The Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR are all now readily available to buy in the UK, which begs the question - which games should we be looking forward to this year? E3 2017 offered a number of new VR games, from the highly anticipated Fallout 4 VR to new games like The Inpatient, a PlayStation VR exclusive due out 'soon'.

Here, we showcase some of the best VR games coming out in 2017 and beyond. Looking forward to a game that isn't featured below? Let us know in the comments! 

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Fallout 4 VR

Release date: October 2017
Platform(s): HTC Vive

Bethesda took to the stage at E3 2016 and showcased a range of new games, as it does every year. However, for fans of Fallout 4 - and those with a HTC Vive in particular - the biggest news of the night was the announcement of Bethesda VR.

More specifically, Bethesda announced that Fallout 4 would gain VR support in 2017 with the SteamVR-enabled HTC Vive. 

According to varied hands-on reviews of the game, it seems that you’ll be able to use both hands in-game for shooting and interacting, but movement will be achieved via a teleport system instead of utilising the touch-enabled trackpads of the Vive controllers. While it may not be as immersive, the teleport system removes motion sickness issues when using a controller instead of physically walking.

Bethesda offered an update to Fallout 4 VR during its E3 2017 press conference and although there was no new gameplay footage shown, the company confirmed that the game will be available in October 2017.

Find out more about Fallout 4 VR here: Fallout 4 VR release date rumours

Skyrim VR

Release date: November 2017
Platform(s): PlayStation VR

Announced during Sony’s E3 2017 showcase, fan-classic Skyrim is headed to the world of virtual reality. While details about what to expect are still fairly light on the ground, Bethesda has confirmed that Skyrim VR will feature the entire 2011 game along with three official add-ons; Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn.

Using PlayStation VR’s motion batons, gamers can wield swords, shields and magic to go head-to-head with classic Skyrim characters and become part of the action. It’s described as “the complete epic fantasy with an unparalleled sense of scale, depth and immersion”, and is due out later this year.

Find out more about Skyrim VR: Skyrim VR release date, platforms and gameplay rumours

Doom VFR

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): HTC Vive, PlayStation VR

Bethesda took to the stage at E3 2017 and announced a flurry of games including Doom VFR, an upcoming VR game for the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. We’re not quite sure what the ‘F’ in VFR stands for, but we’re almost certain it’s a swearword. Naughty.

Based on the short trailer showcased at E3 2017, Doom VR looks to provide the same level of over-the-top violence and gore as the 2016 reboot, but appears not to be the full game like Skyrim VR or Fallout 4 VR. While this is yet to be confirmed, the trailer seems to show an alternative story, possibly even an in-game simulation where you can battle a variety of enemies in different environments.

Either way, it looks incredibly gory with the same in-your-face charm that made the reboot so popular in 2016, so we’ve got high hopes for Doom VFR.

Find out more about Doom VFR: Doom VR release date, platforms and gameplay rumours

Walking Dead VR

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): TBC

While there isn't much to go on at this stage, Skybound Entertainment and Skydance Interactive have confirmed that a Walking Dead VR game is in the works. According to a press release, the two companies have partnered to work on "a number of virtual reality video games based on the expansive world of The Walking Dead universe".

A "number of virtual reality video games"? It seems that the companies are looking to produce a series of Walking Dead VR games through which gamers will be able to experience and interact with characters and the post-apocalyptic world from the hugely popular TV show. 

Lila's Tale

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): Gear VR

Lila’s Tale is an upcoming side-scroller for Gear VR where gamers control the character simply by glancing. That’s right: wherever you look, Lila will go (if nothing is blocking her, that is!) and like with other puzzle-based side-scrollers, that won’t always be possible.

It’s the art direction that helps make this game stick out from the rest – it’s gorgeous, utilising a watercolour-based art style and featuring levels designed exclusively for VR, there are some cool perspective tricks too.

For more information, take a look at the Lila’s Tale reveal trailer.

Beat Saber

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

Beat Saber is an upcoming rhythm game for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive from the developers of the hugely popular Chameleon Run for iOS and Android. Like in other VR-based rhythm games, the aim in Beat Saber is to hit incoming targets in time with the beat.

