The 7 Oculus Quest 2 video games it’s best to play first

Given that the Oculus Quest 2 (now titled Meta Quest 2) is high on our list of the best VR headsets, it will likely make a hot gift this holiday season. And for newbies entering the Quest ecosystem for the first time, figuring out what is worth downloading can be difficult.

Fortunately, there are a few games that we think everyone should consider downloading. These games aren’t necessarily the best Oculus Quest 2 games out there right now, but rather a diverse range of experiences to help introduce users to the world of VR.

For this list, we only recommend games that can be played natively on Quest 2. While it is possible to play additional games that are more graphically intense over a PC connection, we think that for newbies it is best to focus on simplicity and accessibility.

Defeat sabers

To strike a saber

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Beat Saber remains the most popular game on the Quest Store, and for good reason. The title is a bit like Guitar Hero, but with lightsabers. Instead of hitting notes on a plastic guitar, players have to hit through dice that match the beat.

For newbies, this is a great demonstration of what VR is capable of. The quick and frenetic one-on-one movements not only give the players a sense of presence, it’s also a decent workout.

Resident Evil 4 VR

Resident Evil 4 VR

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For longtime gamers who are new to VR, it’s good to start with something familiar. And when you consider that Resident Evil 4 has been ported to every single platform imaginable since its release on the GameCube in 2005, its rural Spanish village setting has burned itself into players’ minds.

But Resident Evil 4 VR isn’t another fast port. Armature Studios went to enormous lengths to bring the popular title into VR. In our experience, this works wonderfully. For every Resident Evil 4 fan, including those who have played the game several times, it’s worth another try in VR.

Golf +

Screen grab from the Golf + Trailer on YouTube of a Man Swinging Club in VR.

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When motion controls first appeared on Wii in 2006, one of the most exciting tech demos was the Wii Sports golf mini-game. In a cartoon style, the game demonstrated the power of motion control for the precise movements needed in golf.

Well, on Quest 2, Golf + shows how powerful the sport in VR can be. In TopGolf, players can not only hit balls, but also play some complicated courses in different locations. In VR, the ability to crouch to see the curve of the course brings a new level of immersion. Even for sporty super-casual fans or those who are not interested in golf at all, Golf + gets their money’s worth.

Thrill of the fight

Thrill of the fight

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Thrill of the Fight may not be the prettiest boxing game on Quest 2, but it is the most realistic. The game focuses more on the basics than flashy knockout moves. This game is also half a workout app as it tracks calories burned and exercise metrics. And at $ 9, it’s cheaper than many of the other titles on this list.

For those who want a slightly more arcade experience with better graphics and sound, Creed: Rise to Glory is the game. But it’s more expensive at $ 29.

Gun whip

Gun whip

(Image credit: Cloudhead Games)

When it comes to shooters in VR, people often recommend Superhot. While it’s a fun game that can really make you feel like Neo from The Matrix, we feel like Pistol Whip is a little bit more grounded in the real world. Even if this world is a Tron-esque virtual western.

ForeVR bowl

ForeVR bowl

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Bowling is another gimme in VR. Just like with Wii Sports, bowling makes a lot of sense when it comes to motion control. ForeVR Bowl, a casual arcade-style bowling game, is on our list because it’s easy and fun. This is great for the newbies who want to knock down a few pins and have a good time without worrying about the complexities of the sport.

For a more realistic bowling game, we recommend Premium Bowling.

Tetris Effect: Connected

Tetris Effect (2018)

(Image credit: Improving Games)

Tetris is one of the most famous games of all time. The simple block matching puzzler is deceptively addicting. Because the formula is so simple, it was difficult to repeat the basic design. Well, Tetris Effect showed us that the game made in the Soviet Union has hidden potential.

Tetris Effect essentially turns the puzzler into a rave. Yes, it sounds strange, but there’s a reason the game is 89 on Metacritic. Seriously, once you’re in the zone this game can feel transcendental.

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