Have you got your hands on a Meta Quest and are wondering, which so many titles on offer, which are the best Quest games? We’re here to help and, before you know it, you’ll be wondering how you ever did without VR.
After all, it’s been three years since the Meta Quest (previously Oculus Quest) was released. And in that time, Meta’s VR headset has gone from strength to strength. The company has released the Quest 2, a more powerful version of the Quest, and ceased production of its big brother, the Oculus Rift.
In fact, it’s been estimated that Meta Quest 2 has sold around 15 million units since its release. What makes the Quest and the Quest 2 so appealing? One big factor is that the Quest and Quest 2 are wireless, meaning that you’re not yanked out of your virtual world when a cable gets wrapped round your ankles.
But, as anyone who bought the ill-fated Sega Mega CD will know, software support counts and the Quest would have floundered with some top-notch games. So, to help you get the most out of your wonderfully wireless headset, here are the 12 best Meta Quest games.
1. Beat Saber
Beat Saber is incredibly simple – but it’s all the better for it. It’s a rhythm game that equips you with two lightsabers. With them, it’s your job to slice through a series of blocks that fly your way in time to music. It’s fast-paced and, at higher difficulties, it’s extremely tough. But Beat Saber will get you on your feet moving around.
Beat Saber‘s soundtrack is eclectic but pumping. No matter your musical preferences, it’s hard not to get lost in the moment, slicing through those flying blocks. You might look like a flailing fool from the outside, but inside your VR headset, you’ll feel like a kick-ass rhythm ninja. Besides, any game that lets you dual-wield lightsabers is a win in our book. We honestly can’t get enough of Beat Saber. In our opinion, it is the best game available on Meta Quest.
2. The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners
More than just one of the best Meta Quest games, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is the zombie game VR was made for. The plot, which sees you exploring a post-apocalyptic New Orleans, is serviceable enough, but what makes Saints & Sinners such a fantastic experience is its physicality. You’ll grab zombies and knife them in the head, bend forward to peer round a corner and spin around, frantically searching for an escape route as the dead descend on you. That’s an experience you don’t get without flailing around in your living room.
3. Tetris Effect: Connected
What’s better than Tetris? Tetris Effect. And playing it in VR takes things to the next level. Yes, you might expect a list of best Meta Quest games to be all stabbing and shooting, but there’s more to VR than that. And Tetris Effect demonstrates that perfectly, being a light and sound display you can’t get enough of.
At its heart, this is still Tetris, but it’s the magnificent, varied environments and mind-soothing music that makes Tetris Effect so great. Sure, it’s good on standard hardware, but it’s never been more absorbing than in VR. When you’re making blocks fall against a lunar landscape, stardust swirling around you, it’s as if the rest of the world has ceased to exist.
4. Resident Evil 4 VR
The internet may have had a grumble, but however much money Meta paid secure Resident Evil 4 VR’s exclusivity, it was worth every penny. It absolutely deserves a place on our list of best Meta Quest games. Yes, you may have already played it a multitude of consoles but, far from being a lazy port, the Quest 2-only version of Resident Evil 4 almost feels like a new game.
Being pursued by angry villagers is scary enough when playing on a standard PC or console, but running from window to window in VR, trying frantically to keep them out, makes Night of the Living Dead look tame by comparison. And that’s even before you run into any of the big bosses.
5. SUPERHOT VR
SUPERHOT VR isn’t simply the original SUPERHOT game ported into virtual reality. Instead, it’s a whole new experience, built from the ground-up with VR in mind. That means it’s more immersive than ever, with the same unique FPS gameplay that made SUPERHOT so brilliant in the first place.
If you’re not familiar with the game, it’s a minimalist shooter that’s more about skill and timing than it is about firing bullets. You see, unless you move or take a shot, time stands still. That means you have time to survey your surroundings and figure out the best course of action before releasing the trigger. In VR that’s even more important, as the action will be happening literally all around you. One wrong step or misfire could mean the difference between life and death. And that’s what makes SUPERHOT VR all the more thrilling.
6. Shadow Point
Developed by Coatsink especially for Meta Quest, Shadow Point is an immersive adventure that’ll have you exploring and puzzle-solving your way through its captivating story. Starting out in an observatory set atop a mountain range, you’ll eventually find yourself passing through a portal into another realm where plenty of mysteries await you.
