelenting but deeply satisfying gaming experience that will provide an audio-visual treat, uniquely delivered by VR tech.
For fans of all things aquatic, Subnautica gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a seemingly never-ending ocean planet.
This is a survival game with an aquatic twist that will transform your headset into a diving helmet.
5. Microsoft Flight Simulator
Fans of this classic PC franchise have always loved its realism and unparalleled level of immersion, and this latest instalment truly represents a leap forward for the series.
6. Star Wars: Squadrons
If you have ever had dreams of hopping into the cockpit of an X-Wing or TIE Fighter, Star Wars: Squadrons is the game you’ve been waiting for.
But it isn’t just Star Wars fans who will find something of value in this latest title. This is a well put-together intergalactic flight sim that provides a myriad of immersive gaming experiences.
7. Falcon Age
Falcon Age is a unique adventure game developed by Epic in which you have to protect your home planet from an attempted invasion by a voracious robot empire, with the help of a well trained falcon.
As you progress through the game, your loyal falcon will learn new tricks and abilities to become a deadly robot-fighting machine!
8. Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series
Vader Immortal is another VR game planned for the Star Wars franchise. This title sees the action unfold over three parts as your involvement in a wicked Sith plot is slowly revealed.
Vader Immortal will serve fans of the series and VR enthusiasts equally well, with the developers deploying a range of innovative uses for VR tech.
9. Pistol Whip
Pistol Whip is a wonderful blend of first-person-shooter action and rhythm-game mechanics that takes advantage of every aspect of VR tech.
Featuring a striking visual style, fast-paced action, and addicting gameplay, Pistol Whip looks set to be a huge hit.
10. Half-Life: Alyx
Fans of the Half-Life series have been hotly anticipating this title ever since it was announced.
And with the geniuses over at Valve Index and Steam behind it, we can expect to see a range of innovative uses of VR tech. This is truly a title not to be missed!