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Add another game to the list of VR titles releasing this month: 17-Bit’s Song in the Smoke launches soon.

The VR survival game will arrive on Oculus Quest, PSVR and Oculus Rift on September 18. No word on a SteamVR-specific release just yet.

The news was revealed in a Japan-focused indie game showcase named asobu earlier today. Song in the Smoke features a lot of traditional elements you’d expect from a survival game like resource gathering, hunting and item crafting, allowing you to make tools to fend off the game’s threats. You’ll also interact with an ecosystem-focused AI system, which determines how creatures might react based on a variety of factors.

You might find it easier to hunt a calm creature, for example, whilst a hungry one may prove far more erratic and troublesome. You can learn a lot more about the game in a developer diary we debuted as part of the Upload VR Showcase in June. New gameplay in today’s stream saw a player crafting an arrowhead and getting up close to some of the more dangerous inhabitants of the game’s lush environments.

Looking for other VR survival games? We just reviewed Alta’s A Township Tale.

Are you going to be picking up Song in the Smoke? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jamie Feltham

Jamie has been covering the VR industry since 2014 having come from a gaming and technology background. While he loves games, he's most interested in experiential VR that explores narrative, human connection and other such themes. He's also the host of Upload's VR Showcases, which you should definitely watch.


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15 Best VR Horror Games For The Oculus Quest 2

Horror video games tend to be scarier than movies, and that goes double for horror games in virtual reality. With the Oculus Quest 2, players will feel as through they are really there in the thick of the story rather than in the safety of their living rooms.

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For those with the guts to play VR horror, there are plenty of options out there. Of course, VR is still in its baby stage, so players cannot expect titles comparable to survival horror giants like Silent Hill,Resident Evil, and Fatal Frame. However, the competent and well-reviewed horror games already available in the VR store shelves may surprise players. Gamers just need to make sure they really know what they're getting into with these terrifying VR titles.

Updated on October 16th, 2021, by Allison Stalberg:The Halloween season has come, and this time with more Oculus Quest 2 horror games available. Only the bravest can tackle horror in VR, as these games are top-tier immersive to the point that the players really feel like they are in a different world. Not all these games are exclusive to VR, so they may be familiar. However, they will definitely be scarier than they were on any other console. Players should prepare to get up-close and personal with ghosts, demons, zombies, and more.

15 Layers Of Fear

While not just available in VR, Layers of Fear feels like it was meant to be experienced with the Oculus Quest 2. However, it is a port, so it won't have a lot of VR tricks to its mechanics.

The game's horror element is psychological, with the player taking on the role of a hallucinating painter exploring his own home. There are no monsters to shoot or places to hide. It is purely an explorative experience full of scares.

14 Face Your Fears II

Face Your Fears II has players explore the creepy and abandoned Harvest House as they unravel the story of the history of the Harvest family. The game is rated T for teens, which makes it unique because most horror titles are rated M for mature. However, that does not mean the game is not scary. It is filled with jump-scares and a creepy atmosphere.

Fans enjoyed the game enough that they want the original title ported to the Oculus Quest 2 as well. The original game is available on Gear VR.

13 The Exorcist: Legion

This adventure horror game comes in five chapters, and has received rave reviews from publishers like Kotaku and GameCrate. The player takes the role of an exorcist, and has to investigate demons and possessed people.

The game has everything horror, from jump scares to sudden darkness to upsetting sounds. The only complaints some players have put forward are a low frame rate and a couple of glitches. Some players on Steam even claimed to have returned the game for a refund because it was too scary for them to play.

12 Cosmodread

Cosmodread is a must-play title for fans of science fiction horror. The story takes place on a dying spaceship that is filled with monsters. In true survival horror game fashion, the player has a weapon, but scarce ammo.

The game released in March 2021 and has had overwhelmingly positive reception on the online Oculus game store. Reviews have praised the game for its graphics, scares, and atmosphere, which has been compared to Dead Space, Alien: Isolation, and Silent Hill.

11 Lies Beneath

Released in March 2020, Lies Beneath is a survival horror VR game that has been rained on with near-perfect review scores. Unlike Layers of Fear and The Exorcist: Legion, this horror game is full of action. The game takes place in the fictional town of Slumber, Alaska, and players play as a returning college student. They find the town is filled with monsters and go on a quest to save their father.

