After the pants wettingly exciting news that Alien: Covenant is going to be adapted for VR headsets upon its release, we decided to put our collective melons together to come up with a list of existing video games we’d like to see adapted for this unique gaming platform.
Here’s what we came up with.
Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly, 2014)
The most logical place to start then, is with an adaptation of the smash hit survival horror, Alien: Isolation.
Creative Assembly’s 2014 hit was the stuff of nightmares, and scared the bejebus out of millions of gamers. You play the part of Amanda – daughter of Ellen – Ripley, stranded on board a space station while searching for the truth about your mother’s death.
You’re not alone however. There’s a few remaining crew members, some psychotic, almost unbeatable synthetics, and one big bad mother fucker Xenomorph, who crawls out of air vents and stalks the corridors as you cower in a cupboard, pissing your pants and praying you wont be found.
There’s no way to kill the beast, you just need to run and hide and hope you don’t die. It’s terrifying and it’s perfect for the world of VR. The Alien: Covenant adaptation needs to be this good.
Doom (id Software, 1993)
There’s already been a demo flying round for a Doom VR adaptation, and quite frankly if I ever own a copy I’ll never leave the house again. That being said though, sure, adapting the most recent Doom game for this world would be fantastic, but imagine if you could immerse yourself in the reality of the very first world, fit inducing pixels and all?
Pokémon GO (Niantic Inc, 2016)
Needless to say, Pokémon GO was one of the most popular and successful video games of 2016. However, it was also one of the shortest lived successes too, as players soon became bored of the limited and repetitive game play. And the walking. The endless, endless walking.
So how do you improve a game that so many have already filed away on their phones, never to play again? Upgrade it to a full VR format and let the player enter the world for real. Imagine how much more fun catching a Swirlix would be if you were looking it in the eyes at the exact moment you enslave it into your Poké-army?!
WWE Smackdown: Here Comes the Pain (Yukes, 2003)
Imagine being able to live out your dream of becoming a WWE Superstar. Imagine going toe-to-toe with your idols. Imagine having bra and panties matches with super hot women.
It doesn’t really matter which WWE game they adapted, as long as there was bras and panties aplenty. And if that last ‘what if’ doesn’t sell you on a VR WWE game then we simply can’t be friends, brah!
Outlast (Red Barrel Studio, 2013)
It takes a lot to scare me, but by golly, Red Barrel Studio’s alone in the dark, survival horror is easily the most shit-in-your-pants game I think I’ve ever played.
If you’re not familiar with it, the game thrusts you into the shoes of an investigative reporter, who foolishly decides to spend the night alone in a notorious former sanitarium to uncover the truth about what happened to its many patients. Needless to say everyone inside is either dead or bat shit crazy.
You have no weapons. No help. No hope. And also, no chance of ever sleeping again. You must simply hide to survive, making this a lot like Alien: Isolation.
Outlast VR could easily be the most terrifying VR gaming experience of your life.