Resident Evil, Cyberpunk, Minecraft – VR Mod List for Gaming Hits

Resident Evil, Cyberpunk, Minecraft – VR Mod List for Gaming Hits
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VR mods for PC games are getting better and better. Well-known video games like Resident Evil, Cyberpunk, Valheim or Alien can also be played in virtual reality with mods.

Mods that port classic games to virtual reality are as old as the first Oculus prototypes. The displeased expressions on the testers’ faces when John Carmack presented them with a Doom 3 VR port on a prototype of the Oculus Rift are unforgettable. With the first commercially available VR glasses, projects like VorpX or VR ports like the MotherVR mod for Alien Isolation quickly emerged.

The quality of VR mods has steadily increased since then. There are now mods for numerous classics and current games. This was also made possible by the “Flatscreen to VR Modding Community” discord, where passionate VR modders exchange ideas with each other and their community. We regularly expand our VR mod list, so it’s best to bookmark it.

Alien: Isolation

  • Available: Yes
  • Paywall: No
  • Motion Controls: No
Das Horrorspiel ist jetzt mit Oculus Rift kompatibel. Der Mod funktioniert erstaunlich gut, hat aber noch jede Menge Ecken und Kanten.

Alien: Isolation is still a unique experience – especially in VR.| Image: Sega

The MotherVR mod for Alien: Isolation, released in 2014, is one of the oldest VR mods. Modder Nibre released the first version back in the summer of 2017. The last update was released at the end of 2020.

Alien: Isolation is a horror game with a focus on stealth gameplay. Set 15 years after the events of the first Alien movie, you play as Ellen Ripley’s daughter, who is investigating the disappearance of her mother.

On a space station, you have to defend yourself against humans and androids. The biggest danger, however, comes from the eponymous alien that chases you through the space station. Instead of blunt shooting, you’ll have to sneak through the dark corridors as silent as possible.

Alien: Isolation can be played with mouse and keyboard, classic controller or VR controllers. The VR mod does not offer motion control. This was planned, but Nibre worked more on his Halo VR mod recently. He was also hired by Halo developer 343 Industries in the middle of the year.

The MotherVR mod for Alien: Isolation is available on GitHub.

Cyberpunk 2077

  • Available: Yes
  • Paywall: Yes
  • Motion Controls: No
Screenshot aus Cyberpunk 2077

In Cyberpunk 2077, the Metaverse is dystopia made real. Only fitting to play the title in VR. | Image: CDPR

Cyberpunk 2077 (Guides) was released in September 2020 in a disastrous state after a long development period. Meanwhile, the title is thanks to numerous patches on PC and new consoles well playable, even if numerous hoped-for features are still missing. During development, there were always discussions about a possible VR mode. However, the developers at CD Project Red decided against supporting virtual reality.

Shortly before the holidays and fitting for the 10th anniversary of the vorpX software, the responsible developer Ralph released a free VR mod for Cyberpunk 2077. The VR mod is available on the vorpX website.

VR modder Luke Ross, responsible for numerous VR mods for GTA 5, Mafia, or Red Dead Redemption 2, has also released a version of his R.E.A.L. VR mod for Cyberpunk 2077. Like his last VR mods, this variant is only available for Patreon supporters of Ross.

A release is scheduled for the first few months of 2022. Once the mod is available, you can find it on Luke Ross Patreon.

Read more details about the R.E.A.L. mod for Cyberpunk 2077 in our preview. In our interview with Luke Ross, you can also learn how the VR modder turned his hobby into a profession and why he thinks using a gamepad for VR is a good thing.

Doom 3: BFG Edition

  • Available: Yes
  • Paywall: No
  • Motion Controls: Yes
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Doom 3 is a real horror gem in VR, too. Fortunately, there are shotguns and chainsaws.| Image: id Software

Doom 3 was released back in 2004, an improved version was released in 2012 under the title Doom 3: BFG Edition. In the legendary horror shooter, you shoot your way through a UAC complex on Mars in the year 2145 straight into hell.

For Doom 3: BFG Edition there is the “Doom3-BFG VR: Fully Possessed” mod, the first version of which was released almost seven years ago. The VR mod lets you play Doom 3 in virtual reality with motion controllers and a visible body. The mod is no longer developed by the original modder.

Meanwhile, there is also a Doom 3: VR Edition for Playstation VR and an unofficial Doom 3 port for Oculus Quest. A current version of the VR mod for Doom 3: BFG Edition can be found on Github.

Enderal: Forgotten Stories

  • Available: Yes
  • Paywall: No
  • Motion Controls: Yes
If you've had enough of Skyrim, you should check out Enderal - preferably in VR. | Image: Steam

If you’ve had enough of Skyrim, you should check out Enderal – preferably in VR. | Image: Steam

Enderal: Forgotten Stories is a total conversion mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim including a completely new game world, story, characters, weapons, magic, professional dubbing and everything that belongs to a first-class role-playing game. The developer team SureAI previously released the Oblivion mod “Nehrim: On the Edge of Destiny” and the Morrowind mod “Arktwend – The Forgotten Realm”.

