What are the best games for Oculus Rift?
VR is quickly catching on and the Oculus Rift is one of the systems leading the charge. If you're looking to drop a mint on a Rift, you'll want to spend the rest of your money on the most worthwhile games.
Here are our favorite games that you should be playing!
Update 26 March 2017: We've added a few new amazing games you can pick up now!
- Damaged Core
- Rock Band VR
- Eagle Flight
- Elite Dangerous
- Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta
- Dragon Front
- EVE: Valkyrie
- Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
- The Climb
- Edge of Nowhere
- Arizona Sunshine
- The Unspoken
This is the new golden standard for first-person shooters, especially in VR. Robo Recall is an intense, constant action shooter that uses Oculus Touch controllers to rip, shoot, smack, and generally destroy everything. You teleport around, kill all of the robots coming for you, and move on as quickly as possible.
It doesn't get much more intense than this game right now. If you own an Oculus Rift, you need to own this game.
Damaged Core is the best first-person shooter for the Oculus Rift, and is overall one of the best Rift games you can buy.
The campaign, which lasts over 10 hours, pits you against evil robot armies that want to destroy humankind. You teleport from robot to robot, take over their systems, and use their weapons against other robots. The result is a fast-paced, exhilarating shooter that you won't want to put down.
Rock Band VR
Pick up the guitar, strap on your headset, and get ready to have a whole lot of fun on a virtual stage. Rock Band VR is a totally re-imagined game from the Guitar Hero universe. The gameplay is unique, the band behind you is amazing, and everything is about having the most fun you can have in VR.
If you were ever a fan of the Guitar Hero or Rock Band games, this is one for you.
Eagle Flight is one of those games that make you say Woah when you first don the Rift. You start out as a hatchling in a nest high above an abandoned Paris, and it's your job to live the life of an eagle.
Find a mate, defend your territory, and catch fish from the Seine. It's a beautiful game set in a beautiful city that you'll want to keep coming back to, whether for its relaxing properties or to challenge the time-trial leaderboards.
Elite Dangerous had a bit of a rocky start — chalk it up to a lack of variety — but has since turned the corner thanks to attentive developers and tons of feedback from rabid fans. What you have now is an enormous online (single player is also available) game that focuses on exploring billions of planets, mining resources, trading resources, upgrading your ship, and fighting off enemies.
What you do in Elite Dangerous is essentially up to you. Ready to depart? You won't be disappointed.
Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta
Minecraft is, by now, a household name thanks to its innovative gameplay and appeal to all audiences. Know what's better than Minecraft? Minecraft in VR! Strap on the Rift and jump into a new infinite world ready for you to explore.
Choose from either cinema mode if you're susceptible to motion sickness, or get right behind your character's eyes for maximum immersion. Once you experience Minecraft in VR, you won't be able to go back to playing on a regular monitor.
Dragon Front has been compared to a version of Hearthstone that's come to life. You're seated atop a fortress with a board between you and the enemy — there are currently four factions to choose from.
Play cards to place units on the board, and watch them battle in real time. Dragon Front has some great artwork and character animations that really contribute to an overall polished product. As you progress, you'll collect booster packs containing rare cards to bolster your deck. Once you start playing Dragon Front, it's hard to put down — trust us.
If you've lost countless hours to the behemoth MMORPG that is EVE Online, then you'll be excited to know that you can lose countless more hours in VR!!!
However, don't expect the same style of gameplay or even the same premise. Instead, you're thrown into space battle in a sci-fi shooter wherein you're the commander of your own ship.
It's definitely nowhere near the complexity of EVE Online and it isn't even that fun on PC, but in VR, flying a sweet spaceship around in 3D space, whilst shooting your guns in the air and going "AHH" is delightful.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
If you're looking for explosive party fun (there are more puns where that came from), then Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes should absolutely be on your radar. The game requires two or more players, with one player as the "Defuser", working in VR, and the others as "Experts", giving the Defuser instructions from the provided bomb defusal manual.
The fun part? The Defuser can't see the manual and the Experts can't see the bomb. It's all about communication, baby! And should there be a Led Zeppelin moment (Communication Breakdown – do keep up, won't you?), then KABLOOEY! Game over.
Each bomb is made of several modules that vary from bomb to bomb. Some modules are just classic wire-cutting defusal scenarios, but other modules require more attention and you won't be able to defuse them, instead you have to shut them off from time to time so that they don't go off and ruin your progress.
VR demands party games and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is easily top dog right now.
Some VR games are more interactive cinematic experiences than they are "games". The Climb is just such an experience. From a first-person view, you have to scale mountains to the top, all while surrounded by some of the most beautifully rendered CGI scenery you've ever seen.
This isn't just a sightseeing trip, however, since you can also race your friends or brave precarious obstacles, like swing across wires between peaks or gondolas.
If you have a fear of heights, this is definitely not the game for you, since, in VR, you won't be able to help but look down.
