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Lists of killer apps and games by user ratings - for the Rift hmds and Quest 1 & 2 with Link

RuneSR2
Level 15

To get an overview, here're lists of the highest rated games and apps for the Oculus Rift hmds and for Quest 1 & 2 with (Air)Link. If you're new to PC-VR, maybe these lists can be of inspiration - and maybe even old-timers can find stuff they've overlooked...  

To be included at least 40 users must have rated a game or an app, and the average user rating must be at least 4.5 stars out of 5 (= 90 % or better) - based on user ratings in the Oculus Rift Store (Steam games or apps are not included). Maybe we could call these lists for grade "A" games and apps - or simply current Rift killer games and apps  😉

And why the need for 40 user ratings? In the Oculus Rift Store there are many games and apps receiving high ratings, but to provide sound statistics it's not enough with just 3 user ratings - or 10 - or even 20. I've chosen 40 because it's close to the minimum number of individuals I'd want in a group, if I was trying to get some robust statistics after collecting answers to a questionnaire (for a medical trial and similar investigations). I've provided the current number of user ratings for each game or app, so if some readers only trust average ratings based on 100, 500 or even 1,000 user ratings, the lists will accommodate for such preferences. 

Note that these lists are not influenced by my preferences - I'm just the guy counting user ratings and associated average ratings  o:)
Also note that new awesome games or apps may not yet be on the lists due to an insufficient number of user ratings. 

Highest rated Rift games:

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98% average rating
The Room VR: A Dark Matter (379 ratings)
Altdeus: Beyond Chronos (71 ratings)
Red Matter 2 (56 ratings)

96% average rating
Beat Saber (15344 ratings)
Moss (949 ratings)
Golf+ (289 ratings)
Walkabout Mini Golf (187 ratings)
Merry Snowballs (44 ratings) - removed from the Store (Feb 2020)

94% average rating
Robo Recall (11352 ratings)
Lone Echo (5283 ratings)
I Expect You to Die (1273 ratings)
Brass Tactics (764 ratings)
Trover Saves the Universe (303 ratings)
Until You Fall (198 ratings)
Airtone (99 ratings) - removed from the Store (maybe Jan 2021), still available on Steam
Jet Islands (78 ratings)
Hyper Dash (46 ratings)

92% average rating
Gorilla Tag (1101 ratings)
Eleven: Table Tennis VR (910 ratings)
Blaze Rush (780 ratings)
Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted (778 ratings)
Space Pirate Trainer (726 ratings)
Vox Machinae (390 ratings)
Vacation Simulator (383 ratings)
Final Assault (273 ratings)
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (233 ratings)
The Invisible Hours (228 ratings)
Bending the Light (174 ratings)
Racket: Nx (113 ratings)
Virtual Virtual Reality (114 ratings)
Synth Riders (115 ratings)
The Under Presents (58 ratings)
Crisis VRigade (55 ratings)
Mini Motor Racing X (49 ratings)
Down the Rabbit Hole (49 ratings)

90% average rating
Vader Immortal (5609 ratings)
Superhot VR (3690 ratings)
Asgard's Wrath (3585 ratings)
Blade & Sorcery (3913 ratings)
Elite Dangerous (2566 ratings)
Stormland (1946 ratings)
Job Simulator (1489 ratings)
Boneworks (1344 ratings)
Gorn (928 ratings)
In Death (726 ratings)
Pistol Whip (709 ratings)
The Thrill of the Fight (620 ratings)
Brass Tactics: Arena (481 ratings)
Windlands (388 ratings)
Audica (368 ratings)
Racket Fury (346 ratings)
Red Matter (315 ratings)
Witchblood (265 ratings)
A Fisherman's Tale (224 ratings)
Raccoon Lagoon (217 ratings)
Form (206 ratings)
Thumper (196 ratings)
Journey of the Gods (134 ratings)
Shadow Point (117 ratings)
Catan VR (95 ratings)
Half + Half (80 ratings)
The Gallery - Episode 2: Heart of the Emberstone (79 ratings)
The Eastern Edge (75 ratings)
Gravity Labs - Gravitational Testing Facility & Observations (66 ratings)
Shooty Fruity (65 ratings)
Audio Trip (44 ratings)


Highest rated Rift apps:

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96% average rating
Wolves in the Walls (1147 ratings)
Art Plunge (85 ratings)
Get Lost in Nature with Luke (60 ratings)
Where Thoughts Go (44 ratings) 

94% average rating
First Contact (1684 ratings)
Crow: The Legend (891 ratings)
Show It 2 Me (203 ratings)
Electronauts (104 ratings) - removed from the Store, still available on Steam
Sky VR: Hold the World (83 ratings)
Jig Space (57 ratings)
Arden's Wake (43 ratings)

