Just over a year old, the consumer-friendly and totally wireless Oculus Quest stand-alone virtual reality headset is proving a smash hit both newcomers to VR and to those whom have been tethered to the PC for far too long. Check the end of this article for other volumes in this collection of mini-reviews.
Hopefully you’ve read my other recommendations already. We won’t be covering older ground.
Before we go over the experiences, just a couple more things. First, these are Quest native titles; not streamed via Link, Virtual Desktop or other means. Second, these are chosen based on a variety of criteria — some scientific and some not so much so; and probably completely inconsistently, too.
Note: I only recommend games I have actually played and enjoy. As such, I do not play multiplayer games on Quest because I am not going to use Facebook; therefore I cannot recommend these experiences to you. These games do not require another human online to gain enjoyment or value — so whether or not you like to play with other people or not, you should be able to get value from them.
In Death: Unchained
Easily one of my top experiences on the PC VR platform, In Death: Unchained is everything the original game was and so much more (and no wires). I could tell you all about here again — or you could just read my comprehensive review … or watch my videos … did I mention I love this game?
In Death: Unchained — Purgatory Never Looked So Good
In Death’s dream kingdom, Heaven is abandoned. Among its crumbling ruins, forsaken souls, angelic creatures and demons…
$30 | Oculus Quest
I’ve been chasing a Wii Bowling experience for the Oculus Quest for a long time. Instead, I had to just learn to love Premium Bowling on PC VR and play it on my Quest with Virtual Desktop.
Now, the game is here native on our wireless VR headset and it is just as much fun as you would hope. Looks great, plays great, awesome physics — even has oil patterns.
Yes, I bowl alone. It is sad. But you don’t have to — you can play in multiplayer competitions and compete in daily/weekly leader boards.
$20| Oculus Quest
Pro Putt by Topgolf
Golf games in general are “hit and miss” to me. I love themed golf (like Outlaw Golf) and more arcade-style (such as the old Leaderboard Golf) games. When it gets “too simulation”, that’s where I gotta draw the line.
When you see words like “pro” and “Topgolf” you might be concerned about this title — but I assure you, this is just what the doctor ordered.
You have multiple courses to play, lots to unlock, scores to chase and it is all presented extremely well. The Putt Lounge gives you the ULTIMATE score chasing addictive “putting meets shuffleboard” experience.
Tons of fun for singles and friends alike.
$20| Oculus Quest
Mini Motor Racing X
I’ll let my mini-review on Reddit speak for itself.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
YES! A full Star Trek star ship simulation you can play alone on missions or join up with your friends and make a full crew to take on the galaxy together.
It may be one of the best IP tie in games that really make you feel part of the universe it represents with immersive touch controls.
There are a couple of caveats — even for single player you must have an internet connection at all times while playing and you also have to have an Ubisoft account to play. A pain, for sure — but it will be worth the effort.
That’s it! Another five experiences you shouldn’t miss on Oculus Quest!
You can find over 25 more recommendations in my earlier articles.