The Meta Quest 2 (which you might know as the Oculus Quest 2) is one of the best VR headsets around. It’s incredibly affordable, extremely comfortable, and pretty darn powerful, especially if you piggyback it off your graphics card to give it an extra boost. Luckily, there’s also an embarrassment of riches out there when it comes to VR games you can play on the Quest 2, so without further ado, let’s take a look at the 15 best Meta Quest 2 games you can play right now. Bear in mind we’ll be mixing and matching native Quest 2 titles with those you need to use the Link procedure to play.
1. Half-Life: Alyx
Half-Life: Alyx sets a new standard for narrative VR games. It’s a first-person shooter with a stunning level of tactility and immersion; you can pick pretty much anything up and examine it, but more importantly, you can also hurl objects at enemies. The shooting is crisp and precise, the graphics are beautiful, and it’s just great to exist in the Half-Life universe again for a little while. What’s more, Alyx isn’t just a side game, so if you want to know where Half-Life is headed, you’ll have to play it.
2. Resident Evil 4
One of the greatest horror games of all time is now available on Meta Quest 2, and you owe it to yourself to check it out. You haven’t been truly immersed in the dusty, grungy world of Resident Evil 4 until you’ve experienced it through a VR headset, and with the upcoming remake on the way soon, now’s the perfect time to experience the original through a new lens. Just don’t blame us if it turns out to be too terrifying to finish in VR.
This adorable mousy adventure stars Quill, a young rodent attempting to defeat an evil dragon and save her uncle. Using your VR headset and controllers, you’ll need to guide Quill through the fantasy land in which she lives, solving puzzles and exploring the environment around you. The VR headset is integral to the experience; you’ll need it to peer around corners or get a new perspective on certain areas, which makes Moss feel like more than just a typical adventure game.
4. Beat Saber
If you want to use your Meta Quest 2 device to get a serious workout, then we’d strongly recommend giving Beat Saber a try. It’s a VR rhythm game in which you must hit the beats as they come towards you; think Guitar Hero crossed with lightsaber battling and you’re not a million miles away. There’s a pretty impressive mixture of original and licensed music on offer, too, so you’re bound to find something you love with which to play along.
5. The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners
If you loved Half-Life: Alyx and you’re hankering for something similar, then you should give The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners a try. Set in the world of the Walking Dead comic books, Saints and Sinners features physics-based combat arenas in which you can scale buildings and use the environment to your advantage. It also tells a surprisingly compelling story, so you’re not missing out on the franchise’s usual emphasis on great storytelling.
6. I Expect You To Die 2
Points off for not acknowledging the obvious “I expect you to die too” pun inherent in the title, but I Expect You To Die 2 is, just like its predecessor, an excellent VR puzzle game-escape room hybrid. You’ll need your wits about you if you’re to navigate and defuse the many ingenious and devilish traps left for you by a diabolical supervillain. Luckily, you’re a James Bond-style agent, so you know what you’re doing, right? Of course you do.
7. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
When people say VR is cumbersome to play as a multiplayer experience, they obviously aren’t talking about Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. In this asymmetrical multiplayer game, one player keeps an eye on the screen and reads instructions for the other player, who is wearing the VR headset. That other player must defuse a bomb according to the instructions given to them by the first player. As you can imagine, there are plenty of opportunities for miscommunication and hilarity here.
8. The Room VR: A Dark Matter
If you’ve played the Room series on mobile, then you’ll know just how brilliant these tactile puzzle games are. It should come as no surprise, then, that The Room VR: A Dark Matter is just as great, and that developer Fireproof Games has specifically crafted all of the game’s puzzles to take full advantage of what VR has to offer. If you love feeling your way around an intricately-carved puzzle box, then you should definitely give The Room VR a look.
9. Superhot VR
The original Superhot was a real surprise, blending thoughtful puzzling and frenetic first-person shooting in a fascinating way. You won’t be shocked to learn that Superhot VR continues that legacy. Just like in the original game, time only moves when you do (to a certain extent; things do move, just at an extremely slow crawl), so each scenario tasks you with disarming and dispatching your enemies as quickly and efficiently as you possibly can.
10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
There’s not much left to say about Skyrim at this point; it’s Skyrim, and you likely already know how it plays. In VR, however, Bethesda’s surprisingly immersive open world draws you in all the more effectively, making you feel like a real Viking warrior as you explore the land of Skyrim’s forests and snow-capped peaks. Combat occasionally feels a little wonky and the game still feels like it’s held together with string, but it’s Skyrim; you really can’t go wrong.
11. The Climb 2
The Climb 2 really is the sort of game for which VR was made. It’s a climbing sim in which you must scale dizzying peaks, explore vast cave complexes, and make use of all the tools in your climbing arsenal to ensure a safe journey to whatever peak you’re trying to reach. It’s not just mountains, though; you’ll also be ascending man-made structures like skyscrapers, so developer Crytek consistently finds ways to keep the gameplay feeling fresh.
There’s something fascinating about the way in which tabletop games were once intended to render exciting scenarios, and we now use tech that is actually capable of rendering those scenarios to render tabletop games instead. Demeo is an excellent multiplayer VR tabletop game that sees you and your friends picking from a range of classes and delving into a series of randomly-generated dungeons to dispatch their denizens. It’s great fun for a group!
13. Population: One
If you love battle royale games like Fortnite or Apex Legends and you’re looking for one to play on your VR headset, then Population: One will absolutely fill that remit. It uses a fascinating “vertical combat system” to overcome some of the technical limitations of VR, but otherwise, it’s a fully-fledged battle royale shooter with complex map design, intricate combat, and a great sense of kinetic flow. Check this one out if you’re after something a little more competitive.
14. Jurassic World Aftermath
Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park melded intelligent filmmaking with crowd-pleasing blockbuster entertainment, so it’s fitting that Jurassic World Aftermath is both a fun survival adventure and a spectacle in and of itself. You must solve a series of puzzles while avoiding the attentions of hungry velociraptors, adding a layer of tension to the usual first-person puzzle solving. Jurassic World Dominion may have been a disappointment, but this game certainly isn’t.
15. Walkabout Mini Golf
We end our list with something suitably relaxing and chilled-out. Walkabout Mini Golf is exactly what you think it is; it’s a mini golf simulator in VR, complete with eight different courses and surprisingly realistic golfing physics. This one can’t offer the thrills of Half-Life: Alyx or the intricate puzzling of The Room VR, but if you want to relax and unwind after a long and difficult day of work, this is where you should go. VR should be for people of all stripes and persuasions, and Walkabout Mini Golf is a fascinating diversion from the usual VR fare.
As you can tell, the VR landscape is absolutely teeming with great games you can play, and if you’re a Meta Quest 2 owner, the sky really is the limit. As one of the best VR headsets in 2022, the Meta Quest 2 will give you access to all of the above VR experiences, although we do recommend you get yourself a powerful PC if you want to play games like Skyrim VR or Half-Life: Alyx, as the Quest 2 won’t be able to run them without a decent graphics card. What’s your favourite game on the Meta Quest 2? Which essential VR games have we missed in our list? Why not let us know?