The Best PC VR Games in 2021 [Ultimate List]

In this guide, we take a look at the best PC VR games in 2021! These Steam VR games that can be played on any of the most popular VR headsets for PC:

  • Oculus Rift S
  • HTC Vive
  • Valve Index

We’ve got games in all different categories, including:

  • Adventure
  • VR Shooters
  • Puzzle
  • Rhythm
  • Multiplayer
  • Open-world
  • Horror

and more!

For the Oculus Quest 2, you can check out our best Oculus Quest 2 games guide.

If you think we missed a PC VR game for our list, comment below and let us know.

Table Of Contents

The Best PC VR Games on Steam VR

  1. Half Life: Alyx
  2. Skyrim VR
  3. Pavlov VR
  4. Beat Saber
  5. Population: ONE
  6. Blade and Sorcery
  7. Onward 
  8. Eleven: Table Tennis VR
  9. Pistol Whip
  10. Hot Dog, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
  11. BONEWORKS
  12. Superhot VR
  13. The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners
  14. STRIDE
  15. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
  16. Subnautica
  17. Tabletop Simulator
  18. The Forest VR
  19. Microsoft Flight Simulator
  20. No Man’s Sky
  21. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted
  22. Fallout 4 VR
  23. Minecraft
  24. In Death: Unchained
  25. STAR WARS: Squadrons

PC VR Games

Introduction

The Oculus Rift S is a VR headset for PC VR games

PC VR games refer to any game played on a VR headset for PC. These headsets connect to your gaming PC and act as a high definition display on your face. Your computer runs the game and displays the graphics on your VR headset.

The opposite of PC VR headsets is a standalone headset like the Oculus Quest. The Oculus Quest runs on a modified Android operating system and does not need to be connected to a computer.

Games run on PC VR headsets are more powerful than the Quest because of the limitless power of gaming PCs. So, the best VR games are for PC.

Steam VR

All the PC VR games in this list are found in the Steam VR store, which is the largest app store for PC. For each game, we have a link to the Steam store directly. 

Plus, we also have links to some certified third party stores which sell verified Steam VR game keys. These sites are 100% legitimate and can offer extra savings on VR games.

No matter where you purchase the game, you will still launch the game from Steam VR.

Most Steam VR games also available on Viveport and the Oculus Rift store, if you own an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift S respectively. You can look up each game on those stores if you prefer that instead.

Next, we take a look at the best PC VR games!

1. Half Life: Alyx

  • Type = FPS, Action
  • Price = $50

Half Life: Alyx is a premium PC VR game developed by Valve specifically for virtual reality. Most lists have Alyx as the best VR game of all time, and we’ve included it first in this list for a reason! It is an absolute must buy for any VR headset on PC.

In Half Life: Alyx, you control Alyx Vance on a mission to seize a super weapon belonging to the alien Combine. Each level and mission is built for virtual reality and all objects and game mechanics are perfect for VR. Your main weapon are gravity gloves, which can fight enemies and manipulate objects. Alyx is one of the most popular Steam VR games of all time.

Click here to view the best Half Life: Alyx mods.

Half-Life: Alyx VR Walkthrough of First Hour!

2. Skyrim VR

  • Type = Open-world, RPG
  • Price = $60

Skyrim VR is a virtual reality role-playing game in which players assume the role of Dovakin. Dovakin is a prophesied figure with the power to combat dragons in the fictional world of Skyrim.

As players traverse through mountainous open-world environments, they complete missions and quests that impact the eventual fate of their character. Players use swords, bows and arrows, axes, and magic attacks to kill various enemies like wolves, dragons, human bandits and soldiers.

It is one of the most ambitious games of all time and is adapted for virtual reality play. Because of its large fan base, there are thousands of Skyrim VR mods to add weapons, change gameplay, and improve textures.

Click here to view the best Skyrim VR mods.

28 Minutes of Skyrim VR Gameplay

3. Pavlov VR

  • Type = Shooting, multiplayer
  • Price = $25

Pavlov is the top rated PC VR shooting game on Steam. It is a realistic military game that you play online in multiplayer mode with other real life players. There are different maps included in Pavlov from both modern era and World War II.

Pavlov features some traditional multiplayer shooter game mode:

  • Search and Destroy
  • Deathmatch
  • King of the Hill
  • Gun Game

The game also supports custom map and mode support and has a growing mod community creating things for the game.

The Best VR Shooter!!! - Pavlov VR

4. Beat Saber

  • Type = Rhythm
  • Price = $25

Beat Saber is a VR rhythm game that combines original music with light saber slashing. It’s like Rock Band, Fruit Ninja, and Audioshield all mashed up into one.

