Best Meta Quest 2 and Quest 3 games 2024

The Best Action VR Games

Most VR games tend to keep their gameplay slow and methodical because anything fast-paced can cause motion sickness. But that doesn't mean your VR game library should only contain the equivalent of arthouse films. You want action, adventure, and excitement! These VR action games deliver these in bucketloads.

Asgard's Wrath 2

Sometimes, a game is so good you can hardly believe it exists. Asgard's Wrath 2 is one such game, and while you may not know the name very well right now, you'll definitely remember it from here on out.

Simply put, Asgard's Wrath 2 is the best VR game ever made. It's a massive 100+ hour-long RPG filled to the brim with combat, loot, exploration, puzzles, mini-games, and even a roguelike game-within-a-game. Big-name voice actors fill the game with superb dialog, and the score is both epic and memorable in a way seldom seen in VR.

As you might guess from the name, the game's story roots itself deeply in Norse lore, but developer Sanzaru games already spent lots of time in the north of Europe in the first game. This time around, you'll be following Loki to a much warmer realm down in ancient Egypt where the gods are big and the lands are even bigger.

You'll explore a total of four different realms, each of which introduces a new playable character. Each character can traverse through the realms, helping to add some Metroidvania-like exploration qualities to the already massive game. During your travels, you'll also meet five companions, each of which has their own set of moves and can be transformed into a helper or a mount at any time.

As you progress through the game, you'll earn experience points that can be spent on massive skill trees for upgrades. But it's not just each character that has a skill tree. Each companion has its own skill tree, as well, encouraging players to explore the procedurally-generated Uncharted Rifts regularly, or just scour the landscape in search of monster dens and Loki anomalies to pillage.

There's nothing bigger or more robust in VR than Asgard's Wrath 2.

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Asgard's Wrath 2

This Meta Quest exclusive is one of the best VR games you can buy. Gameplay is quite fun and there's plenty of stuff to do to keep you entertained for hours on end.

Buy now at Quest store

Assassin's Creed Nexus VR

A return to Assassin's Creed roots, with a 30-hour campaign and full freedom of movement

If you told me a few years ago that we would have a full and proper Assassin's Creed VR game on the Meta Quest platform, I would have said you were a liar. Fast-forward a few years to the Meta Quest 3's debut and, somehow, here we are.

Assassin's Creed Nexus VR is the return to roots the series has needed after straying so far from the original formula for the past several entries. The game focuses on climbing, parkour, stealth, and, of course, assassination, all while wrapping the action around a compelling storyline.

You'll jump in the shoes of a hacker helping the Templars retrieve pieces of an ancient computer from memories stored in Abstergo's cloud. But a computer that can tell the future and give the Templars full control is too much for the Assassins, and you get hired on as a double agent bent on deleting the key components of the memories to hide this computer forever.

Play as Conor, Ezio, and Kassandra as you make your way through 2,500 years of human history in over 15 memories, each of which takes place in a different location. The first tie you climb up a Venetian building and parkour off its roof to the adjacent building, you'll immediately feel at home. This is the game we wanted, and it's not some nonsense spin-off or on-the-rails experience, either.

This is Assassin's Creed VR.

Assassin's Creed Nexus VR

Assassin's Creed Nexus VR

The first major VR Assassin's Creed Game is a masterpiece that sets the bar for stealth action-adventure titles in VR, exclusively available on Meta Quest headsets.

Buy from: Meta Quest

Barbaria

Caesar hopes you are thoroughly entertained

For years, GORN has been the darling child of VR gamers who wanted to relive the days of the Roman gladiators. But GORN, in all its glory, is a pretty shallow game that stops being fun the moment you’ve exhausted all the gruesome ways to kill your enemies. Thankfully, Barbaria came along and not only honed in all the great parts of GORN’s combat system but also added some brains to the equation.

Barbaria is an “asynchronous multiplayer game” which means that your actions in the game are “recorded” and played back for other players. In this case, you’ll be assaulting other players’ bases and attempting to get through their defenses to capture the power crystals scattered throughout. Your earnings from these raids will allow you to earn and purchase defenses for your own realm which, you guessed it, will get raided by other players when you’re not playing.

This makes Barbaria a fascinating mix of action, fighting, puzzle, and tower defense. Any time you raid another player’s base — or complete one of the story levels created by the developers — you can take first-person control of your barbarian or zoom out and control things from a bird’s eye view, and even use magic as a huge demi-god to turn the tide of battle.

Like GORN, Barbaria is brutal and often grotesque, earning that M rating every time you chop a goblin’s head off and attach it to the end of your war axe. The physics-based combat works incredibly well and the weapons never feel overly heavy or light. You'll also be regularly surprised at how enemies can interact with the environment, both with their own actions and by being thrown into something clever.

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This ultra-violent gladiator simulator tones things down with a cartoony art style and humorous concept of physics, but it's not just action that's fun. This one has a full-fledged RPG packed inside with asynchronous multiplayer that'll have you raiding (and being raided) by other gamers. Get those traps ready!

