The best Oculus Quest 2 games for 2022

Half-Life: Alyx
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You'll want to get some of the best Oculus Quest 2 games if you're lucky enough to own the virtual reality headset, which has been renamed the Meta Quest 2

Thankfully, there's a strong selection of games to chose from, ranging from pulsating rhythm titles like Beat Saber to fully-fledged VR adventures in the form of Half-Life: Alyx. 

So with that in mind, take a look at the best Oculus Quest games available to buy and play right now.

The best Oculus Quest 2 games right now

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1. Half-Life: Alyx

Half-Life: Alyx

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If ever there was a game you wanted to use to show off what experiences virtual reality can really provide, then half-Life: Alyx is the game you will want to go to. While it's not Half-Life 3, it's a game built by Valve specifically for VR headsets, even though the gaming giant didn't really expect to sell a huge amout of copies. 

While it may be niche, it's also a stellar example of how good VR gaming can be when time and development expertise is brought to bear. Over on our sibling site PC Gamer (opens in new tab), Christopher Livingston praised Half-Life: Alyx for its attention to detail, interaction, story telling, setting and more. 

And while it's not strictly a Quest 2 game, as it's not on the Oculus store, by using the PC link cable to connect the Quest 2 to a gaming PC you can enjoy one of the best VR games ever made. 

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2. Population:One

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Despite its flamboyant style, Oculus’s exclusive VR Battle Royale game Population:One is too innovative to be dismissed as a simple Fortnite clone. You and two teammates will be dropped into a hostile environment to scavenge for weapons and supplies in order to be the last group standing. There's a wide variety of guns to use and structures to build. However, Population:One's exclusive vertical combat system is the true star of the show.

Every surface you see is climbable. This makes for intense firefights as teams scramble for the high ground advantage. From a higher position, you can use a wingsuit to fly into battles or quickly traverse the map. The whole system is a unique addition that breathes new life into the battle royale genre. 

It’s impressive to see a game of this scale and design run so smoothly on the Quest 2’s mobile chip. On top of tight controls, immersive environments and a fun gameplay loop, developer BigBox VR is constantly rolling out live events to keep the game feeling fresh.

Buy at Oculus for £22.99 (opens in new tab)

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3. SuperHot VR

If you've ever imagined what it must be like to be a polygonal hitman traversing a series of stark environments, then SuperHot VR might be perfect for you. The game takes SuperHot's core mechanic of time only really moving when you move, and brings it into the virtual reality world. So when you physically duck a bullet that projectile will shift from creeping forward to pickling up pace. 

SuperHot is pretty cool normally, but it feels, ironically, turbocharged in VR. Suddenly, you're in the midst of slow-motion action that feels surpassingly frenetic. You have to really consider where you are in a space and think several steps ahead to avoid a one-shot death. 

It's also pretty amusing; hurling a book or even your own gun at an advancing enemy and watching them shatter is a heady mix of Jason Bourne, John Wick and Austin Powers. Just be aware it can get very engaging. And if you don't have a lot of space around you, you might find a right hook aimed at an enemy ends up pummelling a wall in the real world! 

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4. Beat Saber

If you threw Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, and just a sprinkle of Star Wars into a blender you'd get Beat Saber. In this game, you match the color of your saber to slash color corresponding blocks at the correct angle. 

In addition to an increasing speed, there are hazards such as bombs and walls that you must physically dodge. The result is a full-body workout with a pulse-thumping EDM soundtrack. It’s an entrancing experience that could only succeed in virtual reality.

An extensive single-player career mode will challenge you for hours with increasingly specific requirements needed to beat the campaign. Free play lets you pick any song to jam out to with togglable modifiers to support or challenge you. 

A novice player might turn on a bonus multiplier helper, while a sadis — I mean expert ups the challenge by limiting their game to a single mistake before failure. Recently, Beat Saber added a multiplayer update so you can compete head to head against friends to see who the most skillful swordsman is within your friend group. 

Buy at Oculus for £22.99 (opens in new tab)

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5. The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners 

The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners is the Quest’s first AAA single player game. This herculean effort combines a lengthy campaign, satisfying physics and realistic environments for an immersive horror experience. You’ll sneak, shoot and scavenge your way through a zombie-filled New Orleans with every major choice you make resulting in equally hefty consequences.

An advanced crafting system allows you to construct makeshift gear with a believable weight and scale. Just like real life, you’ll have to properly grip these weapons that are prone to breaking with extended use. Between degrading weapons and a restrictive stamina system, you have to decide on the best path to complete objectives. Stealthy approaches may make things more difficult as a mission plays out. On the other hand, rolling up to encounters guns blazing often leaves you weaponless against a hoard of the undead. 

The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners strikes a balance of immersion and entertainment desperately missing from the Quest store right now. Next to the PC exclusive Half Life: Alyx, this is the best AAA VR campaign around.

