10 of the finest Samsung Gear VR games you can immerse yourself into
While VR entertainment is still in that opportunistic stage of "let's try different stuff and see what works", the fact is that there's already a sizable amount of interesting content to enjoy. And with high quality mobile VR headsets like the Samsung Gear VR being affordable or given away for free with new phones, this new realm of immersion is widely available to technological enthusiasts and gaming hobbyists.
With over 1 million hours of content consumed via the Gear VR since its launch, the product has proven popular for Samsung, and chances are many users will get their first taste of what's to come in the years ahead precisely through Samsung's soft-cushioned headset.
If you happen to own a Gear VR, proceed to the slideshow below where we'll be checking out ten of the finest games you can play with the headset. Some do require a third-party Bluetooth controller to get the best of them, but for the most part, you're set if you have a Gear VR and a recent Samsung phone. Keep the latter nearby, for you might want to reach for the Gear VR store pretty soon after seeing what adventurous developers have come up with!
Hit game Monument Valley's creators Ustwo Games have whipped up a characteristically stylized VR adventure named Land's End. In this game, you will summon an ancient civilization from oblivion by using the powers of their mind. The combination of Ustwo Games’ inspired storytelling and virtual reality's immersion results in an enthralling experience that demonstrates the medium's potential. The game's serene landscapes have been inspired by isolated real world locations like Hebrides, Iceland, and the deserts of Saudi Arabia. Another bout of inspiration came from neolithic sites and artifacts, including Stonehenge. It might be a lonely and mystic journey, but Land's End does take you to another world.
Gunjack is a graphically intense arcade shooter that puts you inside the gun turret cockpit of a space mining vessel. While you won't be piloting the ship, you will be manning its laser turrets and missile launchers, laying waste to the armadas of enemy pirates that want to steal your loot. With its intuitive controls and intense, full-immersion action, Gunjack is the ultimate pick-up-and-play virtual reality experience.
In Gunjack, players take on the role of a gun turret operator on a mining vessel in the Outer Ring region of known space. As part of the ship’s defense team, it is up to the player to protect the rig from pirates, opportunists and anyone else looking to take what rightfully belongs to the company.
Temple Run VR
You know Temple Run, right? The VR version is basically the same thing, but played in motion sickness-inducing bouts of first-person Gear VR action. Needless to say, there's plenty of running, jumping, turning and sliding to be doing in the game as you work your way through cliffs, zip lines, mines and forests. Of course, the pack of rabid gorillas mad about you stealing their totem is still on your tail, and tell you what, they look downright menacing in VR.
Mind you, Temple Run VR is serious about inducing motion sickness. As an early Gear VR title, it's clueless to VR game design conventions that have become commonplace. It relies on locomotion and acceleration to the extent of bringing genuine discomfort for the player, so like many other good things in life, you're best left taking it in moderation.
Anshar Wars 2
Anshar Wars 2 goes all-out epic on you with plot and execution. The Ansharian Empire is in peril for The Nergal, an ancient and fierce army of no-goods, is about to unleash a planet-destroying weapon. As a fresh-faced pilot in Anshar's deadliest squad, you'll partake in raging deep space and terrain battles. The game offers a variety of weapon and ship power ups, including missiles, lasers, tesla blasters, and portal generators.
You'll also pilot various kinds of vessels like the Ansharian Fighter, the Bomber, and the EMP ship. Gear VR technology allows you to see the fight all around you, real-time, for fast-paced and accurate combat awareness. Steer your ship by simply moving your head, dodging space debris, asteroid fields and huge Nergal capital ships.
Fans of horror games must be particularly enthusiastic for VR gaming. There's nothing like a VR headset and complete immersion ready to scare the bejeezus out of you! Dead Secret will throw you in the middle of a murder scene. You are to venture deep inside the victim's peculiar past, solve the circumstances of its demise, and escape or become the murderer's next victim. The game offers an oppressing atmosphere, bleak graphics, and spooky soundscapes – a VR experience that definitely isn't for the faint of heart.