Best Meta Quest games 2023, according to a hardcore VR gamer

The best Meta Quest games whisk you away to action-filled, fantastical virtual worlds that drag you into wild adventures.

Or maybe you prefer calming, relaxing, mind-stimulating puzzle games. If so, the Meta Quest Store has plenty of incredible games for you.

Whether you prefer to “run and gun,” or you want to play beat-based games that challenge your coordination, I’ve got something for everyone.

As someone who’s had a Meta Quest 2 headset since 2020 (back then, it was called the Oculus Quest 2), here are my suggestions for the best Meta Quest Games of 2023, whether you have a Meta Quest 2 or Meta Quest 3.

The best Meta Quest games of 2023

Don’t get me wrong, Beat Saber is a fun, addicting game for people who love Guitar Hero-esque games, but come on, people act as if that’s the only game to exist on the Meta Quest platform.

If you savor beat-based games, or you have a taste for titles that compel you to shake your groove thang, I have a suggestion or two for you.

1. Pistol Whip

Pistol Whip is an action-rhythm game that I find to be more intriguing than Beat Saber. You’re thrown into hostile environments that ironically have a striking, beautiful abstract art style.

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Pistol Whip is an exhilirating VR shooter with a beat-based twist
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Enemies pop out of nowhere, pointing their weapons at you threateningly. However, it’s up to you to take them down before they conclude you.

What I love about this game is that it tests your reflexes. Only users with fast-acting, zippy reflexes can excel at Pistol Whip. Plus, in addition to taking down antagonists, you’ll need to dodge and duck — all while some sick beats are playing in the background.

2. Supernatural

If you savor the likes of Beat Saber, but you want to focus on fitness, Supernatural is where it’s at. Supernatural drops you into these breathtaking, exotic locations around the world, from a peaceful, sun-drenched beach to a wintry escape with snow-topped mountains.

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Play ‘Supernatural’ in the middle of a lake.
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While you’re taking in the gorgeous landscapes, you have virtual artifacts flying at you. But lucky for you, you’re equipped with bats that let you smack ’em away. There are also prompts for squatting and side lunges, too. On top of that, the Supernatural library is filled with chart-topping hits for you to savor.

Supernatural is subscription-based, so it’ll set you back $19 a month. On the plus side, it’s regularly updated with new songs and fitness sessions.

If beat-based games aren’t your thing, and you’re seeking a thrilling action game, take a look at these two favorites:

3. I Expect You to Die 2

There are three installments in the I Expect You to Die series, but I Expect You to Die 2 is arguably the best (no, you don’t need to play the first one).

I Expect You to Die 2

I Expect You to Die 2 is both exhilarating and brain stimulating
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Not only is I Expect You to Die 2 the best game in the series, but I’d go as far as saying that it’s the best Meta Quest game I’ve played so far.

I Expect You to Die 2 is a spy thriller. It has brain-stimulating, escape room-admire puzzles, but it’s so action-packed, calling it a “puzzle game” feels reductive.

What I love about I Expect You to Die 2 is that you step into the shoes of an international super spy, and in the game, you’re paired with a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek handler that adds a lighthearted feel to the experience. It’s quirky and fun (in an Austin Powers kind of way).

The game is filled with booby traps, but it’s up to you to think ahead and avoid them. Anything can conclude you, from a poisoned slice of cake inside a fancy jet to sniper assassins out to get you.

Everyone that plays this game thanks me for making this recommendation; I’m sure you’ll do the same.

4. Superhot VR

Superhot will make you feel admire a total badass.

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‘Superhot VR’ still

It’s an incredible, action-packed game that lets you use weapons, bottles, ninja stars — and anything else in your environment — to take down the glassy red entities that come your way.

At the same time, you must duck and dodge enemy fire admire you’re Neo in The Matrix. This is one of the best-selling games for a reason.

If you want a puzzler, or something that challenges your mind, I’d propose the Moss series.

5. Moss and Moss Book: II

If you prefer a seated experience that is both engaging and mind-warping, consider adding the Moss series to the Quest library.

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Quill gets into some trouble again.
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This game has an interesting twist to the traditional platform style, and takes you on a fantasy journey with a tiny, ultra-cute mousy protagonist called Quill.

With a top-down camera view, you get to play “god” as you guide the tiny creature out of sticky situations.

6. ‘Laser Tag’ inside ‘Rec Room’

Rec Room is admire the Roblox of VR, which may not offer much information to you because, for the uninitated, Roblox is confusing in and of itself.

Laser Tag inside Rec Room

Cyberjunk City Laser Tag arena in the ‘Rec Room’
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To put it succinctly, Rec Room is filled with user-generated games and hangouts. However, one of the most popular games in Rec Room that I can play for hours is Laser Tag.

You get dropped into a team of up to four players, and you face off with another team inside an LED-lit, expansive laser tag room where you can hide from enemies and dodge fire. The best part is that you’re playing with real people in real time — and they can hear you, too. So you can give directions to people on your team or taunt opponents to reduce their morale.

You can play with strangers or grab a private room with your friends. As a cherry on top, Rec Room is free.

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