The Best VR Games to Play Right Now

Updated: 29 Jul 2020 9:22 PM PDT
Posted: 29 Jul 2020 9:19 PM PDT

The Best VR Games to Play Right Now

VR is becoming a more prominent part of the gaming space, moving past the world of kitschy tech demos into something a little closer to full-fledged games. Some of the hottest games out there are on VR platforms now, and knowing what killer apps are available makes it easier to decide which VR headset to buy.

Below are some of the best games you can play on VR right now.

Iron Man VR

VR Headset(s) Supported: PS VR

The recently-released Iron Man VR puts players in the shoes of the famous comic book character like never before. This fully-featured game includes unique flight mechanics that make players feel like they're really in the armor, with a host of cool little easter eggs that help to give the game an amazing atmosphere. A VR-only title, it's a major breakout title for VR platforms.

Half-Life: Alyx

VR Headset(s) Supported: Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality

While gamers have been clamoring for Half-Life three for over a decade, they now have the next best thing - a fully-featured Half-Life VR game straight from Valve. Valve's first new single-player game in years, Alyx is a fantastic entry in a well-loved series. It might not be the sequel many were hoping for, but it's still an amazing technical accomplishment.

No Man's Sky VR

VR Headset(s) Supported: PS VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive

No Man's Sky might have gotten off to a fairly rocky start, but the game in its current state is one of the more entertaining space sims on the market. The addition of VR to the PC and PS4 versions of the game represented a huge step forward in helping players feel like they were in this universe, with all of the game's excellent content available in this mode. If you're looking to explore the stars, No Man's Sky VR might be your best option.

Beat Saber

VR Headset(s) Supported: Oculus Rift, PS VR, HTC Vive

Beat Saber is a great representation of a simple game that works better in VR. While rhythm games have been out for years, none have been quite as engaging as Beat Saber. Players have to use their virtual controllers to hit targets to the beat, creating a rhythm-based experience that is also a terrific workout. This is one of those VR games that virtually anyone can grasp after a few minutes, but that will keep players engaged for far longer than most might imagine.


VR Headset(s) Supported: Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality

There are plenty of shooters that exist in the VR space, but Boneworks is perhaps the first that feels like it couldn't be done on a more traditional platform. A game that aims to simulate real physics, Boneworks has a world that you can interact with as if you were there for real. Though it's a little messy and definitely a game meant for those who aren't too prone to motion sickness, Boneworks feels like a huge step in the right direction for VR shooters.

Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners

VR Headset(s) Supported: PS VR, Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality

Walking Dead games have been hit or miss over the years, but Saints and Sinners is perhaps the game that best captures the feel of the show. This survival game places players directly in the middle of the comic's universe, forcing them to scrounge around to survive while facing both hostile humans and the ever-present undead. Though it has a few minor control issues, this is one of the few games that really brings the idea of a zombie apocalypse home for players. A truly frightening experience, this is one of those games that make the investment into a VR system really feel worthwhile.

Rec Room

VR Headset(s) Supported: Oculus Rift, PS VR, HTC Vive

One of the real promises of VR has always been the ability to hang out in a virtual space. Rec Room allows players to create a simple avatar and socialize with others, all while playing simple games and experiencing a virtual world. Though this isn't the most visually impressive game out there, it feels very much like the VR version of the more popular social games on the market today.

L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files

VR Headset(s) Supported: HTC Vive

L.A. Noire was one of the most expensive games ever made at the time of its release, with a fully-interactive world that really blew away much of what was on the market at the time. Though the main game itself has come and gone, the more recent L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files spin-off has allowed players to travel back to 1940s L.A. in order to solve cases on their own. A truly immersive experience, this one helps to show off exactly how the VR experience differs from a more traditional type of game.

Superhot VR

VR Headset(s) Supported: Oculus Rift, PS VR, HTC Vive

Superhot was a game that flew under the radar until it was released, but its unique style and clever mechanics have made it a hit. The VR version of the game takes everything that was great about Superhot and amplifies it, helping players to feel like a bigger part of the action. Without spoiling the game's story, VR really does seem like the natural home for the game - and players who are willing to put in the time to solve all of its puzzles are going to find that the VR experience is the best way to play this amazing game.

Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series

VR Headset(s) Supported: Oculus Rift, PS VR

Star Wars and VR seem to be made for one another. Vader Immortal takes players into an unseen story in the life of Darth Vader, with not only some excellent VR controls (including using a lightsaber) but also a truly amazing story. Vader Immortal is the kind of experience for which VR really seems made, allowing a player to step inside the Star Wars universe and participate in a way that's just not possible on traditional platforms. If you're a fan of the Star Wars universe or of good stories in general, you'll want to check this one out.

The Ultimate VR Experience

Each of these games brings something unique to the table in terms of VR experiences. What they all share, though, is the fact that they're experiences that rely on virtual reality platforms to be special. Take a look at these games, because they're the games that are going to influence VR games for years to come.


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