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Best VR Games for Quest 2 If You’re Just Getting Started

I Just Got An Oculus Quest 2 What Games Should I Get?

It was the question that rocked the internet the day after Christmas 2021. After years of speaking about VR’s promise and it often being declared dead on arrival, VR and more specifically the portable wonder that is the Oculus Quest 2 mobile Virtual Reality headset had become as seemingly popular as Cabbage Patch dolls, or the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in decades past.

So you just got an Oculus, er, Meta Quest 2 for Christmas and after a few rounds of Beat Saber and themed rollercoasters, you’re wondering what else there is to do. Here are some great choices to try out if you want to go beyond the front page of ideas! Some of these we just find ourselves going back to time and time again, while others we discovered off the beaten path at festivals like FIVARS or IndieCade.

Of one thing we are sure – you will find hours of delight for any mood with the choices below! Hopefully, this list will help you discover a few choices off the beaten path to level you up from day one!

Scary and Exciting

These are not for the faint of heart!

Want a deeply immersive and thrilling horror adventure? Resident Evil 4 was ported over to the Quest just for you. Goes especially well with Halloween or people who like scary action.

You might also want to check out Cosmodread a VR survival horror roguelike that procedurally generates its haunted horrors experience in space.

Affected: The Manor has been around for a while and scared the lights out of almost anyone who has dared enter the super haunted halls of this seemingly endless house of eerie dread from another plane.

Fitness

Supernatural requires a monthly or annual subscription but there is a reason Facebook paid 500million dollars for this easy-to-pick-up and social-friendly fitness titan. Beautiful 3D vistas surround you as you swing your bats at targets or box to hundreds of big hit songs ranging from Kanye to Bono Jovi to Swan Lake.

If you really want to knock yourself out try Thrill of the Fight boxing. Warning though, it will seriously raise your heart rate.

Storytelling

Often people ask why bother purchase a story that you can’t even affect. Well, it’s not unlike buying a movie on DVD or from Video on Demand. You can always be sure that it’s yours to keep, even if they stop renting it. I mean unless of course the entire store goes down, in which case we have bigger problems.

That said the following are some form of story or interactive story or game as story. They are experiences that are worth experiences more than a couple of times before you inevitably reach for them the next time you want to share the wonders of VR with a non-gamer or someone who just wants to get blown away within moments of putting on the headset.

Moss is one of the original and still most beguiling story-type games to play on Quest. 3D dioramas in a rich and wonderfully realized adventure tale about your little mouse going on a big quest.

Debuted at the FIVARRS festival in 2018, but only commercially available for the first time in 2021, Battlescar is a must-see story set in the 70s – 80s punk music scene of New York. This is VR storytelling at its best. It also stars Rosario Dawson in the title role alongside a killer soundtrack.

In Madrid Noir a young woman arrives at the apartment of her estranged and deceased uncle. Tasked with picking up the pieces of her life, she is unexpectedly thrown back into the past to relive a summer she spent with him as a child. It’s a wonderfully thematic adventure game with fairly simple puzzle and lots of interactivity.

If you want pure hilarity in the style of something you might find on Adult Swim – check out Trover Saves the Universe. Though sometimes its sheer abstract comedy might make it a little confusing as to how to proceed, if you can swing it, (or borrow a playthrough guide) that laughs are legitimate and the world-building is great.

Music and Rhythm

Beyond Beat Saber – try Synthriders which has a great catalog of electro, trance, even electro-swing punk from bands like Rancid. This neon glowing world is great for workout, player vs player and 360 spin modes.

We also love Dance Central from Harmonix which has you dancing to songs from artists like Dua Lipa in various rooms of a nightclub, checking your cell phone, and making new friends while it tracks your dance moves. Super fun night out.

Audio Trip is a hand-crafted dance-style fitness game worth checking out for its creative movements.

Sports and Leisure

We love Real VR Fishing for its beautiful 360 setting and high precision fishing experiences – feeling the tension on the line and playing give and take with your catch. Successfully catching new fish leads to adding them to your giant aquarium for later study and viewing pleasure.

If you ever wanted to take your date to mini-golf but were too afraid to ask, now you can make your wish come true with a gorgeous look VR experience anyone can enjoy: Walkabout Mini Golf has nice physics and fun and (mostly) harmless mental timeout playtime.

