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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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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Holodance: Dancing with Dragons in Virtual Reality!

Rhythm-based VR fitness games are ubiquitous, but each one seems to have its own niche feature. Holodance has dragons.

No seriously, it’s also very good. The rhythm mechanic rivals other VR rhythm fitness games: Audioshield, Beats Fever and Soundboxing.
Calories/hour: 348
Distance travelled: 2145m
Average HR: 97 (range 80-134)

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/2724129

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Sairento: VR Ninja Skills with bullet-time.

This is a very ambitious game, with certain elements that can only be described as pure joy (the slow-motion/bullet-time). Mechanics for both sword and gun components are richly satisfying, and it compares well to Raw Data from Survios.

Nevertheless, it is a resources hog, and my graphics card perhaps wasn’t powerful enough to play it for sustained periods without stalling.

Calories/hour: 248
Distance travelled: 985
Average HR: 92 (range 71-108)

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Dead Hungry VR: Burger van for zombies! | HTC Vive Virtual Reality Lets Play and Review (Doctor Yak)

Flipping burgers for a horde of ravenous zombies is as intense as it sounds! But they want more, so you have to get the french fries, tempura prawns, pizzas and soft drinks ready as well. This is a fun, if slightly stressful, calorie burner for the HTC Vive!

Fitness info –
Calories/hour: 409
Distance travelled: 2874m
Average HR: 98 (range 81-135)

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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