In spite of what some people thought, VR hasn’t really taken the world by storm. It has, however, made some of the best gaming memories of the last few years. In some ways, VR is at its best when it comes to RPG games, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a one-on-one thing.
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Several VR games have asymmetrical gameplay, which means that one player wears a VR headset while everyone else looks at the screen. This can be a great way to have some fun parties. Here are some of the best VR games for your party (in no particular order).
Using a pair of coloured sabres, players have to cut through blocks. This is a VR rhythm game. If you have a PS4 or a computer, it came out in 2019. It works with a lot of different virtual reality headsets.
It was nominated for Best VR/AR Game at the Game Awards in 2018 while it was still in early access on Steam. It won the award in 2019 when the full game came out.
Werewolves Within is a multiplayer VR game that was made by Red Storm Entertainment and released by Ubisoft in 2016. It was released in 2016. Because it’s based on the game Mafia, it has a group of people trying to figure out which one of them is the werewolf disguised as a person.
When the game was made into a movie in 2021, it was starred by Sam Richardson and was well-received by both moviegoers and critics.
Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes
As long as you keep talking, nothing will happen. One player will put on the VR headset and be put inside a room with a bomb in front of them. The timer is running out, and the person in the VR headset has to defuse the bomb. Because they don’t know how to do that.
In VR, everyone has the 23-page bomb-defusing guide, but they can’t see the bomb. They have to describe what they see, and people with the manual have to be very careful when they’re in VR. Think of it as a movie where a normal person has to defuse a bomb with help from an expert over the phone. In this case, your friends are the expert.
The Playroom VR
The Playroom VR is a game that has a lot of different mini-games that you can play. Make sure your friends bring extra PS4 controllers. Some can only hold five people, but others can hold as many as you want.
You need to solve a ghost problem, catch a lot of mice in your kitchen, and more. A lot of things could happen with this game, and it would be a lot of fun to play with all your friends in the same room.
Black Hat Cooperative
The phone rings while you’re at work. It says “Hello, Neo.” Maybe not, but it’s still pretty close. In Black Hat Cooperative, you and a friend have to get out of a building full of robots who want to kill each other. Players in VR headsets are trying to get out of the building, and the VR view puts them in the place they’re trying to escape from. The player who is watching the TV or monitor has a bird’s-eye view, like a map, so they can see the whole building, as well as any objects and enemies inside.
The goal is to get the person in VR out of the building in a safe way. The two-player game is a lot of fun to watch other people play, and you can easily take turns each time someone wins or loses.
It’s a lot of fun to shoot your friends with an alien blaster in Ruckus Ridge, which is played with a VR headset. The VR player is in the middle of the map, and everyone else sees the map and their character from above. When the VR player looks at them, they can see where he or she is. They have to stay alive until the time runs out.
It’s a simple game, but it can be a lot of fun if the players get competitive.
If you haven’t had enough of hunting down your friends after Ruckus Ridge, then give Mass Exodus a try. Taking place in someday, this VR game takes place in an android factory. The player is a huge android in the middle of the factory. Many small androids work in the factory all around you.
Or aren’t they? It turns out that some of them are your friends who want to hurt you. To finish the job, pick your friends from the general mess of other androids that aren’t hurt. if you can’t get them out of the way before they finish their own job, then it’s time to change the resume.
In The Take, two people go on a scavenger hunt from the 1960s that looks like a comic book. As two competing spies, the players each hide classified information in a spy stronghold, setting traps and gadgets along the way to slow down the person who wants to find it. That’s when the other player starts. He or she has to find the intel while avoiding the traps before a timer runs out.
The Take only needs one VR headset, and the players switch it between each other. There are three unique strongholds, more than eight traps and gadgets, nine types of classified information, over 30 different hiding places, and a jazz soundtrack that fits the game’s theme. Bombs that blind the seeker are one of the traps and gadgets.
The Take is a great game to play at a VR party because each match is short and quick. Those who have never used VR before will be able to quickly learn and understand how the game works and what it is all about.
The Take, despite its fun premise and competitive element, has a short lifespan. After playing one round, there isn’t much else to do with the game, which makes it less fun to play again, making it less likely to be re-played. Some ideas: You can hide documents in different places, set traps and gadgets up differently to slow down the other player. You can also jump into one of the three spy strongholds. If you play quickly enough, you’ll eat through the whole thing quickly.
The Take can be bought on Steam and the Oculus Store. It works with the Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
Schlocks is a collection of more than 50 mini-games that can be played with friends using a single VR headset. It’s based on the frantic mini-game buffet of WarioWare. The surprise? If you play a micro-game, it won’t last more than 10 seconds, so you’ll have to look at the game, figure out what you need to do to win, and then play it.
Schlocks lets you choose how many players and rounds there are, as well as how hard the game is. During each game, each player has a chance to play a small game. After each match, each player’s score in each of the micro-games is added up. The player with the highest score is named the winner. Speed-washing, color-coding clothes, ultra-short games of tennis, lightning-fast cooking, and games in one of ten different departments in the Schlocks Store are just some of the games you can play at the store.
Schlocks, which was released in Early Access in April 2017, is starting to look a little old. This is mostly due to the game’s unimpressive visuals, which are very simple and have very little polish. People who play a lot of micro-games don’t give a second thought to this, but a little more visual flair would make the game more fun. Awful news: Fancy Bear Games has stopped working on the game, so there’s little chance of it getting the promised 100+ micro-games.
There aren’t as many headsets that can work with Schlock as there are with some of the other games on our list. Steam is the only place you can buy the game. You’ll need either a Valve Index, HTC Vive, or Oculus Rift in order to play the game.
Eye in The Sky
“Eye in the Sky” is a puzzle-solving escape game that takes place on an eerie robot planet after the end of the world. Makes two people play together. One person wears a VR headset and is called the “eye,” and the other person is called the “light.”
Everyone has a different point of view and must work together to solve puzzles. The “eye” has a bird’s eye view and acts as a guide, while the “light” sees through the lens of a small robot that can get into hard to reach places and collect puzzle parts. There are hours of fun to be had in the game’s large escape room-style levels that get more difficult as you progress.
I think it’s fair to say that Eye in the Sky isn’t perfect. There are glitches and clipping, some of the physics aren’t clear, and there’s a general sense of jankiness to the game.
However, Eye in the Sky is cheap, so we can’t be too harsh on the game for these problems. Overall, it’s a great game to play with your friends because it makes use of both the headset and the computer to get both players involved. Those who have played games before should avoid this one. Some of the puzzle-solving and mechanics can be hard for people who haven’t used VR before.
When it comes to headsets, Eye in the Sky can be played on Valve Index, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift headsets, which isn’t bad at all. It can only be bought on Steam.