There’s over 50 titles to choose from.
The Oculus Quest is finally here (as of May 21st), making wireless, room-scale virtual reality an affordable reality—no PC required. The headset is launching with over 50 games, but there are a few that stand out from the pack.
You can read more about the Quest in our review, but it comes in two sizes: a 64GB version for $399, and a 128GB version for $499. So far, most games seem to come in around 1GB or less, but that could change if developers push more and more full-size games to the headset. If you’ve already purchased a game for the Rift you should be able to carry it over to the Quest, but details on how that works, or if it is indeed the case, have not been released yet. For now, here are the games you should try out first.
Arguably the hottest VR title around right now, Beat Saber is a truly addictive game. Imagine Dance Dance Revolution or Guitar Hero meets Fruit Ninja, but with lightsabers: boxes fly at you to the beat of hard-hitting electronic music, and you have to slice in different directions to match the music. It’s something you have to experience to truly understand, and once you do, you’ll be hooked. Beat Saber is $19.99, with lots of extra songs available via DLC.
Superhot has been available on consoles and PC for a while now, and we enjoyed it—but it’s arguably even better in VR. Think of it as a first-person shooter puzzle: as long as you stand still, your enemies are frozen in time. As soon as you move, so will their bullets, meaning you have to really think your way through the firefights. Superhot costs $24.99, and while the game is fairly short, there’s a lot of replayability for those looking to challenge themselves.
Space Pirate Trainer
When I introduce people to VR, Space Pirate Trainer is usually the first game I launch. It’s an arcade-style shooter that plays like a first-person Space Invaders: enemies come at you in waves, and you have to shoot them down with a pistol in each hand. There are some other weapons, power-ups, and shields, but the basic gameplay is simple enough for anyone to catch on quickly, and it’s loads of fun.
Robo Recall takes wave shooters to a new level by letting you interact with your weapons and environment in new, inventive ways. Your job is to take down hordes of rogue robots swarming the city. While you get a number of different guns to keep things interesting, you can also grab robots with your “bare” hands and fling them around, or catch bullets mid-air and send them back to your adversaries. There are three different maps to play, and while that seems small, it’s enough to keep things interesting and replayable for longer than you’d expect—enough that it got an Editor’s Choice from us in our review. You can download Robo Recall for the Quest in the Oculus Store for $29.99.
If your heart is racing a bit too fast from the above titles, take a break with the wacky-but-relaxing Job Simulator. Set in 2050 in a world where robots have taken all human jobs, you learn what it was like to be a human at work in the 20th century…at least, as well as the robots can estimate that experience. It may sound lame to play a game about flipping burgers or working in a cubicle, but as we said in our review, it’s a fun way to get your VR feet wet, and it’s silly enough to keep you entertained for $19.99. (Plus, its sequel, Vacation Simulator, is on its way to the Quest later this year.
Not all VR games are first-person. Moss is a 3D action platformer where you control a mouse named Quill, while also controlling a companion character that uses your head movements as the in-game camera. It works remarkably well, and the even balance of combat and puzzles keeps things from getting stale. The environment is what really hooks you in, and while Moss would totally work on a flat screen, the extra level of immersion earned Moss a review score of 8.4. You can grab it in the Oculus Store for $29.99.
Creed: Rise to Glory
Even if you aren’t a fan of boxing (or the Rocky movies, for that matter), you can’t deny that a game like Creed: Rise to Glory is a good match for VR systems. The fast-paced action mostly happens in one small area, and you get a heck of a workout dodging and swinging at your opponents. Grab it for $29.99 and play through a short campaign, then test your skills online in PvP mode—just save some time for a shower afterwards.
Ask enough people about VR, and you’ll undoubtedly hear someone rave about Tilt Brush, the 3D painting game from Google. Imagine all the creative fun you used to have with Microsoft Paint as a kid, and put it in a 3D world with tons of different brushes and tools to make unique scenes. Even if you aren’t an artist at heart, Tilt Brush is one of those titles every Quest user should try at least once. Tilt Brush is $19.99 on the Oculus Store.
Lying somewhere between game and interactive movie, ILMxLAB’s Vader Immortal takes you on a journey alongside the Sith Lord in a three-part story. We’ve gotten the chance to review the first hour-long episode, and while the story hasn’t gotten too exciting yet, it’s an immersive experience that puts you smack dab in the middle of the Star Wars universe—which, for $9.99, is enough to get me excited, especially with the addition of the free-play lightsaber mode.
If you’re unsatisfied by the “arcade-y” nature of many VR games, sink your teeth into Apex Construct (no relation to Apex Legends). Equal parts exploration and frantic bow-and-arrow combat, Apex Construct tells a five hour story through a series of missions set in six different post-apocalyptic environments. You’ll collect items, upgrade your gear, and dispatch spider-like robots that shoot energy blasts. Considering its competition, that’s a pretty compelling concept for only $19.99.
Journey of the Gods
Journey of the Gods is one of the few games on this list that has yet to be released on any other platform, but I got a chance to try this game during the Quest’s press preview. Like Apex Construct, it feels more like a full game than some of the more self-contained titles on this list, and clearly takes some inspiration from the Zelda series: You roam a fantasy world with sword and shield in hand, slicing down enemies and gaining god-like powers to solve puzzles along the way. It’s a good showcase of the Quest’s potential, and you can grab it in the Oculus Store.
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64GB Oculus Quest Preorders
These are some of the best VR titles for the Quest, but there are over 50 games coming to it, so you’re sure to find something that appeals to you, even if the above games don’t. You can preorder the 64GB Quest right now for $400.