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List of Rift killer apps and games by user ratings

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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 6,781 Valuable Player
    edited December 2019
    Divine powers want me to buy Synth Riders  :o - Just got this, and I don't think I'll participate in hurting a young girl nor do I want to pursue more fishing...

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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 6,781 Valuable Player
    RuneSR2 said:
    I'm really happy to see Merry Snowballs in the top - it's a truly awesome game - it took several years to make the list, so many may not know of this VR gem:

    Merry Snowballs



    The game is FREE until January 31 2020:

    https://store.steampowered.com/app/567730/Merry_Snowballs/
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 6,781 Valuable Player
    edited April 11
    The Room VR: A Dark Matter now has 90 ratings and a close to perfect average 98% rating (4.9/5)  :o

    https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/2009355295817444/?locale=en_US


    This means that The Room VR now is the number 1 Oculus Rift game with more than 40 ratings (I've updated the top spot on the page 1 games list in this thread) - quite an impressive achievement. Due to Alyx I still haven't found time to play it. If you buy the Steam version, you get to choose if your want to use native Oculus drivers or not. 

    Btw, this is what might happen if you're isolated at home for too long and only have 1 game on your Quest  :D

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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 6,781 Valuable Player
    I'm getting slightly worried about both Stormland and Asgard's Wrath - they both started with really great ratings, but now they've sunk to 90 %. That's not bad - but if it get's slightly worse, I'll have to remove both games from the list on page 1 of this thread. And I'd consider that really weird - because I consider these two games at the very top of Oculus killer VR games. 

    Asgard's Wrath - now more than 3,000 ratings, but average rating sunk to 4.5/5 (= 90 %):
    https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1180401875303371/

    Stormland -  now nearly 1,800 ratings, but average rating sunk to 4.5/5 (= 90 %):
    https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1360938750683878/

    So what's wrong with these games? 
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 6,781 Valuable Player
    edited June 13
    RuneSR2 said:
    I just completely updated the lists on page 1 of this thread (first post). These games made the list for the first time - I'm really happy to see Merry Snowballs in the top - it's a truly awesome game - it took several years to make the list, so many may not know of this VR gem:


    Spice and Wolf


    I guess there's so much to do this summer  :)

    Ok, I've completed all 3 chapters in Spice and Wolf, and I just don't get what this app is about - and why so many rate it high - and it's expensive too. To me it's a basic animation tech demo - you can't move, you just sit there and listen - like GearVR. The story is quite boring - not much happens, it's a story about fitting together and bonding as a couple - being different but supporting each other.  The animations are nice - but personally this is not worth more than maybe $5 to me. It's too boring even to work as an intro to VR for guests. 
    After completing the 3 chapters, you get some interaction and can touch "Wolf" - but she's a very young girl (maybe like 10 years old), feels close to some weird kind of pedophilia. In short - I don't really get this rather strange app. 
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 6,781 Valuable Player
    Just updated the list on page 1 and added:

    Doctor Who: The Runaway (90 %, 102 ratings):

    Chroma Lab (90%, 40 ratings):


    Interesting that Doctor Who: The Runaway got a much better average rating than Doctor Who: The Edge of Time (84%, 99 ratings). I'll install the Runaway later!  o:)
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 6,781 Valuable Player
    edited July 6
    Btw, Steam is a different beast compared to the Oculus Store, because you can only vote thumbs up or down, and then the number of thumbs ups are counted. This could mean that any rating above 50% is counted as positive - but will depend on users preferences (maybe some will only count 85% as positive etc.). We do see similar trends comparing highest rated games and apps, but we can't compare directly to the more elaborate ratings in the Oculus Store. I just tried to select Rift games corresponding to what you can find in the Oculus Store - and the top Steam VR results are:


    Or here:

    https://store.steampowered.com/search/?sort_by=Reviews_DESC&vrsupport=102%2C202%2C201%2C402%2C401

    Apart from Alyx there's not much in the SteamVR top that interests me. I tried "Explore Fushimi Inari" yesterday, but refunded, it wasn't that bad, but it was an empty tech demo to me - and looked awful using Index (lcd, way too gray, no proper blacks). 

    Without the Oculus exclusives, and only having SteamVR, not sure I'd gotten into VR before Alyx, lol. 

    Note that free apps may be rated higher than paid apps, because often you rate the experience compared to what you paid for it. Also Steam does use some special and hidden selection criteria - because you do not see games with only 5 ratings in the top - seems like Steam automatically applies some statistical weights to the results, thus a high averate rating with many votes seems to rank much higher than same rating with few votes. 

