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68 big games coming to VR in 2018

Maybe you are an early adopter, and maybe you got one for the holidays, but if you’ve got a VR headset, there’s a lot to be excited about. We’ve got a list (with videos of each) of the biggest VR games of 2018 for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. What’s even more exciting is that these are just the games we know about so far. It’s a good time to get into the VR scene.

Anamorphine - Artifact 5 - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - January 16, 2018

Anamorphine - Artifact 5 - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - January 16, 2018

Explore the past as you resolve the present in Anamorphine, a surreal adventure of rendered emotions.Journey into the mind of the main character, a young man in denial. His subconscious is pushing him to face his past - or be consumed by it.

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The Inpatient - Supermassive Games - PSVR - Jan 23, 2018

The Inpatient - Supermassive Games - PSVR - Jan 23, 2018

Discover who you are before it’s too late in The Inpatient; a PS VR Exclusive set in the Blackwood Sanatorium, over 60 years prior to the 2016 BAFTA award-winning Until Dawn.
With deep immersion that places YOU in the game, you take on the role of an amnesiac inpatient who must find out who you are and why you are in the Sanatorium. With a branching narrative, and different endings; every choice you make can drastically affect the way the game plays out.

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - Capcom - Oculus Rift, HTC Vive - Jan 24, 2018

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - Capcom - Oculus Rift, HTC Vive - Jan 24, 2018

Set within a sinister plantation mansion in modern day Dulvey, Louisiana where the twisted Baker family resides, players experience the terror directly from the first person perspective for the first time in the Resident Evil series. Embodying the iconic gameplay elements of exploration, atmosphere, and tense combat that first coined “survival horror” some 20 years ago, Resident Evil 7 biohazard delivers a disturbingly realistic horror experience.

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Moss - Polyarc - PSVR - February 2018

Moss - Polyarc - PSVR - February 2018

Meet Quill, a young mouse with dreams of greatness beyond the confines of her quiet settlement. One day while exploring the woods, she finds a mysterious stone and an ancient magic is awakened. Dramatic events quickly unfold as a distant evil extends its reach. With her uncle now in grave danger, Quill must embark on an epic journey—and she needs you there by her side. Together, you'll travel to forgotten realms, solve challenging puzzles, and battle menacing enemies. Alone, no one can conquer what you're up against. But united, you just may defeat even the darkest of villains. Immerse yourself in the world of Moss to help write the story of a hero in the making.

You can try a demo for Moss right now on the PlayStation VR Demo Disc 2.

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Brass Tactics - Hidden Path Entertainment - Oculus Rift - February 22, 2018

Brass Tactics - Hidden Path Entertainment - Oculus Rift - February 22, 2018

Brass Tactics takes real-time-strategy to the next level by placing you in the middle of the action on a fantastic clockwork battlefield. Experience the thrill of directly moving and interacting with your clockwork creations: grab structures and place them on the battlefield, and direct your units with the sweep of your hand. Just when you think you’ve mastered the game, raise the stakes by teaming up with other players in co-op mode or go head to head in PvP mode.

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Bravo Team VR - Supermassive Games - PSVR - March 6, 2018

Bravo Team VR - Supermassive Games - PSVR - March 6, 2018

Bravo Team is set in a fictional modern day Eastern European city. When your escort mission goes wrong and results in the President’s assassination, a country threatens to tear itself apart...and your team along with it.

Teamwork is at the core of the game. Bravo Team has been developed to allow both single player and online 2 player co-op* where you and your teammate must use everything at your disposal to survive.

Communication is essential...should you split-up? Who takes that weapon? What can you see? Together you’ll need to work out a strategy to succeed and make your escape.

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Time Carnage - Wales Interactive - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - March 12, 2018

Time Carnage - Wales Interactive - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - March 12, 2018

Time Carnage is a VR survival shooter for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Travel through time and wreak havoc through worlds swarming with zombies, monsters, robots and dinosaurs. Armed with an arsenal of guns, time-stopping detonators and ludicrous cheats, it’s time for the carnage to begin.

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MetaWorld - HelloVR - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - March 2018

MetaWorld - HelloVR - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - March 2018

MetaWorld® invites you explore a persistent 10,000 square mile, massively scaled open world together. Discover endless activities and adventure, inside a real-time physics simulation allowing thousands of visitors to participate simultaneously online.

