The Oculus Quest 2 is fast becoming the most popular VR headset on the market, with over 10 million headsets sold and the Quest 2 accounting for over 35% of VR headset usage on Steam in an October 2021 survey. It’s a popular headset then, and with true standalone capabilities that let you ditch the PC and cables for good, it’s not hard to see why.

The popularity of the headset means that there are games and experiences of all shapes and sizes available on the Oculus Store, making it harder to find the rose among the thorns.

But that’s where we at Tech Advisor come in; we’re Quest 2 aficionados, using the headset since launch in 2020, and we have a pretty good idea of what games are worth their salt on the Oculus Store.

If you’re looking for the best Quest 2 games to play right now, you’ve come to the right place.  

Best Oculus Quest 2 games in 2022

1

Beat Saber

Beat Saber
  • Pros
    • Engaging beat-matching gameplay
    • Great visuals
    • Wide range of songs to choose from
  • Cons
    • Popular songs are hidden behind a paywall

Beat Saber is quite possibly the darling of virtual reality, but it performs at its best on the wireless Quest 2. If you’re one of the few people that have yet to experience Beat Saber, the concept is simple: you slash notes to a beat, dodge incoming obstacles and try to get the best score possible.

It’s much more than that though; as you slice your way through the ever-growing tracklist (including the recent Lady Gaga and Billie Eilish tracks) you feel empowered, energetic and more than a little addicted – especially when you hit a perfect combo you’ve previously struggled with. Throw in recent features like competitive multiplayer and you’ve got the perfect beat rhythm game.

It’s the most regularly played game on our Quest 2, and simply put, it’s a VR must-have.

2

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners
  • Pros
    • Engaging storyline
    • Interactive open world
    • Zombie combat is fun
  • Cons
    • Can only save by going to sleep

If you’re looking for a strong narrative-driven VR title with an open world, in-depth systems and plenty of zombies to kill in interesting ways, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is the perfect option.

Based on the post-apocalyptic world of the popular TV series, Saints & Sinners sees you trekking through the remains of New Orleans to survive. It’s not just another zombie slasher though; there are human enemies to keep you on your toes too, and a survival system means you’ll have to keep on top of items in your inventory.

Throw in detailed environments to explore, side quests to follow and a real-world physics-based combat system that makes you really throw those punches, and you’ve got one of the most immersive VR games on the market right now.  

3

Onward

Onward
  • Pros
    • Realistic army-based gameplay
    • Online multiplayer
    • Strong playerbase
  • Cons
    • Complex mechanics not suited for casual gamers

Onward is a gritty online shooter with a focus on realism that you’ll either love or hate.

Its focus on real-world shootouts means it’s not quite as easy as some online shooters, requiring manual reloading and other elements often overlooked in favour of a smoother gameplay experience, but it’s much more immersive than most rivals and requires real tactics and teamwork to win.

Admittedly, the game’s visuals aren’t quite as impressive as the PCVR counterpart, but it’s worth it for the wire-free experience, allowing you to literally go prone if you need to. Squad up, soldier, and get ready for the shootout of your life.

4

Resident Evil 4 VR

Resident Evil 4 VR
  • Pros
    • Entire RE4 game in VR
    • Immersive
    • Full motion control support
  • Cons
    • Virtual flatscreen cutscenes
    • Huge storage demands

While some had doubts about just how well Resident Evil 4 would fare as a VR title, it’s become one of the most popular zombie shooters on the Quest 2.

Offering a different experience to The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, Resident Evil 4 VR is a full port of Leon Kennedy’s most popular zombie adventure complete with first-person view and, importantly, full motion control support for an immersive experience.

While virtual flatscreen cutscenes aren’t the perfect workaround, they fade from memory as you’re fighting hordes of zombies fighting to eat your flesh. Even if you didn’t play it the first time around, Resident Evil 4 VR is a thoroughly enjoyable full-game experience.  

The only downside? The game takes up so much space that you’ll have to practically delete every other game on your Quest 2 if you’ve got the OG 64GB variant – though those with the larger 128/256GB capacities shouldn’t have any issues.

5

Population: One

Population: One
  • Pros
    • Engaging battle royale gameplay
    • Active multi-platform playerbase
    • Fun flight mechanics
  • Cons
    • Limited to team gameplay
    • One map

It wouldn’t be a gaming chart without at least one Battle Royale game, right? Enter Population: One, the VR-based battle royale that infuses elements of Fortnite into its DNA.

The game takes place on a large map full of points of interest, with teams of three battling it out to be the last ones standing – although there are occasionally modes with duos and even singles if that’s more your thing. Choose where to drop, scavenge for supplies and weapons and stay away from the ever-shrinking boundaries of the world.

