Best VR games 2016: Titles you can't miss for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PS VR and more

Updated: Our favorite virtual reality games for whatever headset you're rocking
Top VR games for major headsets

VR finally feels real in 2016. With PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift out alongside cheaper headsets Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard, you have yourself a huge selection of both high-end and mobile games to choose from.

Read: HTC Vive vs Oculus Rift | PS VR vs Oculus Rift | HTC Vive vs PS VR

There are more game developers than ever before learning the ins and outs of VR development, meaning there's an influx of games hitting the arena. With Oculus Touch on the horizon you can expect even more titles to immerse you deeper in the game.

After playing our fair share across the different headsets, we've rounded up the most exciting VR games you must check out now. But keep checking back – we can barely keep up with all the new content.

HTC Vive

The Lab

Already a classic VR game to try, The Lab lets you choose from various minigames that are simple yet addictive. The best part? It's free.

Free, Steam

Raw Data

Fighting off robots with pistols, shotguns, katanas and a buddy in VR – what more could you ask for? There's even a new character and missions to choose from, making this already highly rated Steam game even more fun.

More to read: Raw Data proves VR is best played with friends

$39.99, Steam

VR Funhouse

Nvidia's VR Funhouse takes its cues from The Lab with minigames and free-to-play model. That just means there's more free stuff to do in the shooting gallery and whacking moles. It's not the most intensive game out there, but it's still a good time.

Free, Steam

Hover Junkers

best VR games 2016

This multiplayer flying and combat game looks slick and makes nice use of the roomscale controls. You choose a ship based on the size of your room, then design its defences and physically duck behind them. It's fast, fun and retro-futuristic. A must download for new Vive owners.

$34.99, Steam

Fantastic Contraption

best VR games 2016

Originally a game from 2008, it was repurposed for mobile and now Fantastic Contraption also lives in VR which is where it really belongs. You're essentially building well, weird and fantastic contraptions to solve little puzzles. It's simple to build yet difficult to get your creations moving right, which all makes for a really good time.

$29.99, Steam

Read this: The best HTC Vive games on Steam VR


best VR games 2016

Audioshield combines exercise and gaming as you hit glowing orbs racing at you, played to your favourite tunes. There are different difficulty settings, various kinds of shields and you can even upload your own music, making this one addictive game.

$19.99, Steam

The Gallery: Call of the Starseed

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A fantasy adventure game, Starseed is an episodic series which takes you on a search for your missing sister. There's lots of exploring and picking objects up to take a closer look. Plus it's inspired by dark 80s fantasy films – can't go wrong with that, right?

$19.99, Steam

Tilt Brush

best VR games 2016

A stalwart of the HTC Vive demos, the now Google owned Tilt Brush is a 3D illustration tool that lets you walk around your creations, made with the Vive controllers. More of an app than a game, it's still pretty fun making paintings out of light brush strokes in VR.

$29.99, Steam

Oculus Rift

Feral Rites

Feral Rites is a VR adventure-brawler set on a mystical island that has you exploring a surprisingly large amount of jungle while on a quest to avenge your father's death. Oh, and the powers are awesome – case in point, you get to turn into ferocious beasts.

$29.99, Oculus Store


You should already know what Minecraft is. But you haven't really played it until you've strapped on a VR headset. It's still the same blocky world of course, except now you really get to wield a diamond sword while killing bad guys in the Nether.

Free beta, Oculus Store

Edge of Nowhere

Another third person VR game from Insomniac Games, except this one is intense for very different reasons. It's downright spooky as you make your way across the frigid environment to rescue a missing expedition. The story is more like a traditional Uncharted or Tomb Raider-style console game with its epic snowscapes, eerie caverns and supernatural creatures flying overhead.

$40,Oculus Store

Damaged Core

Love Bioshock? Then you might love Damaged Core too. Written by Drew Holmes, one of the minds behind the Bioshock series, you get over 10 hours of campaign mode which will see you battling robot armies trying to save humanity. It's a solid first person shooter that should hold you over until Oculus Touch comes out with its shooters.

