It’s like I’m really there.
The Oculus Quest line of standalone virtual reality head-mounted displays has been around for three years. As one of the only people in my friend group who has Quest 2, I still get the same exact question every time I bring it up: “Are there any good games out there?” The answer, of course, is yes. There are many great games on the Quest 2. However, there are also many bad games on the Quest 2, and separating the wheat from the chaff can be a little challenging.
Virtual reality is still a bit of a niche market, so it’s hard to understand which VR games are actually worth playing. With so much discussion centered around PC VR, it can be even harder to figure out which Quest 2 games deserve your attention. I’ve been working on this for a few years now, and I’m pretty happy with this list of five, but it’s by no means definitive. There is a a lot of great games in Quest 2, and I’ve excluded a few for reasons that are, in all honesty, kind of silly. That’s the cost of reducing a list to five, but it’s also a good reason to explore other corners of the platform’s library. After you’ve played these five, of course.
5. Strike Saber
This is a kind of open space. If you have played one game in Quest 2, chances are it is Beat Saber. It’s the game that Quest 2 owners love to show off to demonstrate the hardware’s potential to neophytes, and it’s the game that most non-VR people I’ve talked to immediately bring up VR. There is a good reason for this: Beat Saber rules
Beat Saber is a fairly simple rhythm game. You simply stand in place and brandish two copyright-proof things that look like lightsabers but are definitely not lightsabers at the beat. Beat SaberThe simplicity of is its secret sauce – it’s readable and instantly playable for everyone, regardless of their level of VR literacy, and it makes great use of the Quest 2’s limited hardware.
4. Superhot VR
Super hot is my favorite game since the original Game Jam prototype was released in 2013. It has a pretty simple lie: it’s a first-person shooter where time only moves when you move. That means that moving slowly allows you to pull off incredibly smooth bullet-time stunts, while moving fast turns the game into hectic first-person bullet hell.
Super hot is always great, but it’s greatest in VR. Having full control over your body makes the game feel even more like an incredible action movie. to like Beat Saberthe simplistic graphics and limited use of color provide full immersion without pushing the hardware beyond its limits.
3. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted
Listen, I understand. It’s 2022. You’re tired Five Nights at Freddy’s. But I really need you to hear me out on this one – Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted is great The Five Nights at Freddy’s formula is kind of perfect for virtual reality. The first three games in the series are all about sitting still in a disturbing environment. The control scheme is incredibly simple and the scares are ultra-effective.
Help Wanted lovingly recreates all three of those original games, and it also includes some neat minigames based on later entries in the series. It’s not reinventing the wheel by any means, but it’s still a pretty scary wheel, and it gets even scarier when you’re right in the middle of it. If nothing else, Help Wanted it’s a great way to remember why everyone was so thrilled by FNaF in the first place.
It is VRChat is it a game Kinda! It’s more like virtual reality Roblox, a platform for hobbyist developers to deliver a whole host of miniatures games of their own. It’s also a virtual reality social media platform, and one of the only places where you can watch Rei Ayanami and Pickle Rick fiercely debate the best. Shrek movie It is an outlet for creative expression in the absolute rawest sense. Everyone is exactly where they want to be VRChatfor better and for worse.
For some people, VRChat will be unbearably annoying. It doesn’t look very good, and its player base is about 75% young kids who haven’t learned microphone ethics yet. However, there is nothing else quite like it, and it is absolutely worth trying at least once. Who knows? maybe you’ll find that SSJ3 Goku avatar that makes it all click.
1. Resident Evil 4
What is there to say Resident Evil 4? It is Resident Evil 4. It’s one of the greatest games ever made, and absolutely nothing was lost in the transition to virtual reality. In fact, there is a very real case for doing so Resident Evil 4 in virtual reality is the best version of Resident Evil 4 ever done
Resident Evil 4 fans have extolled the virtues of the Nintendo Wii version of the game for years. RE4 just feels right with a light gun. Now imagine, if you will, playing the Wii version of Resident Evil 4… but in virtual reality. It’s honestly quite an impressive experience. For me, as a devotee Resident Evil 4 a fan who owns the game four times, it’s an incredible way to reframe an experience I’ve had more times than I can count.
For a newcomer, it is probably the most accessible and immediately enjoyable version of the game. If I could install one game on every Quest 2, it would be this one. It’s the perfect version of an already perfect game, and it’s the best experience you can have on the platform.