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Alice’s Lullaby: Albino Lullaby Episode 2 - Ape Law - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift - March 22, 2018

Alice’s Lullaby: Albino Lullaby Episode 2 - Ape Law - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift - March 22, 2018

Albino Lullaby: Episode 2 is a horror adventure game that doesn't rely on jump scares or gore. A Lynchian psychological nightmare where you play as yourself. Escape from a dark and surreal Victorian town that clings to the precipices of underground cliffs. The gamespace dynamically twists and contorts around you in real time, as you unravel an equally twisted narrative. Discover the hidden spaces haunted by 'The Grandchildren' as you uncover clues to understanding just where and what you are. Albino Lullaby is set for initial release on the PC and will be fully VR compatible.

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The American Dream - Samurai Punk - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - Q1 2018

The American Dream - Samurai Punk - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - Q1 2018

Samurai Punk presents The American Dream, a satirical virtual reality trip through a 1950’s world’s fair where you learn to live your life with guns.

Players travel through a vast complex constructed by a group of respected gun manufacturers aiming to show the world the virtues of guns for the common man.

The world of The American Dream sets its sights on a future where guns are used for all manner of things like eating a meal, driving a car or working to provide for your family.

With weapons ranging from pistols to rifles and shotguns, you’ll learn how guns will take care of all your day-to-day needs! Bite the bullet and come on down, you’re guaranteed to have a blast every time at The American Dream!

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Rolling Line - Gaugepunk - HTC Vive - Q1 2018

Rolling Line - Gaugepunk - HTC Vive - Q1 2018

Rolling line lets you take control of a huge, detailed model railroad set entirely in New Zealand in stunning virtual reality and PC! Build, organize and drive trains in human scale, or explore the world on foot in miniature!

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Golem - Highwire Games - PSVR - Q1 2018

Golem - Highwire Games - PSVR - Q1 2018

Golem, a PS VR exclusive, places you in a storybook world where you see through the eyes of and take control over stone creatures in order to discover the connection between your family and the mysterious Endless City you’re in. Along the way, you’ll find hidden treasure and valuable artifacts, while honing your melee skills to battle the Silent Watch, a band of hostile golems.

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Evasion - Archiact - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift - Q1 2018

Evasion - Archiact - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift - Q1 2018

Evasion is an intense VR shooter game, designed to immerse players in high intensity co-op multiplayer combat. Experience the next generation in VR locomotion designed for authentic FPS action. Choose a class and then join up to three friends or go on alone in an extinction-level battle for survival.

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Marvel Powers United VR - Sanzaru Games - Oculus Rift - Q1 2018

Marvel Powers United VR - Sanzaru Games - Oculus Rift - Q1 2018

Unleash your rage and smash foes, lock n’ load your favorite plasma cannons, or take to the skies with powerful photon blasts. Hulk, Rocket Raccoon, Captain Marvel, and a powerful roster of Marvel’s greatest heroes are ready for battle. Suit up, power up, and team up with friends to engage in immersive, explosive co-op fights from across the Marvel Universe. Be the hero and unleash your powers now!

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Apex Construct - Fast Travel Games - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - Q1 2018

Apex Construct - Fast Travel Games - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - Q1 2018

As the last human alive in this dystopian future, players will need to use both their wits and combat skills if they want to survive. The puzzles that players encounter will reveal more of the story, told in a world where two powerful AIs are locked in a drawn-out conflict. Using motion controllers, players will pick up a bow, firing arrows through a fluid, natural motion that simulates the mechanics of real world archery to destroy robots and overcome environmental challenges. Some arrows even offer quite the punch, dealing electrical or explosive damage when they pierce their target.

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Space Junkies - Ubisoft - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift - Q1 2018

Space Junkies - Ubisoft - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift - Q1 2018

A visceral, jetpack-fueled VR Arcade Shooter where you fly through deadly Orbital Arenas in hostile space, facing off in extreme battles! Sign up for the closed beta at http://www.spacejunkiesgame.com

If you thought space was hostile before… just wait until you play in the Dirty Bowl! Death comes fast and hard from all directions as you speed & fight through Orbital Arenas (“Orenas”) designed specifically to kill and built to thrill!

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Pixel Ripped 1989 - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - Q1 2018

Pixel Ripped 1989 - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - Q1 2018

Follow the life of computer gaming addict Nicola as she battles through the ages to play her favourite game (that's right, a game within a game), called Pixel Ripped. Nicola incarnates Dot, our heroine, in a very special quest: The Pixel Ripped is a magical stone that contains the soul of Dot's world, Adventureland, which has been stolen by the Cyblin Master. The evil Master is using its powers to open a portal between real world and games from different generations in order to bring Robots from different worlds to control the population. Be ready to "think 4th dimensionally" if you want to beat Pixel Ripped! Prepare to face a metagaming world full of surprises and tons of throwbacks!

