Oculus shows off the 30 launch titles available for the Rift VR headset

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Oculus shows off the 30 launch titles available for the Rift VR headset

The Oculus Rift is launching March 28 along with a ton of cool, innovative content that plays to its strengths.

There are 30 distinct titles that will be available at launch for the virtual reality headset, ranging from more experiential $5 mini games to full $60 VR epics.

All Rift orders come with a copy of Lucky’s Tale while pre-orders are also including a copy of EVE Valkyrie.

I had the chance to meet with developers and play several of the launch titles (though far from all of them unfortunately), and I’ve listed my first impressions of gameplay for some of the titles below. Many of the coolest games I tried are not available at launch but will come later when Oculus’s Touch controllers are released for the system in H2 of 2016.

I definitely had my favorites; click through to see the full list of titles with partial descriptions coming from Oculus.

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ADR1FT

Description: ADR1FT is the story of an astronaut who wakes up floating silently in space amongst the debris of a destroyed space station with no memory, a critically damaged EVA suit leaking oxygen and no way home.

My quick impressions: Breathtakingly beautiful (like really), though zero gravity VR is not for the faint of stomach.

Developed by: Three One Zero
Genre:  Exploration / Adventure
Price:  $19.99
Intense

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Adventure Time: Magic Man’s Head Games

Description: Experience Adventure Time like never before! Magic Man’s Head Games is a mobile VR game that transports you into the Land of Ooo. That jerk, Magic Man,is messing with you! Use Finn’s sword and Jake’s stretchy powers to chase down Magic Man and break his curse

My quick impressions: Cheap fun for Adventure Time fans and people who fall in love with the gameplay in Lucky’s Tale.

Developed by: Turbo Button
Genre:  Adventure / Platformer
Price:  $4.99
Moderate

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AirMech: Command

Description: AirMech: COMMAND lets you step into the world of a future battlefield where you command your army from above, or fight alongside them.  A unique experience only possible in VR, AirMech: COMMAND is a re-imagining of AirMech’s innovative mix of strategy and action.

My quick impressions: Really sharp-looking tower defense game.

Developed by: Carbon Games
Genre: Multiplayer Online Battle Arena
Price:  $39.99
Comfortable

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Albino Lullaby

Description: Albino Lullaby 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. 

Developed by: Ape Law
Genre:  Adventure / Horror
Price:  $9.99
Intense

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Audio Arena

Description: Player versus Music. In this single player arena the gameplay is generated by music. Dodge all the enemies and make clever use of your weapons to make it to the end of the song. Enjoy 20 songs, 7 weapons, quests and high-scores!

Developed by: Skydome Studios
Genre:  Rhythm
Price:  $9.99
Comfortable

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BlazeRush

Description: BlazeRush is a dynamic arcade racing survival game with no health, no leveling and no brakes!
You can assemble a team of friends to play in local or online multiplayer, choose a car to your taste and chase, blow up and cut off! Adapt your style and tactics to new enemies, obstacles and tracks.

Developed by: Targem Games
Genre:  Racing / Arcade
Price:  $9.99
Moderate

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Chronos

Description: Chronos is an atmospheric RPG that chronicles a hero’s lifelong quest to save their homeland from a great evil.  Grow wiser, stronger and more powerful as you explore the depths of the mysterious labyrinth. But beware, the labyrinth takes a heavy toll – each time your hero dies, they lose a year of their life!

My impressions: rich, photorealistic environments, but fixed camera angles feel a bit odd in VR

Developed by: Gunfire Games
Genre: Adventure RPG
Price:  $49.99
Comfortable

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Darknet

Description: Enter cyberspace. Become a hacker! Darknet is a strategy/puzzle game in which you play as an elite hacker in the Net. Plug into cyberspace, using viruses, worms, and exploits to steal the data before your signal gets traced.

Developed by: E McNeil
Genre:  Strategy / Puzzle
Price:  $9.99
Comfortable

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Dead Secret

Description: Who killed Harris Bullard? A reclusive man with a mysterious past is dead and it’s up to you to crack the case. Investigate the crime scene, uncover secret documents, and piece together the puzzle to name the killer. But keep your wits about you – nothing’s as it seems and you’re not alone. Bullard took his secrets to the grave and somebody wants them to stay there. 

Developed by: Robot Invader
Genre:  Mystery / Adventure / Horror
Price:  $14.99
Comfortable

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Defense Grid 2 Enhanced VR Edition

Description: Defense Grid 2 is the definitive tower-defense strategy game and the new Enhanced VR Edition gives players the most intuitive and immersive Defense Grid experience imaginable.

