The 9 Best Vive Games to Play Right Now

by David Jagneaux • December 31st, 2017

Now that the HTC Vive has been out for a while, we’ve seen a tremendous amount of content flow onto Valve’s flagship VR headset. Hundreds of games live on Steam with HTC Vive support, although it’s worth clarifying that the majority of them offer very little in the way of engaging content beyond a simple gameplay mechanic that’s fun for 30 minutes.

As a result, we feel the need to provide a definitive source with an up-to-date list regarding the very best Vive games that you can play right now. We’ll keep an eye on the VR gaming landscape and update this list over time, as appropriate, to better represent what’s available.

Obviously, it goes without saying that the first three Vive games you should play are the original three that came bundled with the Vive’s very first preorders: Tilt Brush, Job Simulator, and Fantastic Contraption. While these titles may not be bundled any longer, they’re still awesome demonstrations of what VR can accomplish by focusing on very specific concepts. Additionally, The Gallery: Episode 1 – Call of the Starseed, and Zombie Training Simulator were included with Vive bundles for a long time and also deserve recognition as being excellent games in their own right. Plus Google Earth VR, The Lab, and Rec Room are three of the best apps period, but since they’re totally free we opted to leave them off this list for now.

But this list is focused on games you don’t have access to out of the box. If you just got a Vive or are cruising for something to play, you already tried the bundle games. You want something more. And that’s where this list comes in.

None of these games come bundled with the device, prices will likely change depending on which week or month you’re reading this list, and chances are they’ll all receive updates and patches making them even better than they are today. But the fact remains that at the time of writing, these are the 9 must-play Vive games available right now, in no particular order.

Arizona Sunshine (Our Review)

If you’ve ever sat around with your friends and played, “How would we survive the zombie apocalypse?” then Arizona Sunshine is a must play. Developer Vertigo Games transports you directly into the sun bleached deserts of Arizona. The landscapes would be quite beautiful if they weren’t crawling with legions of the undead.

Armed with only a handful of firearms you’ll need to scavenge for food, ammunition, and shelter as you make your way through the infested landscape in search of refuge from the endless hordes. Arizona Sunshine‘s gameplay is visceral and satisfying with a wonderfully voiced protagonist and a story that makes you feel the desperation that comes at the end of the world.

There are also difficulty modes that scale the zombie damage and ammo scarcity. These culminate in the almost impossible to beat “Apocalyptic Mode” which will make you think hard before taking every shot. The online horde mode is a blast with friends and the gunplay and reload mechanics keep you feeling actively involved in your own survival.

In a market flooded with Zombie shooters Arizona Sunshine stands a decapitated head and shoulders above the rest.

Raw Data (Our Review)

Raw Data is what happens when a group of game developers get together and posit a virtual world where all of the protagonists get to be super-powered, cyborg-killing, badass heroes. It can be easy to brush this one off as “just another wave shooter,” but that would be a gross oversimplification of the game. You don’t just face off against robots and call it a day, but instead move around the environment and set up defenses, dodge attacks, and more.

What makes Raw Data so great though is that you’re not just fighting these robots by yourself, but you can do so in cooperative multiplayer with friends or random people over the internet. The multitude of different classes — such as a pistol-wielder and sword-wielder — lend a lot of variety to the experience. With more classes coming, as well as more missions, powers, and enemies, this is easily one of the most polished and robust wave shooters on the market.

Plus it has PvP now!


LA Noire: The VR Case Files (Our Review)

As the winner of our 2017 Vive Game of the Year Award, it was only appropriate that we commemorate the occasion by adding the title to our Best Vive Games list as well!

In LA Noire VR you take on the role of Cole Phelps as you explore 1940s-era Los Angeles solving crimes, inspecting crime scenes, and interrogating people. The massive, sprawling city is one of the largest sandboxes in VR to date and it sports some of the best, most immersive visuals we’ve seen.

It’s not a perfect game, but it’s a strong indicator of the direction VR is headed if AAA game studios like Rockstar are getting involved with adapting their IPs to the VR format.

Onward (Tips Guide)

This is the hardcore VR shooter for hardcore VR gamers. If you grew up playing games like Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, SOCOM, and other similar tactical military shooters, then you’ll feel right at home in Onward. It has much more in common with the grueling teamwork of those games than the run-and-gun hip firing found in modern shooters like Call of Duty, and it was all created by one guy.

