Best VR Games 2022: Our Top Must-Play Titles

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If you've equipped yourself with a VR headset and are looking for some of the best games to dive into the action with, we've got you covered.

Virtual reality is a continually evolving technology, with a ton of standout headsets available and even more on the way such as the PSVR 2, Meta Quest 3 and Project Cambria.

Plus, with so many games to choose from, on a wide variety of VR headsets, it can be a little tricky narrowing down a select few titles that stand out as the greatest.

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We've rounded up some of our top picks for virtual reality gaming right here and if you stick around to the end we've also highlighted some exciting upcoming releases.

Plus, if you're specifically looking for a brilliant multiplayer VR game or want to jump out of your skin in a fantastic VR horror adventure, we have dedicated lists on each of those too.

Let's take a look!

Best VR Games 2022

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Resident Evil 4 VR

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Capcom's ported Resident Evil 4 to (almost) every system going, but a VR edition was unexpected.

Launched exclusively for Meta Quest 2, Armature Studio has brought us a significant transformation, implementing a first-person perspective, motion control support and new combat/inventory system.

Playing as special agent Leon S. Kennedy, we'll once again be rescuing Ashley Graham, the U.S. President’s daughter who's been kidnapped by a strange cult.

The main storyline remains perfectly intact and for a GameCube-era game, it holds up well despite showing its age. You can find my full review here.

Population: One

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One of the most popular games on the Oculus Quest 2, is the exclusive VR battle royale style game, Population: One.

While this idea emulates that of games such as Fortnite and Warzone, playing on VR should add that extra level of immersion while playing.

Set in a near-future world, you're able to climb, fly or build to survive and attempt to make it to the end.

Lone Echo II

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Lone Echo was an early VR success back in 2017. Playing as an android nicknamed Jack, we worked with Captain Olivia Rhodes aboard Saturn's Kronos II mining station in 2126, seeking to repair damages from a spacial anomaly.

Earning strong reviews for its zero-gravity mechanics and story, developers Ready at Dawn soon announced a sequel.

Four years later, Lone Echo II has finally arrived, marking Facebook's (now Meta) last ever Oculus Rift-exclusive on PC.

If you're familiar with the first game, Lone Echo II's biggest problem is that it's more of the same, set 400 years later as Jack and Olivia find a new space station. However, Lone Echo II is easily one of VR's most polished productions yet.

Sniper Elite VR

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Rebellion’s got history with VR following Battlezone and Arca's Path, but Sniper Elite VR marked the first time their iconic series made the leap.

Dropping the third-person gameplay for a first-person approach to better suit this medium, VR's story took us to Southern Italy in 1943, working with the resistance as a Partisan.

Featuring a ten-hour campaign, 18 new missions, semi-realistic weapons handling and those brutal X-Ray kills, there's numerous comfort settings to avoid motion sickness too.

It can feel a little overwhelming during combat - and if you're playing on PSVR, I'd strongly suggest avoiding the PS Move Controllers - but Sniper Elite otherwise transitioned into VR wonderfully.

Wraith: The Oblivion - Afterlife

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World of Darkness has seen mixed success with Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse adaptations, so venturing towards Wraith: The Oblivion was an interesting choice.

One of the franchise's more obscure entries, Afterlife sees you playing as photographer Ed Miller, who's been summoned to Barclay Mansion to photograph a séance.

Beginning with Ed's death, you've become a Wraith after dying during said séance with everyone else, retaining no memories of the actual incident.

Rather than use continual jump scares, Afterlife takes a psychological approach, and Barclay Mansion is a perfectly creepy setting. It's a little slow at points, but survival horror fans will find an excellent pick here.

Demeo

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Resolution Games recently announced Ultimechs, but they've made a name for themselves as one of VR's best developers.

Perhaps best known for developing Blaston, the award-winning Demeo is easily their strongest effort yet, offering up a Dungeons & Dragons-styled experience.

Working like a tabletop RPG, Demeo brings a co-operative adventure for up to four players, which thankfully includes crossplay support across Meta Quest and PC.

You can play alone, but its strength comes from that social aspect. If you've been missing those tabletop sessions this last year, you'd do well to take a look.

Beat Saber

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Of course, we could hardly have a top VR games list without mentioning the highly popular Beat Saber.

This innovative game brings the likes of Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution and Star Wars in a challenging musical reactive experience and workout in one.

See More: Best VR Indie Games: Our Top Picks

The Climb 2

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The Climb 2 is an excellent, vertigo-inducing climbing simulator.

You're able to explore breathtaking landscapes and ascend anything from mountains to skyscrapers.

It is also a great game to compete with your friends on as it includes leaderboards and mulitplayer modes.

Honourable Mentions

Of course, I couldn't fit all of the best VR games into this list, so I'd like to give honourable mentions to a few more.

If you're after further options, take a look into Arashi: Castles Of Sin, Blade and Sorcery: Nomad, Disc Ninja, Larcenauts, Fracked, I Expect You To Die 2, Maskmaker, Solaris: Offworld Combat, The Climb 2, Viro Move, Winds & Leaves, and Zombieland VR. While VR isn't the game's primary focus, I'd also recommend Hitman 3 from earlier in the year.

Best Upcoming VR Games

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While there are a ton of excellent games already available on VR, here are some of the best upcoming games that you'll want to check out.

Among Us VR

The Among Us VR adaptation is one of the most highly-anticipated titles making its way to Oculus, PSVR and SteamVR.

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While we don't have an official release date as of yet, we're hoping to hear more about the game soon.

Wanderer VR

Wanderer is a VR adventure set to be released on 28 January.

It is said to feature various puzzles, challenges and hands-on interactions to bring you an immersive time travel VR adventure.

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Wanderer will be available on both SteamVR and PSVR.

Zenith: The Last City

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Another highly anticipated VR game heading our way sometime in 2022 is Zenith: The Last City.

Studio description: Fight, craft, explore, and lose yourself in a massively multiplayer world built for VR. Forge alliances and friendships in guilds and parties. Join epic raids and world events, and blaze your own path. How will you use your power?

Zenith: The Last City will be available on PSVR, SteamVR and Oculus Quest 2.

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