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Best Uses of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in Video Games

Updated: Jun 8



We are eagerly waiting to see what the scheduled launch of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X later this year will do to AR/VR gaming! While we wait, we compiled a list of the most exciting video games that feature different use cases of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) as key plot devices. Always wanted to virtually try AR/VR? Pick up any of these games!


1. Horizon Zero Dawn

In an era where machines roam the land and mankind is no longer the dominant species, a young hunter named Aloy embarks on a journey to discover her destiny. As a child, Aloy obtained a Focus, a small augmented reality device that gives her special perceptive abilities.

One of the best-selling PlayStation 4 games of all time!

Developed by: Guerrilla Games | Published by: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Platform(s): PlayStation 4 | Microsoft Windows

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2. Heavy Rain

Experience a gripping psychological crime thriller filled with innumerable twists and turns, where even the smallest actions and choices can cause dramatic consequences. The hunt is on for the Origami Killer, named after his calling card of leaving folded paper shapes on victims. Use augmented reality to recreate and map out crime scenes.

Heavy Rain won three BAFTA awards!

Developed by: Quantic Dream | Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment & Quantic Dream

Platform(s): PlayStation 3 | PlayStation 4 | Microsoft Windows

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3. Tacoma

Set aboard a high-tech space station in the year 2088, use an augmented reality (AR) device to explore every detail of how the station’s crew lived and worked, finding the clues that add up to a gripping story of trust, fear, and resolve in the face of disaster.

Nominated for the 2017 Golden Joystick Awards!

Developed by: Fullbright| Published by: Fullbright

Platform(s): Linux | macOS | Microsoft Windows | PlayStation 4 | Xbox One

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4. Syndicate

Business is war in Syndicate, where you are the latest chip-enhanced prototype agent for the largest mega-corporation in the world, in an all-out war to control the American marketplace. Chips, objects, collectibles, and enemies are automatically tagged and highlighted thanks to the augmented reality features of your heads-up display.

The game's excessive violence led to the game being banned in Australia!

Developed by: Starbreeze Studios| Published by: Electronic Arts

Platform(s): Microsoft Windows | PlayStation 3 | Xbox 360

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5. Batman: Arkham VR

Experience Gotham City through the eyes of the World’s Greatest Detective in an all new Arkham mystery. Think like Batman. Utilize his legendary gadgets in virtual reality to unravel a plot that threatens the lives of Batman’s closest allies.

The Game Critics Awards awarded the game as Best VR Game!

Developed by: Rocksteady Studios| Published by: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Platform(s): PlayStation 4 | Microsoft Windows

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6. Detroit: Become Human

Enter the near-future metropolis of Detroit in 2038 – a city rejuvenated by the introduction of highly advanced androids that exist only to serve mankind. But that’s all about to change… Your decisions dramatically alter how the game’s intense, branching narrative plays out. Analyze your environment with your augmented reality vision to obtain clues and recrate past event.

Won the award for "Best of E3" at GameSpot's 2017 Best of E3 Awards!

Developed by: Quantic Dream| Published by: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Quantic Dream

Platform(s): PlayStation 4 | Microsoft Windows

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Looking for more inspiration for innovative uses of AR/VR? Check out the Inspiration page in our console. It contains links to great use cases of AR/VR and examples of incredible projects, some of which have been created with the help of echoAR. Want your project to be featured too? Let us know at inspire@echoAR.xyz

7. Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham Asylum exposes players to a dark and atmospheric adventure that takes them into the depths of Arkham Asylum, Gotham City's high security psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane. Use Batman's legendary gadgetry, strike from the shadows, and confront The Joker and Gotham City's most notorious super villains. The player is able to use the AR-based "Detective Vision" to perform forensic activities such as tracking the source of a sniper rifle round, as Batman (AKA the World's Greatest Detective).

Won multiple awards at the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards! One of the most critically acclaimed titles of the last generation!

Developed by: Rocksteady Studios| Published by: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Platform(s): PlayStation 3 | PlayStation 4 | Microsoft Windows | Wii U | OS X | Xbox 360 | Xbox One

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8. Moss

Meet Quill, a young mouse with dreams of greatness beyond the confines of her quiet forest settlement. One day while exploring the woods, she finds a mysterious Glass Relic and an ancient magic is awakened. Immerse yourself in the VR-based world of Moss to help write the story of a hero in the making.

The Game Critics Awards awarded the game as Best VR Game!

Developed by: Polyarc| Published by: Polyarc

Platform(s): PlayStation 4 (PSVR) | Microsoft Windows | Oculus Quest

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9. WATCH_DOGS

Become Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker whose criminal past lead to a violent family tragedy. While on the hunt for those responsible, you will be able to tap into the city’s omnipresent security cameras, download personal information and control traffic lights, all through your mobile device which includes many augmented reality features.

Upon its release, Watch Dogs had the biggest first-day sales of a Ubisoft game!

Developed by: Ubisoft Montreal| Published by: Ubisoft

Platform(s): Microsoft Windows | PlayStation 3 | PlayStation 4 | Xbox 360 | Xbox One | Wii U

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10. Assassin's Creed (Entire Franchise)

Use the "Animus," a virtual reality computerized system to "re-live" and virtually experience the memories of your genetic ancestors, while taking part in a centuries-long conflict between two ancient secret societies — the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order.

One of the highest selling video game franchises of all time!

Developed by: Ubisoft entities| Published by: Ubisoft

Platform(s): Microsoft Windows | PlayStation 3 | PlayStation 4 | Xbox 360 | Xbox One | Wii U

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