There are hundreds of Oculus Rift tech demos and games out there already, and we're confident enough to say we've tried them all.
Naturally, the best Oculus Rift games are the experimental ones that nevertheless don't really offer much in the way of gameplay. However, there are some full-fat games that can be played entirely in virtual reality, the best of which we've listed in the slideshow below.
It's difficult to convey just how powerful the effect of the Rift is without getting you to try it for yourself, but this should give you an idea of what to expect when the headset starts appearing on shop shelves.
Euro Truck Simulator 2 SCS Software / Out now / Native support? Yes
Driving a truck down the M4 might not seem like the most exotic use for the Oculus Rift, but Euro Truck Simulator 2 - which is, for the record, genuinely and unironically brilliant - is one of the best VR experiences I've had. The lovingly rendered cabins of the trucks give you a rich sense of depth that many Rift games lack. If you turn to your side, your virtual trucker will lean their head out of the window so you can reverse and drop off cargo without leaving first-person mode. A remarkably realistic experience, especially with a force feedback wheel simulating the texture of the road.
Aaaaa! - A Reckless Disregard For Gravity Dejobaan Games / Out now / Native support? Yes
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity tasks players base-jumping off the side of buildings and scoring points for navigating through obstacles. When you jump off the building with the Rift on, you find yourself staring down at your lap, or your desk, depending on where you're playing it, which makes you look massively foolish. But it's a great VR experience, and hurtling downwards at such a rapid speed makes us feel a bit queasy, in a good way.
Team Fortress 2 Valve Software / Out now / Native support? Yes
Valve's long-running free-to-play multiplayer shooter was given native Rift support along with Half-Life 2, and it's one of only a handful of games where you can actually see your body if you look down. Usually it's jarring to look down where your digital body should be and see nothing but air, but here you can view your body and the weapon you're carrying. Play as the Heavy and you'll see his bulk beneath you as the gatling gun sprays rounds of bullets. It's a fun experiment, but playing such a fast twitch FPS in the Rift is a recipe for a vomit-soiled keyboard. From my experience, slower games are more enjoyable in VR.
Half-Life 2 Valve Software / Out now / Native support? Yes
It's no secret that Valve has been experimenting with a VR headset of its own, and the studio even shared some of its discoveries with Oculus. Last year the Washington based developer added Rift support to Half-Life 2 and, at least after some fiddling with the FOV settings, it works capably. Everyone remembers that moment when you step out of the train station into the square in City 17, and it's even more powerful in VR, with the Citadel more ominous and imposing and now unmistakably looming over you. For some reason, this is the only Rift game that makes me feel sick as I play it, which could be a result of the fast character movement.
Hawken Adhesive Games / Out now / Native support? Yes
It seems like 3D cockpits are fast becoming the de facto virtual environment for Oculus gaming. Hawken's Rift support was added via a recent update, and the interiors of its mechs feel convincing. The game itself is something of a wasted opportunity - beautiful art and mech design squandered on a fairly limited multiplayer shooter - but there's no denying that its war machines are a joy to stomp around in, especially when you actually feel like you're in the driver's seat. Hawken is free-to-play, so if you have a Rift development kit it's worth taking the VR features for a test run.
Minecraft Mojang / Out now / Native support? No
After Facebook acquired Oculus for two billion dollars, Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson publicly severed ties with the company. But that doesn't mean you can't play his world-conquering sandbox build-'em-up in VR. A mod called Minecrift works perfectly with the Rift, and it's amazing how convincingly three-dimensional the blocky, low-res worlds of Minecraft look through the headset. After climbing a mountain, I looked down and felt my stomach lurch. It also makes digging into the ground for building materials more claustrophobic, especially when the monsters start spawning.
Slender: The Arrival Blue Isle Studios / Out now / Native support? Yes
This remake of the popular web game adds story elements, a new enemy in addition to ol' Slendy, and boasts some wonderful environment design. It's tense enough playing on a regular monitor, but in the Rift it's just sadistic. Horror games in theory seem brilliant in VR, but in reality they're just really stressful. Slender is worth trying with the Rift just to experience the tension in small doses, but we doubt anyone would actually be able to sit through the whole game in it. If you think you're immune to being scared by the Slender Man, try being chased by him in VR, then we'll talk.
Surgeon Simulator 2013 Bossa Studios / Out now / Native support? Yes
The VR mode for this floppy-limbed surgery 'simulator' works surprisingly well in the Rift, especially when combined with the Razer Hydra, the PC equivalent of the Wii remote. Each Hydra controller manipulates one of the doctor's arms, and the technology combined creates that feeling of reaching into a game world. Surgeon Simulator is difficult enough with a mouse and keyboard, but throw a VR headset and the Hydra into the mix and it's even more ludicrous.
Lunar Flight Shovsoft / Out now / Native support? Yes
This modern take on classic arcade game Lunar Lander has a really impressive VR mode where you can select buttons in your cockpit by just looking at them. With authentic Newtonian space physics, it's a challenging game. You have to guide your lander through challenges, adjusting your thrust and angle to avoid slamming into the lunar surface. Real radio chatter from NASA missions playing as you fly around gives it an extra layer of authenticity. In the Oculus Rift, the momentum of the lander gives you a real feeling of inertia and speed as you float across the Moon and Mars.
Dear Esther The Chinese Room / Out now / Native support? No
Say what you will about this polarising game, but few could deny its environment design is stunning - and thanks to Perception you can now explore that beautiful Hebridean island in the Rift. Source games seem to work well with VR, whether it's native or injected like this, and Dear Esther is even more haunting when you feel like you're actually there on the island. The effect isn't perfect, and you'll need to tweak a few things with the console to get it to work smoothly, but it's a rough and ready example of how the increasingly popular first-person exploration genre is a perfect fit for Oculus Rift.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Bethesda Softworks / Out now / Native support? No
The Throat of the World, Skyrim's biggest mountain, already feels massive, but when you have to crane your neck to see its snowy peak, it is a sight to behold. Bethesda hasn't developed a native VR mode for its epic RPG, but you can 'hack' it in using a tool called Perception. It's a genuine thrill to see one of our favourite game worlds up close and personal. From the tumbling waterfalls of Markarth to the hot springs of Eastmarch, everything feels much more impressive when viewed through your character's eyes.
Elite: Dangerous Frontier Developments / Out now (Alpha) / Native support? Yes
Honestly, we weren't expecting much from this sequel to legendary space sandbox Elite. But then we strapped ourselves into one of its ships, complete with flight stick and Oculus Rift, and now it's one of our most anticipated games. If you've ever watched a space battle in Star Wars and wished you were there, this is as close as it gets. The 3D cockpit is detailed and convincing, and seeing ships and lasers streak past the window during a dogfight is terribly exciting. If the RPG elements can match the drama of the battles, this could be a nostalgia-driven Kickstarter that actually delivers.