Looking for a summary of the best VR FPS and shooter games available on Oculus Quest? We’ve got you covered — here’s our top 10.
The Oculus Quest library is only growing larger and stronger by the day with a few options available in most genres. For first-person shooter fans, we’ve put together this eclectic list of shooters available on Quest. Some of these games stay quite faithful to the traditional conventions of the genre, while others put a twist on the gameplay in fresh and exciting ways that feel particularly potent in VR.
Here’s our list of the 10 best FPS games available now on the Oculus Quest.
Honorable Mention: Dr Beef’s Classic Ports
Team Beef, consisting of some community developers and spearheaded by Simon ‘DrBeef’ Brown, consistently create fantastic ports of classic games available to sideload through SideQuest such as DOOM 3, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and more. To learn how to sideload, check out our guide.
10. Warhammer 40K: Battle Sister
For fans of the Warhammer 40K franchise, Battle Sister is a fun romp through that world and gives you the opportunity to handle some of its famous weapons like the Power Sword and the Bolter. However, the game would have worked just as well as a PC or console release — in terms of VR shooters, it isn’t doing much new.
Blaston is a different take on the FPS genre, taking advantage of the presence and unique possibilities afforded by a VR title. It’s a 1v1 competitive online shooter, but you won’t be moving much — matches take place with each player standing in a small 1x1m square. Weapons will spawn around you and you’ll have to shoot slow moving bullets towards your opponent, while dodging their bullets in slow motion like you’re in The Matrix.
8. Hyper Dash
Hyper Dash is a multiplayer team shooter with several game modes, including some FPS classics — payload, death match, control point, and more. Refreshingly, it’s not military themed either — Hyper Dash goes for more of a sci-fi, robot aesthetic, compared to many other army-based shooters on Quest.
7. Arizona Sunshine
Arizona Sunshine has been around in the VR world for quite some time now, originally launching for PC VR in 2017. The Oculus Quest version of the game launched last December, and as of April this year it has received all the same DLC and post-launch content as the PC VR version. Arizona Sunshine is exactly what it looks like on the box — a zombie shooter with a 4+ hour campaign and a wave-based horde mode to boot. Even better, both the campaign and the horde mode supports multiplayer, so you can jump in alone or with a friend who also has the game on Quest.
If you’re looking for a solid zombie FPS on Quest, then Arizona Sunshine is your best bet.
6. Robo Recall Unplugged
This was a somewhat unexpected arrival on Quest — the high graphical fidelity of the original game meant that a Quest version seemed unlikely. However, while the visuals aren’t on par with the PC original by any means, the entire core experience remains in tact and provides Quest players with an expansive wave shooter on a grand scale. It’s time to mow down some robots!
5. Pistol Whip
Pistol Whip is not a shooter in the traditional sense — you’re wielding a gun, but you use it in a way that combines shooters with rhythm games, mowing down enemies to the beat of the music. The more in time you are with the track, the higher your score. While it’s a well-worn comparison at this point, the game lands somewhere between a Beat Saber and Superhot hybrid, and definitely not in a bad way.
The game launched with 10 original tracks, but has since added a bunch more in free post-launch updates, such as the Mad Max-inspired ‘Full Throttle’ level, which you can see in the footage embedded above. If you’re looking for a shooter-rhythm game hybrid, then give Pistol Whip a shot.
What this military-themed shooter lacks in visuals on Quest, it makes up for in performance, content, and gameplay.
Similar in pace to a Call of Duty game, Contractors features a wide selection of loadout options and different guns, all with active reloading. There’s tremendous freedom of movement as well, if your stomach can handle it, like being able to jump, sprint, and slide around maps. You can play solo missions, but the real focus is multiplayer, where you’ll be able to choose between co-op objectives and online competitive PvP matches.
If you’re looking for a competitive multiplayer shooter on Oculus Quest, then Onward has to be your pick. In his review, David dubbed Onward as the definitive military sim FPS — you play in 5v5 battles against other players online, with an array of weapons and three game modes to choose from. While it’s missing the visual fidelity and some of the custom features from the PC VR version of the game (many of which have been promised to arrive in a future update), it is still easily one of the best multiplayer VR games on the Quest. As David put it, “this should be in every Quest user’s library that enjoys shooters — hands down.”
2. Population: One
With the success of Fortnite and the battle royale genre, something similar coming to VR was inevitable. Late last year, Population: One filled that gap in the market.
If you’re looking for a VR battle royale to play with friends, then look no further. This three-man squad-only shooter follows the same basic premise as Fortnite complete with a basic wall-building system, but the addition of climbing and a deployable wingsuit for gliding sets it apart by letting you scale any building or structure.
The game has received plenty of post-launch support and content updates, so if you’re looking for a multiplayer VR FPS to sink your teeth into long-term, Population: One is probably your best bet.
Superhot has found itself near the top of so many of our lists, but for good reason — the game is an innovative take on the FPS genre. While it’s fun on any VR platform, the Quest is undoubtledly the best headset to play the game on. The wireless freedom truly unlocks Superhot’s full potential — you can spin, bend and crouch your way out of sticky situations that culminate to make one of the most inventive and unique shooters in VR history.
Those are our picks for best shooters on Oculus Quest, but what are yours? Let us know in the comments.
We’re always updating our lists and writing new ones for various VR platforms and game genres — keep an eye out for more in the near future. In the meantime, check out our list of the top 25 games and experiences on Quest.
Note: This article was originally published with five games in August 2020. It was edited and updated to include a further five games in March 2021.