Virtual reality continues to innovate with new experiences all the time, many of which challenge the idea of gaming like we’ve never seen before. Among the countless, and admittedly fun, shooting galleries you’ll find artistic experiments, sweat-inducing workouts and otherworldly adventures just waiting to be discovered.
With HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR, we have plenty of choice when it comes to games and experiences to delve into with virtual reality. Plus there’s also many great VR titles available on mobile devices, particularly for players with a Google Daydream or Samsung Gear headset.
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With this plethora of virtual reality titles, Trusted Reviews has compiled a list of the very best. Note this is a list of PC and console VR games, not mobile.
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Release Date: Out Now in Early Access
Rhythm games in virtual reality are at their best when you can really feel the impact of each beat, every single note you strike responding with a thunderous impact as the song plays before you. Beat Saber perfects this with a simplistic yet enthralling experience where every strike leaves you smiling like a musical master
As the player, you wield two lightsabers and slice notes as they come toward you. You’ll also need to avoid oncoming obstacles against the rhythm, making this more than just a game, it’s also a physical workout. While the selection of songs is limited right now, the developers have promised new features and tunes to come in future updates.
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Release Date: Out Now
Skyrim is an absolutely massive experience that has stood the test of time thanks to its excellent writing, sprawling world and wonderful sense of scale. Now, Bethesda has transported the beloved RPG into virtual reality, and it feels fantastic.
Whether you’re playing on PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, the entire journey has been curated to fit the medium through new control methods and movement options. It all feels surprisingly seamless, and swinging a virtual sword towards oncoming bandits never grows old.
Skyrim VR isn’t without its quirks yet presents one of the finest cases of traditional gameplay experiences being transported into the world of virtual reality. If you own a headset, this is difficult to pass up.
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Sprint Vector is a virtual reality experience that demands fast reflexes and equally quick movement on behalf of the player. You play as a participant in a galactic sporting event where you must run across a range of insane environments and reach the finish line in record time.
It’s really fun, and the sense of speed and scale makes it perfect for VR whether you’re playing on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or PlayStation VR. Be aware, those prone to motion sickness might have a little trouble with this one.
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Developer: Mixed Realms
Being a Ninja remains one of the coolest things you can do in virtual reality. Jumping through the air with katana in hand only to land triumphantly before slicing through oncoming enemies. Sairento VR does a fantastic job of bringing this dream to life, offering one of the finest combat experiences in the medium yet.
Offering up a variety of addictive mission types and virtual playgrounds, Sairento VR tests your instincts like nothing I’ve ever seen in virtual reality. Having to be aware of your surroundings both in the air and on the ground while firing away at foes in not only fun, but surprisingly challenging. Now out of early access, this is a VR experience well worth checking out.
Fallout 4 VR
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Available exclusively on HTC Vive
Fallout 4 VR was arguably the biggest VR title of 2017. Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic RPG has been translated in its entirety to virtual reality with all of its detailed environments and engaging gunplay intact.
Exploring the Boston Wasteland is far more immersive when its inhabitants are capable of walking right up to you and, when the situation calls for it, can be blown away by a variety of brutal weapons.
While currently exclusive to HTC Vive, Fallout 4 VR can be played on Oculus Rift with a bit of creative tinkering. When it comes to RPG experiences in virtual reality, Fallout 4 is easily one of the best out there by a country mile.
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Available on PSVR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive
We’ve been blasting away zombies in video games for years, and now you can finally do it with a virtual headset slapped on your head. Arizona Sunshine is a first-person shooter where you fire first and ask questions later.
Taking place in a post-apocalyptic desert town, you play as a foul-mouthed outlaw who seems to take joy in dispatching the undead. Of course, that means he’s kitted out with a ridiculous arsenal of guns and weapons for you to play with.
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Available on PSVR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive
The latest entry in Capcom’s beloved survival horror series is playable, in its entirety, through the medium of virtual reality. While not too spooky when played with just a controller, seeing everything in the realm of VR is a completely different matter.
Morbid creatures lurk around every corner waiting to jump out at you, giving you no way of looking away or hiding behind a nearby sofa cushion. It’s incredibly tense, combining traditional Resi tropes with a new technology in some amazing ways.
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Available on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PSVR
Superhot VR is easily one of the coolest shooters available to play in virtual reality. You’re in a virtual world where time only moves when you do. This logic applies not only to objects and bullets, but all of the enemies rushing toward you as well.
Each level becomes a delightful game of violent experimentation as you figure out the most stylish approach to eliminate those before you. It’s unbelievably satisfying and something we cannot recommend enough for VR newcomers.
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Available on: Oculus Rift
Another game included with Rift orders, Lucky’s Tale looks to break new ground and translate the classic 3D platformer into virtual reality.
Your view controls the camera, and Lucky’s Tale makes great use of your ability to manipulate perspective, hiding secrets behind trees and under obstacles.
Gameplay-wise, it’s not as fast-paced and frantic as the likes of Mario with 100 seconds left, and Lucky, the wily fox himself, has a much floatier jump animation, making the game more forgiving.
Levels are short in order to maintain player comfort in VR, as you might expect.
However, in a genre which started way back at the dawn of gaming itself, it’s great that Lucky’s Tale brings us a fresh perspective.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
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Available on: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PSVR
The clue is in the title: communicate effectively and you don’t get blown to bits. Got it?