The free Enderal tells an exciting story in a fantastic game world that invites exploration and surprises again and again. It is a complete game that leaves the paid competition behind in many aspects.

So if you’ve played enough Skyrim, you should definitely check out the mod – preferably in VR. Thanks to the Enderal VR mod, you can experience the entire game in virtual reality. The mod uses the Skyrim VR engine, so almost all mods for Skyrim VR are compatible with the Enderal VR mod. So if you love VRIK, HIGGS and other VR mods for maximum realism, you can mostly use them without any problems.

Enderal VR can be found on Nexusmods, where you can also get instructions on how to install it.

Firewatch

  • Available: Yes
  • Paywall: Yes
  • Motion Controls: Yes

Firewatch reminds of a playable adventure novel. Thanks to the mod, you can experience the adventure in VR. | Image: Campo Santo

In the adventure game Firewatch, released in 2016, you explore the Shoshone National Forest as fireguard Henry in the summer of 1989. Mysterious events keep you on your toes, constantly accompanied by the threat of a large forest fire. Your only companion is your colleague Delilah, with whom you communicate via radio.

The VR mod “TwoForksVR” by the developer Raicuparta offers full motion controller support and is still under active development. Currently, access to the VR mod is only possible for Patreon supporters of the modder.

TwoForksVR for Firewatch can be found on Raicuparta’s Patreon.

GTFO

  • Available: Yes
  • Paywall: No
  • Motion Controls: Yes

By the time you face such hordes in GTFO, it’s probably already too late … | Image: 10 Chambers Collective

The horror-survival game GTFO was released in Early Access in 2019 and is a co-op title for up to four players that focuses on heavy combat, puzzles, and stealth. Recently, the title exited the EA phase.

Your team is forced to fight their way through a large underground complex in a crater to complete tasks for the mysterious Warden. The problem: the entire complex is filled with sleeping monsters that – once awakened – quickly overrun you.

The VR mod “GTFO_VR_Plugin” was released in early 2020, now offers support for motion controllers, and is available for free on Github.

Grand Theft Auto 5

  • Available: Yes
  • Paywall: No
  • Motion Controls: No

GTA 5 still features one of the best open-world cities. The R.E.A.L. mod lets you race through the hills of Vinewood in VR. | Image: Rockstar

Grand Theft Auto 5 was released in 2013 and still gets regular updates in multiplayer. There have been various VR mods for a few years now, but in the meantime, the variant by Luke Ross, who previously developed a successful VR mod for No One Lives Forever 2 and now produces numerous VR mods, has prevailed.

With the VR mod “R.E.A.L.” you can play through GTA 5 completely, but motion controllers are not supported. The mod should therefore be played with a gamepad. R.E.A.L. also supports some popular graphics mods. The latest version is from December 2020 and requires the latest variant of Script Hook V. Multiplayer games are not possible.

The R.E.A.L. VR mod for GTA 5 is available on Github. There you can also find installation instructions and a link to the required script tool.

Half-Life 2

  • Available: No
  • Paywall: No
  • Motion Controls: Yes
Ein Team von Moddern arbeitet an einer Modifikation, die Half-Life 2 mit HTC Vive und Oculus Rift kompatibel machen soll.

Half-Life 2: VR is almost as old as VR goggles and never came out. But there is a ray of hope. | Image: Valve

Not much needs to be said about the revolutionary Half-Life 2, but there’s also not much to say about the VR mod announced in 2017 – unfortunately. Because the VR mod, which promised a fully functional VR variant of the shooter milestone, disappeared into oblivion for years.

But there is new hope: A team around VR developer Frydrych Holger and Simon “Dr. Beef” Brown has taken over the project. Dr. Beef already ported classics like Quake 1 and 2, Doom 3 and Half-Life 1 for Meta Quest. Holger brought AMD’s Fidelity FX Super Resolution to SteamVR.

The VR modders plan to build on the previous work and then release the project as open-source. This should open Half-Life 2: VR to other modders.

Currently, Holger is working on the project alone. You can find all the latest information in our article about the development of the Half-Life 2 VR port.

There is no release date yet. You can follow the development in the corresponding Discord channel of the Flatscreen to VR modding community.

Horizon Zero Dawn

  • Available: Yes
  • Paywall: Yes
  • Motion Controls: No
Playstation VR: Sony arbeitet angeblich an bekanntem Exklusivspiel

The former PS-exclusive title Horizon Zero Dawn is available for PC and recently got a VR mod. | Image: Sony

Released in 2017 for Playstation 4 and 2020 for PC, Horizon Zero Dawn sees you slugging your way through a post-apocalyptic world where tribes fight each other and robotic dinosaurs hunt you down. The still graphically impressive game can be played exclusively in third-person.

