Meta Quest 2, previously known as Oculus Quest 2 before Facebook’s name change to Meta, is one of the current top VR headsets to use right now. Particularly because of its coveted standalone feature that allows you to connect to a PC wirelessly or with a USB cable, you don’t always feel confined to your gaming chair and controller while gaming. Since Meta Quest 2’s launch in October 2022, nearly 10 million Quest 2 headsets have been sold, with a whopping market share inching toward 50% of total VR headset usage on Steam. Basically, it’s no secret that Meta Quest 2 is shifting the world on its axis as far as virtual reality is concerned. If you haven’t already gotten yourself one, you’re probably considering it.
Now, what comes after purchase is choosing which games to play out of the sea of games available on the Oculus Store right now. Specifically, there are over 200 titles available on Meta Quest 2, with more varied ones to come. Some are free to play, while others may require buying. Regardless of each person’s taste in virtual reality, whether workouts, art, adventure, or more, there is a remedy. The question is what the best is. Well, why not start off with these best Meta Quest 2 games right now? Rest assured, these won’t disappoint.
Both Moss: Book I and Moss: Book II are stellar narratives. It didn’t make sense to choose one over the other because the sequel picks up the story from the first. In the first game, you play as a mouse called Quill, whose charm just draws you in over the course of his adventure. It won’t be an easy adventure, thanks to a myriad of obstacles, some in the form of puzzles and others in the form of fearsome critters wanting to kill you.
The second game takes things a notch higher with a longer, stronger narrative. It also innovates the gameplay, adding new mechanics and environments, so the adventure is more fulfilling. While the levels are miniature ones fit for a mouse, the world is much more grand and filled with character, with Quill’s swordplay serving as the icing on the cake.
4. The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners
I doubt I know of any Walking Dead adaptation that sucked. Do you? In fact, they almost always hit the mark in any shape or form they’re adapted into. So you almost feel confident the virtual reality one won’t fail you. And, true to its word, it doesn’t. The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners transports you into an immersive survival horror experience where your only way out is to sneak, shoot, and scavenge like your life depends on it because it does.
Zombies crawl every nook and cranny in New Orleans with one goal in mind. They look even more surreal in VR, with the environments and guns handed to you just the same. As you grip onto your weapon, forging on guns blazing could mean running out of ammo, so you choose to use stealth. But even stealth could make navigating these lands that much more difficult.
In short, the combat's physics, whether it’s wrestling with hordes of zombies or firing a weapon, is as accurate as you could ever imagine them to be. You get immersed into the game fully as you go through a lengthy campaign featuring side missions across New Orleans's remains. What more can you ask for?
3. Population: One
If you’ve played Fortnite, you should have an easier transition into Population: One, a battle royale of 18 people per match. While you’re free to loot a variety of firearms and other weapons, all players are given a wingsuit and a grappling hook to start.
These come in handy from the moment you’re dropped onto the map to how fast you fight against other players and the environment itself. You don’t always have to stay on the ground, either. You can glide using your wingsuit, climb the city walls, or even fly and explore larger sections at a time.
2. Superhot VR
Sometimes, you just want to let off some steam and shoot some bad guys in first-person, no exploration or narratives involved. If that’s you, then Superhot VR is your guy, thanks to its sole focus on the John Wick and Jason Bourne types of adrenaline-fueled combat.
Unlike other games, Superhot VR’s time moves with you. So, if you freeze, the world freezes too, and if you move, the world moves with you. It’s all stellar given the moments when combat may feel slugged versus when everything jolts back to life. Consequently, preparedness could make the difference between survival and a one-shot kill.
1. Half-Life: Alyx
Half-Life: Alyx is perhaps the only full-fledged AAA VR campaign that comes pretty close to the level of detail, interaction, storytelling, setting, and more essential gameplay elements offered by The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. The stakes are high in this game, as the fate of humanity lies in your hands.
Playing as Alyx Vance in Half-Life: Alyx transports you into a brilliantly evoked VR-exclusive experience. At your disposal are gravity gloves you use to pull stuff toward and away from you. You also solve puzzles that ingeniously make use of VR’s three-dimensional technology. Oh, and the first-person gunplay is to die for, too, fighting against the Combine forces all across City 17.
So, yes. This isn’t the Half-Life 3 sequel fans were expecting. However, Half-Life: Alyx more than makes up for it with a stellar narrative, satisfying gameplay curated for VR, and an overall immersive experience incomparable to most other games on Meta Quest 2. The only small caveat is that you’ll need to hardwire the Meta Quest 2 headset to your PC to play it, which is hardly an inconvenience soon after you first step foot in its world.