“And what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a brand new Quest 2, and a whole bunch of games to play on it.” Pretty sure that’s how the poem goes.
It’s the holiday season, and that means many of you are looking for gifts—and it’s easier than ever to give them, since we added App Gifting in November. Just look for the “Buy for a friend” button on the website or tap the “⋮” menu on the mobile app, and make sure you have the recipient’s email address handy. Perfect for those last, last minute gifts.
But what to get them? Assuming you have a special Oculus Quest 2 owner in your life, we’ve put together a list of some favorites, arranged (as best we could) by genre. We also tossed in a few PC VR titles, for those with a compatible Oculus Link cable and PC.
Nostalgic throwbacks and calming puzzles, a new fitness routine and tactical kayaks—you’ll find all that and more below, 20 games that any and every Quest 2 owner will be excited to (digitally) unwrap this holiday season.
Myst was truly ahead of its time. More than 25 years after its release, the classic puzzle game manages to feel fresh and modern with Cyan’s brand-new VR reimagining. Explore Myst Island and its mysterious Ages as never before, from your first moments on the docks to the craggy rocks of the Stoneship Age and treetops of Channelwood. Maybe you played Myst on a Macintosh in 1993, or maybe this is your first trip into the starry expanse. Either way, this is Myst as it always should’ve been.
A decade ago, Lorna McCabe disappeared from the Shadow Point Observatory. Now it falls to you to save her. Shadow Point is a mind-bending puzzle game that plays with—you guessed it—light and shadows. Disappear into an alternate reality, manipulate gravity, and more as you try to uncover what happened to Lorna all those years ago. And do it while listening to some truly soothing storytelling by Sir Patrick Stewart himself.
Cubism is a puzzle game for the quiet moments. You’re given an outline of a shape, then tasked with fitting a set of blocks inside so that they perfectly recreate it. It sounds challenging, and Cubism will definitely stretch your spatial awareness and ability to visualize. But it’s a soothing experience, with a minimalist look and delicate sound design that calms the nerves even as the puzzles get more elaborate.
What lies on the outskirts of Black Spire Outpost, the setting of the celebrated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida? Now is your chance to find out. Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge is ILMxLAB’s latest journey to a galaxy far, far away, and their most ambitious project yet. Venture to the planet Batuu, where you’ll face off against the notorious Guavian Death Gang—or maybe just settle in for a story at Seezelslak’s cantina. It’s an epic adventure with appearances from C-3PO, Yoda, and more. And your journey will only expand over time, with Part II due to arrive in 2021.
What should’ve been a quick mission—land on Isla Nublar, grab confidential research materials, and leave—turns catastrophic. A crash landing leaves you stranded in the ruined remnants of an abandoned research facility in Jurassic World Aftermath, set two years after the fall of Jurassic World. Worse? Velociraptors now stalk you through the wreckage. Are you clever enough to survive? Only time will tell, in this tense thriller from Universal Games and Digital Platforms and Coatsink Games.
Path of the Warrior plunges you into a stylized brawler a la Streets of Rage and Double Dragon, a world where punks and ninjas have taken control of the city—and only your fists can save the day. Or a pool cue, if there’s one lying around. The punch-punch-punch action is relentless and Twisted Pixel’s trademark attention to detail elevates Path of the Warrior to instant-classic status. It’s a brilliant homage to the beat ‘em ups of yesteryear, whether you’re nostalgic for that era of gaming or coming to the genre for the first time. There’s also co-op support, so go ahead and enlist a friend to clean up the streets with you.
New Orleans belongs to the undead in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners—and still, the living can’t stop fighting each other. Saints & Sinners drops you into the world of Robert Kirkman’s acclaimed series for a survival horror experience like no other. Navigate the complex politics of a New Orleans at war, scavenge the flooded ruins for supplies, and fight off hordes of Walkers with a vast arsenal of ranged and melee weapons. Your choices spell the difference between life and death, between a thriving New Orleans and a barren wasteland, so be careful and weigh your options.
Infiltrate the base, take out the guards—and do it while gliding downriver in a tactical kayak. Phantom: Covert Ops turns you into an elite covert operative behind enemy lines, a shadow on the river. Paddle your military kayak through hostile territory and try not to get spotted as you ambush enemies with pistols, sniper rifles, and heavy explosives. You’re the only thing standing between humanity and all-out war, so don’t mess up. And if you do? Don’t get caught. Ignore the ache in your shoulders and paddle for your life in one of 2020’s most unique games.
Experience limitless vertical combat in POPULATION: ONE. Climb anything, fly anywhere, and fight everywhere in this battle royale designed from the ground up for VR. You and your squad will need skill and ingenuity if you’re going to be the last team standing in this sprawling world with limitless combat opportunities. With ongoing live events and regular content drops (currently taking place in the winter-themed landscape), POPULATION: ONE has plenty to keep you coming back.
Do you hear that? There are wolves in the walls. Nobody believes little Lucy—except you, her new friend. Help Lucy convince her family that the wolves exist in this spirited adaptation of a story by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, and winner of the 2019 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Media. Take photos, listen to the scritching in the walls, and try to keep up with Lucy as Wolves in the Walls plays out around you, an interactive film where you’re the star (or at least the Best Supporting Actor!).
