The Meta Quest 3 is officially upon us, and it’s arguably the best VR headset you can buy right now.
While it can’t quite match many of its competitors in terms of sheer power, it’s affordable, lightweight (for a VR headset, at any rate), and packed with great software.
On that note, if you’ve just bought a new Meta Quest 3, you might well be wondering what you should be playing on it.
Here are the 20 best games to play on Meta Quest 3 right now!
Sadly, this isn’t the VR version of the excellent 2023 remake, but rather the original 2005 release re-tooled for VR.
Meta Quest 2 games are compatible with Meta Quest 3, which means the whole Quest 2 library is available to you, including this superb survival horror conversion.
Whether you’ve never experienced Resident Evil 4 or you’re looking for an excuse to replay it, this is an excellent Quest 3 purchase.
This excellent VR shooter makes for a great Meta Quest 3 companion thanks to the headset’s enhanced performance and visual capabilities.
The world of The Walking Dead is a great playground for VR; smashing zombies’ heads never seems to get old, and with a range of weapons available, you’ve got plenty of ways to do it as well.
Try this one out if you’re looking for a more mature and violent Meta Quest 3 game.
Fair warning: if you want to play this on Meta Quest 3, you’ll need to hook your headset up to a PC with a capable graphics card.
After many years, Valve has finally returned to its flagship first-person shooter franchise, and Half-Life: Alyx stands up to its predecessors with ease in terms of quality.
To put it simply, this is another Half-Life adventure, so you can’t afford to miss it.
Hey, don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it. PowerWash Simulator VR is a surprisingly captivating experience on Meta Quest 3.
It’s exactly what it sounds like; you must hose down a series of environments until they’re squeaky-clean. If that doesn’t sound appealing, it’s safe to move on from this one.
If, however, you have a soft spot for working simulator-style games, this one must be on your Quest 3 to-do list.
One of VR’s biggest potential applications is in the world of fitness and exercise, and Creed: Rise to Glory – Championship Edition demonstrates that admirably.
While the game is a boxing sim on the surface, you’re going to need to display serious physical prowess if you want to overcome its challenges.
If you love the Rocky movies and also working up a sweat, grab this one posthaste.
6. Gun Club VR
Gun Club VR gives you the opportunity to handle more than 100 weapons with a high level of detail.
Each weapon looks and feels significantly different, so this is a firearm enthusiast’s dream, and you don’t even need to wade into the controversial sphere of actually owning guns!
Pick this one up if you’re looking for something closer to a simulator rather than a guided narrative experience.
Real-life golf is a sedate, tranquil experience, and Golf+ transposes that experience into a virtual reality environment.
Several real golf courses have been recreated with painstaking detail in Golf+, and you can enjoy branded golfing equipment as well, making this a truly authentic golf experience.
The game also supports both single-player and multiplayer modes, so you can take on friends and rivals around the world.
8. Beat Saber
With its stripped-back, simplistic gameplay, Beat Saber feels very much like the thing for which VR was made.
All you do in Beat Saber is hit blocks as they hurtle towards you in time with the music’s rhythm, but the game still manages to find ways to iterate on this in interesting ways.
Beat Saber is VR’s killer rhythm app, and it’s got plenty of downloadable songs to expand your repertoire as well.
Rather than simply being a port of the original FMV adventure, The 7th Guest VR is a ground-up remake.
The original game is somewhat clunky by modern standards, but this remake reimagines the experience as a fully 3D haunted house tour, complete with revamped puzzles.
If you want a VR experience that’s immersive, compelling, and a little bit spooky, this is the one for you.
The premise of Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is neatly encapsulated in its title.
This is an asymmetrical co-op multiplayer game that works brilliantly in VR. One player must defuse a bomb according to instructions provided by the other player.
The different puzzles and challenges available in this game manage to keep it fresh long past the point other puzzle games would have gotten stale.
11. Cities: VR
A city-builder might not seem like the most obvious choice for VR, but Cities: VR is great fun.
It puts you in charge of your very own city and allows you to build, maintain, and direct each district according to your grand designs, so to speak.
If you’ve played Cities: Skylines but you wish you could be just a little more hands-on, then Cities: VR is a great place to start.
When you’re going into Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, it’s important to remember that it’s more of a VR experience than a full-fledged game.
Still, if you’re a fan of George Lucas’ wonderful space opera universe – and who isn’t? – then you’ll find lots to love in this simple tale of a droid repair tech who becomes an unlikely hero.
You’ll fight alongside iconic Star Wars characters and visit famous locations from the movies, too.
13. House Flipper VR
When compared to the original House Flipper, this VR offering might seem just a little flimsy.
It doesn’t quite have the same visual fidelity or smooth gameplay as the original House Flipper, but if you want to live out your fantasy of being a home renovations expert, this is the best place to go.
Strap on your Meta Quest 3 and get ready to start building the house of your dreams – then selling it for a profit!
This game’s name comes from a famous James Bond quote, so you know what to expect from it; plenty of “impossible” puzzle situations from which you, a suave agent, must escape.
You’ll be escaping from the same kinds of absurd predicaments Bond gets himself into on a regular basis, some of which border on the cartoonish (in the best sense!).
If you’ve ever wanted to be James Bond, this is the game for you.
Tentacular is absolutely bursting with heart and charm. It’s a game in which you play as a giant squid, but rather than wrecking the town around you, you’re trying to help it.
Of course, since you have giant, clumsy tentacles, you may end up accidentally destroying some property, but it’s the thought that counts, right?
If you love the well-meaning shenanigans of Octodad, this is a great VR game to try out.
16. Rec Room
As a free-to-play environment chock-a-block with great sporting VR experiences, Rec Room is pretty much a must-play for any VR aficionado.
The pack-in games that come with the base offering are great, but Rec Room’s lifeblood is in its vast array of player-generated content.
From horror games to RPGs and narrative-driven experiences, Rec Room has plenty to offer the VR connoisseur.
17. Moss and Moss: Book II
Both Moss games are charming little adventures starring a plucky mouse, and they’re great for Meta Quest 3.
Unlike many VR games, you don’t actually see the action through Moss’ eyes; instead, you guide him around his environment from a distance, like a traditional video game.
This also makes Moss and its sequel great games for getting accustomed to the motion sickness VR can sometimes cause.
This rather excellent dungeon-crawling tabletop strategy game is a great and innovative Meta Quest 3 title to check out.
If you love tabletop games like Gloomhaven, then you’ll likely get a kick out of Demeo and its chunky little miniature sprites and boards, too.
This isn’t the game for you if you like fast-paced action, but those of a more strategic bent will enjoy this.
19. Superhot VR
Superhot is one of those games with a core idea so ingenious you’ll be surprised nobody has thought of it before.
Time in Superhot (and, by extension, Superhot VR) only moves when you do, so you’ll have all the time in the world to plan your next move, but once you start, you’d better execute with finesse.
It’s all wrapped up in a self-aware meta-plot that should appeal to fans of movies like The Matrix.
20. Fruit Ninja
Ah, Fruit Ninja. It doesn’t get much simpler or more addictive than this.
If you’re wondering whether this is the classic mobile “action” game reimagined for VR, the answer is an emphatic yes, and it’s just as fun as that sounds.
Slicing up fruit somehow never gets old, especially now that the fruit is right in front of your eyes as it explodes.