Virtual Reality (VR) games let you enjoy a totally different experience compared to traditional video games, whether the platform is a console, PC, or portable. They immerse you inside virtual environments, making you think and feel like you’re inside the game you are playing—whatever genre it may be.
Below are some of the best VR games of all time, ranked in ascending order according to our opinions as well as public feedback. You might not agree with the list completely because of personal preferences, or the games’ exclusivity, but we recommend that you try them out if you haven’t yet.
Blade And Sorcery
As its title implies, Blade And Sorcery has you fighting against your foes using bladed weapons, magic, or a combination of both. It’s a medieval fantasy sandbox that has you engaging in swordplay against one or a throng of enemies, each of which poses a threat to your life. You’ll need to use all weapons and skills at your disposal to survive, even overwhelm those who oppose you.
Blade And Sorcery feature great physics, especially considering how it was developed by a single developer at the start. The design is heavily influenced by other greats such as Skyrim. Players who enjoy melee and magic battles in medieval settings will definitely love this game.
Aptly described by its developer as an “Experimental Physics VR Adventure,” Boneworks lets you interact with basically everything in the game’s environments. You can make your way through various locations, engage in or avoid what could be fatal encounters, and solve clever puzzles the way only virtual reality allows you to. This includes the use of weapons, machinery, and even pipes to move around.
While the game has stunning visuals, it requires players to have some background experience when it comes to VR gaming. This is because it uses advanced VR mechanics and concepts, and beginners might find it difficult, even disorienting. That said, Boneworks is a great VR title that you must try when you can.
Players who want to immerse themselves in an adventure set in Norse mythology will enjoy Asgard’s Wrath. This epic VR action RPG, developed by Facebook-owned Sanzaru, is huge! Players will have a lot of things to do here, such as completing side quests, picking up loot, or just wasting time doing anything unimportant.
This game, developed by a team of nearly 100 developers, received a lot of praise for various reasons. It’s an ambitious title that combines a great story, exciting action scenes, challenging puzzles, and overall fun gameplay.
Walkabout Mini Golf
Walkabout Mini Golf is a must-have VR game for players who like golf. The game is simple: all you need to do is hit the ball so that it enters the hole somewhere on the golf course. However, what makes Walkabout Mini Golf worth the while is the challenge that each level brings and the beautiful visuals. Golf in itself is very relaxing, and this game lets you enjoy that feeling without having to go outside. It’s all good.
If you fancy playing tabletop RPGs with friends or wanted to know what a dungeon crawler looks like in VR, then Demeo is the game for you. Demeo is basically Dungeons & Dragons in VR — you pick and choose what character you want to play, then go through dungeons while mowing down enemies using spells like a tabletop card does. The game is turn-based and players are limited to two actions at a time. This means you can’t be too cautious!
While Demeo has a non-VR version, the VR version is significantly more immersive and enjoyable to play. Some who play with friends can even use it as a virtual hangout if they’re not in the mood to clear dungeons.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
With earlier installments putting more focus on action among other things, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard was and is considered the series’ return to its horror roots. RE7 puts players in the shoes of a protagonist named Ethan as he investigates his wife Mia’s disappearance. This entry feels slower than RE5 and RE6 at first, but that pace picks up as you progress in the story further.
And as you do, you’ll realize that it deserves the praise it receives for being a great horror game. Expect to feel the dread of what it means to be chased by monstrosities who want to turn you into their dinner. This is made more possible by the fact that this game is in VR.
The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to be in a world where zombies are rampant and survival is made even more difficult, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners will satisfy your curiosity. In it, you play a character known as the Tourist, who appears to be immune to the virus that caused the living to become undead.
While you won’t get to play as Rick or the fan-favorite Daryl of the TV series, you still experience a world similar to the one they trodded on. You need to find safe spaces to hide, and the supplies you need to stay alive. More importantly, you need to make the right choices as they will reach the ending of the game. It’s very spooky, and the best VR game to try if you’re a massive horror fan.
Fans of Bethesda’s epic RPG Skyrim will love Skyrim VR. After all, it’s essentially the same huge open-world game but made even more interactive. It lets you enjoy the original’s great story, explore the game’s massive world, and engage in exhilarating combat all over again. Only this time, it’s significantly more immersive because it’s in VR.
