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Ten Games That Deserve An Oculus Rift Re-Imagining

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Posted on July 5, 2013 AT 06:00am

My time with the Oculus Rift was the highlight of my E3 experience. Virtual reality finally perfected the headset is the ideal gaming utensil when it comes to getting that first-person perspective down pat. Once the goosebumps had faded away I started to think of which video games would look and feel out of this world with the Oculus Rift. Many titles would fit well, and listing them all would prove tiresome, so after careful deliberation I’ve narrowed down that giant list to ten games worthy of being adapted for the VR set:

Mirror’s Edge

The ultimate first-person parkour game has been shown to work with the Oculus Rift via devoted fans who have made some pretty good (but not perfect) mods. So imagine if EA and DICE took the time to go back, tinker with the code, and bring forth properly Faith’s adventure to save her sister (as well as the upcoming sequel). Barf bags may be in order for those with motion sickness, but to jump, climb, slide, and shoot your way through the ominous city would be pretty sweet in the long run.

Dishonored

The steampunk world of Dunwall is just dying to be explored in a truly first-person experience. Having to make careful choices, whether it’s go in all guns blazing, try to act as stealth as possible, or a mixture of both is what made Arkane Studios’ game amazing in the first place, so we can only imagine how much the experience would look if done on the virtual reality peripheral. Yeah, the sneak attacks would look pretty sweet, but using those killer powers and creating tons of mayhem all from your own viewpoint would put an evil grin on just about anyone, that is if you’re cool with getting the ending that comes with all that anarchy.

Metro: Last Light

This was the first title that came to mind for the Oculus Rift when playing it. Having to shoot your way through a post-apocalyptic world with as much ammo as you can find, battling weird mutants, and above all having to scourge the lands for oxygen while feeling like you’re really there would give players the feel of urgency to survive in this world. Plus how cool would it be to see your gas mask take damage and make it feel like your view is askew? (Probably for a couple moments, until you realize it’s a major pain to shoot things until you find a replacement mask, but that’s reality for you!)

BioShock Infinite

To be able to view the beautiful world of Columbia in a full perspective would surely put smiles on many gamers’ faces, and that’s before any of the shootouts begin. Then imagine having to run through the faux museums and the slums where the Vox Populi lie waiting to strike, only to have some realities becoming warped with one another and seriously messing up Booker’s (i.e. yours) viewpoint of the events happening in front of you. Oh, who am I kidding? We all just really want to experience the Skyline in a full virtual reality setting, right?

Metroid Prime Trilogy

It’s probably never gonna happen (unless Nintendo becomes interested in the peripheral), but Retro Studios’ take on Samus’s adventures in space would be jaw-dropping with the Oculus Rift. Going head-on with the Parasite Queen, taking out the Ing, and facing off with the likes of Dark Samus all in a true virtual setting would making Nintendo fanboys and fangirls giddy with delight. Now if they could just make a special version of the Oculus Rift that looks like Samus’s helmet, then they’d be in business!

Spec Ops: The Line

I know this is a third-person shooter, but imagine if Yager were to take one of the most memorable games of 2012 and make it for the Oculus Rift. You would become Captain Martin Walker, see the carnage and horror of the sand-ruined Dubai around you, and have to make some tough choices from his perspective. With the twists and turns that happen throughout the game’s campaign having to go through all that in the virtual setting might warp your brain in the long run, too. (On second thought, this may not be a great idea.)

Portal 2

Here’s a no-brainer: having to revisit the facility, jump through portals and solve puzzles, facing off first against GLaDOS and then a power-hungry (and stupid) Wheatley, and traveling through Cave Johnson’s hollowed grounds is exactly the kind of video game that cries to be made into a virtual reality experience. On top of that there’s the co-op section, which would be stellar for those playing in the room together or via online with the Oculus Rift. Of course there’d still be the awkwardness of messing up a puzzle while your friend screams at you for not doing it right, but on the plus side at least wearing the Oculus Rift will make it harder for them to find and smack you across the side for flubbing it.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Sure, all of the Far Cry games would be great in virtual reality, but Blood Dragon is how we thought a VR world would look like as kids. The cheesy dialogue, the gun battles, and the neon (so…much…neon!!!) worlds would give the kids who grew up on Purple Rain and John Hughes films the urge to do the Electric Slide in celebration. Plus, c’mon, who doesn’t want to step in the shoes of Sergeant Rex Power Colt for real?

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

The original Nintendo 64 Turok game was badass, plain and simple. Shooting dinosaurs and aliens with maniacal glee was the closest thing we had back then to a Jurassic Park-like experience game (because we all know the actual Jurassic Park games were just sorry excuses for commercial tie-ins). To revisit one of the most iconic games in Nintendo 64’s lifespan with revamped graphics, a modern control scheme, and adapted to the Oculus Rift would make nostalgic fans everywhere jump for joy in celebration.

Fez

When you beat Fez for the first time you are given a new object during your New Game+: some really cool sunglasses. These sunglasses gave you the chance the view the world around you via a first-person angle, and how Gomez’s room, the waterfalls, and the dark sewers of the then-2D world were such a joy to see with such detail. So imagine if Phil Fish were to make Gomez’s world fully in a 3D virtual setting. Yeah, it’d be a bit like Minecraft, but I’ve got a feeling it would look much cooler in the end.

What other games can you imagine being well-done with the Oculus Rift?

Evan Bourgault is an accomplished music, anime, and video game critic. His passion for discovering new bands, developers, and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Evan joined the ElectricSistaHood team in 2008, where he is a contributing editor and host of one of the network's weekly podcasts. Follow Evan on Twitter at twitter.com/King_Baby_Duck


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