    Curiosities: IronWolf is rated extremely high on Steam, in the Oculus Store it does not even get 90%. Pixel Ripped 1995 has 51 ratings on Steam, in the Oculus Store it only has 26 ratings and there not enough to make the list on page 1 of this thread. Strange not seeing Moss and Trover in the top... Some rankings on Steam do not only reflect the VR version, for example Subnautica with more than 100,000 ratings has included ratings for the 2D version (the VR version is only rated 74% based on 341 ratings in the Oculus Store). 
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 6,781 Valuable Player
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  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,991 Valuable Player
    I had people on the AV forums trying to tell me that 98% of the games on Steam being crap is an opinion and not a fact. :D
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  • Comrade_IvanComrade_Ivan Posts: 132
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    RuneSR2 said:
    Btw, Steam is a different beast compared to the Oculus Store, because you can only vote thumbs up or down, and then the number of thumbs ups are counted. This could mean that any rating above 50% is counted as positive - but will depend on users preferences (maybe some will only count 85% as positive etc.). We do see similar trends comparing highest rated games and apps, but we can't compare directly to the more elaborate ratings in the Oculus Store. I just tried to select Rift games corresponding to what you can find in the Oculus Store - and the top Steam VR results are... 
    I'd like to add a few titles from my Steam library that didn't make that list. I consider these to be 95% and above (just my rating):
    -Alien: Isolation (97%)*
    -The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR (96%)
    -Moss (96%)
    -Obduction (95%)
    -The Talos Principle (95%)
    -Acron: Attack of the Squirrels (95%)**

    *Not natively a VR game, but with the VR mod, I put it up as my third overall VR favorite, right after Lone Echo & Alyx
    ** Not something I play on my own, but this game alone sells VR headsets like no other. It's a perfect game to keep everyone engaged when you have a group of friends cause everyone plays on their phone while someone is in VR (and then you do turns)
  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 6,781 Valuable Player
    edited July 7
    RuneSR2 said:
    Btw, Steam is a different beast compared to the Oculus Store, because you can only vote thumbs up or down, and then the number of thumbs ups are counted. This could mean that any rating above 50% is counted as positive - but will depend on users preferences (maybe some will only count 85% as positive etc.). We do see similar trends comparing highest rated games and apps, but we can't compare directly to the more elaborate ratings in the Oculus Store. I just tried to select Rift games corresponding to what you can find in the Oculus Store - and the top Steam VR results are... 
    I'd like to add a few titles from my Steam library that didn't make that list. I consider these to be 95% and above (just my rating):
    -Alien: Isolation (97%)*
    -The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR (96%)
    -Moss (96%)
    -Obduction (95%)
    -The Talos Principle (95%)
    -Acron: Attack of the Squirrels (95%)**

    *Not natively a VR game, but with the VR mod, I put it up as my third overall VR favorite, right after Lone Echo & Alyx
    ** Not something I play on my own, but this game alone sells VR headsets like no other. It's a perfect game to keep everyone engaged when you have a group of friends cause everyone plays on their phone while someone is in VR (and then you do turns)
    Nice - I have many games I'd like to see on the list, but I don't decide the games on the list, thus it's free from personal preferences. To get on the list (or lists, one for games, one for apps) the only way in is achieving at least 40 ratings and an average rating of 4.5/5 stars or better. 
    Since Steam only counts positive vs. negative ratings it's hard to compare, so for now the list is restricted to games and apps available in the Oculus Store. 
    If we should include Steam PCVR, maybe it should only be games with 95% positive ratings, but maybe at least 40 ratings would still be ok for strong enough statistics... Several PCVR titles also struggle to get 40 ratings on Steam. 
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  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,991 Valuable Player
    I've never heard of that Killer Squirrels game before lmfao 😂😂😂
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 6,781 Valuable Player
    snowdog said:
    I've never heard of that Killer Squirrels game before lmfao 😂😂😂
    It does have a 92% rating in the Oculus Store (Rift), but only 33 ratings - let's see how it goes with about 20% more ratings... I had hoped to see Covert Ops make the cut, but I don't think that's gonna happen... It's not easy to get on the lists, and it shouldn't be ;) 
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 6,781 Valuable Player
    The Quest port The Under Presents just got 40 ratings in the Rift section of the Store - and an amazing 94% average rating:



    https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/2109995092457108/?ranking_trace=1943584525923090_2109995092457108_SKYLINEWEB_1kSSuuUPugDQzunTK

    Strange - it says the game is free?! - But seems that's a 30 min demo:

    Welcome to The Under: a time and mind bending immersive theater experience! **Now with free demo: over 30 minutes of single player mysteries to discover**
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  • Pixie40Pixie40 Posts: 506
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    edited August 1
    RuneSR2 said:
    I'm ready to face the fire and the flames  :) - For what I'm going to write, had I done so 500 years ago, I might have ended up like this  :#


    Why are Beat Saber and Racket: Nx better than Lone Echo and Robo Recall? If someone could explain this to me, I'd greatly appreciate it - I feel a bit lost here  ;)


