Last weeks VR Game Roundup had an exciting licensed title in Zombieland: Headshot Feber, a horror shooter called Cosmodread, and some other titles. Slightly busier than last week but missing any games with a huge amount of name value, this week is still solid for VR. Highlighting this weeks new releases are a sequel to the memorable puzzle game Floor Plan, a new virtual reality shooter and archery title, and a game that is essentially Overcooked in virtual reality called Kitchen Island VR.
This weeks VR Game Roundup begins with Floor Plan 2, which is a sequel to the fan-favorite VR puzzle game that has players moving from one wacky room to another in order to collect items and make progress. This is a bit longer than the original chiming in at over four hours and it has the same comedic overtones of the original.
While this looks like a great sequel and early reviews are quite positive, this isnt the game to get if you are looking for a workout. Sure, you are interacting with objects but there isnt any urgency or constant motion as you are solving puzzles at your own pace. Its a great game to test your mind, though.
Developer and Publisher: Turbo Button
Release Date: April 1, 2021
Compatible With: Oculus Rift and Oculus Quest
Update Price: $24.99
Link: Oculus Store (Quest) and Oculus Store (Rift)
New to the Oculus Store is Omega Blade, which is an extremely varied action game for the Oculus Quest. This fast-paced title has you taking on many different types of challenges that feature melee combat, gun battles and more. Youll face off against different types of enemies in stages as you attempt to set a high score for each challenge.
The faster-paced challenges will definitely test your endurance and give you a solid workout. You should look to make wide movements and really exaggerate your attacks to get the most movement in for melee combat, while the other types will test your reflexes. Due to its unique blend of styles, this winds up being a well-rounded title and workout.
Developer and Publisher: Manuel Pasamontes Romera
Release Date: April 1, 2021
Compatible With: Oculus Rift
Link: Oculus Store
Potentially the best fitness game releasing this week is Aria, an archery title that has you shooting to the rhythm of classical music such as Tchakovski, Wagner, and Handel. With enemies running at you from all directions, your archery skills and reflexes will be tested here.
Archery titles have always been great arm workouts. This looks to be no exception as you use both hands to bring the bow back and fire off arrows at enemies. With a fast pace and some great rhythm game elements, this looks to be a solid addition to any Rift owners fitness gaming library at a very low price.
Developer and Publisher: Gregory Campion
Release Date: April 1, 2021
Compatible With: Oculus Rift.
Link: Oculus Store
The final title in our VR Game Roundup this week is Kitchen Island VR, which essentially takes the gameplay from the popular cooperative multiplayer title Overcooked and translates it into virtual reality. However, it is a Steam Early Access release, which means it isnt feature complete. Currently, players get access to five normal stages and a boss battle that will test their skills. Additional recipes and even a competitive multiplayer mode are in the works and expected to arrive in the next year or so.
What makes Kitchen Island VR so interesting is that you actually have to perform actions in order to get the food prepared compared to Overcooked, where it was as simple as holding a button to chop vegetables. Here, you are doing the physical actions, which means skilled players will be able to get it done faster, and there is a higher skill ceiling. It also results in players moving frantically and getting in a decent arm workout while playing.
Developer and Publisher: VR Buddy Games
Release Date: March 31, 2021
Compatible With: Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality.
Price: $6.29 ($6.99)
That does it for this weeks edition of the VR Game Roundup. Let us know in the comments below if you are picking up any of the new releases this week, like Kitchen Island VR.
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