Virtual reality gaming is a new experience for more and more players every year, one you want to start by enjoying the best Oculus Quest 2 games available. Meta's headset supports games available in the Quest’s own store as well as other sources such as Steam, giving you access to a wide variety of VR games.
To purchase and play games outside the Quest store, all you need to do is set up the Quest’s Air Link feature to connect to your PC. Alternatively, you can also buy an Oculus Link cable to connect the headset to your PC. You can find more details, including step-by-step instructions, in our guide on how to connect your Oculus Quest to PC.
There are a lot of games to enjoy with the Oculus Quest 2 (now called the Meta Quest 2), and below you will find our pick of the best, which draw from the incredible variety available. If you are looking for a good spook, then check out our list of the best VR horror games. And if you would like a more general look at what's available on virtual reality headsets, regardless of device, you should read our best VR games list.
If you're not sure which device to buy, we've sorted the best VR headsets by different needs.
The best Oculus Quest 2 games
If you are interested in VR gaming, there really is no way past Beat Saber. You’ve likely seen people play it in videos, slicing red and blue blocks in time to music using dual lightsabers while contorting your limbs to duck and dodge advancing walls.
At lower difficulties it's fun, but things get really interesting on 'Hard' or 'Expert' modes. Stick with it, and you'll eventually enter a ‘flow state’ where your arms operate independently of thought. Suddenly you’re slicing through blocks like Luke Skywalker if he'd drummed for Pendulum instead of becoming a Jedi.
Make sure you have a big enough play space to execute 360-degree dance moves (a feature exclusive to Quest). Hooking up external headphones (especially ones with deep bass) is a must so you can enjoy tracks from Billie Eilish, Imagine Dragons, Linkin Park, and BTS with the best audio possible. Beat Saber keeps getting updated with new music packs by popular artists, one of your favorites is likely already available.
Half-Life: Alyx is available exclusively on Steam – if you have a gaming PC you can play Alyx through Steam VR with a special Oculus Link cable.
Alyx is generally considered to be one of the best VR games out there and it is easy to see why. If you’ve played the original Half-Life games, you know just how much it relies on detailed physics in the gameplay and this is cranked up to the max in Alyx thanks to the extraordinary VR technology it uses. This game is definitely worth looking into the best PC for VR gaming, just so you can make the most of the world.
From Half-Life: Alyx's outrageously fun mechanics of pulling items towards you with a gravity glove, throwing bottles at hapless guards and the overall exceptional gunplay the game offers, you won’t find a better VR game out there.
I Expect You to Die 2
I Expect You To Die 2 is the perfect James Bond simulator, putting you into the shoes of a bonafide international superspy on a mission to take down a criminal organization no matter what convoluted traps stand in your way.
During this escape room-esque experience, you’ll have to outsmart villains as you deflect hidden lasers installed in a private jet, avoid setting off toxic gas in a secret base and repair an elevator so you can reach the criminal mastermind before their plan comes together. Sometimes you’ll be left feeling a little more like Austin powers than 007, but even if you fail over a dozen times this laugh-out-loud VR title won’t ever leave you feeling annoyed.
With its charming characters - including the brilliant voice acting of Wil Wheaton - and spy-cliché filled story, I Expect You To Die 2 delivers a splendid balance of grand adventure, humor, and puzzles that will leave you feeling like a genius and an idiot in equal measure.
Journey of the Gods
This is one of the best Oculus Quest 2 games to give you the feeling of playing Legend of Zelda in VR. Flaunting an attractive cell-shaded art style that brings its giant and grotesque bosses to life, Gods employs clever use of scale as you traverse its large yet linear levels. While most of the action-adventure game is viewed in first-person, a ‘God mode’ lets you manipulate the environment from a strategic top-down perspective to solve puzzles and gain the upper hand in combat.
A large play space comes in handy in physically sidestepping projectiles or spinning around to face enemies with your sword and shield when surrounded. The most fun weapon in the game, however, is the crossbow, which is manually reloaded using a crank handle and rewards careful judgement of distance and timing.
