Credit to: Saber Fight VR

Space Station Invader VR

Building a nuclear facility capable of destroying the Earth doesn’t seem like a good idea. That’s what scientists decided to do in Space Station Invader VR, however, and you might just pay the price. Invaders have entered the station and it’s up to you to defend it against attacks using weapons like shotguns and grenades. The game features a mix of indoors and outer space environments, and plenty of challenge through tricky platforming sections.

Fitness Potential

As a first-person VR shooter, Space Station Invader VR makes use of the tracked motion controllers. Enemies can come from multiple directions, so you’ll be whipping your body from left to right to eliminate them. Additionally, the game has jumping mechanics that have you swinging your arms in order to leap through space. In platforming sections, this should provide a solid arm workout, as well.

Developer/Publisher: TesseractZero

Release Date: December 31, 2019

Compatible With: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index

Price: $9.99

Link: Space Station Invader VR

Winter Break

Credit to: RyseUp Studios

Need a moment of relief from all the violence in virtual reality? In Winter Break VR, you can half a snowball fight using slingshots and have all your friends join in on the fun. The game offers a competitive player-versus-player mode that will test your skills, but it’s been designed to avoid causing motion sickness. You can enjoy the gorgeous, cartoony snow if you live in a warmer area. And if you don’t have snow where you live, be thankful!

Fitness Potential

Because it’s a slingshot-based combat game, Winter Break makes use of the tracked motion controllers for firing at your opponents. You can play standing up and can physically crouch and dodge to avoid getting hit by snowballs. However, those with disabilities can fully enjoy the game sitting down. If you get tired of the snowball fights, there are also physical mini-games such as whack-a-mole.

Developer/Publisher: RyseUp Studios

Release Date: January 3, 2020

Compatible With: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index

Price: $9.99

Link: Winter Break

The Burning Descent

Get your fill of non-violence and ready to blast some baddies again? In The Burning Descent, you’ll fight against online opponents in a lightning-fast first-person shooter. The game takes place in a large arena and features teleporting, and there are multiple modes to choose from. These include free-for-all deathmatch as well as a single-player time attack option If you don’t want to battle against real people.

Fitness Potential

The Burning Descent is designed to be an extremely fast game, so you’ll need to make decisions and fire in a hurry. However, it also makes use of full body motion. If you crouch behind cover, you can avoid getting his by enemy fire. Pop out quickly by physically moving to take a shot, then retreat before you can get hit. Only practice will allow you to master this and stay alive.

Developer/Publisher: RyseUp Studios/Mumocap

Release Date: January 3, 2020

Compatible With: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index

Price: $11.99

Link: The Burning Descent

Saber Fight VR

Credit to: Saber Fight VR

Play through the Star Wars: Vader Immortal series and want even more (not) lightsaber action? In Saber Fight VR, you’re able to not just battle against opponents using a laser sword, but also deflect incoming projectiles and launch enemies. You can feel like the ultimate sword-master, all without the risk of accidentally getting your own head chopped off your shoulders!

Fitness Potential

You’ll be moving physically through your entire time with Saber Fight VR. This includes swinging your saber, which you can use to cut up basically anything in the game world. This includes not just enemies, but also your surroundings. You can also throw your saber at enemies, and as you improve, you’ll see a “style meter” get larger, as well.

Developer/Publisher: Saber Fight VR

Release Date: January 3, 2020

Compatible With: Valve Index, HTC Vive

Price: TBA

Link: Saber Fight VR

Zombie World Apocalypse

Credit to: Smartmove

In an adventure clearly inspired by I Am Legend, Zombie World Apocalypse sees chaos erupt after scientists attempt to cure disease – all disease. Naturally, this has led to all-out apocalypse, with the undead roaming their secret laboratories. You play as a soldier sent in to investigate and eliminate the threat.

Fitness Potential

You’ll make use of the tracked motion controllers to take down the undead in Zombie World Apocalypse. This will mostly be done via shooting firearms. If zombies get close, you can also hit them with the butt of your weapon to eliminate them, as well. If a zombie needs to be finished off, this is the ideal way to do so.

Developer/Publisher: Smartmove

Release Date: December 29, 2019

Compatible With: Oculus Rift

Price: $8.99 to $14.99

Link: Zombie World Apocalypse VR


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