Virtual reality technology offers a wide range of experiences, especially for gamers. With big names in the game like Sony Interactive Entertainment, Oculus VR, and Samsung Gear VR, players have access to some of the best games ever made. Here’s our list of the top 10 virtual reality games of 2022 (in no particular order).
Astro Bot Rescue Mission (PSVR)
This vibrant action-platformer puts you in command of Astro, a cute, blue-eyed robot tasked with rescuing his mechanical comrades strewn across space. The game features 20 story levels packed with platforming puzzles, spectacular bosses, and 26 additional challenges to complete, providing plenty of content to keep you interested for a long time. The VR improves the platforming action by providing beautifully detailed, 360-degree environments as well as unique VR targeting features including a hook shot, water gun, throwing stars, and other secondary weapons.
Batman: Arkham VR (Oculus Rift; PS VR; HTC Vive)
Batman: Arkham VR is a lot like the original games, you now have the chance to immerse yourself in the life of Batman. The game allows you to travel around Gotham City, throw Bat-arangs, and even solve crimes on the famous Batcomputer. This is a must-have for superhero fans.
Beat Saber (HTC Vive; Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift and Rift S; PlayStation VR; Valve Index; Windows Mixed Reality)
Beat Saber is an action-packed rhythm game. Similar to previous music games like Audiosurf, Guitar Hero, and Rock Band, you slash your way through a song with virtual laser swords instead of controlling a virtual ship or utilizing fake instruments. Beat Saber generates patterns of color-coded blocks that you must smash with the right or left controller as they slide toward you as the music plays. Obstacles will also arise, requiring you to duck or slide away.
Pistol Whip (PSVR, PC)
Pistol Whip, inspired by acclaimed action films such as John Wick and Equilibrium, combines the pulse-pounding excitement of a rhythm game with explosive first-person shooter gameplay. To become the ultimate action hero, you must go through a cinematic bullet hell propelled by an epic EDM soundtrack.
L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files (HTC Vive)
Bring out your inner detective in this crime-action game. L.A. Noire offers gamers the chance to solve crimes in a much more immersive experience compared to its previous console versions. You’ll need to gather clues and interview suspects, just like in the original, depending on whether you believe they’re speaking the truth or lying to you.
Resident Evil 7 (PSVR)
Resident Evil is one of the world’s most popular horror game franchises, and this time they decided to take it up a notch and bring their seventh installment in the game series to virtual reality. The game has you exploring the Louisiana bayou and Baker family home in VR which is a unique way to enjoy the game, and it may be superior to playing on a TV or monitor. The game world is filled with details to investigate and tragedies to behold, so the immersive VR viewpoint compliments the terror wonderfully.
Lone Echo VR (Oculus Quest; Oculus Rift and Rift S)
Lone Echo’s character-driven tale satisfies that role-playing craving. The sci-fi atmosphere, fluid movement, and exploration-oriented gameplay combine to create an excellent single-player experience. Lone Echo is set on a space station orbiting Saturn’s rings, and it offers photorealistic visuals, freeform mobility, and superbly tuned VR controls. It also includes interactive dialogue options for shaping the story.
Iron Man VR (PSVR)
Here’s one of the best, if not the best, virtual reality games for pretending to be a member of the Avengers. Players gain control of the Iron Man suit, looking through its famous HUD, overcoming obstacles in the environment, and punching and firing energy blasts to defeat their opponents. Back at base, you can alter your suit (still in first-person), giving you a distinct perspective on Tony Stark.
Minecraft VR (Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality; Gear VR)
For those who are unfamiliar, Minecraft is a low-poly exploration, creation, and survival game all bundled into one. The game adds 3D audio, a virtual living room mode (for a view from the first-person perspective), VR Turning (snaps head swiveling motions to increments to reduce confusion), and VR Controls to the VR platform (makes in-game tasks easier to manage). Minecraft VR includes multiplayer modes, allowing you to share the experience with your friends.
Moss (Oculus Rift; PS VR; HTC Vive)
An enchanted book transports you to a wonderful world in this adventure game. You will also accompany a mouse named Quill on her adventure to save her uncle and the kingdom. VR allows you to alter the environment, solve puzzles, battle adversaries, and explore beautiful, quirky landscapes.
How to Get Started
Before purchasing any of these top 10 VR games, you must first determine which system it is intended for. Some are only available on the PC, PlayStation, Meta, or other headsets, so don’t get too enthusiastic about a game you won’t be able to play.
Virtual reality technology is changing the way we look at games, from motion controls, eye tracking, and even motion sickness prevention, it’s really the next best thing.
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