The Oculus Quest 2 digital store is full of games and it can be difficult to figure out which title to pick up and play next.
I’ve played some incredible games this month, including one that took me on an adventure through space and earned a spot on our list of the best Oculus Quest 2 games, but I’ve also played a few that sadly haven’t played as much Make Fun – Games from the Quest 2 store that you should avoid.
Here are the Oculus Quest 2 games I’m playing in September 2022.
Old dungeon VR
Ancient Dungeon VR is still a work in progress, but if you love rogue-lite games then this is a must-play Oculus Quest 2 title.
Admittedly, I was pretty pessimistic about Ancient Dungeon. The clearly Minecraft-inspired graphics weren’t my favorites, and I hate rogue-lites in general (Hades is the only game in this genre I’ve ever enjoyed), but I was happy to spend a lot of time in Ancient Dungeon, and I look forward to playing more.
While the hack and slash combat is simple, it’s a lot of fun, and the size of the game is perfect for VR. The dungeons are big enough to explore but not so big that you feel like you’re wandering through a maze. And because the dungeon is different on each run and there are many secrets to uncover, this game packs a lot of bang for your buck for $20 / £15 / AU$27.32.
Also, the rogue-lite gameplay is perfect for VR, there are plenty of ways to stop and take a break when you need a minute in the real world. What’s more, although it needs some work, there is teleportation movement for those players who (like me) can’t stand smooth movement in VR.
Additionally, Ancient Dungeon is a great pass and play title. Use our guide to learn how to cast your Oculus Quest 2 to a TV, then compete against your friends to see who can venture furthest into the dungeon.
I was really looking forward to Eolia. A climate-conscious puzzle adventure all about music; what’s not to love? Well, apparently quite a bit.
The Oculus Quest 2 title’s first misstep was an intro screen that described it as a “hands-first experience.” I didn’t find the Quest 2’s hand-tracking half bad in general, but Eolia was expecting a little too much from the budget hardware. Hand gesture controls weren’t always very different, so it was very easy for the game to register the wrong gesture or register nothing at all – which, as you can imagine, was very frustrating.
Also, Eolia isn’t the most comfortable game to play if you suffer from motion sickness. There’s no way to use teleportation moves, and the portions of the game where you’re riding on the back of a large beast are almost unbearable. I managed to find some comfort controls in the game’s main menu by exiting it, but the settings didn’t go far enough to make Eolia’s movement comfortable.
I’ve never been so impressed with Eolia’s puzzles that lacked the creative spark I found in VR games like I Expect You To Die 2.
Eolia would have benefited greatly from a downsized scope. By shrinking the world and reducing the number of different things players can do, the developers could have given the remaining TLC the TLC they needed and made playing Eolia feel more rewarding.
Red substance 2
Just like last month’s recommendation, Moss Book 2, I’d suggest playing through Red Matter before playing the sequel. Sure, Red Matter 2 does a good job of keeping you up to date with everything that’s happened so far in the Cold War-inspired sci-fi story, but it’s by no means a replacement for the actual game.
However, if you decide to drop by Red Matter 2, you’re in for an out of this world experience, whether you’re a fan of the series or a complete newbie.
Once again, you step into the footsteps of Sasha Riss – or at least the body her consciousness inhabits – and are sent on a planet-hopping mission after spotting a distress signal from a long-thought-dead comrade.
On your adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to explore multiple environments, rewarding your curiosity with story details or clues to solving the game’s next puzzle. Speaking of which, there is some repetition among the game’s puzzles, but in general the challenges are varied enough to keep you engaged throughout.
A small but incredibly appreciated touch is that Red Matter 2’s in-game controllers pair perfectly with Quest 2’s handsets. This seriously helps promote immersion in the game, as it feels like you’re actually holding what your character is meant to be.
I also liked the developer’s decision to allow teleportation moves during the jetpack platforming sections as well. Other VR game developers would have forced you to use the more immersive, fluid motion, but in Red Matter 2 Vertical Robot, you can play how you’re most comfortable so motion sickness won’t hold you back.
If you’ve been fascinated by games like Lone Echo 2 but don’t want to bother connecting your Oculus Quest 2 to a PC, Red Matter 2 (and the original Red Matter) could be just the games you need to play next.
If you’re looking for more games, check out our picks for the best VR games.