Oculus Quest Games
The best Oculus Quest games range from first-person shooters to musical saber swinging, but all of them benefit from the headset’s lack of wires. Most of our standout favorites will have you slicing, diving and grooving across your living room, with no need to worry about staying tethered to your PC. Our top pick, Beat Saber, was available on other systems long before the Quest came out, but this port is the definitive experience. Here are all the top games that any Oculus Quest owner should consider.
Source: Beat Games
The untethered nature of the Oculus Quest improves Beat Saber because you won’t have wires in the way when you’re swinging your arms around. Also, because the Oculus Quest is so easy to take with you on the go, you can take Beat Saber with you anywhere. You can challenge your friends’ scores, or join up with them in the Beat Saber multiplayer mode to collaboratively slice up blocks. If you only have one headset for multiple people, we recommend casting it to a TV so you can take turns and watch each other play.
The only real downside to Beat Saber is that it doesn’t officially support custom songs. You can still add custom songs, but it requires another device and a few extra steps.
- Easy to jump right into
- Difficult to master, increasing replayability
- Fun for solo gaming, multiplayer or for casting at parties
- Custom songs require sideloading
Fun for everyone
Because Beat Saber is easy to jump into but difficult to master, it’s a great game for beginners and hardcore gamers.
Best Strategy Game: SUPERHOT VR
Source: SUPERHOT Team
The game supports full locomotion, meaning you can freely move throughout levels. In fact, you can move to areas of levels that you can’t on some other platforms because the Oculus Quest is wireless. That’s mostly a positive, but it means you can’t get as good of an experience within limited space. It’s still an incredible game, though, and a must-have for Oculus Quest owners.
Now, all we can do is hope that the developers release a Quest VR port of its sequel, MIND CONTROL DELETE.
- Incredibly immersive
- Unique and challenging
- Huge range of motion
- Good for slow and steady gamers or speedrunners
Best Strategy Game
Living in the matrix
Because the Oculus Quest is wireless, you can freely dodge bullets and move to defeat your opponents in this game.
Best Unique Shooter: Pistol Whip
Source: Cloudhead Games
Pistol Whip calls levels “scenes” because each level combines combat with a cinematic experience. Starting with ten scenes, the developers added five in the Full Throttle expansion, three in the Heartbreaker pack, and five story-based scenes in the 2089 campaign. Our Pistol Whip 2089 review laid out how this latest free expansion, while too short, added new enemies, songs, weapons, environments and gameplay mechanics, plus upped the difficulty and added a story to what was previously just an experience.
If you haven’t been doing the math, that’s 23 scenes and a ton of fun, all available when you buy the base game. For replay value, and the chance to get physical exercise while feeling like a badass, Pistol Whip is one of our undeniable favorites.
- Brings a unique style to the shooter genre
- Makes you feel like an action movie star
- Incorporates fun music
- Tons of free updates with new scenes
- Short and predictable story
Best Unique Shooter
Shoot to the rhythm
In this rhythmic shooter, you shoot, dodge, and dance your way through levels while feeling like you’re in an action movie.
Best Horror Game: Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners
Source: Android Central
You’ll get over 20 hours of single-player content from this game, along with the hope that the developers will add new content soon. The PC and PSVR ports have The Trial, a free horde multiplayer mode with arcade scoring to challenge your friends. Unfortunately, you won’t find any multiplayer content here. Still, it’s one of the best Oculus Quest games we’ve ever played.
- Satisfying combat
- Long campaign with great story
- Excellent graphics and physics
- No multiplayer content
- Quest 1 port missing some visual effects
Best Horror Game
Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners
A replayable single-player experience
No other Quest games match this zombie gem for its perfect combination of story, gameplay and visuals.
Best Free Game: Rec Room
Source: Against Gravity
The biggest downside of Rec Room is the other people in the game, at least some of the time. While playing online can be fun and provide an easy way to play multiplayer games, many people in Rec Room are rude or offensive. Unfortunately, I’ve seen people make vulgar comments and motions in the game on several occasions.
That being said, a million gamers play Rec Room in VR per month, so we’re hopeful you can find some friendly people to hang out with, and enough fun content to make you want to come back again and again.
- Has a variety of games
- Has a low learning curve
Best Free Game
Multiple games in one
Rec Room packs several games into one, including paintball, a pirate ship adventure, laser tag, and many more ways to play.
Best Arcade Shooter: Robo Recall: Unplugged
Source: Oculus Studios
The game plays best when you plant your feet and fire away like an arcade game. It struggles a bit when it comes to moving around, especially against quicker enemies. It would benefit greatly from a locomotion option.
- Laughably fun, 💥smash 💥 smash💥
- Has a varied set of weapons
- Let’s you jump into a mecha suit and fire lasers
Best Arcade Shooter
Robo Recall: Unplugged
This bullet storm game has you to spin 360 degrees to destroy killer robots en masse.
Best Melee Fighter: Ironlights
Source: E McNeill
Ironlights has a campaign mode, which can help you learn the basics of the game, but multiplayer provides the game’s best experience. You can battle opponents in real-time over the web and compete on online leaderboards.
