Happy holidays, and welcome! If you’re reading this, presumably you unwrapped (or watched someone unwrap) a brand new Quest 2 headset during the holidays, you’ve set it up and taken your First Steps, you’ve checked out our tips and tricks for new owners, and now you’re wondering “What’s next?”
That’s where we come in. Below, we’ve put together a list of 18 must-play Quest titles. There are many, many more out there—check out our games-for-exercise list, for instance, or our recent 2021 Holiday Gift Guide. But these 18 (in no particular order) are a great cross-section of what Quest and VR have to offer, whether today’s your first day in the headset or you’re an old-timer looking for something new to play.
From Star Wars to Supernatural, mice to mini golf, and everything in between—check out the full list below, let us know if you have any other must-play games in the comments, and have fun with your new headset!
It’s the game, the myth, the legend: Beat Saber. One of the most popular games on Quest, Beat Saber is a rhythm game phenomenon. Slash through incoming blocks to the beat of the music, swinging your laser sabers up and down and side-to-side to match the cues. It’s almost like an impromptu dance, as you find the flow and start reacting at (what feels like) superhuman speeds. The base game has a catchy soundtrack, but you can always supplement with additional songs from Lady Gaga, Linkin Park, Imagine Dragons, BTS, and other popular artists. And did I mention it’s a fantastic workout as well?
One of the best aspects of VR is that it gets you moving. Anyone who’s played Until You Fall has probably woken up the next day and realized their shoulders are surprisingly sore. But if you’re looking for a more structured fitness regimen, Supernatural is an excellent place to start. Built to resemble a rhythm game, Supernatural has hundreds of trainer-driven workouts featuring thousands of popular songs. It’ll get your arms and legs moving and can improve both your strength and cardio endurance—but you’ll be having so much fun you might not even notice. Give Supernatural a shot with the 30-day free trial, after which a subscription starts at just $15 USD a month when you sign up annually.
What’re ya buyin’? Hopefully it’s Resident Evil 4 VR. Armature Studio rebuilt Capcom’s acclaimed survival horror classic for Quest 2, putting players directly into Leon S. Kennedy’s shoes. A new first-person point of view, weapons you aim and reload by hand, a fully interactive version of the classic inventory grid—Resident Evil 4 VR feels like a brand new VR game. That said, it was built using Capcom’s source material and preserves what fans love about the original. (Re)visit Resident Evil 4’s iconic village, fight through hordes of Ganados, and maybe you’ll be able to rescue the president’s daughter before the year’s out—and before The Mercenaries mode releases early next year.
Puzzling Places is a love letter to both jigsaw puzzles and architecture. Each puzzle is actually a 3D scan of a real-world location—the billiards room at a Swedish mansion, a crumbling monastery, a cozy izakaya, a swathe of a French seaside town, or even a piece of the Mars Desert Research Station—broken up into anywhere from 25 to 400 pieces. Your goal is to reassemble these locales, paying attention to aspects you’d typically overlook like the way the sun shines through a stained glass window, or the way moss hangs over a ruined tower. And when you’re done you get to admire the model you’ve assembled in all its intricate detail, and hear it brought to life via a rich and immersive soundscape.
See the world from your living room. That’s the promise of Wander, which uses Google Street View imagery to take you ‘round the globe on the trip of a lifetime. Want to visit Paris? Or walk around the original Star Wars sets in the Tunisian desert? Or take in the beauty of Patagonia? Wander is your passport to basically anywhere you want to go. That includes more “everyday” places, as well. Use Wander to see the town you grew up in, or relive that vacation you took as a teenager. It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re Wander-ing.
Travel to the planet Mustafar in Vader Immortal, a three-part cinematic Star Wars adventure from ILMxLAB. Wield a lightsaber, learn how to use the Force, and more as you uncover an ancient mystery—and try to discover what Lord Vader is up to. (Spoilers: It’s something evil.) Vader Immortal brings the Star Wars galaxy to life with a thrilling three-part story, tense lightsaber duels (including a lightsaber dojo where you can practice your skills), and plenty of jaw-dropping spectacle. And when you’re done, you can jump into Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge for even more adventures from far, far away.
Charge into history with Respawn’s ambitious Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. Fight on the frontlines of iconic World War II battles—ducking behind cover as you storm the beaches of Normandy, or blind-firing around cover in a sinking German U-boat. With a 10+ hour cinematic campaign, intense multiplayer action, and a poignant Gallery of VR-ready films (including the Academy Award™-winning documentary short Colette), Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond lets you experience history like never before.
The fate of New Orleans hangs in the balance in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, and your choices will determine how it fares. Scavenge the ruins and face enemies both human and undead as you attempt to unravel a mystery at the heart of this once-lively city. Decide who to support and who to abandon—but be careful, lest those choices come back to haunt you. The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is a gripping story of survival, backed by one of the best melee combat systems in a VR game to-date. If you’re looking for a story-driven game you can really sink your teeth into, look no further.