Thanks to modder Luke Ross and his R.E.A.L. VR mod, it is now possible to experience the title in virtual reality on the PC – provided the hardware is suitably powerful. On the Playstation, players will still have to make do without VR mode.

Like all R.E.A.L. mods, VR players will have to do without motion control in Horizon Zero Dawn. The game can only be played with a controller or mouse and keyboard.

The VR mod for Horizon Zero Dawn is released in December 2021 and is available for Patreon supporters of Luke Ross.

Life is Strange – Beyond the Storm

  • Available: Yes
  • Paywall: No
  • Motion Controls: Yes

The Life is Strange series tells an exciting and emotional story. Thanks to a Mod, you can soon play the second part in VR. | Image: Square Enix

In the 2017 adventure game “Life is Strange – Beyond the Storm” you accompany the young Chloe Price and her relationship with classmate Rachel Amber. The second title in the Life is Strange series takes place three years before the events of the first part.

VR modder Trev is developing a comprehensive VR mod for the second installment of Life is Strange, including motion controls and rudimentary hand tracking.

The DawnVR mod for Life is Strange: Before the Storm is available on Github. You can follow the development in the corresponding Discord channel of the Flatscreen to VR modding community.

Mafia 1, 2, 3 – Definitive Edition

  • Available: Yes
  • Paywall: Yes
  • Motion Controls: No

The Definitive Edition of the gangster epic lets Mafia 1 shine in new splendor. | Image: 2K Games

In 2002, Mafia was released, a gangster epic with a tragic ending that is still unmatched in the video game medium. Eight years later a prequel was released, another six years later another spin-off. Then in 2020, 2K Games released the Definitive Edition of all three titles, including a true remaster of the first part.

As with other titles on this list, the Mafia Trilogy comes with the R.E.A.L. VR mod by modder Luke Ross. With it, you can play through the entire trilogy in VR. There is no support for motion control for Mafia either.

The VR mod for Mafia 1, 2 and 3 in the Definitive Edition is already out and available for Patreon supporters of Luke Ross.

Mechwarrior 5

  • Available: Yes
  • Paywall: No
  • Motion Controls: No

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries was released without VR support. A modder makes up for this and lets you control mechs from the cockpit. | Image: Piranha games

In the BattleTech game Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries you control mechs through the landscapes of the year 3015. As Commander Mason you build a powerful new force from the remains of your mercenary troop.

Mechwarrior 5 is the first single-player installment since 2002 and was originally supposed to come with a VR mode. However, developer Piranha Games decided against it in the end and released the game in 2019 without VR support.

Modder KITT, therefore, took on the project independently and developed a VR mod for the Unreal Engine 4 title. Currently, the mod does not support motion control but can be played well with controllers.

The VR mod VRWarrior for Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries has been available on Nexus Mods since September 2021.

Minecraft Java Edition

  • Available: Yes
  • Paywall: No
  • Motion Controls: Yes
Minecraft is available on all platforms. Also in VR. | Image: Mojang / Sony

Minecraft is available on all platforms. Also in VR. | Image: Mojang / Sony

Minecraft is a phenomenon: released in 2009, millions of people still play the game. This is also due to the development studio’s uninterrupted support – just recently, a major update was released that brought new biomes, deeper caves, and other improvements.

The game is available on every platform imaginable – from smartphone, to Nintendo Switch to Playstation, Xbox and PC. However, the PC has a special feature – there are two versions being developed in parallel.

Minecraft Bedrock Edition (Minecraft for Windows) allows crossplay and has native VR support for Oculus headsets. The Java version, on the other hand, which is still preferred by many players, has no official VR support. But thanks to the VR mod Vivecraft, Java fans can also immerse themselves in VR.

Vivecraft supports almost all VR headsets, is modding compatible, offers extensive support for VR controllers and you can play together with monitor gamers.

You can download the VR mod for Minecraft from the official Vivecraft website.

Morrowind

  • Available: Yes
  • Paywall: No
  • Motion Controls: Yes
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The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind set new standards for open-world role-playing games. Now you can travel to Vvardenfell with VR goggles thanks to a VR mod. | Image: Bethesda Softworks

The third part of the “Elder Scrolls” series, released in 2002, is still considered by many fans to be the best part among the impressive fantasy epics. As a former prisoner, you start on a ship in the harbor of Seyda Neen, a small village on the strange-looking island of Morrowind. There you are supposed to contact an agent of an imperial secret organization.

Morrowind offers a huge game world full of secrets, complex – and partly outdated – role-playing systems, and two decades of mods.

