by Goran Damnjanovic, Gaming Columnist
Published in Gaming on 5th March, 2020
Discover the best VR games to play right now. No matter which VR headset you own you'll find a bunch of cool titles to keep you occupied for months!
If you asked us to create a list of VR games worth playing just a couple of years ago, we would find it really hard to include more than a dozen titles in it.
Back then, most VR games were either really simple titles that couldn't be enjoyed more than a couple of hours or janky messes that were cool to play but filled with bugs, messed controls, and other downsides.
Fast forward to 2020 and we have tons of excellent VR games. The market didn't completely mature. We still don't have a bunch of AAA VR exclusives but we do have dozens of excellent VR games that offer lots of hours of fun.
VR games that aren't proof-of-concept products but complex, expansive titles with engaging gameplay systems and other features we see in full-fledged video games such as interesting story campaigns, amazing visuals, spacious level design, etc.
No matter which VR headset you own you can get dozens of cool VR games on each platform. The market is filled with excellent titles and we had a really tough time deciding which games to keep in this list.
We had to remove AAA games such as Skyrim and Fallout VR, or Doom BFR because they're janky and not rewarding experiences as some of the games featured on this list.
We also had to limit the number of non-exclusive VR titles. This doesn't mean that games supporting VR such as Elite: Dangerous, Assetto Corsa and its sequel, Wipeout Omega Collection, Assetto Corsa Competizione, Dirt Rally 1 & 2, The Talos Principle, or Minecraft are bad or not worth playing.
They absolutely deserve your attention and are all amazing in VR. The thing is there's a ton of great VR exclusives we simply had to include and there are also regular games supporting VR that are just better in VR, such as Project Cars 2, Trover Saves the Universe, or No Man's Sky.
In the end, we collected the best 30 VR games that are must-plays in 2020. Every single one of these games is amazing and deserves your attention.
There are some exclusives (for PSVR and Oculus Rift) but most games can be played on different VR headsets. Follow this list and you'll end up with enough VR games to last you through the entire year. Check out the best VR games to play in 2020.
The time-manipulating shooter/puzzle hybrid was one of the biggest indie games of 2016. The VR version isn't just an update to the original with VR support. It's a standalone title that builds upon SuperHot, adding cool new mechanics and interesting levels.
The tried and true move-time-when-you-move formula is still here but challenges and puzzles are completely original. Due to its nature, this is one of the most immersive VR games out there. An amazing VR title with just one major drawback. The game's just too short. If you want to get SuperHot VR wait for a sale. You can play Superhot VR on PC or on PSVR.
Vader Immortal is a standalone Star Wars VR experience that includes lightsaber duels, puzzles, interesting story, and Lord Vader himself. The story is surprisingly well written, filled with familiar locations and Star Wars adventures. Each episode tells a part of the story which culminates with a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader.
The level of immersion is super high thanks to the game's cinematic feel, superb animation, and top-notch voice work. Controls are snappy and precise. Players can cut foes by swiftly slashing their lightsaber and have access to a bunch of force powers which can be combined with satisfying results.
Sure, the three episodes can be finished in less than four hours but the game's definitely worth your time and money. And once you complete the story you can have tons of fun honing your lightsaber skills. Vader Immortal is available on Oculus Rift and Quest headsets.
If you ended up liking lightsaber combat in Vader Immortal but aren't a person who can replay a single game over and over again, check out Beat Saber. This smashing VR hit will test your hand-eye coordination, reflexes, and your rhythm.
The goal is simple - slash incoming blocks with dual lightsabers in the rhythm of various songs while avoiding incoming walls. Once you get the hang of it, Beat Saber will become your go-to VR game. It's has a ton of songs in its library and multiple difficulty levels.
This allows you to replay a level as many times you like. First to beat it on the highest difficulty and then to try beating the high score. The gameplay is fast and fun as hell. Who in their right mind wouldn't like slashing blocks with two lightsabers!? You can play Beat Saber on PC, Oculus Quest, and PSVR.
Ever since Fight Night Champion, we didn't have a decent boxing game. Then Creed: Rise to Glory came and forced boxing games fans to get a VR headset because this game's awesome. The campaign lets you fight your way to the top while training with legendary Rocky Balboa.
Multiplayer allows you to fight against other people. Training is here to hone your skills. And Freeplay is great because there you can fight against various boxers from Rocky movies.
