February 2, 2023

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9 amazing games for your VR headset in 2022

Although the technology surrounding VR headsets has stagnated a bit, there are still plenty of fantastic titles that make great use of the technology available and we’ve selected some of our favorites for you to try now and for the year to come. You might find that some of our top picks are showing their age, but we still consider them some of the best experiences across the widest variety of headsets – that is, until the release of PlayStation VR 2 in February.

While there are many ways to enjoy VR, Meta Quest 2 remains by far the most popular, even with this year’s $100 price increase and the release of Meta Quest Pro. As a result, this is the headset we tried all of the games below with. Some of our favorites are hits like Beat Saber and Resident Evil 4 VR, but we’ve also included excellent, lesser-known titles like Cities: VR and Battlegroup VR.

Most of the games on our list are compatible with all modern VR headsets, including Meta Quest 2, HTC Vive Pro 2, and PlayStation VR. We have noted the specific compatibility for each title.

Meta Quest 2 headset and handles.$399

Advanced all-in-one virtual reality headset.

Red and blue 3D shapes explode against a blue background

Beat SaberImage: Beat Games

Beat Saber offers an existing library of free songs, as well as songs by popular artists like Skrillex and Billie Eilish, which can be purchased individually or as part of a bundle. Plus, with a little elbow grease, you can even add your own tunes.

At a basic level, Beat Saber is relatively easy, requiring you to slice through incoming cubes in specific directions to the rhythm of the song. However, like most rhythm games, Beat Saber has a remarkably high skill cap and becomes downright unrelenting on the higher difficulties.

Compatible with: Meta Quest, Meta Quest 2, Meta Rift, HTC Vive Pro, HTC Vive Pro 2, PlayStation VR

$30

Something like Dance Dance Revolution, but for your hands, Beat Saber will make you feel like a rhythm ninja.

A cartoon woman in a tracksuit dances against a background of yellow lightning.

Dance Central VR Image: Harmonix

Harmonix, the same studio that brought us Rock Band and Guitar Hero, knows how to make us look ridiculous in our living rooms while feeling incredibly cool. Dance Central VR is the logical progression of this franchise that debuted at Kinect, and anyone familiar with classic titles like Dance Dance Revolution or Just Dance will know what to expect here.

The game features 32 songs and multiple remixes spanning eras and genres from 80’s hip-hop to modern alternative. There are about a dozen DLC songs available; However, the store no longer receives updates, and unlike Beat Saber, there is currently no way to add your own.

By far the most active game on our list, Dance Central VR even has a rudimentary built-in fitness tracking feature that gives you a rough estimate of how many calories you’ve burned.

Compatible with: MetaQuest, MetaQuest 2, MetaRift

$30

Contains 32 songs and multiple remixes spanning eras and genres from 80’s hip-hop to modern alternative.

Two hands hover over a cityscape with a mountain in the background.

The Climb 2Image: Crytek

Definitely not for the acrophobic (persons afraid of heights), The Climb 2 leverages the same engine used for the Far Cry franchise into a game that’s centered on mountaineering – or more specifically, rock climbing. The Climb 2 features 12 peaks of increasing difficulty spread across four different environments, ranging from alpine mountain ranges to urban cityscapes. Each climb features multiple routes to the top and a scoring system to let you compete against the best of the best with a global leaderboard.

The mechanics of the game are simple and intuitive – grabbing and climbing with your hands comes naturally. However, some creases appear as the game progresses, forcing you to jump over gaps and perform tricky “technical holds” to expand your grip on trickier ledges. While not fitness oriented, playing The Climb 2 for long periods of time will definitely make you sweat, or at least get clammy hands.

The Climb 2 also features seasonal events that rotate every few months and can net you exclusive cosmetic rewards, and while the gameplay isn’t particularly deep, there’s still enough incentive to keep you playing year-round.

Compatible with: MetaQuest, MetaQuest 2, MetaRift

$30

The Climb 2 leverages the same engine used for the Far Cry franchise into a game focused on mountaineering – or more specifically, rock climbing.

Resident Evil 4 VR

Resident Evil 4 VRImage: Meta Quest

This classic entry in the Resident Evil franchise has been re-released more times than we can count, but the leap to VR platforms has breathed new life into this old game. This iteration retains most of what made the entry great initially, while removing some bits that may not have aged well.

Resident Evil 4 VR not only shifts the action into a first-person perspective, but also increases the tension significantly by reproducing many of the actions that would be relegated to a button press, such as: B. reloading, are converted into manual efforts. It will take more than a few failed attempts before you can successfully reload without panicking.

Compatible with: MetaQuest 2

$26

The leap to VR platforms has breathed new life into this old game until the newly announced remake arrives.

Human figure in red and yellow emits red and black rays while a hand grabs a black sword in a while on the office background.

