The best Meta Quest 2 Fitness games 2022

The best Meta Quest 2 Fitness games 2022
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The autonomous VR goggles Meta Quest (2) are the ideal platform for exercise-intensive games. We show you with which fitness games you can make perfect use of the cable-free device and lose weight.

One of the great benefits of many VR games is the physical movement. Virtual adventures combined with body control can have a positive health effect. This is precisely what the Virtual Reality Institute of Health and Exercise is working on.

The institute has been conducting studies since 2017 that look at the effects of virtual reality on people’s physical health. The researchers create so-called “Exercise Ratings”: These describe how many calories you burn with which VR game and with which sport this is equivalent.

In the following list, we refer to the values from the Exercise Ratings and estimates from the VR fitness site VR Fitness Insider. As of update 23.0, the Meta Quest (2) has its own fitness tracker. While you’re using VR apps in the Quest, Oculus Move measures your movement activity and estimates calories burned. You can set individual fitness goals and keep an eye on your progress.

To help you create a VR workout plan that keeps you fit and healthy, here are the best fitness games 2022 for Oculus/Meta Quest 1 and 2 in alphabetical order.

Audioshield

Price: $19.99 (Oculus-Store)
Calorie consumption: 360 – 480 kcal/hr.

Audioshield is a VR classic and great pioneer of rhythmic VR games. In April 2020, Audioshield was released for the wireless Oculus Quest – exactly four years after its launch on the HTC Vive. You’ll use colored shields to deflect glowing bullets or dodge obstacles. What makes Audioshield special is that you’re allowed to load your songs into the game.

Audio Trip

Price: $19.99 (Oculus-Store)
Calorie consumption: 360 – 480 kcal/hr.

If you’re looking for a mix of Beat Saber and Dance Central, Audio Trip for the Oculus/Meta Quest is the game for you. Snappy beats and flying flares will get you sweating, and ideally, it all looks cool, as you can see in the gameplay trailer. A professional dancer was involved in the development of the choreography. Once you’ve played through all the songs, you can use the integrated level editor to create your own VR dances.

There are now two expansions for Audio Trip: “Get Funky” brings new choreographies and three funk songs into the game. There are also more environments. The second update, “Make this your Audio Trip” contains many modification options.

Players are allowed to change the colors of the stones, and new equalizers for the various sound effects provide the necessary fine-tuning. You also get to show off your skills with custom songs and self-created choreography on an international leaderboard.

Beat Saber

Price: $29.99 (Oculus-Store)
Calorie consumption: 360 – 480 kcal/hr.

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Even on Oculus/Meta Quest (2), Beat Saber remains one of the most popular VR games around. To keep the rhythmic lightsaber action fresh, the developers regularly bring new updates and song packs. With the launch of Oculus/Meta Quest 2, a free Beat Saber multiplayer mode was added.

In 2021, the free song pack OST 4 followed, with main composer Jaroslav Beck focusing on guitars and metal songs. Since update 1.13.2 Beat Saber runs in 90 Hz mode on the Meta Quest (2). Most recently, Beat Saber got crossplay and app sharing support added. Those who share their Quest 2 with secondary users can now have them save their own scores and high scores. In addition, Quest and SteamVR players can now swing lightsabers together via the multiplayer mode.

Creed – Rise to Glory

Price: $29.99 (Quest-Store)
Calorie consumption: 360 – 480 kcal/hr.

If you’re looking for a one-on-one boxing experience, look no further than Creed – Rise to Glory. The licensed title for the continuation of the Hollywood franchise Rocky is also strongly staged on the Oculus/Meta Quest (2).

Mini workouts with veteran Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and arcade-heavy boxing matches provide plenty of fun and sweat during the virtual cardio session. Those who want to compete with human VR boxers can take part in regularly held multiplayer events.

Last year, the developer studio added the Endurance mode, which is linked to Oculus Move, via an update. This turns off the game’s virtual stamina system, and your character doesn’t get tired until you are. According to a study by VR Healthy, the new mode intensifies the workout with Creed: Rise to Glory.

