Are you looking for the best VR games to play? You’ve come to the right place!
We’ve gathered some of the best VR games across a variety of genres, whether you’re a fan of first-person shooters, puzzles, or something in between.
There’s sure to be something here that you can spend hundreds of hours on, both with friends or by yourself. And, with VR becoming increasingly popular, there’s never been a better time to jump in.
List of VR Games: How We Picked
We’ve handpicked games that at the very least pay homage to the virtual reality genre. There’s a fair number of “walking simulator” VR titles around that don’t exactly capture the performance and capabilities of a VR headset, and we wanted to keep those titles out of our list.
We’ve also included a couple of ported games in this list. While this could be viewed as a bit of a cop-out, we feel that the optimized VR experience these games provide justifies their inclusion.
Lastly, we also avoided any games that are currently in Early Access or modded by the community.
Aside from those guidelines, the qualifying process was fair game. We’ve tried our best to include the best virtual reality games out there across all genres and platforms.
Best VR Games
Without further ado, here are the 20 best VR games you can play today.
Release Date: March 23, 2020
Platforms: Valve Index, HTC Vive/Pro, PSVR, HTC Vive Cosmos Oculus Rift/S, Quest 2, Windows Mixed Reality
- A gripping storyline in a familiar yet fresh world
- Fantastic augmented VR controls, best in the platform
- Oppressive, harsh, and claustrophobic atmosphere
Half-Life: Alyx is a prequel to the original Half-Life games, and takes place between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2. You play as Alyx Vance, a member of the resistance fighting against the Combine, an alien occupying force.
From the intriguing and immersive story to the brisk and action-packed gameplay, Half-Life: Alyx is an impressive display of what virtual reality can do. You’ll most likely be spending your first half of the game in the oppressive and claustrophobic sewage systems fighting off Headcrabs, and the second half overworld, exploring the derelict, Soviet-inspired city. All the while unraveling the secrets of the Combine’s rule.
At an average playtime of about 12-13 hours, it may not be as long as Valve’s previous games, but that shouldn’t influence your decision. Half-Life: Alyx boasts a fine mix of cerebral puzzle-solving, funny dialogue, and fluid combat mechanics. If there’s one game that shows the true potential of virtual reality, it’s this one.
Release Date: May 21, 2018
Platforms: Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest 2, Oculus Rift S, Samsung HMD Odyssey, HTC Vive Pro, and PSVR
- Track editor that allows custom song sharing
- Various musical genres and difficulties to “slice” to
- Multiplayer compatible
Beat Saber is a time-based, rhythm game that features a collection of different tracks and colored blocks. It’s a simple concept inspired by the likes of Tap Tap Revenge and Rhythm Heaven—and Beat Saber is the best example of the genre in VR.
Armed with two energy swords, your goal is to slice and dice colored blocks that come flying at you in time with the music. Depending on your chosen difficulty level, you can play the game at your own pace, whether you’d like it as a cardio exercise or a full-fledge journey towards mastery.
Beat Saber also comes with a track editor, which allows you to create and share custom song packs with the community. The official website also hosts a large number of official and user-generated tracks, giving you a virtually endless supply of songs to slash.
Release Date: December 5, 2016
Platforms: Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest/2, HTC Vive, and PSVR
- Genre-defining gameplay that fits well in VR
- Challenges and high scores to incentivize improvement
- Freely-controllable character movements
Imagine dodging bullets and projectiles in real-time, Matrix-style. That’s the premise of Superhot VR, and it’s as cool as it sounds.
In a nutshell, time in Superhot VR only moves when you do. This mechanic completely changes the flow of combat, and makes for tactical and thrilling maneuvers that reshape the standard FPS formula.
Unlike on PC and consoles, the virtual reality aspect of Superhot VR adds a sense of weight and physicality to the game. Every movement you make is crucial and purposeful, and one wrong step could spell your demise.