$29.99, Oculus Store

The Climb

best VR games 2016

The Climb, a Rift exclusive from Crytek, is well, VR climbing. It's a fantastic, first person game that combines gorgeous, hyper-detailed scenery with immersive thrills so well worth checking out. Compatible with both Xbox One and Oculus Touch controllers.

$49.99, Oculus Store


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Chronos is an atmospheric RPG where you're on a quest to save your homeland from great evil. There's a labyrinth and monsters, all rendered in a beautiful world. Add VR and it's one hell of a good time.

$39.99, Oculus Store

Lucky's Tale

best VR games 2016

Lucky's Tale is a VR platformer that lets you race through trees, dodge swamp pits, battle bosses and even play mini-games all as Lucky the little fox. It was one of the first games to really make people believe in Oculus Rift as well, which is saying something.

Free, Oculus Store

Dragon Front

best VR games 2016

If you love board games or card games, Dragon Front is one to look out for. Modelled after traditional card collecting games, this title is all about strategy -–and leaning in to experience your cards coming to life.

Read more: Dragon Front proves even card games have a place in VR

Free beta, Oculus Store

PlayStation VR


If you want a 'quick go' of something and you're into football/soccer, you'll probably quickly get addicted to Headmaster. It's a simple task of heading balls at or around (sometimes moving) targets, bombs, 'goalies' etc that gets trickier and is one of the easiest to pass around to play.

$20, PlayStation Store

Super Stardust Ultra VR

Now here's a VR port you won't be able to stop playing. The premise is simple since it's an arcade shooter, but you'll find yourself drawn back again and again to beat your high score.

$20, PlayStation Store

Rigs: Mechanized Combat League

best VR games 2016

This multiplayer first person shooter was PSVR's darling demo at E3 2015 – you play three-on-three future sports with weaponised mechs for your characters to climb into. Sound awesome? It is. And now you can play it at home.

Shoot at your opponents to slow them down in the real task – collecting yellow orbs around the arena to reach Overdrive mode. Left thumbstick controls are joined by head tracking which takes care of aim and orientation in the game. Only small head movements are needed, though, to minimise nausea.

$49.99, PlayStation Store

London Heist: Getaway

best VR games 2016

This VR on-rails shooter has made the rounds on many show floors and now everyone gets to play for themselves. Sure, it's basic gameplay – you're in a moving car shooting at burly Londoners on motorbikes chasing you – but it's a good tactic to solve the problem of 'moving' in VR space.

The game also allows you to use the PlayStation Move controller in both hands, for instance using your second hand to reload ammunition in your gun. Thanks to the immersion of VR and how intuitive using the Move controller feels, your brain is tricked into thinking you really are part of a high speed chase and that's no bad thing.

Free (with PlayStation VR Worlds – $40)

Super Hypercube

best VR games 2016

Super Hypercube is a 3D puzzler that should be ready for PlayStation VR's release date, especially since it's been in development since before the VR headset itself. Rotate complicated sets of neon 3D blocks to fit through fast approaching holes in walls ahead in this VR version of Tetris on steroids – blocks are added, walls rotate, it's mayhem in there. Super Hypercube is abstract, it's tricksy and it shows the breadth of games we will see on Sony's headset. Plus you've got to love those 80s-style graphics.

$30, PlayStation Store

Samsung Gear VR

Land's End

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Our only criticism of ustwo's first Gear VR game is that we wish there was more of it. Without spoiling too much, you play through a series of puzzles in blocky but beautiful environments and will end up in a kind of lovely VR trance as a result.

Must read: The best Samsung Gear VR apps and games

$5.99, Oculus Store

Dead Secret

best VR games 2016

A thriller that's part Cluedo mystery, half haunted house, Dead Secret has players investigating the murder of a one Harris Bullard. There are cryptic clues, puzzles and lots of reading material. Great for using your brain rather than your reflexes. Also coming for PlayStation VR.

