By | December 30, 2023
10 Best VR Games 2023

2023 was one of the biggest years for virtual reality to date. In early 2023, Sony launched the PlayStation VR2 headset for PS5, its next-generation VR device that offers significant upgrades over its PS4 predecessor. Not to be outdone, Meta released the Meta Quest 3 a couple of months ago, and it also offers big improvements over previous versions of the headset.


However, VR did not only advance in the hardware field. 2023 saw its fair share of high-quality virtual reality releases, which included games built from the ground up to be played specifically in VR and titles that can be played traditionally, but are enhanced in virtual reality. VR games seem to get better every year as developers continue to learn what works and what doesn’t in virtual reality, and it will definitely be exciting to see what the future holds for PS VR2 and Meta Quest 3.

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Before virtual reality enthusiasts look to the future, they might want to take a look back at the best VR games released in 2023.


Arizona Sunshine 2

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The original Arizona sunshine was one of the first zombie shooter games released for virtual reality headsets, although many found it to be a relatively barebones experience compared to traditional shooters. Fortunately, Arizona Sunshine 2 is a total upgrade compared to its predecessor in basically every category. It features a meatier campaign complemented by a horde mode, more robust co-op options and smarter VR interactivity that makes players more immersed in the experience. Zombie shooter games are a dime a dozen in VR, though Arizona Sunshine 2 clearly leads the pack.

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Arizona Sunshine 2

Released
December 7, 2023

Developer
Vertigo game

Publisher
Vertigo game

ESRB
M Due to blood and gore, crude humor, drug references, intense violence, strong language, suggestive themes, use of alcohol and tobacco

Asgard’s Wrath 2

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Sanzaru Games released the original Wrath of Asgard to widespread critical acclaim back in 2019, with many hailing it as one of the absolute best VR games ever made up to that point. Unfortunately the first one Wrath of Asgard The game has remained locked on the older Oculus Rift headsets and is still a PC-only game to this day, leaving out those who jumped on the VR bandwagon with the wireless Meta Quest headsets. That is where Asgard’s Wrath 2 recording. Asgard’s Wrath 2 was even better received than its predecessor, with particular praise for its story and captivating action-RPG gameplay. Arguably the absolute best game playable on Meta Quest 2 and 3 headsets, Asgard’s Wrath 2 is a must for VR enthusiasts.

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Asgard’s Wrath 2

Travel across vast realms inhabited by the gods in pursuit of the trickster god Loki, who threatens to unravel the threads of the universe. It’s up to you to battle gods and monsters alike as you take on one of the biggest and most epic Action RPG games ever experienced in VR. Alongside legendary Egyptian gods, you’ll battle deadly warriors and awe-inspiring mythical creatures through physics-based, visceral combat with unique weapons and playstyles. Wield unique mortal heroes and transform loyal animals into your own warrior followers as you explore a vast, free-roaming and living world and solve mind-bending puzzles on a god scale.

Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise finally made the right leap into virtual reality in 2023 with Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR. A full-fledged one Assassin’s Creed game, Nexus VR does a great job of translating the core AC experience to the virtual reality. It doesn’t hurt that the game has one of the most popular protagonists in it Assassin’s Creed story, the unforgettable Ezio Auditore, making it the perfect VR game for franchise fans.

Dungeons of Eternity

Some of the best experiences one can have in VR are playing with friends. Anyone needing a new co-op VR game to play need look no further Dungeons of Eternitya co-op hack-and-slash game where up to three players work together to battle enemies in procedurally generated dungeons. Dungeons of Eternity is enjoying some nice post-launch support as well with the release of the Frostbound update, so it should definitely give VR co-op players a lot of bang for their buck.

Gran Turismo 7

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Gran Turismo 7 originally launched in 2022 with no virtual reality features to speak of, which made sense considering the PlayStation VR2 headset wasn’t out yet. One year later, Gran Turismo 7 got its long-awaited VR update, and fans have never looked back. Playing Gran Turismo 7 in VR is a revelation, with the game taking full advantage of the PS VR2’s upgraded graphics to make players feel like they’re actually on its many racetracks. Almost the whole Gran Turismo 7 the experience can be enjoyed in VR, and it’s arguably the best way to play the critically acclaimed racing game.