Because of the time mechanic, Superhot VR feels more like a puzzle game than a traditional shooter. But don’t be fooled, there are still plenty of action-packed moments where you’ll be adequately challenged.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Oculus Quest/2, Windows Mixed Reality, and PSVR
- Top-notch VR immersion in a classical RPG
- Fully-trackable movements through motion controllers
- Nostalgic worldbuilding in a new medium
Skyrim’s widespread acclaim has pushed it into nearly every gaming console. So it’s only natural that Bethesda would vie its RPG epic for a place in the virtual reality market.
And it did not disappoint. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR is every bit as imaginative and engrossing as its original 2011 release. From the very beginning, you’re immediately immersed in the game’s fantastical world with its sweeping score and breathtaking landscapes.
The game’s combat system has also been updated to fully track your hand movements, making for a more intuitive and natural way to wield weapons and shields using realistic movements.
Release Date: November 9, 2018
Platforms: Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest/2, HTC Vive, and PSVR
- Futuristic audio and visuals
- Robust multiplayer mode
- 30+ different levels
Imagine Tetris: one of the most iconic and timeless video games of all time. From there, bring in an infusion of fresh concepts and a graphical and auditory overhaul, and you get Tetris Effect.
Tetris Effect takes the classic formula of the beloved tile stacking game, then flips it on its head with vibrant graphics, a thumping soundtrack, and 30+ stages that you can play to compete with others.
With overwhelmingly positive scores on Metacritic and Steam, Tetris Effect is undoubtedly the best rendition of the classic tetris formula in the VR.
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Platforms: Oculus Quest/2, PSVR, WMR, Oculus Rift
- Comes with VR-exclusive features like Virtual Living Room
- Familiar Minecraft, but you control Steve in 1st person
Yes, believe it or not, Minecraft VR is compatible with virtual reality headsets for free. And it’s just as cool as you think it is.
The VR version of Minecraft allows you to explore the blocky world through the eyes of your in-game avatar. From digging for diamonds in abandoned mineshafts to building a giant mansion, the possibilities are nearly endless in this timeless classic.
Minecraft VR developers also introduced a feature called the Virtual Living Room to prevent eye strain, allowing players to ‘tap out’ of their in-game character and instead view the game from a simulated lounge. Neat!
Release Date: November 7, 2019
Platforms: Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift/S, HTC Vive, PSVR,
- Thrilling, cinematic gameplay
- Immersive synth-pop soundtrack
- Aim Assist setting is available for novices
Pistol Whip is unlike most VR titles: it offers that delightful middle ground between giving you complete control of your movement and allowing you to stand in place.
This cool VR game puts you in the middle of an action sequence, where you’ll have to shoot, dodge, and duck your way through a hail of bullets. The camera pans in the direction of the action, granting you full focus on the heart of the action instead of having you control and flimsily search for your targets.
With an energetic and synth-pop soundtrack, Pistol Whip is one of the most intense and exhilarating VR experiences out there.
No Man’s Sky
Release Date: August 12, 2016
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PSVR, Valve Index
- Procedurally generated worlds
- Up-to-date with best of PC version
- Multiplayer and cross-play compatible
No Man’s Sky is an intergalactic sandbox game that allows you to explore 18 quintillion procedurally-generated planets. And yes, that’s not a typo—18 quintillion planets.
In No Man’s Sky, you play as a space explorer who hops across different planets in search of resources and new lifeforms. With the plethora of new things to see and hear, you’re never going to get bored of this game, especially in VR.
Even though the game was met with mixed reviews upon its initial release, it’s improved a lot since then. The VR version also includes all the recent updates such as multiplayer and base building, making it a more well-rounded game.
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Platforms: HTC Vive and PSVR
- Non-stop, ruthless action
- Three words: Blood, gore, and demons
What do you get when you mix a no-holds-barred demon shooter and virtual reality? Doom VFR—one of the most intense VFR games out there.
