Ready Player One: 12 virtual reality games as good as the Oasis

You’ve seen Ready Player One, and you can’t imagine anything better than a real-life OASIS. Fortunately, today’s virtual reality gaming really is the next best thing, and there’s never been a better time to try it out. From putting you in the middle of exhilarating firefights to letting you explore distant galaxies, the technology is capable of making gaming more immersive than ever before.
If you’re not sure where to begin, have a look at the 12 experiences we’ve lined up below that are a great showcase for what VR can do!

Robo Recall

From the creators of Fortnite, Robo Recall is a bold, brilliant shooter. You’re hunting down defective robots and dismantling them however you see fit. Maybe it’s ripping their heads off or just blasting them with pistols… However you do it, it’s just as fun as hunting down Victory Royales!

Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Have you ever wanted to step onto the bridge of the USS Enterprise? How about working as part of its crew to take the iconic ship for a spin? That’s what Star Trek: Bridge Crew offers and it’s a stellar space odyssey.


Project CARS 2

The PC version of the realistic racer supports Oculus Rift and Vive, which is a transformative experience. Whether you’re skidding across ice in Sweden or smoothly gliding around the Nurburgring, you feel like you’re actually behind the wheel of these beautiful cars.

Resident Evil 7

There’s horror and then there’s the sheer nightmare fuel that is the Baker family in Resident Evil 7. Playing this in VR might leave you with nightmares, but it’s worth it to see the Louisiana hellhouse that is the Baker’s mansion up close and personal.

Statik

This indie puzzler mixes Portal with Saw, as you figure out fiendish conundrums as a part of a faceless doctor’s tests. Its inventive use of the DualShock 4 is just as clever as its eerie narrative.

Superhot VR

Superhot’s twist on the FPS formula is that time only moves when you do. Translating its distinctive art style and ideas to VR only makes the overall experience better, as you John Wick your way through waves of enemies.

Lone Echo

This arresting sci-fi adventure has you stepping onto a spaceship on the far reaches of our galaxy, and it’s a zero-gravity treat. Plus, it was made for Oculus’ Touch controllers, which adds an extra layer of immersion to the game.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

This multiplayer gem has an ingenious premise: there’s a bomb that only the player in VR can see. Meanwhile, everyone else is working from a set of instructions on how to defuse the intricate explosive. Close communication and nerves of steel are required to neutralise the bothersome bombshell.

Skyrim VR

It’s Skyrim, just in VR. The same amazing world, the same awesome dragons, and the same breathtaking scenery, just with you at the centre of it. You’ve not seen Tamriel until you’ve seen it in VR.

Farpoint

You’re far away from home with only a PS VR Aim controller and your wits to save you from waves of alien bugs. This sci-fi shooter mixes scintillating set-pieces with a great story that lingers long in the memory.

Batman: Arkham VR

Does the idea of being Batman appeal to you? Of course it does. Who wouldn’t want to don the fearsome cape and cowl? This brilliant murder mystery has you hunting down a killer who is picking off Bat’s friends, but all is not what it seems…

Beat Saber

Think Guitar Hero, but instead of guitars you get lightsabers. Dual-wield your laser swords and slash your way through a rhythmic stream of shiny boxes, nabbing bonus points for moves executed with particular style. The song list is always expanding, but if there’s a specific song you’ve always wanted to laser-sword-smash your way through, feel free to import your own.