Developed by: Hidden Path Entertainment
Genre:  Tower Defense
Price:  $29.99
Comfortable

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Dreadhalls

Description: Experience a new kind of immersive horror in Dreadhalls! You’re trapped deep inside a massive dungeon. Explore it, survive it, and find a way to escape. Your only weapons are stealth, courage, and a faint light. Inspired by the survival horror and roguelike genres, Dreadhalls has been terrorizing people ever sinceits debut at the 2013 Oculus + Indiecade VR Jam. Dreadhalls is an intense and scary experience, not for the faint of heart. You have been warned.

Developed by: White Door Games
Genre:  Horror / Exploration
Price:  $9.99
Intense

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Elite Dangerous: Deluxe Edition

Description: Elite Dangerous brings gaming’s original open world adventure into the modern generation with a connected galaxy, evolving narrative and the entirety of the Milky Way re-created at its full galactic proportions. VR adds incredible immersion and further depth to combat, trading, and exploration as you take the controls of your own spaceship and blaze your own trail through our cut-throat galaxy.

Developed by: Frontier Developments
Genre:  Exploration / Adventure
Price:  $59.99
Intense

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Esper 2

Description: Reprising your role from the previous game, take up your new job as an agent of ESPR, an organization set up to deal with an outbreak of telekinetic powers among citizens.

My quick impressions: Great use of head-tracking, controls are generally pretty fun. Good title to get people used to VR in smaller mission-style scenarios.

Developed by: Coatsink
Genre:  Narrative / Puzzle
Price:  $14.99
Comfortable

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EVE Gunjack

Description: Gunjack is a visually stunning virtual reality arcade shooter set in the sprawling EVE science fiction universe. Jump into your heavy weapons turret, power up your guns, and defend your mining platform from deadly waves of enemy ships determined to blast you and your crew into oblivion. With its intuitive controls and intense, immersive action, Gunjack is the ultimate pick-up-and-play VR experience.

Developed by: CCP Games
Genre:  Shooter / Arcade
Price:  $9.99
Moderate

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EVE Valkyrie Founder’s Pack

Description: In EVE: Valkyrie™, you are in command of a heavily armed fighter in the most realistic dogfighting game available on any platform. Immersive VR technology puts you right in the cockpit for visceral team-based action.

My quick impressions: Really beautiful game, had me feeling pretty light-headed by the end of ten minutes.

Developed by: CCP Games
Genre:  Action / Shooter
Price:  $59.99
Intense

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Fly to KUMA

Description: A new mind bending VR puzzle game from COLOPL has arrived for the Oculus Rift with Fly to KUMA! Controls are simple! Pick up, move, and rotate blue blocks in each stage to help the Kuma reach their goal! However, if you’re not careful the Kuma will fall prey to all kinds of dangerous traps! Try to help all of them reach their goal!

My quick impressions: Cute, but forgettable.

Developed by: COLOPL
Genre:  Puzzle
Price:  $14.99
Comfortable

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Herobound: Spirit Champion

Description: As the chosen avatar of the Spirit of Life, you must explore 4 natural realms in your quest to free the other spirits. Each time you free one of the captives you’ll unlock a magic stone, granting you some of the spirit’s power. Use these powers to defeat the evil Spirit of Fire. As you explore new rooms, you’ll earn new powers and items to become the Spirit Champion!

Developed by: Gunfire Games
Genre:  Action / Adventure / RPG
Price:  $9.99
Comfortable

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Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Description: You’re trapped alone in a virtual reality room with a ticking time bomb. Only your friends in the real world have the manual to defuse it. One catch: They can’t see the bomb, so you’re going to have to talk it out – fast!

Developed by: Steel Crate Games
Genre:  Team Puzzle
Price:  $14.99
Comfortable

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Lucky's Tale

Description: Lucky’s Tale is a delightful platforming adventure game designed exclusively for the Oculus Rift. Join Lucky as he runs, jumps, climbs and spins his way through bright, colorful worlds filled with thrilling challenges, wacky creatures, and all the shiny things a little fox could ever want!

My impressions: Super Mario 64-style platformers are killer amounts of fun in VR. This is the perfect bundled title for Rift.

