Crisis VRigade 2, x-booster

During our last VR Game Roundup, there were a number of intriguing titles including a sequel to The Wizards and VR sports titles. This week’s VR Game Roundup features six games that are ready to be tested. What’s available includes a new fitness rhythm game called X-BOOSTER, some shooters, and several interesting new titles!

X-BOOSTER

Kicking off our VR Game Roundup is NiVision’s X-BOOSTER. Built specifically for fitness, this game will have you punching objects to the beat of music. It’s currently in early access mode, so it isn’t completely finished, but there are 80 training exercises with more to come when the full version releases later this year.

Fitness Potential

X-BOOSTER easily the most fitness potential of any game this week.It’s a full body workout as players punch objeects. squat to dodge barriers, and cut and block projectiles. There’s a good amount of variety and with 80 training exericises, it won’t get dull any time soon. Over time, it will get a training generator based off your own MP3s, more tracks, better graphics, and an additional arena to play in.

Developer/Publisher: NiVision

Release Date: June 11, 2020

Compatible With: Valve Index, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift

Price: $15.99-19.99

Link: Steam

Spectro

Next up is Spectro, this roguelike is exclusive to virtual reality and has players attempting to trap ghosts. Think of a first-person Luigi’s Mansion game but in VR. Players are armed with a gun that sucks them up and different types of ghosts will offer up varying challenges such as bombs to dodge or lasers to deal with. There’s a ton of replayability thanks to there being a unique layout each time, so you’ll never have to play the same run twice.

Fitness Potential

You’ll be moving your arm in order to shoot ghosts, but this isn’t the most active game. It does support room scale play, though, and dodging enemy attacks will get you moving some. It might not be the most incredible fitness experience, but the game itself is a lot of fun and it is more active than traditional gaming.

Developer/Publisher: Borrowed Light Studios

Release Date: June 11, 2020

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

Price: $14.99

Link: SteamOculus Store

Crisis VRigade 2

Another highlight in this week’s VR Game Roundup is Crisis VRigade 2, which is essentially the arcade classic Time Crisis in virtual reality. As the name suggests, this is a sequel to the original Crisis VRigade. You play as a SWAT team trooper and the gameplay is similar to the original. It promises to be more difficult, add in different weapons, and deliver more of what people liked in the first. It’s worth noting that this is in Early Access and that it won’t be fully out for six months or so.

Fitness Potential

You’ll be ducking in and out of cover to shoot enemies and the fast-paced shooter will make sure that you’re always looking around and moving your hands. You’ll get a solid workout in, and you can pick up the original for cheap if you want to see if you’ll like it.

Developer/Publisher: Sumalab

Release Date: June 9, 2020

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

Price: $15.99-19.99

Link: Steam

Zombie Slayer VR

As you can probably guess judging by the graphics, Zombie Slayer VR is in Early Access. It’s a wave-based survival game that sees players attempting to survive a zombie onslaught. Cooperative play is available, so you can have a go with a friend. The Early Access period is expected to last around four months and it will be receiving new maps and weapons in the future.

Fitness Potential

Shooters always keep your arms active and getting out of the way of zombies is a good way to keep you moving around. It won’t be the best workout, though, and there are far better shooters at the same price or lower that should be checked out instead. So, make sure to check out other shooters before purchasing this.

Developer/Publisher: Barely Games

Release Date: June 11, 2020

Compatible With: Valve Index, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift

Price: $19.99

Link: Steam

DreamBack VR

Finishing up this week’s VR Game Roundup is a horror game called DreamBack VR. If you’re easily spooked then this will certainly get your heart rate up as you explore an old mansion that is supposed to be empty. There’s a mystery to uncover, and the psychological horror game is sure to play with your head for the few hours it lasts.

Fitness Potential

DreamBack VR simply isn’t the most active experience, although you will be using your arms to interact with the environment and holding a flashlight. This isn’t a game about combat, and you’ll be retrieving items and solving puzzles instead. So, don’t expect to burn a ton of calories while playing it like you would with X-BOOSTER.

Developer/Publisher: Come Over Gaming S.L.U.

Release Date: June 10, 2020

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

Price: $22.49-24.99

Link: Steam


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