OCULUS QUEST TOP FIVE VIRTUAL REALITY GAMES
Top 5 Oculus Quest Virtual Reality Games
Although it’s really tough to pick just five games out of the array of blockbuster hits for the Oculus system, I will attempt to do just that.
What has many players so excited about Oculus Quest is the totally wireless system. Compared to the HTC Vive, which typically costs more, it’s a blockbuster move on their part!
Wow, even using blockbuster in a sentence seems so outdated now, doesn’t it? It seems like only yesterday when we would stop off at Blockbuster after work on Friday and pick up the newest game for Atari or Nintendo to play on all weekend.
Now with subscriptions and sideloads, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your recliner to get your favorite.
However, Facebook engineers warn against “sideloading,” saying these games have “not been approved by Facebook and could potentially damage your device or be malicious in nature, even if it doesn’t appear so at first.”
So, you should be careful with that unless you fully understand what you are doing. On the other hand, it might just be their way of saying, “stop being cheap and buy a subscription to get your favorite game.”
But what is your favorite? Tough question, huh? So many games to choose from and so little time on the weekend to game.
I rummaged around several different genres to come up with what are my five favorites. Let me tell you, that was not an easy task.
I started with nearly thirty to get down to five, and I went back and forth on a couple that I thought should be on the list, but I didn’t want to just name five adventure games because those are my favorites.
Oh, BTW, I always use a reverse format for my ranking, kind of like David Letterman used to do. So, we’ll start at five and go to number one.
#5 — Down the Rabbit Hole for Oculus
I mean, who could pass up putting an Alice in Wonderland look-alike adventure game into their top five? This is a puzzle adventure that our family loves playing together. Although any level gamer will enjoy this game, it is challenging for novice and expert players.
Check out this two-minute review. Since these various reviews and trailers are not mine but from multiple YouTube personalities, if you enjoy it, give it a like or subscribe.
#4 — Moss for Oculus Quest
Moss is another third-person platformer game that your entire family will love playing. This is a highly rated PSVR game as well; in fact, I ranked Moss at number four for PSVR too. I might as well stay consistent, right? Actually, many of these VR games are available on different platforms. That dang mouse is just so cute. It’s kind of like playing Stuart Little.
Check out this YouTube review by 2 Old 4 Gaming.
#3 — Beat Saber for Oculus Quest
Beat Saber is another crossover choice from PSVR. Beat Saber is energetic and empowering. You will have a devil of a time giving up the headset while playing this habit-forming and addictive game. You will have to use your blue or red saber to slice through the right beatbox in this challenging game.
#2 — Ghost Giant for Oculus Quest
Your family is going to love the storyline in this cartoon adventure. In case you didn’t notice, I really enjoy playing adventure games on Oculus. VR is just “old hat” with too many games on other platforms. Imagine labeling VR as old hat, huh.
A lot of the shoot-em-up games, even though action-packed, are a little boring on any platform. Ghost Giant is an unforgettable and exceptional example of VR mind-crafting and storytelling!
Adventure games with a great story put the fun back into VR. You really need a headset to even get a feel for a VR game, but this trailer will give you a feeling for how the game works even though you won’t get the VR realism.
#1 — SuperHot VR for Oculus Quest
Speaking of shoot-em-up games, SuperHot VR comes in as the number one game on Oculus for me simply because it is. People love shoot-em-games and the constant action to escape reality for a while.
Some gamers are calling SuperHot VR the best VR game on any platform. Well, I might not go that far, but it is lots and lots of fun. People say the Oculus Quest liberation from wires is a revolution in gaming. SuperHot VR is a challenging and invigorating way to get a cardio workout and have fun doing it!
Once again, none of these trailers or review videos are mine, so if you enjoyed it, please like and/or subscribe.
12 October 2020 Update
A smart writer reads their reviews and feedback and responds. And hey, I’m no dummy.
One of the responses to my Top 5 is from Kevin Buddaeus, who is also a Medium writer and father of two daughters. He says,
“Two VR Games that are on my Must-Have List if I ever get VR:
Half Life Alyx
Both games feature the latest in VR Technology, allowing you to make full use of all your fingers if your VR controller has the required sensors (I know the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift S and Valve Index have those)
You are unlikely to find a more immersive VR experience anywhere else.”
If you’re interested, Kevin Buddaeus’s article These Five Kickstarter Campaigns Sold Like Hotcakes includes the amazing crowdfunding campaign by Oculus to get started on their idea. Not to steal his thunder, but Oculus was eventually bought by Facebook for $2 billion. No, that is not a typo; that is billion with a “b.”
Tidbits & Takeaways
The Oculus Quest VR system gives you total freedom from wires, making it much more fun, relaxing, and exciting.
My Oculus Quest top five choices are, Down the Rabbit Hole, Moss, Beat Saber, Ghost Giant, and SuperHot VR. You could spend an entire weekend playing just one of these games and not get bored.
Honorable mentions go to Pistol Whip, A Fisherman’s Tale (one of my personal favorites), I Expect You to Die, Star Wars: Vader Immortal Trilogy, and Red Matter. Check out the game action trailers for these on YouTube or try one out on your Oculus Quest.
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Stephen Dalton is a retired US Army First Sergeant with a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a Certified US English Chicago Manual of Style Editor. He is a freelance journalist currently living in the Philippines.