Buy at Oculus

Blade & Sorcery: Nomad

Medieval duels backed by a realistic physics engine

One of the most popular PC VR games, Blade & Sorcery is a giant sandbox where you fight foes with swords, bows and arrows, or magical attacks. Its popularity stems from the realistic physics engine, which lets you parry or deflect attacks and ensures your weapons don't just teleport through foes.

Now it is available untethered on the Quest 2 with Blade & Sorcery: Nomad, so your duels to the death can become fully roomscale. Plus, it adds a new procedurally generated Dungeons mode in which you traverse through different environments, vanquishing foes, collecting loot, and leveling up your skills. This port will even allow you to use mods, which creative gamers have used to add foes from Star Wars, Marvel, and other popular brands.

Nick described B&S combat as a "balanced mix of 'video gamey' and semi-realistic that feels just right in his review. The Goldilocks of VR weapon handling, if you will," in his review. He praised the game for its variety of weapons and mostly bug-free gameplay. It's impressive that developer Warpfrog managed to make the game work with the Quest's limited hardware at all, and it's been a blast to play so far. —Michael Hicks

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Blade & Sorcery: Nomad

A medieval fantasy sandbox with melee, ranged, and magic combat driven by a realistic physics engine. Warpfrog pulled off some wizardry of its own to make Blade & Sorcery work on a portable headset like the Quest.

Buy from: Oculus

Budget Cuts Ultimate

The robots have finally taken over

You might just be a paper-pusher at TransCorp, but you quickly find out that you're seemingly the last human working at the massive conglomeration. One day, you receive a mysterious call at your desk that you're the next — and last — to go. Armed with only your teleportation gun and whatever "letter openers" you can find lying around, you must sneak your way up to the top of the building to discover what happened to your fellow colleagues and stop a dastardly plan to erase humans.

Budget Cuts was one of the first VR games to take advantage of roomscale VR movement. It does stealth better than any other VR game, even if some of the mechanics feel a tiny bit dated compared to more recent releases like Espire 2. After all, this is a Quest port of PCVR games that came out several years ago when VR headsets were tethered to expensive PCs and controllers were far simpler.

In the first half — which is actually the first Budget Cuts game — you'll traverse through office buildings, hide behind (and under) desks, and crawl through air vents. The sense of presence in this building is unparalleled, and you'll soon find yourself sticking your face on your floor to peer down through the ceiling in the game. It's wild.

The second half takes the formula to new heights with bigger environments, more weapons, and even scarier robots. You'll also finally figure out who that voice is on the other side of the phone — a twist I certainly didn't see coming.

Budget Cuts Ultimate is a perfect port of a near-perfect VR game and includes additional ways to play once you beat the story. Mutators modify the gameplay and add significant replay value to an already pair of incredible games, and Budget Cuts Arcade provides interesting side missions that score you based on your stealthiness. Can you get the highest score? —Nick Sutrich

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Budget Cuts Ultimate

This unique stealth action-adventure game combines two of the best PCVR games into one neat, cohesive package. Sneak through vents, hide under desks, and take out the bad robots before they finish erasing all of humanity.

Buy from Quest Store

In Death: Unchained

This roguelite is a heavenly romp through the gates of Hell

When it launched on the PC as In Death in 2018, many players proclaimed it their favorite VR game. Unfortunately, developer Sólfar Studios couldn't keep it updated and later transferred the rights to Superbright, which now runs the Oculus Quest version of the title. The subtitle of In Death: Unchained is a duality in itself, referring both to the freeing nature of untethered VR that's brought about on the Quest platform and the never-ending quest in the game to top the leaderboards with ever-improving skills.

Like most roguelites, In Death: Unchained features a procedurally generated world that's never quite the same round after round. Set in three main areas of a godless afterlife, players will find themselves fighting through levels with a bow as their main weapon and the ability to fight melee if the need arises. The bow isn't just used to kill enemies, though; it's also an excellent means of traversal, thanks to a special arrow that works as a teleportation device. Skilled players will use this movement in tandem with free-moving joystick controls to outsmart enemies and bosses alike, all with gorgeous visuals and compelling boss fights.

In Death: Unchained, unlike its predecessor, has been updated and even overhauled several times now to change things up and keep the action fresh for veteran players. The move to seasonal content has also proven quite successful for the game and its players. In fact, it was among the first batch of games that was heavily updated to support the Oculus Quest 2's significantly enhanced processing power, a testament to Superbright's dedication to the game. —Nick Sutrich

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In Death: Unchained

In Death: Unchained is a roguelite that drops players in a relentless procedurally-generated realm of the afterlife, testing their bow skills as much as their persistence.

Buy from: Oculus

Iron Man VR

Take to the skies and become an avenger!

