Top 10 VR games for playing for this Christmas – including Creed: Rise to Glory and Echo Combat


Gone are the days of playing board games with your family at Christmas. Instead if you want to have fun with the fam during the festive season then you need a VR headset. Here we check out some of the latest games and experiences available for the Rift, Oculus Go and Gear VR….

Arca’s Path
An ideal experience for anyone new to VR, Arca’s Path is an atmospheric puzzler that’s both intuitive and comfortable to play. You’ll navigate 25 gorgeous levels by moving your head, thanks to completely hands-free controls, and solve a collection of expertly crafted physics-based riddles. Play on Rift, Oculus Go, and Gear VR.

Tin Hearts
Rekindle your childhood imagination and lead a band of toy soldiers through a whimsical world of puzzles. If you’ve played the classic Lemmings, then you have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Only with this game you work your way through beautifully immersive challenges to unravel a genuinely heartfelt story. Play on Rift.

YouTube VR
You can explore everything YouTube has to offer in a whole new way, from holiday favourites and viral videos, to the latest 3D 360° and VR180° content, all as if you’re seeing it for the first time. And thanks to a streamlined interface with VR users in mind, finding immersive content is easier than ever. Experience on Oculus Go and Gear VR.

Echo Combat 
In this new team-based shooter, you’ll play with friends (and a few enemies) across multiple zero-g maps and game modes, wielding an arsenal of creative weapons and gadgets. Echo Combat takes the award-winning mechanics from Lone Echo and Echo Arena to create a fresh competitive experience that’s unlike anything else. Play on Rift.

Explore the world without actually stepping out your front door. That’s the promise at the heart of Wander, from Parkline Interactive. Take a stroll on the London Bridge, check out the Taj Mahal, even visit the street where you grew up. Wander uses Wikipedia and Google Maps for location-based learning, flexible navigation modes, and more. Experience on Oculus Go and Gear VR.

Covert builds an immersive world of intrigue and danger where you play a high-skilled thief hunting for a mysterious artefact. And, just like the best heist movies, you get to bring a friend to help you pull off the near-impossible job. Play on Oculus Go and Gear VR.

PokerStars VR
Poker is a game of human expression as much as it is about technical skill and plain luck. That’s why PokerStars VR gets a special seat at the table; it delivers the kind of social interaction you expect from a game of real-life poker. In some cases, it uses VR to go well beyond your average round of cards. Play on Rift.

In Crow: The Legend, you’re born “The Spirit of the Seasons,” with the power to impact the weather and environment using Touch controllersStarring actors John Legend, Oprah Winfrey, and Constance Wu, the film is a new collaboration between Baobab Studios and Oculus Studios. Experience on Rift, Oculus Go, and Gear VR.

Creed: Rise to Glory 
Based on the record-breaking movie Creed II, Rise to Glory is the closest you’ll ever get to throwing punches at legendary fighters and training with Rocky Balboa. Aspiring prize fighters can play through the game’s story-driven Career Mode, or simply get calorie-roasting practice through the Freeplay and Online PvP modes. Play on Rift.

Vox Machinae 
If you’ve ever dreamed of sitting in a giant robot and stomping around with friends, then Vox Machinae may be your new favourite game. A mech combat experience to the core, Vox Machinae gives you the keys to lumbering machines of war, known as Grinders, complete with manual controls for weapons, communications, and yes, your ejection seat. Play on Rift.


Chris Price