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Best VR games the top virtual reality experiences to play right now

The best VR games you can play right now can bring you a whole new level of immersion – especially in comparison to playing a game on a traditional games console. Nowadays, when you put on one of the best VR headsets, you feel like you’re stepping into a whole new world. This guide is filled with our selection of the top virtual reality experiences you can try today, from high-energy shooting games through to spooky escape room puzzlers.

There are a huge range of virtual reality games to choose from – and new titles are added to most of the top VR platforms each week. The best virtual reality games you can play right now are wide-ranging and there are plenty of options to suit all kinds of tastes. High-octane first-person shooters, horror experiences that will make your heart race, mysterious puzzle games, or a new creative pursuit, we're confident you’ll find something that’s right for you.

All of the games you’ll find in our list below support a range of headsets. That means  whether you’re using a high-end PC headset, like the Valve Index or you’re making the most of your PS4 or PS5 with the PlayStation VR headset, you’ll find a virtual reality adventure to suit your setup. Keep reading to find our list of the best VR games of below.

Star Wars Squadron was voted Best VR Game TechRadar Choice Awards

Which VR games are right for you?

To find the best VR games, your choice will mostly be down to preference. Only you know whether you find shooting games or space exploration games or mystery puzzle games fun. But there are some other factors to consider, too.

The most obvious is finding out whether the game you have your eye on works with your virtual reality system. We've put compatible headsets next to games below.

Another consideration is whether the game allows you to both sit and stand. If you have a lot of room and want to play a high-energy game, it might be a no-brained you'll want to stand up and move about. Those with smaller spaces who aren't playing action games might want the option to stay seated and stationary.

If you're prone to motion sickness, you might also want to check whether there are accessibility controls to change movement settings. Most people get used to VR after a few plays, but some people can still experience a lot of dizziness if they move quickly in VR or have to fly, hover or spin.

1. Trover Saves the Universe

A tongue-in-cheek comedy

Reasons to buy

+Absurd humor+VR is quite comfortable

Reasons to avoid

-Humor may not be to everyone's taste

Available on PSVR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Valve Index

This comedy game is from the team at Squanch Games, which was founded by Justin Roiland (the co-creator of Rick & Morty). And because of that fact this game very much feels like a Rick & Morty space adventure but with different characters, which we think makes it one of the best VR games around. Ridiculous missions, hilarious voices, fun, colorful and bizarre stories, worlds and alien races. 

It's been around since on the Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One, but it came to Oculus VR headsets in June It gets around some of the tricky (and not to mention vomit-inducing) movement issues that are common in other games by placing you in a chair that serves as the game's user interface and you can control the main character, Trover, from a distance as well as teleport your chair to different spots in the game. 

2. Star Wars: Squadrons

Shoot for the stars

Reasons to buy

+Immersive flight sim+Fun for Star Wars vets and newbies

Reasons to avoid

-Campaign is bare bones

Available on PSVR, Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality.

Star Wars: Squadrons from Motive Studios is a VR game that will fulfill the childhood dreams of many. Letting you play as both Rebel and Imperial pilots, this ship-to-ship combat-focused flight sim is ideal for VR.

The game has a single-player campaign as well as multiplayer modes and although it's not a VR-exclusive title, playing in a VR headset really only adds to the excitement that you experience when whizzing around space in an X-Wing or a TIE Fighter. 

Sure, it doesn’t have a huge degree of breadth, but really it’s the depth of immersion that you’re looking for with Star Wars: Squadrons and it definitely provides that. 

3. Half-Life: Alyx

Best of the best

Reasons to buy

+Detailed and rich world+Graphically stunning+Innovative

Reasons to avoid

-Too ambitious at points

Available on Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality.

Some were afraid that Half-Life: Alyx, one of Valve's first VR games and the first new entry in the series in over a decade, might not live up to the expectations. But, without a shadow of a doubt, this is a Half-Life game that fills the roomy shoes that Valve left behind in To say Half-Life: Alyx is simply a good VR game would be an understatement - it's comfortably one of the best.

It is, like its forebears, a mind-bending joyride with a physics system to die for. The inventive, head-scratching scientific puzzles you’re used to from the PC games? They’re here. Tense jaunts through zombie-infested death pits that instil terror better than most ‘horror’ games? Alyx has got that in droves.

If you're looking for the one VR game to play in , it's Half-Life: Alyx. It's available for free with the purchase of a Valve Index and HTC Vive Cosmos Elite.

4. No Man's Sky

And unforgettable adventure

Reasons to buy

+Breathtaking environments+Loads to do

Reasons to avoid

-Can be a slow starter

Available on PSVR.

The action-adventure survival game that is No Man’s Sky by Hello Games was one one of the VR world’s most anticipated releases of That's not only because the original No Man’s Sky game seems perfectly poised for the VR experience.

Traversing and discovering its generated worlds is already one epic adventure many gamers would gladly immerse in. However, Hello Games has taken it to the next level by making No Man’s Sky’s VR experience better than most other developers have on their games, already making it an excellent contender for being one of the top VR games in

5. Superhot VR

Unique and thrilling

Reasons to buy

+Responsive controls +Blends puzzle with shooter perfectly

Reasons to avoid

-Not particularly long

Available on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR.

Super addictive first-person shooter Superhot has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a browser-based demo in It's found its natural home on VR headsets, where it makes the most of degree tracking by having enemies flank you from all sides.

Because time moves in slow-motion when you do, Superhot VR benefits from the flexibility of a bigger playspace. As the difficulty ramps up, you'll need every inch of cover to dodge incoming fire, bullet-time style, while crushing faceless enemies using guns, shurikens, and - most satisfyingly - your clenched fists.


The best VR games you can play right now

The best VR games thrust us head (and eyes) first into new worlds, and place us smack bang in the middle of any given game’s storyline. By hijacking the senses, we can travel to anywhere a game wants to take us from the comfort of our own living rooms – often in ways other, non-VR games just cannot manage. Our list of the best VR games takes all of this into consideration, as it covers new takes on classic genres, and entirely new slants on the gaming experience as we’ve otherwise come to know it. From the revolutionary Half-Life: Alyx, to the adorable throwback that is Pixel Ripped , there’s something for everyone here – all with various budgets in mind. Enjoy! 

Half-Life: Alyx

Available on: PC VR

Right off the bat, we need to bring up arguably the best VR experience available today: Half-Life: Alyx. Released in March , the VR-exclusive Half-Life: Alyx takes place five years before the events of Half-Life 2 and - as the title suggests - puts you in the well-worn boots of Alyx Vance. Being an established character of her own, this is also the first time we've heard the main character of a Half-Life universe game speak since Half-Life: Decay, and Half-Life: Alyx takes full advantage of it with plenty of humorous and memorable exchanges.

Beyond the script, Alyx might be the most high-profile triple-A game to be released exclusively on VR platforms, and playing it is proof that having that singular development focus pays off. With smart mechanic innovations and an immaculately detailed world to interact with, Half-Life: Alyx is a more-than-worthy follow-up to Half-Life 2, even if it's not exactly the Half-Life 3 we're all still waiting for.

Star Wars: Squadrons

Available on: PC VR

Star Wars: Squadrons isn't a dedicated virtual reality game, but it still plays like one. The basic appeal of loading into the cockpit of one of your favorite starfighters and heading into battle is magnified a dozen times when it feels like you're really there, and thankfully the basic design of the game backs it all up. Star Wars: Squadrons loads up as much detail as possible into the actual instrumentation of your dashboard rather than relying on immersion-breaking UI, and the game's entire interface can be comfortably navigated from the standard seated position.

Depending on your particular comfort level for pulling off death-defying barrel rolls and near misses (and boring concerns like pixel count making it harder to pick out distant targets), you may not be quite as competitive in multiplayer as you are in the campaign. Everything is playable in VR, though, so you're still welcome to give it a try.

Phantom: Covert Ops

Available on: Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift

Remember how Metal Gear Solid starts out with Snake infiltrating Shadow Moses Island in a personal submarine? What if it was a kayak instead, and Snake never got out of it? That's basically Phantom: Covert Ops, a stealth action game where you row through a paramilitary compound with a silenced pistol in one hand and a paddle in the other. Well, you'll probably keep the pistol holstered most of the time so you can paddle better, but you get what I mean.

It sounds silly, but once you get past a few logic leaps required to make the whole premise work, you'll quickly be gripped by Phantom's tense and immersive campaign. You're just one operative surrounded by hostile forces, so you'll need to keep your situational awareness just as sharp as your aim to complete your objectives. In true Metal Gear style you're rewarded for walking the pacifist path, but certain nefarious High-Value Targets do let you give your weapons a relatively guilt-free workout.

Pixel Ripped

Available on: PC VR, PS4, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest

Pixel Ripped is all about playing old video games. While many modern retro-styled games recreate the simpler graphics and challenging mechanics of older generations, this one recreates the whole experience of being a kid who loves games in Sitting on the floor in your PJs, popping in the cartridge for your favorite game, continuing to play even while neighbor kids holler at you from outside and your mom frets about you wasting all of your time on that dang Nintendo - it's all here.

You don't spend all your time with your hands in front of your face like you're holding a controller, though - you also get to spend some time in the game worlds themselves, or a fusion of the two, playing as both a game-loving kiddo and the intrepid action hero Dot. With its retro appeal and comfort-friendly stationary play, Pixel Ripped is a great way to show VR off to fans of more traditional gaming.

Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge

Available on: Oculus Quest

Don't let the fact that it's a theme park tie-in fool you: Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge is an immersive and action packed open-world game that's worth playing even if you don't know Black Spire Outpost from a hole in the ground. In fact, it's the closest thing to Star Wars Skyrim out there (that isn't a mod, I mean) - and the only way to play it is in virtual reality. Actually, the only way to play right now is specifically through Oculus Quest, though there's a decent chance Tales from the Galaxy's Edge will follow the path of Vader Immortal and eventually be released for other platforms.

The only big complaint about Tales is that it leaves you wanting a lot more. Despite using many of the trappings of sprawling first-person RPGs, it has relatively few maps and limited progression compared to its bigger cousins. Still, what's there right now is easily worth your time, and hopefully more is on the way in the future.

Tetris Effect

Available on: PS4, PC VR

Tetris Effect is such a holistic experience of mind, body and soul that should be one of the first games you run to once you pick up a VR headset. Those who think that this is just another slightly modified iteration of Tetris will realize they are sorely mistaken when their goggles are steaming up with tears. As well as a robust number of typical Tetris game modes, the star of the show is Journey Mode, a campaign that explores various elements of human history, tied together through song and (sometimes) verse.

Every twist of the tetromino is a musical note, with each line clear being an endorphin burst. You are the instrument in Tetris Effect, and it’s one of those games that really benefits from the enclosed nature of VR. Turn the lights down, stick some good headphones on, and clear lines like it’s nobody's business. You won’t regret it!