VR is all about letting you go to places or be someone you could never be in real life. That's exactly why Iron Man VR is so dang amazing! Many Quest games will transport you to another place or time, but few games are able to make you feel like a completely different person altogether.

Embody Tony Stark and don the famous Iron Man suit in this action-adventure game that spans 8-10 hours with an original story and movie-quality voice acting and script writing. There's nothing quite like Tony's one-liners, and you'll hear plenty of quips and puns along with snarky replies as you make your way through the story. And don't worry, there are plenty of things to unlock and upgrade, including new suit abilities and entirely different suits altogether.

Iron Man VR's controls are wholly unique, as well. You'll be using each controller to propel yourself around each level with Iron Man's palm-mounted rocket thrusters, giving you the real feeling of flying anywhere you want. When you're not on a mission you can chill at Tony's bougie Malibu home and tinker around in the garage with the Iron Man suit thanks to your AI companion Gunsmith and his brilliant inventions. But will they be enough to stop the Ghost? You owe it to yourself to find out! —Nick Sutrich

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Iron Man VR

Become Tony Stark and solve the riddle of the Ghost, a sinister character from Tony's past who is hellbent on destroying Tony and his legacy.

Buy from: Oculus

SUPERHOT

It's like the first time you saw The Matrix, but you're Neo

Chances are, if you're a gamer who loves first-person shooters, you've probably played one of the two SUPERHOT games. Our SUPERHOT: Mind Control Delete review conveyed just how much better the SUPERHOT formula is with the replayability of a roguelike, but if you thought that was amazing, you wouldn't believe what SUPERHOT is like in VR. This isn't just some ordinary shooter in VR; it's a game that's been redesigned from the ground up with VR in mind, all while utilizing a concept that's wholly unique to SUPERHOT.

SUPERHOT VR takes place in the dungeon-like computer room of a hacker — you — who utilizes floppies and a VR headset to hack into some obfuscated system. While it's not directly explained, the story looks to be a direct extension of what you'll experience in other SUPERHOT games, and, indeed, the developers consider this game the second in the SUPERHOT series (and the fourth may be in VR, as well).

When you play it, you immediately understand what physical presence can lend to a concept like SUPERHOT. Sure, the base mechanics are the same — time moves when you move, so choose your movements wisely — but extending this concept to your actual body is what makes all the difference. When an enemy shoots at you, you can completely freeze time to make your next strategic move by simply not moving your arms. This doesn't just make you feel like Neo from The Matrix; it makes you feel utterly invincible.

There's nothing quite like mastering the ability to toss weapons to the next story area, only to catch them mid-air and take out enemies in an unexpected way. It's truly super hot — and super required to play if you've got an Oculus Quest 2. —Nick Sutrich

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SUPERHOT

When you stop moving, time stops moving. Use that tactic to achieve greatness, the likes of which you could never before have imagined in this unique first-person shooter.

Buy from: Oculus

Until You Fall

Either you'll fall, or your arms will fall off

Until You Fall is a unique take on the hack-and-slash roguelite genre. Taking thematic elements from high-fantasy epics like Lord of the Rings and injecting it with a thick serum of Tron-like neon highlights, Until You Fall will have your jaw on the floor with its stylistic beauty, up until the moment the first enemy makes you drop to the floor. Then, as the name implies, you'll battle your way through enemy after enemy until you fall. Then, you respawn back in the hub to upgrade your character and do it all over again.

Until You Fall utilizes seriously realistic physics modeling that makes you feel like you're actually swinging the weapons you wield. There's something trippy about feeling like you're fighting with a giant neon-drenched ax, and Until You Fall nails that feeling with every single swing and block. Enemies will ruthlessly attack you in groups, and the end of each section brings the choice of one randomized power-up to reward you with.

Players will make their way through dozens of levels, separated by three tiers of difficulty, color, and enemy types, battling bosses at the end and collecting Aether. This ethereal currency is used to make those weapons even more brutal, giving you the edge in battle — once you muster up enough patience, that is. The question is, which part of you will fall first, your mind or your body? Until You Fall will challenge both. —Nick Sutrich

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Until You Fall

Until You Fall will test your patience and your body, willing to break at least one in this action-packed hack-and-slash roguelite.

Buy from: Oculus

Michael L Hicks
Senior Editor, VR/AR and fitness

Michael is Android Central's resident expert on fitness tech and wearables, with an enthusiast's love of VR tech on the side. After years freelancing for Techradar, Wareable, Windows Central, Digital Trends, and other sites on a variety of tech topics, AC has given him the chance to really dive into the topics he's passionate about. He's also a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves D&D, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings.


For wearables, Michael has tested dozens of smartwatches from Garmin, Fitbit, Samsung, Apple, COROS, Polar, Amazfit, and other brands, and will always focus on recommending the best product over the best brand. He's also completed marathons like NYC, SF, Marine Corps, Big Sur, and California International — though he's still trying to break that 4-hour barrier.

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