The mechanics make for an interesting battle royale experience too, with the ability to scale up walls to get a better vantage, glide using a wingsuit to traverse the environment quickly and be able to build walls and other forms of cover from scraps you find around the world. Communication is key and Population: One has a very chatty playerbase, making for a social shooting experience that some might prefer.

Oh, and did we mention there’s full cross-play support for other VR headsets too? If you want your VR battle royale fix, Population: One is the one to go for.

6

Unplugged: Air Guitar

Unplugged: Air Guitar
  • Pros
    • Great selection of songs
    • No accessories required
    • Satisfying Guitar Hero-esque gameplay
  • Cons
    • Takes time to get used to
    • Need good lighting for hand tracking

While the idea of Unplugged is ambitious to say the least, relying solely on the Quest 2’s hand tracking to provide an unparalleled air guitar experience, it actually works.

Unplugged is a Guitar Hero-style game that requires you to strum in time to the beat, with changing finger patterns. But instead of holding a peripheral, you simply hold your hands in the air like you’re holding an air guitar and strum to your heart's content.

It’s not technically perfect, and there is a bit of a learning curve when you first pick up that imaginary guitar, but when you finally hit a streak on one of your favourite rock tunes and hear the crowd go wild, you’ll feel like a real-life rockstar.

7

Pistol Whip

Pistol Whip
  • Pros
    • Beat-based shooter
    • Growing list of levels and tracks
    • Easy to learn
  • Cons
    • Fewer recognisable tracks than alternatives

If you like the idea of Beat Saber but prefer shooting to wielding lightsaber-like weapons, Pistol Whip is the perfect alternative, blending elements of Beat Saber, Superhot and John Wick to create something unique.

It too offers a beat-based gameplay system, but ditches sabers and boxes for guns and enemies that’ll definitely fire back at you as you make your way through the hypnotic neon-lit worlds. As with most beat games, timing is everything, and the fast-paced soundtrack means you’ll likely get a sweat on as you shoot your enemies and dodge bullets like something out of the Matrix.

It’s a familiar yet distinctly different experience with plenty of customisable options to make gameplay easier or more challenging, and with new content added frequently, it’ll continue to improve over time too.

8

Ultrawings 2

Ultrawings 2
  • Pros
    • Packed with content
    • Fun gameplay
    • New Combat Ops is engaging
  • Cons
    • Hard to master controls

Ultrawings 2 is the follow-up to the hugely popular Ultrawings, delivering the same fun physics-based flying experience with more planes, more locations and, simply, more of everything gamers loved about the original. 

The game puts you in the pilot seat of an ever-changing roster of planes, and while it's easy to pick up the core mechanics, they're difficult to master. That may put casual players off, but the payoff is an incredibly enjoyable (arcade-y, but not quite full arcade) flight experience.

You've got four islands to explore, five vehicles to unlock and plenty of missions to undertake, offering 40+ hours of gameplay in the bright, vibrant open world. 

In addition to the main game, there's a new combat operations mode that'll pit you against enemy fighters, ground forces and ships. The additional mode provides a surprisingly engaging flight combat experience for those that want to break away from the main campaign, so much so that we wouldn't be surprised if it became a spin-off further down the line. 

9

Star Wars: Vader Immortal Trilogy

Star Wars: Vader Immortal Trilogy
  • Pros
    • Immersive, engaging story
    • Great visuals
    • Saber gameplay is fun
  • Cons
    • Game is split into three (paid) episodes
    • Shorter than alternatives

Vader Immortal isn’t the most in-depth gaming experience available on the Quest 2, lacking an open world, upgradable skills or even advanced combat mechanics, but it’s hands-down the best experience available for Star Wars fans.

The trio of episodes comprise of one of the most immersive, cinematic VR experiences available on the Quest 2, following the story of the Dark Lord himself and meeting iconic Star Wars characters in the virtual world. It boasts fun lightsaber combat and an additional Dojo mode where you can further hone your saber skills.

Even though the trio of apps only equates to roughly 90 minutes of gameplay, it’s certainly memorable.

10

Blade & Sorcery: Nomad

Blade & Sorcery: Nomad
  • Pros
    • Ragdoll and realistic physics
    • Engaging combat mechanics
    • Procedurally generated dungeons
  • Cons
    • Low-quality graphics
    • No story/quest line

It’s rough around the edges in its current state, but Blade and Sorcery: Nomad is one of the most entertaining combat games on the Quest 2 with a focus on real-world physics.

The game offers two primary modes – tackling waves of enemies in an arena or sneaking through procedurally generated dungeons – with a focus on close-quarters combat with swords, magic powers and other fun utilities that you can use to inflict damage on your enemies. The real-world physics mean you’ll have to really swing and punch if you want to inflict damage, making for an immersive (if not slightly tiring) experience.

It’s not a horror, but you might scare yourself with what you’re capable of in this eerily realistic combat title.

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