Dance Central

Price: $29.99 (Oculus Store)
Calorie consumption: approx. 360 kcal/hr. (estimate)

If Beat Saber still doesn’t have enough dance elements, you’ll be happier with Dance Central. Here you study entire choreographies with a virtual trainer. You swing your hips to a total of 32 songs from different genres. There’s even a multiplayer lounge where you can meet with other players and just dance away.

Meanwhile, Dance Central has a built-in fitness tracker that keeps you updated on calories burned during dance sessions.

FitXR (formerly BoxVR)

Price: $9.99 per month (Oculus Store)
Calorie consumption: 360 – 480 kcal/hr.

BoxVR was one of the first VR games designed as a pure fitness program. Together with professional trainers, the makers developed various VR workouts. It’s less about shadow-boxing and more about rhythm and coordination. Driving beats motivate you to train your arms, shoulders, and chest.

In the summer of 2020, BoxVR received a major update and got a general overhaul. Since then, the game has been known as FitXR. The biggest content innovations are live fitness workouts for groups of up to seven VR players at a time and individual consultations with personal trainers.

FitXR has since moved to a paid fitness subscription model. For just under ten euros per month, you get access to hundreds of fitness classes that are renewed every day. The focus is on boxing, HIIT and dance workouts. If you just want to try it out, you can do a 7-day free trial.

Ninja Legends

Price: $19.99 (Oculus Store)
Calorie consumption: approx. 360 kcal/hour.

Ninja Legends also focuses on combat: In this 360-degree action title, you’ll have to deal with dozens of attackers from all directions. You’ll have to block attacks and fight back with six different weapons. Ninja Legends equips you with a variety of swords, bows and arrows, and even claws. Fitnessinsider estimates the calories burned while ninja fighting to be around 360 calories per hour.

OhShape

Price: $19.99 (Oculus-Store)
Calorie consumption: approx. 400 kcal / hr.

OhShape is another rhythm game that involves the whole body. Instead of glowing bullets, however, you will be confronted with walls. The walls have cut out postures that you have to assume exactly like this. This sounds relatively simple, but at higher speeds – combined with hitting and dodging obstacles – it becomes a sweaty VR workout.

Twelve levels are initially available for you to choose from, but the developer promises regular content updates. Most recently, the paid “The Electro Party” update brought eight additional songs, new environments, and the Challenges feature. This allows you to compete against OhShape players worldwide in two weekly challenges.

Pistol Whip

Price: $29.99 (Oculus Store)
Calorie consumption: 360 – 480 kcal/hr.

Part rail shooter, part rhythm game and a lot of John Wick feeling – that’s Pistol Whip. To electro songs by Apashe, HVDES or Black Tiger Sex Machine, you shoot, hit or rumble your targets off the virtual screen. On the harder difficulty levels and with a lot of self-motion, you’ll burn calories like tennis.

Since the release in 2019, the developers released several new levels and updates. With Pistol Whip 2089, even a mini-campaign came into play for the first time. In it, you’re stranded on a deserted planet and fight against robots and an AI.

The second mini-campaign, Pistol Whip: Smoke & Thunder, puts you in a western scenario and brings a new feature called “Styles” into the game. You can create individual combinations of weapons and modifiers, which increases the replay value of the title.

Racket Fury: Table Tennis VR

Price: $19.99 (Oculus Store)
Calorie consumption: 240 – 360 kcal/hr.

For Racket Fury: Table Tennis VR, the developers also worked with professional athletes to make the game feel as realistic as possible. You can choose between simulation or arcade game and even hit each other’s plastic balls in online multiplayer.

Racket: NX

Price: $19.99 (Quest-Store)
Calorie consumption: 240 – 360 kcal/hr.

With Racket:NX, you can expect a VR game that is one of the best titles ever on the Oculus Quest (2). With its 360-degree physics, the game is made for the freedom of movement of the wireless VR glasses.

Since November 2020, there is a cross-platform co-op mode for Oculus and SteamVR players. In 2021, a level editor and Group Launch feature were added, making it easier to invite friends for multiplayer games.

