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Top 5 Multiplayer VR Games

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Virtual Reality gaming has come a long way in the past few years and witnessing its progression has been an incredibly exciting journey. One of the things tipped to be the biggest USP for VR gaming is the social element, and its ability to connect people.

On the surface, VR seems like a medium that will have inherent ‘anti-social’ connotations, given the fact that the user is isolated from their surrounding environment.

However, as many gamers already know, gaming is as much a platform for socialising as it is anything else. Many gamers have friends that they only know through playing certain games, or have real world friends that they don’t have a chance to see as much as they would like to in reality, but can catch them on an evening when logging into their favourite platform.

So, as well as adding the cool stuff we are learning as VR grows, it also serves as a way to embellish our existing interactions, in our current virtual space.

Below, we have put together a list of games that we think facilitate this idea. And, in doing so, have rounded up some of the best multiplayer VR games on the market. The list isn’t platformed specific and is only games that are available today but. So without further ado, here’s a list of multiplayer VR games available that the moment.

Blaze Rush

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Blaze Rush is a frantic arcade racer that’s reminiscent of classic Sega Mega Drive title, Rock’n’Roll racing. You control your vehicle from a birds-eye-view as you race around the winding courses, collecting weapons and causing carnage for other players.

Blaze Rush is developed by, Russian based, Targem games and was released on 28th of March, along with the other Oculus release titles. You have the option to race against the game’s AI. However, this doesn’t have the greatest replayability factor in this setting. Blaze Rush comes to life when you have a few friends along with you for the ride.

Blaze Rush is available on Oculus Home for $9.99 and Steam for £6.99. If you currently own the game on steam and want to bring it over to your Oculus account, then head here to get your Oculus Home key.

Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes

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Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes is a fun game that merges playing styles from a traditional board game format, with the modern VR medium. The game is developed by Steel Crates Games and is accessible on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift as well Desktop and Gear VR.

One player starts in a room, alone, with a bomb. The job for the other players is to instruct the player on how to disarm it. To do so, the player stuck with the charge must describe what they can see, to the best of their ability. Other players, referred to as the experts, must cross-reference this information with the Bomb Manual to work out how to stop it exploding, all of which must be achieved against a ticking clock.

Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes is incredibly fun, and can be played socially, in a group, or remotely with friends over a Skype connection or something similar.

Keep Talking An Nobody Explodes was released on Steam in back on 8 Oct 2015 and is available to purchase at £10.99.

Elite: Dangerous

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Elite: Dangerous, is a space simulator, built from the ground up for VR that boasts 40 billion star systems. Elite is made by Frontier Developments, a team who have a long track record of game making.

Elite is a game that has mixed reviews; there is a bit of a learning curve involved when getting started, but once you get over the initial hurdle, there is a lot to be discovered. Elite is effectively a job simulator in space with dog fights. Think, Euro truck simulator in a space ship. That’s a pretty rudimental explanation, but if your into that sort of thing, then this could, certainly, be one for you.

You can carry out all manors of tasks in exchange for in-game currency. The capital earned by completing jobs in the universe can be used by players to upgrade their ship with its in-depth upgrade system. Fight with other players to claim their loot, or interact with them in the universe. Some of the missions can become a bit repetitive, but Elite does offer a lot of playability if you’re up for the grind.

Elite: Dangerous is available on Steam for £19.99 for the standard version. With the deluxe version, that includes the Horizons Season Pass and Elite Dangerous: Pilot Starter Pack, available for £39.99. It is also

Eve: Valkyrie

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Eve: Valkyrie is another of the many signs that space simulators and galactic dogfights are back in a big way. Unlike Elite: Dangerous, Eve: Valkyrie has a much greater focus on combat, both PVE (player vs enemy) and PVP (Player vs player). There is a skill based character progression system that is similar to the class systems in traditional first person shooter’s, plus it has a rich backing story to accompany the game.

Developed by CCP Games, Eve: Valkyrie came in as one of the most eagerly anticipated games in the VR scene. It’s spectacular, high fidelity environments are nothing short of awe-inspiring, especially when viewed through in consumer VR headsets.

Players can enjoy “competitive social multiplayer action” in an a universe built for VR. There is also wave-based survival modes, some of which including a narrative, however, these are quite sparse.

Eve is available on Oculus Home for $59.99, making it a VR game with on of the highest premiums at the moment.

Hover Junkers

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Hover Junkers is a post-apocalyptic shooter with a twist and takes a unique approach to room-scale VR. Developed by, Calfornia-based, Stress Level Zero, Hover Junkers places players on their own ship, the perimeters of which scaled to the available play area.

Hover Junkers is only accessible via the HTC Vive for the time being, as the game mechanics place a heavy focus on the use of the handheld motion controllers. Players must use both hands to aim and operate the weapons functions, including a well thought out reload mechanic.

Using the HTC Vive, the game tracks three points of motion, the head, and both hands, and uses inverse kinematics (IK) to fill out the rest of the characters movement. When in the game, you will only be able to see your hands, however, your enemies and your teammates will display a full avatar.

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Stress Level Zero say the goal of the team was to bring the fun of playing airsoft with friends, or messing around in your living room with Nerf guns, into the VR medium.

The fun comes from ducking and dodging incoming fire that whizzes in around you, all the while laying down a hefty amount of counter fire in the process. Most of the demos result in players unambiguously ducking and diving and popping in and out of cover, cunningly, to pick their shots.

Hover Junkers is a highly active game that, by its nature will have you up on your feet trying to defend your ship from incoming hostiles. Your ship is a mobile platform that can be controlled using the user interface presented on board, allowing you to command your vessel forward into battle.

The key factor for hover Junkers is the aiming; there is no auto-aim, so you shoot where you’re pointing! Which isn’t always as easy as it looks in the movies!

Hover Junkers was released on Steam April 5th, 2016 and is available for £26.99. As mentioned earlier, it is only available for the HTC Vive. However, it would be reasonable to assume that it will be playable when Oculus release their Touch controllers later in the year.

Honourable mentions:

Altspace VR

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Altspace VR isn’t technically a game. It’s more along the lines of a social media app for VR. But it’s one we wanted to add to this list due to its ability to bring multiple VR users into the same space, across VR platforms. There are also a few games you’re able to play in Altspace with friends, and others you meet online, including a retro D&D table, Disc Golf and more. Plus the team behind the app are always adding new content for users to enjoy.

Find out more about Altspace in the link provided below.

Download Altspace VR

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