It's no secret that we're big fans of virtual reality here at Megagames. It might not be the only entertainment medium of the future, but it's going to be a big one. Right now we're a few months out from the original release of both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive and though there's a lot of great experiences available as fully released products, there's a lot more in the pipeline that we're pumped for.
So looking to that future, here are some of the games we're most excited about
Thrill of the Fight
If there's one thing we've been looking forward to since Microsoft first unveiled the Kinect, it's a proper motion controlled fighting game. One of the launch titles for that rather poorly implemented camera system, was Fighters Uncaged, which promised real world fighting without getting punched in the face. Perfect! Except it was terrible.
Thrill of the Fight is the first real fighting game we've come across that has us excited again. It's only boxing, so don't think about doing takedowns and leg kicks, but that works well since you have motion controls which give you 1:1 tracking for your hands.
Currently in Early Access, Thrill of the Fight offers a couple of opponents and a training mode and is surprisingly difficult. You'll need hand speed, head movement and footwork to defeat the opponents and it's only getting better as time goes on.
It's a great workout tool too. Just try and go one round with Ugly Joe, we guarantee you'll be sweating up a storm.
Batman Arkham VR
From something that's all action, to something that usually is, Batman Arkham VR will see players put down their gauntleted fists and pick up their deerstalker, as it's mostly a detective game. Operating in its own Batman universe, it puts players in the shoes of Bruce Wayne, lets them wander and explore the Bat Cave and Wayne manor, while solving crimes like the classic Batman comics.
We're also told there's a healthy dose of psychological horror in there too, pulled right from the Arkham games.
The only downside is it's said to be a PlayStation VR exclusive, so us PC gamers won't get a chance to play it.
Fallout 4 VR
Traditionally games that aren't built from the ground up with VR in mind, aren't the greatest. However there's no denying that one of the most requested open-world games of recent years that people want to explore in VR, is Fallout 4. So the fact that it's coming to a VR headset near you at some point in 2017, is very exciting.
Players will be able to explore the wasteland at their leisure, hunting, foraging, building and making all sorts of mutated friends along the way, all from the vantage of point of virtual reality.
Unfortunately we're told that movement will be teleport based, which is one of the best ways to break immersion, but there should be some roomscale function, so if you have a big living room, that may not be too much of a problem.
Star Trek Bridge Crew
If you've ever played Space Cadet the board game, you'll know how much fun it can be to try and keep a space ship running when all of your friends are incompetent. While it won't be quite so tongue in cheek, Star Trek Bridge Crew will offer a similar experience. Details are a little thin, but it will allow players to hook up with friends and strangers to take on various roles on the bridge of the Enterprise.
Whether you're manning the shields or the photon torpedoes, you'll need to keep an eye on your screens and a deft hand on the controls to prevent everything going pear shaped.
These sorts of collaborative multiplayer experiences could be the best way to experience VR and with an established IP like Star Trek to draw from, this one has us very pumped.
Look for an Early Access version this fall.
Oh look, another party game. This time around though you aren't working together, but against one another. Werewolves Within is a Ubisoft game that's going to combine a real-world party game atmosphere, with all of the advantages of a digital world.
Players will collect in small groups and try to figure out which one of them is the werewolf. To do so, they'll need to ask each other questions, use their special roles and try and trip up the prospective lycanthropy suffering individual.
This isn't one we've played ourselves, but we're told it's quite a stressful experience, which should be fun in a party atmosphere. Playing with strangers might be a bit more difficult, but if you have a group of VR pals, this one will be one to watch.
So there you have it, our list of our most hotly anticipated games. But we're sure there's some we missed, so let us know below which ones you're most pumped for.