The Best-Reviewed VR Games of All Time

Virtual reality games have become increasingly popular in recent years. With the introduction of affordable VR headsets like the Oculus Quest 2 (also known as the Meta Quest 2) and PlayStation VR, games in virtual reality have gained traction among veteran gamers and new gamers alike. But which VR titles are worth buying?

The VR Space team looked at ratings of virtual games from review website Metacritic to determine the best VR gaming titles available.

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Virtual Reality Games With the Best Ratings

Based on Metacritic ratings, which aggregate reviews from trusted critics and websites, these are some of the best VR games available:

Rank

Game

Type

Metacritic Rating

Year Released

1

Half-Life: Alyx

Action, Adventure

93

2020

1

Beat Saber

Rhythm

93

2019

3

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission

Action, Adventure

90

2018

3

Tetris Effect

Puzzle

90

2018

5

Lone Echo

Action, Adventure

89

2017

5

Dreams

Sandbox

89

2020

5

Rez Infinite

Action, Adventure, Shooter

89

2017

8

Asgard’s Wrath

Action, Adventure

88

2019

8

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Action, Adventure

88

2016

10

Ragnarock

Action, Rhythm

87

2021

10

Until You Fall

Action

87

2020

10

Raw Data

Action, Shooter

87

2017

13

Thumper

Action, Rhythm

86

2016

14

Resident Evil 4 VR

Action, Adventure

85

2021

14

Gorn

Action

85

2019

14

Ghost Giant

Adventure

85

2020

17

Statik

Adventure, Puzzle

84

2017

17

Polybius

Action, Shooter

84

2017

19

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Action, Adventure

83

2017

19

Superhot VR

Action, Shooter

83

2017

19

Pistol Whip

Action, Shooter

83

2020

19

Demeo

Strategy

83

2021

19

I Expect You to Die 2

Adventure, Puzzle

83

2021

19

Synth Riders

Action, Rhythm

83

2019

25

L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files

Adventure

82

2017

25

Tekken 7

Action

82

2017

25

Pixel Ripped 1995

Adventure

82

2020

28

Arizona Sunshine

Action, Shooter

81

2016

28

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR

RPG

81

2018

28

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

Action, Adventure

81

2020

What Is the Best VR Game?

Based on the reviews, Half Life: Alyx and Beat Saber are the best virtual reality games available, with both earning Metacritic scores of 93. Half Life: Alyx is an action-adventure game that both fans of the Half Life franchise and new players will enjoy. Gamers play the role of Alyx Vance, who is humanity’s only chance to survive against an alien race called the Combine. The game includes puzzle-solving, exploration of the environment, and combat. It’s available to play on VR headsets like the Valve Index and HTC Vive. Its great reviews show that it’s one of the best VR headset games on the market.

Beat Saber is another incredibly popular VR game that received high ratings. This is a VR rhythm game that challenges players to slice blocks with virtual sabers in time to music. It has expanded by offering several downloadable content packages to add more songs to the game, including packages of songs by Green Day, Lady Gaga, Linkin Park, and more. It won a number of awards in 2019, including the Game Awards’ Best VR/AR Game, the Golden Joystick Awards’ Best VR/AR Game, and the SXSW Gaming Awards’ VR Game of the Year.

The Best PlayStation VR Games

The PlayStation VR (PSVR) also has a number of offerings that have received great reviews. The best-reviewed game on the PSVR is Astro Bot: Rescue Mission. It received a Metacritic score of 90 and got positive reviews from gaming websites like IGN and GameCritics. Astro Bot: Rescue Mission is a PSVR exclusive that requires players to assume the role of Astro and save fellow bots that are scattered all over space. It is generally regarded as the best VR game for the PSVR.

Dreams is another game available on the PSVR that has received rave reviews. In the game, players control a character who can take control of elements in the environment and manipulate objects in the universe. Players can explore environments created by the community or try their hand at making their own. Dreams won the Best VR/AR Game award at 2020’s Game Awards and continues to get positive reviews.

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