The main hook of Creed: Rise to Glory is the gameplay. Controls are snappy and precise, landing blows feel like you're really in the ring.
Fights are relatively short and filled with so many adrenaline-pumping moments they feel like they end in ten seconds! On top of it all, playing Creed: Rise to Glory is a great exercise. You can get the game on PC, Oculus Quest, and PSVR.
The first AAA game made from the ground up for VR devices. Asgard's Wrath features a meaty single-player campaign filled with bloody fights and clever puzzles.
Aside from down-to-earth level sections where you play as different warriors, the game also lets you play as a Norse god, commanding various creatures, battling other gods, and admiring the view.
Combat is filled with special moves and requires good reflexes and you'll love the controls. The game's quite long and best pick for those who want a VR experience that won't end after five or ten hours. The only downside to it is that Asgard's Wrath is Oculus Rift exclusive.
This PSVR exclusive is still the best reason to get the PlayStation VR headset. Cute visuals, creative puzzles, superb level design, and spot-on controls are all present in Astro Bot: Rescue Mission. The game's an imaginative platformer with levels sprawling all around you.
Navigating the levels is a joy and you won't get bored of it even after you finish the game. This is one of the top five VR games at the moment. If you own a PlayStation 4 and think about getting a PSVR buy it just to experience this amazing game.
Tetris is still one of the most popular games around and this recreation is the best Tetris we've ever seen. The marriage between trippy visuals and incredible music creates a timeless Tetris experience that simply has to be experienced firsthand.
Each level is unique, featuring different art style and music. The experience becomes ethereal once you enter the game equipped with a VR headset. In VR, the music floats around you, explosions fill your view, and the constant burst of effects can be overwhelming at times. The sheer quality of the VR experience is worth getting this game. You won't regret it. You can play this one on PC and PSVR.
Adrenaline packed to the max, fast-paced action, and intense shootouts. Blood & Truth is a single player VR shooter PSVR really needed. This PSVR exclusive feels like a game version of Guy Ritchie film. A cheesy plot that's there just to provide background for a slew of cool characters and over-the-top action sequences.
This game has everything a killer VR game needs to include. Adrenaline pumping moments such as car chases, explosive set pieces, and intense gunfights. Slick controls that won't get in the way of the action. Amazing visuals that take immersion level through the roof. And solid playtime that will keep you entertained for at least a couple of days.
Resident Evil 7 VR is still the definite VR horror game. It just cannot be topped even though three years have passed since we received this gruesome survival horror.
You can play the whole game in VR and it is the most intense and scary VR experience around. The campaign is one of the better Resi stories we played. It lasts for about 12 hours, which is a very long playtime for a VR game.
The first-person view is great for immersion but bad for your sanity. The game's filled with nerve-racking moments that are tenfold scarier when experienced in VR. If you have a PSVR (sadly, this is PSVR exclusive) you simply have to get Resident Evil 7.
Zero Caliber is a VR shooter for the PC that looks beautiful. Visuals are detailed and the game has incredible lighting engine. In motion, the game looks very pretty. The good thing is that, while the game is in Early Access, it offers a full-fledged story campaign that's pretty solid.
Combat is on the arcade side and really fun. You can take cover, shoot behind the cover, climb, sprint, and jump. Controls are pretty solid if janky at times. There are tons of weapons to unlock and once you finish the campaign you can revisit missions with friends in co-op multiplayer. Do note that the game is set to receive PvP multiplayer mode in the future. You can play Zero Caliber on PC.
The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners is one of the most expansive VR games on the market. It features large levels filled with zombies, lots of stuff to do, excellent survival gameplay, and a long and satisfying story campaign.
The game takes place in New Orleans. This isn't your regular open-world but the city can be explored in many ways. Combat is gruesome, explicitly brutal, and very satisfying.
The game features lots of different missions along with a solid story filled with player choices. It isn't as scary as Resident Evil 7 but The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is one the best, and longest, VR games on PC.
Boneworks is the ultimate VR playground. The level of interactivity in this game can only be compared to Half-Life Alyx, a game that isn't out yet! You can fight enemies, solve physics-based puzzles, and do all sorts of crazy platforming stunts inside complex levels that look amazing. Boneworks is a game for those who want to experience the apex of VR technology.