From holding your rifle with both hands and using your walkie talkie on your shoulder, to pulling out your knife to sneak up on an opponent, Onward is the visceral, realistic VR game many people have been waiting for. It uses full roomscale tracking with motion controllers and artificial locomotion attached to the trackpad — no teleporting here. The community is healthy and fun, making this one of the clear standout titles for the HTC Vive so far.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew (Our Review)

Dreams become reality when you strap on a VR headset and jump into Star Trek: Bridge Crew’s version of the final frontier. You and up to three other people from all around the world with full cross-platform multiplayer on the Rift, Vive, and PSVR can all join in together and go on epic voyages through the stars.

You can play the role of Captain, Helmsman, Tactical Officer, or Engineer, as each role is in charge of various commands and subsystems onboard the ship. When you play with a full crew it’s an exhilarating adventure and easily ranks among the best multiplayer VR games to date.

Superhot VR (Our Review)

SUPERHOT VR is a pure, distilled, injection of unadulterated adrenaline that will get your blood pumping just as quickly as time stops in the game itself. With every movement you make, time creeps forward ever so slightly, and everything from the level design to the way it feels to dodge a series of bullets in slow-motion is orchestrated to reinforce the core ideals of the experience. From start to finish it plays out like a fantasy ripped from the screen of every action movie; an indulgent cacophony of visual and gameplay excitement.

This is easily one of the best titles available for Rift with Touch and the recent Forever update makes it even better with expanded game modes, more challenges, and an improved sense of replayability.

The Gallery: Episodes 1 & 2 (Ep. 1 Review, Ep. 2 Review)

These two go hand in hand and should be experienced in sequential order. The Gallery is building towards becoming one of the best, most intimate narratives experienced in VR thus far and does an excellent job of showing how the “adventure” genre has evolved over the years to allow for something beautiful and emotional.

You can get through each episode in just a handful of hours but you’ll be left with your jaw on the floor after it’s all over. We can’t wait to see where the story goes next.

Island: 359 (Our Impressions)

It’s really a damn shame. But it seems like, in the year 2016, people have mostly forgotten how terrifying dinosaurs can be. They’ve been replaced mostly with zombies as the go-to monstrosity of choice, but little else can match the ferocity and terror from the roar of a towering T-Rex. That’s something that Island: 359 not only captures, but revels in from start to finish. It may currently only be a fraction of its planned vision, but it’s already delivering on much of its core promise.

In Island: 359, you’re a mercenary dropped into a dangerous tropical jungle on the hunt for big, bad dinos. You’ll be tasked with venturing into the depths of the sprawling tree-laden wilderness — a massive area — complete with free quick-sprint teleportation movement. With a litany of guns, items, and other upgrades to find, you’ll spend your time upgrading as you advance through the jungle. But be careful: your bounty won’t count if you can’t make it back to the chopper for evacuation.

Project Cars 2 (Our Impressions)

How do you improve upon something that the developers themselves already set out to establish as “the ultimate driver journey” when it released in 2015? That’s what Project CARS from Slightly Mad Studios was supposed to be, an ultimate driving game that delivered on all fronts. Now with Project CARS 2 Slightly Mad Studios (and publisher Bandai Namco) wants to set the bar even higher.

The original Project CARS aimed to be a driving encyclopedia. The same is true of Project CARS 2, but it feels a little more confident in itself. There’s nothing game-changingly new here, but the game does deeper in an effort to give you more authenticity than ever before. This could be the best VR driving sim yet.

12/27/17 Update: Vanishing Realms has been removed from this list and replaced with LA Noire VR.

11/23/17 Update: Redout, AirMech, The Brookhaven Experiment, and Chair in a Room: Greenwater have been retired from this list and replaced with SuperhotVR, Star Trek: Bridge Crew, The Gallery Episodes 1 & 2, and Project Cars 2.

4/5/2017 Update: The Lab and Rec Room have been retired from the formal list and added to the intro section of free titles. They were replaced by Arizona Sunshine and AirMech Command.

11/24/16 Update: Battle Dome and Hover Junkers have been retired from this list and replaced with Onward and Redout

8/30/16 Update: The Gallery was moved into the ‘bundle’ paragraph at the start of the article, while Unseen Diplomacy, Space Pirate Trainer, and #SelfieTennis have been retired. The list has also been expanded from 7 games to 9, opening up 2 new spots. In the 5 total vacant slots, we’ve added Raw Data, A Chair in a Room: Greenwater, Island: 359, Battle Dome, and Rec Room.