Superhot VR

Available on: PS4, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, PC VR

Given that Superhot is one of the most revolutionary indie smash hits in recent memory, it makes sense that when the action teleports into VR, the experience is only heightened. Superhot VR doesn’t take the easy route of porting the same story and missions into the virtual realm, it actually molds an engaging new tale whilst keeping the same genius gimmick the PC game is known for.

In Superhot, time moves when you do, which is perfect if you want to feel like Neo or Max Payne, ducking and weaving bullets like a boxer. A surprisingly effective exercise session as well as a video game, Superhot VR is frantic, demanding, and most importantly great fun as you thrash around in your living room, take careful shots at your enemies and punching and disarming from all angles when you’re surrounded. 

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Available on: PSVR, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, PC VR

Working to disarm a bomb while receiving panicked instructions from your friends is even more intense in VR. For the uninitiated, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes in PSVR tasks the headset-wearer with diffusing a ticking time bomb at the direction of other players reading off complex instructions from a separate screen.

It's available on non-VR platforms, but in VR the person disarming the bomb is the only one who can see the bomb, making the situation more unpredictable for the other players. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes on PSVR is hectic, challenging, and ultimately one of the best party games you can play in VR and otherwise. 

Blood and Truth

Available on: PSVR

Now regarded as one of Sony’s flagship PSVR titles, Blood and Truth started as a spinoff from the demo disc caper The London Heist and quickly developed into its own game, with a celebrity ensemble of voice actors and some tactics that feel much more nuanced than your typical VR shooting gallery.

You’ll explore spooky museums, high-rise flats and mob-controlled casinos as you work to win back your honour in this crime family tragedy (which also has plenty of love for the city of London). This is all complemented by the incredible soundtrack, a careful mix of soaring orchestral sounds with the exquisite grittiness of grime producer Zdot. Boy Better Know’s very own JME even makes an appearance to score the chaos with his bars.

Available on: PSVR

Capcom reinvented Resident Evil in several ways with Resident Evil 7. Not only did it present the game in first-person for the first time ever, it also lets players see it all in terrifying virtual reality. As arguably the first killer app for VR, the game still holds up today, years since launch, because no genre is better suited for VR than horror, and among recent horror games, few are as spine-tinglingly spooky as Resident Evil 7.

The setting feels different from other games in the series too, capturing more of a backwoods Texas Chainsaw aesthetic. Even if you're a Resident Evil alum, there's little hope that you can shed the scares so simply in Resident Evil 7 because there's little familiarity to be had in the eerie Baker home. When the many scares are happening right in front of your face, they're all the more terrifying.

The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners

Available on: Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, PSVR, PC VR

Before it arrived, few seemed to expect Saints and Sinners to be any good. As a Walking Dead spinoff in the world of VR, it was comprised of two things people are often skeptical about. But all that skepticism was proven wrong when the game launched and became a hit. So here it is, on our best VR games list. 

The combat is gritty and unnerving, capturing the claustrophobic scenes we've seen so often on the TV series, in the comics, and in other games. In a way, it's almost a fitting zombie apocalypse simulator. Luckily, getting bit in Saints and Sinners isn't as fatal as it would be if Robert Kirkman's hordes ever actually started ambulating, but thanks to VR, it truly feels just as genuine - and genuinely scary.

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission

Available on: PSVR

Another PSVR exclusive that is reason alone to buy a headset, Astro Bot: Rescue Mission is an adorable Ape Escape-adjacent platformer from Sony’s Japan Studio that will delight anybody with an imagination, regardless of age. Doing away with the (admittedly ancient and unreliable) Move controllers, Rescue Mission is perhaps the most holistic use of the DualShock 4 since the controller’s launch.

Astro essentially lives inside the touch bar, and after swiping to get him out at the start of each mission, you must unlock and gesture to utilize his special abilities so solve puzzles and save his lost robot friends, with the player acting as a VR overseer in this vibrant world, which takes little Astro from underwater depths to mystic mountaintops and even haunted houses. It’s the best VR platformer you can buy and has tons of replayability, especially if you plan to save every single bot (and who wouldn’t - they’re viciously cute).

Beat Saber

Available on:  PSVR, Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, PC VR

You’ve most likely heard of Beat Saber, but just because it’s incredibly popular doesn’t mean that it isn’t still a total system seller. A very basic concept executed with care, Beat Saber is a rhythm game where you slash your way through tracks with two wrist-mounted lightsabers. Since becoming incredibly popular we’ve seen track packs from artists such as Virtual Self, Panic at the Disco!, and even virtual band K/DA from Riot’s League of Legends.

If you’re playing on PC, there’s also an incredible modding community behind the game, with custom tracks and dual-blade lightsabers amongst other fascinating spins on the formula. Beat Saber manages to elevate songs you think you know into vibration-led sensory experiences that will make you appreciate them even further, which makes it one of the best VR games by a mile. 

No Man's Sky Beyond

Available on: PSVR, PC VR

No Man’s Sky’s fumbled launch was a controversial learning moment for developer Hello Games, who then admirably worked to fix the game over the ensuing years, which has blossomed the original concept into something particularly beautiful and addicting. The Beyond update brought uncompromising VR to the game, another delight for invested fans.

Aside from the stunning feeling of boosting to warp speed out of a planet’s orbit, you can go about your business with the added benefit of a head-mounted display. The game is a masterclass in making you feel insignificant, in that same beautiful way as when you look up at the stars in real life. Whilst the controls take a little getting used to, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more replayable game in VR, especially given the scale and scope of the procedural universe.

Skyrim VR 

Available on:  PSVR, PC VR

Bethesda’s flagship VR title does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s Skyrim, fully ported to VR with no questions asked. You can’t get much better than that in terms of bang for your buck, so we had to put it on the best VR games list. Sure, it’s about as janky as Skyrim itself, but really, the chaos of a Bethesda RPG is often half the fun, right?

Wallop mudcrabs with your fists and feel the force feedback like you’ve always wanted to. Shout Fus Ro Dah at a walrus in real life and in-game. The possibilities are endless, honestly and the tundra-laden world is what you make of it. Just make sure you don’t get lost in there on your Dragonborn quest to Valhalla.

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Whoever said VR has no games?

True, the medium isn&#;t overflowing with hour RPGs and lavishly-produced shooters, but there are absolutely more than enough titles out there now to satisfy a wide variety of gamers whether they like online sports, mind-bending puzzles or walking simulators. The fact is that whether you own an Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PSVR or otherwise, you&#;ve got plenty to play. But where should you spend your hard-earned cash?

To answer that question, we&#;ve rounded up VR games we believe are absolutely worth playing right here on this page (scroll down!). Note that we&#;re not talking a ranked &#;Top &#; list, at least not yet. This is about highlighting games that are fighting the good fight for VR, trying to shine a spotlight on some of the stuff you may have missed and championing the absolute essentials that everyone should play.

And, to be clear, these are strictly games, not experiences. We may or may not be working on another list to cover the latter category for later on and there may or may not be some overlap between the two, but for now we wanted to directly recognize the game developers doing great work in this emerging medium.

Editor&#;s Note: This post will frequently be republished and repromoted, but it was originally published in the early Fall of

A Chair in A Room: Greenwater &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Developer: Wolf & Wood Interactive

Getting a jump scare out of you in VR is easy. There&#;s a lot of cheap experiences out there that have earned YouTube stardom using lackluster techniques. That makes the restraint Wolf & Wood shows in slowly building the intense, dread-filled horror of A Chair in a Room all the more impressive. This a chilling, intelligent psychological experience that is more interested in playing with your mind than it is screaming in your face at the most unexpected moment. It also makes great use of room-scale technology, if you have space. This is the thinking man&#;s horror game.

Accounting/Accounting+ &#; Read Our Coverage
Platforms: HTC Vive, PlayStation VR
Developer: Crows, Crows, Crows

From the minds that brought you Rick and Morty comes this unmissable, hilarious showcase for just how brilliantly odd VR can be. Accounting is a fascinating trip through the mad world of Justin Roiland and co, exploring just how awkward and, frankly, disturbed VR can make you feel. If you&#;re not being shouted at for something you didn&#;t mean to do you&#;re generally destroying, stabbing or causing any other kind of weird mess you can. If you can, go for the expanded Accounting+ on PSVR, though the free Vive version is great too.

The American Dream &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR
Developer: Samurai Punk

At a divisive time in American history comes this hilariously biting commentary on gun culture that&#;s not to be missed. The American Dream depicts a world in which day-to-day tasks are carried out with the help of guns. Shoot holes in bagels, paint cars and, uh, deliver newborn babies with the help of your sidearms. The American Dream is a bold VR game that dares to provoke as it strives to make a statement about the dangers of society today. This is something that demonstrates the real power of VR and the direction we want to see gaming head in going forward.

Apex Construct &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PlayStation VR
Developer: Fast Travel Games

A rock-solid debut from one of VR&#;s most promising new developers, Apex Construct takes players on a sprawling adventure in a strangely beautiful post-apocalyptic world. The trusty bow and arrow mechanics at the game&#;s heart provide a fitting template for a full campaign in which you&#;ll do battle with an army of robot minions. Apex Construct is a game that&#;s very eager to please those that have been pining for a full gaming experience and, while not perfect, it gets more than enough right to be worth your time.

Archangel: Hellfire &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Developer: Skydance Interactive

VR loves mechs, and it&#;s not hard to see why. The experience of sitting inside a cockpit, realistically interacting with your controls and unleashing a barrage of missiles or lasers is unbeatable. Nowhere is that more evident than with Skydance&#;s multiplayer expansion to Archangel, which gives you full control over a war machine of your choosing. An intuitive control scheme that makes great use of motion controllers and expansive maps that allow you to play out cinematic battles make this a blockbuster VR game you shouldn&#;t miss.

Arizona Sunshine &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PlayStation VR
Developer: Vertigo Games, Jaywalkers Interactive

Shooting zombies was always going to be one of the most popular things to do in VR, and Vertigo Games&#; Arizona Sunshine is the best place to do it. This is the rare example of a VR game that offers the full package including an entire campaign that can be played by yourself or in co-op as well as one of the best horde modes in the genre. Arizona Sunshine lets you live out your zombie survival dreams like never before. If you&#;re going to pick it up, we really like playing it on PSVR with the Aim controller, just so you know.

Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, Gear VR, Oculus Go

E McNeill has made a name for himself developing some of VR&#;s most thoughtful and strategic games. His latest, Astraeus, is easily his most accomplished yet, achieving a surprisingly accessible control scheme in which you select asteroids to mine and compete to create the largest and best network of bases in the galaxy. This is a game that shows true vision in its futuristic user interface and also demonstrates a welcome strand of humor with commentary from your robotic companion too.

Augmented Empire &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Gear VR, Oculus Go
Developer: Coatsink

Who says mobile VR is for casual games? Certainly not Coatsink, which last year released one of the industry&#;s deepest titles on a Gear VR. Augmented Empire combines the strategic gameplay of XCOM with the team-building story of a Mass Effect game to wonderful effect, then throws in VR support for good measure. It&#;s one of the rare games on any VR platform that will find you caring about its characters and itching to get back to every night. If you&#;re looking for a full, hardcore gaming experience in VR, this provides everything you&#;d ever need.