The OpenMW project is more than just a mod: the developers have been porting the classic role-playing game to an open-source engine, including numerous improvements, for more than 13 years. Meanwhile, Morrowind is completely playable in OpenMW.

If you’ve had enough of Skyrim VR, you can play a VR variant of the open-source Morrowind thanks to OpenMW developer Mads Buvik Sandvei.

You can find the VR mode for OpenMW on Github. There are also instructions for installation there.

Outer Wilds

  • Available: Yes
  • Paywall: No
  • Motion Controls: Yes

Outer Wilds is one of the best action adventures of the last years. However, the VR mod Nomai VR is only recommended for strong stomachs. | Image: Annapurna Interactive

In the action-adventure Outer Wilds, released in 2019, you’ll explore a solar system trapped in a 22-minute supernova-ending time loop. With each loop, you’ll gather more information about the system and its history. Can you break the time loop?

In the game, you’ll fly a spaceship, explore planets, and encounter anomalies. The VR mod from developer Raicuparta is therefore only recommended for strong stomachs. But then Outer Worlds is a real VR highlight.

You can find the VR mod Nomai VR for Outer Wilds on Github.

Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Available: Yes
  • Paywall: Yes
  • Motion Controls: No
Schießerei in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is Rockstar’s third foray into the USA’s past. | Image: Rockstar

Rockstar’s third installment in the Red Dead series was released in 2018 and is the sweeping prequel to the acclaimed Red Dead Redemption. In 1899, as outlaw Arthur Morgan, you and your party escape the law and modernization under the leadership of the charismatic Dutch van der Linde.

Red Dead Redemption 2 offers a fantastic open-world and an excellent story. Provided you have the right hardware, the cowboy epic can also be played with the R.E.A.L. VR mod by Luke Ross. Here, too, players will have to do without motion control and instead use the controller.

The VR mod for Red Dead Redemption 2 has already been released and is available for Patreon supporters of Luke Ross.

Resident Evil 2, 3, 7 und 8

  • Available: Yes
  • Paywall: No
  • Motion Controls: Yes
Das Titelbild von Resident Evil 3 mit einem Zusatz

Resident Evil 2 & 3 in VR: modder does what Capcom can’t | Image: Capcom / Brian Tate

Arguably, no video game series has as much choice for VR fans in the future as Resident Evil. The first VR spin-off came out with Resident Evil 7 for Playstation VR, then more recently there was Resident Evil 4 for Meta Quest 2.

Thanks to modder Praydog, more parts may soon be available for VR: Praydog is developing VR mods for the 2019 and 2020 remakes of Resident Evil 2 and 3, as well as for Resident Evil 7 and Resident Evil 8.

The modder previously released first-person perspective mods for the remakes. His VR mods build on that work and deliver first-person perspective as well as motion controls with VR controllers.

The VR mods for Resident Evil 2 and 3 are available on Github and include rudimentary support for parts 7 and 8, which is currently being expanded by Praydog and will probably be released soon.

You can follow the development in the Discord channel of the Flatscreen to VR modding community.

Risk of Rain 2

  • Available: Yes
  • Paywall: No
  • Motion Controls: Yes
Risk of Rain 2 VR is experienced in first-person perspective. | Image: Steam

Risk of Rain 2 VR is experienced in first-person perspective. | Image: Steam

Risk of Rain 2 is a rouge-like third-person shooter released in 2020, in which you shoot your way through hordes of monsters and collect equipment on the run from an alien planet, alone or with up to three other players.

The co-op title received good reviews and has a large fan base. Thanks to VR modder DrBibop, you can now experience Risk of Rain 2 in VR. Unlike on the monitor, Risk of Rain 2 is played in the first-person perspective, including comprehensive support for VR controllers. The mod is also compatible with the native version of the game, so you can survive in VR with non-VR players.

The VR mod for Risk of Rain 2 is available on Thunderstore. There you can also find the necessary mods for DrBibop’s VR mod.

You can follow the development in the Discord channel of the Flatscreen to VR modding community.

Valheim

  • Available: Yes
  • Paywall: No
  • Motion Controls: Yes
Valheim Screenshot

Valheim was a surprise hit with a Viking theme. Thanks to the mod, you can experience the game completely in VR. | Image: Iron Gate AB

At the beginning of 2021, Valheim was released as an absolute surprise hit. The Viking game brought a breath of fresh air into the dusty survival genre and captivated millions of players. In Valheim you play dead heroes who fight against Odin’s enemies.

The mix of exploration, survival, building, and combat makes for a lot of fun, especially in co-op mode. Each new biome offers its challenges and a difficult boss fight that requires new resources.

The VHVR mod by modder Brandon Mousseau brings a full VR mode to Valheim including first-person perspective, motion controls, and co-op support. The beautiful pixel world of Valheim is a special experience in VR.

You can find the VHVR mod for Valheim on Nexus Mods and Github.