Best Oculus Rift games (May 2019)

The Oculus Rift launched in March 2016 with a lineup of semi-exciting and new games. There weren’t any real killer AAA titles at launch, as most were simple experiences or straight ports with a VR component wedged in. Now, just over three years later, most of the Oculus Rift games you’ll find are designed specifically for virtual reality with some great options in the mix. We provide a list of the best Oculus Rift games you can buy in 2019.

Many Oculus Rift games currently available range from completely free to $60 in price. At least a dozen of these titles may be worth your money. The good news is 2019 appears to be a banner year for the Rift, as several interesting games are coming down the pipe over the next six months – and we’ll be keeping this list updated as they hit the Rift.

Our list of the best Oculus Rift games includes experiences that have amazed us, scared us, and made us feel like we were playing games for the very first time. Keep in mind, some of the games listed below aren’t latest and greatest, just a nice mix of the best options for the Rift.

Action

Edge of Nowhere
Price: $19.99
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Developed by the team behind 2018’s Spider-Man (PS4) and the Spyro series (multi), Edge of Nowhere thrusts players into the bitter cold of Antarctica as they assume the role of Victor Howard, a desperate man willing to brave deadly weather and untold horrors to find his fiancée. Frantic action, light horror elements and an engaging story help keep the whole experience moving at a nail-biting pace.
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Subnautica
Price: $24.99
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In this open-world survival game, an energy pulse damages the hull of the spaceship Aurora, sending it crashing down into an ocean planet. Playing as the only survivor, you must explore the oceans to gather resources, create an underwater base, and survive. This game offers several ways to play including a Freedom Mode that disables huger and thirst, and Creative Mode that unlocks all crafting blueprints and disables the oxygen, thirst, hunger, and health maintenance requirements.
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Adventure

Lone Echo
Price: $39.99
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Meet Jack, an Echo One service android serving on the Kronos II mining station orbiting Saturn. There’s no gravity aboard the station, requiring you to pull across the facility throughout the game. If you're into complex, thought-provoking and immersive storytelling, Lone Echo is one game you don't want to miss. It also includes a four-player competitive multiplayer component forcing players to maneuver through zero-gravity as quickly and accurately as possible.
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The Solus Project
Price: $19.99
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As the sole survivor of a crash landing, players must journey across a strange and beautiful alien world to find food, shelter, and means to return home. Enemies in the game are best avoided, as confrontation usually results in death. The environment creates a feeling of total isolation, which can be just as dangerous as the enemies themselves. According to the developers, players are meant to die several times and use each death as a learning experience. Sound like fun?
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Music

Beat Saber
Price: $19.99
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In this first-person rhythm game, small red and blue cubes represent music beats. The object is to slash each cube flying into your face using red and blue light sabers pulled straight from Star Wars. The catch is that you can only smash blocks using the saber of the same color. Given you’re flinging arms around like a slasher killer at a summer camp, make sure the controllers are fastened tight and onlookers are clear of your movements.
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Platforming

Lucky's Tale
Price: Free
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Designed exclusively for the Oculus Rift, Lucky’s Tale follows the adventures of Lucky the fox in a third-person playground platformer similar to the Crash Bandicoot and Spyro games. Rather than move a controller thumbstick to move the camera, here you simply move your head. Everything you’d expect from a console platformer remains intact: collecting stars (coins), head-butting floating blocks, double-jumping, and more. The overall experience is cute, bright, and extremely fun.
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Moss
Price: $29.99
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Built specifically for VR, Moss is a blended first- and third-person platformer packed with puzzles and hack-n-slash combat. The game begins with the player opening a book in the library, which sucks them into a fictional fantasy world. There they meet Quill, a mouse set out to rescue her uncle from the fire-breathing snake Snarffog. Players assume the role of a floating mask and navigate Quill through the kingdom using a glass-like orb. Gameplay consists of moving the orb down paths that Quill will follow, highlighting enemies to fight, and more.
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Puzzle

