The Hook Up: Games to Check Out With Your Oculus Quest 2 and Link Cable

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October 20, 2020
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We like to call Oculus Quest 2 a “best of both worlds” VR headset. The self-contained form factor means you can access VR wherever you want, whenever you want. No cables, no costly PC, just pure freedom.

But we also recognize that the power of the PC enables some truly amazing experiences. We released Oculus Link in 2019, letting our players hook their Quest up to a compatible PC with just a USB-C cable. With Link, you have access to everything—the untethered Quest library and the wealth of Rift Platform offerings, both new and old.

What to play, though? Below, you’ll find our recommendations for new Quest + Link owners. Lone Echo, Asgard’s Wrath, Stormland—the best games the Rift Platform has to offer, and all of them at your fingertips with Oculus Link.

Asgard’s Wrath

Take up your sword and fight for Midgard, hero! Steeped in Norse mythology, Asgard’s Wrath is a tale of tales, a sprawling adventure through both the immortal and mortal realms. With Loki’s help, you’ll become the newly minted God of Animals, possessing Norse heroes and guiding them to their fates. But to what end? Loki does nothing without motive, and there may be a steep price to pay for his “gift.” Asgard’s Wrath is one of the most ambitious VR games to-date, a dungeon crawler that seamlessly blends the mythic with the everyday. Clink glasses in Aegir’s Hall, fend off minotaurs and wolf-men to impress the Valkyries, and try not to fall prey to any of the gods’ schemes.

Lone Echo

“This will be my final week aboard Kronos II. In just a few days I’ll be leaving Saturn behind.” Or at least, that’s how it was supposed to go. What was meant to be a victory lap for Captain Olivia Rhodes instead becomes a fight for survival, as a mysterious anomaly appears above Saturn and wreaks havoc on Kronos II’s delicate systems. It falls to you, the service android Echo One (or “Jack”), to repair Kronos II and its Helium-3 mining operations, figure out what the anomaly is, and halt its growth before it’s too late. Ready At Dawn’s Lone Echo is a harrowing sci-fi journey, but well worth taking thanks to its unique zero-G movement system and the detail packed into Kronos II and its systems. And when you’re finished, the Ender’s Game-esque multiplayer of Echo VR is worth a look as well, whether on Rift or Quest.

Stormland

You were a gardener, once. The world was lush, carefully tended and tamed by your android hands. But then the Tempest arrived, and like the legendary Cincinnatus, you put down the plow and went to war. Insomniac’s Stormland is fought against the backdrop of a world in decline, a once-beautiful haven now reclaimed by the wilderness. Your goal is to figure out what happened during the collapse—and shoot a lot of hostile robots along the way. Upgrade your android body and you can glide through the clouds, launch yourself up sheer cliffs, and catapult into enemies from above. Stormland is a shooter, yes, but it’s also a game about movement and momentum and the rhythm of combat. No downtime. Not until you’ve figured out what happened here. And with Stormland’s world resetting on a weekly basis, a threat that grows stronger the longer you play, it might be a long time before you get to pick up the plow again.

Elite Dangerous

If you could explore the entire galaxy, where would you go? Alpha Centauri? Cygnus X-1? All the way to the edge? Elite Dangerous is the ultimate space sim, a sprawling recreation of the Milky Way with no rules. Be a fighter pilot, a space trucker, a fearless explorer. Be whatever you want, so long as you keep your ship aimed at the stars. And while Elite Dangerous is perfectly playable on a normal monitor, playing it in VR with a HOTAS setup takes it to the next level. There’s little more exhilarating than dogfighting on the fringes of a black hole, one eye on your foe and the other on your ship’s system readouts. With a new expansion—Elite Dangerous: Odyssey—due to release in 2021, here’s hoping Frontier continues to grow this galaxy for years to come.

The Mage’s Tale

When the great Mage Alguin is kidnapped, it falls to his lowly apprentice to mount a rescue. That’s you. Good luck. inXile’s The Mage’s Tale is a dungeon crawler in the vein of (and in the same universe as) the classic Bard’s Tale series. You’ll create custom spells to hurl at enemies, solve devious puzzles, uncover secrets, and maybe even... laugh? The writing in The Mage’s Tale is one of its strongest aspects, so long as you’re the type of individual who’s bewitched (or bewizarded?) by bad puns.

Wilson’s Heart

Wilson’s Heart was one of the earliest Rift standouts. A love letter to classic monster movies, Twisted Pixel’s black-and-white opus is dripping with atmosphere. You play as the titular Robert Wilson, voiced by acting legend Peter Weller, as he tries to escape an abandoned (and vaguely sinister) hospital in the 1940s. It’s a fantastic romp through B-horror tropes, with a stellar cast that’s rounded out by Alfred Molina, Rosario Dawson, and Michael B. Jordan, and with plenty of unique puzzles between you and the exit.

Esper: The Collection

Another star-studded series, Coatsink’s Esper: The Collection features voice acting from Nick Frost, Lara Pulver, and more. You work for the mysterious ESPR organization, using your telekinetic powers to solve puzzles. The original Esper was one of the first escape-room type puzzlers made for an Oculus headset, and Esper 2 expanded on that critically acclaimed foundation with a globe-trotting spy story and even more elaborate puzzles. It’s short and sweet, and a perfect digestif if you loved Coatsink’s follow-up, Shadow Point.

GORN

Salute me and fight! Imagine standing in the heat of the arena, sweat beading on your face, sword gripped tightly as you salute the crowd. Six opponents converge on your position, and then you casually uppercut one of them so hard he launches into the stands. This is GORN. Described as a “ludicrously violent gladiator simulator” by developer Free Lives, GORN’s physics-based combat rewards taking big swings with the biggest weapons you can find. Knock a few heads off. Chances are you’ll be laughing too hard to realize what a workout you’re getting.

From Other Suns

When an experimental propulsion system strands your spaceship on the other side of the galaxy, the only real choice is to pilot home. That’s easier said than done though. From Other Suns plays a bit like FTL: Faster Than Light, in that each trip across space is different. You hop from point to point and never know quite what you’ll encounter. Pirate raids? Abandoned ships to salvage? An unknown alien threat? Anything and everything is possible and you’ll need to adapt, commanding your ship from the bridge or repelling boarders gun-in-hand. From Other Suns is great with friends, so gather a crew to watch your back if you can. That said, there’s also a real sense of achievement when you finally make it home as a solo space marine—assuming you can make it home. The galaxy is dangerous.

The Gallery Ep 1: Call of the Starseed

Before Cloudhead Games developed its hit rhythm-shooter Pistol Whip, it put out two episodes of science fiction epic The Gallery. Created in the Myst tradition, both Call of the Starseed and Heart of the Emberstone are awe-inspiring adventures dotted with environmental puzzles, journal entries, and myriad mind-bending machines to pore over. Heart of the Emberstone is particularly stunning, as the search for your twin sister Elsie spirals into something much grander and more cosmic. Play both chapters, and then join us in the wait for a third. Maybe play some Pistol Whip to pass the time, yeah?