Easter weekend is upon us, and while not everyone will be celebrating the religious part of the holiday, it’s still a nice breather from work for many people. So to that end, we’ve rounded up some new titles that could keep you (or maybe some family members) occupied this weekend.
Oculus Rift RTS Brass Tactics Is Free This Weekend
Oculus has been busy the past couple of days with lots of deals and announcements in celebration of the two years that Oculus Rift has been entertaining players the world over. In light of this, Oculus is kicking off their celebration with a free weekend for the multiplayer RTS Brass Tactics from Hidden Path Entertainment. While there is technically a free version of the game called Brass Tactics Arena, it only offers a partial experience of the full game. So starting today and ending on April 2nd, all Rift owners will be able to play the game for free.
But Oculus isn’t stopping there. They’re also giving players the chance to win big in their first ever Rift Gold Rush raffle that totals a $28,000 prize pool. Prizes include a new PC, Oculus Store credit, and one lucky player the chance to win a ‘Golden Account’ with 100 free games.
To enter the Rift Gold Rush raffle you simply have to play a multiplayer game of Brass Tactics on March 31st between 1PM and 2 PM PT (local starting time). For more information on the raffle, check out Oculus’s blog post.
If Brass Tactics isn’t your type of thing, however, then you can also check out the list of titles that have been marked down for the Rift Anniversary Sale.
Try out L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files
As part of the anniversary celebrations, Oculus has announced that L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files will also launch for Oculus Rift today. This popular 1940’s detective game brings seven of the original missions into the immersive world of VR and was originally released exclusively for HTC Vive last year. So if you consider yourself to be a bit of a sleuth then this is probably right up your ally and will offer a couple hours of fun this weekend.
Dark Days Is Free On The Oculus Store
If you’re more into horror than friendly bunnies and easter eggs, then it’s an excellent idea to try out Dark Days this weekend. Especially since it’s now free for Rift on the Oculus Store. This horror title that places itself somewhere between Twin Peaks and The X-Files first released for Gear VR and has now made its way to Oculus Rift as well. Dark Days is a supernatural adventure that takes place in an eerie desert motel and its surroundings and has you solving puzzles while avoiding a mysterious creature.
The Kids Will Love Ark Park
Yes, the long-awaited dinosaur adventure park game is finally here. Ark Park lets you interact with dinosaurs, offers some educational information on lots of different breeds, and even lets you ride some of the big beasts. It offers beautiful scenery with lots of different things to do like crafting and shooting. In our Ark Park review we gave the game a 6.6/10 and said that “it’s a visually stunning game and I’m sure that people new to VR or those looking to show off the game to their dino-loving friends will get their money’s worth out of it.”
Buy Some Puke Bags And Enjoy WipEout
WipEout was one of the first games to release for the original PlayStation console and has seen a numerous reiterations for every PlayStation console thereafter. Now, this insane anti-grave racing game has made its way to PSVR in a free update. The entire WipEout Omega Collection has been ported to VR and fans have been frantically telling everyone they know how amazing it is for the past couple of days. So if you already own the collection then you can race away this weekend to your heart’s content. Or if not, then you can buy the WipEout Omega Collection on the PlayStation store for $39.99. Just keep in mind that WipEout is a pretty intense experience so you might want to invest in some puke bags or keep a bucket handy just in case.
So if you’re planning to put in some time in the virtual realm this weekend, then these titles are a good place to start. Of course, there are many more games out there that can keep you entertained for the whole weekend.
Most of the games listed here don’t have much of a social element to them, but should you be looking for some online companionship this weekend, then make sure to check out our list of free social VR apps and games.