- Unique fighting mechanics
- Online multiplayer
- Multiple fighting classes for varied combat
- AI isn’t that challenging
- Can be difficult to sync movements to weapons
Best Melee Fighter
Ironlights combines unique melee combat with different classes of warriors in campaigns and online battles.
Best Story: Moss
Moss is built for VR, but instead of just focusing on movement mechanics, it immerses you into a heartfelt story set inside a virtual environment. Some might dislike the fact that it’s a VR game that has you control the main character through a third-person view. That doesn’t seem to have bothered many considering the game’s nearly perfect rating.
- Incredibly charming
- Has a unique story
- Features clever puzzles
- Has beautiful designs
- Uses a joystick to move the main character
Just plain charming
In this game, you lead a charming mouse around a beautiful world full of puzzles and a gorgeous story.
Best for Artists: Tilt Brush
While Tilt Brush can be immersive and fun to use, it’s a little limited by its lack of some tools. Many have asked for additions like copy and pasting, a better toolbar, and other artists to make creating easier.
- Has easy to learn basics
- Allows you to create vast pieces of art
- Works well with immersive nature of the Oculus Quest
- Lacks some tools that would make art easier to create
Best for Artists
Tilt Brush by Google
Tilt Brush takes advantage of the wireless nature of the Quest and lets you create on an almost infinite canvas.
Best Action Horror Game: Arizona Sunshine
Source: Vertigo Games
Arizona Sunshine has a campaign mode, horde mode, and allows you to play in co-op multiplayer. In some ways, it’s one of the most comprehensive games on the Oculus Quest. It’s also one of the most expensive Quest games despite being four years old at this point. Rest assured, the developers are still adding content, with “The Damned” DLC launching last year and a new Arizona Sunshine horde map coming to the Quest in early 2021.
You’ll absolutely get your money’s worth; and even though we like Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners more, at least this game will let you enjoy it with your friends.
- Large arsenal of weapons
- Supports co-op and solo modes
- Has campaign and horde modes
- Continued support from developers
- Quite pricey when compared to the competition
Best Action Horror Game
This game is a high action, high scare zombie shooter based in the beautiful Arizona landscape.
Best Rhythmic Shooter: Audica
Source: Harmonix Music Systems
While Audica has some great music for shooting around, the songs that it comes with generally fit into a limited set of genres. If that music isn’t your scene, you can grab its DLC packs that have more “normal” music.
- Focuses on shooting
- Just a blast to play
- Visually striking
- Music can be repetitive (though DLC is available)
Best Rhythmic Shooter
From the makers of Rock Band and Dance Central, this game has you shoot blasters to the rhythm of songs.
Best Sci-fi Game: Vader Immortal Trilogy
Source: Disney Electronic Content
Each title in this trilogy adds abilities that make fighting more fun, such as the Force push. That’s the biggest downside of this set of games, that it’s a set. If you want to play all three, you’ll have to purchase each one and jump between them through your Oculus Quest’s menu. Luckily, the trilogy is complete so you can buy them all instead of having to wait.
- Let’s you fight with a lightsaber
- Features incredibly fun training dojo
- Adds abilities throughout the trilogy
- Decent Star Wars story
- Split between three games
Best Sci-fi Game
Vader Immortal: Episode III
In the third installment of the Vader Immortal series, you raid Vader’s fortress alongside an army and learn how to use the Force.
Vader Immortal: Episode II
Learning from Vader
This second entry in the series has you learn the Force from the Sith Lord himself, learning how to throw people and objects.
Vader Immortal: Episode I
Become a padawan
This game allows you to slash your lightsaber through foes and swing it to block lasers. Just don’t sleep on the training dojo!
The Oculus Quest has a vast and growing library of games. Whether you’re old, young, an experienced gamer, or completely new to VR, there’s a title that you can enjoy — the system has almost 200 apps and games for you to try. The untethered nature of the Oculus Quest brings new life to older titles and makes it easy to move around inside games.
Most Oculus Quest ports can be pretty pricey, so you’ll want to start with the best Oculus Quest games and not waste money on any duds. You can also try out some of the best free Oculus Quest games, but for the truly game-changing ports, you’ll need to spend a little cash.
If you’re just getting started, Beat Saber is an incredible game that’s easy to play but difficult to master. It’s an excellent title for beginners or hardcore gamers and is made even better by the wireless nature of the Oculus Quest. If you get bored with its library of songs, you can sideload your own into the game.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Sean Endicott has been on the Oculus VR beat since the Gear VR. As the platform evolved and more games came out, he ended up spending more and more time inside a headset. When he’s not within VR, he’s hunting for tech news and trying to control his whole house with his smartphone.
Nick Sutrich Nick is a news writer and contributor to Android Central. He’s been writing about tech since 2011 and virtual reality and any kind of gadget that’s connected to the Internet. Find him on Twitter at @Gwanatu.
Michael Hicks got his tech start in 2016, covering emerging tech like VR and self-driving cars before expanding to all things tech. When he’s not gaming or reading SFF novels, he’s writing and editing for Android Central.
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