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VR shooting games are one of the most intuitive gaming genres for the hardware, as people can point and shoot in any direction they please. While tactical rolling in a bedroom isn’t recommended, there are some great games to play on Oculus and HTC VR headsets. In addition, some of the most stellar VR games are shooters as well, from Firewall Zero Hour to Space Pirate Trainer.

Compared to other FPS games, they offer a more immersive experience by placing players in a first-person perspective. It places players right on the battlefield, as opposed to chilling on a sofa.

Virtual Perceptions has compiled a list of the best VR shooter games across the Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift S, PlayStation VR (PSVR) HTV VIVE, and HTC VIVE Pro. Choose your VR headset, pick up your weapons, and blast enemies away.

Which VR headset is best for shooting games?

Like choosing between Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft, there is a choice between platforms for VR shooting games. These choices normally come down to personal choice, finances, and software.

Similar to the console market, the choice is dependent on the consoles. There is no clear and direct answer, as it is dependent on the priorities of the players. Is cost a factor, or the best experience possible?

HTC VIVE

Made by HTC, the HTC VIVE and HTC VIVE Pro are high-end VR headsets for hardcore fans. The VR headset offers room-scale VR where players can walk around and interact with objects. These experiences are incredibly realistic, requiring a powerful PC to run and sensors to be set up around a room.

Some of the best VR games are already available on the system and its stores, and it is a great place to pick up the top experiences on any VR system. While expensive, it provides plenty of value. That said, it has less exclusive games than the Oculus Rift S in terms of quality.

Best VR shooting games on the headset:

Oculus Rift S

Owned by Facebook and a successor to the Oculus Rift, the Oculus Rift S is a VR headset which offers realistic experiences. The system requires a powerful PC and sensors on a desk to run, and players can interact with virtual environments with 6DoF controllers.

Like the HTC VIVE, the Oculus Rift S can offer room-scale VR by adding a new sensor for a small cost, letting people roam around a virtual space and interact. While this is not necessary for VR shooting games, it opens the door for some of the best experiences.

Best VR shooting games on the headset:

Oculus Quest

The Oculus Quest is a standalone VR headset released in Spring 2019. The headset requires no cables or external trackers, giving players the freedom to bring the headset anywhere for fun and games. As a powerful PC is not required to play, it is the most accessible form of VR available.

While the Oculus Quest has a lower price-point, it sacrifices graphics for accessibility. As it runs on mobile graphics, it is not up to bar with its brothers and sisters. But for those who want an intuitive and fun experience for less cash, it does a great job.

Best VR shooting games on the headset:

PlayStation VR (PSVR)

Played with the PS4 or PS4 Pro, the PlayStation VR is a great VR headset for those who already have the games console. It just needs Sony’s console to run, as opposed to a powerful PC. An optional VR Aim Controller adds depth to shooting as well.

However, some experiences are not as good as the HTC or Oculus headsets. While it is ‘good enough’ for many software titles, users may be able to tell the difference between the realistic shooting games on PCs, and the muddier graphics on the home console. Regardless, it is serviceable for the games it can play.

Best VR shooting games on the headset:


Arizona Sunshine

Fancy killing some zombies? Arizona Sunshine offers a great experience for those who want to pop some heads off bodies with a variety of guns. With a horde mode and a solid campaign, the game scratches the itch of those who like the Walking Dead and the Last of Us.

Gameplay wise it feels great to wield two guns, moving around and smashing windows to get a view of the target. With DLC being released, it is also well supported by its developers.

Available on: Oculus Rift, HTC VIVE, PlayStation VR (Amazon).

Arizona Sunshine
Right to the head. Photo credit: Arizona Sunshine.

Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

The PlayStation VR game released as an exclusive when the headset released a few years ago. It remains one of the best games on the system, with a solid run of shooting segments against beings which, what else, want to kill you.

The developers designed the game around the player sitting down, as it is a roller coaster ride shooting people. As such, it enforces a sedentary, relaxed way of play. The game is only three to four hours long, making it a substantial experience for a Sunday afternoon.

Available on: PlayStation VR (Amazon).

Until Dawn Rush of Blood
Roller coasters, with a twist. Photo credit: Until Dawn: Rush of Blood.

