The Top 20 Best VR Games on Steam (2020)
It’s 2020 and there are tonnes of VR games available on Steam. Sifting through them all can be a daunting task but we’ve done that for you! We’ll also keep this list updated as more games get released!
Here are the 21 best VR games on Steam:
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/546560/HalfLife_Alyx/
A VR masterpiece. If you own VR, you owe it to yourself to play this game. I’ll let the ratings do the talking. This was just over a day after Half-Life: Alyx got released and look at these crazy numbers:
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/620980/Beat_Saber/
A rhythm game where you hit incoming cubes with lightsabers. This is pretty much a no-brainer for any VR enthusiast. It is the best selling VR-exclusive title ever, hitting over a million sales recently and has a whole community behind it producing awesome content: beatmaps, custom sabers and other mods.
You won’t ever run out of content playing this game, because the community is always creating more. This is the only game where I could see myself spending thousands of hours on it without getting bored.
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/611670/The_Elder_Scrolls_V_Skyrim_VR/
Where did all my time go? It got sunk into this game and Beat Saber.
I’m not actually a fan of Skyrim, but when it came out on VR, I gave it a try and was hooked ever since. I’m glad I didn’t like it before, because I get to enjoy now in VR.
This is easily a 500+ hour game and if you can play it with direct movement, it becomes much more immersive. Though if you’re prone to motion sickness, it might be best to go with teleport movement.
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/359320/Elite_Dangerous/
One of the most immersive games on VR. Elite Dangerous puts you on your own starship in an open-world, multiplayer environment. There are tonnes of things to do in this game including space battles, bounty hunting, killing pirates, exploring planets or just exploring the galaxy. This is already a good game on 2D screens, but VR makes it ten times more awesome.
I play this game with a HOTAS flight stick and it makes the game way more epic. If you ever decide to buy this game, I recommend getting one too.
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/605450/In_Death/
An insanely difficult, procedurally generated, rogue-like bow & arrow shooter. It’s one of the best bow & arrow games on VR and you can easily spend several hundred hours into this game. This game is perfect for those who like tackling difficult challenges and can even be scary at times when you walk into unexpected enemies.
I have 80 hours on this game, but I’m still playing it and wish I had more time.
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/555160/Pavlov_VR/
Basically counterstrike on VR. If you like competitive, multiplayer shooters, Pavlov VR is the best one out there.
I Expect You to Die
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/587430/I_Expect_You_To_Die/
One of my favorite games on VR, although it is pretty short. I Expect You to Die is a highly immersive puzzle game where you play as a secret agent with telekinetic superpowers. Sometimes it feels like you are in a spy movie. The puzzles are also challenging, but not impossible.
Even though it’s a really short game, the quality is so good that it’s worth the price. Some would even say that this game is a masterpiece and I would agree with them.
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/617830/SUPERHOT_VR/
An innovative first-person shooter where time (almost) freezes unless you move. You’re outgunned, outnumbered and must maneuver through bullets like you’re in the matrix, whilst being as efficient as possible in order to win. It’s a pretty challenging game and well worth the $25.
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/578620/GORN/
A bloody, violent, cartoony gladiator simulator. It’s both heart-racing and hilarious at the same time.
The game might not look like much – you’re just using outrageous weapons to fight some guys and slice their limbs off. But trust me, when you play it once, you’ll keep coming back for more. I have 80 hours on this game so far and it’s one of the best VR games on Steam.
Google Earth VR
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/348250/Google_Earth_VR/
Seriously just try it out. It doesn’t sound like much, but you get to feel like Superman flying through the world. Visit the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Canyon or the streets of Tokyo. It’s also free on Steam.
Check out our favorite places to explore on Google Earth VR.
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/667970/VTOL_VR/
A flight simulator where all the cockpit controls are manipulated by your hands. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have HOTAS support since you need to be holding the controllers pressing buttons, turning knobs and switches.
It also has a steep learning curve, but once you get past that, it can be quite addictive. I’d say there are about 20-30 hours of gameplay value here.
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/927270/Accounting/
Accounting+? Isn’t this just work? Why the hell would I play this?
Because Accounting+ is the funniest comedy game on VR. It was developed by William Pugh who was the designer for The Stanley Parable and fully utilizes VR for a comedic experience. Characters react to your actions, making it feel like you’re apart of the show rather than just watching it.
