Credit to: Bethesda

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR

The PC and console video game franchise just released The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and is getting great reviews. Players make their way through the open world, collect and upgrade items, and use sword and shield among other weapons and abilities to fight, hunt, swim, and role play as they play Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn.

Fitness Potential  

Fight dragons, skeletons, and battle-worn foes as you use sword and shield, arrow and quiver, and magic forces to attack up close or at a distance. Players will get a good arm and leg workout during combat when they utilize room scale, melee weapons, and punching. Crouching and ducking away from attacks is going to help you from taking damage.

If you like fighting with a sword and shield for exercise try playing: GORN and Sword Master VR.

Developer/Publisher: Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda Softworks

Release Date: April 2, 2018 (PSVR November 2017 release)

Compatible with: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality, PSVR, with tracked controllers

Price: $59.99

Link: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR

 

Crisis on the Planet of the Apes

Based on the film franchise Planet of the Apes, Crisis on the Planet of the Apes is a first-person shooter game where you’ll be playing as an ape on the run from prison life, testing, and execution. You’ll be solo diving and also be teaming up with NPC apes to creep up and attack your captors.

Fitness Potential  

Quick climbing to sneak up on or to get away from bad guys who are trying to kill you is going to give your upper body some action. Sidestepping or squatting away behind boxes or around corners from gunfire will target your lower half. Using a gun with one hand and moving around with the other will work your arms so you might want to switch up the side you’re holding it on.

If you like VR games that are FPS try playing: Superhot and OVERTURN.

Developer/Publisher: Imaginati/FoxNext VR Studio

Release Date: April 2nd and 3rd, 2018

Compatible with: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR, with tracked controllers

Price: $10.04 to $14.99

Link: Crisis on the Planet of the Apes, Crisis on the Planet of the Apes

 

Project Rampage VR

Video Credit to: Furious Trailer via YouTube

This is a VR game that’s been turned into a movie that’s based on the old arcade cabinet game Rampage, except this game isn’t a 2D pancake. This free Vive game will let you design your monsters in a CRISPR lab and then take to the streets to destroy things as epic monsters George, Ralph or Lizzie.

Fitness Potential  

Crawl, destroy buildings, tear things in half, blow up some choppers and unleash mayhem on the streets of Chicago and Paris as you complete objectives. Climbing, crawling around, hitting and breaking things as a massive monkey, reptile, or wolf will definitely activate your upper body.

If you like mega monsters and destroying things in VR try playing: Mighty Monster Mayhem and Nemesis Realms.

Developer/Publisher: Sticky Studios/Warner Bros.

Release Date: April 5, 2018

Compatible with: HTC Vive, with tracked controllers

Price: Free

Link: Project Rampage VR

 

Bullets And More VR – BAM VR

Video Credit to: CaseFace5 via YouTube

This is a rapid-fire, 12 player, first-person shooting game (AIs included) that has 40 maps to choose from and a game editor so creative players can add more maps. Play modes like BAM Royale, Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Virus Infection and more. Use shotguns, rifles, SMGs, and other powerful weapons players can add silencers to for extra quiet attacks.  

Fitness Potential  

Shoot, climb, walk around in room scale and even use knives and grenades to attack your opponents is going to work your upper and lower body with extended play. Not playing as a sniper and actively moving around and fighting on maps will give you the better workout overall. Don’t expect to be waiting around too long, there’s a fast respawn.

If you like fast-paced multiplayer VR games for exercise try playing: APEX Tournament and Echo Arena.

Developer/Publisher: Koenigz

Release Date: April 2, 2018

Compatible with: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality, with tracked controllers

Price: $13.49 to $14.99

Link: Bullets And More VR – BAM VR

 

Pixel Arcade

Video Credit to: vrgamecritic via YouTube

Neon pixels, neon pixels everywhere. This is a retro looking obstacle game that has over 23 levels (they’re expecting 100 total) where players will swing themselves or climb from platform to platform. In order to get to the next part of the level you’ll have to unlock chapters and work against beating your own times.

Fitness Potential  

You’ll be using arm strength and fast reaction times to swing to or climb up walls and platforms that are set up as an obstacle course. There are different levels that get more challenging as you go. Challenge an exercise buddy to a round or two and see who can beat their best time.

If you like competitive VR games with platforms try playing: Sprint Vector and Protonwar.

Developer/Publisher: Corrie Green/CJG Studio Ltd

Release Date: April 2, 2018

Compatible with: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Rift DK2, Windows Mixed Reality, with tracked controllers

Price: $5.99

Link: Pixel Arcade

 

FARHOME

Video Credit to: Portal Virtual Reality via YouTube

This is an early access, single player, multiplayer, and co-op game where players will shoot robots and otherworldly creatures in the year 2301 to save Earthians. There are character classes like the Heavy and an Engineer that come with their own abilities and weapon traits.  

Fitness Potential  

Players will take on different roles of fighters as they play on maps or planets with different environments. Using combat weapons that require you to move around and not stay still for too long will help keep your heart rate up. Shooting will, of course, work your upper body with longer play times and crouching and sidestepping away from creatures and enemies will work your lower body.  

If you like multiplayer VR games for exercise try playing: oVRshot and Atoms.

Developer/Publisher: DEVCUBE STUDIO

Release Date: April 5, 2018

Compatible with: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, with tracked controllers

Price: $29.99

Link: FARHOME


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