The Quest 2 is finally out, providing enhanced graphics and power, but with the original Quest past its first anniversary and compatible with the same games as the new headset, the impressive library keeps growing.
So if you’re new to either headset, what should you pick up from the Oculus Store?
Probably the VR game of the moment, Beat Saber has had huge publicity through press and social media and for good reason. The game follows the simple concept of hitting blocks with a set of light swords inspired by a certain sci-fi movie franchise. Swipe them in the direction the arrow on the block faces and avoid everything else. Set this to some EDM, Imagine Dragons or Green Day (with more music packs on the way) and you have a perfect entry point VR game that can also ramp up the difficultly to allow for even the hardest gaming pros to build up a sweat.
The Quest version of the game allows for 360 movement, making it an even more intense experience on harder settings.
Now the game has added multiplayer, so it’s even easier to challenge friends and show you’re the Beat Saber champion you always knew you were.
It may be another rhythm action game but Synth Rider aims to include your whole body in the game.
Complete with neon backgrounds, an excellent included soundtrack, fitness tracking and the ability to import your own songs (one upping Beat Saber in the process) you really need this in your library.
Originally a PCVR title, the Quest version of this zombie shooting adventure wowed everyone when Vertigo Games and Jaywalkers Interactive managed to squeeze it on to the portable headset.
Now the game has been further enhanced for the new Quest 2 headset with updated graphics and physics, but it’s just as fun on the original Quest.
If you grew up with Breakout and Arkanoid or simply fancy a high tech version of squash on VR, Racket NX is your game.
Set inside a dome, your job is to hit a ball against the walls, aiming at the areas lit up and scoring points in the process. A decreasing energy bar stands in your way, as does an opponent in the robust multiplayer mode.
Part Super Hot style gunplay and part rhythm action, Pistol Whip ends up feeling more like an MTV video set to a Jason Statham movie.
Constantly updated with new levels, all set on different themes, the run and gun to the rhythm gameplay is highly recommended.
Initially an Oculus Rift title used to show off the headset, The Climb is finally available on Quest and while climbing unshackled by cables may be a bad idea in real life, in VR it’s a game changer.
While the graphics take a bit of a hit, the gameplay remains exhilarating, as you climb higher and higher on some pretty hairy mountains.
A Fisherman’s Tale
If beat Saber makes your pulse race then A Fisherman’s Tale will do the same to your head. This puzzle game utilises perspective among other twists to create an adventure perfect for VR and one that’s also beautifully presented from the art style to the story-book narration. It may be short but it’s also a perfect example of how to achieve a brand new experience from an old genre through VR.
From the team that brought you Job Simulator, take part in a vacation like no other as your robot hosts try to work out just what a perfect vacation should looks like, with you stuck right in the middle of things.
Experience the hilarious idea of holidaying through the eyes of a group of robots that don’t quite understand the concept. With some great scaling to your available room and full support of 360 degree movement on Quest, Vacation Simulator is best experienced on Oculus’ wire free VR system.
The Thrill of the Fight
The Oculus Quest is lucky to have a fair few boxing games including the Rocky themed Creed: Rise to Glory which is featured as a demo on the machine but The Thrill of the Fight stands out as the most realistic of these and the one that will give you a good workout and a challenge.
Although it appears at a budget price on the Oculus Store, the game is fully featured, including various fighters and punchbags. It’s a must have if you’re after something that can keep you fit while having fun.
It’s amazing to think that Superhot started life not as a VR game but as a tech demo because it suits VR so well it does actually feel that it was made for it. That goes double for the Quest where the 360 degree action takes place all around you and adds another level of strategy.
The game sees you face off against a whole host of enemies with the idea that they only move when you move, making it much more of a strategy game than you usual shooter. The 4th wall-breaking story and interesting physics which send enemy’s guns flying in your direction make this an easy recommendation. You can check out our full review here.
For those more into their multiplayer the free-to-play Rec Room is a great addition to the Quest library. A social hub with a bunch of games from paintball to adventure games written by other users. It’s a little like a VR Roblox environment.
Hang out with friends and make new ones in this busy VR world full of interesting activities.