Updated: 13 best VR games: best virtual reality games for PC and mobile

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Introduction

Assetto Corsa

Picking the best VR games at the moment is tricky because many of the best VR experiences aren’t the best games, and vice-versa. For example, much as we love Team Fortress 2, you don’t half get motion sick running at the scout’s speed in VR.

Other experiences are like hands-off coaster rides – Sony’s The Deep, for example – which one would hardly want to call games. Oculus‘ story studio takes that one step further, employing ex-Pixar staff to create bespoke first-person VR entertainment.

Even those games that are good fun are often just demos, for products that will be released when the Rift, Vive and the rest are all on sale. We’ve picked the five games we’re most excited about seeing and the 10 games that we think are best now. If you disagree, let us know in the comments.

VR games on our radar

Minecraft

Minecraft

It’s official: the world’s most popular block-em-up is coming to VR. Minecraft Windows 10 Edition is being developed for the Oculus Rift, but you won’t need to splash out $599/£499/AU$649 (the cost of the Rift) for the experience. That’s because it’s also heading to Samsung’s second-generation Gear VR, with all of the Oculus version’s features in tow. We’re not sure what we’re looking forward to the most — legging it from creepers in the dead of night or burrowing into the landscape like goggle-wearing, pickaxe-wielding mole. A bit of both, probably.

Hover Junkers

Hover Junkers

Hover Junkers started revving our VR engines when its first gameplay videos surfaced a couple of years ago. Its story makes little sense: Earth has nearly run out of water, so naturally everybody is pelting it around on crudely made hover barges firing rounds into each others’ heads. We’ll forgive that, though, as Junkers’ gameplay is manic multiplayer action — and great fun to boot.

Using the Vive’s two controllers and your headset to look and move around, you have to shoot the enemy while taking cover on your barge to avoid incoming fire. The sheer freedom of movement makes the game so much different to non-VR shooters. You can dive for cover, wave at an enemy to distract them and even shoot yourself in the head.