92% average rating
Aircar- 92 % (2455 ratings)
1943 Berlin Blitz (1032 ratings)
Allumette (870 ratings)
Dear Angelica (882 ratings)
Fantasynth (568 ratings)
Dance Central (350 ratings)
Sensor Bounds (223 ratings)
Apollo 11 VR HD (209 ratings) - removed from searches in the Store, still available on Steam 
Wonderful You (155 ratings)
The Bond (133 ratings)
Beach Body Bros (117 ratings)
Nanome (40 ratings)

90% average rating
Google Earth VR (8776 ratings)
Henry (1178 ratings)
Wrench: Engine Building Demo (330 ratings)
Sharecare VR (300 ratings) - removed and replaced by a new and updated app
Tilt Brush (268 ratings)
Spice & Wolf VR (65 ratings)
Chroma Lab (42 ratings)

BTW, to make these lists I selected the Oculus Store category containing all games and apps, organized the items according to user ratings (highest ratings first) and then - one by one - checked the number of ratings and the average score. 

Finally we could also check which game or app (with an average user rating of at least 90 %) has the most votes in total - and the winner in each category is:

 

Rift game with the most ratings

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Rift app with the most ratings

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RuneSR2
Level 15
I'm ready to face the fire and the flames  🙂 - For what I'm going to write, had I done so 500 years ago, I might have ended up like this  :#

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Normally I really dislike rhythm games and sports games (I have bought Box VR and Sprint Vector though, but I don't spend much time on them). So - at least for now - I have not tried neither Beat Saber nor Racket: Nx, and I can't understand why these games get so utterly amazing ratings. And it's not just here, Steam users fully agree, Beat Saber and Racket: Nx are beyond awesome according to user reviews and ratings. I think I better can understand the Eleven: Table Tennis VR rating - it looks like a nice simulator, but I haven't tried that game too. 

Why are Beat Saber and Racket: Nx better than Lone Echo and Robo Recall? If someone could explain this to me, I'd greatly appreciate it - I feel a bit lost here  😉

Trailers of Beat Saber, Racket: Nx and Eleven: Table Tennis VR:

https://youtu.be/vL39Sg2AqWg

https://youtu.be/_aW-kyb1OcE

https://youtu.be/7J4Io458jXo

Oh, well, I might just buy the games and try them out...  😉

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RuneSR2
Level 15
And sadly, many of my personal favorite games on the Rift didn't get on the list. Still some may deserve being mentioned (I've added some best-selling games too):

Edge of Nowhere - 88 % (972 ratings)
Kin - 88 % (32 ratings)
Wilson's Heart - 86 % (570 ratings)
From Other Suns - 86 % (540 ratings)
Obduction - 86 % (392 ratings)
Landfall - 86 % (226 ratings)
Discovering Space 2 - 86 % (158 ratings)
Arizona Sunshine - 84 % (1497 ratings)
The Climb - 84 % (1338 ratings)
Defense Grid 2 - 84 % (530 ratings)
Mage's Tale - 84 % (391 ratings)
Rez Infinite - 84 % (144 ratings)
Star Trek: Bridge Crew - 82 % (636 ratings)
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality - 82 % (321 ratings)
Marvel Powers United - 82 % (245 ratings)
Red Matter - 82 % (69 ratings)
EVE: Valkyrie - Warzone - 76 % (1489 ratings)
Subnautica - 76 % (251 ratings)
Killing Floor: Incursion - 74 % (489 ratings)
Robinson: The Journey - 74 % (261 ratings)
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter - 72 % (128 ratings)

A new game that soon may achieve a 90+ % average rating from more than 40 users is "Pixel Ripped 1989", it's now at 92 % with 25 ratings. "Virtual Virtual Reality" currently gets 88 % with 34 ratings, "Catch & Release" gets 88 % with 36 ratings, and "The Thrill of the Fight" gets 90 % with 33 ratings.

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falken76
Level 13

RuneSR2 said:


Normally I really dislike rhythm games and sports games (I have bought Box VR and Sprint Vector though, but I don't spend much time on them). So - at least for now - I have not tried neither Beat Saber nor Racket: Nx, and I can't understand why these games get so utterly amazing ratings. And it's not just here, Steam users fully agree, Beat Saber and Racket: Nx are beyond awesome according to user reviews and ratings. I think I better can understand the Eleven: Table Tennis VR rating - it looks like a nice simulator, but I haven't tried that game too. 