Puzzles

ROOM VR: A Dark Matter is a series of complex puzzles in what could be seen as an Escape room game but also feels connected to the classic Myst series. Room and VR are a match made in heaven.

Not quite puzzle not quite action is A Rogue Escape – the name kinda says it all – you will be attempting to pilot a craft with a lot of unlabelled interoperable controls as you flee from dark forces that don’t want you to get away. Thrilling and fascinating.

Another fun and unique puzzle game is Squingle – where you maneuver glowing different colored spheres through translucent tubes, to their goal point. It is absolutely awesome in 3D. You can find Squingle in the App Lab.

Travel

Wander is the Google Earth equivalent for Quest. Travel all over the globe and get facts and walkthroughs of actually 360 photos and 3D scans of locations you may never otherwise get to visit in your lifetime. If you’re lucky, you might even find your childhood home!

Creative Tools

The original creative breakout smash hit – Tilt Brush created a cottage industry of its own for painting in 3D space. It was eventually abandoned by Google and released free to the public.

Gravity Sketch is for designing actual 3D models and lets you import images, videos, and 3D files (.jpg, .png, .mp4, .obj) and export snapshots and 3D files (.png, .obj, .iges).

Multiplayer Action

Cookout: A Sandwich Tale is like Job Simulator meets Space Team meets Cook, Serve Delicious. If you have no idea what any of those references mean – you and your friends have different prep stations and are attempting to fulfill sandwich orders for an ever-growing lineup of hungry anthropomorphic (animal characters) villagers. You can also hear each other when you play so the hysterics can be shared across the network as you collaborate to chop, sautee, dress and serve your sandwich orders on time!

Demeo is a good tabletop-style dungeon crawler to play with your friends where you roll dice as you fight an increasingly dangerous dungeon filled with monsters and treasure. If you survive you can level up with new cards to add to your deck before you descend to the next floor!

Mind, Body, and Relaxation

Tripp is just what the name says – a lot of trippy soothing visuals created by different artists, designed to elevate your thoughts and mood.

Nature Treks is a relaxing way to get away to virtual nature retreats. An early title for Quest, the animation quality may not have aged as well as with some titles, but it still does the job of dropping down your stress levels as you interact with and enjoy nature and its inhabitants.

We hope you enjoy these suggestions – let us know your favorite VR games in the comments!

Plex Officially Will Not Develop An App for Any VR Platform

I Want My Plex.tv

In what is either a terrible decision, misprioritization, or submitting to strong arming by entertainment industry pressure (Paramount/Big Screen/Facebook – who knows we are speculating) popular streaming and meta-aggregation service Plex.tv has stated officially, via its forums, in response to a growing demand for Quest support, that is NOT developing the app for ANY VR platform now or in the foreseeable future.

Plex answer on VR

This, from a financial or marketing perspective obviously makes no sense, since the Oculus Quest tetherless VR headset has been selling out as fast as Facebook can produce it. Plex allows users to bring in their own copies of TV and Film titles and then compares them to various databases to assign their metadata, cover art and even audio theme songs to let them essentially make their own private OTT Netflix-style media server.

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In what is most definitely a too-good-to-be-true product, this can certainly lead to murky licensing and copyright territory. Nonetheless, recently Plex has introduced ad-supported official licensing deals for many film and TV shows, free to users of the product, and will likely be launching an a la carte storefront in the near future.

At first users were up in arms that Plex was losing its soul, selling out to the man, selling them short and turning into yet another iTunes wannabe. But Plex went to great marketing lengths to reassure its userbase that this was not the case.

So why would Plex, which is a perfect and much needed solution for streaming personal videos to an HMD, with a functional product already on the now slightly antiquated Oculus Go, not want to hop on the Quest train? You probably don’t have to think too hard to figure it out.

For now we have to deal with the limited, canned and expensive rental content on Bigscreen’s official Paramount licensing deal. You CAN also use Bigscreen to stream your desktop content, but it isn’t the same as what Plex offers; a beautifully organized gallery of custom personal content, perhaps backups of your DVD collection, or favorite recorded TV shows, or best of all 3D movies, that looks and sounds great in a VR virtual movie theater.

Too bad for us, too bad for VR. too bad for cineastes who want to watch something other that what the commercial deals allow, be they classics, indies, mondo cult films, training videos, hard to get stereoscopic content or otherwise.