Your VR controllers are swords to cut blocks in time with the rhythm of the beat. The game includes a solo campaign with increasingly hard original songs as you progress. The real charm comes from adding custom songs to the game which let you play real songs in the game.

Beat Saber is simple to learn but hard to master. The game dynamics are perfect for virtual reality and fun to play alone or with a group.

Click here to learn how to load Beat Saber custom songs into your game.

ALL SONGS ON EXPERT! - Beat Saber Gameplay - VR Oculus Rift

5. Population: ONE

  • Type = Multiplayer
  • Price = $25

Population: ONE is a multiplayer VR battle royal game similar to Fortnite. In the game, you drop into a colorful, near future world with limitless combat possibilities. You and your squad must fight together to survive until the end. 

Population: ONE delivers unparalleled vertical freedom and mobility with its unique Vertical combat System. Fly through the map to rain down bullets from above. Climb anything you see to gain the high ground advantage. Build strategic cover to protect your squad. Use your environment to fight anywhere.

SURVIVING the MOST INTENSE VR Game EVER - Population One VR - Oculus Quest 2

6. Blade and Sorcery

  • Type = Action, Combat, Sandbox
  • Price = $20

Blade and Sorcery is a top virtual reality game for PC VR headsets like the Oculus Rift S and HTC Vive. It’s a built-for-VR medieval fantasy sandbox game where you have to use your body to fight and defend against different enemies.

Its use of crazy physics and experimentation help create a world where your imagination can run wild. The goal of the Blade & Sorcery is to strongly demonstrate that physics-based melee can work in the right conditions.

There are hundreds of Blade and Sorcery mods that you can install which change the theme and gameplay of the game. Blade and Sorcery is an early access Steam VR game. This means that it is not fully complete yet and major features are yet to be added. However, most fans love seeing the game develop in real-time with each update.

Click here to view the best Blade and Sorcery mods.

BLADES, BLADES AND MORE BLADES!!! - Blades and Sorcery Gameplay | Ep1

7. Onward

  • Type = Shooting, Multiplayer
  • Price = $20

Onward is a realistic military VR shooting game. You put on full tactical gear and enter into team death match against another squad. It is slower and more methodical than games like Population: ONE, which move quickly.

Onward focuses a lot on teamwork. You can use hand signals and other controls to work as a team. This PC VR game has a growing online community and is rated highly in the virtual reality world.

VR Realistic Military Shooters just got BETTER - Onward VR Gameplay

8. Eleven: Table Tennis VR

  • Type = Sports
  • Price = $20

Eleven Table Tennis VR is the most realistic table tennis game for VR. In Eleven, you use your dominant hand to hit and return ping pong balls to your opponent. Your other hand is only used to set up the ball for a serve. The first thing that stands out is just how clean the game looks. It’s minimalist but very clear.

Eleven Table Tennis is a multiplayer PC VR game where you compete against a computer player or online against real people. The game includes challenges and a global leaderboard that you can climb as you play.

Now THIS Is Table Tennis On The Oculus Quest | Eleven Table Tennis VR

9. Pistol Whip

  • Type = Rhythm, Shooting
  • Price = $20

Pistol Whip is a unique rhythm and shooting game that plays well in virtual reality. You mostly stand still and move through a level while shooting bad guys to the beat of the music. At the same time, you have to dodge bullets and obstacles in your way.

Pistol Whip often gets compared to Beat Saber, but we think its more unique. It’s a good mix if you want to shoot in VR, but aren’t a fan of traditional military games. 

Pistol Whip recently launched 2089, a free upgrade which adds a story mode into the game. It is awesome.

'Pistol Whip' Dual-wielding Gameplay on Hardest Difficulty

10. Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

  • Type = Shooting, Sandbox
  • Price = $15

Hot Dogs, Horeshoes & Hand Grenades (HDHHG) is a popular VR sandbox game. It is like Blade and Sorcery but with guns. HDHHG doesn’t take itself too seriously and its easy to get lost in all the small mini games it offers.

HDHHG contains over 250 accurate simulations of historical, present, and futuristic weapons. You take each weapon into a collection of gun ranges, structures, and experiments. Once inside, you get to do exactly what you want. Its a good game to experiment virtual reality with and to play with your friends.

Dumbass With Guns in Hot Dogs Horseshoes & Hand Grenades VR Gameplay

11. BONEWORKS

  • Type = Action, Sandbox
  • Price = $25

BONEWORKS is another VR sandbox game experience (the third if you’ve been counting). This time, its focus is on realistic physics. In BONEWORKS, you can interact with the entire world in a fun and consistent way. Pick up weapons and objects and fight bad guys or experiment in virtual reality. Run, climb, and maneuver in any way you can.