Reviews have praised the game for its soundtrack and graphics. Fans have compared it to a comic book rendition of The Thing, mixed with elements from Silent Hill.

10 Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife

A unique aspect of this VR game is that the player is not in the role of a human, but a wraith attempting to figure out how they died. Players can move through walls, move objects at will from a distance, and track how other spirits move.

Despite being undead, there still is much to fear in this game such as hostile spirits to avoid. The game avoids cheap jump scares and delves more into thick tension and long senses of dread.

9 Arizona Sunshine

Originally released in 2016, Arizona Sunshine is a typical zombie survival horror game. Many have called this title the VR game of its genre. It is a little heavier on the action than the horror, but it definitely can get the heart racing due to its intensity. Unlike other horror titles, this VR game does have a co-op mode as well.

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Many players suggest getting the game on a discount, since it's a pretty generic zombie shooter. Still, it boasts great VR capabilities and the ability to play with friends.

8 Kobold

Kobold is more of an experience than a game, but such is the nature of certain VR titles. Players are on a quest to find a missing boy, exploring an abandoned German mansion in a creepy forest. While the game is mostly cinematic, players can pick up clues and take their time to see as much as possible.

The game is short, taking up to an hour at most, and its beauty is in its atmosphere. It may be worth the journey for horror and mystery fans, but definitely not all gamers.

7 Dreadhalls

In this title, the player is trapped in a dungeon and must find a way to escape. All reviews of the game admitted to having a terrifying experience and warn that the game is not for the faint of heart. There are scary sounds and monsters such as hellhounds, floating heads, shadow people, and devils.

True to its name, this VR title does give its players a sense of dread as they explore the massive dungeon. Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, as the game is a great deal at only 10 dollars.

6 Five Nights At Freddy's: Help Wanted

All gamers know of the Five Nights at Freddy's series. It is one of those indie video games that went mainstream and got a ton of games since its first release in 2014. In 2019, it entered the world of VR. The Help Wanted collection includes the original classics of the series, as well as various mini-games.

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While players do not have to use a VR headset to enjoy this game, it is definitely is worth the frightening experience. Even though most players go into the game knowing what to expect, the VR experience is unfailingly terrifying.

5 Edge Of Nowhere

Unlike many other VR horror titles, Edge of Nowhere uses a third-person perspective instead of first. Players take on the role of a man searching for his missing fiancee in the harsh land of Antarctica. However, the world shifts into a place of monsters and madness fairly quickly.

The game is a must-play for H.P. Lovecraft fans, as the game was inspired by his work, Mountains of Madness. Besides being a scary adventure, the game is gorgeous. Some reviews have criticized the game for poor controls but have still admitted it is one of their favorite Oculus titles.

4 Affected: The Manor

Affected: The Manor is not for gamers looking to play for a story, but more for those who just want to get scared. The gameplay is a walking simulator focused on exploration and atmosphere. The end goal is to escape the manor.

The game has been updated with two gameplay modes. One is called The Gauntlet, which ranks players based on their speedrun times and another is called The Darkness, which makes the manor have zero lights on and gives the player only a candle to see.

3 In Death

For another combat-heavy horror VR game, look no further than In Death. The setting and story are pretty interesting, as the player explores a ruined and abandoned heaven that has been taken over by lost souls and monsters. It is up to the player to restore peace as they navigate a medieval setting and combat enemies.

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It has many positive reviews, and some claim that In Death is their favorite VR game of all time. The one negative is that it is not very scary compared to the many other horror titles the Oculus has to offer.

2 Red Matter

This puzzle adventure game has a pretty interesting setting, taking place in a dystopian sci-fi Cold War. The player takes the role of an astronaut on a moon base to investigate a secret research project. While the game is short (under about three hours), players have showered this title in positive reviews.

Like In Death, the horror elements in this game are mild. Some players wouldn't even call it a horror game, but many still admit to feeling unsettled and a little spooked at certain parts. Players love the game for its graphics, challenging puzzles, as well as its voice acting and suspenseful music.

