Top VR Games of 2017

2017 was a great year for VR. We saw traditional AAA developers/publishers get more invested in VR and we saw a lot of quality VR games made by new developers. There was a lot of cool new hardware this year, like the Deluxe Audio Strap and the TPCast. Sadly for me, towards the end of the year I really didn't have a lot of time to spend in VR as I was so busy planning and building Digital Worlds LLC, so there will be a lot of things missing on here that maybe should have made some lists, so I'll include a section at the bottom for those games that I never got to try. Also, for keep an eye out for my "Reasons For My 2017 Picks" blog post that will explain all of these. Anyhow, on to the awards.


Best Shooter:

  • Arizona Sunshine (3rd)
  • DOOM VFR
  • Gunheart
  • Raw Data (2nd)
  • Sairento VR (1st Place)

  • Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE
  • SUPERHOT VR
  • ZomDay

Best RPG:

  • Dead Effect 2 VR (3rd)
  • Fallout 4 VR (1st Place)

  • The SoulKeeper VR
  • Trickster VR
  • The Wizards (2nd)

Best Platformer:

  • Climbey (1st Place)

  • Deep End
  • Sky Climbers (2nd)
  • To The Top (3rd)
  • Windlands

Best Action/Sports/Got-You-Moving Game:

  • Bomb U! (1st Place)

  • GORN (2nd)
  • Racket: Nx
  • Unbreakable Vr Runner (3rd)

Best Use Of Room-Scale VR (A.K.A. The Best Reason We Need Wireless VR):

  • Bomb U! (1st Place)

  • BREACH IT
  • Munch
  • Racket: Nx (3rd)
  • Unbreakable Vr Runner (2nd)

Best Story Driven Game:

  • Duck Season (3rd)
  • Fallout 4
  • The Gallery - Episode 2: Heart of the Emberstone (2nd)
  • The Price of Freedom (1st Place)

  • The Talos Principle VR

Best Single Player Campaign Game:

  • Batman: Arkham VR
  • DOOM VFR
  • Fallout 4 VR
  • The Gallery - Episode 2: Heart of the Emberstone (3rd)
  • Sairento VR (2nd)
  • The Talos Principle VR
  • Vertigo (1st Place)


Best Multi-Player Game:

  • Bomb U!
  • Disc League (3rd)
  • Gunheart
  • IronWolf VR
  • Loco Dojo (1st Place)

  • Onward
  • PAYDAY 2
  • Racket: Nx
  • Raw Data
  • Rec Room (2nd)
  • Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew
  • ZomDay

Best Game That Got VR Through A Mod:

  • Alien: Isolation (2nd)
  • DOOM 3 BFG EditioN (1st Place)

  • Grand Theft Auto 5 (3rd)
  • Penumbra: Overture
  • Yooka-Laylee

Best VR Gameplay Mechanic/Concept:

  • All the games that allow for cross platform between SteamVR, Oculus Home, and PSVR (more bonus points for letting non-VR players join in) (2nd)
  • Duck Season (Weapon handling system)
  • Freedom Locomotion VR (Running in place, Grab any practical surface) (1st Place)

  • Hold My Beer (Not cutting to black when the player falls and tumbles after falling off the skateboard)
  • Sairento VR (Freaking back flips in VR!) (3rd)

Best Visuals (Technical):

  • Batman: Arkham VR (1st Place)

  • DOOM VFR (2nd)
  • Raw Data (3rd)
  • The SoulKeeper VR
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter VR
  • And let's be honest, Oculus Home had a ton of great looking VR games, but I just didn't get to play much of them (Arktika1, Lone Echo,  and Robo Recall)

Best Visuals (Artistic):

  • Dimension Hunter (1st Place)

  • The Gallery: Episode 2 – Heart of the Emberstone (2nd)
  • Loco Dojo (3rd)
  • And again (Oculus Home exclusive that gets a shout-out is Wilson's Heart)

Best Official Port Of A Non-VR Game:

  • Dead Effect 2 VR (1st Place)

  • Fallout 4 VR (3rd Tie)
  • PAYDAY 2 (3rd Tie)
  • Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter, The Second Encounter, BFE (2nd Tie)
  • The Talos Principle VR (2nd)

Best Developer:

  • Bethesda
  • Croteam (1st Place)

  • Mixed Realms (2nd)
  • One Hamsa
  • Ubisoft (3rd)

Best Overall Game:

  • Bomb U! (1st Place)

  • GORN (3rd)
  • Raw Data
  • Rec Room
  • Sairento VR (2nd)

Angry at the picks I made and/or didn't make? Do you agree with the picks I made? Please feel free to comment below and I'll respond to them. I always love a good debate.

Games I Never Got To Play/Enough Of:

  • A-Tech Cybernetic
  • Aeon
  • Battlezone
  • Cosmic Trip
  • FORM
  • Just In Time Incorporated
  • L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files
  • OrbusVR
  • Out of Ammo: Death Drive
  • Overturn
  • Skyworld
  • Sparc
  • Unknightly
  • Vector Velocity
  • VR Dungeon Knight