Jurassic Park Aftermath
Many VR experiences are exciting, but there's something extremely special about getting to immerse yourself in a world and a franchise that you've loved for years (decades even). That's why we highly recommend Jurassic Park Aftermath, a story that follows the events of Jurassic World. As you'd expect, this is a survival adventure that requires you to uncover sensitive information while avoiding deadly Velociraptors. You need to solve puzzles, find your way around and do a lot of hiding to get out alive.
Lone Echo and Lone Echo 2
Lone Echo and its sequel Lone Echo 2 are Oculus Rift games that are specifically designed to be played through your PC via the Oculus Rift headset. But by using the Link cable or Air Link, you can play these phenomenal space explorers on your Quest or Quest 2, too.
These are by no means the first VR game to put you in space – a number of spaceship fighter sims have already attempted it – but the experience of floating through the environments by pushing yourself, grabbing and climbing, and pulling through zero-G spaces is completely unforgettable and the level of graphical detail is impressive.
Sure they can be a little motion sickness-inducing, so we recommend trying out the free-to-play Echo VR game to get a feel for the movement first. Alternatively, we have gathered some general tricks how to stop VR sickness, so you don’t have to miss out on some of the best Oculus Quest 2 games.
Moss has been a massive hit, first on PSVR, then on Oculus Quest - so much so that the sequel, Moss: Book 2, has been announced for Oculus Quest 2. Developed by former Bungie developers, this cute third-person adventure is not to be missed, as it brings the power of virtual reality to a fairy tale world.
You guide Quill, a swashbuckling mouse who’s on a quest to save her uncle after their kingdom was overthrown by a hot-headed snake. Far from a gimmick, Moss employs a clever use of VR that helps you manipulate the environment and guide Quill around levels, tackling environmental puzzles and engaging in combat with enemies along the way.
Pistol Whip is like Beat Saber but with guns instead of lightsabers. As you run through a range of different environments you’ll finally have the chance to become your own action movie star as you dodge bullets and take out enemies, earning bonus points if you can shoot them in time to the backing track.
The base game was already fantastic, but free campaign updates have introduced stories and levels set in a cyberpunk future and now also the Wild West. The new content means you’ll have plenty to play, and with challenge modifiers to try out and global leaderboards to compete over you’ll have plenty to do.
Pistol Whip is also great if you want to get a little bit more active. Dodging bullets is tiring work and even though it doesn’t seem like the kind of game to make you work up a sweat it definitely will.
Resident Evil 4 VR
Resident Evil 4 VR turns one of the best Resident Evil games into one of the best games for Oculus Quest 2 and VR in general.
Capcom’s classic has been carefully reconstructed for this virtual reality experience, putting you into the body of Leon S. Kennedy for some first-person undead-slaying action. Fans of the original will feel right at home while newcomers to the game will be impressed by the updated graphics and textures that make you forget you’re playing a game that's over a decade old.
Capcom and Oculus have also managed to perfectly blend immersion with comfort. The many comfort options let you fine-tune the settings to suit your specific needs without taking you out of the experience at all, while the immersive inventory and realistic gunplay will make you feel like a badass as you take on baddies.
If you've played Marvel's Spider-Man on the PlayStation, you'll know how infinitely fun and freeing it is to swoop between skyscrapers, shooting new webs up as you begin to fall. Now you can have a very similar experience in virtual reality thanks to new Oculus Quest game Resist, which puts you in a central role battling against an evil, tech-enabled regime.
But there's a lot more to this RPG than just flying through the streets. There's a rich story, a chance to explore the city of Concord, tactile puzzles, a bunch of side quests and so much more all wrapped in a cool aesthetic with lots of sci-fi tech and abilities.
Go slowly with this one if you're sensitive to VR-induced motion sickness. Surprisingly, we were fine swinging between buildings but instantly felt queasy whizzing along a zip line. There are some settings that should make the experience a little more comfortable, so do change those straight away, too.
Robo Recall: Unplugged
It's fair to say that few people outside of Drifter, the studio hand-picked by original developer Epic to port Robo Recall to the Quest, expected Unplugged to play nearly identical to the full-fat Oculus Rift version that came out in 2017.