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Price: $14.99
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This crazy party puzzle game needs at least two people to play. One player wearing the Rift is locked away in a virtual room with a ticking time bomb. There's no means of escape and no manual on-hand for diffusing the bomb. Meanwhile, other players serve as remote “experts” that can’t see the bomb but have a manual to verbally give directions. Manuals are accessible from the internet prior to entering the room and unique to that specific bomb-diffusing session, so no experience is the same.
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The Talos Principle VR
Price: $39.99
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This beautiful first-person puzzle game is reminiscent of 1993's Myst, but unlike Cyan’s classic game, players have the freedom to move about this virtual world versus the older game’s static cross-fade scene transitions. The environment features a mix of advanced technology and ancient ruins while drones and turrets pose as lethal threats. Players assume the role of a human consciousness trapped within a robot with a single goal: Solve more than 120 puzzles to discover its identity and purpose in this strange world.
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Role-Playing

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
Price: $59.99
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Welcome to Tamriel, a fantasy world full of dragons, beasts, magic and folklore. Originally released in 2011, the game focuses on the Skyrim region located to the north, a land known for its sky-piercing mountains. Whether you stick to the story, extend your experience with side quests, or just randomly roam the beautiful terrain, Skyrim's open world will become even more immersive thanks to a first-person perspective only possible through VR.
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Chronos
Price: $39.99
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Built from the ground up for VR, this visually impressive 3rd-person RPG sends the hero (you) on a lifelong quest to save their homeland. Players find themselves in a vast labyrinth filled with puzzles, enemies, and plenty of challenges around every corner. On the surface, Chronos appears to be a typical action-RPG with an added viewpoint only possible in VR. But the game comes with an unusual twist: Each time the player dies, the game shaves off a single year. Can you save your homeland before time runs out?
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Simulator

Job Simulator
Price: $19.99
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What do you do when you get home from work and want to wind down? Continue working, of course! In Job Simulator, players visit the Job Museum to experience the glory days of manual labor before society went fully automated. Seen from a robot’s point-of-view, these jobs are comical and over-exaggerated. The most basic activities - making lunch, checking out at the grocery store and blending carrots - become incredibly thrilling. Job Simulator is an insanely addicting game you shouldn’t ignore. Time to job!
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Minecraft for Windows 10
Price: $26.99
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This game certainly needs no introduction. All the things you love about Minecraft can now be played in an even more immersive experience: VR! Instead of moving the camera with a controller’s thumbstick, you can now tilt your head up in the real world to view the sky in Minecraft. There’s a sense of complete immersion not possible through a standard screen, as if you’re really there looking up-close-and-personal at your blocky creations. There's plenty more to say about Minecraft, but you've heard it all before. Get building!
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Shooter

Onward
Price: $24.99
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If you’re in the mood for a tactical first-person shooter in the vein of Call of Duty, Onward is your ticket. Packed with 30 different customizable weapons, you can play Onwards in 5 vs. 5 online multiplayer dogfights, or solo using the game’s AI. To increase the gun-fighting tension, you won’t see an in-game HUD or crosshairs. Even more, each session limits supplies and player respawns. Multiple maps and objective-based scenarios keep the game fresh each time you jump into this first-person shooter.
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Robo Recall
Price: $29.99
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Produced by Epic Games (Fortnite, Gears of War), Robo Recall offers riveting, fast-paced gameplay and bright, exciting visuals. Players enter a world where assistive robots have revolted against the very humans they were built to help. In retaliation, players can destroy these robots in a variety of fun and exciting ways, like ripping out their limbs to use as weapons. You can even catch bullets and throw them back at your assailants. The teleportation and time dilation mechanics are top notch.
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So that’s it for our best Oculus Rift games list. A mix of old and new, and don’t forget we’ll be updating this list regularly as new games wow us!

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