Spending a lot of money on a VR headset will feel much better when you find the best VR games to use it for. VR gaming, compared to regular gaming, is much more liberating because it does not bond you to a PC or a TV monitor. With what the VR games market offers today, we can assure you that you will find something that you will enjoy playing.
The usual categorizing of the games is into genres, but when it comes to VR, maybe it is better to split the games into how they use virtual reality. As you probably assumed, many of the VR games are titles that you have already seen as PC, PS, etc., games, like Doom VFR or The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. These games can be good for those who are beginners in the VR world, as it is the same game they played before, just in a new way.
On the other hand, we have the games that were specifically made to be used with VR headset like Iron Man VR, Beat Saber, or Star Trek: Bridge Crew. If you are more experienced with your VR headset or what to try a unique experience, you should go with those titles.
If you want to have fun with other players in VR, you can do that as there is the option for multiplayer VR gaming as well. You can enjoy games like Eve: Valkyrie, Nobody Explodes, Keep Talking, and so on.
Both good for the beginner and those more experienced in the game Half-Life: Alyx, another episode of this famous franchise. This game shows the experience its creators have to make it approachable for all gamers out there.
Another game that is suitable for experts and beginners is Pistol Whip, which is a rhythm and first-person shooter game.
Below we will present to you some of the many VR games that you try yourself.
1. Microsoft Flight Simulator
By adding VR into this already amazing game with fabulous views and detailed aircraft take the whole experience to a whole other level. The headset offers a first-person viewpoint, which helps to see all the switches and buttons up close. The immersion is also on another level as you fly around the world and through clouds, above the amazing landscapes. The game also offers the controls to be managed manually or automatically. Therefore it up to your preferences and skills to choose what you want.
2. Star Wars: Squadrons
The latest space combat experience of the saga is presented to you with the Star Wars: Squadrons. The game offers many options for fighting, and you can choose your fighter from the list that consists of all the famous spacecraft from Star Wars. Also, the fighter can be customized to your needs and likings. You will also have the option to join an online multiplayer.
3. Falcon Age
This is an adventurous game that takes you and your bird of prey against the enemy. A robot empire took over your home planet, and you start fighting back after you broke out of prison with your falcon friend. The falcon grows throughout the game and learns new abilities and tricks that he uses to help you. Your tasks are to free up zones from the map by fighting the robots and hopefully build a community from what’s left of the human race.
4. Pistol Whip
This one is a very simple game. You choose a level, shoot the enemies, dodge bullets by moving your head, and you reload by pointing to the floor. You are awarded points by shooting the enemies to the EDM soundtrack of the game. Once you feel confident with the game, you can try something more difficult, like dual-wielded pistols or adding some other difficult elements. It is an addictive game, and you will want to constantly beat your high score.
5. Iron Man VR
Now, this game is a cool way to fight in the shoes of Tony Stark as one of the Avengers. This the headset you will be in control of the Iron Man suit, navigate it, and fight the enemies. In your base, you will get the opportunity to customize the suit, thus having a different experience every time you go on the battlefield. The main mission in this game is to defeat the hacker villain Ghost, while there will be other characters that will appear, both good and bad.
6. Half-Life: Alyx
Half-Life was a very famous game in the past, and now they are returning with a new sequel after 13 years of pause. Your character is represented by Alyx Vance, and you will fight throughput City 17. You will be solving puzzles, shooting alien enemies, and Combine soldiers all through your VR controls.
It seems like it was worth it to wait 13 years for this game, as it is one of the best out there in the way it offers you to express yourself in the VR gaming world.
7. No Man’s Sky VR
If you are a fan of space explorations, then this game might catch your attention. You can either go right into the heart of the newly discovered worlds, or you can simply sit in your ship and appreciate the greatness of the space. You will never lack new worlds and things to discover as you travel for scavenging for new recourses required for improvement of your ship and as fuel for more travels.
The recent expansion of this game offers capital ship and fleet management, base building, multiplayer, and other new additions for a better VR experience.
8. Beat Saber
This is a kinetic, fast rhythm game where the player is slashing color-coded blocks to the rhythm of the music that plays in the background. You can work up a sweat with this one. You can swipe horizontally and vertically in the air; you can also hold the controller in a single position to rack up some point. The colored blocks will draw closer to you, and you will need to swipe them while you keep yourself in time with the game’s beat.
9. Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
This is a PS VR exclusive game and stands as one of the most creative platforms in the VR world. Astro is a small robot controlled by you, and his mission is to save his robot friends, which you can find on different levels. You will be required to bend down, look closely, and turn around in an area to spot your trapped robot friends and some other figurines. The player’s perspective is a third-person camera. If you want to successfully finish the mission, you will need to focus on Astro’s position at the same time as you are focusing on your position. This kind of creative camera control and platforming is only possible in VR, which makes this game even more interesting. To move past the obstacles, you will have to use various gadgets and beat the bosses at the end of each level so that you can save your robot friends.
10. Superhot VR
Just like the original version of Superhot, this is a combat puzzle game, and you will need to clear a room enemy represented by AI humans, which you need to eliminate by using one key mechanic and limited arsenal. Time moves in synchronization with you. This means if you move slower, the time will go slower, and if you move faster, the time will do so as well. Smaller movements with your hands or head will allow you to make your next move and grant you the time needed to escape from the enemy’s bullets.
In this game, you will be required to stand most of the time, no need to move around your room, but you will have to able to duck to find cover or turn around. You can literarily take weapons from your enemies’ hands, and you can deflect the incoming bullets by firing your bullet directly at them. This game can be played on any platform.
The games we have listed above are just a small fragment of what you can find on the market when it comes to VR games. You will see as time goes on what is best for your headset and what takes your attention the most.
So, how can you choose the right VR game for you?
Before you make the purchase check the game’s compatibility information, some games are not compatible with all the headsets out there. Therefore, make sure to buy those that work with your VR system.
The space requirements of the game are also important. There are games that you can play while sitting on a chair or sofa, while others may need you to move around. Logically you are going to need a larger room for those. If you do not have much space in your home, then you should stick to the games you can play sitting down.
If you are still uncertain about what you want, maybe you should try games that offer free VR editions. Some headset comes with built-in games, so you can check those out and see which ones catch your attention.