Why are Beat Saber and Racket: Nx better than Lone Echo and Robo Recall? If someone could explain this to me, I'd greatly appreciate it - I feel a bit lost here  😉

Oh, well, I might just buy the games and try them out...  😉



I don't know why they'd be better.  I don't dislike rhythm games from the onset so I guess that is part of it.  I like Beat Saber better because I enjoy it, it's just fun to me.  I don't like Lone Echo much because it makes me feel sick, I just don't like that floating feeling, and Robo Recall is pretty and fun in short bursts, but I find it to be incredibly boring, it's what I imagine the Marvel game to be like.  Eye candy that gets repetitious very quickly and has almost no replay value whatsoever, it's seriously like an arcade game that's goal is to keep you pumping quarters into the machine.  I do have Eleven Table tennis, I like it, it's a fun game but I haven't played it in a long time because I need to move furniture around just to play it.  I haven't tried Racket: NX yet.  I have a bunch of games but I really only play DCS World and Onward consistently.  Those two are my killer apps for this thing.

I would suggest you give Beat Saber a try and return it if you don't like it, you have a 2 hour window.  Mod it and download some real songs before you go through those 2 hours though, it's better when you play songs you recognize.  If you suck like I do, get Mortal Kombat, it's easy enough and has a good rhythm to it.

BeastyBaiter
Level 9
Rune isn't the only one, but you have to keep in mind that the only people reviewing them (I assume) are those who bought them. People like me me who would give Beat Saber a 1 star review simply because we dislike the whole concept aren't going to buy it in the first place and thus not review it. So you really can't compare the ratings between Beat Saber and Robo Recall. At best, you could compare Beat Saber to other rhythm games. I assume they exist, though I don't know of any. Similarly, Robo Recall's ratings can only be compared to other FPS's, like Arizona Sunshine.

darkjorik2
Level 3
It's a pity. I don't played in all of this games list. But many.  90%  for one time use. Play, test and close.
Rift games still look like one time demos. But cost money.


RuneSR2
Level 15


Rune isn't the only one, but you have to keep in mind that the only people reviewing them (I assume) are those who bought them. People like me me who would give Beat Saber a 1 star review simply because we dislike the whole concept aren't going to buy it in the first place and thus not review it. So you really can't compare the ratings between Beat Saber and Robo Recall. At best, you could compare Beat Saber to other rhythm games. I assume they exist, though I don't know of any. Similarly, Robo Recall's ratings can only be compared to other FPS's, like Arizona Sunshine.



I just found out there's a free Racket: Nx demo on Steam - it's a 2GB download. I just tried it and must admit I'm impressed. Like you wrote, which I think is spot on, we should be careful not to mix different genres - and both Beat Saber and Racket: Nx (guess both are sports games to some degree) belong to completely different genres than Lone Echo and Robo Recall. Maybe the lists can help to find games and apps that - within their respective genres - will be extremely impressive. Racket: Nx is not just polished - I'd call that game ultra-polished. It plays like some weird cocktail of tennis and Arkanoid, but it's an awesome cocktail and trailers don't show this game correctly (like nearly always for VR games). Racket: Nx is easy to access and understand, it performs awesome (even forcing super-sampling 2.0 I get perfect 90 fps and 30-40% extra headroom) and few if any will experience technical difficulties (like the game crashing) - because to get a 96 % average rating you need all users to be happy 😉 Still, to me it feels more like a $10 game than a $20 game, but of course the devs got to make a living 🙂

https://youtu.be/dKcMVUN4Ric

For persons who like this kind of futuristic tennis, Racket: Nx may indeed be the reference, but it wouldn't qualify as a top 5 Rift game to me, because I value other genres higher.

Note that Racket: Nx wasn't out of Early Access before July 17 2018, so you could say it's a new game, less than 1 month old (at the time I write this post). 

Maybe I should try Beat Saber soon like Falken76 suggested - if not for anything else, just to see what a 98% game (based on more than 1,000 ratings) plays like... 

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RuneSR2
Level 15
I've just bought Racket: Nx and Beat Saber  o:) I do understand that everybody wants to be a Jedi - and I'll admit that I do enjoy watching the young Sith Lords train  😮

https://youtu.be/NHD1utOvak8

https://youtu.be/5P0cOdx9cSY

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RuneSR2
Level 15
Beat Saber is cool  B) - the game runs totally smoothly (90 fps) using super-sampling 2.0. I guess all critics become silent when you hand them two real lightsabers  😉 BTW, it would have been nice with round instead of square light emitting from the sabers (check the tip of the light - it's square not round) - but that would have increased the number of polys a lot - also if arms and hands had been included. Best of all, the game made me feel like this drummer  😄  

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Compared to real VR games like Lone Echo, Moss, Elite and Mage's Tale, Beat Saber would be like 65 % max to me - but compared to games within its genre I do believe Beat Saber has earned its 98 % rating. I'm starting to feel sporty - maybe it's time to tell my friends that I've started playing tennis, boxing and also took up some sword fighting!

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I'm sorry, why is no one actually standing up and applauding you @RuneSR2 for all the hard work, very interesting insight there, Lone Echo is quite pricey maybe that has something to do with it, the higher priced game the more is expected of it and more likely for someone to be critical of it.

If it was $5.00 it would have had 100% score. 
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