We've taken our first steps into the massive world that is virtual reality, yet we can clearly see how it could evolve our gaming experience. Virtual reality has the power to literally give us the perspective of a video game's protagonist. While we do already have first-person games, virtual reality allows us to see everything from the protagonist's perspective as easily as we see our own real-world surroundings. Rather than having to move a camera around, all we have to do is move our head and look in a direction of choice. With this in mind, it's easy to see what games could be taken to new heights if they dove into virtual reality.
1. Pokémon Go
If there is one thing we learned from Pokémon Go, it's that people want to experience the life of a Pokémon trainer. It's one thing to look down on your phone or Nintendo handheld and play a Pokémon game; it's something else entirely to see the Pokémon right in front of your eyes, walking, playing and interacting as if they were really there. Imagine looking up to see a Dragonite flying above you. It's difficult to think of a more effective way to put players in the perspective of a Pokémon trainer.
2. Five Nights At Freddy's
Five Nights at Freddy's is scary enough on the computer screen, but a virtual reality version would be absolutely terrifying. Playing the game through the computer gives enough of a disconnect to make the game less intense. However, having virtual reality places us right in the thick of the action. The thought of being able to turn your head and look at the animatronics, or use the motion controls to change the camera angle, will give a rush of fear far more intense than what the game has successfully done so far.
3. Assassin's Creed
This series could apply virtual reality in a way that is exciting — and a bit nauseating. Being able to trigger Eagle Vision — a mechanic that highlights friendlies, non-friendlies and targets — and use that mechanic as it was intended for the character would be incredibly entertaining. Taking that leap of faith, acrophobia, or the fear of heights, is one of the most common phobias people experience. Imagine the first-person perspective of leaping from the top of a high tower. While this could be an exciting application of virtual reality, some people would find it to be a bridge to far.
With virtual reality just getting started in the gaming industry, it's difficult to say what games will get into this new trend. However, it's easy to see that there are many that would be able to use this new technology to bring there respective series to dizzying new heights.
What games are you hoping to see through virtual reality?