This article was originally published on 4/13/16.

Editor’s Note: Another version of this list, specifically focused on multiplayer games, has been retired and will no longer be updated. This list is our definitive collection of the overall best Vive games we’ve identified as of the last time the list was updated.

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  • unreal_ed

    I really have no idea why you keep saying that Hover Junkers is only fun if you have people to play with! It’s plenty fun with strangers! And theres always people online playing it!

    • By people I just meant generally, including strangers. And it’s a lot easier to find matches nowadays, but there are still pockets of emptiness occasionally.

      Just saying it’s great in multiplayer is all! 🙂

  • Usually people look down on self promotion but I think you deserve it! I love playing your table tennis game, it feels like I have my own table right in my living room. 😛

  • doublefrag

    The very best game was, is and will be “Elite Dangerous”! Ok, you can also play this game in 2D but VR ist very impressiv 😉

  • Leo Sapun

    You cant have a best of list without The Solus Project. I have most of these games and honestly other than the lab, NONE of them come close to Solus.

    • Now that the Vive integration works better, that’s a super solid pick. It’s definitely up there for sure.

      • Subnautica is very strong title and support Vive now

      • Randall Bateman

        Absolutely The Solus Project should be in this list. One of the few full games for VR. the family already has 20 hours and it keeps getting better. Highly immersive.

  • HordeZ deserves to be on that list.

    • Definitely a fun one. I had it on our multiplayer only list of Vive games, just missed the cut for the overall list in my opinion. Probably the best multiplayer zombie game on Vive right now though.

  • Kris Van de Vijver

    I agree with the titles on this list, really good games!
    A personal favorite that I don’t find often in these lists is Windlands.

    • Nick de Bruyker

      really? after 10mins i refunded it, it was the most awfull vr game i played so far, the controls were horrible and i just kept falling off random shit and the swinging system… dont even get me started

  • CaptainDingus

    Onward came out a couple days ago and has already surpassed most of the games on this list for me, and I’m not even a big milsim fan. If you’re a Vive owner looking for a quality shooter, definitely keep an eye on that one. Worth every penny.

  • Trooper

    I bought Pongwave and really enjoy it, I can’t play Table tennis for my life but I am getting better 🙂 I do recommend this game.

  • Trooper

    That is a great list, I have Island 359, Vanishing realms, the Lab and a good few other titles aswell, I have unfortunately had to refund a couple of titles as they just weren’t ready for release in my opinion (even though they were early access they were still a little unplayable).

    The Vive has literally changed my life as there are a lot of things I simply can’t do in real life, but I can get as close as I am going to get with the Vive. Greatest toy I own.

  • Hansibert Wurstler

    VRporize is missing!

  • Hansibert Wurstler
    • Trooper

      that was an unfinished project which is why not a single person has played it in the last two weeks. Maybe if the Dev went on a massive patching spree it will bring it upto the quality of some other titles.

  • Pulsar101

    Zombie Trainer Simulator belongs on this list. Its a lot more fun then it looks

    • We didn’t include any bundle titles on this list formally, but that game is specifically mentioned already in the opening.

      • Pulsar101

        Oh yea I forgot that added that to the bundle last week as mine never had it

  • Pistol Pete

    But where the heck is a working multiplayer????

  • freddy

    I almost missed “Hotdogs, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades” as I browsed on Steam. Despite it’s title and fanciful description, it is the most accurate real weapon simulation I have ever seen. It literally reduces how often I have to go to the shooting range, because it handles the physics of aiming, loading, unloading, racking, and safeties — on dozens of real-world weapons — so expertly. The developer clearly loves the game and there are early access upgrades and videos nearly every week.

    I can’t, exactly, call it a game. It only has a few (work in progress) areas that are truly video game-like (though the target presentation series are a great game for anyone who actually shoots firearms). Still, I spend 30 minutes a day in the game to keep real skills fresh.

    And sometimes just to fire a grenade launcher at a stack of watermelons.