Superhot VRImage: Super hot

Superhot VR is the best John Wick video game that isn’t about John Wick. Just like its non-VR predecessor, in Superhot VR you’re constantly outnumbered and outgunned in scenarios where a single bullet can kill you – with a spin. Time advances only when you move. It definitely suffers from the “your hands are just guns” VR issues, but the time-remapping mechanic makes the experience a little more cerebral than your average shooter.

Superhot VR is really a puzzle game where balls and the environment are the pieces. It challenges you to find creative ways out of difficult situations where you are hopelessly inferior. No more bullets? throw your gun Don’t have a gun? Pick an incoming orb out of the air and hurl it at the bad guys.

Compatible with: Meta Quest, Meta Quest 2, Meta Rift, HTC Vive Pro, HTC Vive Pro 2, PlayStation VR

$25

Superhot VR is the best John Wick video game that isn’t about John Wick.

Red walking machines against a white forest background.

Rez: InfiniteImage: Sega

Considered a masterpiece by some, the BAFTA-nominated Rez: Infinite is a crazy VR experience available on all VR platforms. This VR port is a rail shooter at heart, but the unique aesthetic, sound, and music transform Rez: Infinite into an experience like no other – especially when played in VR.

You control Rez: Infinite primarily via head tracking and controller inputs, which let you simply look where you want to aim and press a button to fire. This makes the experience feel remarkably fluid, especially when combined with the amazing techno soundtrack. Score is determined by the action, as enemies unleash a barrage of loops and beats as they are destroyed.

Compatible with: Meta Quest, Meta Quest 2, Meta Rift, HTC Vive Pro, HTC Vive Pro 2, PlayStation VR

$20

Considered a masterpiece by some, the BAFTA-nominated Rez: Infinite is a trippy VR experience.

Two knights in a medieval alley at night.

In Death: Unchained Image: Superbright

Put Dark Souls in a VR environment and combine it with your favorite roguelike and you have In Death: Unchained’s gameplay summed up. The story is a bit thin and the difficulty downright brutal, but In Death: Unchained is a punishing game that will keep you coming back for more. While combat is limited to bows and various types of arrows, what sets In Death: Unchained apart is that shooting its weapons feels incredibly satisfying.

While the original In Death was made for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, Unchained is a remake made exclusively for Oculus Quest 2. This version definitely compromises the graphics a bit to suit the hardware, but is packed with some extra layers to bridge the gap.

Compatible with: MetaQuest, MetaQuest 2

$30

Put Dark Souls in a VR environment and combine it with your favorite roguelike and that sums up the gameplay of In Death: Unchained.

A white triangle with a tetris game that drops blocks.

Tetris Effect: ConnectedImage: Tetris

While you can definitely play Tetris Effect without VR, this musically charged entry into the classic block-stacking game is unlike anything else you’ve experienced from previous iterations. The core Tetris Effect experience remains unchanged, but Tetris Effect VR is also powered by a euphoric combination of musical rhythms and vibrant colors. This means your experience can vary wildly from intense to meditative, depending on which level you’re playing. The VR component does a good job of adding depth and dimension to each level and encapsulating your periphery with the sights and sounds that make Tetris Effect VR significantly different than its standard counterpart.

Compatible with: Meta Quest, Meta Quest 2, Meta Rift, HTC Vive Pro, HTC Vive Pro 2, PlayStation VR

$30

This musically charged entry into the classic block stacking game is unlike anything you’ve experienced before.

A highway leading across a suburban landscape with a city and mountains in the background.

Cities: VRImage: Fast Travel Games

A clever VR adaptation of the wildly popular Cities: Skylines, Cities: VR gives you a new perspective on city building sims by allowing you to manage things from a bird’s-eye view down to the pedestrian level. Not all of the features from the larger Cities: Skylines, like terrain editing or natural disasters, have been carried over to the VR version, but fans of the original game will still feel immediately familiar with the Cities: VR interface and systems.

Compatible with: MetaQuest 2

$30

The spiritual successor to Sim City makes the leap into VR with this adaptation of the popular Cities: Skylines franchise.

Controls in a spaceship.

Battlegroup VRImage: SpaceOwl Games

Although technically still in development, Battlegroup VR is a must-play for fans of The Expanse or spectacular space battles in general. You command and upgrade your small fleet from your flagship’s bridge, which offers a cinematic view of the unfolding battles. Battlegroup VR gives you surprisingly granular control over each ship, allowing you to manage things like fire arcs and power distribution in addition to their movement through three-dimensional space. A modest narrative campaign drives Battlegroup VR’s action at a reasonable pace, but the game also features a randomized skirmish mode based around territory control. There aren’t many real-time strategy games out there for VR, but this is by far one of the best.

Compatible with: MetaQuest, MetaQuest 2

$20

Control fleets of starships with a swipe of your hand in Battlegroup VR