The game offers a solid campaign with a story similar to Portal titles. You wake up inside a huge research complex where something went really wrong and it's up to you to find out what. From that moment starts one hell of a thrill ride that simply cannot be missed if you have any VR headset for PC.
Robo Recall is a rail shooter available for Oculus Rift. It's packed with action and epic set pieces and it's coated in superb graphics. Which isn't surprising since Epic Games made this one. Combat is visceral to the bone and includes impressive shooting combined with over the top melee moves such as tearing robots in half and catching bullets midair.
Project Cars 2 has the best VR component of any racing game at the moment. The experience is deeply immersive and it works like a charm. The game itself is a hardcore simulation that will test your driving prowess across a plethora of real-life tracks and race cars.
Visuals are great, the driving model is hardcore, and racing is very exciting. While Project Cars VR is the best, we also recommend Assetto Corsa, Dirt Rally, and WipeOut Omega collection (PSVR exclusive) for every VR gamer. Just remember that Project Cars 2 VR can only be played on PC.
"This is what would happen if John Wick took some really good acid," from Polygon's feature on Pistol Whip is probably the best description of this intensive VR game. The on-rails shooter is filled with godlike shootouts and psychedelic visuals.
There's isn't a story here, just a bunch of levels, each offering a unique shootout scenario filled with enemies that can be shot or meleed in the rhythm of the accompanying song.
On screenshots, the game doesn't look really cool so we recommend watching it in motion. Once you see it on video, you'll realize why it found its way into our list of best VR games in 2020. Play it on Oculus Rift and Oculus Quest.
Blade and Sorcery is another VR game for fans of VR combat. This time though, it's all about using melee weapons, bows and arrows, and magic spells. The combat is great. Your weapons have weight and feeling the impact of your sword breaking an enemy shield is superbly satisfying.
The need to constantly swing your weapons and avoid attacks makes for highly dynamic combat filled with different moves.
The game doesn't look best but the sheer creativeness of its combat (almost as creative as Boneworks) gives it enough charm and enjoyment for a recommendation. Since the game is still in Early Access you can expect more content in the future, such as more game modes and a single-player campaign. You can play it on the PC.
If Blade and Sorcery, Blood & Truth, Pistol Whip, and Boneworks present the most exhilarating combat you can experience in VR, Catch & Release is a game to play between those action fests.
This serene fishing title is perfect for late-night playing sessions where you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the atmosphere. Maybe catch some fish while you're at it.
You can pick between multiple areas and each one looks great. Visuals aren't top-notch but are stylized in a way that makes the game a proper looker. Think of Firewatch with more colors. On top of it all, controls are great and responsive. This is the ultimate chillout experience in VR.
Other candidates for that spot would be Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator. Check them out, they're great in VR. You can play Catch & Release on PC and PSVR.
A rogue-lite title made for VR that looks great and plays even better. In Death requires lots of skill and what's better than improving your skill while dying again and again in a beautiful virtual reality world. The game takes place in a huge castle floating in the sky and environments look awesome. Everything is bright and shiny.
Enemies can be really tough and this is where your faithful crossbow comes into play. Use it to defeat enemies but also to advance through the game by solving imaginative puzzles. Unlock new arrow types and reach the top of the castle. Play In Death on PSVR and PC.
The ultimate VR multiplayer shooter for PSVR. This PSVR exclusive is one of the top reasons to get the headset. It features superb controls that are needed since the shooting is the best on the platform. The tactical approach to shooting hits the bullseye and perfectly fits with the at times fiddly PS Move controller.
You can play against other people in multiplayer, play with friends in co-op, or have some fun solo in single-player modes. You have to be careful here. Use cover and slowly advance because a couple of shoots in the body and it's game over. Visuals are great for a VR game and there are plenty of multiplayer game modes to enjoy the game for dozens of hours.
Pavlov VR is like Firewall: Zero Hour but for PC. Slick controls, enjoyable shootouts, and solid visuals. Multiplayer matches are filled with nerve-racking set pieces and are extremely fun. Pavlov VR is one of the best VR shooters on the market that can be played on PC.
No Man's Sky is one of the most immersive games even when played in 2D, on a regular monitor. But once you experience it in VR the time spent with the game will pass so fast you'll often catch yourself awake in the middle of the night scavenging for materials while admiring the beautiful worlds in the game.