The difference? For one, you dual wield lightsaber-looking swords that make you feel even more epic than you normally would. Secondly, it’s much more challenging than a standard rhythm game as not only do you have to hit incoming targets in time with the beat, but hit specific targets in specific directions depending on the colour of your saber.

It makes the game much more challenging, but also much more enjoyable once you do get the hang of it and you’re hitting the top multipliers.

While it’s in early stages of development, the developer has revealed to Tech Advisor that it is working with a musician who has worked on the Star Wars soundtrack, so it should be very impressive once it launches (whenever that is!).

Toran

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

While Toran is technically only a demo at the moment, the developers have big plans – and we’re very excited. Toran is a Sci-fi VR puzzle adventure game in development by Really Interactive where players travel to different worlds using mysterious technology.

The gameplay is extremely enjoyable, especially for Sci-fi fans: you grab and enlarge mysterious orbs so they surround you, and you then must figure out how to reflect the beam of light from one end to the other using mirrors and other holographic objects.

Completing four of these puzzles activates an ancient platform that teleports you to another location. The locations are absolutely stunning, some of the most visually impressive we’ve seen so far, and the animations aren’t too far behind either.

The developers are still planning on where to take the demo from here but if the final product is anything like the demo we played, it’ll be one to look out for.

You can take a look at the Toran trailer here.

Transference

Release date: Spring 2018
Platform(s): HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR

Transference is a brand-new psychological thriller game developed by Spectrevision, a company owned by actor Elijah Wood who – funnily enough – features heavily in the game trailer showcased during Ubisoft’s media showcase at E3 2017. It’s not exclusive to VR as it’ll also be available for PS4 and Xbox One and PC, but VR looks to be the best way to experience it.

Details about actual gameplay are light on the ground, but it’s described as half film, half game and is set in a world where human memories can be recorded and digitally recreated. Players are tasked with navigating the “maze-like puzzle of an impossible home” learning more about a rather troubled man and his family.

It’s a different take to VR, and one that we welcome.

Bravo Team VR

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): PlayStation VR

Bravo Team VR is a cover-based FPS (first-person shooter) developed by Supermassive Games exclusively for PlayStation VR. The game is set in a modern day (fictional) European city and it’s up to you and a team mate to fight your way through waves of mercenaries, navigate the winding streets and survive chaotic firefights.

You can go it alone or team up with a friend via PSN and unlike other games where audio cues are provided to make sure you stay on track, Bravo Team relies purely on communication between the two players to keep on top of the approaching enemies. It’s down to the player to call out targets, provide cover fire when moving from cover and decide where to go next.

If that wasn’t exciting enough, the game offers support for PlayStation VR’s Aim controller, adding an extra level of realism to the game. The trailer looks impressive, and we can’t wait for it to be released (whenever that is!).

Star Child VR

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): PlayStation VR

Star Child is the latest VR title from the creators of Oculus Rift’s Lucky’s Tale, Playful. However, those looking forward to another cutesy platformer should carry on reading, because Star Child VR is completely different to the developer’s first title.  

Star Child is set on an alien world filled with what appear to be futuristic space ships and weird-looking creatures. You land on the planet and explore the man-made interior which appears to be full of vibrant (and sometimes even glowing) creatures that react to your presence, be it by running away or coming closer to you.

The end of the trailer showcased during Sony’s E3 2017 presentation shows the character being lifted into the air by a giant robot after being protected from a mutant monster, with the mysterious premise making us only more curious about what the game is about.

The Inpatient

Release date: TBC

Platform(s): PlayStation VR

Until Dawn developer Supermassive Games announced its second Until Dawn VR spin-off during Sony’s E3 2017 showcase, but it’s far from the on-rails shooter experience of Until Dawn: Rush of Blood. The upcoming game is a prequel of Until Dawn set 60 years before the events of the main game, and is entitled The Inpatient.

Based on the trailer showcased at E3 2017, it looks as if The Inpatient will be a narrative-driven adventure game like Until Dawn that takes place in the extremely creepy Blackwood Sanatorium – and as we know from the likes of Outlast and Silent Hill, nothing good ever happens in an asylum.