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ARK Park - Snail Games - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - Q1 2018

ARK Park - Snail Games - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - Q1 2018

ARK Park is a multiplayer exploration experience that has been designed from the ground up to harness the most immersive VR theme park available on PC platform. This interactive experience will fulfill your dreams of entering a world where living breathing dinosaurs are roaming the earth. Explore freely at this grand virtual world where there is no set plot line. Engage in multiplayer tour to share the visceral gameplay and the thrill of witnessing actual dinosaurs up-close.

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Zero Killed - VR Visio - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - Q1 2018

Zero Killed - VR Visio - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - Q1 2018

A tactical multiplayer VR shooter, where you can fight other players in virtual simulations as a true PVP Diver, or perform special operations while taking control of the Pawns - artificially enhanced bodies. Settle things right. It's time to take the very first step.

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Windlands 2 - Spytek Games - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - Q1 2018

Windlands 2 - Spytek Games - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - Q1 2018

Return to the world of Windlands, alone or with friends. Armed with grappling hooks and a bow, embark on a journey to destroy the gigantic titans and save the world from an ancient danger.

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Sprint Vector - Survios - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift - Q1 2018

Sprint Vector - Survios - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift - Q1 2018

Welcome to Sprint Vector championship intergalactica, where the physical thrill of extreme sports meets the unhinged energy of a crazy game show! Run, jump, climb, fling, and fly at extreme velocity as you race up to eight players and battle obstacles in this frenetic VR adrenaline platformer

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Unknown Fate - Marslit Games - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift - Q1 2018

Unknown Fate - Marslit Games - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift - Q1 2018

Set off on an amazing journey through Unknown Fate, a strongly story-driven first-person adventure with many puzzles to solve and enemies to beat. Become Richard, who suddenly passes seamlessly from the real world into a surreal universe. You’ll encounter strange characters, unfamiliar artifacts and scenes resembling Richard’s former life, of which he has lost all memory. Yet, he knows that this is not where he is supposed to be. The world he has come to inhabit is strange and distant. He feels the urge to find out more about this surreal universe and the creatures inhabiting it, in order to find a way out – out and back to his real self, his real life that he knows he has yet to fully recall.

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WipEout Omega Collection VR - EPOS Game Studios - PSVR - Q1 2018

WipEout Omega Collection VR - EPOS Game Studios - PSVR - Q1 2018

You have piloted your ships through the tracks of WipEout HD, Fury and 2048 in the Omega Collection in stunning native 4K* targeting a blistering 60FPS while listening to a whole new raft of thumping tunes.

Now, prepare to see the world of WipEout in a whole new way as you blast round Omega Collection’s tracks in PS VR. Check out the first trailer below!

And this isn’t a separate slice of gameplay: you can race in every track, across every game mode, off or online, with this free PS VR update.

But not only that: we’ve created three new ships for PSVR pilots, featuring a special cockpit view for PS VR that includes head tracking, so you can check out the interiors of the new ships and see the futuristic racecourses like never before. And as you can now enjoy the game’s blistering soundscape in full 3D audio, this’ll be the most immersive WipEout experience ever.
But that’s not all: we’ve also created new ships that are exclusive for you PS VR pilots, and we’re also happy to announce that this update will also include the new remix of “Shake It” from our recent competition winner Vieille Griffe.

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Seeking Dawn - Multiverse Entertainment - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - Q1 2018

Seeking Dawn - Multiverse Entertainment - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - Q1 2018

Seeking Dawn is an expansive VR game of action and survival set on a sprawling planet of dangerous creatures and alien mysteries. Stranded with limited resources, you must venture out to scavenge for supplies, craft weapons and equipment for protection, and decipher strange discoveries as you traverse the planet.

An extensive sci-fi adventure offering dozens of hours of gameplay, Seeking Dawn combines rich storytelling with gritty combat in both solo and cooperative modes, as well as additional challenge modes for even better loot. Scavenge, craft, build, explore, fight, and most importantly, find a way home.

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Vacation Simulator - Owlchemy Lab - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - Q2 2018

Vacation Simulator - Owlchemy Lab - HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR - Q2 2018

As per the Owlchemy way, we never stop jobbing over here at the Labs! Since the launch of Job Simulator, we’ve been hard at work prototyping fun, concocting spatial interactions, and quantitatively analyzing jokes for our next original VR title.

After pondering the progression of life, the universe, and JOB, we came to the natural conclusion: First you JOB, then you VACATION. Experience RECREATION, optimal RELAXATION, and classic human pasttimes like SUNBURN. Vacation Island offers all this and more so that you can discover the lost art of TIME OFF.

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Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).
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