  • RoJoyInc

    Dunno who made this pick – but I couldn’t disagree more. First – Job sim is a waste of drive space. I forced myself through a couple demos as it came with the VIVE. I wouldn’t have paid 1.99 for it. OK Vanishing Realms is good – I’ve had good fun with it so far… though I’ve yet to go back and continue where I left off the first time. (some outdoor area with archers shooting at me) I would give this a top 10. Battle Dome – didn’t inspire me to buy – but your review pointing out that you have to paint a path to walk in may make it interesting. The shots seem limp… but I’ll wait for a sale and then give it a try. Chair in a room? Can’t say it inspired me to buy either… I can’t comment. Brookhaven – a little repetitive ? (just alittle?) I have 3-4 minutes invested in it. (pass). 359? could be fun, waiting for a sale – as the demo video doesn’t show a polished title. (with poor lighting). Hover – was the biggest disappointment due to PRICE PAID. I have 15 minutes of play in it. repetitive shoot or be shot. Now I wonder – why titles like House of the Dying Sun didn’t make this cut. holo Ball, Assetto Corsa, Aerofly FS2… Adrift is quite impressive. Others – INBOUND, Solus… A-10, TRICKSTER VR. I think if I had only tried the titles you rate as the TOP 9 – I’d have sold my VIVE long ago = ( AND YES – ELITE AND DANGEROUS. THICK AIR!?

    • Nick de Bruyker

      elite dangerous is massive! but red out and windlands is literally the worsed VR titles i played so far, my top 3 atm is onward, raw data and elite dangerous

  • Martin Ekrogn Craft

    Yea. I think you should be one of the top 10. It’s really good made. The enviroment and music has a chilling effect. Graphic is better than the other pong games, and the physics seems to be accurate. It takes time to learn doe. But so does in real life xD

  • Paul Denlinger

    Almost all of these games only have enough entertainment value for about an hour or to show the experience off to someone who is trying VR for the first time.

    The fact of the matter is this. The VR market is getting DESTROYED with boring games.
    -Hardly any games have a good story if any.
    -There are far too many zombie games.
    -There are far too many wave shooters.
    -There are far too many games using that terrible, un-immersive, teleport system that literally no one I know enjoys. Even if it’s the “quick sprint” like in Island 359. It’s unnatural and reminds you that there is a VR headset on your face.

    The Lab: I love this game but it’s almost a little sad that even with ALL of the games that have come out, this is still able to make the top 9.
    Job Sim: How do you guys keep pushing this game? It’s fun for maybe 30 minutes.
    Raw Data: I have not tried it yet. The wave shooter aspect is keeping me away but I keep hearing it’s good so I’ll give it a shot.
    Vanishing Realms: This was the first game that I thought was actually going in the right direction though the game was FAR too easy, but I hear they have since updated the game to be harder, so I’ll have to go back to it.
    Battle Dome: FPS shooters with the Teleport system aren’t cool.
    Chair in the Room: No opinion
    Brookhaven: I played this game. I stood in the middle of a field and shot at the monsters coming at me in waves. In comparison to Horde Z, thisfelt disappointing. I wanted them to pop out from behind buildings and such but you get to watch them walk at you from a mile away. Horde Z is a much better game to show a first time VR player.
    Rec Room: Fantastic game, really. Just no depth.
    Island 359: I’m not sure how this even made your list. This game is incomplete and the AI are sooo dumb. Not to mention that all the dinosaurs run like REALLY slow. It’s not scary at all. It takes them like a full minute to get to you. Meanwhile you’re just unloading a clip of ammo into their face. There are also only like 3 different kinds of dinosaurs. Basically, if you’re looking for dinosaurs, just go play Ark Survival Evolved.
    Hover Junkers: It was pretty good.

    A game that SHOULD be on this list is Onward. Super immersive FPS military shooter with a good Locomotion system? Yes please. It’s the first game that I’ve actually put time into. 8 hours in the first day. I won’t say it’s 10/10 but it’s for SURE better than most of the garbage that’s out there right now.

    • I will have to buy Onward… a VR developer not afraid to use full locomotion. I too hate teleport and how devs have been bullied and scared into pandering to the nausea minority. While I understand nausea is a problem for a percentage… dumbing down all VR games for that percentage is not fair. Do we design real rollercoasters based on a percentage who are much more sensitive to motion? No.