    Oh, well, I might just buy the games and try them out...  ;)
    I too am not really a fan of rhythm games. The huge popularity of the Guitar Hero and Rock Band games just baffled me. That said, I love Beat Saber, and here's why.
    1. The music is very good, for the most part. I refuse to even consider some of the music packs. And I'm not generally a fan of electronica. But the music is just plain good.
    2. It's exercise that doesn't feel like exercise. You might start a session off making the bare minimum movements. But that changes quickly. First you're just making half motions to keep track of the beat. Then you're bobbing side to side to hit those beats on the outside even though you can reach them just fine without moving. Soon after that you realize you're actually dancing as you play. And it all happens quite naturally. The game just gets you moving.
    3. There's a challenge for any skill level. I'm a 'filthy casual' who only plays on Normal. I have a set of 7 or 8 songs I run through each day (usually) as part of my workout routine. I've mastered each of these songs on Normal, but I am using them for a workout. I'm not trying to push my skill to the edge. I'm playing for the workout I get. Usually. But for those who want to push themselves, the option is there. For those who want custom songs, the option is there. For those who just want a chill experience while listening to some really thumpin music, the option is there too.
  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 6,781 Valuable Player
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 6,781 Valuable Player
    edited August 20
    Another free app in the Rift Store, namely the free Quest port Half + Half also just got a 90% average rating based on 60 ratings:


    Interestingly, it seems Rift users like it more than Quest users. At least the average Quest rating is only 76 %, but based on 351 ratings. 

    Get the Rift version here:

    https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/2127581660649280/?ranking_trace=1943584525923090_2127581660649280_SKYLINEWEB_1LSQmv9OyjTWjIoqR

    It certainly does look like another res 300 % Revived game in solid 144 fps/Hz for the Index ;)
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 6,781 Valuable Player
    edited October 15
    RuneSR2 said:
    Rune isn't the only one, but you have to keep in mind that the only people reviewing them (I assume) are those who bought them. People like me me who would give Beat Saber a 1 star review simply because we dislike the whole concept aren't going to buy it in the first place and thus not review it. So you really can't compare the ratings between Beat Saber and Robo Recall. At best, you could compare Beat Saber to other rhythm games. I assume they exist, though I don't know of any. Similarly, Robo Recall's ratings can only be compared to other FPS's, like Arizona Sunshine.

    I just found out there's a free Racket: Nx demo on Steam - it's a 2GB download. I just tried it and must admit I'm impressed. Like you wrote, which I think is spot on, we should be careful not to mix different genres - and both Beat Saber and Racket: Nx (guess both are sports games to some degree) belong to completely different genres than Lone Echo and Robo Recall. Maybe the lists can help to find games and apps that - within their respective genres - will be extremely impressive. Racket: Nx is not just polished - I'd call that game ultra-polished. It plays like some weird cocktail of tennis and Arkanoid, but it's an awesome cocktail and trailers don't show this game correctly (like nearly always for VR games). Racket: Nx is easy to access and understand, it performs awesome (even forcing super-sampling 2.0 I get perfect 90 fps and 30-40% extra headroom) and few if any will experience technical difficulties (like the game crashing) - because to get a 96 % average rating you need all users to be happy ;) Still, to me it feels more like a $10 game than a $20 game, but of course the devs got to make a living :)



    For persons who like this kind of futuristic tennis, Racket: Nx may indeed be the reference, but it wouldn't qualify as a top 5 Rift game to me, because I value other genres higher.

    Note that Racket: Nx wasn't out of Early Access before July 17 2018, so you could say it's a new game, less than 1 month old (at the time I write this post). 

    Maybe I should try Beat Saber soon like Falken76 suggested - if not for anything else, just to see what a 98% game (based on more than 1,000 ratings) plays like... 

    Racket: Nx latest patch worked wonders. Performance has gotten like 50% better or so. I can now use super sampling 2.0 with the Rift CV1 in combo with 4xMSAA - and I got solid 90 fps! (and 40% overhead)

    New music and sound are awesome too - the deep bass of the CV1 is fully put to use. This is one of my favorite games using the CV1 headphones. Should be close to a crime using piped audio for this game (Quest 2 owners need not to despair - help is here: https://www.logitechg.com/en-us/products/gaming-audio/pro-gaming-headset-oculus.981-001003.html ) . 

    Thus the best just got even better!  B)

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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 6,781 Valuable Player
    RuneSR2 said:
    RuneSR2 said:
    I just completely updated the lists on page 1 of this thread (first post). These games made the list for the first time - I'm really happy to see Merry Snowballs in the top - it's a truly awesome game - it took several years to make the list, so many may not know of this VR gem:


    Spice and Wolf


    I guess there's so much to do this summer  :)

    Ok, I've completed all 3 chapters in Spice and Wolf, and I just don't get what this app is about - and why so many rate it high - and it's expensive too. To me it's a basic animation tech demo - you can't move, you just sit there and listen - like GearVR. The story is quite boring - not much happens, it's a story about fitting together and bonding as a couple - being different but supporting each other.  The animations are nice - but personally this is not worth more than maybe $5 to me. It's too boring even to work as an intro to VR for guests. 
    After completing the 3 chapters, you get some interaction and can touch "Wolf" - but she's a very young girl (maybe like 10 years old), feels close to some weird kind of pedophilia. In short - I don't really get this rather strange app. 
    Seems like chapter 2 is getting ready - about a young adult man being together with two naive underage girls...


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