Smash Drums

Price: $19.99 (Oculus Store)
Calorie consumption: n/a

Smash Drums is a rhythm game with a difference. Instead of destroying flying blocks, you bang on drums and try your hand at being a virtual drummer on the Meta/Oculus Quest 2. There are a total of thirty rock songs to choose from, which you’ll have to master at varying levels of difficulty. Various modifiers, such as a 360-degree mode or disturbing flying objects, make the whole thing more difficult.

Multiplayer fans can compete in co-op or Versus modes with up to eight participants at the same time. There is still no measurement of the calorie consumption of the VR Health Institute for Smash Drums. But I can tell you from my experience that rocking drums in VR can be extremely sweaty.

Space Pirate Trainer DX

Price: $24.99 (Oculus-Store)
Calorie consumption: 240 – 360 kcal/hr.

If you like to enrich your fitness hours with cultivated space battles, you will enjoy Space Pirate Trainer. The action title sends you into battle with virtual droids. The flying robots attack you in various formations. You can defend yourself with a shield or physically dodge the lasers.

The latter, of course, requires even more movement. In the local multiplayer mode Space Pirate Trainer Arena you can go on a droid hunt with friends in warehouse-sized play areas. The Space Pirate Trainer DX expansion adds two new quest-exclusive multiplayer modes where you sneak through twisting arenas in one-on-one duels.

Superhot VR

Price: $24.99 (Oculus Store)
Calories burned: 120 – 240 kcal/hr.

Superhot VR isn’t actually a particularly athletic game at first glance. But anyone who remembers Neo’s contortions in Matrix can perhaps imagine how much you can break a sweat here.

In Superhot VR, you’ll be fighting red baddies who are out to take your virtual life. The special feature: Time only continues to turn when you move. You’ll have to strategically plan your movements to avoid the attacks of numerous enemies and to bring your own to the target. This results in almost cinematic fight choreographies, with a coolness and fitness factor that should not be underestimated.

Supernatural

Price: $19.99 / month (Oculus Store)
Calorie consumption: n/a

Developer Within is venturing into fitness subscription with Supernatural. After the free trial month, you get full-body workouts for a monthly fee of $19 or an annual Supernatural savings subscription, moral support from real fitness coaches and a detailed evaluation of your fitness values and successes. Supernatural collects this data via an additional app.

You’ll also work out outside in VR nature and listen to music from world-renowned artists like Lady Gaga and Panic! At The Disco. So far, the subscription model is only available in North America due to licensing issues. However, the developers are working on an implementation for other countries. You can find out for whom the subscription is worthwhile in the overview of Supernatural reviews.

Swords of Gargantua

Price: $24.99 (Oculus-Store)
Calorie consumption: approx. 360 kcal/hour.

Swords of Gargantua provides fantasy flair during virtual training. Here you compete in sword fights. You can fight alone or in four-player co-op mode against a horde of opponents and their master, the giant titan called “Gargantua”. The realistic sword fighting moves are demanding and mostly train your arms and shoulders.

Synth Riders

Price: $24.99 (Oculus-Store)
Calorie consumption: approx. 240 – 360 kcal/hr.

The game principle of Synth Riders is similar to Beat Saber and Audio Trip: To the rhythm of crashing beats, you hit different colored balls. The look and sound are reminiscent of the eighties. The arenas have a neon retro-futuristic look and the soundscape is mainly based on synth-wave and electro sounds.

Synth Riders fans can also look forward to regular updates from the developers. In addition to various song packs, the VR game has already been expanded to include a 360-degree mode and a multiplayer including an international leaderboard.

Thrill of the Fight!

Price: $9.99 (Oculus Store)
Calorie consumption: 480 – 600 kcal/hr.

With “The Thrill of the Fight!” a PC VR classic has made it to the Oculus Quest (2). If you want to burn calories with the VR goggles, you can’t get around the virtual boxing simulation. The VR Health Institute measures a consumption of up to 600 kcal per hour. Twitter announced developer Ian Fitz, who developed the game single-handedly, a sequel to the VR boxing classic with multiplayer.

Sources: Virtual Reality Institute of Health and Exercise & VR Fitness Insider