    • Nick de Bruyker

      i dont have trouble with nausea but i like the teleporting alot more then locomotion, for some reason the teleporting feels more natural because your body is actually standing still and isnt moving, while using locomotion it completely disrupts the immersion just for the fact it feels like you are standing on a segway, its one of the reasons i didnt want to buy an oculus rift but with all the people complaining about it im scared they are gonna stop the teleporting 🙁 i gotta agree that onward is massive fun, but so is raw data. and if you are looking for a longer lasting VR game, try elite dangerous, i know its also playable without VR but its highly optimized to play in VR, and it also plays better that way

      • Ned Hoon

        I prefer teleporting as well but have to say the Lone Echo locomotion system has me interested.

    • Raw data is good in spite of the awful teleport. HordeZ is great. Island 359 I found boring… lacking scary dinosaurs and only able to run a few yards before tiring out – insane. Ark Evolved had broken VR support last time I looked and doesn’t support Vive anyway. Battledome has option for full locomotion I believe?

      Teleport games in general are a big turn off for me. I never have nausea so I hate that many games are being ruined because the developer panders only to the nausea clan.

  • Rehan Haque

    this looks awesome, bring it to the psvr please!

  • RationalThought

    Seriously not trying to start a flame war but were is the Oculus list? Got a best of PSVR, Gear and Vive but I want ideas/recommendations for the Oculus Rift?

  • Filmgeek47

    IMHO, Hover Junkers should still be on this list. The core mechanics are a blast, and it just has that feeling of solid design and quality that most VR titles don’t have yet. With their buzz bots update adding a vs AI arena mode, it’s still fun even in the down times where there aren’t a ton of players. One of the few VR titles I still come back to again and again.

    • It’s still a lot of fun and we hope people continue to play it, but we just like to keep these lists current and diverse. Onward needed to be on this list, and we felt like having 3, or even 2, similar multiplayer shooters wasn’t very representative of all of the best Vive games, so both HJ and Battle Dome moved off.

      Doesn’t mean Hover Junkers isn’t still awesome though!

    • JustNiz

      When Vive launched, Hover Junkers was the only thing other than The Lab that felt like a finished game so it got popularity just because of that, but lets be honest the game play is shallow, rudimentary and very limited.

      • Filmgeek47

        Agree to disagree. My only issue with it is that it’s hard to find other players. When people are online, I think the core mechanics are so well done it can be a lot of fun. I would love to see them add more game modes and features though, maybe even a single player campaign.

  • Stephen Cook

    video is private cant see it

  • CityLims

    Don’t waste your money on these backpack computers. HTC Vive has a wireless option coming in 2017 (preorders start soon). Clearly the next step is going wireless with our HMD’s, just be patient.

  • a corn

    chair in a room SUCKS

  • a corn

    Its a game about pong. That pretty much removes it from any top 10 list. Its not to say your game isn’t great, it to say your game is pong

  • Get Schwifty!

    Can we drop the “Vive” moniker here? All these games mentioned work with Rift….

  • CMcD

    Definitely think Arizona sunshine deserves a place on this list in the next update.

  • AW Concentrates

    The Game Bullets and More BAM should be on top of the list. You are kinda not on top of the new games it seems.

  • Ned Hoon

    Have to 100% agree with The Lab being on your list as a new Touch owner I am loving it.

  • purdy44

    Eleven: Table Tennis VR needs to be on this list. The physics of the game is absolutely perfect. Can play (and have played) this game for hours. I’m hoping enough people buy this game so it can receive new updates like new maps, music, paddles, etc… This is the real deal, folks. When the game is this accurate at recreating the ping pong experience, I think it’s going to make VR a hit for people who want a ping pong, foosball, billiards table in their homes but are restricted because of space. Seriously, this game is incredible

  • Pedro Marinho

    How can this have 18.9 million views and not one single comment?

    • NooYawker

      Maybe these games have been talked about enough already.

    • Mo Last

      I think it’s fake lmao, I don’t know how they managed to fake it. Maybe it’s a glitch..?

  • NotARiftUserUnlessUnderDuress

    no mention of pavlov vr?

    • Juan Ritz

      I enjoy Pavlov, but it’s essentially Onward Lite. Of course it’s faster paced and the spawning mechanism makes it a very different game, but I think that the parallels with Onward would still make it a redundant inclusion.

  • Yoann Heurtel

    Redout VR… Why? Stereoscopic effect is absolutely flaaaaaat. And the scale is not correct. But the game itself is really cool.

