Welcome to Nuwster’s frequently updated roundup of the best VR games the virtual reality gaming world has to offer.
And we mean it when we say “best VR games”. Unlike most cool virtual reality experiences, the games on our list aren’t ones we tried once and won’t attempt again. These are the games that pulled us in, motivated us to finish them and kept us coming back for more.
As you can see, the bar isn’t particularly high right now, but we’ll raise it as we test new games.
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What are the Best VR Games Ever?
Slashing to music with two lightsabers. Beat Saber is a music-rhythm movement/dance game that has been so highly received that it is now available in arcades.
Slash blocks in certain directions, avoid explosions, and duck barriers, and you’ve got yourself a workout. A fantastic rave-dance VR lightsaber exercise.
VR Gaming Headsets- Oculus Rift, HTC Vive/Steam, PlayStation VR
Game Genre – Indie
Cloudlands: VR Minigolf
This remains one of the first games I download for new virtual reality gamers to show them what’s possible.
The old desktop version was enjoyable to walk about in and put across a seemingly infinite number of courses, but the smartphone version offers virtually the same experience without the walking.
VR Gaming Headsets – Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Oculus Go/Gear VR, Google Daydream
Game Genre- Casual, Sports
Visualize peeking inside a miniature dollhouse world where a fairy tale mouse jumps around solving riddles and saving the world.
Moss places the user in the role of a helping spirit, leading a small mouse hero through a small magical land.
Each level seems like a living miniature, and the sensation of being in close proximity to a little, living planet is amazing. This is a lovely game.
VR Gaming Headsets – Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows MR, PSVR
Game Genre – Action, Adventure, Casual
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-Ality
Best VR Simulation Game
Although it has been available for some time, there may not be a funnier and weirder game than this excellent edition of Rick and Morty.
It has the same vibe as Job Simulator, but with much more dazzling alterations of the surroundings. It’s as if an episode has come to life in front of your eyes.
VR Gaming Headsets – PSVR, Oculus Rift, Steam/HTC Vive
Game Genre – Adventure, Indie, Simulation
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Wipeout Omega Collection
Even though you don’t own a PSVR, Sony’s Wipeout collection is a blast to play on PS4. The modes are included as a bonus and are some of the greatest racing experiences in available VR right now.
VR Gaming Headsets – PSVR Exlusive
Game Genre – Sports
Best VR Board Game
One of the finest board games ever created is Settlers of Catan. This version does an excellent job of capturing the real board-game table feel, and even places avatars around the table in online play.
It’s a great match for Oculus Go, where the simpler controls and mobile headset make it easy to get started.
VR Gaming Headsets – Oculus Rift, Oculus Go/Gear VR
Game Genre – Simulation, Strategy
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
Skyrim can be played in a variety of ways, but experiencing it all in VR is more enjoyable than you may believe.
The entire game is here, but you may now look about and enjoy the amazing sights, or use your hands to strike out or throw spells. One of the finest versions of a game, and it can also be played sitting.
VR Gaming Headsets – Steam, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR
Game Genre – RPG
Astro Bot Rescue Mission
Best VR Strategy Game
Sony’s incredible Mario-like platforming game isn’t just one of the finest games, it’s of the best games of all time.
Big, colorful environments and adorable, hyper-real animated creatures surround you as you embark on a series of platforming tasks to find and save your missing robot pals.
The level designs, puzzles, and creative gadgets that appear to grow from your PlayStation controller are brilliant.
VR Gaming Headsets – PSVR Exclusive
Game Genre – Strategy
Best VR Action Game
Valve’s VR comeback to the Half-Life series is Half-Life: Alyx. Set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, it tells the narrative of an impossible battle against a cruel alien species known as the Combine.
You, as Alyx Vance, are humanity’s last hope for survival.
VR Gaming Headsets – Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality
Game Genre – Action, Adventure
You’re on your way to Hell, pounding your head to the music. Your ride is a silver beetle speeding at the speed of sound, heading straight for the devil himself.
He’s throwing every hindrance in your way, stretching the fabric of space itself to prevent your destructive charge. To avoid his traps and defeat him, press buttons to the rhythm.
I made up part of it, but it perfectly captures Thumper. It’s quick, furious, and incredible. You can play it without using VR, but it’s not the same.
VR Gaming Headsets – Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR
Game Genre – Action, Indie
Zen is the counterpart of Eve: Valkyrie. It’s a furious space combat, with only brief respites when your cockpit shatters and your body freezes in the inky darkness of space.
However, if you’ve ever desired to pilot a starfighter, this is a dream come true. Being thrown out of the launch tube still gives me shivers.
You may also now play six-on-six matches with buddies who have headsets from different platforms. Let’s hope for a good single-player mode.
VR Gaming Headsets – HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR
Game Genre – Action, Adventure
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