Unlike in Pistol Whip, which automatically directs your gaze towards the firefight, this game will have a horde of enemies coming at you from all sides. You’ll have to think fast and shoot even faster to survive the onslaught of demons.
While the game is mildly held back by clunky controls, DOOM VFR is still one of the most iconic titles in the virtual reality FPS space.
Release Date: March 20, 2019
Platforms: PSVR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Oculus Quest/2
- Good for fans of mystery and sci-fi
- An anime visual novel
- Multiple endings
Tokyo Chronos is a VR game where you get mysteriously transported to an alternate version of Tokyo. With no recollection of your past, you try to unravel the mysteries of the city and your own existence.
With a sparse amount of narrative-driven games in the space, Tokyo Chronos offers something unique and refreshing. While anime visuals can be a pro or con depending on your taste, the Japanese-inspired game is well-executed and meshes well with the game’s storyline.
Release Date: Early 2018
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality
- Customizable avatars
- Thousands if not millions of different servers
- Socially-driven game; experiences may vary
Virtual reality has disrupted how many people socialize with others beyond their normal social circles. No game embodies this more than VR Chat—a metaverse where you can hang out with friends, join communities, and attend virtual events, conducted through your VR headset and controls.
In VR Chat, you can pick and customize your avatar in any way you want. Sonic the Hedgehog, a Genshin Impact character, or a real-life actor suit your fancy? No problem!
While not a game per se, VR Chat is a fascinating social experiment that’s worth checking out, especially if you want to see the potential of virtual reality for social interactions.
Aside: Another contender for this list that we didn’t have room for but can’t not mention is Rec Room. It’s similar to VR Chat in that you can explore millions of servers and play and build with the community. If you’re not getting your social fill from VR Chat, Rec Room is worth a visit!
Trover Saves The Universe
Release Date: May 31, 2019
Platforms: Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, HTC Vive, Valve Index, and PSVR
- Filled with laughs and morally questionable moments…mostly laughs
- Skill abilities that you improve as you progress
- Includes free DLC
In Trover Saves the Universe, you play as the titular character Trover, who has to save the universe from the evil Glorkon. To do that, you’ll have to embark on an adventure across different dimensions, solving puzzles and traversing through platforms along the way.
Aside from being downright bizarre at times, there are many laughs to be had in this VR game. If you need a fun pick-me-up, this game’s worth a spot in your library.
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Platforms: Oculus Rift, WMR, Valve Index HTC Vive, and PSVR
- Tactical shooter, dubbed the “CS:GO” of VR
- Solo and co-op modes
- Unique arsenal of militaristic weapons
Dubbed by many as the Counter-Strike for VR FPS, Onward is a team-based shooter that emphasizes tactics and planning over mindless run-and-gun gameplay.
In Onward, you play as part of a team of soldiers who are pitted against another in a close-quarters combat scenario. Utilizing cover and flanking maneuvers is key to victory, as every player you’re fighting against is a real person with a conflicting objective as your own.
Onward boasts an abundant amount of weaponry and attachments, giving you the freedom to play how you want. If you’re looking for a more strategic VR FPS game, Onward is top-notch.
Resident Evil 4 VR
Release Date: October 21, 2021
Platforms: Oculus Quest 2
- Familiar five-star storytelling
- Excellent VR controls
- Tense and exhilerating at times
One of the most celebrated titles in the franchise, Resident Evil 4 is a survival horror masterpiece, and its VR adaptation does not disappoint.
In RE4 VR, you play as Leon, who is sent to a rural village in Spain to rescue the President’s daughter. However, not all is as it seems, and Leon quickly discovers that the village is infested with hostile enemies and mind-controlled villagers.
With its excellent gunplay and iconic story progression, as well as its flexible and thoughtful VR controls, RE4 VR is a game to play for both franchise fans and newcomers alike.