1 The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

The Walking Dead is sometimes more of a drama than a horror franchise, but in VR the horror elements really come out to play in this video game title. There are scares from having little light and exploring in the dark and there are also jump-scares when a zombie suddenly appears around a corner.

While gamers love the game for its action and horror, they have noted in their reviews that the AI behind enemies is sometimes not the best. Still, it's highly worth playing for fans of zombie titles.

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The best Oculus Quest 2 games

Our selection of the best Oculus Quest 2 games are here so you can get the most out of the Facebook-owned Quest 2 virtual reality headset. 

There's a plethora of native games available for the headset through the Oculus Store. But thanks to the Oculus Link cable, you can actually connect the Oculus Quest 2 to a gaming desktop or laptop and play VR games with high-fidelity graphics.

So with that in mind, we've pulled together the best Oculus Quest games available to buy and try right now.

What are the best Oculus Quest 2 games?

Picking out the best Oculus Quest 2 games depends heavily on the type of games you want to play. And bear in mind that might change a good bit when you have all the action strapped right up against your face; horror game fans might not find jump scares so easy to deal with then they are happening quite literally tight in front of you eyes. 

However, there are plenty of games that can take advantage of a VR setup, so you won't be left wanting. And if you like shoot 'em ups, for example, Population:One puts a unique spin on the battle royale concept by letting you scale and fight from different surfaces. Fight fans will also appreciate the physics of SuperHot VR.

However, Half-Life: Alyx is arguably one of the best VR experiences and games around, so while you may need to buy it through Steam, you're not likely to regret the purchase. 

For less combat-filled games, check out Beat Saber, which takes Guitar Hero and transports it to a virtual world. VR also lets you enjoy recreational activities from the comfort of your home, with VR takes on golf (Topgolf), fishing (Real VR Fishing) and even ping-pong (Eleven Table Tennis) among the best of the best on the Oculus Quest 2.

The best Oculus Quest 2 games you can buy

1. Half-Life: Alyx

If ever there was a game you wanted to use to show off what experiences virtual reality can really provide, then half-Life: Alyx is the game you will want to go to. While it's not Half-Life 3, it's a game built by Valve specifically for VR headsets, even though the gaming giant didn't really expect to sell a huge amout of copies. 

While it may be niche, it's also a stellar example of how good VR gaming can be when time and development expertise is brought to bear. Over on our sibling site PC Gamer, Christopher Livingston praised Half-Life: Alyx for its attention to detail, interaction, story telling, setting and more. 

And while it's not strictly a Quest 2 game, as it's not on the Oculus store, by using the PC link cable to connect the Quest 2 to a gaming PC you can enjoy one of the best VR games ever made. 

Buy on Steam 

2. Population:One

Despite its flamboyant style, Oculus’s exclusive VR Battle Royale game Population:One is too innovative to be dismissed as a simple Fortnite clone. You and two teammates will be dropped into a hostile environment to scavenge for weapons and supplies in order to be the last group standing. There's a wide variety of guns to use and structures to build. However, Population:One's exclusive vertical combat system is the true star of the show.

Every surface you see is climbable. This makes for intense firefights as teams scramble for the high ground advantage. From a higher position, you can use a wingsuit to fly into battles or quickly traverse the map. The whole system is a unique addition that breathes new life into the battle royale genre. 

It’s impressive to see a game of this scale and design run so smoothly on the Quest 2’s mobile chip. On top of tight controls, immersive environments and a fun gameplay loop, developer BigBox VR is constantly rolling out live events to keep the game feeling fresh.

Buy at Oculus for £22.99

3. SuperHot VR

If you've ever imagined what it must be like to be a polygonal hitman traversing a series of stark environments, then SuperHot VR might be perfect for you. The game takes SuperHot's core mechanic of time only really moving when you move, and brings it into the virtual reality world. So when you physically duck a bullet that projectile will shift from creeping forward to pickling up pace. 

SuperHot is pretty cool normally, but it feels, ironically, turbocharged in VR. Suddenly, you're in the midst of slow-motion action that feels surpassingly frenetic. You have to really consider where you are in a space and think several steps ahead to avoid a one-shot death. 

It's also pretty amusing; hurling a book or even your own gun at an advancing enemy and watching them shatter is a heady mix of Jason Bourne, John Wick and Austin Powers. Just be aware it can get very engaging. And if you don't have a lot of space around you, you might find a right hook aimed at an enemy ends up pummelling a wall in the real world! 