Batman: Arkham VR &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR
Developer: Rocksteady Studios

Rocksteady&#;s unexpected VR debut allowed us to take on the cowl much sooner than we ever thought we&#;d get to. Arkham VR is a punchy mini-story that trades in some of the series&#; defining features in the name of keeping the experience as immersive and comfortable as possible. While many of us would like to see the combat properly added in, there&#;s no denying that Arkham VR offers some incredibly powerful moments that stand amongst the best reasons to pick up a VR headset today.

Beat Saber &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PlayStation VR (soon)
Developer: Beat Games

Who could have predicted that, with all the possibilities of VR, a rhythm action game would become one of the scene&#;s biggest sensations? But Beat Saber really is that good; not only does it feel great to wield two knock-off lightsabers in hand but the game has razor-sharp mechanics that make slashing and dodging your way through any one of its tracks a real thrill. Impending launches for multiplayer and level editing are only set to sweeten the deal. Don&#;t turn your nose up at what&#;s fast becoming one of VR&#;s all-around best games.

Blasters of the Universe &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Playstation VR
Developer: Secret Location

You might not think VR is suited for the bullet hell genre, but Blasters of the Universe is here to prove you wrong. Secret Location added a welcome new layer to the well-worn wave shooter genre by making players perform virtual acrobatics to avoid swarms of incoming bullets. It makes for a much more intense and alarming survival game. Highly customizable weapons and a brilliant Saturday morning cartoon presentation make this one of the most polished and fun single-player shooters you can find in VR today.

Bow to Blood &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: PlayStation VR
Developer: Tribetoy

Few were expecting much from Bow to Blood, but this really is one of VR&#;s most deceptively deep games. You pilot a flying ship in the Bow to Blood tournament, heading into aerial combat and races as you try and claw your way to the top of the competition. Frantic ship micromanagement gives the gameplay a chaotic edge, but its the relationship system that sees you interact with other competitors that really stands out. It gets you to forge uneasy alliances and make enemies in order to save yourself from being voted out of the competition and it works brilliantly.

Bound &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: PlayStation VR
Developer: Plastic

Bound is an enthralling delight of a VR experience in which you control a ballet dancer weaving her way through intricate levels. It first released on standard displays, but the move to PSVR really brought the game&#;s beautiful world to life. Vivid colors and bar-setting animation are given hypnotic new meaning, as is the game&#;s touching story. If you&#;re into a much more experiential strand of VR then Bound is definitely something you should check out.

Brass Tactics &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift
Developer: Hidden Path Entertainment

Leave it to the developers that brought us games like Age of Empires II to deliver probably the best real-time strategy game seen in VR thus far. Brass Tactics takes a delightful twist on the genre by fusing fully animated battles with a tabletop gaming arena that&#;s best shared with friends in multiplayer. Motion controls make the game incredibly accessible and the ability to drag yourself over the board can really lose you in its miniature battles. Brass Tactics delivers on the strategy dreams many of us have had for years now.

Catan VR &#; Read Our Coverage
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, Gear VR, Oculus Go
Developer: Experiment 7

VR has the potential to reinvigorate boardgames and Catan VR shows you why. This brings the classic tabletop game to virtual life with amazing animations. Pick your own avatar, find friends online and then sit down for an evening of shaky alliances and betrayals. It also supports cross-play across all of the headsets it&#;s been released on, making it one of VR&#;s most accessible online games.

Chronos &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift
Developer: Gunfire Games

Further proof that third person VR games can not only work but flourish on the platform, Chronos is a brilliantly moody action game that fuses the present day with fantastical elements. There are plenty of amazing sights to behold as you journey through an ancient dungeon, solving puzzles and fighting with orcs. It&#;s as close to a traditional Zelda game you&#;re going to get in VR right now, but stands up on its own terms too. We&#;re still holding out hope that a sequel to Chronos is on the cards at Gunfire.

The Climb &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift
Developer: Crytek

Still one of VR&#;s most visually-impressive games, The Climb remains a great way to introduce anyone to this new medium, despite the fact you keep your feet on the floor. It&#;s a rock climbing experience in which you use the Oculus Touch controllers to scale massive mountains in some ridiculously beautiful locations. Motion controls make this one of VR&#;s most intuitive locomotion systems (don&#;t play it with the gamepad) and it&#;s as good a workout as you&#;d want from a game. Just don&#;t play it if you suffer from vertigo.

Compound &#; Read Our Coverage
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Developer: Bevan McKechnie

Sometimes you just need to go back to basics. Compound does this not just by looking like the original Doom or Wolfenstein 3D but also slowing the action back down to their pace too. In doing so, the game gives players the space to properly react to their surroundings instead of overwhelming the senses as so many other VR shooters do. It makes threats more detectable and thus more exciting, and gives the ensuing action the kind of level playing field that actually helps keep you rooted in the experience. It&#;s only in Early Access right now but Compound is definitely one of VR&#;s best shooters.

Dead Effect 2 VR &#; Read Our Coverage
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Developer: BadFly Interactive

Turns out people still want to fight zombies even when you might believe the zombies are real. Well, if that sounds like you, you need to be playing Dead Effect 2. This is a very capable port of an already-enjoyable zombie shooter that will give fans of everything from Aliens to Night of the Living Dead something to love. Dead Effect 2 is one of a handful of games that makes a great case for developers porting past projects to VR where appropriate, and we&#;re hoping other studios take note.

Downward Spiral: Horus Station &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PlayStation VR (soon)
Developer: 3rd Eye Studios

If Lone Echo is Gravity; an explosive blockbuster sci-fi adventure, then Downward Spiral is , boasting a more considered, moody atmosphere. You explore the remains of an abandoned space station, trying to locate your missing crew and find out what&#;s happened. The excellent zero-gravity traversal keeps you rooted right in the middle of the well-paced campaign, which can be played either solo or with a friend. The great assortment of weapons also comes into play in an entertaining multiplayer mode, too. This is the full package.

Dirt Rally &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR
Developer: Codemasters

A lot of VR ports struggle to bring their entire experience over to headsets (we&#;re looking at you, Gran Turismo Sport), but Dirt Rally does so with aplomb. The entire rocky rally ride is available to experience in this package, with a huge amount of tracks to skid around. While it may not be as comprehensive as the Project Cars series, Dirt Rally offers an authentically rough strand of racing that you can&#;t find anywhere else. We might even dare to call it VR&#;s best racing game at this point in time.

Dragon Front &#; Read Our Coverage
Platforms: Oculus Rift, Gear VR, Oculus Go
Developer: High Voltage Software

Card games are perfect for VR, really. Imagine a round of Magic in which the creatures you summon spring to life and get locked in deadly combat with your opponent. That&#;s exactly what Dragon Front offers, and it&#;s a heck of a lot of fun to see unfold. High Voltage&#;s biggest contribution to the VR scene yet gives you a deep but accessible combat system and continued support for the game has introduced new factions that have evolved the game in new ways. Crucially, cross-play makes it easy to find matches.

Duck Season &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Developer: Stress Level Zero

This wonderful little experiment of a game pays tribute to more 80&#;s media than you might think. Though it initially appears to be a nostalgic trip back to the days of the NES, a more sinister undertone soon makes itself known, creating a creepy, memorable experience. Stress Level Zero littered this game with love, from the throwbacks to classic games, films and TV shows to the huge amount of easter eggs and alternate endings that will have you rooting back through the story as soon as you finish it.

Eagle Flight &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PlayStation VR
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Studio

Eagle Flight remains unlike anything else you&#;ve ever seen in VR. You take on the role of an eagle in a post-apocalyptic Paris that has surrendered itself back to nature. Simply swooping along the skyline and taking in the sights is an amazing experience in its own right, but Eagle Flight features intuitive controls that are put to great use across a variety of modes including single-player races and competitive online games that rethink aerial combat for the VR age. We&#;re still holding out hope for a second game in this series.

Echo Grotto &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Developer: Gaugepunk Games

Gaugepunk Games has done incredible work making meaningfully immersive VR experiences, and Echo Grotto successfully fuses that with gamified exploration. This is a caving VR game that you&#;ll get lost in both in terms of hours spent playing and location as you dive deeper. There&#;s an untouched tranquility to your expeditions, which become easier the more equipment you uncover. Echo Grotto will only last as long as your curiosity does, but in a world this well realized that can go a long way.

Eclipse: Edge of Light &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Google Daydream
Developer: White Elk Studios

When it first released last year we confidently proclaimed Eclipse was Daydream&#;s best game. That still stands; this is a rich, immersive exploration game that leads you on a compelling tale of a doomed planet. The game uses environmental storytelling to unearth some genuinely memorable moments that make great use of VR. Amazing environments, enlightening jet pack traversal and well-paced platforming also help to establish this as an utterly engrossing journey from start to finish. If you have a Daydream-ready phone, it&#;s worth getting a View headset to play this alone.

Edge of Nowhere &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift
Developer: Insomniac Games

Ratchet and Clank creator Insomniac Games took us to dark places with its first VR game, which remains as close to Dead Space and Resident Evil 4 as you&#;ll yet find in the Rift. Edge of Nowhere takes you on both an Arctic expedition gone wrong and a descent into madness as you journey through frozen wastes in search of a lost team. This isn&#;t necessarily the type of game that couldn&#;t be done outside of VR, but that doesn&#;t change the fact that playing it inside a headset amplifies the pulse-pounding scraps. A treat of a more traditional game.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PlayStation VR
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Yup, that&#;s right. Skyrim. In VR. It&#;s the full thing; hundreds of hours worth of content, full support for motion controllers across the wide range of swords, bows and spells, and complete freedom over where you go and what you do. Whilst Skyrim does include some inevitable awkward elements, they don&#;t stand in the way of what is otherwise the biggest and arguably most compelling VR experience on the market. Support for mods on PC also makes this a practically endless experience.

Elite Dangerous &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Developer: Frontier Developments

One of the earliest games to support VR headsets is still easily the biggest. Elite features endless hours of space exploration and combat with incredibly deep systems that give you full agency over your sci-fi adventures. Forge your own path in a massive galaxy to explore, meeting up with freinds and making a few enemies in the process. Regular expansions to the game have only increased the sheer amount of things you can do, including exploring the surface of planets. Elite is that rare game that truly lets you live out your childhood fantasies in VR.

The Exorcist: Legion VR &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR
Developer: Wolf & Wood Interactive

Wolf & Wood built upon the success of A Chair in a Room with access to a franchise that&#;s practically perfect for the developer: The Exorcist. Legion VR&#;s episodic installments give the studio space to experiment and deliver new terrors across each of the five entries in this brilliant series. Again, the studio employs smart use of the psychological effects of VR to provide a wider sense of dread and turmoil instead of just resorting to the usual jump scare tactics. This is one VR tie-in that doesn&#;t disappoint.