Superhot VR

The hit game on PC made its way to VR, and it is a smash hit. The VR shooter features time manipulation, dodging bullets, and throwing objects to beat bite-sized levels.

With its quick gameplay and fast-paced action, it is perfect for short sessions of fun with friends and family. Rightfully, it has sold thousands of copies and spread like wildfire across the internet. Superhot VR is well worth the time and money.

Available on: Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, HTV VIVE, PlayStation VR (Amazon).

Superhot VR
Things are about to get dirty. Photo credit: Superhot VR.

Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE

One of the best VR experiences ever, Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE fully embraces the absurdity of its gameplay. With a wide range of guns available, from machine guns to rocket launchers, it is a bloodbath of epic and beautiful proportions.

The game is also a favorite at VR arcades, particularly in ones based in London. With the co-op gameplay tied to the battlefield, it is one of the best games to play with (older) friends and family.

Available on: Oculus Rift S, HTC VIVE.

Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE
Time to prepare the guns. Photo credit: Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Horror games are, for lack of a better word, terrifying in VR. Being in first-person, creeping around a house and underground, was nerve-wracking. For horror fans, it may be music to their ears as it is rightfully made for them.

The game also features shooting, where each bullet counts. One missed gunshot, and it is over. Unlike some other titles on this list, resource management is a key part of the gameplay. Less spraying people until they fall over, and more careful shots for survivability. For the methodical players, this game is for you.

Available on: PlayStation VR. (Amazon)

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Mind the creepy homeowner. Photo credit: Capcom.

Firewall Zero Hour

Multiplayer VR games are a lot of fun with voice chat, but few are as fun as Firewall Zero Hour. Call of Duty is a similar game, with its grenades and action. However, it takes a step beyond by having great gameplay enabled by the VR Aim Controller. The peripheral heightens the game from good to genre-defining.

The PlayStation VR has a variety of great exclusives, from Resident Evil 7 to Until Dawn: Rush of Blood. Firewall Zero Hour is not only one of the best games on the system, but one of the best VR shooting games available to buy.

Available on: PlayStation VR (Amazon).

Firewall Zero Hour
Great fun with friends. Photo credit: Sony.

Space Pirate Trainer

Sometimes, an arena arcade to shoot down robots scratches a particular itch. Space Pirate Trainer lets players blast away enemies and rack up a high score, sweeping away enemies with dual weapons. Visually the game is a blast as well.

The music pumps the players along with some deep bass, which works well with the gameplay. Similar to Superhot VR it is a great game for short bursts of fun.

Available on: HTC VIVE, Oculus Rift S, Oculus Quest, PlayStation VR.

Space Pirate Trainer.
Blast away the horse. Photo credit: Space Pirate Trainer.

Robo Recall

Robo Recall is a fan favorite shooter game first released on the Oculus Rift. Light and swift, the aim is to reach a high score by blasting your way to victory. The game also features challenge modes to put the skills to the test. — a fun way to pass the time while dancing among a hail of bullets.

Best of all, it is coming to the Oculus Quest. With the portability of the system, it allows players to shoot their way outside of the bedroom. However, it does sacrifice graphics for the portability.

Available on: Oculus Rift S, Oculus Quest.

Robo Recall
The Oculus Quest version will have the same gameplay, but lower graphical fidelity. Photo credit: Robo Recall.

Space Junkies

I love outer space. I also like spaceships. Space Junkies smooshes them together, with heavy music and slick gameplay to make a game that is, unshakably, about fun. The addition of hand gestures with your partner is also a nice touch, before jumping into a neon warzone of death and pretty colors.

As a game ported to the Oculus Quest, this is a great experience for those who want a short blast, similar to Space Pirate Trainer.

Available on: Oculus Rift S, HTC VIVE, Oculus Quest.

Time to shoot. Photo credit: Space Junkies.

Dead and Buried 2

The previous title is a lot of fun, especially with shooting zombies. Now, imagine shooting zombies in an arena, running around, with the Oculus Insight cameras sensing the walls and crates? That is a recipe for next-level immersive gameplay.

For those who have friends out in the open, and want something which raises the bar for VR shooters, this one is definitely for you.

Available on: Oculus Rift S, Oculus Quest.


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Tom Ffiske

Editor, Virtual Perceptions

Tom Ffiske specialises in writing about VR, AR, and MR across the immersive reality industry. Tom is based in London. 

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