So you’ve just got the new Oculus Quest 2, and you’re wondering what to buy after you’ve exhausted all of the best free games and experiences available on the standalone headset. Whether you’re into active games, puzzles, or just want to slice or shoot the ever-living crap out of something, we’re here to help you settle into your new headset with a few games that should keep you playing for tens of hours yet to come.

Note: Don’t forget that you can also play Rift games with an Oculus Link-compatible USB cable and a VR-ready PC. Find out if your PC is ready for Link. There’s plenty of recent Rift games that are just waiting to be played through Link.

This list below is a great starting point if you’re looking to burn a single Benjamin, although you should definitely check out our list of the best and most rated Oculus Quest games now available, which also includes prices to help you whittle away your hard-earned cash.

Each genre section breaks down pretty close to $100 bucks, which includes games to get your heart pumping, shooter fans, puzzle nerds, and fantasy swordplay geeks.

Music & Move

Beat Saber – $30

If you swear you don’t have any rhythm, maybe you’ve never had the chance to slash a pair of light sabers at flying directional blocks before. Rest assured, you’ll find yourself honing your new Jedi skills to heady EDM beats. Get too good, and you’ll find yourself sweating!

‘Beat Saber’ on Quest

Pistol Whip – $25

Although you might think it belongs in the ‘Shooter’ category by virtue of… well… the guns, this is all about keeping flow, dodging, ducking, and diving to the beat of some seriously awesome music. Cloudhead Games has poured a lot of love into Pistol Whip with a bunch of updates that have brought new levels to the game too, making it a must-have if you want to burn some calories without knowing it. Glutes, quads, arms, and cardio.

‘Pistol Whip’ on Quest

Synth Riders – $25

Synth Riders is a bit like Beat Saber, but has a much more ample multiplayer mode, which lets you not only compete for the higher score while actively playing against friends, but with its new ‘Power-up’ update, you’ll be able to do much more. Now in the multiplayer mode is a Mario Kart-style power-up system that lets you boost through songs for the high score, or send special abilities at you opponents to slow them down in their tracks. Heavy on electrifying synthwave music.

‘Synth Riders’ on Quest

Audica – $30

Harmonix, the studio behind Rock Band and Dance Central, kicked out one of the first rhythm-based shooters alongside Pistol Whip. Instead of John Wick-style action, you’re more of a space pirate zapping abstract orbs in the sky to some seriously heavy tunes.

‘Audica’ on Quest

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  • Mark Zemlin

    Should have included Journey of the Gods

    • D-_-RAiL

      That was definitely one of my favorite games this year. Easily top 5 Quest Games and the best game specifically developed for Quest at the time.

  • flamaest

    These are all really old games and they really shouldn’t cost this much by now. They should be like 5 bucks each. There came out YEARS ago.

    • Stop devaluing devs

      Are you one of those awful people who complain that mobile games cost more than $1?

      • Jistuce

        Some people just want everything to be free.

        • D-_-RAiL

          oh yeah you see those reviews on Steam all the time. This game should be F2P or even in the Discussion threads. Just tons of people writing I wont play this unless its f2p

          • Jistuce

            See also everyone that keeps complaining that Beat Saber hasn’t gone on sale since before it left Early Access.

            I still maintain they should raise the price, then put it on sale for the original price. That should shut everyone up, right?

          • aasdfa

            nah they make a ton from dlc music packs, they should really lower the price to get more people in because theyll end up selling multiples more just from sound packs.

    • Jistuce

      Just because a game’s old doesn’t mean it is worth less. Normally, costs fall as sales slow. If sales are still strong, why should developers cut costs? Particularly in VR, which is a growing market. There’s always a new player coming in.

      Also:
      Moss: Last year.
      Beat Saber: technically this year, though paid beta access began last year.
      These games didn’t all come out YEARS ago.

      The oldest of these is… Superhot, which first came out in 2013 as a freeware title before being expanded and release as a “real game” and then reworked for VR before being YET AGAIN being reworked for the Quest earlier this year. It was old when the first paid version came out. And people still love it, because the game has a very unique style(both in terms of visuals and play).

      And … none of this matters. If someone is new to VR, they haven’t played any of these except maybe Superhot. It doesn’t have to be new to be new to you.

      • doublej42

        Superhot and superhot be are completely different games with different levels. You could call it superhot 2 vr.

        • Jistuce

          Could call it Superhotter. I WOULD call it Superhotter. This is why I shouldn’t be allowed to name things.

      • aasdfa

        it would be nice for some of them to reduce a bit after a while so there isnt a second big pay wall for newcomers. after spending a few hundred on a headset you have to spend another hundred on games and thats commonly overlooked which does devalue the experience a bit.

      • Ace of Spades

        No it does, game is old after 1 month

        Look at AAA games, Valhalla, is already on sale, Watch dogs 3, half price
        All AAA games go down in price after month, except COD [they special case greedy A holes and keep original price for years]

        • shadow9d9

          “AAA” just means bloated, big budget, and soulless. They need to drop in price because they are mostly generic games. They are pumped big by gaming sites and the suckers buy them at full price and then sales dry up, so they drop them in price. But let’s be honest, on the PC, most “AAA” games can be bought for 10-20 dollars cheaper on release day itself.