4. Beat Saber

If you threw Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, and just a sprinkle of Star Wars into a blender you'd get Beat Saber. In this game, you match the color of your saber to slash color corresponding blocks at the correct angle. 

In addition to an increasing speed, there are hazards such as bombs and walls that you must physically dodge. The result is a full-body workout with a pulse-thumping EDM soundtrack. It’s an entrancing experience that could only succeed in virtual reality.

An extensive single-player career mode will challenge you for hours with increasingly specific requirements needed to beat the campaign. Free play lets you pick any song to jam out to with togglable modifiers to support or challenge you. 

A novice player might turn on a bonus multiplier helper, while a sadis — I mean expert ups the challenge by limiting their game to a single mistake before failure. Recently, Beat Saber added a multiplayer update so you can compete head to head against friends to see who the most skillful swordsman is within your friend group. 

Buy at Oculus for £22.99

5. The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners 

The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners is the Quest’s first AAA single player game. This herculean effort combines a lengthy campaign, satisfying physics and realistic environments for an immersive horror experience. You’ll sneak, shoot and scavenge your way through a zombie-filled New Orleans with every major choice you make resulting in equally hefty consequences.

An advanced crafting system allows you to construct makeshift gear with a believable weight and scale. Just like real life, you’ll have to properly grip these weapons that are prone to breaking with extended use. Between degrading weapons and a restrictive stamina system, you have to decide on the best path to complete objectives. Stealthy approaches may make things more difficult as a mission plays out. On the other hand, rolling up to encounters guns blazing often leaves you weaponless against a hoard of the undead. 

The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners strikes a balance of immersion and entertainment desperately missing from the Quest store right now. Next to the PC exclusive Half Life: Alyx, this is the best AAA VR campaign around.


6. The Climb

Sometimes you need a break from the virtual violence. That’s where Crytek’s VR game The Climb comes in. The developer that gave us Far Cry and Crysis created a stellar free-climbing simulator that trades in the pews of firearms for audible "oh wows" from its players. Realistically rendered environments courtesy of CRYENGINE give you the thrill of hanging off cliffs from the Alps to the American Southwest. 

All of the game’s courses provide a steep challenge and require the use of proper gripping techniques. There are multiple paths around each ascent for you to explore with different views of vistas and valleys as a reward. Successfully completing a climb allows you to rank up and purchase new gear. Failed runs are awarded fear-inducing plunges instead. 

The Climb is a breathtaking experience both visually and physically. If you’re looking for a physically challenging escape from the dreariness of the real world, chalk your hands up and grab on tight to The Climb. 

Buy at Oculus for £22.99

7. Pokerstars VR

This free-to-play multiplayer casino simulation offers over a dozen stunning virtual environments. From urban Macau rooftops to medieval castles, you can play poker, blackjack and slot machines. Whether you’re playing with your Friday night poker buddies or random strangers, all of the game modes in Pokerstars VR are an absolute riot. 

Each day, you’re able to spin a chip wheel every eight hours for free in-game currency that allows you to partake in gameplay. As long as you’re not playing in major competitions, you’ll never have to pay real money to sit in on a hand or two. 

The longer you play at tables, the more creds you earn. Creds are different from chips and allow you to buy virtual props that range from cigars to shotguns complete with detailed interactions.

The devs went above and beyond with Pokerstars VR, including in-game daily, weekly and lifetime challenges for rewards and more than 30 unlockable achievements for completionists. For an authentic casino night out during these trying times, Pokerstars VR delivers in spades. 

Free on Oculus

8. Onward

More in line with Rainbow Six: Siege than Call of Duty, Onward’s no-respawn 5v5 competitive gameplay requires strategic planning and extensive communication between teammates for a successful operation. Your hit count is limited and reloading requires you to physically chamber rounds for an eerily realistic military experience. Without being held back by wires, Onward shines on the Quest 2 more than on any other VR headset. 