OK, so Chronos is a little like the Legend of Zelda, but what it might borrow from that franchise, it builds on in an expansive and ambitious VR experience that's sure to make you "whoa" á la Keanu Reeves.
You play as a male hero who must save his realm from destruction in this fantasy/alternate history action-adventure epic. Sounds pretty formulaic, but the coolest part of Chronos is how your character progresses. Once a year, the door to the mystical labyrinth opens, which is the cornerstone to saving the realm. Every time you screw up and die in the labyrinth, you're cast out and must wait a year to go back.
This ain't the Simpsons, kid – you character ages in that year and the cost of abilities changes based on your age. You start off as a boy, lightning-quick and full of energy, but maybe a bit sloppy. As you age, you slow down, but you gain wisdom and experience to make up for lost youth.
The idea behind Chronos is absolutely fascinating and it's lovingly iced with gorgeous graphics and gameplay that's as fun as it is spellbinding.
Landfall has blurred the lines between Real-Time Strategy and tabetop adventure by putting a multiplayer combat game on a battlefield you stand over as though you were in the middle of a games store. You can lean forward and get a close up look of your team to form the best strategy, or stand above everything and get the whole field.
The solo missions are a lot of fun, but the real adventures come in at the multiplayer part of the experience. You can see the outline of your opponent on the other side of the map and talk to them throughout the experience. Landfall also support 2 on 2 multiplayer, so you and a friend can form the perfect plan together.
It's VR, why wouldn't we use it to explore outer space? It's a brilliant concept and Adr1ft takes it many steps further by adding in the fact that you're an astronaut with amnesia who wakes up floating amongst the wreckage of a space station.
Adr1ft is billed as an FPX (first-person experience), so it's more of an interactive cinematic than a "game". Word of advice: If you have asthma, steer clear of Adr1ft. The main character is heavily breathing throughout the entire thing and her oxygen is regularly running out because her suit is seemingly damaged.
She'll come across an oxygen tank every so often that she uses to top up, but still breathes like she's sprinting. As realistic as it might be, it does get a little annoying. That being said, this is likely the most immersive outer space experience that's ever been created in a video game capacity, let alone a VR capacity.
If you're into an interesting story and want to relive the movie Gravity, check out Adr1ft and get ready to need a couple shots of an inhaler by the end!
Edge of Nowhere
If you like to subject yourself to harrowing horror stories and potentially peeing in your pants, then Edge of Nowhere is the fascinatingly frightening action-adventure you've been waiting. You play Victor Howard, an explorer in search of his also-explorer fiancée, Ava Thorne, who's gone missing on an expedition to Antarctica.
The leader of said expedition was considered a madman for believing that these creepy, ancient, alien-like monsters still exist, but a few scientists still followed him down to the South Pole, Ava included.
As Victor traverses icy caves and peaks, reality bends around him and the proverbial shit hits the fan, with monsters of varying frightfulness popping up out of every crevice. You must frantically scale quickly crumbling walls of ice and jump over frozen pits in order to outrun the beasts that stalk you as you search of your missing love.
This is one of those old-timey expedition stories like Atlantis: The Lost Empire, but with a horrifying twist that is sure to please horror gamers, action-adventure gamers, and fans of third-person-shooters. Just remember to have a change of underwear nearby.
Thanks to the arrival of Oculus Touch, this amazing zombie shooter is now available for Rift. Arizona Sunshine doesn't just plunk you down in a small area that you must defend — you have free roam in a post-apocalypse desert filled with hungry undead.
Search trunks and seats of the vehicles littered throughtout the land for extra ammo and new guns, and see what secrets the spooky old mine holds. Quality voice-acting, sharp wit, and beautiful graphics make this a must-have for any shooter fans out there.
Not only are you destined to be a great magician — you're destined to be the greatest magician. The Unspoken throws you into a multiplayer game where you face off against other spell-throwers who are also clambering for top spot in the world of mages.
There are a bunch of classes to choose from, each with their own set of mesmerizing spells to cook up, and the graphics will wow you no matter what you launch at your enemy. The locomotion mechanic is on point, and replayability is high; this is a must-have for anyone with Oculus Touch.
What is Thumper? We're not sure exactly, other than it's going to blow your mind. You speed down a glowing track while music thumps, and it's your job to reach the end without crashing. Around you are twisting, morping graphics that range from arcane to terrifying.
If you're accustomed to getting in a metallic spaceship and speeding around a looping racetrack after ingesting five tabs of LSD, you'll probably feel right at home here.
All these games are awesome and made for VR, but if you really want to open up your Steam library to the Oculus Rift, check out VorpX. It's a 3D driver that puts your into games like Skyrim, Fallout, and Call of Duty, making your regular games, VR games. It's $39.99 and you get a large list of games to transform into full 3D experiences.
We've already put together a great guide on using VorpX to help you on the way.
What are your favourite games for the Rift?
These are our recommendations so far, but what are your favorite VR games for the Oculus Rift? Let us know in the comments!