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6. The Climb

Sometimes you need a break from the virtual violence. That’s where Crytek’s VR game The Climb comes in. The developer that gave us Far Cry and Crysis created a stellar free-climbing simulator that trades in the pews of firearms for audible "oh wows" from its players. Realistically rendered environments courtesy of CRYENGINE give you the thrill of hanging off cliffs from the Alps to the American Southwest. 

All of the game’s courses provide a steep challenge and require the use of proper gripping techniques. There are multiple paths around each ascent for you to explore with different views of vistas and valleys as a reward. Successfully completing a climb allows you to rank up and purchase new gear. Failed runs are awarded fear-inducing plunges instead. 

The Climb is a breathtaking experience both visually and physically. If you’re looking for a physically challenging escape from the dreariness of the real world, chalk your hands up and grab on tight to The Climb. 

Buy at Oculus for £22.99 (opens in new tab)

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7. Onward

More in line with Rainbow Six: Siege than Call of Duty, Onward’s no-respawn 5v5 competitive gameplay requires strategic planning and extensive communication between teammates for a successful operation. Your hit count is limited and reloading requires you to physically chamber rounds for an eerily realistic military experience. Without being held back by wires, Onward shines on the Quest 2 more than on any other VR headset. 

This sense of freedom gained from cutting the cord allows you to dive into cover and crouch in Onward’s dozen official maps without worry. To keep the game from feeling stale, there are legions of community-made maps. Each setting is chock full of detail and offers plenty of places to take cover during intense firefights. Under fire, your vision narrows to simulate combat stress. While this is quite immersive, interacting with all of your equipment is truly next level.

Each of the more than 40 guns in Onward require their clips to be emptied and rounds to be chambered for reloading. This means it’ll take you time to load and chamber clips into sidearms or each individual bullet into weapons like shotguns and revolvers. Your stock equipment regardless of loadout includes a health injection syringe on your waist, radio on your left shoulder and tablet on your back. These tools help you revive downed teammates and contact distant teammates too far to use proximity chat.

Buy at Oculus for £18.99 (opens in new tab)

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8. Until You Fall 

Mix the challenging combat of Dark Souls with a rogue-like, and you’ll get Until You Fall. With a satisfying gameplay loop, neon aesthetic and a banging synthwave soundtrack this is the VR game we had no idea we needed. Equipped with dual-wielding weapons (sword, mace or knife) you’ll strike dodge and counter enemies to best them in battle. 

Sadly a majority of your time will be spent falling in battle. Each time you die provides you with new insight and upgrades. Ranging from maximum health to damage buffs, these upgrades can turn the tides of battle in your favor. Akin to playing one last round in the Civilization series, each successful run makes it difficult to put the game down.

Difficult boss fights will undoubtedly drive you mad. Coming better prepared to a fight with improved gear and prevailing however is pure ecstasy. If you love the sweet torture of Soulsborne games, you’ll be playing Until you Fall.

Buy on Oculus for £18.99 (opens in new tab)

9. Resident Evil 4 VR

a screenshot of Resident Evil 4 VR on Oculus Quest 2

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A highlight in the zombie-centric series, Resident Evil 4 is not playable on the Oculus Quest 2; in fact, it's arguably the best reason to buy an Oculus Quest 2

While it's won't blow you away on the visuals front, simply playing the game in virtual reality offers a degree of immersion that's difficult to get anywhere else. And with motion controls and tracking, Resident Evil 4 VR offers a fresher way to play the game, and works surprisingly well for a game that's been adapted to fit VR rather than built for it. So if you want a fresh way to play Resident Evil 4, look no further than its Oculus Quest 2 version. 

Buy on Oculus for $39 (opens in new tab) 

10. Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020)

Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) review

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If you have an Oculus Link cable for your Quest 2, then 2020's iteration of Microsoft Flight Simulator is a game to try out in virtual reality. 

Not only has it been praised for its high levels of realism, but it's also a gorgeous game with a very large range of aircraft to pilot across the globe. Add in VR support and an already immersive game gets even deeper. Our own deputy editor Mike Prospero did exactly this and concluded that the experience "is like playing a whole new game." So this is very much a game you'll want to play with the Quest 2. 

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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11.  The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is very much a game you should try in virtual reality, even though it’s a decade old. You’ll need to connect the Meta Quest 2 to a gaming PC or laptop, albeit not a hugely powerful one given the game’s age. Also it’s not superbly optimized for cutting-edge VR use. But, Skyrim VR basically lets you step into a virtual country with a fantasy and Nordic flavor. 

While Skyrim is available on all manner of platforms, VR is arguably one of the newer and more interesting ways to experience the stellar open-world game. It also mixes up the playstyle of the game, with ‘realistic’ controls letting you slash away at draugrs and dragons by actually swinging your arm. And even with dated graphics by 2021 standards, there are still moments where Skyrim's art style and lighting present you with some beautiful vistas; perfect escapism from the rigours of real life.

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Hunter Fenollol is test editor of consumer tech for Popular Mechanics, where he covers gaming, mixed in with hardware and other gadgets. Prior to that he was a writer and editor at Tom's Guide, covering gaming, VR, and tech deals. His work has also appeared on CNN, MSN, Yahoo Finance, and more.