The 15 Very Best VR Shooters For Rift, Vive, PSVR, and Windows VR

Over the last two and a half years we’ve gotten a lot of VR shooters. From zombie-slaying adventures and sci-fi romps through the stars, to hardcore military simulations and hunting dinosaurs on a lonely island, there’s been something for just about everybody.
Now with quite a few promising VR shooters on the horizon we’ve decided to round up our list of the very best 15 VR shooters that you can play right now on Rift, Vive, PSVR, and Windows VR headsets while you get ready for the next wave of intense FPS action.
All entries are listed alphabetically.

Arizona Sunshine (Rift, Vive, PSVR, and Windows VR)
Our Review
Vertigo Games’ zombie-killing adventure, Arizona Sunshine, is still the best game featuring the walking undead. It’s got a solid campaign, cooperative multiplayer, and an addictive horde mode. Everything is ultra-polished and it’s just a joy to play. Can’t recommend this one enough.

Farpoint (PSVR Exclusive)
Our Review
Farpoint was released as the flagship title for Sony’s PSVR Aim Controller and it does a great job of showcasing the device. We wouldn’t recommend playing it without the controller, in fact. What you’ll get is a decent campaign, 1v1 PvP maps, solo challenge maps, and co-op wave-based maps to play with a friend. It’s a lot of content and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a VR shooter that just feels better to play than Farpoint.

From Other Suns (Rift Exclusive)
Our Review
Imagine if you took the ship management aspects out of something like FTL then married it with a procedurally generated roguelike with a Star Trek Away Team-style skin. That’s basically From Other Suns. It’s a blast on co-op and is basically infinitely replayable.

Gunheart (Rift, Vive, and Windows VR)
Our Review
This is about the closest you’re gonna get to something like Borderlands in VR right now. The drop-in, drop-out co-op works great, missions are fun and replayable, and there’s a ton of stuff to unlock in terms of guns, weapon mods, and cosmetic items. The movement features a mixture of free locomotion, teleporting, and excellent floaty jumps. Oh — and there’s PvP!

Island 359 (Rift and Vive)
Our Review
Hunting dinosaurs is terrifying, but it’s also fun. That’s the underlying premise that Island 359 was founded on. Think of it as a survival shooter that drops you into a jungle and asks you to hunt deadly dinos for survival. With a lot of weapons and game modes to pick from, it’s the kind of VR game that keeps on giving.

Killing Floor: Incursion (Rift, Vive, and PSVR)
Our Review
We’ve got plenty of VR zombie games out there, but few nail the overwhelming pressure you can feel when surrounded by a massive horde. It’s got some great boss battles, amazing physics, and really satisfying gunplay to check all of the right boxes. Co-op is a treat too.

Onward (Rift and Vive)
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While still technically in Early Access, this was really the original hardcore VR shooter to put competitive FPS games on the map for the immersive medium. It’s got excellent mechanics, a strikingly realistic gameplay feel, and it does a great job of making you really feel like you’re in the middle of a war. Highly recommended.

Pavlov (Rift and Vive)
Read Our Impressions
Pavlov is what you get when someone looks at a game like Onward and says, “What if that, but a little less hardcore?” That’s the long and short of it. Pavlov is basically Counter-Strike VR and it totally works.

Raw Data (Rift, Vive, and PSVR)
Our Review
Survios’ break-out VR shooter is part tower defense, part wave-based horde mode, part co-op intensity, and totally fun to play. The mixture of class-based team work and high-octane action make this one of the most purely fun VR games out there. Especially if you like feeling like an action hero.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PSVR Exclusive)
Our Review
About a year and a half after its release, this is still hands-down the scariest experience I’ve had in VR to date. Everything from the slow-building narrative, perfect shooter-based gameplay, gorgeously grotesque world, and horrifying violence make this a must-play for all PSVR owners.

Robo Recall (Rift Exclusive)
Our Review
While it can get a bit repetitive, Robo Recall is a great example of what’s possible with the Unreal Engine and motion controllers. It’s got perhaps the fastest and most fluid gun combat we’ve seen in a game to date and its addictive arcade-like style makes shooting robots a blast.

Sairento (Rift and Vive)
Our Review
If Raw Data and Robo Recall are a bit too tame for you, then Sairento may be able to scratch that itch. It’s got more high-flying action, time-slowing powers, and an excellent mixture of ninja elements to make you both look and feel like a badass superhero.

Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE (Rift, Vive, and Windows VR)
Croteam’s Serious Sam series is one of the longest-running pure adrenaline-based action shooter franchises on the market. It’s all about pure action with tons of enemies on-screen and lots of back-pedaling. Serious Sam 3 VR cuts no corners and even features online multiplayer.

Superhot VR (Rift, Vive, PSVR, and Windows VR)
Our Review
Calling Superhot a shooter isn’t really accurate, but we had to include it on this list since it does feature lots of guns. In Superhot time only moves when you do, so it’s actually more of a puzzle game as you figure out how to take out all enemies without getting hit in this cerebral thriller.

Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (PSVR Exclusive)
Our Review
This was a launch title for the PSVR and remains as one of the platform’s very best in terms of fun you can have behind a pair of dual-wielded guns. It’s actually just one 3-4 hour long roller coaster ride full of jump scares and bad guys waiting to be filled with lead. Beyond featuring some of the best sound design we’ve seen in a horror title yet, it’s also just a treat to play through.

Coming Soon

Seeking Dawn (7/12 for PC VR, PSVR no date yet)
We will have our full review of this game up next week, but suffice it to say that you can see in the trailer above why VR fans are excited. It’s gorgeous and we’re always looking for more co-op games.

Firewall: Zero Hour (8/29 for PSVR)
This is basically Rainbow Six in VR and we’ve loved it at every event we’ve had the chance to play it at. Using the PS Aim controller the game really comes to life and highlights the immersion of VR perfectly. We just hope enough people buy it to support the top-end 4v4 PvP mode.

Echo Combat (2018, Rift Exclusive)
Since it’s already gone through Open Beta, we imagine it’s not far off from release. Echo Combat takes the innovative movement system from Lone Echo and Echo Arena and marries it with Overwatch-style payload-moving FPS action.

Space Junkies (2018, Rift, Vive, and Windows VR)
Having just come off of a Closed Beta last weekend, Space Junkies is likely not far off from release either. This one feels a bit like the VR spiritual successor to Unreal Tournament with lots of zero-G jetpack flying action.

Defector (2018, Rift Exclusive)
If you’ve ever wanted to feel like the star of your own Mission Impossible film, then Defector could be the perfect game. Like, seriously. That’s what this is.

Zero Caliber (Early 2019)
We don’t know much about this one yet, but it already is on our list of most-anticipated VR shooters for sure. The art direction is beautiful and the co-op action looks like a great implementation of the sci-fi setting.

We undoubtedly missed some of your favorite VR shooters. Let us know what they are down in the comments below!
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