OGR’s Top 5 Favorite Experiences for Oculus Quest (You Might Not Expect)

Each of these titles was chosen for its particular excellence for being expressive and benefiting from the Quest’s tetherless and dynamic form factor. Being able to quickly move between areas of your apartment or house or soccer field to punch, fish, groove or get strange enhances the value of these excellent Virtual Reality works.

In no particular order:

Real VR Fishing

Developer: MIRAGESOFT, Inc.
Publisher: MIRAGESOFT, Inc.
Website: https://www.realvrfishing.com
Release Date: September 12, 2019

This little gem came seemingly out of nowhere but has quickly won over not only our hearts but those of the Internet. Based out of South Korea, Miragesoft has filmed various locations around their country with high resolution 360 video that they then mapped over a 3D mesh and enhanced with various digital add-ons, flocks of birds, weather and lighting.

You can also use your own custom music library, which it plays through a built-in player that lets you shuffle, repeat or manually select tracks.

Furthermore, many varied and photo-realistic fish you catch can be added to a huge aquarium in your lodge, so you can enjoy them all together. Various unlockable upgrades to your fishing gear, aquarium, and home base can be added through your hard work out on the lake.

Constant updates are being added, most recently a complete saltwater fish update, with multiplayer promised by Q2 of 2020. Oh yeah, and did we mention the fishing physics are great? Seasoned fishermen have given the game their seal of approval, particularly in an advanced mode that doesn’t use color cues but only nuanced haptics and your rod, tackle and line. An amazing and transportive experience.

The Under Presents

Developer: Tender Claws
Publisher: Tender Claws
Website: https://tenderclaws.com/
Release Date: November 19, 2019

Tender Claws established themselves early on as one of the main VR developers to watch and moreover have helped to advanced the very nature and quality of the medium with their postmodern narrative efforts via Virtual Virtual Reality. and now The Under Presents.

Using a terrific warpy-world pulling locomotion mechanic, dioramas, time-delayed self-cloning and all sorts of other tricks of the trade, The Under Presents is a haunting, hilarious, imaginative, deep and puzzling romp through wonderfully creative scenarios tied together by a plot that would make Italo Calvino proud. An essential if sometimes flummoxing VR experience.

Wander

Developer: Parkline Interactive, LLC
Publisher: Parkline Interactive, LLC
Website: http://www.parklineinteractive.com/
Release Date: May 21, 2019

Wander fills the very important gap for Quest left by the absence of Google Earth VR. It allows you to travel very smoothly through many awe-inspiring locations around the world, bookmark them, search them using voice or keyboard and learn a few fun facts along the way.

Far from as comprehensive as Google Earth but a rich and inspiring experience nonetheless, this is a beautiful thing to share with others, or just wander through alone, investigating many places you may never personally get to in your own life…or that may not be here much longer.

Dance Central

Developer: Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
Publisher: Oculus Studios
Website: http://www.dancecentral.com/
Release Date: May 21, 2019

This port of the original console game from the makers of Rock Band is a perfect pairing for the tetherless and nimble Oculus Quest. While we do recommend getting one of the various aftermarket head-strap add-ons that better balance the weight of the headset, Dance Central will give you the fun of going to your own nightclub where you will make new friends and learn or practice some pretty great hip-hop moves.

The app also has a calorie tracker and pretty banging – although decidedly short – catalog of songs, which does include tracks from Cardi B, Flo Rida, Psy, Ellie Goulding, Salt-N-Pepa, Young MC, Chainsmokers and Chvrches. Unfortunately, it seems they do not have any new DLCs planned, and the forum link for song requests is broken at their support page, but this is by far one of our favorite little corners to hang out – and sweat it – out in VR.

Box VR

Developer: FitXR
Publisher: FitXR
Website: http://www.fitxr.com/
Release Date: May 21, 2019

If you want a workout you will feel in the morning and not just swing like a lunatic at your opponents – like in some boxing VR games – this one uses extremely precise movement to register your jabs, dodges, crosses and uppercuts. With a lot of music in various categorized genres, a professionally designed athletic program and a huge community, Box VR is a true fitness tool that you can use with some assurance that it takes into mind consistency, development and mitigating injury.

Of course, the ultimate responsibility is yours.