          • Ace of Spades

            Big Budget = Quality
            Indie = Horrible Useless Trash
            I despise Indie game and Indie movies, if it has no production values and million of dollars invested I wont touch it.

          • Jistuce

            You won’t touch it if it didn’t cost millions to create, but also think that all games should drop prices drastically almost immediately after launch to minimize their profits, no matter how well they are selling?

            And you don’t see a problem with this?

          • Ace of Spades

            Its called competition, if new game comes out i have zero reasons to pay full price for the old one.
            Games are horribly overpriced anyway and most people never finish them.
            I have 1220 steam games, maybe finished 5

          • xyzs

            1220 games and you finished 5 lol maybe you should start an introspection…

          • Jistuce

            And yet, the games previously named continue to sell well without any markdowns. This implies that they are in fact being offered at a fair price.

            As I asked last year, why should a game which has seen no reduction in sales engage in drastic price cutting?

          • xyzs

            The biggest moron of the year award goes to you!

        • Jistuce

          I respectfully disagree as much now as I did a year ago.

          The worth of a game is completely unrelated to its age. A game can be worthless garbage on launch day or worth every penny years later.

          Though at least at this juncture in time, we’re not arguing that BRAND-NEW games need to see their purchase price slashed by 90% because they are several years old. Every game on last year’s list is over a year old now.

    • D-_-RAiL

      They are like the Nintendo Store when it comes to prices.

    • doublej42

      So most new games here cost $80 to $100 so these are 75% off of that.

    • JakeDunnegan

      Those games have stood the test of time. It’s supply and demand – the demand is still high for those games, so the price will continue to be high. (Though, I;ve purchased every single one of them on one sale or another.) Other games that have stayed high price b/c of quality include games like Minecraft and Divinity: Original Sin 2.

  • Great products, for sure

    • JakeDunnegan

      Agreed – nice recommendations for folks who are new to VR and are looking for some current games for their recently un-wrapped gift! :)

  • Xron

    My first games on quest were

    1. Thrill to fight.
    2. Real Fishing
    3. Virtual Virtual Reality
    4. Elven Assasin
    5. Racket Fury: Table Tennis VR

    Thinking about beat saber.

    • Immersive Computing

      How is V.V.R. on Quest?

      • Xron

        It’s unique story telling and its fun, worth grabbing it.

        • Immersive Computing

          Don’t currently have access to Quest but interested how it looks and feels.

          Was great on Daydream original, spoiled on my Daydream 2017 and my Rift CV1 by their Fresnel lenses causing very off-putting god-rays, Index has been better with touch of glare but not god rays on vvr

          • Xron

            Seems a bit buggy to me, maybe because one of my controllers stopped working, need to recharge battery, but on wihte enviroment game seems pretty clear.

          • Immersive Computing

            That’s good to hear. VVR looked good in original Daydream but small aperture aspherical lenses so FOV limited.

            2017 daydream had bigger FOV and much better clarity but VVR was spoiled at time by off-putting Fresnel lens artifacts. Rift CV1 was worse for VVR. It’s much better on Index and thankfully not getting glare problems

  • Uncle Right

    Recently this website does not add much news from VR industry. Mostly sponsored posts every few days. RoadToVR is weak and boring.

    • JakeDunnegan

      Funny… I get most of my VR news from this site. Maybe you mean since Christmas – which would make sense, since it’s a slow news period and I’m sure the folks are taking a Christmas break.

  • NooYawker

    I haven’t played it but Asgards Wrath looks pretty fun.

  • For exactly ZERO dollars you can install SideQuest and download QuestORama. It’s grappling hooks, climbing, gun-play, puzzles and more. https://sidequestvr.com/#/app/338

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    The first thing you should be telling anyone is to enable sideloading.

  • DigoriePiper

    Don’t overlook SideQuest ! RTCW is probably the best game on Quest at the moment for sheer length of play and immersive quality. It’s $3.99 on Steam for the original content which you can then manually copy to Dr. Beef’s amazing Quest port. He’s also done Half Life and Quake – all brilliantly playable.

    • shadow9d9

      I have no interest in playing a game from years ago that wasn’t designed for VR. No, just no. And there are more genres than shooters. Try them out.

      • asd

        uh no shit sherlock…. i HaVe No InTeReSt iN PlAyInG A gAmE fRoM Yuurrs AgO, DUr nOt FoR VURRRR

        Doesn’t mean it cant be good.
        Nobody asked you.
        They never said there were only shooters, just mentioned good games that happened to all be shooters because they too were older games relived in VR.

        Chill out you troll, people can talk about what they enjoy.

        • shadow9d9

          Oh man, a temper tantrum on the internet. What will I see next?

          “Troll” is just an insult used to skirt moderation by small people.

          Skyrim is a bloated generic mess, and always was. Even ten years ago. Seems like you need to expand your horizons. And go to anger management. Embarrassing.

