If you’ve survived the Steam summer sale, things have returned to normal with a collection of new releases for the HTC Vive. The most significant highlights this week are both of the creative slant. Google has added another potential mainstay to the VR ecosystem with Blocks, a creative platform that caters to a varying degree of experience. ViveSpray 2 is another creative tool but it focuses on a realistic simulation of modern graffiti right down to realistic paint drips and paint that dries over time as you work.
In the meantime, if you missed the previous iteration of this list, you can see those new releases here. And don’t forget that UploadVR has a Steam community group, complete with a curated list of recommendations so that you don’t have to waste any money finding out what’s good in the world of VR.
We also have a top list of the absolute best HTC Vive games — which is updated every few months with the latest and greatest options.
New HTC Vive Releases on Steam
Final World, from Shine World
Price: $14.44 (Currently Discounted)
Final World is a short experience that is testing out a few elements in pursuit of a VR MMORPG. There are a couple design concepts at play here that will hopefully be developed so players can truly experience this fantasy world and its immersive combat.
Recommendation: Pass on this one for now but keep an eye on the developer to see if the full game comes to fruition.
Eye of Odin, from Emberlight VR
Eye of Odin drops players into a conflict against undead Vikings. You must take them down with visceral melee combat or spellcasting. The game features a reactive soundtrack that grows more intense with the gameplay.
Recommendation: Keep an eye on it while it is in Early Access.
Douarnenez VR, from Raf1 Dev
Price: Free To Play
Douarnenez is a simulation where you get to explore the Norwegian galleon Anna Rosa, one of 4 planned boats from the port-museum of Douarnenez.
Recommendation: Check it out if you’re really into boat models.
Legendary Hunter VR, from LastnOni
Price: $13.59 (Currently Discounted)
Legendary Hunter is a hunting title inspired by Duck Hunt on the NES. Instead of just ducks, though, you’ll be surviving crow or bee attacks during the day and wolf or crocodile attacks in the night. There are dynamic weather effects, realistic gun physics, and atmospheric sound to truly immerse you in the experience.
Recommendation: Watch the early access. It’s a straightforward wave shooter, but could be fun in time.
Front Defense, from Fantahorn Studio
Front Defense is an arcade-style shooter that takes place in the final days of World War II’s European theater. Duck, dive, shoot, throw grenades, and man-mounted guns as you fight against enemy advances.
Recommendation: It’s a decent concept that doesn’t quite impress.
The Crypts of Anak Shaba, from Virtual Rage Studios LLC
Price: $3.59 (Currently Discounted)
Explore the Crypts of Anak Shaba while utilizing swords and sorcery to dispose of your enemies. Find the four relics in the crypts to send the big boss Masharan back into his dimension for the final fight.
Recommendation: The game isn’t in Early Access, but it probably should be and is still a work-in-progress. Check back on it later.
Heroes Never Die, from FrostbiteGames
Heroes Never Die is a shooter that takes place in the mid-19th century where you use your unique skills to defeat monsters and complete scenarios as quickly as possible. There’s DLC planned to add new maps, monsters, skills, heroes, and more.
Recommendation: Hold off for now, but keep an eye on it as it evolves throughout EA.
ViveSpray 2, from ciwolsey
ViveSpray 2 is gives you a plethora of canvases in a VR graffiti simulation. This realistic experience includes high-res walls, paint that goes on wet and dries over time, spray flow you can modify, paint drips, and much more.
Recommendation: If you are an expert or just have an interest in graffiti, street art styles, then check this out.
Blocks by Google, from Google
Google is delivering what could hopefully be another major VR experience with Blocks, a creative platform that caters the amateur creators and pros alike. There are six tools at your disposal that will help you bring your ideas to life.
Recommendation: It’s a free creative tool, so give it go and see what you can whip up. We were very impressed.
TheWalkerKiller VR, from ELang Network technology
In TheWalkerKiller VR world, it’s 2065 and the national laboratory has created a virus that turned people into maniacs. After 30 days there are no survivors except you, Tom the taxi driver. Grab weapons and survive.
Recommendation: If you’re looking for some high-octane zombie killing, take a look.
Preta: Vendetta Rising, from Illion Corp
Price: $29.74 (Currently Discounted)
In the world of Akirion, Preta challenges you to explore forsaken lands, craft, raise pets, and defeat your enemies alone or with friends. This game is a hack n’ slash title aiming for around 50+ hours of gameplay.
Recommendation: Don’t dive into this yet, but give it some time as it evolves throughout EA to see if it is worth the purchase.
Twin Roads, from WarPI Games
Price: $3.99 (Currently Discounted)
Twin Roads puts us in control of hero Finn and his friends as you guide them to freedom. Over the course of the game, you’ll unlock characters with new abilities as you work to discover hidden treasures.
Recommendation: A cute, cheap, and casual treat. Check it out, especially if you have kids.
Hex Tunnel, from Owlgorithm
Price: $3.99 (Currently Discounted)
Hex Tunnel is a trippy journey through another dimension where players must master elements to become a supreme being. The game molds to different playstyles with arcade, chaos, and ultra modes.
Recommendation: Trippy visuals and casual gameplay pique your interest? Then buckle up.
Escape Room, from AppFactoryHaru-Ni
Escape Room embodies what the escape genre offers for VR at its base level with a clean art style and straightforward approach. Can you get out?
Recommendation: Unless you’re absolutely itching for another escape experience, pass on it.
LIBERTY VR, from JUMP OR FALL
Liberty VR is an action-adventure taking place during an alternate American Revolution that features an ancient alien race. The game takes place in Boston and you’ll have 18th-century weaponry available alongside some alien weapons.
Recommendation: Keep an eye on this during EA to see how it comes together. Could end up being a very solid action adventure.
Earthquake Simulator VR, from Lindero Edutainment
Earthquake Simulator is exactly what the name entails. You’ll experience a short earthquake and spreading fire, learning survival techniques that you could implement in real life.
Recommendation: Check it out. For those in earthquake-heavy areas, it could be a useful and exciting way to learn.
OzGrind Virtual Reality Showroom, from Viewport Studios
Price: Free To Play
OZGrind’s VR Showroom is a platform where creators and businesses can work with an infinitely malleable showroom to add new products and modify layouts. It can even serve as a blueprint before creating a physical setup.
Recommendation: Definitely check this out if it fits your business.
New HTC Vive Releases on Viveport
No new releases on Viveport this week as of the time of writing.