Release Date: December 10, 2019
Platforms: Oculus Rift, Valve Index, HTC Vive, WMR
- Creative and realistic physics interaction
- Unique combat and environment mechanics
- A diverse selection of weaponry
BONEWORKS is a physics-based VR puzzle game that puts you in the shoes of an anonymous test subject. Set in the Monogon Industries research facility, you’ll have to solve a variety of puzzles and fight through enemies to unravel the game’s underlying mystery.
BONEWORKS boasts hyper-realistic interaction and a plethora of different weapons to choose from. With its excellent puzzle design, intense playscapes, and fun gunplay, BONEWORKS is one of the best VR games that should not be missed.
Release Date: October 10, 2019
Platforms: Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest/2
- Thoughtful puzzle designs
- An original Norse VR RPG
- Smooth combat controls
Asgard’s Wrath is an action RPG title that pays tribute to Norse mythology. With many reaching 20 hours of gameplay without full completion yet, it’s also one of the most meticulous and fleshed-out VR games right now.
In this game, you’ll play as the fledgling God of Animals under the care of Loki. As the story unravels, you’ll meet your fair share of foes and allies in the gorgeous setting, and it’ll be up to you to put a stop to their plans.
The diverse character classes, Norse mythology setting, and mind-bending puzzles all add flavor and character to the game. The controls are impeccable too, boasting one of the cleanest and most graspable combat mechanics from any other VR game. Don’t miss this one!
Release Date: July 20, 2017
Platforms: Oculus Rift and Rift S
- Mix of survival and horror, tied in with a memorable cast
- Explore the spacecraft and solve puzzles
- Unveil the mystery of an anomaly in space
If you want to feel like you’re in a Star Trek episode, Lone Echo gives you that chance.
As an AI named Jack, you’re tasked with helping Captain Olivia Rhodes aboard the space station Kronos II. As you do, you’ll uncover a dark conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone on board.
The game is one of the most genre-defining and emotional space exploration games out in VR. The zero-gravity mechanics are also very well done, making for some cool and unique physics interactions whether you’re standing or seated.
Lone Echo II
Release Date: December 11, 2019
Platforms: Oculus Rift and Rift S
- Mesmerizing story
- Good characters
- Decent puzzles
The sequel to Lone Echo hits the ground running with an equally exciting story, better graphics, and more object interactions.
There are a few reasons why it’s a rank lower than its prequel, however. The puzzles are quite a challenge at first, but they start getting easily solvable once you reach a certain point. The characters you meet are charming, but there’s barely any progression in their development.
While it’s fun, if you have options, it’s best to play the first Lone Echo first.
ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
Release Date: October 2, 2018
- Adorable main character
- Uses the PSVR’s Dualshock controllers effectively
- Good mix of challenges including enemies, traps, and boss fights.
Need a dose of cuteness in your next game sesh? Look no further than ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission.
In this 3D platformer, you’ll guide ASTRO the Bot through a series of levels to rescue his lost crew. It’s a charming game with tight controls and plenty of polish.
ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission uses the Dualshock 4 controller effectively, with the majority of gameplay being mapped to the Dualshock’s face buttons. This makes for a comfortable and intuitive experience that any PSVR owner can pick up and play.
STAR WARS™: Squadrons
Release Date: October 2, 2020
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PSVR, Valve Index, Windows MVR
- Authentic and immersive starfighter piloteering
- Unlock components, upgrades, and engines to grow
- Solo mission story and 5v5 space dogfights await
Fans of Star Wars, rejoice! STAR WARS™: Squadrons is a VR game that lets you live out your starfighter pilot fantasies.
Players are pitted in 5v5 space battles where they must work together with their squadron to reach their objectives. Upon victory, players can unlock new components like weapons, shields, and engines to improve their starfighter ship and keep gameplay new and refreshing.
Before heading out to battle, players may also choose to customize their load-outs and cosmetics however they desire. The biggest drawback is that multiplayer queues can take ages to appear, but once it does, you’re sure to have a blast.