SportsBar VR — A Friday night bar experience in your own living room

Shooting some pool, playing darts, pouring a pint, flirting. Sure, you can do these things in real life, but why leave the comfort of your own room?

OK, Sports Bar lacks the entire experience, and taking my headset off to sip on my craft ale wasn’t as smooth as I wanted. But it’s still a very good simulation. I just wish there were more people to interact with online.

Calories.hour: 145
Distance travelled: 140m
HR: 88 (range 68–104)

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GORN – A ludicrously violent (but in a cartoonish way) Virtual Reality gladiator game which gets you sweating!

I’m going to put my hands (together with my sword and shield) up and say I really enjoyed this over-the-top outrageously violent arena based combat game. It just works.

The physics of your controller movement is crisp, the hits connect and have satisfying results, it has a nice moving mechanic using your arms which is better than teleportation and helps burn a few extra calories.

There are a number of other arena based games on the HTC Vive and I’m yet to find a dud personally, but this has to rank as one of the better ones.

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Armed Against the Undead: VR Zombie Thrills and Spills!

VR Zombie thrills and spills with guns and a chainsaw. Horror games in VR can sometimes be overly frightening – as in they create tachyarrhythmias. This has a nice balance between horror and humour which stops its from being too scary. I enjoyed it, although I did get stuck on a glitch.

Calories/hour: 231
Distance travelled: 684m
Average HR: 92 (range 77-119)

Find all the Virtual Reality reviews here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkYBGegM5dQmeqL5SlZ19NOXFUlT9qBgM

Steam Curator site – essential HTC Vive games and applications:
http://store.steampowered.com/curator/27241299/

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Samurai Sword VR: A satisfying slice of samurai swording on the HTC Vive

Studying the way of the warrior courtesy of Samurai Sword on the HTC Vive. This is more of an expanded slice-em-up tech demo that a game per-se, but it is still very pleasurable to slice everything.

Calories/hour: 287
Distance: 1256m
Average calories: 101 (range 95-120)

Find all the Virtual Reality reviews here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkYBGegM5dQmeqL5SlZ19NOXFUlT9qBgM

Steam Curator site – essential HTC Vive games and applications:
http://store.steampowered.com/curator/27241299/

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Cowbots vs Aliens – An epic virtual reality showdown

Throughout the aeons, cowbots and aliens have fought in epic Wild-West showdowns. How does this game compare to other VR shooters?

The answer is: Not especially well. And the core reason is that this game relies on online multiplayer, yet there are too few people online to play with, and so most gaming time is spent with bots. The graphics are rather sparse too.
Nevertheless, the concept is funny and it has the barebones structure of a potentially fantastic game.

Calories/hour: 204
Distance travelled: 684
Average HR: 92 (range 77-119)

Find all the Virtual Reality reviews here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkYBGegM5dQmeqL5SlZ19NOXFUlT9qBgM

Steam Curator site – essential HTC Vive games and applications:
http://store.steampowered.com/curator/27241299/

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