The 10 best Oculus Rift games

We've been hands-on with almost every game in the launch line-up and beyond - these are our favourites

Just before GDC, Oculus held an exclusive event to announce that the Rift headset will launch with a decidedly impressive roster of 30 games.

What's more, we had a whole day to play almost all of them, plus some that are coming later in the year. It's a hard life, isn't it?

Having now played the vast majority of Oculus Rift games that are on the way, it's time to reveal the ones that we're most excited about.

Eve Valkyrie Founder's Pack

We've played this one a number of times now, and the latest build keeps it firmly at the top of our most wanted list. It's a dogfighting spin-off from the huge (and hugely complicated) Eve MMO, and it's ludicrously gorgeous, fast and exciting.

Multiplayer is at the heart of the game, with teams of fighters facing off against each other, but CCP has confirmed that there's also a single-player story mode and another mode dedicated to simply exploring the game's beautiful recreation of outer space.

Battles are awesomely dramatic, beginning with a Battlestar Galactica-like launch from a huge battleship and involving seat of your pants chases through fleets of cruisers.

CCP considers the Founder's Pack to essentially be an early access title, with developments and tweaks being made on the fly, but it already seems pretty fully formed and has enough unlockable content - from ships to weapons to cosmetic customisations - to keep you hooked for a very long time.

  • Release date: 28 March (free with Rift pre-orders)

The Climb

We've been fans of The Climb since first playing it at the end of last year, and this latest version confirms it's an absolute corker.

Essentially a free climbing simulator, The Climb allows you to scale huge heights in the most beautiful locations without ever leaving your house. It's a seriously good looking game that manages to really capture the essence of free climbing. It feels surprisingly natural when played with the gamepad, too, although Oculus Touch support should take it to a new level.

  • Release date: April

Edge of Nowhere

I wager this will be one of the early heroes of VR gaming. Edge of Nowhere is a third-person exploration adventure with HP Lovecraft-inspired horror.

The snowy landscape is beautiful, the caverns creepy, and the creatures inventive and terrifying. But while there might be one or two jump scares, it's the games general eeriness that'll make you sweat most over the handful of hours it'll take to complete the story.

  • Release date: TBA

Dead & Buried

Here's a game that puts the Oculus Touch contollers to their obvious and best use - turning them into six-shooters in a Western.

The latest demo is a 2v2 shootout across a saloon, and you're able to duck and hide behind cover, standing up or leaning to fire at your opponents across the bar.

The game's got an awesome feel to it: aiming is accurate, firing is weighty and there are few things cooler than the reload mechanic, which involves flicking your wrist to the left to empty the cylinder and then right to click it back in.

There's not much information out there regarding the size of the game, although previous demos suggest there will also be a single-player component, but it's already exceptionally good fun.

  • Release date: TBC

Project Cars

At this point everyone should be aware of Project Cars. It is, after all, one of the finest and toughest racing games ever made.

In VR it's every bit as brilliant as you might imagine: as close to racing a real car as it’s possible to get in your own home. It makes you a better racer, too, as you’re able to effectively monitor your mirrors and blindspots and can better aim for the apex of each corner.

And because this is a game that’s already been around for a year, it has a huge amount of content (all of the extra content packs are included in the Rift version) and a proven, dedicated community to race against. It might not be the first game you show off to your mates, but it’s the one you’ll still be playing weeks and months after you first get your Rift.

  • Release date: 28 March