Arktika.1

Release date: Q3 2017

Platform(s): Oculus Rift

From the developers of Metro 2033, Metro: Last Light and Metro Redux comes Arktika.1, a first-person shooter based almost 100 years in the future during the aftermath of an apocalypse which has left the Earth in a new ice age. While only the equatorial regions can still sustain life, humanity still survives in small numbers to the north and south of the resource-rich equator.

Utilising Unreal’s 4A engine, the graphics look absolutely superb and really help the dangerous post-apocalyptic world come to life as you explore the wastelands of old Russia, fighting off raiders, marauders, robots and other creatures as you go. The gunplay is extremely satisfying with a range of mods available for each weapon, although the only way to move around is to teleport between static points using the blink system – there’s no way to move freely.  

Lone Echo

Release date: 20 July 2017
Platform(s): Oculus Rift

Lone Echo is a great example of an intuitive way to get around the issue of motion sickness in VR when exploring open environments. While many opt for a ‘blink’ system or standard joystick input, Lone Echo offers the most natural and comfortable way to move around virtually that we’ve experienced so far – using our hands, just like astronauts on the ISS.

The game is set in Space, making the use of hands a no-brainer for the developers – and it works really well. Within minutes, we were grabbing onto surfaces to secure ourselves before pushing away to project us in another direction towards our next objective. It manages to provide a feeling of weightlessness despite having our (real) feet placed firmly on the ground.

It’s not just an impressive technical demo though, as the Sci-fi-themed game offers a meaty storyline that’ll leave you begging for more – just as it did for us. It’s definitely one to watch for Oculus Rift gamers.

Mage’s Tale

Release date: TBC
Platform(s): Oculus Rift

Mage’s Tale is an upcoming RPG for the Oculus Rift where gamers take on the role of a wizard’s apprentice – although with a twist. A corrupted Wizard has stolen your master and it’s up to you and your master’s (slightly abusive) assistant to save him. The game will take you through 10 dungeons, each more challenging than the last while you take on a range of enemies, from goblins to giants. But how do you take them down?

Magic, of course. You wield elemental power in the palm of your hand and with a simple gesture you can conjure arcs of lightning, fireballs, javelins of ice and others. The best part is that you’ll come across ingredients on your journey that you can use to concoct new spells, each with varying effects. The game is filled with personality, from comedic snide remarks from your helper to having distorted and colourful vision after eating ‘dungeon mushrooms’ and more.

Plus, there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing arcs of lightning shoot out from the palm of your wrist, right?

Brass Tactics

Release date: Autumn 2017
Platform(s): Oculus Rift

On the market for a virtual RTS game? Then look no further than Brass Tactics, offering a table-based real-time strategy game on a clockwork battlefield that looks like it came straight from the Game of Thrones title sequence. Place your units on the board and see them come to life for player-based RTS combat. If you’re into RTS games then Brass Tactics should be one to watch, as it provided one of the most enjoyable RTS experiences we’ve had so far.

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From Other Suns

Release date: Autumn 2017
Platform(s): Oculus Rift, Gear VR

From Other Suns is an exciting multiplayer VR game coming out in Autumn 2017, offering something similar to the hugely popular FTL – think of it as multiplayer FTL in VR. Let’s set the scene: you’re the captain of a spaceship with a crew with steady work until “the collapse” which see’s half of humanity trapped beyond the far side of a wormhole along with not only aliens but pirates, robots and even zombies.

You and two friends will tour the sector while upgrading your ship, stockpiling weapons and fighting for your lives in procedurally generated space stations and ships that always offer a new challenge. Spot a space station with an emergency broadcast? You can either go and help or continue on your way – it’s down to you and your crew.

Combine the procedurally generated open world nature with slick first-person shooter combat and you’ve got a game with great multiplayer capabilities and unlimited replayability.  

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Spider-Man: Homecoming VR

Release date: 30 June 2017
Platform(s): PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift

Okay while it's technically more of a VR experience than a game, we couldn't avoid mentioning the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming VR experience that'll let users experience the Marvel world through Spider-Man's eyes. You'll be able to shoot webbing from your wrists, destroy flying enemies and maybe even get to swing through the streets of New York.

You can take a look at the trailer here for more details. The best part? The experience is free to download for all PSVR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift users from Friday 30 June 2017, before the movie comes out in cinemas.