If you can tear yourself away from playing Elden Ring on your PC, PlayStation or Xbox – I know it’s hard – then there are a few virtual reality (VR) videogames arriving next week worth your time. They may all be indie gems rather than blockbuster sensations but they all look awesome in their own right.
Lost in Place – Bright Corners
First up is cute puzzler Lost in Place. The gameplay is simple enough, all you need to do is pilot a tiny, fragile spaceship through a bunch of everyday environments. “The ship is very touchy, quite expensive, and it will break on just about everything,” explains developer Bright Corners, so you’ll have to be very patient across the 50 levels. It’s already out on Meta Quest’s App Lab and will now join SteamVR.
Buccaneers! The New Age of Piracy – Skyward Digital
Time for some pirate shenanigans with Buccaneers! The New Age of Piracy, a single-player RPG where you become a fearsome captain waging naval warfare on anyone who comes too close. Engage in tense naval and land battles whilst customising your ship with new paint schemes, cannons and upgrades. This is purely ship-to-ship combat either, you’ll be able to board enemy vessels and assault forts to loot the best treasure.
Vox Machinae – Space Bullet Dynamics Corporation
Having been a Steam Early Access title since 2018, now it’s time for Vox Machinae’s official PC VR launch, with one extra edition; the mech combat experience is coming to Meta Quest 2 as well. Primarily an online, team-based multiplayer where you jump into giant mechs to destroy one another, next week’s launch will see new features including a story-driven campaign with evil corporations and a cast of characters to bring it all to life.
Labyrinth deLux – A Crusoe Quest – Enigma/K5 Factory
Taking inspiration from the likes of Talos Principle and God of Light, Labyrinth deLux – A Crusoe Quest is a laser-based puzzler that blends Mayan and Aztec culture into its sci-fi gameplay. Featuring a narrative where you play a space trucker called Robin, pulled wildly off course into an abandoned space station, there are 16 puzzles to solve.
NeonHAT – Entalto Studios
Entalto Studios originally created NeonHAT as part of Playstation Talents Games Camp Valencia, with the videogame hitting PlayStation VR last summer. Soon it’ll be the turn of PC VR headsets, offering players the chance to test their skills in this neon-drenched racer. NeonHAT features ten courses across three gameplay modes; Extreme Derby, Race, and Pursuit, with five bosses to take care of.