Fallout 4 VR &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: HTC Vive
Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Somehow Bethesda really managed to squeeze all of its massive role-playing game into a VR headset. Fallout 4 gives you an entire wasteland to explore and an endless amount of choices to make. Use motion controllers to wield the game&#;s expansive arsenal of weapons, getting into fights with Deathclaws and robots. Then, if you want to take a step back from the survivng, build your own space and hang out with everyone&#;s favorite dog companion. There aren&#;t many more VR games out there right now that will offer you this kind of bang for your buck.

Fantastic Contraption &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PlayStation VR
Developer: Northway Games, Radial Games

Get the pink ball to the pink goal. That&#;s all you have to do in Fantastic Contraption, but it&#;s how you pull it off that really makes the game shine. You&#;re given the tools to build your very own walking, wheeling vehicle which will carry the ball to its goal. This is one of VR&#;s most creative games, letting you build mechanical Frankenstein monsters that you&#;ll grow to love as you send them off to navigate challenging courses. The rock solid physics system provides endless hours of experimental engineering that&#;s great to share with friends. Fantastic Contraption is just waiting to fill your brain with ideas.

Farpoint &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: PlayStation VR
Developer: Impulse Gear

The first game to properly support PSVR&#;s Aim controller, Farpoint takes a decent stab at delivering a blockbuster FPS campaign for the VR age. You crash land on an uncharted planet which you soon discover in the worst way possible is infested with giant spiders. Aim plays a huge part in making Farpoint a truly immersive experience, cashing in big time on the slick satisfactions that come with pretending to be a space marine. Its campaign is short and largely simplistic, but it gets by on pure wish fulfillment alone.

Fated: The Silent Oath Episode 1 &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR
Developer: Firma Studio

We may never get a second episode in the Fated series, but the impressive world-building and genuine sense of adventure found in the first installment still make it worth a look. This is as close to a Game of Thrones VR game you&#;ll yet find, though its the interactions with the game&#;s NPCs using simple head-nodding and skaing that really stand out, including one incredible moment towards the end that stands as one of VR&#;s most heart-breaking sequences. It&#;s a little old now, but Fated still offers a glimpse of the future.

Firewall Zero Hour &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: PlayStation VR
Developer: First Contact Entertainment

Finally, two years after PSVR&#;s launch, First Contact delivered the shooter fans had been dreaming of. Using PSVR&#;s Aim controller to great effect, Firewall offers perhaps the most convincing, arresting online combat in the entire industry. Short, sharp 4 v 4 battles see players working together to clear maps of the enemy. Each match creates a terrific air of tension as you hunt down other players and then trade bullets from behind cover. It&#;s early days for Firewall but we&#;d bet this is one of PSVR&#;s most enduring games.

Floor Plan &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PlayStation VR, Oculus Go, Gear VR, Google Daydream
Developer: Turbo Button

Arguably the best game from one of VR&#;s best new developers, Floor Plan is an eccentric mix of multi-floored puzzling that sees you interacting with a colorful cast of characters. It&#;s a glorious throwback to the LucasArts heyday of adventure gaming, with outlandish solutions to bizarre puzzles that will often leave you laughing just as much as scratching your brain. It&#;s a little on the short side, but Floor Plan captures the random delights that VR can provide.

Form &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR
Developer: Charm Games

One of VR&#;s most immersive experiences, Form is a surreal puzzle game in which a scientific experiment sends you on an enlightening journey of discovery. Charm Games creates challenges that aren&#;t necessarily taxing on the brain but simply feel fantastic to interact with in VR. Anything could happen in Form and what does happen usually ends up being amazing to behold. It&#;s a little on the short side but it&#;s unlike any other puzzle game you&#;ve ever tried and absolutely worth picking up even if you&#;re not a regular puzzle solver.

From Other Suns &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift
Developer: Gunfire Games

Chronos developer Gunfire Games turned to procedural generation to answer the call for long-lasting VR games, and the result is the excellent From Other Suns. In this co-op shooter you and up to three friends journey through a galaxy filled with dangers, managing resources on your own ship before boarding others to take on armies of aliens and robots. From Other Suns has an amazing arsenal of weapons and fun corridor shootouts that you can experience time and again and is one of the best places for friends to hang out in VR.

The Gallery Episodes 1 and 2 &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR
Developer: Cloudhead Games

It&#;s worth bundling both of Cloudhead Games&#; Gallery games together because as a pair they form an incredibly promising start to one of VR&#;s most fantastical journeys. Cloudhead has built an adventure series that thinks first and foremost about the kinds of interactions that would be fun in VR and then builds its Dark Crystal-inspired world around them. The second episode in particular demonstrates a masterful grip on the kinds of story-telling techniques that are really going to help VR stand out going forward. One thing&#;s for sure, we can&#;t wait for Episode 3.

Gorn &#; Read Our Impressions
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Developer: Free Lives

There are those of us that believe VR is a force for good in this world and that it should be used for the betterment of mankind. We couldn&#;t agree more, and Gorn is a shining example of that. Okay, really this ultra-bloody gladiator game probably isn&#;t something you should be showing to any classrooms anytime soon but it does legitimately boast some of VR&#;s best melee combat, with slapstick battles that have a surprisingly low tolerance for any panic on the player&#;s part. Gorn is frantic, freeing fun and we wouldn&#;t change a single drop of its silly bloodshed.

Gunheart &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR
Developer: Drifter Entertainment

Gunheart is another shooter that gets props for delivering the full package to VR fans with a full story-driven campaign. Its co-op focus with RPG elements makes every battle with twisted aliens a hugely engaging affair, and the first-rate visuals and brilliant enemy design make it one of VR&#;s best-looking games too. Optional flatscreen support will also give you more people to play with, while plenty of customization options and a wide range of side-missions will keep you coming back for more.

Hellblade: Senua&#;s Sacrifice &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Developer: Ninja Theory

We were all pleasantly surprised when Ninja Theory dropped a VR version of last year&#;s critically acclaimed Hellblade onto our laps and even more delighted when we discovered just how well the experience holds up. Though Hellblade wasn&#;t designed for VR, there are certain moments in the campaign that really speak to the player from this new perspective, and the daunting battle with mental health is enhanced by the power of the platform. This is a game you should play anyway but, if you can, play it in a VR headset.

Hot Dogs, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades &#; Read Our Coverage
Platforms: HTC Vive
Developer: Rust

H3VR (yes this is the H3VR you keep reading about) has a simple mission at heart; to let you fire a heck of a lot of guns and make it all feel as authentic as possible. True, this might not be the most progressive use of VR, but you can&#;t deny it&#;s probably the most authentic and exhaustive library of firearms out there in the virtual world, and if shooting guns is your thing then is this probably the place to do it (real world or otherwise). It&#;s a sandbox of destruction that you&#;ll lose hours in.

How We Soar &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: PlayStation VR
Developer: Penny Black Studios

It&#;s a shame that How We Soar flew under the radar when it should have, well, soared. In this elating adventure you ride upon the back of a phoenix that tours the life of a struggling writer. This is as majestic as VR gaming gets, letting you elegantly glide across beautiful paper-made levels, swooping through rings. Its slow pace and story-driven focus won&#;t be for everyone, but if you&#;re a fan of any kind of narrative-first gaming then this is one experience that you really need to dig up.

I Expect You To Die &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR
Developer: Schell Games

Being a super secret agent is hard. That&#;s why, as the name suggests, you die a lot in I Expect You To Die. This is a trial and error VR puzzler that often ends in hilarious tragedy and requires quick wits that take full advantage of the platform. This shows VR gaming as its most inventive and erratic, giving you something new to see and do around every corner from dodging lasers to disarming bombs and mixing test tubes. Schell Games has made a lot of great contributions to VR over the years, but this is one of their best.

In Death &#; Read Our Coverage
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR
Developer: Solfar Studios

Turns out Everest developer Solfar Studios has a bit of fight in it. In Death is one of the best medieval combat games for VR, Pitting you against hordes of ghouls, archers and demented knights that you&#;ll take down shot-by-shot with your trusty bow and arrow. There&#;s just a splash of Dark Souls to it, with an authentic atmosphere that really makes you feel like you&#;re storming an ancient fortress. This is another Early Access game that&#;s already justified a purchase, so we&#;re hoping Solfar builds a lot more into it in the coming months.

Island &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Developer: CloudGate Studio

We might not have a full-fledged Jurassic Park for the VR age just yet (sorry, Ark Park), but CloudGate Studios&#; Island comes close enough for now. This is a hugely entertaining survival game that lets you live out your dino dreams (that is if your dino dreams including shooting a t-rex in the head). Not to mention Island has become an impressive hotbed for VR experimentation, being one of the few games to embrace Vive&#;s Trackers peripherals to bring full-body tracking into VR.

Job Simulator &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PlayStation VR
Developer: Owlchemy Labs

Job Simulator is likely to forever remain a staple of introducing people to VR, making full use of the room-scale capabilities of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive but also effectively scaling down the experience for those that don&#;t have space. You have to complete seemingly menial tasks like cooking food and making repairs, but are given complete freedom to essentially trash the environment around you, leading to all kinds of chaotic fun. It&#;s one of the most accessible expressions of the power of the platform and still one of the most significant releases for it.

Karnage Chronicles &#; Read Our Coverage
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR
Developer: Nordic Trolls

Though still in Early Access, Karnage Chronicles has steadily been growing over the past year to offer one of VR&#;s most robust and enjoyable dungeon crawlers. Now offering full multiplayer support, this is one of the best destinations to fulfill your Lord of the Rings dreams with a friend. Like The Mage&#;s Tale, the character and environmental design is absolutely fantastic, but the mix of melee and ranged combat offers a deep combat system that lets you cater to your playstyle, too. It&#;s absolutely worth supporting this game ahead of its full launch.

Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes &#; Read Our Coverage
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Oculus Go, Gear VR, Google Daydream
Developer: Steel Crate Games

Perhaps the ultimate party game, VR or otherwise, Keep Talking shines inside a headset. One player puts on a VR device and finds a bomb sitting in front of them. Any number of others in the real world will then sift through a manual telling you how to disarm it. The game thrives on constant communication, with the pressure piling as the bomb tickets down. Keep Talking is the best example of a local play VR game that makes smart use of the real and virtual worlds to create an experience you couldn&#;t have anywhere else.

Killing Floor: Incursion &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VRPlayStation VR
Developer: Tripwire Interactive

Tripwire&#;s Killing Floor franchise makes a successful translation into the VR realm with this heart-pounding shooter that will have you mowing down hordes of terrifying enemies. A narrative campaign can be enjoyed by yourself or with a friend and there&#;s the usual variety of wave-based modes to round out the package. This one&#;s best known for its polish though, which simply hits a level that many other VR developers couldn&#;t hope to achieve.

Knockout League &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PlayStation VR
Developer: Grab Games

Boxing is one of the most immeadiately-obvious things to do with VR&#;s motion controllers. Fortunately, Knockout League understands that it helps to go beyond reality, too. The game&#;s rock solid mechanics are a great foundation for some truly whacky battles that aren&#;t just intended for sports fans. As such, it&#;s Knockout League achieves that rare thing for a sports game, appealing to more than just a core audience. This is something any fan of VR action should look into. Did I mention you fight an octopus?

