Sequels can be hit-or-miss. Finding the balance between keeping what players loved, and expanding on it can be tricky, especially without losing what made the game great in the first place. Here are a few VR sequels that manage to find that balance and crushed it!
1. I Expect You to Die 2
I Expect You to Die is one of the best puzzle games to ever be put on VR. Spoofing spy thrillers like James Bond (complete with an awesome opening title song) each mission is like a mini escape room.
I Expect You to Die 2 is an improvement in every way. The puzzles are more complex and challenging, but just as fun to figure out (or fail). The story is also more detailed as a cat-and-mouse game with a new character voiced by Wil Wheaton!
If you’re a fan of spy-flavored puzzles, definitely check it out!
2. Moss: Book 2
Moss is one one of the most awarded VR games ever! It managed to combine stunning visuals, a likeable character and interesting interactive gameplay.
Moss: Book 2 picks up where the first left off, literally. Starting moments after the end of the first game, Book 2 takes everything that made Moss great and adds new features on top, like icing on the cake.
Developer Polyarc has added all sorts of new things to Book 2, like new weapon types, abilities, and interactions between the player and the protagonist, Quill. If you liked Moss, then Moss: Book 2 will not disappoint.
3. Virtual Virtual Reality 2
Virtual Virtual Reality is an incredible experience masquerading as a simple gameplay testing game. It goes off the rails as you travel from one reality to another. While guided by your host Chaz, who gives you various VR headsets, and diving deeper down the rabbit hole, it becomes apparent that things aren’t necessarily what they seem.
VVR is reminiscent of games like The Stanley Parable, or Accounting+ and leans heavily into the meta.
Virtual Virtual Reality 2 is more of the same, but in the best way possible. It plays into the players’ expectations and brings more varied and interesting realities. If you like the semi-puzzle meta narrative games like The Stanley Parable or Please Don’t Touch Anything, VVR2 is a game you must check out!
4. Wands Alliances
Wands was one of the best player versus player games available for VR. Each player would choose their wand, and a set of spells that would suit their playstyle, then compete in a duel against another player.
Wands is less like a traditional shooter since strategy and physical movements play a big part in defeating your opponents. However, it is a duel, meaning 1v1.
Wands Alliances is a successor in every sense of the word. Now a 3v3 team battle, it also brings new spells and classes to sink your teeth into. Although, with more players, strategy becomes even more important. While the combat and spell combinations can be a bit difficult to get used to, it is totally worth the effort.
If you like a challenge and taking down your opponents in spectacular fashion, Wands Alliances is for you.
5. Red Matter 2
Red Matter is a puzzle adventure set in a dystopian future where you play as an agent sent to one of Saturn’s moons to investigate a mysterious lab. Solving puzzles and uncovering secrets, Red Matter became one of the best puzzle games in VR.
Red Matter 2 looks to increase the mystery, challenge and intrigue. Taking place after the events of the first game, early gameplay is shaping up to be a great continuation of the series. While Red Matter 2 doesn’t come out until August 18th, I can say I’ll be picking it up on day one.