8 games I want to see on Apple VR
Rumors have been swirling for some time now that Apple is planning to create its own VR experience, however, the company hasn’t officially confirmed that anything VR-related is even in the works. Still, that hasn’t stopped analysts from talking about the upcoming possibilities of Apple VR, or stopped people from creating concept art for the hardware.
While I would love to see Beat Saber come to Apple VR, it’s not. This title belongs to Apple VR competitor Meta (Facebook), which acquired the rhythm game in 2019 for Oculus Quest 2. It’s a shame because it really turned out to be one of the best games for Oculus Quest 2 since its release. That being said, here are some more realistic titles we can reasonably expect to see on Apple VR if it does eventually release.
8. No Man’s Sky
HelloGames’ open-world space exploration game got off to a rocky and glitchy start, but has improved to the point of being one of the best action-adventure games out there. Players can travel to distant planets to visit procedurally generated worlds and species. Gather materials, ride creatures and build your own space stations. You might even discover a planet or an animal that no other player has ever seen before and if that happens you can name them.
It’s basically a sandbox game where you can do whatever you want. However, developers frequently release free events and updates that allow you and other players to participate in missions that can reward you with cool gear. It’s been available with PSVR and PC VR headsets since 2019 and would be a great addition to Apple VR.
7. Immortal Vader
Few Star Wars games have a story as powerful as Vader Immortal. Players wearing headsets take on the role of a Force-sensitive smuggler who lives after Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith. This means Palpatine issued Order 66, destroyed the Jedi Council, and those with Force abilities were purged.
Vader finds you and asks for your help in locating an ancient artifact capable of great destruction. This launches you on a journey where you will fight with your very own lightsaber and learn Force abilities. This works really well in VR as you’ll be swinging and throwing your lightsaber at enemies or using your Force powers to lift things and throw them. You’ll even get the chance to try out your skills against Vader himself. It is one of the best Star Wars games.
6. Super hot VR
Superhot VR is one of those ultra-satisfying games that allows you to play strategically while ballistically hitting enemies. It’s one of the highest-rated VR games out there, partly because it uses a unique mechanic where time only moves when you do. Use different weapons or even found items to defeat enemies.
Since this is such an exciting survival game, players need to make sure they have enough space to turn and move around or else they’ll find themselves bumping into furniture. You’ll enter it by fighting off oncoming enemies with small ammo refills to leave. Time your attacks carefully!
Take a break from traditional shooters to enter the life of a little mouse named Quill in this puzzle platformer. A magical kingdom of creatures is oppressed by a fire-breathing serpent named Sarffog and players help Quill as she goes on a mission to save her uncle from his clutches.
In Moss, Quill communicates via American Sign Language to respond to your actions, provide clues, or help the story. This game does a great job of taking advantage of virtual reality by letting the player discover hidden objects that can only be seen by standing in certain areas and has some really engaging puzzles that will keep you entertained.
4. Minecraft VR
Minecraft offers a huge world for players to do just about anything they want. You can harvest materials, plant gardens, explore, fight zombie-like creatures, craft just about anything, tame animals, build structures, and much more. The base game already takes a first-person POV, so translating that to VR seemed like the appropriate next step.
With a VR headset in place, players can build massive structures, defeat enemies, play together, and spend hundreds of hours in the world they build. It will be a no-brainer if it also becomes available on the rumored Apple VR.
3. Elite Dangerous VR
Elite Dangerous has long been considered one of the must-have games for VR, so it only makes sense that we want to see it on Apple VR as well. Players spend most of the game in the cockpit of a spaceship and can explore anywhere. Undertaking various missions earns you money and allows you to increase your reputation. You can accept bounties, mine materials, transport passengers, or turn to more ill-gotten pursuits like space hacking, all while driving through beautiful stretches of space.
The integrity of the experience is maintained since the character does not have to move, only the ship does. So it’s not limited that your character won’t walk around like in some other VR games.
2. Batman: Arkham VR
This intense story was the first VR game I played and the experience left a lasting impression on me that I think of often. Batman: Arkham VR starts by dropping you into the body of Bruce Wayne and directing you to the Batcave. There you dress up as Batman by placing the iconic cowl, bracers, and other gear. Then you can admire yourself in the mirror. You really become the Batman!
Things get pretty dark as the story progresses, with you as Batman reliving some of the worst moments of his life. That being said, I’m not suggesting this as a game for young children.
You explore where you’re dropped off to solve puzzles, defeat enemies, and collect Easter Eggs in the DC Universe. The only negative point is that it is not very long. But if it’s Apple VR, I’ll be happy to buy it again and relive the experience all over again.
1. Half-Life: Alyx
Get ready to film Headcrabs in VR with Half-Life: Alyx. People have been begging Valve for another Half-Life story for decades and the only thing that came out of those calls was this amazing VR game. Set five years before the events of Half-Life 2, players take on the role of Alyx, a teenage girl living on an alien-dominated Earth. She and her father work to thwart the efforts of the alien Combine race and are basically humanity’s last hope.
The game offers around 12 hours of play time, which is a bit longer for VR games. Plus, the acting is believable, the exploration doesn’t feel limited, the graphics are impeccable, the combat feels fair, and the story is worth playing through. I’d say if only one game on this list could come to Apple VR, it should be this one. You won’t want to miss it.
And the apples?
It’s hard to say for sure what kind of experience Apple VR will bring upon its final release, and whether it could become a worthy competitor to the already popular Oculus Quest 2. Only time will tell, but we can hope that at least these amazing games will be playable on it. Maybe Apple will even offer exclusive games not found elsewhere. Either way, we’re excited to see what Apple VR will do if and when it comes out.