EVE: Valkyrie is the first game I ever played in virtual reality. Actually, it was the first time I ever used a VR headset. Ever. Three years ago. And now it could be the first game you play in virtual reality, since Valkyrie comes bundled with every Rift preorder.
It’s still great. If you just want to fly around space and explore, Elite: Dangerous might be more your speed, but Valkyrie’s built-for-VR dogfighting is a thrill. I haven’t tried any online multiplayer yet because, well, there were barely any headsets out in the wild before today. I have no idea how the servers will hold up, or how many people will be playing, or whatever.
But the few singleplayer missions on offer are heavy on spectacle, and the numerous LAN multiplayer matches I’ve played over the years have all been great. If Valkyrie came free with your Rift preorder there’s really no excuse not to try it.
[Disclosure: My roommate works with CCP as part of an external PR agency.]