VR has become a massive trend in gaming. Games like Beat Saber, Batman: Arkham VR, Half-Life: Alyx, and Superhot VR have helped put VR on the map as a respectable form of gaming. Like Superhot, many VR games are versions of existing video games updated to fit the format. This has caused a lot of discussion about which existing games would make for an ideal VR experience and which ones should never be in VR.
Here are a few games that are a perfect fit for VR and some that would be a terrible VR experience.
Would be Great in VR
Pokémon Snap is a delightful first-person photography game that has the player seated in a cart that moves by itself on rails as you pass by Pokémon behaving as they normally would in their natural habitats. The game is already in first-person, so that aspect wouldn’t be much of a jump if it came to VR. Since the cart moves on its own, the player only needs to worry about looking around at what the Pokémon are doing and looking for the best shots to bring back to the Professor.
Logistically and mechanically, the Pokémon Snap series would be easy to fit into the VR format. Plus, it’s overall the perfect kind of game to play in VR. Imagine being completely immersed in a peaceful, outdoorsy environment with adorable Pokémon living their best lives everywhere you look. A Pokémon Snap VR game would create an incredibly relaxing experience.
Being another first-person game, Portal could easily make its debut in VR. The mind-bending physics puzzles would be extremely fun to piece together in a VR setting. Being able to have one of the coolest items in all of gaming, the portal gun, in the palms of your own hands would be a gamer’s dream come true. Plus, jumping between portals could be pretty trippy, creating a rather unique experience.
Half-Life: Alyx, which takes place within the same world as Portal, helped revolutionize VR gaming, so it only makes sense that Portal could further add to that. Anyone who loves escape rooms would feel at home with a Portal VR game.
Pac-Man is one of the most iconic video games of all time. However, like the Super Mario or Sonic the Hedgehog series, the Pac-Man franchise didn’t quite become a gaming mainstay. There’s no real way to continue the series without it feeling too unlike the franchise or just re-releasing the same few games, unless a new game was in VR. Pac-Man only really works or makes sense if it has the player collect pellets in a maze while avoiding ghosts.
Seeing the world of Pac-Man in first-person VR would allow the game to still feel like Pac-Man while also evolving the gameplay. It would also make it terrifying to play. The player will be lost in a maze getting chased by ghosts! That’s super spooky!
Would be Terrible in VR
PS4’s Spider-Man is one of the best-selling PlayStaion games of all time, and for good reason. It’s phenomenal. It allows players to truly feel like Spider-Man as he web-slings throughout the city and beats up baddies.
However, all that swinging and flipping would be vomit-inducing. With all those random movements in the air, either you’re throwing up or smashing your face into your TV.
Tetris already has plenty of variations, but none are VR-worthy. It’s just gameplay that wouldn’t make sense to experience in VR. One doesn’t really need to feel more immersed in a world of falling puzzle blocks.
What would the point of view even be? Either the player would be looking straight ahead at the puzzle, which means nothing new is added by the VR, or they’d see everything from the point of view of a block which would make it unplayable.
Super Monkey Ball
Super Monkey Ball is an incredibly fun and unique series. Turning the stage in order to make the character move and rapidly roll through each level at high speeds is absolutely exhilarating. However, it’s pretty hard to picture playing it in VR.
Having the environment move around you would be extremely disorienting. Plus, having to zoom through each level to reach the goal quickly could definitely cause motion sickness. That might not blend well with looking at all those bananas.
With VR being the always-growing trend it is, there’s no end to the possibilities of which games we could see come to the format. What are some that you’d like to see, or never see, come to VR?