We’ve only taken our first steps into the massive world that is virtual reality, but even so we can clearly see how it can evolve our gaming experience. Virtual reality has the power to literally put us in the perspective of a video game’s protagonist. While we do have first person games, virtual reality allows us to see everything from the protagonist’s perspective as easily as we can see our own surroundings. Rather than having to move a camera around, all we have to do is move our head and look in a direction of choice. With this in mind it’s easy to see what games could be taken to new heights if they dove into virtual reality.
If there is one thing we learned from Pokemon Go, it’s that people want to experience the life of a pokemon trainer. It’s one thing to look down on your phone or Nintendo handheld and play a Pokemon game; however, it’s something else entirely to see the pokemon right in front of your eyes, walking, playing and interacting as if they were really there. Imagine looking up and watching a Dragonite fly right above you. It’s hard to picture a more efficient way to put players in the perspective of a pokemon trainer.
2. Five Nights At Freddy’s
Five Nights at Freddy’s is scary enough on the computer screen, but a virtual reality version would be absolutly terrifying. Playing the game through the computer gives enough of a disconnect from the game to make it less intense; however, having virtual reality places us right in the middle of the animatronics. The thought of being able to turn your head and look at the animatronics, or use the motion controls to change the camera angle, will give a rush of fear far more intense than what the game has successfully done so far.
3. Assassin’s Creed
This series could apply virtual reality in a way that is both exciting, and a bit nauseating. Being able to trigger Eagle Vision, a mechanic that highlights friendlies, non friendlies and targets, and use that mechanic as if we had that kind of visual prowess would be incredibly entertaining. However, then we have the leaps of faith. The fear of heights is one of the most common fears to date, now imagine jumping from the top of a high tower from a first person perspective. So while this could be an exciting application of virtual reality, some people will have other reasons to freak out about it.
With virtual reality just getting started, it’s hard to say what games will get into this new trend. However, it’s easy to see that there are many games that would be able to use this new technology to bring there respective series to new heights.