Shadow Point looks great and plays great thanks to its full freedom of movement and handtracking. Better yet, its narrative will immediately intrigue you. And thanks to Meta Quest’s wireless experience, you can get fully immersed within the game. Although perhaps the greatest highlight of Shadow Point is the fact that it’s narrated by none other than Sir Patrick Stewart. What more could you want, really?
7. Vader Immortal
We’ve already lauded Beat Saber for putting lightsabers in our hands. But Vader Immortal goes one step further: it puts us directly in the world of Star Wars. In it, you’ll step into the shoes of a smuggler, whose fields of operation happen to be near Mustafar – the place where Darth Vader calls home. That can only mean one thing: a lot of danger.
You’ll be accompanied on your journey by a faithful droid, ZO-E3, and together you’ll navigate through Vader Immortal‘s fascinating yet dangerous environments. Along the way there’s plenty of time for lightsaber battles, meeting new characters, and figuring out what the heck the Sith Lord is up to this time. This is undoubtedly one of the best Meta Quest games out there – particularly if you’re a Star Wars fan.
8. Sairento VR: Untethered
Who’d be a cyber-ninja, eh? The correct answer is, of course, everyone, and Saiento VR: Untethered fulfils that glorious fantasy. It’s entertaining enough on PSVR, but the Meta Quest version does away with wires, giving you even more freedom. It’s easily the best Quest game for budding ninjas. Slash, shoot, leap, back-flip – the choice is yours… Though if you get carried away and knock yourself out on the ceiling, it’s absolutely not our fault.
9. Job Simulator
We know on that on paper, Job Simulator doesn’t sound very appealing. Most of us hate our jobs at the best of times, so why would we want to simulate that experience in our free time? But hear us out! Job Simulator isn’t your typical, boring job. Whether in an office, behind the counter of a grocery store or in a fast food restaurant, you can do your job nicely if you want to. But that’s no fun. Job Simulator lets you create utter chaos! Perhaps you want to fire staplers at your boss, toss doughnuts around, use a firework as a gun, and just generally misappropriate work supplies. That all goes – and more – here.
Basically, Job Simulator lets you do the things you wish you could do at your real job, but without the risk of getting fired. It’s pure carnage, and for that reason it deserves a place on our list of best Meta Quest games.
Originally released on PSVR in 2018, Moss made its way to Meta Quest in 2019, followed by Moss: Book II earlier this year. It’s been lauded as one of the best VR games out there – we ourselves scoring it a 10/10 when we reviewed the PlayStation release. You can’t argue with its beautiful visuals and perhaps the cutest video game character of recent years.
But it’s Moss‘ gameplay that really sets it apart. There’s something quite magical about the journey you’ll take with its small mouse protagonist. Its storytelling is superb, brought to live with fantastic voice acting, not to mention its rousing orchestral soundtrack. If you’re a fan of adventure games (and mice, we suppose), then Moss really ought to be in your Meta Quest games library.
Okay, Wander isn’t so much a game as it is an experience. But it’s one that we find ourselves going back to time and time again. It’s an application that uses the power of Google Earth to transport you to anywhere in the world – providing it’s somewhere Google’s cameras have been, of course.
Starting up Wander, you might find yourself on the back roads of a small village in Russia. The push of a button can transport you right into the centre of the hustle and bustle of New York’s Times Square. Or you can simply use it to wander around a virtual recreation of your own street. One of the coolest things about Wander is that you can essentially travel through time. It lets you jump back to any previous Google Earth capture, so you can see how certain places have changed in the last 12+ years.
12. Blade and Sorcery: Nomad
Want a ridiculously deep, epic VR-based RPG? One that’s not just one of the best Meta Quest games, but the best game you’ve ever played? Quest 2-exclusive Blade and Sorcery: Nomad is absolutely not that game. It is, however, a very silly slash-em-up sandbox that mixes swordplay and sorcery to great effect.
Want to stab someone with a flaming sword and drag their corpse around like a damp teddy? Or maybe you’d prefer to just get your dagger out and magic someone onto the end of it? Blade and Sorcery: Nomad has you covered. It’s not for the faint of heart but if you’ve had a rough day it can be one heck of a stress reliever.