For the past several decades, video games have been progressing in quality at an alarming rate. Stories, controls, and graphics have all gotten steadily better and better throughout the years, and now gaming is in the middle of its next big step: virtual reality.
That's right, virtual reality is now a reality. I've been fantasizing about virtual reality ever since I was a boy, and now with VR headsets like the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, and the Samsung Gear, we can do more than just play games. We can be in the games.
With the current VR technology in mind as well as anticipated advancements in the field, I've put together a little list of the best games that could greatly benefit from virtual reality technology.
Ever since Starfox 64 on the Nintendo 64, the franchise hasn't lived up to the popularity of Nintendo's many other shining stars. Even their most recent installment, Starfox Zero, didn't hit with gamers the way Nintendo was hoping. Perhaps virtual reality would breathe life back into the franchise.
Just think about sitting in the cockpit of an Arwing and looking out into the vastness of space while you shoot down enemies left and right. It would certainly be a thrilling and fun ride. Also, don't forget to do a barrel roll!
Naturally, the new VR technology does wonders for first-person shooters, and few FPS games have affected the genre quite as much as Bioshock has. The combination of elemental powers, a horror-esque tone, and the towering and terrifying Big Daddies would make for a VR gaming experience like no other.
Imagine using one hand to hack away at Splicers with a wrench while using your other hand to shoot lightning bolts at an approaching Big Daddy. Plus you'll get to look out every window and see the wide expanse of Rapture as far as the eye can see.
8. The Legend of Zelda
Of course, as I grew up with games like Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, I instantly wanted a VR Zelda game as soon as I first heard about the Oculus Rift.
Though navigating various Zelda temples might not seem like the most exciting VR experience, I can't help but get excited at the idea of riding on Epona through Hyrule Fields or taking on Ganon in a one-on-one sword duel. A Zelda VR game would make some serious money on nostalgia alone!
7. Guitar Hero/Rock Band
The crowd is cheering, the bassist and drummer are rocking out to Rush's Spirit of Radio, and you're up there with them. You're on stage, in the spotlight, and it's time for you to rock a sick guitar riff to make your fans go wild. No, this isn't a dream, this is the perfect Guitar Hero virtual reality experience.
The sad truth is that even those who love music have a minimal chance of making it big as a rock star. However, we could get a similar thrill and adrenaline rush from getting to show off a gut-busting drum solo in a VR simulation. Other than distracting multicolored notes rolling down the screen, Guitar Hero would be one of the easiest games to make with VR tech.
6. Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto is already an incredibly realistic game. From the graphics to the physics, the game is sought after by many for its impeccable realism. Just think of how much more realistic it would be in VR.
Grand Theft Auto V, being the most recent in the franchise, is still insanely popular due to the frequent updates in the game. One such update allowed players to switch from the standard third-person mode into an even more realistic first-person mode. Now just integrate VR support, and we'll basically have a real-life simulator.
5. Mario Kart
If there's one thing that can destroy friendships, it's Mario Kart. Nintendo gave us a taste of more realistic controls with the Wii installment of Mario Kart when we had a steering wheel as a controller. Now let's take that one step further and delve into a bit of VR shall we?
Blue shells would be even more terrifying as they circle right above your head, knocking people off course would feel a lot more personal, and just think of the possibilities with Rainbow Road!
4. Five Nights At Freddy's
If you follow YouTube gaming at all, you've doubtlessly hear of the Five Nights at Freddy's series. The original game was meant to be a play on the horror game genre. Instead of the character sneaking by the enemies or mowing down waves of zombies, the player would simply be confined to a chair, as they play a security guard on the watch for killer animatronics.
The franchise has grown in popularity so much that it's even getting a cinematic adaptation, which makes it likely that future installments of the game might develop as gaming technologies improve. If you thought Bonnie and Foxy's jump-scares were scary now, just imagine facing them down in VR!
3. Twisted Metal
If you haven't played or heard of the Twisted Metal games, think of bumper cars. Okay, now think of actual vehicles instead of the bumper cars. Now think of an enormous arsenal of weaponry strapped to the vehicles as they fight in a glorious deathmatch.
Twisted Metal in VR would be similar to Mario Kart, but so much more hardcore. Instead of set tracks, you'll get to drive around a city with chainsaws, machine guns, and rocket launchers. Nothing like some good friendly competition huh? Especially when friendly competition means your friend races toward you with a battle-ready ice-cream truck dressed as a killer clown.
Now you're thinking with portals. The physics-based logic puzzles of the Portal games have exhilarated players through our television and computer screens. Just think of how amazing Aperture could be if you were jumping through those portals in real life! As long as GLaDOS is still sarcastically commenting in the background, this could be the Portal 3 that we've been waiting for!
Now I know what you're thinking, how could Pac-Man possibly get the VR treatment? Well, imagine this...
You are standing in a giant, dark labyrinth lit only by small shining pellets in front of you. The walls stand tall, and you manoeuvre around every corridor in fear of coming face to face with a giant, brightly colored ghost chasing after you. Until of course you find a power pellet that give you the upper hand as you chase them down and destroy them.
And you thought Pac-Man couldn't get any better.
Those are just a sample of some great games with the potential to become even greater, but there are many more. Perhaps with the advancement of virtual reality technology in the coming years, we might see at least one of these come to life.