$9.99, Oculus Store


best VR games 2016

This strategy/puzzle game shows that not all VR games have to be about monsters creeping up behind you or space shooting. With arcade-style gameplay, gorgeous visuals and a 360-degree view of the nodes you are hacking to get Bitcoins, it's a real VR treat.

$9.99, Oculus Store

VR Karts: Sprint

best VR games 2016

This cartoony Mario Kart-alike has nine racing tracks and single player, championship and online multiplayer modes. VR Karts: Sprint is made by indie studio Viewpoint Games and contains the standard fast-paced action plus weapons and power boosts of this style of racing game.

$4.99, Oculus Store

Google Cardboard

Chair in a Room

best VR games 2016

A nice little horror game for Cardboard users, Chair in a Room is a clever indie title in which you only have a torch in a dark room to make sense of the objects coming into view. Scares aplenty.

Essential reading: The best Google Cardboard apps and games

Free, Google Play

Proton Pulse

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50 levels of arcade-style brick-breaking gameplay is what you get for your £1.62 with Proton Pulse. It's a slick, fast-paced 3D game of paddleball with a few neat mechanics like the Space Time Dilator which slows the action down.

ZeroTransform is also working on a VR title called Vanguard V, available as a demo, so they're charging for Proton in order to help fund the development.

$1.99, Google Play


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A simple but enjoyable Cardboard game, WAA! VR has you as an astronaut shooting down incoming asteroids with your missiles. It's very basic mobile-like gameplay but hey, it's also only 94p.

$1.15, Google Play

Additional words by Henry Winchester.

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  • Sparx1981 says:

    Add the app "Trinus Gyre" to your google cardboard setup and you get access to playing your PC games through your headset. It allows for different head tracking modes so games that support Freetrack or Track IR will work perfectly. Other games that you use the mouse to look ... it can cater for these too.

    The quality isnt as great as an Oculus rift... but it's just for the price of an app and a cardboard headset. Personally I purchased a colorcross vr headset from as it's plastic and has headstraps. 

    • DoctorMobius says:

      How did you find the ColorCross headset? I've heard it's not very immersive as a VR headset and feels more like you're watching a 3D film on a TV in front of you (rather than the wraparound experience of Google Cardboard).

      • Pudsley says:

        Try a shinecon vr Headset,  £12 to £20 from china ,excellent quality,looks like a samsung almost,great padding and adjustable focus /eye width.Youll be shocked at the nice quality.

  • Go0m3r619 says:

    How are these games going to blow our minds when most of us can't afford the VR gear required to play them?

    • pfrances says:

      The same way people enjoyed the Atari system when it came out, or a PC in the 90's, or any emerging technology when it first comes out. Save up and buy it.

      I bought a Vive and i'm neither rich nor in debt. It wasn't THAT expensive. I pay more than double the amount on beer in a given year.

      PS, this list needs Hover Junkers for the Vive.

    • whatever says:

      don't be poor then. work hard, save money buy yourself a good pc and htc vive. jesus. you even blame people for being poor.

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  • bastanley11 says:

    yoooo i just got this VR racing game its crazy real!!!! i want a ferrari so bad now, heres the link if youre interested also i paid original price but theyve got it marked waaay down right now, coolest game ever

    • Satanski says:

      This game is utter shit. Dont listen to this PR clown.

  • friendlyOctopus says:

    Hi everyone, just wanted to invite you take a quick look at Cloudrift - it's a very popular VR arcade game :)

  • Da_Wait_iZ_oVa says:

    Yeah battle dome is number one no question..... why is it not on this list?   battle dome does not get the publicity it deserves and i dont understand why it is the only vr game that feel like a full game...other than cosmic trip i could play that for hours ...but sadly still waiting on more levels

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