This Week’s VR Game Roundup — Groove, Slice, and React!

Credit to: Harmonix

Audica (Oculus Quest)

After previously launching on other platforms, Audica has finally made its way to Oculus Quest. Part shooter and part rhythm game, it’s from the masters of the music game genre at Harmonix. You’ll blast objects in time to the beat, swinging at those that get close and grooving to some electric jams. It requires plenty of coordination and skill, but we’re sure you’re up to the challenge. Right?

Fitness Potential

You’ll be moving the entire time you play Audica. At certain points, you’ll aim the tracked motion controllers to blast far away objects. When some of them get closer, you’ll swing your arms like you are doing a melee attack to destroy them. You’ll be able to earn a higher place on the leaderboard based on your timing and accuracy. There is also plenty of downloadable content to keep you engaged for longer.

Developer/Publisher: Harmonix

Release Date: January 28, 2020

Compatible With: Oculus Quest

Price: $29.99

Link: Audica (Oculus Quest)

Vigilante Ranger (PlayStation VR)

Available now on PlayStation VR, Vigilante Ranger puts a spin on the typical tower defense game. You battle against waves of machines, using futuristic weapons including special crossbows to take them down. You’ll need to be accurate and quick with your shots in order to eliminate them, and you can acquire new guns to make yourself even more dangerous. There are also bosses to fight, which will put up an even greater challenge. We’re sure you’re up to it, though.

Fitness Potential

You must use the PlayStation Move controllers when playing Vigilante Ranger. The reason why will be evident immediately, as you’ll constantly be aiming around as you take shots at enemies. Extra missions will make things even more interesting, and depending on how long you want to play, you can get a serious workout in your arms.

Developer/Publisher: Sinergia Studios

Release Date: January 28, 2020

Compatible With: PlayStation VR

Price: $9.99

Link: Vigilante Ranger (PlayStation VR)

Lights, Camera, Reaction!

Looking for a VR party game that you can enjoy while still staying active? In Lights, Camera, Reaction!, there are more than 50 different mini-games included, letting you do everything from chopping off someone’s man bun to killing zombies. If you have friends over, you can alternate who uses the VR headset while others can play controllers or a keyboard. If you go online, your friends can even join remotely via their phones and a television. It’s the perfect choice for those looking to mix it up from the standard passive party games.

Fitness Potential

Your fitness potential in Lights, Camera, Reaction! comes through the mini-games you get. Some of these involve battling in a baseball game or quickly hammering nails. Because you can switch with other people, everyone can get in on the fitness fun. Just make sure you are wiping down the headset. The VR Cover is a great solution for keeping it from getting too sweaty. You can quickly replace is with a second one in order to keep things sanitary.

Developer/Publisher: Fluxean Company

Release Date: January 26, 2020

Compatible With: Oculus Rift

Price: $9.99

Link: Lights, Camera, Reaction!

Music Escape

Part rhythm game, part combat game, Music Escape offers a chance to jam out while taking down dangerous cyberpunk enemies. With a katana or other exotic weapons, you can battle it out in arcade mode and climb the leaderboard. Robots charge at your position, and you’ll need to master your martial arts skills in order to eliminate them. There are multiple music genres, and you can even add your own tracks. The standard tracks include rock and EDM, so there is already plenty of variety. The game will also be coming to Oculus Quest and PlayStation VR in the future.

Fitness Potential

You’ll swing your arms almost the entire time you play Music Escape. Depending on the length of your play sessions, this can certainly get tiring. If you grow bored with the arcade mode, there is also a training dojo where you can further hone your skills. In this second, the gameplay is comparable to Beat Saber, and you’ll make use of two swords to hit obstacles on screen. To reach the top of the leaderboards, you’ll need to be at your very best.

Developer/Publisher: 2049VR

Release Date: January 30, 2020

Compatible With: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index, Windows Mixed Reality

Price: $19.99

Link: Music Escape