Generally speaking, VR is far more entertaining than most other types of playable media. It’s food for thought, given that there is, in all fairness, a certain level of player interactivity that typically binds to most of its releases. And, let us not forget that VR, in general, does house some of the best ice-breaking party games on the market, period. Together, the platform makes for one of the most appealing and demographically sound in all of gaming, and it warrants the question: just why aren’t there as many VR games as there are, say, console or PC games?
The good news is, the market isn’t exactly short on beacons of entertainment to bathe in, either. VR is thriving in its own special way, and it collectively provides a ridiculous amount of quality titles, be they PSVR, Oculus Quest, or HTC Vive. And so, if you’re looking to delve into a world that, quite frankly, fosters more entertainment value than any other bog-standard gaming division on the family tree, then you’re in the right place. That said, if you’re looking to handpick five of the best VR games for your library, then these following entries should definitely make your list.
5. L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files
It’s funny, because you wouldn’t usually pin Rockstar’s L.A. Noire as a comedy game. At least, you wouldn’t have when it first launched back in 2011 as a semi-serious crime drama that employed more controversial subjects than any other game of its generation. And yet, just as soon as it made way for VR, a whole new door was opened, and it somehow transformed a dark fantasy into an almost fictionalized parody sketch filled with endless caricatures and hilarious subplots.
Solving crime is one thing. But, to have the opportunity to pick the perpetrator’s nose mid-interrogation and slap them with a notepad just because is a whole other story, and quite simply one of the most amusing things ever conceived for a video game. Add the fact that you can aimlessly wander an open world Los Angeles and cause endless chaos, and you’ve got yourself the basic setup for one of the most entertaining VR games in history. Let it be said, though, that if you enjoyed the dark tone of the original game — then this probably isn’t the spiritual successor you’re looking for.
4. Job Simulator
Job Simulator is a collection of tales based around, well, jobs. Specifically, everyday sorts of jobs that you wouldn’t usually consider being all that entertaining. The fact that they’re bundled into VR experiences, though, turns them into something else entirely. Add the fact that your boss is also a floating computer that mocks pretty much everything you do, be it good or bad, and you’ve got yourself a gateway to an endless realm of family-friendly fun.
In reality, the goals are often simple enough to comprehend, which is what makes Job Simulator the accessible game that it is. The problem herein is the complexity of the controls that bind to the VR, which in turn makes executing the most basic tasks far more enduring, and yet still just as stupidly hilarious. Needless to say that struggling to make heads or tails of the simplest instructions is perhaps one of the most entertaining things you’ll ever shove yourself through.
3. Surgeon Simulator
Surgery is no joke. Unless, of course, it involves VR, in which case it’s an absolute comedy fest. And the best part is, alone or with a group of friends, you’re pretty much always guaranteed a spot at the front row to the atrocities that pursue. Thanks to Surgeon Simulator housing some of the greatest mini-games in VR history, families, friends, and budding surgeons have been able to enjoy countless hours of in-depth and arguably hearty shenanigans.
Surgeon Simulator is exactly what it says on the tin, which means you know what to expect from the moment you traipse its borders. In VR, you’ll have the chance to fill the gloves of a “highly skilled technician,” with which you must parade about and use to complete borderline impossible medical procedures. It’s all fun and games, until of course the patient’s heart stops throbbing and you’ve somehow managed to string up their vital organs on a radiator. But even then, it’s still pretty funny, to be fair.
2. Skyrim VR
Skyrim remains one of the best RPGs of all time, which is precisely why Bethesda couldn’t help but port it over to the VR realm just as soon as it caught wind of the platform. And while it didn’t wind up being as funny as its up-and-coming comrades, it still ended up being a ludicrously entertaining game through and through. Because let’s be honest, who wouldn’t enjoy shouting at Alduin from a spitting distance? It’s a perfect recipe for success, and it’s no wonder so many have found themselves returning to the continent after all these years.
While the bread and butter of the game remains somewhat the same, a lot of it does come preloaded with a lot more heart and soul than its vanilla port. In a nutshell, it’s an Elder Scrolls game, only with far more of an immersive touch to it. It’s effortlessly stylish, and it should most definitely secure a spot in every library, be it on consoles or PCs. No excuses!
1. Beat Saber
To tell you the truth, any VR game that can incorporate a thick layer of fitness-based activity is bound to garner a few sets of eyes. Beat Saber, for example, has been drawing eyes for the best part of four years now, yet its developer still shows no signs of easing up on the reins, which makes it not only one of the best live-service models, but also one of the best incentives for budding athletes and fitness fanatics to indulge in, too.
The concept behind Beat Saber is as clear as day: thrash two neon sabers about to a mixture of preloaded rhythms and beats. It’s chaotically entertaining in all its vibrant colors, and most definitely stands tall as one of the most memorable VR games in the fitness world. So, if you’re interested in either fitness or, you know, Star Wars — then let it be said that you’ve just found your next port of call.