BONEWORKS also contains a loose storyline mode where you have to unravel the mystery of the land. Its a fun way to get you interacting with the world as you play. Unlike Blade and Sorcery and Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, BONEWORKS is more structured and professional in its approach. 

Boneworks - Next Gen VR Gameplay!

12. Superhot VR

  • Type = Action
  • Price = $25

Superhot VR throws you into a minimalist all-white void, where blank-faced polygonal red enemies attack. It originally launched on Kickstarter and is now one of the most popular VR games of all time.

At a glance, Superhot VR seems like something out of TRON, but the gameplay is pure Matrix. The killer hook is that time only moves when you do. This mechanic works brilliantly in VR to move around in real space. Each level doubles as a sort of puzzle, challenging you to figure your opponents before they reach you.

Its hard to describe how unique the Superhot VR experience is. It is the type of game made perfect for virtual reality. 

Dodging Bullets and Freezing Time! - SUPERHOT VR Gameplay - Oculus Rift VR - Virtual Reality

13. The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners

  • Type = Action
  • Price = $30

The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners is one of the most popular VR games of all time. In the game, you face all the horrors that the living and the dead can offer in the Walking Dead universe. 

Travel through the ruins of walker infested New Orleans as you fight, sneak, scavenge, and survive. As you progress through each day, you unravel a city wide mystery within the iconic quarters. Encounter desperate factions and lone survivors who could be friend or foe. Whether you help others or take what you want by force, every choice you make has consequences.

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners VR Gameplay

14. STRIDE

  • Type = Action
  • Price = $15

STRIDE is one of the newest games on this list. It is a parkour game where you play a free runner in a chaotic and busy world. You have to run, vault, swing, and shoot your way through areas and levels. If you just take a look at the video below, you can see how perfect it is for virtual reality.

STRIDE comes with a few different game modes. In Endless mode, you have to keep moving as long as you can while your world crumbles behind you. In Arena mode, you can slow your pace down a little, but have challenges and tasks to complete. A full fledged story mode is coming to this Steam VR game in 2021, but STRIDE is still well worth it already.

NEW PARKOUR GAME BUT IN VIRTUAL REALITY - Stride VR Gameplay

15. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

  • Type = Multiplayer (Asymmetric)
  • Price = $12

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is the ultimate virtual reality party game with your friends. One person puts on the VR headset and must describe what they see in order to disarm a bomb. Meanwhile, your team uses a confusing instruction manual to find a solution for the disarmer.

As instructions become more and more confusing each level, this game is sure to test your friendships. KTaNE is easy to pick-up and fun even for people who aren’t that into VR gaming.

Keep Talking is a unique genre of PC VR multiplayer games called asymmetric. It means that one player plays in virtual reality, while others play in real life at the same time. It is a fun experience for friends and family to play together.

DEFUSING BOMBS WITH SUBS!! Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes VR Oculus Rift Gameplay

16. Subnautica

  • Type = Open-world, Survival
  • Price = $30

Subnautica is an open-world PC VR game that takes place underwater. When you start, you will need to go and explore to find water, food, and equipment to use. As you build yourself up, you need to venture further and further away.

In Subnautica, no two games are exactly the same. You can approach the game in different ways and the land under the sea is filled with surprises. When you are done playing in virtual reality, Subnautica is also playable with a traditional game pad or keyboard and mouse, too.

Subnautica VR #1: Fishy Fishy

17. Tabletop Simulator

  • Type = Games, Sandbox
  • Price = $15

If you like tabletop and board games, then Tabletop Simulator is the right multiplayer VR game for you. You can play with thousands of other players around the world. Tabletop Simulator ships with 15 different games like dominoes, puzzles, chess, poker, and mini golf.

There is an active community of members that create their own games. You can now go on and play Settlers of Catan, Monopoly, and Secret Hitler. 

We have a list of our favorite Tabletop Simulator mods to check out.

Sam and Lee have way too much fun playing Tabletop Simulator VR

18. The Forest VR

  • Type = Open-world, Survival
  • Price = $15

The Forest is a popular survival game where you are the only survivor of a plane crash. You must stay alive as long as possible by using the surrounding land to live and fight off your surroundings. Out of all multiplayer VR games, it’s a little scary and a lot thrilling.

In 2018, Endnight Games added virtual reality and multiplayer support. You can now work with your friends to survive off of the land as long as possible. There isn’t a lot of open-world PC VR games, but The Forest is our favorite experience. Anyone who has played Subnautica or Don’t Starve will enjoy The Forest a lot.

Forest VR Is One Of The FUNNIEST Game I've Played - The Forest VR w/ pewdiepie

19. Microsoft Flight Simulator

microsoft flight simulator pc vr game
  • Type = Simulation, Open-world
  • Price = $60

Flight Simulator 2020 is a brand-new flight simulator game published by Xbox game Studios. The game has received a ton of critical acclaim because it simulates the entire earth using data and textures from Microsoft’s Bing maps. Live representations of terrain, trees, grass, buildings, and water are generated real-time in the cloud by Microsoft Azure technology.