This sense of freedom gained from cutting the cord allows you to dive into cover and crouch in Onward’s dozen official maps without worry. To keep the game from feeling stale, there are legions of community-made maps. Each setting is chock full of detail and offers plenty of places to take cover during intense firefights. Under fire, your vision narrows to simulate combat stress. While this is quite immersive, interacting with all of your equipment is truly next level.

Each of the more than 40 guns in Onward require their clips to be emptied and rounds to be chambered for reloading. This means it’ll take you time to load and chamber clips into sidearms or each individual bullet into weapons like shotguns and revolvers. Your stock equipment regardless of loadout includes a health injection syringe on your waist, radio on your left shoulder and tablet on your back. These tools help you revive downed teammates and contact distant teammates too far to use proximity chat.

Buy at Oculus for £18.99

9. Topgolf with Pro Putt

Topgolf got its start as Pro Putt, the best mini golf VR game available. With varied courses, correctly weighted clubs and realistic ball trajectory, this experience was second only to actual putting greens. A recent update added a Topgolf driving bay venue with multiple clubs from irons to drivers, the ability to watch YouTube videos on surrounding walls and multiplayer support for up to seven friends. 

From the main menu, you have access to a 10,000 square foot practice green, a putting career mode and multiplayer. Multiplayer modes like Cornhole and Pitch Pong are reminiscent of the arcade games included in the Tiger Woods games of the early aughts. Achievements, a ranking system and leaderboards give Topgolf endless replay value. 

Fun alone or with your friends this is the best golfing experience available on Quest.

Buy at Oculus for £14.99

10. Until You Fall 

Mix the challenging combat of Dark Souls with a rogue-like, and you’ll get Until You Fall. With a satisfying gameplay loop, neon aesthetic and a banging synthwave soundtrack this is the VR game we had no idea we needed. Equipped with dual-wielding weapons (sword, mace or knife) you’ll strike dodge and counter enemies to best them in battle. 

Sadly a majority of your time will be spent falling in battle. Each time you die provides you with new insight and upgrades. Ranging from maximum health to damage buffs, these upgrades can turn the tides of battle in your favor. Akin to playing one last round in the Civilization series, each successful run makes it difficult to put the game down.

Difficult boss fights will undoubtedly drive you mad. Coming better prepared to a fight with improved gear and prevailing however is pure ecstasy. If you love the sweet torture of Soulsborne games, you’ll be playing Until you Fall.

Buy on Oculus for £18.99

11. Real VR Fishing

On the other end of the stress spectrum is Real VR Fishing, a great way to wind down from the hell that is Until You Fall. Surprisingly this simple fishing game is one of the best-looking Quest games thanks to the photorealistic environments and fish models. You can chill out on the water catching fish while watching YouTube videos thanks to a floating browser for pure zen.

Inviting friends to explore and fish with you makes the experience even better. Each player can customize their avatar, equipment and difficulty level that makes the experience fun for anglers and non-anglers alike. From tropical coasts to city bays, dynamic weather and events keep you immersed.

Each fish you capture can be collected in your customizable aquarium. This collection and achievements give this game a satisfying sense of progression.

Buy on Oculus for £14.99

12. Skyrim VR

Even though it’s coming up to its 10-year anniversary, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is very much a game you should try in virtual reality. You’ll need to connect the Oculus Quest 2 to a gaming PC or laptop, albeit not a hugely powerful one given the game’s age. And it’s not superbly optimized for cutting-edge VR use. However, Skyrim VR basically lets you step into a virtual country with a fantasy and Nordic flavor. 

While Skyrim is available on all manner of platforms, VR is arguably one of the newer and more interesting ways to experience the stellar open-world game. It also mixes up the playstyle of the game, with ‘realistic’ controls letting you slash away at draugrs and dragons by actually swinging your arm. And even with dated graphics by 2021 standards, there are still moments where Skyrim's art style and lighting that present you with some beautiful vistas; perfect escapism from the rigours of real life. There is also mod support through the Steam Workshop, which adds yet another arrow into Skyrim's brimming quiver. 

Buy on Steam

Hunter Fenollol is test editor of consumer tech for Popular Mechanics, where he covers gaming, mixed in with hardware and other gadgets. Prior to that he was a writer and editor at Tom's Guide, covering gaming, VR, and tech deals. His work has also appeared on CNN, MSN, Yahoo Finance, and more.

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