Gundam, Pacific Rim, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Transformers, heck, even Robot Wars and BattleBots, we all love huge mechs fighting each other. It gets even better if you can strap yourself in and pilot a colossal war machine. Thankfully, in virtual reality, you can. So here is XR Source’s selection of the best VR mech games out there.
The Best VR Mech Games
Mech games tend to fall into a very narrow selection of genres, mainly lots of action and carnage. Because why would you want to do anything in a hulking war machine? It’s hardly designed for gardening or trying to dance to a beat. Nope, guns and destruction are where it’s at for most of the listed games.
Below you’ll find titles (in no particular order) highlighting VR mech games from across the board. Playable across a variety of VR headsets including PC VR, PSVR/PSVR 2 and Meta Quest 2.
Let’s start with a mech game that’s not all about blasting opponents to smithereens. Ultimechs from Resolution Games is a competitive multiplayer all about scoring goals. Think Rocket League but with robots. Free on supported platforms like Steam, Ultimechs can be played solo but it’s the 2v2 mode where most of the action takes place.
Pick your mech and then unleash your rocket-powered fists (GauntJets) to control the ball and try to score a goal. Or use said fists against opponents if that seems more strategic. You can control your fists remotely making for some fast and furious gameplay. Plus you can customise your mech with accessories, paints, and new GauntJet trails.
Undoubtedly one of the most popular mech games in VR, Vox Machinae has it all. In Early Access for a number of years before its official release in 2022, Vox Machinae boasts a solid single-player campaign as well as multiplayer modes.
Called ‘Grinders’, the mechs can be operated either via normal joystick controls or via the physical levers and handles found inside the cockpit. The interplanetary solo campaign is fun and gives you a good feel for the various control schemes. But it’s the team-based multiplayer modes where the action really ramps up, where up to 16 players can go head-to-head. Vox Machinae features 7 customizable Grinder chassis, with an array of lasers, missiles, cannons and more to unlock and swap between.
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries (VR Mod)
A hugely popular franchise, originally, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries was slated to include VR support. Alas, that wasn’t meant to be with Piranha Games launching the game in 2021 without a hint of immersive VR goodness. So why’s it here? Luckily, the VR community is very good at modding flatscreen games to support VR, and that’s what happened here.
Called the VRWarrior mod, you can find it on the Nexusmods website. We’d only recommend it to fans of the MechWarrior series as the mod only supports the mech combat sections of the game and it can be a bit fiddly to install. If you already own a copy of MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries then it’s worth a look.
Currently a Steam Early Access title, Iron Rebellion is pure multiplayer goodness. Fast-paced, arcade battles are it bread and butter, where players can wage war across several battlefields and gameplay modes.
Continually updated since its release in 2021, developer Black Beach Studio has expanded the map selection, added AI mechs, expanded the arsenal and more. And like any good mech game designed for VR, sat in the cockpit surrounded by buttons and levers, they all work to provide that unique sense of immersion.
A bit of an older one from Skydance Interactive (The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners), Archangel: Hellfire offers an exciting single-player campaign fighting against a dangerous mega-corporation. It goes for an arcade-style experience instead of the simulator controls of Vox Machinae or Iron Rebellion.
There is a multiplayer component with 2v2 and 1v1 Team Deathmatch as well as the wave-based Coop Mech Assault. However, it’s unlikely to have many (if any) players online, so the campaign is all you should expect.
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner
A Konami classic that was remastered in 4K whilst adding VR support in 2018. Produced by none other than Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid, Death Stranding), this was a PlayStation 2 game originally.
Step into a JEHUTY Orbital Frame and take on the despotic BAHRAM military organisation. there’s plenty of relentless action here and fans who remember the original should love it. Like many flatscreen ports in VR, the controls can be a bit awkward and show their age in comparison to newer mech titles.
World of Mechs
Just like Iron Rebellion, World of Mechs is multiplayer-focused. Unlike its rival, there are no in-cockpit controls, as you need to keep your eye on the battlefield and not the pretty interior.
Featuring online modes like Team Deathmatch and Domination, World of Mechs is a Meta Quest 2/Quest Pro exclusive. You can unlock 32 mechs across 8 different class types with an abundance of upgrades including weapons, radar jammers and stealth cloaking to play with. Don’t let the simpler Quest 2 visuals fool you, this can be a riot with a group of mates.
And there you have it. That wraps up our picks of the seven best VR mech games! What are your thoughts? Which ones did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!
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