L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Developer: Rockstar Games

Rockstar might not be ready to deliver GTA in VR just yet but this slice of the L.A. Noire experience is a welcome experiment in its own right. This takes several missions from the main game and explores how certain elements of L.A. Noire might work in VR. Mostly that means interrogating suspects and interviewing witnesses that have had their faces realistically captured using what was at the time ground-breaking face-scanning technology. High-speed chases, shootouts and fist-fights round out what is one of VR&#;s most high-end experiences.

The Lab &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR
Developer: Valve

We&#;re still waiting for Valve to bring the goods when it comes to a full VR game, but its free minigame compilation launched alongside the HTC Vive is still one of the most polished and fascinating showcases for headsets thus far. Whether you&#;re fixing robots from Portal 2, petting virtual robo-dogs or fending off attackers with a bow and arrow, The Lab sets the standard for a wide range of VR mechanics whilst also providing the immersive moments of wonder that really make this platform shine.

Land&#;s End
Platforms: Gear VR, Oculus Go
Developer: Ustwo Games

One of VR&#;s first true games also remains one of its best. Developed by the minds behind Monument Valley, Land&#;s End is a visually arresting adventure in which you explore the remains of an ancient civilization. The game does a terrific job of immersing you in its world, making you marvel at the sheer scale of a cliff face one moment and then cower as you stand atop it in the next. The stunning art direction, meanwhile, still makes this one of the most convincing VR worlds to visit. Don&#;t sleep on lands end if you have access to Oculus&#; mobile VR suite.

Loco Dojo &#; Read Our Coverage
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR
Developer: Make Real

Mario Party in VR? Why not, right? Make Real&#;s manic multiplayer party game is eager to delight with a range of minigames that will pit players against each other in often zany ways. It&#;s rare that a VR game will not only make you laugh but also let you share that moment with friends. This has that in spades. Voice over from none other than Brian Blessed should tell you all you need to know about the tone the game is going for. It&#;s another game that&#;s probably best picked up with enough friends to play it with but, if that&#;s possible for you, you&#;ll have a blast.

Lone Echo/Echo VR &#; Read OurReviews
Platforms: OculusRift
Developer: Ready at Dawn Studios

Ready at Dawn&#;s pair of VR offerings are amazing in their own right, but combined together (which is easy to do seeing as Echo VR is free) they make for one of the most essential packages on the market. Lone Echo is an incredible single-player campaign with amazing zero-gravity emotion and genuine weight behind its character-driven story. Echo VR takes the best of its mechanics and builds one of VR&#;s most instantly entertaining competitive multiplayer games around it. Together, they arguably make for the best VR experience you can have today.

The Mage&#;s Tale &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Developer: inXile Entertainment

If you&#;ve been craving a rock solid VR dungeon crawler with hours of content and a vast library of spells to cast, The Mage&#;s Tale more than fits the bill. The veterans at inXile have brought to life the worlds they&#;ve been imagining for decades for the first time in VR and the result is an unmissable adventure that will have you mixing potions and shooting fireballs. Giant boss battles, meanwhile, are some of the most thrilling you can have in VR and the character design is second to none. This is a must for fantasy fans.

Megaton Rainfall &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR
Developer: Pentadimensional Games

Superman meets Google Earth in this wonderfully conceived superhero game. You&#;re an invincible hero that can&#;t be beaten, but the alien invaders aren&#;t after you; they&#;re after your planet. Shoot across the globe and race to the defense of urban metropolises, beating the enemy back whilst trying to keep the damage to a minimum. Megaton Rainfall strikes a delicate balance between making you feel really powerful and still considering your actions. Not to mention it has some of the most inventive and varied enemies you&#;ll find in any game. Strong stomach required, though.

Minecraft &#; Read Our Coverage
Platforms: Oculus Rift, Gear VR
Developer: Mojang

Did you know that you could play Mojang&#;s mega-hit in VR? Yes, the entire Minecraft experience is available to play inside the Rift and Gear headsets, bringing the blocky world to life like never before.  Oculus Touch might not be a huge game-changer, but the never-ending amount of updates also applies to both VR versions of the game, as does cross-play support. Also note that, if you&#;re prone to VR simulation sickness, you can play the game on a virtual screen with a full 3D environment surrounding you.

Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: PlayStation VR
Developer: Square Enix

Whilst E3 &#;s action-oriented FFXV VR demo never materialized for PSVR owners, we did get, uh, a spin-off fishing game. But wait! It&#;s actually a good fishing game, making clever use of the massive JRPG&#;s expansive world and pitting you in stand-off challenges with massive monsters that you&#;re definitely not going to find in this year&#;s Fishing Simulator game. Not to mention the game&#;s cast puts in another appearance here, and the chance to feel like you&#;re really hanging out with Noctis and co is worth a look for any fan.

Moss &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PlayStation VR
Developer: Polyarc

In our review we called Quill the little mouse that could, and that still stands. Moss is an enduring VR adventure that seems to delight even the most hardcore of VR fans. You control a tiny little mouse that takes on an adventure that leads her into ancient temples and across forgotten ruins. The game&#;s clever mix of puzzles that utilize the player&#;s own presence in a miniature world really stands out, and marveling at the lavish environments is a real treat. Moss is one of VR&#;s most instantly playable games and utterly essential for any headset owner.

Narrows &#; Read Our Coverage
Platforms: Google Daydream
Developer: Resolution Games

If you want VR to make a pirates life for you then there&#;s no better destination than Narrows, a spritely mix of ship-based combat, sword-slinging action and seven seas exploration for Google Daydream. We love Narrows for its super-cheerful representation of a life on the ocean that gives you plenty of fun activities to take part in. Along with Eclipse, it&#;s one of a handful of games that makes the Daydream platform a valid choice for VR gamers looking for something genuinely new.

Obduction &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR
Developer: Cyan

Myst developer Cyan once paved the way for gaming&#;s future with its narrative-driven adventure game, and now it&#;s doing the same for VR. Obduction is a ridiculously detailed exploration game that revels in giving the player stunning locations to explore to their hearts&#; content. Support for motion controllers also brings a new dimension to the game and further demonstrates the amazing progress the gaming industry has made in the last 25 years. We can&#;t wait to see Cyan&#;s next project in VR too.

Onward &#; Read Our Coverage
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Developer: Downpour Interactive

What&#;s even more amazing than Onward&#;s overnight, solo-developer success story is how Downpour Interactive has maintained its lead since. Onward still delivers one of the best multiplayer military combat experiences in all of VR, pitting players in realistic battles in which teamwork and communication is a must. Update-by-update Downpour manages to bring something new to the game that keeps many of its competitors a step behind. If you&#;re looking for VR&#;s most intense multiplayer firefights, this is your one-stop shop.

Pavlov VR &#; Read Our Coverage
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Developer: davevillz

Another great example of how well VR suits the Counter-Strike strand of shooter, Pavlov VR offers intense close-quarters shootouts with a huge arsenal of weapons. Perhaps most importantly, developer daveillz is one of the most dedicated in the VR scene, having spent the better part of two years pouring as much detail into the game as possible. It&#;s still in Early Access for now but, when it&#;s finally deemed ready, we don&#;t doubt that Pavlov will be one of the most robust, realistic shooter experiences you can have inside a headset.

Payday 2 &#; Read Our Coverage
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Developer: Overkill

Robbing a bank in real life is not a good idea (unless you can get away with it). Fortunately, Payday 2 lets you execute the explosive heist of your dreams with none of the legal ramifications (though also none of the payoff). Team up with up to three friends either in or out of VR and take on a huge number of heists that will often end with your gunning your way to freedom. It goes for Heat, though often ends up feeling like a war. It&#;s not a game for those with reservations about using VR to kill people, that&#;s for sure.

The Persistence &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: PlayStation VR
Developer: Firesprite

The Persistence shines as a super playable thriller. You sneak through a procedurally generated ship, trying to avoid contact with the horrific mutants on board, gathering an arsenal of weaponry to take them on. Played with a DualShock 4, the game is tense and jumpy but also built upon a solid foundation that will have you coming back to make your way further into the terror each time. There&#;s also a smartphone app that will let your friends help you sneak past baddies, or bring them right to your front door. Fun!

Platforms: PlayStation VR
Developer: Llamasoft

If you&#;re looking for an acid trip without harming your body then Jeff Minter&#;s latest arcade excursion &#; itself based on an elusive cabinet game &#; is the game for you. You pilot a small ship that shoots down a course, destroying obstacles and trying to pass through tiny gates in order to rack up points. The gameplay is hugely addictive, but we have to warn you that Polybius is a true assault on the senses and not always in the best way. This is only for the readiest and most caffeine-fuelled of VR gamers.

Project Cars 2 &#; Read Our Coverage
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR
Developer: Slightly Mad Studios

Arguably VR&#;s biggest, most exhaustive game, racing or otherwise. Project Cars 2 comes from the school of &#;everything and the kitchen sink&#;, throwing in a frankly overwhelming amount of cars, racing disceplines and tracks, coupled with visuals that spare no detail. This is a simulation game for true petrol heads, giving you the kind of options you&#;ve always dreamed about tinkering with in the past. The sheer amount to consider will be too much for some, but for the devoted there&#;s no better place to drive than Project Cars 2.

Rec Room &#; See Our Stream
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PlayStation VR
Developer: Against Gravity

We wouldn&#;t consider most social VR platforms to have a place upon this list, but Rec Room&#;s focus on activities and its generous amount of free content mean it more than earns its place. Whether you&#;re meeting up with friends for a game of dodgeball or taking on cooperative quests together, Rec Room has some of VR&#;s most thoughtfully-developed content that you&#;ll want to play time and again. This is also the best cross-play game on the market right now, meaning you&#;ll have a much easier time finding your friends.

Resident Evil 7 &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: PlayStation VR
Developer: Capcom

Resident Evil 7 in VR is nothing short of a triumph, remaining easily the most polished, high-end game on any device. It also happens to be the scariest 7 hours you can have on this planet and it helps that the game marks a true return to form for the storied franchise itself. Now in first-person, you dare yourself to explore the Baker mansion and uncover the story of a twisted family that&#;s unleashing nightmares upon the world. Take note that the Gold Edition of the game packs much more VR content, all of it just as polished as the main game.

Rez Infinite &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Google Daydream
Developer: Enhance

Who would have thought that Tetsuya Mizuguchi&#;s cult favorite action game would find new life inside VR? Rez&#;s mix of soothing and exciting musical levels can be a little intense to experience inside a headset, but if you&#;ve got the resolve they make for an absolutely hypnotic world to explore. Not to mention that the new Area X mode is an absolute joy to explore in VR, letting you off the reigns for the first time to discover a seemingly unending amount of fantastical sights and sounds. Special shout out goes to the super-capable Daydream port, too.

Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-Ality &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PlayStation VR
Developer: Owlchemy Labs

Justin Roiland and co smartly trusted the developers of Job Simulator to take the reigns on the first VR tie-in to one of the most popular shows on the planet. Virtual Ricky-ality is a punchy tribute to the absurdist world of Rick and Morty, filled to the brim with easter eggs for fans but also crafting an amazing VR experience in its own right. Even if you&#;ve never watched the show before, this offers some of the best examples of the power of the platform and there&#;s a good chance you&#;ll still be laughing along to it anyway.

Sacralith: The Archer&#;s Tale &#; Read Our Impressions
Platforms: Oculus Rift,HTC Vive
Developer: Odd Meter

Who doesn&#;t like using a bow and arrow in VR? The answer must be no one because practically every game out there lets you unleash your inner-Legolas. Sacralith: The Archer&#;s Tale is one of the better archery games on the market, though, with a full campaign that gradually teaches you mastery of your techniques. We&#;re particularly impressed with the game&#;s emphasis on story, which puts you in direct contact with a lot of NPCs characters. That&#;s not something many developers are brave enough to do in VR&#;s early days.

Serious Sam VR &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Developer: Croteam

There&#;s a lot of Serious Sam content out there, so we&#;re cheating on this one. For starters, Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope remains one of VR&#;s best wave shooters, bringing a lot of the madness from the series&#; past to life with some of the biggest and best weapons to fire in VR. Then there&#;s the original trilogy of games that&#;s all been ported into headsets, offering yet more hectic action that will drown you in monster guts. There&#;s more than enough explosive action here to satisfy any FPS fan.

The Solus Project &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR
Developer: Hourences, Grip Games

The Solus Project has to be one of VR&#;s most exhaustive games. It gives you a hugely detailed world to explore with harsh survival elements that will have you thinking through every move you make. This is the type of VR experience that&#;s all about the atmosphere, and it delivers on that in spades with its incredible environmental design. This is to be considered one of VR&#;s most complete experiences and something that truly delivers on the promise of taking you to a whole new world like never before.

Space Pirate Trainer &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PlayStation VR (Soon)
Developer: I-Illusions

Arguably the original VR wave shooter, Space Pirate Trainer&#;s arcade edge has helped it stave off the competition for over two years now. This nails the simple sensations of wielding futuristic weapons and getting to learn them intimately so that you can get the job done like a professional. It&#;s also wonderfully physical, giving you real reason to actually move when you&#;re inside your headset. As a first taste of VR shooting, it&#;s a great introduction. Hopefully the incoming PSVR version will help it find an even bigger audience.

Sparc &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR
Developer: CCP Games

A lot of people compare jumping into a VR headset to when the characters of the Tron series lose themselves in their own virtual worlds. CCP Games&#; Sparc takes that comparison a little more literally, creating a VR eSport that&#;s an actual sport, much like what can be seen in the classic movies. It&#;s as much fun to play as it is to watch; Sparc will have friends working up a sweat as they try to best each other in futuristic competitions in which you need to tag the other player with projectiles. It&#;s playing games like Sparc that really remind you this is the future of entertainment. What a shame CCP itself has pulled out of it for now.

Sprint Vector &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR
Developer: Survios

You might not have thought that a game about on-foot races could really work in VR, but Sprint Vector defies all odds. Survios spent time creating one of the industry&#;s best locomotion systems, which basically has you skating around huge obstacle courses, then mixes in climbing and flying mechanics that make you feel like an athletic Superman. Add to that extensive online support that&#;s growing a competitive community and you have one of VR&#;s best multiplayer games. Sprint Vector is Mario Kart for the VR age, and it&#;s a real blast to play.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PlayStation VR
Developer: Ubisoft

Another instance of pure wish fulfillment; Star Trek: Bridge Crew&#;s cooperative missions in which players pilot Star Fleet ships is a dream come true for many. It&#;s an incredibly smart example of VR implementation, taking a specific element of a popular franchise that would work really well in VR and then capitalizing on it. The result is an unbeatable feeling of stepping into the world of a sci-fi titan like never before, with plenty of content to beam your way through. Support for standard displays also makes it easy to find a game. The Next Generation DLC only takes it further into awesome territory.

Statik &#; Read Our Review
Platform: PlayStation VR
Developer: Tarsier Studios

Making puzzle games that take full advantage of VR is hard, but Tarsier sets the bar with Statik. This is an adorably odd game in which your virtual hands are bound to various contraptions that need to be tampered with in order to progress. There&#;s some gloriously inventive brain-teasing in the mix that will see you controlling RC cars, surveying CCTV footage and more, though it&#;s sharing scenes with the game&#;s world-weary scientist, Dr. Ingen, that really stands out. Even if you don&#;t like puzzles, exploring this mad world of ambiguity makes Statik worth a look.

Sublevel Zero Redux &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Developer: Sigtrap

The six degrees of freedom (6DOF) shooter genre makes a lot of sense for VR, and Sublevel Zero shows you why. Though it can be dizzying, the sprawling network of mazes you&#;ll navigate in this procedurally-generated experience can host some incredibly immersive firefights. There&#;s plenty of content on offer, too, with a campaign that encourages you to constantly upgrade your ship and weapons systems in order to come back stronger. If you&#;ve missed this long-dormant genre, this is a great place to reintroduce yourself.

Subnautica &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Developer: Unknown Worlds Entertainment

Deep sea diving is the perfect set up for a VR game, allowing us to easily immerse ourselves in a world that otherwise takes hours of training and thousands of dollars worth of equipment to do right. Fortunately, Subnatuica gives you literally an ocean of content to explore in VR. It is at times incredibly peaceful and soothing, allowing you to get lost amongst the waves. When you need it to be, though, it&#;s also visceral and exciting with something fantastical to discover around every corner. This is one of VR&#;s biggest and best games.

Superhot VR &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PlayStation VR
Developer: Superhot

Few action games have demonstrated such an impressive grasp on what makes VR tick like Superhot. This spin-off of the first-person shooter in which time moves only when you move has you doing your best Neo-impression as you methodically pick off enemies using whatever&#;s at hand. Superhot understands that fast-paced action can often be overwhelming in VR, and slows things down to the point that you can perfectly capture your inner-Hollywood hero. Every level is a nerve-shredding exercise in fast-thinking and slick execution. If there&#;s one game that proves VR can elevate one of the industry&#;s most popular genres, it&#;s this.

The Talos Principle VR &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR
Developer: Croteam

Croteam is best known in the VR industry for its Serious Sam games and ports, but did you know the studio also brought the entirety of its existential puzzler to headsets last year too? Everything that made The Talos Principle&#;s environmental puzzling such a joy is alive and well here, and the game&#;s stunning world is a treat to explore in VR. Even if you&#;ve solved your way through Talos Principle&#;s generous amount of puzzles before, VR support makes it worth doing all over again. The DLC content is included as a bonus, too.

Tethered &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR
Developer: Secret Sorcery

Tethered is a wonderful little god game in which you instruct peeps to build their own towns and do what they do best, worship you. Enemies attack by night and resources must be carefully managed to ensure that peeps remain happy, otherwise they&#;ll literally jump off of a cliff. I know! Grim! You&#;ll find yourself replaying levels to grab the best results and losing time admiring the tiny villages below you. If you&#;re looking for a decent challenge and a game with plenty of content, Tethered more than fits the bill.

Thumper &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Oculus Go
Developer: Drools

Dread. That&#;s the word so many people use to describe Thumper, and its meant in the best way possible. In this lightning-fast game the anxiety builds as you gather speed and smash into corners, trying to stay alive on a terrifying journey through a dizzying world. If the intense regular levels don&#;t get you to shake with nerves then the massive boss battles most certainly will. Safe to say that Thumper&#;s brand of terror won&#;t be for everyone, then, but those that do take it on will be rewarded with enormous satisfaction too.

Tiny Trax &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: PlayStation VR
Developer: FuturLab

Did you know the developers of the incredible Velocity series made a PSVR game? Well they did, and it successfully captures the devilishly dense finger-knotting gameplay of its arcade tributes and applies it to&#; a Scalextric game? This is a miniature racer with a strong learning curve that rewards the time and effort you put into it with one of VR&#;s most refined gameplay systems. Not to mention you can share it all with friends to bring your playdates back to virtual life. Tiny Trax was criminally underlooked when it first launched. If you can get a friend to try it out with you, it&#;s well worth picking up.

To The Top &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PlayStation VR
Developer: Electric Hat Games

Many people can&#;t spend more than a few minutes moving inside a VR headset without starting to feel sick. Amazingly, though, To The Top combines a fast, fluid locomotion system with intuitive tricks to not only enable you to move in VR but also run, jump, glide and climb across massive obstacle courses. By using motion controllers to essentially gallop through levels, Electric Hat has created one of the most liberating games in VR, in which negotiating your way through virtual jungle gyms feels hugely rewarding.

Torn &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR
Developer: Aspyr

Torn is the mad scientist&#;s VR game, casting players as a young blogger than stumbles upon an enormous mansion that once belonged to a crazed inventor. You explore the house, solving curious puzzles that litter each room and uncovering what exactly happened to its former owner. Though the gameplay is simplistic, Torn has some of the best production values in VR that pair well with engaging mechanics and excellent writing. It&#;s a rock-solid puzzler that you shouldn&#;t let pass you by.

Until Dawn: Rush of Blood &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: PlayStation VR
Developer: Supermassive Games

There probably isn&#;t a bigger dare in all of VR gaming than Until Dawn: Rush of Blood. This VR horror game has no concerns about making its players pee themselves, shoving all manner of nasties in your face as it takes you on a literal rollercoaster ride through the mind of one of the original PS4 game&#;s characters. This is a shouty, screamy popcorn horror game that is responsible for a lot of embarrassing YouTube videos, but the on-rails shooter action is a lot of fun in its own right too.

Vanishing Realms &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Developer: Indimo Labs

It may be nearly two and a half years old now but Vanishing Realms arguably still remains undefeated when it comes to VR melee combat. Making great use of your motion controllers and pitting you against smart enemies that block your attacks, this captures the intensity of a sword fight better than any of its imitators, elegantly avoiding the awkward reality of no haptic feedback. Throw in a bit of archery and some spells and you have a versatile combat system. Early Access progress might be slow, but Vanishing Realms still offers some of the best time you can spend in VR.

Virtual-Virtual Reality &#; Read Our Coverage
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Oculus Go, Gear VR, Google Daydream
Developer: Tender Claws

We&#;ve said it before and we&#;ll say it again; Virtual-Virtual Reality is the closest VR has gotten to having its own Portal 2 so far. No, it doesn&#;t have the mind-bending puzzles, but from a purely narrative perspective Tender Claws&#; VR debut channels a lot of what made Valve&#;s sequel so successful, embracing absurd ideas and scratching away at more sinister undertones before allowing you to discover them for yourself. VVR is one of the craziest VR games out there with a vital core message at its heart. Don&#;t miss it.