  • It’s interesting how everyone has a different idea of the top VR games out right now. Some games that would definitely make my top 10 above the games in this article: Climbey, Thumper and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes.

    • pixxel.wizzard

      Climbey is too repetitive for me and the bland assets and environment were a real turnoff. Keep Talking is a great game, I wouldn’t say it’s a great VR game, but the VR adds a nice touch. Haven’t played Thumper.

  • Nicholas

    Have most of those, and for me the jewel in the crown is still Vanishing Realms. Perhaps not in terms of replay value, but it is the most memorable imo.

  • Darren Burns

    Raquet NX… Missing.. Whaaat?

    • Myrothas McMillan

      Racket: NX

  • Joanna Dahan Nader

    And of course Soon VINDICTA 🙂

  • GORN!

  • Me

    Has island 359 became a real game now. Last time I checked there wasn’t much to do beside kicking some alien chickens and shooting a pair of weird dinos.

    • Ryan Volk

      YES! they added TONS of stuff. They added an adventure mode (sorry if this is not the exact real name) and if you play this mode you can unlock things to use in the regular game. Definitely worth it now man

  • Get Schwifty!

    It’s interesting to me that the potential for a near-revolution in strategy gaming is not talked about – as the reviewer said, the ability to put the player in a “gods-eye” view of the world but also down into the action makes a for a very engaging experience. I personally wish for more strategy games in VR, there are times where I just don’t want to stand around gesturing for two hours.

    • Jeff Recobs

      For sure! I mean we got Out of Ammo, but I want something more akin to Red Alert or Wargame. I can’t believe there isn’t a bigger outcry for this.

  • Shozou

    Those are not HTC Vive games, but SteamVR. Vive is also not Valve’s flagship, but HTC’s.

  • Phil_NYC

    Dead Effect VR

  • RoninX

    Superhot VR, Rez Infinite, and Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope absolutely have to be on the new list…

  • johngrimoldy

    More accurate headline:
    9 Best Vive Games to Play Last April.
    I realize the editor made it very clear this is an old article in the little not above the first paragraph. This does not make it too much less annoying.

  • koenshaku

    Seems first gen

    • Juan Ritz

      Is first gen.

  • SteamHammerVR – The Rogue Apprentice just got full release, amazing game!

  • NooYawker

    Time to remove job simulator.

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  • TerribleTs

    “…but strategy games actually fit the platform quite nicely. With the
    vantage point you’r given of being a relative “eye in the sky” you can
    see the whole battlefield like never before.”

    If they (EA) came out with SIMS VR for the Vive, I would actually buy it and see myself getting addicted. I’m not a big Sims player and I continuously swear off EA games when I’m in a gaming rut but EA would definitely pull me right back in with Sims VR even with the microtransactions that all their games are known for…

  • johngrimoldy

    How many times are you going to dust off the same old article? The last sentence of the third paragraph says, “…Plus Google Earth VR, The Lab, and Rec Room are three of the best apps period, but since they’re totally free we opted to leave them off this list for now…” Okay, that’s the most asinine reason I can think of to leave them off the list — the fact they’re free. Kudos though for noting them as being excellent apps. What about Bigscreen? For Google Earth and Bigscreen, a more supportable argument for their exclusion would be that they’re not games.
    As in previous iterations, there’s really no significant justifications given for why any of chosen ones are on the list and what it is that makes them stand out.
    Notably absent (and these are PROFOUND omissions): The Talos Principle and Serious Sam. The latter isn’t really my cup of tea, but I give it it’s due – if you’re into fast paced, over the top shooters, it doesn’t get any better. To a lesser degree, but also very significant is The Invisible Hours. Though not a game and really more theater, its is incomparably innovative – I look forward to more titles like it in the future.
    David, please do your readers a favor and scrap this article and start from the beginning. Objectively evaluate whether your present choices really still deserve to be on the list. If so, please substantially support that. Please explain why Island 359, released 15 months ago is still so good. Give details of the strengths.
    Dusting off a year-and-a-half old article 4 times with simple, very weakly supported updates, is simply lazy journalism. Your readers deserve better than this.

  • Hone McBone

    At the moment the majority of my time with the Vive is spent in Project Cars 2 & Everspace. With both of them having lasting appeal & with the upcoming launch of the Rockstar & Bethesda VR titles (& whatever Valve has in store), it feels like we’ve finally reached the end of the simpler ‘vr experiences’.

