Virtual reality can be a, a or both. Above , Virtual reality gaming has become an even more important part of my life than before. If you’re looking for what comes closest to a standalone VR game console, the is your choice. The compact headset, an improved and cheaper update of the always good reminds me more than ever that there are great games on the VR platform.
Although it exists in a walled garden controlled by the company (and more and moreand data policies), the Quest has become a destination for the best VR games. (Note that to access the best PC VR games like or , you will need to connect to a gaming PC with a USB cable.) The rate of arrival of good games has accelerated.
All of these games work with the year-old Oculus Quest and the new Quest 2, but many apps are receiving additional updates and graphics enhancements for Quest 2 owners. We will continue to update periodically. this list as new options become available.
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You don’t know how surprisingly intense VR climbing can be until you try The Climb 2. This sequel to a classic VR game (also on Quest) uses your hands to reach and grab ledges, ropes and a zip line. It sounds easy, and yet discovering the edges, holding the right grip and staying focused can be a real challenge. It is also absolutely beautiful.
It’s not overcooked, but Cook-Out is a charming and truly immersive cooking game where you rush to make sandwiches using a grill and tools right in front of you. Other players can participate, up to four players at a time. At full speed, it looks like a theme park attraction created in VR just for you.
The new version of Myst from Cyan Worlds is the same game you’ve probably played a million times, but the environments here are really beautiful to walk through. Think of this as a puzzle game that doubles as a meditative escape. Learn more about Myst in VR here.
I missed my chance to go to Disney and see Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, but ILMxLab’s Batuu-themed game is the best thing to do. It’s not exactly a visit to Black Spire Outpost, but the incredible character set, world design, and intense blaster battles are an impressive feat. It’s over too soon, but this quest game still costs less than most Disney memorabilia. (Also Discover Vader Immortal, ILMxLab’s previous lightsaber adventure involving Darth Vader.)
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Population One’s battle royale multiplayer experience is very similar to Fortnite. In fact, it’s extremely Fortnite. This is a good thing. There aren’t many full-scale multiplayer VR games out there right now, and this is one of the best. Descending from above, navigating the shrinking map, climbing and searching for supplies, and excellent controls make this a must-have team shooter.
It’s expensive and the file size can reach 8GB on the Quest 2, but it’s console-quality virtual reality scaled down to a portable headset. Saints & Sinners was already an acclaimed PC VR game, and the quest transition retains its polished, RPG feel. It’s weird, but it’s also deep. There is more to it than just taking the picture.
Many Quest games are expensive, but a surprising number are free. Rec Room is a social hub that’s also a gateway to tons of social games, with a seemingly limitless set of possibilities. Sometimes it looks a bit like Wii Sports or VR Roblox. There are mini adventures, paintball games and more. I just want there to be improved parental control features (there seem to be a lot of parents leaving their kids in Rec Room lately).
It’s the killer app of Oculus Quest, and if you want to get moving, love lightsabers, or just a fun dance challenge, that’s it. There are plenty of tracks to keep you busy, the lightsaber tracking is fantastic, and there are additional music packs to purchase if you feel like you have to. I am currently exhausting myself trying to beat my nephew’s high scores.
Bullet time, grab the gun, wait – the faster you move, the faster everything else moves Get it now? Superhot was one of the first games to hit the quest, and it’s still amazing. Second choice: Pistol Whip. (Sorry, I still like Superhot more.)
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Seriously, VR ping pong is so good. The physics of the tabletop, the size of the play area, the way virtual reality fits perfectly with what you need – who knows? You can play online with real people, and the gameplay is terribly ruthless.
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If you’re up for a scary dive into mysterious puzzle boxes, this brand new VR game from the creators of the hit game series called The Room is a fantastic and spooky mental challenge (it’s not great for kids, however). There are plenty of other escape games on Quest, including the excellent I Expect You To Die, and a live multiplayer escape experience with ticket. Adventure labs, too much.
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Synesthetic Tetris was one of the best games of 2018, and the Quest version is generally just as good. It’s intense, the music is amazing, and even though the levels are frantic, it’s also strangely zen. It is a perfect way to relax.
Oculus’ ultimate zero gravity frisbee game is a relentless three-on-three VR experience that gave me the vibes of Rocket League, but in VR. The controls, which rest on your hands to catapult, are brilliant. The open beta is free at the moment, and it’s great. But expect to lose.
Moss is a little mouse with a sword who goes on a quest. You will follow him through levels that look like dioramas that you can watch. Walking around and exploring beautiful worlds is half the fun, but the game itself is also great and plays like a platform game on console, but in 3D.
With other people in your home, virtual reality can be a lonely disconnect. Keep Talking involves others by having non-VR people handle a bomb defusing manual while the VR person tries to communicate and stop the bomb in time. It looks like a weird board game, which most VR games never do.
An infinite, randomly generated set of castle enemies meet you every time you play, and this roguelike game uses a bow and arrow as the only method of navigation and attack. The mechanics feel good, and being surrounded by enemies that you shoot arrows at can be incredibly intense.
If you miss miniature golf (or real golf), the Pro Putt courses feel like a great replacement. The courses are cartoonish, but not crazy about mini-golf. The realism of the setting is surprisingly good. I find it all a bit meditative.
Talk about a game that never seems to get old. While Space Pirate Trainer has been around since the launch days of the HTC Vive, the simple arcade design is perfect. You stand still, shoot the aliens and protect yourself. Survive as long as you can. It’s perfect.
Want to revisit the games of the 90s, including the experience of sitting on the floor with a controller while playing games on a TV? You can do this already with a small retro 16-bit console, but Pixel Ripped oddly succeeds in VR. You are a child in a house, you play games that do not exist. Then you enter the world of pixels, and it gets weirder. The original 1989 Pixel Ripped from the ’80s is now inside as add-on DLC.
Virtual reality can turn your sense of reality upside down, and A Fisherman’s Tale is the best kind of out-of-body experience. A room with puzzles to solve also has a dollhouse, which is a perfect model of the room you are in. You can access your own space and as you do, a larger hand from above enters your room. It’s like living in your own weird puzzle dollhouse universe, and it’s fantastic.
Red Matter was one of the best Oculus Quest games, and an update for Quest 2 takes the graphics a step further. The atmospheric and moody puzzle-solving adventure takes place in an alternate timeline Cold War in space. Your tool-filled spacesuit glides and struggles with the brilliantly evoked world, which often has Half-Life vibes.
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