Wayward Sky &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: PlayStation VR
Developer: Uber Entertainment

Wayward Sky&#;s whimsical mix of third-person diorama-style gameplay and first-person interactive moments still make for one of the most comfortable, active experiences in VR. You explore a floating fortress, solving puzzles and overcoming obstacles as you search for your captured father. Examining the gorgeous visuals from third-person is a pure delight, but it&#;s the more intimate moments of first-person interaction that really make the game sing. This is one of VR&#;s most underrated adventures for sure.

The Well &#; Read Our Coverage
Platforms: Gear VR, Oculus Go
Developer: Turtle Rock Studios

Turtle Rock&#;s VR efforts have mostly gone into its popular Face Your Fears series, but its the team&#;s little-known RPG, The Well, that&#;s truly worthy of VR gamer&#;s attention. Featuring some of the most gorgeous visuals you&#;ll find in any headset, The Well is a stylish, deep game with turn-based battles that harken back to gaming&#;s past to bring this futuristic tech something unlike anything you&#;ve yet seen. If you want to see VR play with different art styles instead of trying to achieve reality, this is your best bet.

Werewolves Within &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR
Developer: Red Storm Entertainment

You might need a fair few friends to justify picking up Werewolves Within together these days, but the experience is one of the few online games that really thinks about what makes VR unique. It&#;s a party game in which one of the players is a werewolf and must disguise this fact for as long as possible. It&#;s a VR game that uses your body and voice; your very language can either provide the perfect bluff or be a complete giveaway. It&#;s a shame we haven&#;t seen any games try and build upon this tantalizing concept since.

Wilson&#;s Heart &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: Oculus Rift
Developer: Twisted Pixel

One of VR&#;s most stylish and thoughtful adventures, Wilson&#;s Heart is a great showcase for what can be done with Oculus&#; Touch controllers. It&#;s a period-driven descent into madness in which you try to uncover why you&#;ve awoken in a dilapidated mental asylum. It&#;s the sort of game that has you constantly doing new things, understanding that VR shouldn&#;t consist of repetitive mechanics but instead present all the variety and interaction that real life gives us. It&#;s a great first step for Twisted Pixel into this new realm.

Windlands &#; Read Our Coverage
Platform: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PlayStation VR
Developer: Psytec Games

Becoming Spider-Man in VR sounds like a recipe for simulator sickness, but Windlands is a surprisingly comfortable experience and one of the first VR games to give players true freedom of movement. Venture out across a series of ancient lands, using two grappling hooks to swing through the skyline. Mastering this form of locomotion is one of the most satisfying experiences you can have in VR, and there are hours of content to lose yourself in. Thankfully, we don&#;t have to wait too much longer for the sequel.

Wipeout: The Omega Collection &#; Read Our Review
Platforms: PlayStation VR
Developer: Sony XDev

How lucky we were to get not just a game that bundles the last three fantastic Wipeout racers in one collection, but then to also have industry-leading VR support thrown into the mix too. Wipeout VR is the real deal, really rooting you in the fast-paced sci-fi races like never before. Few games can capture the hair-raising speed and cornering that you&#;ll experience here. It can be an intense ride but there are plenty of comfort options and the sheer amount of content makes this too good to miss.

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The 25 best VR games to play in 

Virtual Reality remains one of the most exciting things going on in games at the moment. The platform you choose will dictate which games are available - PlayStation VR, for instance, is relatively cheap compared to the alternatives, and while it can be a nightmare to wire up for the first few times, it tends to work well with small play-spaces - while others are more expensive but can be fancier in their various ways. Oculus Quest, meanwhile, has made wireless, all-in-one VR a reality, but it's still a little underpowered compared to the competition.

The good news is the games are flowing: PSVR has of course been backed by a major publisher, and is surprisingly being backed with a new PSVR set coming to the PS5, giving us some wonderful options like the disarmingly charming Cockney gunplay of Blood and Truth or the glorious platforming gauntlets of Astro Bot Rescue Mission. Meanwhile, the likes of Half-Life: Alyx have brought that series' legendary craft to the medium on PC.

To jump in then, here are our picks for the 25 best VR games you can play on various virtual reality sets right now. What do you reckon?

Editor's note: Following their debut last year, we've given our 'Best Games' features another refresh. Alongside this VR one, we've also updated our pages on the best PS4 games, the best Xbox One games, the best Nintendo Switch games, and the best Game Pass games for

How we've arranged our best VR games list

We've broken down the following list into rough order of beginner, intermediate and experienced, starting with the easier games like Astro Bot and ending with the games that might be a bit more suitable for those with some experience in VR. Suggestions for beginners are mainly static affairs, whilst intermediate and experienced games provide increasing levels of motion that may cause discomfort to those new to the medium.

All the games on this list can be enjoyed whatever your level of VR experience though, so don't discount them just because you don't think you fall into the right category.

Oh, and of course, this isn't a definitive rundown. We've not been able to sample every single VR game out there, so if you think We've missed something wonderful, please do share your suggestions!

Astro Bot Rescue Mission

VR Platforms: PSVR

Astro Bot himself may not smack of ready character in the screenshots, but his adventures turn out to be far more than an elegant suite of platforming gauntlets: they're genuinely memorable and even rather lovable.

The trick here is that the player is an acknowledged presence in the game world: you often sit in the centre of a map as the tiny robot you control scampers up and down, around you and overhead.

A suite of power-ups, meanwhile, send grappling hooks and water jets out of your DualShock, which also opens up to collect any doodads you come across.

Energetic, tightly-packed level design combines with spectacular bosses in a game that almost - almost! - competes on Nintendo's level.

Want to read more? See our full Astro Bot Rescue Mission review and buy now from Amazon.

Tetris Effect

VR Platforms: PSVR, Steam, Oculus, Windows

Tetsuya Mizaguchi's reworking of the greatest game of all time is pretty special without VR, of course, folding light and sound into the mixture alongside falling blocks and brisk rule-changes.

But with VR it becomes something entirely surprising: a strange, deeply emotional experience as you move through darkness and colour searching for the perfect score. Beads ripple on the wind, whales coalesce out of sparks and mankind travels from desert caravans to the surface of the moon: Tetris Effect's real trick is to bring positivity, wholesomeness and a total absence of guile to the purest puzzler imaginable.


Want to read more? See our full Tetris Effect review and buy now from Amazon.


VR Platforms: PSVR, Steam, Oculus, Windows

A cracking entry-level game and one of the best on PSVR especially at the moment, Moss is set in a stunningly realised storybook world that's brought to life by the kind of polish that can only be achieved when creators have poured their hearts and souls into a project.

Our plucky heroine Quill is the highlight, of course, exquisitely animated and full of personality despite her tiny size, but she's not the only star of the show.

Moss makes you a part of the game too by casting you as your very own character called The Reader. As this ghostly presence you not only have direct control over Quill, but you can also reach into the game world to push, pull and interact with objects. Or you could just stare lovingly at your own reflection in babbling brooks.

These interactions give you a believable connection with the game world and help you form a bond with Quill in a way that just isn't possible with traditional video games.

Moss is best played from a seated position but it encourages you to lean forward and explore the environment, as if you were inspecting a magical model village. Whether you're a complete beginner or video gaming veteran, Moss needs to be in your VR library.

Want to read more? See our full Moss review and buy now from Amazon.


VR Platforms: PSVR

Statik is a puzzle game like no other. Not only is it incredibly immersive, but it also nails the balancing of its puzzles, making them tricky but not unfair. Its crowning glory, however, is the ingenious way it uses the Dualshock 4 controller to ground you in its virtual world.

You play a test subject whose hands are trapped inside a series of increasingly complex puzzle boxes and as you grip your controller in real life, your virtual arms mimic your real world movements.

The only way to remove the puzzle boxes is to tinker with your controller until you find the right combination of button presses to help move the puzzle on. Sometimes you may get stuck for a long time, twisting and turning the controller in your hands.


Fiddle around with the buttons and thumbsticks for long enough, though, and after a while, something will click - and when it does, finding that solution is unbelievably satisfying.

Statik may be one of the least physically taxing VR games out there, but that doesn't stop it from delivering a truly memorable - and physical! - experience.

Want to read more? See our full feature on Statik and tactile objects or buy now from PSN.

Beat Saber

VR Platforms: PSVR, Steam, Oculus, Windows

To watch Beat Saber in action even for a second is to know how to play it. There's a scrolling runway of coloured beats. There's a coloured lightsaber in each of your hands.

Give into the chug and drive of the soundtrack and rhythm-match until all the energy in you is completely drained.

Beat Saber is a shirt-drenching, furniture wrecking treat, and one of the most kinetic and engaging VR games out there.

Want to read more? See Ian's Beat Saber impressions or buy now from PSN.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew

VR Platforms: PSVR, Steam, Oculus, Windows

Previous Star Trek games have tried to forget that this series is really about colleagues arguing about moral philosophy. Luckily Ubisoft puts this stuff right to the fore, with a VR game in which you can bicker and disagree as much as you want. Even the simplest objective can get wildly out of hand here - it's just a tragedy that you need so many VR-owning friends to get the best out of it all.


Want to read more? See our full thoughts on Star Trek: Bridge Crew or buy now from Amazon.


VR Platforms: PSVR, Steam, Oculus, Windows

Moving into the more 'intermediate' VR games, Ultrawings isn't the most exciting of flight sims but it's certainly one of the best you'll find on PSVR specifically, what with Microsoft Flight Simulator exclusive to PC and Xbox.

Hidden behind the rather basic graphics is a relaxing and immersive game that really nails the sensation of flight, complete with sudden lurches in your stomach if you decide to pull off some of the more extreme maneuvers.

Played out almost like a VR version of PilotWings, you take to the skies above a group of tiny islands in a series of small, single seater airplanes and must complete short challenges in order to earn enough cash to upgrade your way to new planes and landing strips.

While your first take-off and flight may feel a little intense, the majority of your time in the sky will be quite comfortable, and there are plenty of options available to help you feel more settled.


Crucially the cartoony visuals hide some excellent in-air physics that, when combined with the audio of wind rushing past your ears, provide the illusion of flight in a way that no other PSVR game can.

For the ultimate in relaxing VR experiences, turn off the in-game music, stick on a Spotify playlist and enjoy the freedom of soaring over the ocean to your favourite tunes - it's magical.

You can buy Ultrawings now from Amazon.

Rez Infinite

VR Platforms: PSVR, Steam, Oculus

Long before VR, Tetsuya Mizuguchi made a game of light and fury so overwhelming in its impact that emerging from each play session felt a little bit like pulling your head out of the drum of a washing machine.

With VR, Rez is better than ever: a simple shooter enlivened by an ingenious paint-and-release mechanic in which you rush through forests and temples and canyons of data purifying the machine. Absolutely stunning.


Want to read more? See our full Rez Infinite review or buy now from PSN.


VR Platforms: PSVR, Steam, Oculus

Jeff Minter tinkering with VR is enough of a pitch by itself, even before you chuck in Polybius, the name of one of gaming's oldest and strangest urban legends.