If you like expansive, sandbox experiences, space games, and survival and crafting titles and you happen to own a PSVR or any PC VR headset, just get No Man's Sky. You will be amazed just how good the game is. Also, check Subnautica VR, it's just as awesome but it allows you to explore a beautiful submerged world.
Sprint Vector is a wet dream for fans of platforming games. This first-person platformer/parkour title shows just how VR games can be immersive and dynamic. Levels are well designed and they allow players to combine running, jumping, climbing and flying in creative ways, all that while trying to beat 7 other players racing across one of 12 tracks.
The meat of Sprint Vector is competitive multiplayer. Racing against other players is exhilarating experience that's also a great workout. And it's really enjoyable thanks to the game's slick controls. If you don't want to compete against other people the game offers challenge levels that will push your VR parkour skills to their breaking point.
An old but gold. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a perfect VR game for parties. One player (the one wearing the headset) has a bomb in their hands which they must defuse. Other players help them with hints they receive via a smartphone app. The cryptic nature of the hints guarantees fun times at parties. An amazing game that can be played on PSVR and PC.
This is a VR adventure that pushes VR controls to the max. The game emphasizes interacting with objects, allowing players to pick them up, combine them, or build contraptions using their controllers. Controls are enjoyable, precise, and not too janky.
Puzzles are creative and well designed. They won't make you scream in frustration but will use lots of your brain power. The story is more than decent and will keep your attention until the end. And the environments of an alien moon and space research facility where the game takes place look stunning. Overall, this is an excellent puzzle game that can be played on PC and Oculus Quest.
Stormland is another AAA VR game that is at the moment Oculus Rift exclusive. Made by Insomniac Games this is a first-person shooter taking place in a planet populated by advanced robots. You're one of those robots and the game will take you across beautiful environments battling against other robots and playing the story-based campaign.
Yes, the main part of the game is its excellent story-driven campaign. It's well written and features a bunch of cool missions. The open-world design is based on verticality, making the game feel confined at the start.
Shooting is solid and the game takes advantage of Oculus Touch controls offering slick and varied gameplay. If you want a story-driven VR game, Stormland, along with Asgard's Wrath, is your best choice right now.
The ultimate racing experience in VR. Get this one just to experience the thrill of a futuristic hoverbike game made from the ground up for VR. Racing other players in V-Racer Hoverbike can only be compared to the ultrafast racing of WipeOut. This is something else and the only major downside of this game is the omission of the campaign mode. Play V-Racer Hoverbike on PC.
Zero gravity environments in Lone Echo allow for never seen before traversal gameplay that needs to be experienced in order to truly understand it.
The game itself is an adventure taking place in a mining station situated near Saturn. Travel in zero gravity, solve problems and try saving yourself after a bunch of things go south. One of the best games for VR, Lone Echo can be played on Oculus Rift.
A cute adventure game where you lead a small mouse named Quill trough many beautiful environments. The game usually plays from the third person but you can also play from Quill's perspective.
Puzzles ask to play both as Quill but also to affect the environment from the third-person perspective in order to help Quill advance. Levels are fairly large and look pretty good for a VR game.
Puzzles are creative and most are really enjoyable to solve. Finally, the single-player campaign features a heartwarming story that will get you hooked until you beat the game. Moss can be played on PC and on PSVR.
Trover Saves the Universe is a wacky adventure from the mind or co-creator of Rick and Morty. This gives the game a unique visual style that is nothing short of stunning. The game looks incredible. It's filled with otherworldly environments, coated in bright colors, and populated by bizarrely cute creatures.
The story revolves around well, saving the universe. This includes solving lots of insane puzzles and doing other stuff, like jumping, platforming, and fighting. The best part of the game is stupendously funny commentary from the main character, who just won't shut up. If you're a Rick and Morty fan you have to play this one. It can be played on PSVR and PC.
And finally, let's talk about one game that isn't released yet. While Half-Life: Alyx comes out on March 23, 2020, we already know it will be one of the best (if not the best) VR games.
First of all, Valve simply doesn't make bad games (let's just pretend that Artifact never existed). Next, from the gameplay videos we saw, it's clear that Half-Life: Alyx will usher a new age when it comes to interactivity and controls in VR games.
Finally, the game will feature an epic single-player campaign that will probably be way better than anything we saw in other VR games. On top of all that, Half-Life: Alyx prettier than any other VR title on the market. This will be a VR masterpiece and if you're a fan of VR gaming you'll simply have to play this as soon as it comes out.