Lots of the best VR games, including the magnificent Beat Saber, are built from the ground up with a headset in mind. But others are twists or remakes of existing games, and when developers get it right it can give a classic new life—Skyrim VR being a good example.
As VR becomes less expensive, we’d like to see more developers take the risk of porting their games over to VR. Every so often, we jump into a new game and think this would be perfect for VR. Will it ever happen? For most of these, probably not. But we can dream: Here are 12 great games that we’d love to play in virtual reality.
Forza Horizon 4
Racing games fit VR setups like a snug driving glove: being able to look freely around your cockpit as you tear around corners feels eerily close to the real thing, especially if you have a racing wheel. The excellent Project Cars 2 has a solid VR version, but Forza Horizon 4 is the best racing game on PC right now, and its accessible handling, crumbly scenery—stone walls fall apart like papier-mâché when you skid into them—and pleasant British countryside would all lend themselves to VR.
Even if you weren’t racing, it’d be quite nice to just hit the road and drive, watching the cottages zip past out of the window. It’s a beautiful world to get lost in.
Return of the Obra Dinn
The delightful Return of the Obra Dinn is a tactile detective game: you see your hands reach out to turn door handles, flick open your pocket watch or grab a ladder to clamber on deck. It also relies on shuffling bits of paper and studying maps—all things that work well with motion controls, providing you could clearly read the text in your trusty notebook on a headset screen. We imagine we’d spent a fair chunk of time just gawping at how beautiful its black and white world is, too. There’s simply nothing like it in VR.
And if you’re playing with friends, being able to control your hands creates plenty of chances for high seas high jinks: we love the idea of making up a dance to go along with a sea shanty, or flipping the bird to an enemy ship as it sails past. Take that, other pirates!
Those giant waves might actually cause real seasickness, so Rare might have to dial down the choppy seas a bit (or you could have a bucket on standby). Mostly, it would be exciting for VR to have a game with such a colorful, detailed, and silly sandbox to hang out in. The hours would go by like that.
Relaxing VR games are excellent stress relievers, so the VR version of the already serene Proteus would presumably be more soothing than a candlelit bath. A headset would make you feel fully present in its colourful world, wandering aimlessly for hours while the brightly-coloured seasons change around you, and bunnies bunnies bounce along beneath pink trees. A good pair of headphones would be essential to hear its wonderful music.