Regardless, this is still an absolute rush of a game that dazzles even if you know what you're in for. Racing forward and blasting everything in your path is the wonderfully simple basis for an arcade shooter that delights in surprising you with twists and kinks every few levels.

If you're after psychedelic score-chasing, LLamasoft has you covered, and with no motion sickness pretty much guaranteed.


Want to read more? See our full Polybius review or buy now from PSN.

Blood and Truth

VR Platforms: PSVR

Blood and Truth drops you into Oi Guvnor London Tahn for a Richie-'em-up that departs from the formula in that it has charm and an easy wit.

You're an ex-soldier brought back to the family firm when a bunch of numpties start mowing too close to your lawn. Know what we mean?

Anyway: lovely gunplay, glorious production values and a real knack for silly moments of interactivity make this a surprisingly engaging treat. Sold!


Want to read more? See our full Blood and Truth review and buy now from Amazon.

Budget Cuts

VR Platforms: PSVR, Steam, Oculus, Windows

Before Half-Life: Alyx, Budget Cuts felt like a return to Valve's series. It's not that it linked in with the Victory Gin grime and dense mythology. Instead, it's that this comic caper through offices patrolled by deadly robots continued the Half-Life mission, taking games and bringing them into the physical world, filling them with things you can touch and making the first-person perspective a thing of empowering, terrifying embodiment.


There are so many lovely moments here: clambering across the ceiling while enemies circle below, picking up faxes and answering the telephone, throwing knives and opening drawers. Even the inventory management is a thing of tactile delight. If there's anything sad about it, it's that it robbed Alyx of a little of its impact when it finally arrived. To some of us, Budget Cuts will always feel like the true Half-Life 3.

Want to read more? See our full Budget Cuts impressions, Digital Foundry's picks for the best VR headset for Half-Life: Alyx, or buy now from Steam.

Microsoft Flight Simulator VR

VR Platforms: Steam, Oculus, Windows

Sims and VR go hand in hand - what other genre, after all, is so focussed on pure immersion - so it makes sense that players have been calling out for VR support for Microsoft Flight Simulator ever since it first launched last summer. Towards the end of those calls were answered, and then some - the implementation here is top notch, providing a VR experience that's seamlessly integrated and available at the touch of a button. Is it perfect? Not quite yet - VR controller support isn't in just yet, and of course there's the small issue of having the rig to be able to run an already intensive game at the framerates necessary to not reach for the sick bag. Knock the resolution back a bit, though, and find the sweet spot, because this is one of the most breathtaking VR experiences out there.


Want to read more? See our full Microsoft Flight Simulator VR impressions or buy now from Amazon.

Red Matter

VR Platforms: PSVR, Steam, Oculus, Windows

Out there in the wilds of the Solar System, a one-step-removed Soviet society has left some worrying mysteries for you.

This is the scene-setting for Red Matter, a sci-fi exploration puzzler that makes up for its short running time with spectacle, a real sense of heft to your interactions and some properly ingenious puzzle design.

Red Matter has solved so many of the control issues that can plague ambitious VR games that it should probably be a set text somewhere. But that makes it sound like it isn't any fun, and it really is.

Want to read more? See our full Red Matter impressions on the site or buy now from PSN.

Half-Life: Alyx

VR Platforms: Steam, Oculus, Windows

Jeff. You know Jeff. You should know Jeff. Jeff should be a legend - the king of a thousand memes. But Jeff is not, just as Alyx is not. VR brought Half-Life back; really it is the only way Half-Life could ever return, since each installment needs to be an evolutionary step for games in general. But VR also meant that Half-Life: Alyx remains something of a secret classic. Not enough people played it.

What a shame. This is a beautiful game, room-scale VR focused in on a number of basic, satisfying things done very well. It's gunplay, but also gun maintenance. It's traversal, but also situational awareness. It's vast spectacle - Striders stepping across the cluttered City1 7 skyline. But it's also small, tense, domestic horror. It's Jeff.

Want to read more? See our full Half-Life: Alyx review or buy now from Steam.

Paper Beast

VR Platforms: PSVR, Steam, Oculus, Windows

Eric Chahi returns to the material physics of From Dust with a VR game that is impossible to forget. Visit a strange virtual world where flimsy beasts made of pure papercraft data come together to form rich ecologies. Solve puzzles but also marvel at the imaginary wildlife, and get to the heart of a world that's driven by vast tidal forces. Unmissable.


Want to read more? See our full Paper Beast review or buy now from PSN.

Edge of Nowhere

VR Platforms: Oculus, Windows

Insomniac's return to brilliance arguably started here, with a weird stealth and action game set in a Lovecraftian frozen elsewhere, living forever on the Oculus headset. Edge of Nowhere is third-person VRing to die for, a tense scramble through frosty gauntlets as you grapple with monsters and with madness, navigating ice sheets one minute and axing horrors the next. Its cut scenes were a lot of people's first glimpses of the weird body theatre that VR allows for, and its detailings are worryingly luxurious for a VR title that very few people have played. Those that have, though, know what a cracker it is. Marvelous.


Want to read more? See our full Edge of Nowhere review or buy now from Oculus.

The Climb

VR Platforms: Oculus, Windows

Whisper it: this is Crytek's best game. It's so simple, too: here are some mountains, go and climb them. Even so, it's astonishing how well it works. After a wonky tutorial where you learn about chalk and grip and getting from A to B, the real mountains load in and the mixture of dense environmental spectacle and ingenious course design means you're hunting around for ledges, pulling off daring mantles, and really feeling that sense of height, of being somewhere precarious but glorious.

Meanwhile the game fetishises the really cool stuff about climbing - the clips and the ropes and the climbers' pro. A sequel is on the way that mixes urban climbing in with craggy wilderness and it can't arrive soon enough. The Climb is a masterpiece.

Want to read more? See our feature on The Climb or buy now from Oculus.

The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners

VR Platforms: PSVR, Steam, Oculus, Windows

And finally, here are some for the more advanced user, starting with Saints and Sinners.

This is not just one of the better Walking Dead video game spin-offs, it's one of the better zombie VR games. It's a tense survival horror game that offers perhaps the most authentic and believable feeling of trying to get by in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse that we can remember, as well as moral choices to savour, or agonise over, as you meet the various factions holed up in a ruined New Orleans.

Want to read more? See our full The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners impressions on the site and buy now from Amazon.

Skyrim VR

VR Platforms: PSVR, Steam, Oculus, Windows

What does it take to make one of gaming's most well-travelled worlds feel fresh again? It turns out that VR will do the trick, bringing a new sense of scale and immediacy to an RPG that's already bursting with magic and violence.

Trees loom overhead, caves beckon you down into the darkness and there's a real shock in store when you first come across that bear in the game's opening few minutes.

Skyrim VR is the perfect excuse to venture back into one of the most storied of game landscapes, and it's a decent way to wait out the years before a sequel finally appears.

Want to read more? See our Skyrim VR impressions and buy now from Amazon.


VR Platforms: Oculus

One of the odd things about VR is how very good it is for third-person games. Chronos is a case in point. This is a Soulslike in which you explore various desolate vaults, hacking away at baddies and cowering behind a shield. But while you're the adventurer, you're also the camera framing them, noticing the little things, too, like the drape of a nearby rug or the flicker of a candle in its mount.


Throw in a neat time-spanning levelling system and a focus on shifting scale and perspective and Chronos is a proper treat. But it's VR that really makes this magical - a non-VR PC build turned out to be rather ordinary.

Want to read more? See our Chronos VR impressions or buy now from Oculus.

Resident Evil 7

VR Platforms: PSVR

For a horror game with a real sense of focus and purpose, it's brilliant to see Resident Evil 7 embracing VR as an option for those who can afford the kit and handle the occasional bouts of nausea.

The end result is surprisingly effective. You might feel a little unwell if you race around Capcom's haunted world too quickly, but the jump scares have never been more effective.

A series that trades in atmosphere has lost none of its horrible magic in the transition to the PSVR headset.

Want to read more? See our full Resident Evil 7 review and buy now from Amazon.

Population: One

VR Platforms: Steam, Oculus, Windows

This is a simple one to pitch: it's a VR battle royale. More importantly, it's easily the best last-man-standing shooter in virtual reality to date. It doesn't do anything radical with the formula, staying pretty close to the blueprint established by PUBG. But it plays well on both Quest and PC, it has a varied and well-sorted map and the matches fly by. One thing, though - its title is a bit misleading as it's limited to trios in squad mode at the moment. Guess Population: Three didn't have the same ring to it.

Want to read more? See our full Population: One impressions.

Ace Combat 7

VR Platforms: PSVR

Ace Combat 7 saw Bandai Namco's dogfighting series take to new heights, and if you've got a PSVR there's a whole new sensation available when soaring through the skies. The VR missions here might well be limited to a small handful, but what beauties they are - immersive, action-packed and genuinely thrilling, they're a surefire way to show off the impressive qualities of Sony's headset. A must-have, if you're a PSVR owner.


Want to read more? See our full Ace Combat 7 review or buy now from Amazon.

No Man's Sky VR

VR Platforms: PSVR, Steam, Oculus

Hello Games' opus was always sold on the premise of transporting you to some far away fantasy, and what better way to do that with VR? This isn't some siphoned-off experience, and is rather the full No Man's Sky - that's all the impossible vastness of it - served up in virtual reality, a concept that's as mind-boggling to play as it is to contemplate. Indeed, it's easily the very best way to play this brilliant game right now.

Want to read more? See our full No Man's Sky VR impressionsbuy now from Amazon.


VR Platforms: Steam, Oculus, Windows

Boneworks is in many ways the absolute opposite of Half-Life: Alyx. Whereas Valve approached VR with precision and delicacy, opting only to focus on interactions and set-pieces the technology could absolutely nail, Boneworks tries a bit of everything. This is to its credit - there is simply no use of VR that this busy, messy game will not go for, and it's not remotely worried about whether it works well or not, and even whether it makes you sick. Boneworks probably will make you sick at least once, in fact, but its challenges are just as often brilliant feats of imagination and implementation. It's the opposite approach to Alyx, yes, but neither is wrong, and both have their thrills.


Want to read more? See our full Boneworks impressions or Budget Cuts impressions or buy now from Steam.

What was previously on the best VR games list?

As we continuously update this best VR games list with new releases, games have to be removed to make room - but are still absolutely worth your time.

The games removed from previous versions of this list are:

  • Beginners: The Lost Bear, Rec Room, Job Simulator
  • Intermediate: Superhot, Thumper, Farpoint, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
  • Advanced: Doom VFR, Raw Data, Sprint Vector

As well as this, here's a round-up of some hidden gems worth looking at if you're after even more (PSVR-specific) game suggestions:

For more curated best-of lists like this, feel free to argue in the comments section of the following, too:

If you're still deciding on your VR kit, meanwhile, Digital Foundry has run the rule over the headsets available in their guide to the best VR headsets you can buy.


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