While its graphical downgrades are noticeable, the humorous VR wave shooter is arguably even more exhilarating owed to the Quest's 360-degree freedom. The ability to teleport behind rogue bots, grab them by the chin and spin round to launch them into oncoming enemies is something that wasn't easy on the Rift without risking serious ankle injury.
Added to Unplugged's consistent frame-rate, all of the above makes going for a high-score all the more enjoyable. Everything from dodging (and deflecting) incoming bullets to using crawlers as makeshift rocket launchers feels like taking part in the Robo-recalling olympics. As one of the droids would say: service with a smile.
Room VR: A Dark Matter
If you're tired of the high intensity VR games or bright and colourful VR games, then Room VR: A Dark Matter is for you. Released in early 2020 from Fireproof Games, Room VR: A Dark Matter is available on both the Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2 headsets – but many iterations of Room games have been available on other consoles for some time.
The Room escape room formula makes it easy to see why this is one of the best games for Oculus Quest 2 – escape rooms are fun to experience in first-person, and here, mystery and puzzling meet. Optional clues make this a game that almost anyone can enjoy – you don’t need to be any good at puzzles to get started.
The visuals and imagery of this game are truly spectacular. We don't want to give too much away, as the game is best left shrouded in mystery, but fans of the occult, Ancient Egypt, Lovecraftian horror and early twentieth century detective stories are in for a real treat.
It's worth mentioning the transitions of Room VR are really great for those with a sensitivity to motion sickness. There's a gradual fade in and fade out that's more seamless than you'll find on most games. You can choose from sitting and standing options too – and change these settings each time you play. As well as intuitive controls that you're shown in a way that helps you to pick them up quickly without intruding on the story.
Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge
If you're a fan of Star Wars, then you'll love Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge's story that sees some of our all-time favorite characters, like R2-D2, C-3PO and even Yoda, join us on a space adventure to the planet Batuu.
You take on the role of a droid repair technician aboard a starship. But when pirates attack you hit the escape pods and crash land on Batuu where you'll have to battle enemies and find clues to recover your lost cargo. You can also take part in a couple of Tales - short adventures - from the perspective of other characters in the Star Wars Universe like a Jedi padawan and Bounty Hunter droid.
Thanks to the Last Call DLC this game is much more polished, and while we’ve always liked it we’d now say we absolutely adore it. The DLC expands on all of the game’s stories making it feel like a much more complete package and doesn’t add much to the game’s overall price.
Superhot has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a browser-based tech demo in 2013. The first-person shooter has found a natural home on the Quest, where it makes the most of 360-degree tracking by having enemies flank you from all sides.
Because time moves in slow-motion when you do, Superhot VR benefits from the flexibility of a bigger playspace. As the difficulty ramps up, you'll need every inch of cover to dodge incoming fire, bullet-time style, while shattering faceless enemies using guns, shurikens, and - most satisfyingly - your clenched fists.
The Star Wars game that finally gives you your own real lightsaber… at least, in VR. Vader Immortal follows a short, episodic, three-part narrative which is nothing to write home about. But the gameplay, which lets you blast things with the force, push Vader’s buttons (literally and virtually) and swing around a lightsaber, lends to an extremely worthwhile and enjoyable experience.
Obviously, motion sickness is a big issue with a lot of VR games but this is mostly with games which make you move around with an analogue stick. Vader Immortal, on the other hand, lets you move by selecting a destination to go to and teleporting there, with an extremely short fade-to-black to illustrate the travelling. This keeps motion sickness kept to the bare minimum.
Vader Immortal does an incredible job at immersing you in the world of Star Wars, which, let’s be honest, is probably something a lot of people wish for.
Walkabout Mini Golf
Walkabout Mini Golf is a truly splendid golfing simulator - complete with eight expertly crafted courses and realistic mechanics that will keep you immersed for hours on end.
While this Oculus Quest 2 game doesn't promise as wild a ride as some of the titles on this list its perfect execution of what it's trying to achieve makes it more than worthy of a place on this list.
No matter your approach to mini-golf - be it light, accurate taps in the right direction, or swinging wide arcs and yelling ‘FORE!’ - you're sure to have an absolute blast playing this VR game.