With the release of the Oculus Rift S and the continued support of the original Rift CV1, more people than ever are searching out hot new games and worthwhile older classics to enjoy in their head-mounted display. We’ve rounded up the best of the best games out there to help you build your VR library.
If you have a Rift or Rift S and are not playing Beat Saber, it’s time to fix the problem. In Beat Saber, you have a lightsaber in each hand and you must chop incoming blocks that line up with the rhythm of pumping original music. Try to reach the top of the online leaderboard and create your own tracks through the now-included level editor.
$30 at Oculus
Robo Recall is an intense, constant action shooter that uses Oculus Touch controllers to rip, shoot, smack, and generally destroy everything. You teleport around, kill all of the robots coming for you, and move on as quickly as possible. There are a bunch of different weapons to try out, and the artwork is gorgeous. If you’re a fan of first-person shooters (FPS), this is one to have in your library.
$30 at Oculus
Take an FPS, add geometric art, remove any sort of regular pacing, and you have SUPERHOT VR. Enemies are plentiful — as are their bullets — but they don’t get to move until you start moving. Survey the field, plan your attack, and finally commit to action in a storm of lead. The Forever Update has added more than 20 hours of endgame play to the experience, giving you the opportunity to relive SUPERHOT VR over and over.
$25 at GMG
Lone Echo delivers a haunting exploration of our relationship with A.I. and the intricacies of time dilation. The game is absolutely beautiful and has a full story, plus the zero-gravity locomotion feels natural for VR. It’s spooky, it’s thrilling, and it will take some thinking to solve all puzzles within.
$40 at Oculus
Pugilism in VR just seems natural, and what better way to make the snot fly than with Creed: Rise to Glory. You play as upcoming fighter Adonis Creed, trained by Rocky, as you rise from upstart to champion. All movement is handled 1:1, so you really feel like your punches and dodges are making an impact. If you don’t mind a workout while you game, this is a great addition.
$30 at GMG
Moss is a singleplayer puzzle game that puts you in third-person control of Quill, an unsuspecting mouse who’s destined for great things as she hacks and slashes her way through carefully crafted — and gorgeous — levels. You’ll need to rely on speed and cunning to survive tough enemies, and you’ll be engrossed by the exploration that’s available.
$30 at Oculus
This game is an homage to the old arcade cabinets we love, so expect an awesome soundtrack and plenty of flashing lights. You’re stranded on an interstellar platform, standing before your ship, as waves of enemy droids attempt to turn you into moon dust. You’ll be swapping weapons on the fly, pulling shields off your back, and spinning around to compete with all challengers that arise.
$15 at Oculus
Whether or not you’re a fan of the series as a whole, Star Trek: Bridge Crew is one of the best multiplayer games so far created for VR. Team up with other players online and take a seat on the bridge of the U.S.S. Aegis as you complete missions within The Trench. Included in this bundle is The Next Generation DLC, which has new enemies — Romulans and the Borg — to tackle.
$55 at GMG
With a lengthy campaign and easy setup for co-op or multiplayer, Brass Tactics will keep you entertained with real-time strategy (RTS) gameplay controlled by your Touch controllers. Each match takes place on a large tabletop fitted with a map, and it’s up to you to build towers, control regions, and ultimately crush the enemy’s stronghold with your army.
$30 at Oculus
Rec Room, the free social gaming experience from Against Gravity that is some of the most fun you’ll have in VR, is a relatively simple idea executed well. You’re greeted by an open rec room where you can interact with other real players, customize your avatar, get a squad together, and play some of the myriad minigames on offer. If you’d rather just hang out, jump into a private room, sit back and chat.
Free at Oculus
From the fine folks who brought us Job Simulator comes Vacation Simulator, an equally goofy and joyful romp through days off in the sun. You’re still one of the last humans on earth, and the robots around you try to make you as comfortable as possible while you explore and unlock vacation spots. Tackle wildly varying minigames, challenge yourself with puzzles, and get lost in the tongue-in-cheek humor that makes these games very worth your while.
$30 at Oculus
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR brings the classic Skyrim experience into the virtual world. Featuring all official DLC, including Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn, you’re getting the full experience and more thanks to mod support. Start out as an outlaw attempting to get across the border, and forge your own path through the midst of a civil war.
$60 at GMG
If you like to get competitive while in VR, there’s really no better multiplayer FPS than Pavlov VR. Join a skilled team for a match of search and destroy, or goof around in casual games against bots or other humans. There are a ton of weapons available, and if you’ve ever played Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on a standard monitor, you should feel comfortable here in this homage.
$10 at Steam
Elite Dangerous has turned into a favorite for many VR users thanks to attentive developers and feedback from rabid fans. What you have here is an enormous online (single player is also available) game that focuses on exploring billions of planets, mining resources, trading resources, buying and upgrading your ships, and fighting off enemies.
$60 at Oculus
In The Unspoken, you’re destined to become the greatest magician who ever lived. There are a bunch of classes to choose from, each with their own set of mesmerizing spells to cook up, and the graphics will wow you no matter what you launch at your enemy. Jump into a multiplayer game and face off against other spell-throwers as you vie for a top spot in the world of mages.
$20 at Oculus
If we’re making some suggestions
It’s clear from this roundup that there is a ton of content available for both the Oculus Rift CV1 and newer Rift S, and, in all likelihood, there are a couple of titles you love not found here. Altogether, there’s more content here than most will need to stay entertained in VR, so we can make some suggestions to narrow things down.
Beat Saber is an all-time favorite for most people who’ve been lucky enough to give it a try, and it’s great for all ages and VR experience levels. You can start slow and ramp things up to an incredible pace as you become accustomed to the level design and mechanics, and it never seems to get old, especially now that there are extra music packs and a level editor in which you can create your own courses from music you love. As long as you don’t mind getting in a workout while you game, this is a title that should be in everyone’s VR library.
If you prefer something that puts a gun in your virtual hands, Robo Recall is an outstanding game. It’s an arcade shooter that sees you retiring rebellious robots any way you can, and it makes the most of Touch controllers. Grab and pull apart robots if they get too close, quickly teleport around, shooting as you go, and enjoy stellar graphics as you try again to make it to the top of the leaderboard by chaining combos and pulling off impressive moves.
If you just picked up a Rift S, be sure to have a look at our roundup of the best accessories available, and if you’d rather spend your dough on more games, we’ve also collected a bunch of Rift S accessories that don’t cost more than $20.