          • Kai Vai

            Shadow9d9 The guy suggested a great alternative option. You not being interested was basically a useless emo reply. Not being rude but skip the covid test and get tested for down syndrome you spank off.

  • JB1968

    I think the best game is the SpyOS by Facebook. Comes preinstalled for free with all Oculus products! What a bargain.

    • shadow9d9

      What phone do you use?

  • MosBen

    Boy, I’m in a pickle now. Facebook refunded the full price of Marvel Powers Unite to me with a $40 credit to the Oculus store. That would mean that I could buy a Quest 2 and almost get the Elite Strap for free. But it would mean supporting Facebook AND having to use my Facebook login, which I hate. On the third, and most frustrating, hand, there really isn’t a major competitor in the mobile VR space, and I love the freedom that the original Quest offered so much that I don’t want to give it up forever…

    • Andrew Jakobs

      If you can wait, in 2021 there will be more competitors for mobile VR (as was said by qualcomm during the presentation of the XR2 chip which the Quest 2 uses). So maybe we’ll see some new products during the coming CES which is only a few weeks away.
      Only other way ofcourse is buying an index or something like that, with a wireless transmitter.. I feel you, I still use the HTC Vive Pro and the thing that bothers me the most, is the cable (for me the wireless unit is way too expensive, you can (almost) buy a Quest 2 for that price), the second thing are the lenses, but the rest of the headset is excellent (for me)..

      • shadow9d9

        If the index had all of the oculus funded games, I’d buy it with the wireless transmitter… 1300 is a lot though.

        • Andrew Jakobs

          Well revive can help you a lot with that.. and I agree, 1300 is a lot.. I just checked, I would almost need to pay 399 euro’s to be able to use my Vive Pro wireless, that’s not gonna happen..

      • MosBen

        Yeah, I just decided to put my Rift CV1 up on Craigslist/Facebook Marketplace. That leaves me with a Quest 1, but the plan has been to upgrade my PC’s graphics card (running a 1070) at some point next year and then get a new PC VR headset. But if I’m able to sell my Rift, then that plus the $40 in Oculus credit makes a Quest 2 fairly compelling, at least for now.

        I mean, I could always just write off the $40 and consider having gotten a refund to be a moral victory, but…eh?

        • Andrew Jakobs

          personally I would buy the Quest 2 then, but I don’t have a problem with Facebook in regard to the Quest 2.. And once you’ve got your Quest 2 you can always sell your original Quest.

          • MosBen

            Pretty much. We’ll see how the Rift sale goes. Assuming that it sells, selling the Quest too would give me a pretty significant amount to put towards a Quest 2 purchase.

    • shadow9d9

      Quest 2 is a huge improvement. And keep in mind the 25+ and upcoming oculus funded games- Asgard’s wrath, stormland, shadow point, Phantom Covert Ops, robo recall, Journey of the gods, wilson’s heart, lone echo 1 and 2, the climb 1 and 2, From other Suns, the unspoken, lies beneath, Ghost giant(pc exclusive to quest), Brass Tactics, Dirty Rally, Chronos, Edge of Nowhere, Lucky’s tale, Landfall, Vader Immortal, SW Galaxy’s Edge, defense grid 2 vr, Jurassic world aftermath and upcoming splinter cell. Experiences like Wolves in the wall and dear angelica.

      • MosBen

        Yeah, I just put my Rift CV1 up for sale on the various website, which leaves me with a Quest 1. If the Rift sells, I’ll see if I can sell the Quest. Between the two of those and the $40 credit, that should make a Quest 2 super affordable.

  • David Cole

    A game that should be included is Eleven Table Tennis. Game is $15 and is a perfect game do show the benefits of not having Cables to play.

    • Gato Satanista

      Yes, and Space Pirate Trainer too.

  • Joe Michaels

    I would add Pokerstars VR to this list, and ProPutt, and Real VR Fishing. Not as flashy as the games listed here but offer hours of fun.

  • Andrew Jakobs

    Personally I would say, if you have the PC to run VR, spend the $100 on SteamVR, you can buy A LOT of games on SteamVR for $100 when they are on sale.. Shame Indiegala doesn’t have a lot of VR bundles anymore..

  • sfmike

    What no Population – One? A must have for sure.

  • User_Name_24601

    FYI Supernatural only has a 7 day trial now.

  • Ace of Spades

    Not a single proper story based game, I dont play pointless games.

    • Gato Satanista

      “Most of these lack story” But don’t lack gameplay. Just like some real life games: ping pong, chess, tennis… it’s about gameplay and motor/strategic skills.

      “I don’t play pointless games.” I understando what you saying but all games are pointless in real world.

      I really enjoy booth. Story based and gameplay only based games. Can’t see a reason to bash one for another.

  • TechPassion

    Beat Saber = Audica = boring crap. I deleted this thing after 10 minutes.

  • HECMAR JAYAM

    “Thrill to fight” over “Creed” by far.

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  • xyzs

    Creed recommended instead of thrill of the fight… you are sponsored or what ?

  • dan

    saints and sinners? gorn? superhot? vader immortal?

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