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The best Oculus Quest 2 games

a screenshot of Half-Life: Alyx one of the best Oculus Quest 2 games
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Our selection of the best Oculus Quest 2 games are here so you can get the most out of the Facebook-owned Quest 2 virtual reality headset. 

There's a plethora of native games available for the headset through the Oculus Store. But thanks to the Oculus Link cable, you can actually connect the Oculus Quest 2 to a gaming desktop or laptop and play VR games with high-fidelity graphics.

So with that in mind, we've pulled together the best Oculus Quest games available to buy and try right now.

What are the best Oculus Quest 2 games?

Picking out the best Oculus Quest 2 games depends heavily on the type of games you want to play. And bear in mind that might change a good bit when you have all the action strapped right up against your face; horror game fans might not find jump scares so easy to deal with then they are happening quite literally tight in front of you eyes. 

However, there are plenty of games that can take advantage of a VR setup, so you won't be left wanting. And if you like shoot 'em ups, for example, Population:One puts a unique spin on the battle royale concept by letting you scale and fight from different surfaces. Fight fans will also appreciate the physics of SuperHot VR.

However, Half-Life: Alyx is arguably one of the best VR experiences and games around, so while you may need to buy it through Steam, you're not likely to regret the purchase. 

For less combat-filled games, check out Beat Saber, which takes Guitar Hero and transports it to a virtual world. VR also lets you enjoy recreational activities from the comfort of your home, with VR takes on golf (Topgolf), fishing (Real VR Fishing) and even ping-pong (Eleven Table Tennis) among the best of the best on the Oculus Quest 2.

The best Oculus Quest 2 games you can buy

1. Half-Life: Alyx

a screenshot of 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, 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. 

Buy on Steam 

2. Population:One

a screenshot of Population:One VR

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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

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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! 

a screenshot of Beat Saber VR

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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

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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

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7. Pokerstars VR

This free-to-play multiplayer casino simulation offers over a dozen stunning virtual environments. From urban Macau rooftops to medieval castles, you can play poker, blackjack and slot machines. Whether you’re playing with your Friday night poker buddies or random strangers, all of the game modes in Pokerstars VR are an absolute riot. 

Each day, you’re able to spin a chip wheel every eight hours for free in-game currency that allows you to partake in gameplay. As long as you’re not playing in major competitions, you’ll never have to pay real money to sit in on a hand or two. 

The longer you play at tables, the more creds you earn. Creds are different from chips and allow you to buy virtual props that range from cigars to shotguns complete with detailed interactions.

The devs went above and beyond with Pokerstars VR, including in-game daily, weekly and lifetime challenges for rewards and more than 30 unlockable achievements for completionists. For an authentic casino night out during these trying times, Pokerstars VR delivers in spades. 

Free on Oculus

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8. 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

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9. Topgolf with Pro Putt

Topgolf got its start as Pro Putt, the best mini golf VR game available. With varied courses, correctly weighted clubs and realistic ball trajectory, this experience was second only to actual putting greens. A recent update added a Topgolf driving bay venue with multiple clubs from irons to drivers, the ability to watch YouTube videos on surrounding walls and multiplayer support for up to seven friends. 

From the main menu, you have access to a 10,000 square foot practice green, a putting career mode and multiplayer. Multiplayer modes like Cornhole and Pitch Pong are reminiscent of the arcade games included in the Tiger Woods games of the early aughts. Achievements, a ranking system and leaderboards give Topgolf endless replay value. 

Fun alone or with your friends this is the best golfing experience available on Quest.

Buy at Oculus for £14.99

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10. 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

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11. Real VR Fishing

On the other end of the stress spectrum is Real VR Fishing, a great way to wind down from the hell that is Until You Fall. Surprisingly this simple fishing game is one of the best-looking Quest games thanks to the photorealistic environments and fish models. You can chill out on the water catching fish while watching YouTube videos thanks to a floating browser for pure zen.

Inviting friends to explore and fish with you makes the experience even better. Each player can customize their avatar, equipment and difficulty level that makes the experience fun for anglers and non-anglers alike. From tropical coasts to city bays, dynamic weather and events keep you immersed.

Each fish you capture can be collected in your customizable aquarium. This collection and achievements give this game a satisfying sense of progression.

Buy on Oculus for £14.99

12. Skyrim VR

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Even though it’s coming up to its 10-year anniversary, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is very much a game you should try in virtual reality. You’ll need to connect the Oculus Quest 2 to a gaming PC or laptop, albeit not a hugely powerful one given the game’s age. And it’s not superbly optimized for cutting-edge VR use. However, 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 that present you with some beautiful vistas; perfect escapism from the rigours of real life. There is also mod support through the Steam Workshop, which adds yet another arrow into Skyrim's brimming quiver. 

Buy on Steam

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.