Azure is able to render clouds, weather, and other real-world effects in real time as you are playing. The game provides this from its 2 petabyte (PB) database in real-time as you are playing inside the map. All of this makes the game the largest open-world concept ever created.

The game contains over 2 million cities and towns, 1.5 billion buildings, 2 trillion trees, and 37,000 real-world airports. A recent update adds realistic winter weather patterns, which adds snow and ice into the game.

A new update in December 2020 added full PC VR game support to Microsoft Flight Simulator Beware though, the PC requirements are no joke!

Click here to read our complete Microsoft Flight Simulator guide.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 VR Gameplay // How To Remove Black Box Flight Sim 2020 VR

20. No Man’s Sky

  • Type = Open-world, Action
  • Price = $60

No Man’s Sky is an open world space exploration game where you can search and explore an unlimited number of planets. Each planet has different missions and lifeforms to explore and the game is one of the most ambitious ever created.

The game is way better with friends who you can explore and battle with throughout the universe with. And a VR headset makes the entire thing come alive. Out of all multiplayer VR games, No Man’s Sky is one of the most ambitious of all. You can play this Steam VR game on your PC without your headset too.

Let's Play: No Man's Sky VR

21. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted

  • Type = Horror
  • Price = $25

Five Nights at Freddy’s is a PC VR game in the horror genre. You are tasked with watching over Freddy’s fun house as a security guard. Watch the cameras and don’t let the animatronic bears out of your site. But beware, switching cameras takes up power and you need that in order to make the end of the night and complete the level.

Help Wanted is a collection of levels from previous FNAF computer games. They’ve all be remastered for virtual reality and the game experience plays really great.

FNAF is popular because it is a light-hearted horror game. It’s enough to make you jump out of your VR headset, but not enough to turn you off. If there is one horror game to play in virtual reality, we pick Five Nights at Freddy’s.

Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted - Part 1

22. Fallout 4 VR

  • Type = Action, Open-world
  • Price = $40

Fallout 4 VR is a post-apocalyptic role-playing video game that takes placed in the year 2287. The game is set in an open world environment based on the city of Boston and its surrounding region. It takes place 210 years after “The Great War”, which has caused catastrophic nuclear devastation across the USA.

In Fallout 4, you play the Sole Survivor, emerging from cryogenic stasis in an underground nuclear shelter. You have to set out into the world to find your missing child by exploring the world and completing quests. You can develop and manage settlements and craft using materials scavenged from the environment.

Click here to view the best mods for Fallout 4 VR.

15 Minutes Of Fallout 4 VR Gameplay

23. Minecraft VR

  • Type = Open-world, Simulation
  • Price = $40

Minecraft is an action-adventure sandbox title. It offers players a limitless virtual world where they can build anything with an array of different modes. It is perfect for almost any type of gamer.

Minecraft comes with lots of features, including crafting, gathering necessities, creating safety, and exploring. If you are a creative person, you will enjoy the endless playground the game has to offer. You can build virtually anything you can imagine. 

The team frequently releases new worlds, equipment, and modifications that keep the game fresh and exciting for players.

Click here to read our ultimate Minecraft VR guide.

VR Minecraft is Terrifying! - Minecraft VR Multiplayer Gameplay

24. In Death

  • Type = Action
  • Price = $30

In Death is not a gun shooting game. Instead, you have a bow and arrow to fight enemies in a medieval fantasy themed adventure. In Death is one of our favorite PC VR games to play and one of the best visuals too.

As you progress through In Death, the enemies get harder and more advanced. Shooting arrows is extremely fun in virtual reality. The developers promise a new arcade-style game mode is coming soon for those that don’t want to play through the story.

IN DEATH UNCHAINED QUEST 2 Gameplay // VR archery feels SO GOOD // In Death Unchained Quest 2 Update

25. STAR WARS: Squadrons

  • Type = Action
  • Price = $40

STAR WARS: Squadrons puts you in the drivers seat as a pilot of a starfighter. You have to travel through different missions and races within the Star Wars universe. There have been a few different tries, but Squadrons is our favorite Star Wars game for virtual reality.

Squadrons has a really fun single player story that takes place after the Return of the Jedi movie. You join the galaxy’s finest in the battle between the New Republic and the Empire. There is also a 5v5 multiplayer mode in the game where you race alongside other real players.

Racing games in VR have mixed reviews, but STAR WARS: Squadrons is the gold standard PC VR game experience so far.

16 Minutes of Star Wars: Squadrons VR Gameplay

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