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Gran Turismo 7

Gran Turismo 7 is the latest addition to the long-running Gran Turismo series. Players will be able to purchase and customize a variety of vehicles, racing them against AI opponents and real players in a variety of race types and tracks. Gran Turismo 7 features a variety of game modes and brings back fan favorites such as GT Simulation and Sport Mode.

The game has an online community that allows players to compete against each other and share their knowledge to become even better drivers.

Released
March 24, 2022

genre(s)
Competition

ESRB
E for all: Alcohol reference, use of tobacco

Metascore
87

Orientation on split screen
Vertical only

Number of players
1-2

PS Plus Availability
N/A

Number of tracks
108

Number of cars
484

Local Co-Op Support
1-2 players

Horizon Call of the Mountain

Whenever new hardware is launched, it is extremely important that it is supported by high-quality software. Sony made sure this happened with its PlayStation VR2 headset by releasing Horizon Call of the Mountain as a launch title. Horizon Call of the Mountain is a VR spin-off of PlayStation’s popular open world Horizon game, with Call of the Mountain giving players the chance to face Horizons huge machines and wonderful game world in VR. Horizon Call of the Mountain is still one of the best reasons to get a PlayStation VR2, nearly a year later, and is a must-buy for anyone with the headset.

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Horizon Call of the Mountain

Horizon Call of the Mountain is a standalone VR experience set in the world of Horizon. In this immersive virtual reality adventure, players will take control of a former Shadow Carja Warrior named Ryas.

Released
February 22, 2023

ESRB
Rated T for Teen for Fantasy Violence and Mild Language.

Metascore
79

Humanity

Humanity is a critically acclaimed puzzle platformer with an incredibly unique premise. In it, players take on the role of a dog who must guide humans through dangerous stages. The entire game can be played traditionally on a TV, but it’s definitely enhanced when played in VR. Fortunately, VR support is available for the game on both PC and PlayStation, giving fans the chance to try it out regardless of their platform of choice.

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Humanity

Released
May 16, 2023

Developer
tha ltd.

Publisher
Improve

genre(s)
Puzzle

ESRB
E10+ for all 10+ due to fantasy violence

How long to beat
12 hours

Metascore
86

Platforms that support crossplay
PC, PS4 and PS5

PS Plus Availability
Extra & Premium

I Expect You to Die 3: Cog in the Machine

The I expect you to die game puts players in life-threatening situations that challenge them to solve puzzles as quickly as possible to escape. Since the original, the I expect you to die games have taken great advantage of the unique features and controls offered by virtual reality headsets, and the third game is no exception to the rule. Easily the best entry in the series so far, I Expect You to Die 3: Cog in the Machine contains everything that fans loved about the previous games, but with better graphics and even better puzzles.

Resident Evil Village

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Since Resident Evil 7, Capcom has consistently delivered some of the most fully-fledged and immersive VR experiences on the market. In 2023, Capcom gave fans two new ones Resident Evil virtual reality experiences with Resident Evil Village and that Resident Evil 4 remake both get extensive VR modes. But when it comes to the best Resident Evil VR Experience 2023, Resident Evil Village takes home the crown. With Resident Evil Village already built around a first-person perspective, its VR mode feels more natural and is easier to slip into. Explore Resident Evil Villages haunting game world in VR is an experience you’re unlikely to forget anytime soon, and even those who have thoroughly played the base game will want to consider giving it another go in VR.

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Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil Village, or Resident Evil 8, is the direct sequel to RE7 and continues its story. The game became hugely popular upon its release, with one of its characters, Lady Dimitrescu, becoming a meme. RE Village won Game of the Year at the Golden Joystick Awards 2021.

Released
May 7, 2021

genre(s)
Survival (dupe) , Horror

Engine
RE engine

ESRB
M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

How long to beat
10 hours

Metascore
84

Synapse

There are so many VR shooters out there that it’s easy for them to get lost in the shuffle, though Synapse is one that has really stood out thanks to its stylish, exciting action and roguelite elements. Throw in psychic powers that are incredibly fun to use in VR, and it quickly becomes apparent why Synapse was one of the games nominated in the Best VR/AR category at The Game Awards 2023.

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