There’s starting to be a dizzying array of choices out there in RiftLand – just look at RiftEnabled, which is filling up with hundreds of native Rift apps, not even counting all the Vireo/Stereoificator/Tridef “forced compatibility” options. So I’m starting this new, probably regular column – every month, looking through the Rift options out there and choosing the ones that I think are the most immersive, fulfilling and downright fun so far.
This month has been fairly quiet for new apps, but Minecrift has taken a major leap in accessiblity and usability, and the Rift Cover Shooter has arrived, pointing the way to the future with the Razer Hydra.
Next month will be crazy, as all the games being developed for the RiftJam gamejam are released (including mine!), but for now, what’s best if you’re looking for something Rifty in August 2013?
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