A once-in-a-lifetime documentary, Rebuilding Notre Dame was released in the aftermath of the 2019 fire that destroyed the famed cathedral’s roof and spire. What’s truly amazing though is that the filmmakers at TARGO had already shot footage before the fire, enabling them to contrast Notre Dame in its full glory with clips filmed after the disaster. It’s both the best way to visit the Notre Dame of old, and likely the only way you’ll get to see what Notre Dame looked like inside after the fire. And it’s not all hopeless either, as Rebuilding Notre Dame relates the story of past reconstruction efforts, with an overarching message of Notre Dame rising from the ashes once again. You’ll find it—for free—on Oculus TV.
Want to be an explorer? A blacksmith? A lumberjack? The choice is yours in A Township Tale. You’re dropped into this fantasy-medieval world with nothing but the clothes on your back, and what happens next? That’s up to you. Band together with others on your server to build out your town, or spend all your time plumbing the depths of the deepest mines, or get really good at crafting swords. It can be a bit overwhelming at first, but stick with it and A Township Tale will eat up hours of your life with one of the most fully-realized (and realistic) survival games VR has to offer.
Echo VR is the sport of the (far) future—meaning it’s played in zero gravity. Launch yourself across the Echo Arena, avoiding floating obstacles and opponents alike. Grab the disc and try to fling it past the opposing team and into the goal. Echo VR adapts Lone Echo’s acclaimed zero-g traversal system for a competitive team sport with near-infinite depth and replayability. And hey, it’s free, so you might as well give it a shot and see if you have a natural talent for futuristic-robot-sports.
Tetris Effect: Connected shows how VR can transform even a familiar game into a brand-new and exciting experience. At its core, it’s Tetris®. No surprise. But Tetris Effect: Connected turns the classic block-stacking puzzle game into a visual feast with an expansive single-player campaign and several online cross-platform multiplayer modes. Dolphins swim circles around you, horses gallop through Antelope Canyon, a snowstorm rages high in the mountains—there are more than two dozen stages, each with its own unique and breathtaking theme (and music). Honestly, the most complex challenge in Tetris Effect: Connected is just trying to stack blocks without getting distracted by everything else.
Moss tells the story of Quill, a small mouse on a grand journey to save her uncle—and it’s that use of perspective that makes the game so special. Moss is built at mouse-scale, meaning you look over Quill and her surroundings as you battle enemies and solve puzzles together. As your adventure progresses through forests, caves, and a ruined castle, you’re rewarded for leaning in and interacting with the environment, manipulating the battlefield, and peering around corners as if looking at immaculately detailed dioramas. It’s immersion at its finest, and makes exploring Moss an unforgettable experience.
Madrid Noir is a story of past, present, and how they intertwine. When Lola’s uncle dies, she’s tasked with cleaning out his old apartment. This forces Lola to confront her past—the summer she spent with her uncle, and his mysterious comings-and-goings. Was he involved with something suspicious? A criminal, even? Or is everything not as it seems? Trail him across the Madrid-of-the-past and try to find out what he’s up to, as Lola-of-the-present tries to unravel the larger story and finally make peace with a troubling chapter of her childhood. Madrid Noir is a brilliant slice of film noir fun, premiering at Tribeca Film Festival 2021 and Annecy Film Festival 2021, and winning VR Experience of the Year at the VR Awards
Take tabletop night virtual with Demeo. Choose your champions, roll the die, and play your cards carefully in this dungeon crawler that doubles as an elaborate board game. You can play solo or with up to three other players, battling through various adventures, including the catacombs of “The Black Sarcophagus” and the infested sewers of “Realm of the Rat King.” You’ll need tactics (and teamwork) to make it to the end, with Demeo capturing the nail-biting combat and tactics of real-world counterparts like Gloomhaven and Dungeons & Dragons—but without any of the setup or cumbersome rules-referencing. And it’s early days yet for Demeo, with a lengthy roadmap of future content releases still to come.
Nobody plays mini golf for the golf, right? You’re there for the theme, for the unique obstacles, and for the part where your ball goes down a ramp and flies out the other end directly into the hole. Walkabout Mini Golf gets it. This is mini golf as it could never exist in real life—and not just because one of the courses is located in space. There are holes where a series of slides send a ball tumbling down a cliff, holes where you bounce the ball off an asteroid or send it across the roof of a train, or down a grate and into an ancient crypt. Seven courses, 18 holes each, and a ton of creativity on display. And if you’re the competitive type (or even casually competitive), Walkabout Mini Golf also supports multiplayer with up to five people.
Test your skills in the arena with GORN. The developers call it a “ludicrously violent VR gladiator simulator,” and that mostly covers the explanation—but you should add in the word “hilarious.” You’re thrown into combat with enemies who clearly skipped leg day, who sort-of wobble back and forth more than they walk, and you’re left to punch and stab and bludgeon your way through them with a variety of oversized weapons. It’s silly, it’s satisfying, and it’s one of the only games that lets you wallop an enemy into the stands like Babe Ruth hitting a homer. Perfection.
I Expect You To Die and its brand new sequel are a great choice for newcomers and veterans alike. Newcomers, because they’re played seated and will get you familiar with moving and interacting with objects in VR. Veterans, because these are two of the finest “VR Escape Room” style games ever made. Laugh-out-loud writing, some true head-scratching puzzles to work through, and hundreds of hilarious item interactions to discover. Be the super-spy that I Expect You To Die doesn’t believe you can be, defeat the evil Dr. Zor, and save the world—twice.