While single-player VR games are exciting, there’s nothing like the comradery, teamwork, competition, and awarding victory in games that support multiple players. Whether it’s working together to shoot down zombie hordes or battling against others in a competitive arena, multiplayer VR games are gaining popularity in the gaming market.
We’ve taken the time to pick out 10 of the best multiplayer VR games of 2017 based on popularity among users, quality, usability, and price range. We will also quickly brief each game’s main features so that you get the gist of what each game is about and what to look forward to.
Top 5 Best Multiplayer VR Games of 2018 – Editor’s Picks
Below we’ve made comparisons between the top five best multiplayer VR games of 2018 that include the genre, supported controller, RAM, platform, and our rating.
|Product Name||Genre||Controller||Space required||Platform||Our rating|
|Echo Arena||Sport||Oculus Touch||1.77 GB||Oculus Rift||5/5 stars|
|RIGS||Action||PS4 Controller||18.4 GB||PSVR||4.8/5 stars|
|Minecraft||Adventure||Gamepad||865.1 KB||Oculus Rift||4.7/5 stars|
|Raw Data||Action||Oculus Touch||7.73 GB||Rift/HTC Vive||4.7/5|
|The Unspoken||Action||Oculus Touch||9.7 GB||Oculus Rift||4.6/5|
10. Rec Room
Rec Room is ideal for those that like to play fun and casual games. You can hang out with your friends or total strangers in the locker room while talking about anything you want or catching a friendly wave across the room. If you want to get active, you can start by playing paintball, 3D charades, dodgeball, paddleball, or disc golf.
It’s a very simple game and doesn’t have many activities to choose from, but it’s a comfortable experience for HTC Vive or Oculus Rift owners that just want to kill some time. And the best part is that it’s completely free to play in the Oculus or Steam store!
There’s plenty of VR shooter games available for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but Onward is one of the best multiplayer VR games in the military simulator category. The game is designed to have camera movement that won’t make you lose your lunch and the close to realistic gunplay is one of the most impressive features. If you like team-based strategy and FPS games, Onward is definitely a solid option.
While it’s a bit lacking in the graphics department, it still involves all the coordination, communication, comradery, and skill you would use in actual infantry combat. Onward is available to play in the Steam store for $24.99.
8. Elite Dangerous
Elite Dangerous is an expansive online game that lets you explore literally millions of planets as you mine resources, trade them, upgrade your ship, and blast away unfriendly alien life. You get to control your own starship in this open world adventure and can enjoy the experience either by yourself, with another friend, or with multiple players.
It can be a bit overwhelming for new players because of the many controls to learn and the slightly confusing user interface, but otherwise you can count on beautiful graphics and immersive VR integration so you can enjoy hours of space adventures for $59.99 (free Rift version for previous owners).
7. Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Popular among Star Trek fans, Star Trek: Bridge Crew lets you play with your friends as you eliminate hostile alien enemies while sitting at the bridge of a star ship. Teamwork is essential in this 4-player outer space experience and it’s a great way to pass the time as you play through six campaign missions or infinite procedurally-generated missions.
Although the game is more about aggressive strategy and shooting and less about boldly going where no man has gone before, Star Trek: Bridge Crew’s attention to detail and exciting action sessions are what will pull you into the game. You and your crew can play for $49.99 in the Oculus, Steam, or PlayStation store.
Wands is a lot like The Unspoken, but instead of battling it out in destroyed urban environments, it places you against other wizards in 1880s London with gorgeous graphics that keep you immersed during gameplay. It’s mostly designed to be played in multiplayer mode, but there is an offline option if you wish to practice your magic so you don’t get embarrassed in the arena.
You can equip your wand with a whole array of spells and show your skill in fast paced magic duels. Although it’s only available for android devices, you can play Wands for $5.99 in the Google Play store.
5. The Unspoken
If you’ve always wanted to have a hardcore wizard battle against your friends, you finally can with The Unspoken. The game places you in different environments where you test your skills against other wizards in a world of spellcasting and magical duels. You can manipulate your surroundings, summon creatures to aid you in battle and feed your competitive side as you best other players.
The Unspoken heavily revolves around multiplayer combat, making single player vs. AI a bit boring. To feel the magic spark from your fingertips as you live out your dreams as a powerful wizard, The Unspoken is available in the Oculus store for $29.99.
4. Raw Data
From intelligent and dangerous androids to exciting gunplay, Raw Data gives you the task of exposing the secrets of Eden Corp. while immersed in a surreal sci-fi environment. You have the choice to go solo or play with another player via cross-platform online and experience Raw Data’s campaigns with: many playable characters, high tech weapons, unique abilities, and fighting techniques.
The controls of the game can take some time to get used to, but after you’ve mastered them, you’ll be destroying evil androids like a pro. You and a friend can play Raw Data for $39.99 in the Oculus store.
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3. Minecraft (Windows 10 Edition)
As one of the most popular adventure games in the gaming world, Minecraft has come to both a single-player and multiplayer VR platform. Known as a creative sandbox/survival game, Minecraft VR lets you see through the eyes of your character making it seem like you’re actually in the game. You can also enjoy crafting and exploring with your friends across different platforms so Rift players can play with Gear VR users.
The camera movement can get players a bit motion sick, but fortunately you can play the game in “cinema mode” where you can play with a huge screen in front of you. You can enjoy Minecraft VR for its classic gameplay in the Oculus store for free on the Oculus Rift and Gear VR.
2. RIGS: Mechanized Combat League
If you think giant fighting robots are cool, wait until you get to play as one. RIGS combines sports, robots, and guns all into one game where you get to strap into a mechanized fighting machine and compete with others in three different game modes.
- Endzone is similar to football.
- Powerslam involves you jumping through a ring placed in the center of the arena.
- Team Takedown involves lots of tackling.
The matchmaking and load times are a bit slow, and some players can get a bit queasy if they choose to use their head to move the camera. Other than that, RIGS can be a one of the best multiplayer VR games for FPS lovers, and it’s available to play for $29.99 in the PlayStation store.
1. Echo Arena
Echo Arena is at the top of the list as one of the best multiplayer VR games. It puts you and your team into a zero-gravity arena where you have to toss a glowing disk into the opposing team’s net. It’s anything but easy with all the obstacles in the way and the other team trying everything to keep you from the goal. You can temporarily disable your opponents by punching them and using your boosters to maneuver around quickly.
It can get a little disorienting because there’s a lot of movement involved, but this fast-paced momentum can be a lot of fun with your friends. You can play this latest hit in the eSports category for $19.99 in the Oculus store.
There’s a very fine line between what can make a multiplayer VR game good or horrible. The games above are some of the best multiplayer VR games of 2018 based on user popularity, quality, usability, and price range. Are there any games that you think should be on the list? Feel free to share your thoughts on the games we listed along with recommending other multiplayer VR games.