What are the best multiplayer VR games?
A shared VR experience can happen in multiplayer mode online or even locally in your own living room, with the right game. The list of games you can play with friends in VR is growing, but there are already some great standouts that you and your friends should be playing right now!
- Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
- Social Trivia
- Lost Cities
- EVE: Valkyrie
- The Climb
- Elite Dangerous
- World of Diving
- Hover Junkers
- Raw Data
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Turn your Samsung Gear VR or Oculus Rift into the ultimate group game. Do you have six friends over and only one headset? No problem, as long as you're playing Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, the multiplayer game that forces everyone to communicate and work together to defuse a ticking time bomb.
One player wears the headset and finds themselves locked in a room with a bomb, while the other players gather around a bomb defusal manual. The goal is to get everyone working together to (you guessed it) defuse the bomb, but there's one little catch: the players with the manual can't actually see what the bomb looks like! The bomb puzzle changes every time you play, so you'll be continuously challenged every time you play.
Test your problem solving skills, patience, and trust with an imminent explosion. Like there's any other way!
Trivia night doesn't have to involve hanging around the local pub with overpriced beer and a less-than-enthusiastic trivia master. Set up regular matches in Social Trivia for the Samsung Gear VR with two to six players and enjoy the comfort of your couch, too.
You can choose to answer random questions, or pick categories like sports, music, history, and more. Keep everyone honest by checking up on your friends' answers and watch the ever-updating leaderboard to see who's the current king or queen of answers.
Did we mention that you'll all be hanging around a coffee table in a space station? Can't do that at the local pub, can you?
The popular tabletop card game, Lost Cities, comes to VR with beautiful surroundings and challenging game play. This two-player game of strategy pits you against a friend or a stranger; just make sure you've gone through the tutorials before jumping in if you're a newbie.
You head out into mythical, exotic regions in expeditions to uncover long lost cities by playing cards in ascending order before the deck runs out. You can run up to five expeditions at once, which will keep you plenty busy and test your ability to strategize. The goal is to finish your expeditions with more profit than your opponent, and the right opponent will make that task terrifically hard.
How many games start you off already dead? In EVE: Valkyrie for Oculus Rift, you assume the role of an immortal space fighter pilot, recently recruited to join the Valkyrie. The breakaway pirate group battles others, like the Guristas, for supremacy and power.
This multiplayer dogfighting shooter game is set in the EVE Universe with an impressive back story, wherein an evil faction has been stealing the consciousness of dying fighter pilots and inserting them into clones. The better your battle performance, the sooner you are rewarded with character progression and ship upgrades. Reviewers and fans have been quick to agree with the Oculus Store rating of "Intense"; this is an immersive, action-packed trip you're going to want to take again and again.
Train to be a world-class rock climber in the stunning environments of The Climb for Oculus Rift. The rock formations you'll explore are based on real locations in North America, Asia, and Europe, and the scenery will blow you away on your way to the top.
Start out in the Training modes to build up your strength and your problem solving skills, then graduate to the Tourist mode and learn to climb at your own pace as you become increasingly familiar with each new terrain. When you're ready, you can try your hand at Bouldering, where you'll encounter puzzles to solve as you climb and race against your friends in multiplayer mode.
Take to the stars in Elite Dangerous for Oculus Rift, a stunning trip through the re-created Milky Way in the midst of galactic warfare. You're a member of The Pilots Federation, working your way up the ranks to join the Elite, and your goal is to create a fleet of ships, customized to the hilt with defences and weapons.
You can trade supplies and ammunition during regular checkpoints, engage in combat, or explore uncharted regions of stars and planets to earn recognition from your superiors. When you want to test your skills, jump into the multiplayer close quarters combat championship, or join the Community, where groups of pilots work together to defeat a common enemy each week.
World of Diving
It may still be an early access game, but World of Diving for Oculus Rift is already awesome. It lets you explore the ocean floor, which happens to be littered with exceptionally detailed shipwrecks. The kicker? The sealife! Those curious turtles will follow you everywhere.
Join friends on expeditions where you collect valuables and never have to worry about coming up for air. Everyone gets to customize their own dive gear, and you can even design and build your own dive site. Why not invite everyone to come and check out your latest creation?
Let's say a game of dodgeball got together with Mad Max and had a lovechild. That child would be Hover Junkers for HTC Vive. Everyone in the game is a junk hunter, scavenging scrap to help fortify their hover crafts. Simple premise, loads of fun.
This FPS requires lots of physical movement, so leave plenty of space to play. When you get into the multiplayer combat mode you can pick up extra scrap and loot while you team up against enemy players to defend your precious trash heap. Big following behind this game.
You can play Raw Data for HTC Vive solo if you want, but co-op play in a shared VR space is way more exciting. This early access game has been highly anticipated, and people aren't disappointed.
Play as one of the heroes, Bishop or Saija, while you work together with other operatives to bring down the evil Eden Corporation. You and your friends engage is highly physical hand-to-hand combat against robot enemies while you work to alter your environments with turrets, barricades, and an assortment of traps. Get creative and get ready to fight; these Eden Corp bots are feisty.
How about a five-on-five team battle, Medieval combat-style? Try your hand at Valiant, the cross-platform early access game that puts you on a horse, throws a helmet on your head, and gets you jousting on horseback. Yup, that's a thing now. And it's ridiculously fun.
Strategize with your team via VOIP (and use it to trash talk your opponents). If motion sickness has been a problem for you with other games, start Valiant in Comfort mode; it gets you used to the view with a helmet and the maneuvering required for fighting on horseback. Once you've got the hang of it, Regular mode won't cause as much nausea.
Bring round after round of mini golf right into your living room with Cloudlands, so-named because the beautiful golf greens are located on a lush island above the clouds. You can do that in VR with the HTC Vive.
There are two ways to play Cloudlands with your friends: online multiplayer mode allows up to four players to join in and chat while you navigate course obstacles. Local multiplayer only requires one headset, while up to four people take turns playing. Just make sure to practice a ton in single player mode before gathering up your friends for a game; that golf swing is darned accurate and the courses are way more challenging than you would expect.
A little friendly competition
Have you been meeting up to play our game picks? Tell us how you and your friends have been teaming up and duking it out in these games!