Developed by: Playful
Genre:  Adventure
Price:  Bundled
Moderate

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Omega Agent

Description: Strap into your very own nuclear-powered jetpack and blast into the skies of Omega Island, a volcanic sea enclave converted to a vast, intricate super-spy training facility. Soar high above its mountainous peaks for an eagle-eye view,or power dive into the underground base to get up close and physical. Test your piloting skills by weaving through the dense roads of the cityscape, or boost from rooftop to rooftop to find the quickest routes to success.

Developed by: Fireproof Games
Genre:  Action / Arcade
Price:  $14.99
Intense

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Pinball FX2 VR

Description: Experience digital pinball as never before in Pinball FX2 VR, a groundbreaking new pinball game from the digital pinball pioneers Zen Studios! Pinball FX2 VR features advanced physics, detailed 3D graphics, and original tables from the pinball wizards at Zen, coming with a robust set of social features making for an immersive and engaging experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Developed by: Zen Studios
Genre:  Pinball
Price:  $14.99
Comfortable

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Project CARS

Description: As the most authentic, beautiful, intense, and technically-advanced racing game on the planet, Project CARS includes 120+ cars, 100+ unique track layouts, world-class graphics & handling, fully dynamic time of day & weather,a ground-breaking career mode, competitive fully-loaded race weekends and leaderboard-based time trials.

Developed by: Slightly Mad Studios
Genre:  Racing
Price:  $49.99
Intense

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Radial G

Description: Don your headset and become one with your craft for full immersion in the Radial-G world. Really feel like you’re inside the cockpit with full 360-degree viewing motion, giving you the ability to look around you to see the best racing lines, an approaching weapon pick-up or that opponent hot on your tail.

Developed by: Tammeka Games
Genre:  Racing
Price:  $24.99
Intense

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Rooms

Description: Rooms: The Unsolvable Puzzle is a unique puzzle game inspired by sliding puzzles and platformer games. In a twisted mansion made of rooms that slide like a sliding puzzle, the player should find a way to the exit by moving rooms and using what’s inside them.

Developed by: HandMade Game
Genre:  Casual / Puzzle
Price:  $14.99
Comfortable

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Shufflepuck Cantina Deluxe VR

Description: You’ve crash-landed onto this forsaken desert planet a billion kilometers from home. The only thing between you and the horizon is the seemingly endless dunes of sand, save for one strange, huge building. Inside, everyone plays air hockey for a living.

My quick impressions: Major Force Awakens cantina vibes to be had with this one. I sucked at air hockey.

Developed by: Agharta Studio
Genre:  Sports / Arcade
Price:  $9.99
Comfortable

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Smashing The Battle

Description: In the year 2085, a huge multiplex construction site becomes a victim of a massive scale hacking incident.  Due to the hack, the construction robots startsto attack the workers on site. What could have possibly happened?   Now you can witness it yourself, with two unique characters to control and two stories to unfold!

My quick impressions: Camera angles are really fun for this. Content is bite-sized and meant to be absorbed in chunks.

Developed by: Studio HG
Genre:  Action / RPG / Arcade
Price:  $19.99
Moderate

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Vektron Revenge

Description: Warp inside an old arcade shooter and defeat waves of geometric enemies in full VR glory!

Developed by: Ludovic Texier
Genre:  Shooter / Arcade
Price:  $9.99
Moderate

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Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Description: Inspired by the weird fiction (and other tales of the macabre) from the early twentieth century, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter aims to significantly evolve immersive storytelling in games. While it features a private detective and quitea few mental challenges, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is not an especiallypuzzle-ridden game. Our focus is on atmosphere, mood, and the essential humanity of our characters.

My quick impressions: More of a cinematic experience than anything, didn’t get to play too much but it was pretty intriguing.

Developed by: The Astronauts
Genre:  Exploration / Adventure
Price:  Not Announced
Intense

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VR Tennis Online

Description: A new online multiplayer tennis game is available from COLOPL with ”VR TennisOnline”! Choose from eight unique players and enjoy realistic strategy with simple controls by using four base shots and an assortment of Killer Techniques.

My quick impressions: Pretty fun, but the game isn’t really optimized for VR in any non-trivial ways.

Developed by: COLOPL
Genre:  Sports
Price:  $24.99
Moderate

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Windlands

Description: A first person grappling hook exploration game. Soar through the ruins of a fallen civilisation and discover the secrets of the ancient world.

Developed by: Psytec Games Ltd.
Genre:  Action / Adventure / Exploration
Price:  $19.99
Intense

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