While the game might look a bit dated considering its age, it can very well hold its own against newer titles. Plus, it has a huge community continually churning out mods to improve the game experience. Make sure to get this if you can.
No Man’s Sky VR
The original No Man’s Sky had you exploring planets in space. No Man’s Sky VR takes all of that, converts everything to VR, then lets you see beautiful worlds as if you were there.
The VR version of the game came out years after the original, giving the developers enough time to make sure it looks as how they intended it to be. If you loved the visuals the original title offered, you’re going to love No Man’s Sky VR even more.
Astro Bot Rescue Mission
Astro Bot Rescue Mission has you playing as a benevolent character helping a robot rescue his crew after they become separated from each other. You’ll be going on a journey across different worlds, each featuring different immersive virtual reality 3D designs. This title has been praised for its level designs, among others, which means it’s something you’ll enjoy.
This game is a platformer that’s really proud of the platform it runs on — the PSVR. If you own the platform and haven’t tried this yet, you should! It’s one of best VR games we know.
Resident Evil 4 VR
RE4 is known as the entry that changed the way Resident Evil games are played, and its VR version greatly enhances the experience by a mile. The game had players playing as Leon (or Ada) running and shooting hordes of Ganados and other enemies from a third-person view. It’s limited to the Oculus Quest for now, so not everyone gets the chance to play it. Those who do have a Quest, however, should not miss the opportunity to get this.
Developed by the aptly named Beat Games, Beat Saber is a rhythm game where you slash “beats” flying towards you using a “saber.” The great thing about Beat Saber is that it’s actually exercise but in a fun way. Players have dozens of unique levels to conquer, each featuring a different soundtrack and flying beats pattern. It’s easy enough to be played by kids and adults alike, but difficult to master such that longtime players can still expect to miss some beats. Beat Saber is available on every VR platform out there, including Steam.
Pistol Whip (PC VR, PSVR, Quest)
Pistol Whip combines rhythm and beats with exciting gunplay to give you an experience unlike any other. It’s an action game where you blast enemies as you move your way through Fever Dream scenes, making sure to shoot and dodge bullets along with the rhythm. It will force you to develop your reflexes and enhance your reaction time — all while burning some calories and having fun.
This game has received tons of praise for its art style and clever use of music, much like how Beat Saber above was acclaimed for being a great game. If you like Beat Saber, or simply love music and shooter games, then you must never miss Pistol Whip.
Superhot VR (PC VR, PSVR, Quest)
Fancy yourself entering The Matrix? You can — somehow — with Superhot VR, the virtual reality version of the hit game of the same name. Superhot VR introduces a clever way to play FPS: time slows down and only moves when you make a move. This means you can have all the time you’ll need to plan out strategies for taking down the opponents before you get overwhelmed.
What makes Superhot VR an absolute must-have is the fact that because it’s in VR, the “bullet time” and gunplay are a sight to behold. Unlike when you play the normal Superhot, Superhot VR will have you feeling like you’re actually getting ambushed by human-shaped red figures. And because you die in just one hit, the challenge becomes even more challenging.
Half-Life: Alyx (PC VR)
This Valve epic in VR takes what made earlier Half-Life titles awesome, then makes it as life-like as possible in VR. Half-Life: Alyx puts you in the shoes (hands?) of the titular protagonist, a survivor of the Seven-Hour War. Unlike earlier titles where you played as Gordon Freeman, you’ll see what Alyx Vance sees in great detail.
What makes Half-Life: Alyx great is that while it’s different from its predecessors, it contains what made the earlier titles great, such as puzzles, combat, and exploration. And you’ll experience them all in VR!
And there you have it for what we consider the best VR games of all time. Again, our rankings are mostly based on our opinion, so the list might not reflect your personal tastes. The games in our list are simply what we recommend if you haven’t tried them yet, or if you want to revisit some of them.
A married man who is always excited for new games, especially remakes of what he used to play or watch others playing. Spent years as a tech news writer, with a focus on games like FFVII Remake, The Witcher III, Cyberpunk 2077, and more. Enjoys watching speedruns on YouTube. Loves watching movies with his wife during weekends.