What would you do to find love? That’s the subject of The Line, winner of the 2020 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Media. Taking place in a miniature model of São Paulo circa 1940, The Line tells the story of Pedro and Rosa, two clockwork dolls content to go about their routines—until one day, the routine breaks down. It’s a charming tale, short and sweet and bursting with heart. And it also makes for a perfect introduction to VR, if you’re hoping to pass the Quest 2 around to family after it’s unwrapped.
If you’ve ever wanted to tag up an alleyway or a subway station without risking any real-world trouble, check out Kingspray Graffiti. True-to-life paint colors and realistic spray modeling make this the finest spray paint simulator out there, whether you’re an accomplished street artist or an aspiring newcomer. You can even invite friends, with up to four players working in the same environment simultaneously. Turn on the radio, pick up your cans, and paint.
If your creative urges trend towards the third dimension, SculptrVR is a fantastic tool for bringing your ideas to life. Build a single object or maybe an entire world using SculptrVR’s comprehensive tools (and maybe a few glances at the brand new in-game tutorial). A 10,000x zoom allows you to finesse the tiniest details on the most enormous objects, and you can even tour your creations by hang-gliding through them. Build solo, or invite up to three friends to sculpt with you—and then upload your work to the content gallery, if you’re feeling brave. With a little effort, you can even turn your SculptrVR assets into real-life game assets. Maybe you’ll build the next Beat Saber!
Is any Quest 2 collection really complete without Beat Saber? The rhythm game’s been a hit since release, captivating players with its saber-swinging action. The aim is to slash through the incoming blocks in time with the music, slipping into that flow-state where you react faster than you can consciously think, a veritable whirlwind of lasers. And Beat Saber continues to evolve and expand! A new multiplayer mode lets you compete (friendly or otherwise) with up to four friends, and the BTS Music Pack is a great addition whether you’re a devoted K-pop fan or just looking for some high-energy songs.
Pistol Whip makes you the star of your own John Wick-ian action series. Assassins come from all sides, forcing you to dodge and duck their shots—and hopefully return a few of your own. But this is no mere shooter. Levels are timed to the music. There’s a rhythm to the way enemies appear, and you’ll score extra points for firing back on the beat. The result is a deadly ballet, and one that’s only gotten better over time. The latest expansion, Pistol Whip: 2089 is Cloudhead’s most ambitious to-date, adding a five-level cinematic campaign with a Terminator vibe and pulsing synthwave soundtrack.
Bring the gym home with Supernatural. While ad-hoc VR fitness regimens are a dime a dozen, Supernatural offers a real alternative with its $19 a month membership (less than $15 a month billed annually). All plans come with a free trial. You’ll get access to hundreds of workouts, with a brand new workout released every day, along with meditations and stretch sessions. Each workout is designed by real-life fitness professionals, mapped to music you know and love, and transports you to the most beautiful destinations in the world. It’s like taking a high-intensity cardio class on top of the Swiss Alps, squatting and lunging on an African volcano, or getting in a good sweat session on the surface of Mars. There’s even a team of real coaches guiding you and making sure you give it your best effort. Hoping to make a New Year’s resolution that’s actually fun to fulfill? Give Supernatural a try.
FitXR used to be known as just BoxVR, but the gym’s expanded a bit since those days. In addition to boxing classes, FitXR now offers dance classes as well. It’s a comprehensive fitness studio led by real-life trainers. Choose the workout that works for you, whether that’s throwing jabs or keeping pace with a hip-hop class. FitXR releases new classes on a regular basis, so there’s no need to repeat, and you can even compete against people from around the world if you need a little extra motivation.
In 1999, Medal of Honor redefined the video game shooter. Now, developer Respawn has returned the franchise to its roots with Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, a World War II shooter designed from the ground up for VR. Sabotage Nazi bases, aid the French Resistance, and more as a member of the secretive Office of Strategic Services, or OSS. Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond features a breathtaking fully-featured cinematic campaign and multiplayer modes that take full advantage of the PC’s power and capabilities. And when you’ve fought to the end, a poignant documentary series puts you in the room with World War II vets as they tell their stories.
It’s Captain Olivia Rhodes’s last week aboard the Kronos-II mining station. Surely everything will go smoothly, right? Right? Alas, Lone Echo begins with the appearance of an anomaly above Saturn that knocks out Kronos-II’s systems. As an Echo One service android (nicknamed “Jack”), your job is to get the system back in working order before it’s too late. Or is it already too late? Ready At Dawn’s Lone Echo is a marvel, one of the biggest and best VR games made to-date. And with Lone Echo II set to release next year, there’s never been a better time to get caught up.
Asgard’s Wrath is an epic adventure steeped in Norse mythology. Gifted the power of a god by Loki, you’ll inhabit a series of heroes and help them achieve their destinies—whether avenging a slain brother in Midgard or smuggling goods through Niflheim. Battle against gods and mortals alike across the realms, and be sure to keep one eye on Loki. The Trickster God does nothing without good reason, right? Asgard’s Wrath is one of the largest and most ambitious VR games ever made, and one of the most critically acclaimed as well. If you have a capable PC, it’s well worth a look.