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Got A New HTC Vive? Here Are Some Of The Best Experiences And Games To Help You Get Started

27 December 2016, 8:07 am EST By Carl Velasco Tech Times
What an opportune time to own an HTC Vive, with the ballooning growth of virtual reality content in recent years. For those who managed to snag the system this Christmas, here are the best apps and games to try out.  ( Vive )

Those lucky enough to have been gifted with a new HTC Vive this past Christmas should be pleased to know that there is no shortage of compelling virtual reality content available today, with a sprawling variety of titles that'll leave players in awe.

Collectively, these titles do a masterful job of introducing a VR neophyte to the world of VR, replete with exhilarating and otherworldly experiences that make people forget about the price tag, at least for a while.

So for those who have their HTC Vive systems already set up, let's take a look at some of the best experiences users can squeeze out of HTC and Valve's VR gaming rig.

Space Pirate Trainer

(Photo : I-Illusions | Steam)

Space Pirate Trainer is one of the titles that takes advantage of the Vive's dynamic movement range. It puts the player right in the middle of the action — dodging, diving, and thwarting blaster fire with a number of weapons. It's a frenzied, high-octane, first-person shooter that perfectly showcases what the Vive is capable of.

Get Space Pirate Trainer on Steam.

Job Simulator

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Job Simulator is a game the takes full advantage of the Vive's built-in room scale capabilities, offering players a seemingly mundane world where regular objects can be interacted with, often resulting in hilarity. The game is a great starting point for those who might not be privy to the VR concept, as it's sure to provide an immersive experience alongside a few laughs.

Get Job Simulator on Steam.

The Solus Project

(Photo : Hourences, Grip Games | Steam)

In most games, the concept of survival is dead-simple: get to them before they get to you first, but The Solus Project is slightly more nuanced than the generic survival genre. Players are tasked to hunt for food and shelter in an uncharted environment after a disastrous crash landing while avoiding the world's enemies, since tackling them head-on is an almost-impossible feat.

The Solus Project is a beautiful yet terrifying exploration on what it means to come face-to-face with the pernicious inhabitants of a strange world.

Get The Solus Project on Steam.

The Lab

(Photo : Valve | Steam)

The Lab is Valve's own spawn, meant to yet again showcase the system's VR capabilities, with bite-sized demos carefully polished to immerse players in Valve's room-scaling experiments. There are plenty of surprises hidden in The Lab that will resonate with those who have played at least one Valve game in the past, and at the low, low price of free, there's very little convincing left to do for users to go ahead and check it out.

Get The Lab on Steam.

Tilt Brush

(Photo : Google | Steam)

Google's Tilt Brush turns the space around the player as a live canvas, letting players gin up their creations in a 3D space. Skeptics who smirk at Tilt Brush may want to try this out, as the app isn't just a demo crapshoot but a compelling creative tool that can output complex 3D drawings. The possibilities are indeed endless, to borrow a familiar quote.

Get Tilt Brush on Steam.

Kodon

(Photo : Tenk Labs | Steam)

Kodon is Tilt Brush on steroids. It lets users create virtually anything they wish, from furniture, sculptures, tiny objects, and more. The materials will blend, melt, and taper at players' will, and the best part is that creations can be saved as .obj files, which makes them compatible with Unity, Unreal Engine, Blender, and more, for extra implementations.

Get Kodon on Steam.

Waltz Of The Wizard

(Photo : Aldin Dynamics | Steam)

One of the best-rated VR games on Steam, Waltz of the Wizard puts players front-seat at a vintage-looking room fit for an apothecary. The space is brimming with different ingredients to be mixed or concocted at the player's pleasure, with varying results, but always fun and surprising.

Get Waltz of the Wizard on Steam.

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