This game gives us an insight into the incredible potential of asynchronous multiplayer in virtual reality.
The person donning the VR headset acts as a bomb-disposal agent, and in each level will see an explosive device with a series of batteries, widgets and nodes on it. His allies, who can’t see the bomb, receive a series of instructions which describe exactly how to dispose of each variant of the nodes. It’s up to the person wearing the headset to describe the bomb and work effectively to disarm it with those clutching the instructions, all against a time limit.
The incredible adrenaline rush this game brings, the yelling at each other and the hilarity at poor descriptions, will make you feel like you’re playing charades at Christmas with the family.
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Available on PSVR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive
Virtual reality has given developers everywhere the greatest gift a creator can hope for – a new medium to explore. Without a design rule book to follow, Crytek have gleefully created a first person walking simulator that manages to feel completely unique.
While many PSVR experiences claim to let you inhabit another world, Robinson: The Journey fully embraces the medium and in doing so comes the closest to actually delivering on that promise.
t’s not without its flaws, but still manages to deliver an ambitious, narrative-led experience that offers the kind of immersive escapism the medium was made for. It may be overpriced and not much of a looker, but Crytek’s latest still sits comfortably as one of the most essential PSVR titles to date.
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Available on: PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift
Available as a pre-order bonus with the Oculus Rift, EVE: Valkyrie is a bespoke VR experience that delivers incredible space combat directly from the cockpit.
As it’s a game built from the ground up for VR, motion sickness isn’t as overwhelming as in other games. However, in a game where you’ll be doing loop-the-loops and barrel rolls in space, you can certainly expect an adjustment period.
Players can take part in intense multiplayer dogfights, unlocking new ships and items as they progress through the ranks.
However, thanks to Oculus and HTC’s stock availability issues in the early launch period, finding fellow players has been a bit tricky. Thankfully the game’s AI is more than up to scratch to provide a stiff challenge and will bring your vessel to an explosive end if you’re not prepared.
This is definitely a game for short-term thrills and spills, offering arcade action that’s perfect for showing your friends exactly what VR is all about.
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Available on: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift
Like painting? Want to paint in 3D? Welcome to Tilt Brush.
Tilt Brush allows you to completely immerse yourself in your art, painting in a full 3D environment using the HTC Vive’s paddles. Create vast sculptures or beautifully detailed landscapes – you’re only limited by your imagination.
As a product bundled with the HTC Vive, of course you’re going to try it out. It helps that it’s also pretty good.
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Available on PSVR, Rift and Vive
Multiplayer gaming has been a bit of a blind spot for VR gaming. Few titles have allowed players to compete against and alongside each other, as well as communicate with fellow gamers. Thankfully, Star Trek Bridge Crew is an excellent example of the crazy fun you can have in co-operative VR.
While not the most exciting game when played solo, teaming up with three headset-wearing friends can lead to some excellent moments. Communication is key, making sure the Enterprise is kept fighting fit for every mission you’re tasked with.
If you’re looking for the best co-op game on the market, this is it.
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Available on: HTC Vive
As noted in our review, Hover Junkers is one of the very best VR experiences available right now.
It makes excellent use of the added gameplay possibilities the HTC Vive brings with its control wands and motion trackers. Hover Junkers will have you ducking and diving as you control a hunk-a-junk cart around a Mad Max-inspired world, shooting anybody who dares to cross your path.
As an online first-person shooter it suffers a little with the same issue as EVE: Valkyrie – a lack of players. But this issue will no doubt be alleviated as more and more people pick up the headset.
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Available on: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Having originally launched back in late 2014, Elite Dangerous is now the finished article and also supports VR on PC.
Compared to EVE: Valkyrie, Elite is a much more patient and considered affair as you journey through space collecting, trading, and engaging in combat in a 1:1 recreation of the Milky Way.
It’s up to you how you choose to explore the galaxy and earn cash – either via legal or illegal means – and in a persistent online world you’re guaranteed to make some friends and enemies along either path.
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Available on: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PSVR
Project Cars was already a great racing sim, but being able to enjoy the experience in VR takes it to a whole new level.
How many times have you hit a car you didn’t see in a driving game? Well, now you can simply turn your head and take a look at what’s around before making that vital move that could mean the difference between a podium finish and a carbon-fibre-colliding crash.
If you’re prone to motion sickness, you’re going to want to take a “slow and steady wins the race” approach, as spinning out or flipping the car will see your belly making similar motions.
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Available on: PSVR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
Be honest, you’ve always wanted to be the Batman. Stepping into the boots and strapping on the cape of the iconic crime fighter as you glide across the grimy streets of Gotham.
Batman Arkham VR does just this.. Developed by Rocksteady, this first-person experience can be completed in about 90 minutes, but provides a great level of superhero immersion that simply can’t be found anywhere else.
Taking place in the very same universe created by the beloved Arkham franchise, Arkham VR has you solving puzzles, fighting bad guys and reliving the origin story of our troubled hero. For the first time ever, you can see Bruce Wayne’s parents get capped right before your very eyes.
Arkham VR is simply a must-buy for any Batman fan picking up PSVR. Rocksteady has proven itself time and again as the perfect creator of Batman games, and extending its brilliance into VR with such aplomb should be applauded.