It’s a very short game: about 2-3 hours of gameplay (possibly longer if you’re going for the Easter eggs/secret areas), but quality > quantity. I had a lot of fun and thought it was definitely worth the money.
Fallout 4 VR
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/611660/Fallout_4_VR/
This is one of those games where I’d say wait for it to come on sale before buying it. It’s riddled with bugs, poorly optimized and just poorly executed. But it’s a great idea and Fallout fans will still love it. I just don’t think it’s worth $59.99
This is also a HTC Vive exclusive title, but can also run on the Oculus Rift. It was specifically designed for the Vive controllers, so it’ll present a few minor issues for Rift users, but overall – most of them aren’t a big deal.
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/342180/Arizona_Sunshine/
A thrilling, high-intensity zombie shooter that’s very well polished. This game is scary – no joke. It’s perfect for showing VR to friends and seeing their reaction. It also has a multiplayer version which I haven’t tried yet.
My only qualm about this game is the campaign is pretty short (around 4-6 hours long), so you might wanna get it on sale. Still I thought it was worth the price, because quality > quantity and during those 4-6 hours were some of the best VR experiences I ever had.
A Chair in a Room
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/427760/A_Chair_in_a_Room__Greenwater/
Speaking of scary games, holy shit this game is scary! A Chair in a Room is the scariest horror game on VR. It’s scarier than any movie I’ve watched (granted, I don’t watch many movies) and made me scream on several occasions and I’m a grown man.
What I like about this game is that it’s beautiful and scary at the same time – seriously look at the graphics. A few glitches and the bad control scheme ruined my immersion a bit, but if you can look past that, you got a great horror game.
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1031440/TOKYO_CHRONOS/
Here’s one for the weeb fans out there. Tokyo Chronos is a story-driven game – one of the best story games on VR. It has both a great plot and great characters which is quite rare for a story. It’s also a decent length at ~20 hours. I actually thought it was one of the best VR games on Steam.
If you are even remotely a fan of visual novels, you owe it to yourself to try this and you won’t regret it. If you also don’t mind reading in VR, then you’ll still like this game, just don’t go into this expecting a huge level of immersion. The characters can be quite static and there’s text floating in front of you, but don’t be mistaken: the selling point of this game is the story and the characters, not the immersion.
Still, it’s more immersive than anime and visual novels as you get to feel like you’re talking to the characters in front of you. If you play this game and get stuck, be sure to check out our guide on getting the true ending.
Spice and Wolf VR
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1065970/VRSpiceWolfVR/
Basically a VR anime, nothing more. It shows you a glimpse of what anime will be like in VR, but there’s little story and most the game is having a conversation with Holo. Still, if you’re a Spice and Wolf fan you might be interested in picking this up. Or if you wanna see what a VR anime feels like.
Other than that, don’t expect anything special.
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/574140/Project_LUX/
Actually a pretty decent story game, despite how it looks. I thought it was a meme game at first, but the story is quite decent (I liked it better than Spice & Wolf) and unlike Tokyo Chronos, this is an anime rather than a visual novel.
The story isn’t as good as Tokyo Chronos, but if you prefer an anime experience, then this game’s for you!
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/450540/Hot_Dogs_Horseshoes__Hand_Grenades/
Do you like guns? If you even remotely answered ‘yes’ then buy this game. It’s the most realistic firearm simulator on the market.
The game has hundreds of weapons to choose from, many hunting ranges and several game modes. It has at least 100+ hours of gameplay time and the game is being constantly updated with content every week.
L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/722230/LA_Noire_The_VR_Case_Files/
Play as a detective to solve crimes from 1947 Los Angeles – one of the most corrupt times in L.A. history. Balance gunplay, investigation and free-roaming through the city. This game only supports Oculus, Valve Index and Vive, so don’t buy it if you got Windows Mixed Reality.
And don’t be fooled by all the negative reviews on Steam. Most of the negative reviews were because this game crashed and people couldn’t run the game. Well, they released an update for the game and this has fixed the issue for most people.
Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/471710/Rec_Room/
A social game, kinda like VRChat, but more polished and geared towards gameplay. It’s much more fun than VRChat in my opinion.
Rec Room has coop quests, battle royale, paintball for PvP and more. Plenty of things to try!
And that’s our top 20 list of the best VR games on Steam! What are your favorite games? Is there a really good game that I missed? Share below in the comments and I’d love to try it!