    • pixxel.wizzard

      God I hop so.

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  • Brian Brown

    Vanishing Realms is the first VR game I became completely lost in. I Actually permanently changed my living room to make more ‘room scale’ space to play this game without teleporting so much. I got so lost I completely forgot I had a ceiling, and I forgot I was actually in my living room. Every. Time. I. Played. Thank goodness the Vive controllers seem to be indestructible, but I can’t say the same about my ceiling.

  • mirak

    The best games I played are Obduction and Serious Sam series.

  • pixxel.wizzard

    VRZ: Torment is one of my favorite games currently. The arcade mode is meh but trying to survive multiple days in the normal mode is pretty cool.

  • mirak

    Obduction totally kills The Gallery.

    Maybe The Gallery is technically better, and runs better, but it feels like a sub Myst, while Obduction is the real deal as true heir to Myst Riven Exyle Uru.

  • TheFishQuill

    My favorite VR Game is Eleven:Ping Pong, its so realistic and a great substitute for owning a real table.

  • Mane Vr

    This is a weak list

  • Jeff Recobs

    You aren’t doing anyone any favors by not mention how dope Fallout 4 VR is. Sure there are some issues, but there are fixes readily available. Really need to consider adding it to the list over Job Simulator or Superhot.

    • –Will–

      I agree. It’s a bear to get running (the engine is far from optimal), but given how huge the gameworld is and the stuff that can be done within it (100’s of hours of gameplay, easily) and how much fun I had playing it the first 500 hours in pancake version (and yes, even better in VR on most points) this deserves to be on the list.

      • Jeff Recobs

        I am currently trying to add the DLC I already own to the game, but am not having any luck. My pancake version doesn’t have a plugins.txt in the appdata folder and I’m not familiar enough with manually modding Fallout 4 to create one. Once I get that added too, that’s even more content. My back hurts, but I am happy as a clam with my purchase of FO4VR!

        • Ryan Volk

          i HAVE HEARD FROM VERY TRUSTWORTHY FRIENDS THAT All you need to do is copy your Fo4 DLC’s from the flat version to the Vr version. Do a little googling and find the specifics but it WORKS GREAT!!

          • Ryan Volk

            if you cant get it to work , message me back here and let me know and ILL DO MY BEST to ask for the exact steps in my SteamVr group (Facebook)

    • koenshaku

      Even Island: 359 for that matter, this is a largely opinionated selection of games based on someone’s need to change titles on what they feel they’re currently playing. Rec Room is totally free and they continue adding content with a host of different games you can play with people on any platform, for that reason I don’t think it should have been removed. Then many of these games are 2-3 hour indie games that somehow trump a full length game like Fallout 4 or the polished Doom VFR. It has some good titles on there I am just glad I am not new to VR and counted on this list for the creme of the crop titles.

      • Jeff Recobs

        Although I agree that LA Noire is probably a good game, the specs alone should leave it off this list. AMD cards are currently a crapshoot and even with intel and nvidia setups it is one of the most demanding games for VR period.

        • koenshaku

          LA Noire is surprisingly good, anything Rockstar does is poorly optimized for PC I agree, but it ran on my kabylake laptop with GTX 1070 without a hitch, so I think the specs requirements may be overstated.

    • Gus Smedstad

      I wish I liked Fallout 4 VR. I bought a Vive mainly because of this game, since I played the pancake version for hundreds of hours. The problem is that it’s like playing with my glasses off – I can’t make out anything clearly that’s more than 10 feet away, and shooting accurately has proved impossible. I found myself using melee weapons and a shotgun almost exclusively because I was engaging everything at point blank range, and I just don’t like playing Fallout that way.

      So far my best experience with the Vive has been with Subnautica. It was rife with bugs, including some serious collision issues while inside my underwater habitats, but it was still much better than my Fallout 4 VR experience. Unfortunately I finished it, and now I’m prowling for something else to play with the Vive.

  • gothicvillas

    island 359… hmm ok. This list is trash.

  • Max Lavache

    John Wick Chronicles, Front Defense, Assetto Corsa, IL2-Sturmovick, Onward, VTOL VR, Ultrawings, Drummer Talent VR, Fruit Ninja VR… So many great VR games and experiences!

  • Vixtrola

    Sairento over Superhot anyday