VRChat has become one of the most popular VR games of all time in a very short time period, Sure, VR has only been marketable for a short while, but nevertheless, VRChat has solidified itself as one of those games everybody with access to virtual reality needs to play.
One of the best parts of the game is the amount of customization potential. Sure, one can change their avatar and roleplay as any number of popular and original characters, but perhaps the most impressive aspect of the game is the custom VRChat worlds coming out of the game’s map-making community.
Updated August 6, 2023 by Erik Petrovich: Some of the best VRChat worlds don’t look particularly pretty like some of the game’s most famous maps, but they offer something different. These best VRChat maps have some kind of interactive, cooperative element that gives players something to do aside from socializing. Putt Putt Quest and Kitchen Cooks! are two such VRChat worlds that give players an actual game to play, but in the end, the best VRChat worlds are the ones that people are actually playing on – there’s not much point in trying a cooperative or competitive game within VRChat if you don’t have an opponent, after all, so be sure to bring some friends along to experience how far the humble VRChat can be pushed.
16 Any World With Lots Of Players
The most important thing about selecting a world in VRChat is how many players are active on worlds one is interested in joining. An interesting world, perhaps one with minigames or a unique game mode, is made less interesting when there are only a few players online.
Be sure to keep a few maps in mind when browsing the listings and join those with high player counts to have the best experience in-game possible. VRChat is perfectly enjoyable without being too social, but chatting with others is ultimately baked into the name – it’s an experience made all the better when shared with others, even if they’re complete strangers.
15 Putt Putt Quest
Putt Putt Quest is one of the best VRChat worlds because it’s not just a non-interactive, unexplorable world: it’s a full-fledged mini-golf course. Created by Ostinyo, Putt Putt Quest is themed after classic Medieval-style Putt Putt Golf courses, complete with windmills, castle ramparts, and other fantasy staples across its 18-hole course.
The Putt Putt Quest world is available on PC VR sets and Meta Quest systems, but it’s sadly not playable on PSVR (in fact, VRChat as a whole is not available on PlayStation consoles).
14 Kitchen Cooks!
Like Putt Putt Quest, Kitchen Cooks! is a world that gives players a goal, something to do aside from walk around and chat with other players. Created by Jar, Kitchen Cooks! players are tasked with completing orders as fast as they can to manage the rush of customers at the door.
It receives regular updates, and a few recent ones amped up the number of orders and recipes that players might be asked to make. Kitchen Cooks! is made for co-op, so bring along a friend and try to survive the mayhem of a fast-paced restaurant as a team.
13 Firelink Shrine
The Firelink Shrine world is a surprisingly faithful recreation of the iconic location from Dark Souls that serves as the anchor location for the player’s adventure. It’s a much larger map than many of the worlds available in VRChat and contains a variety of hidden secrets for fans of the franchise.
For instance, by falling to the bottom of the world behind the ruined area where an elevator would normally be, players are greeted with an all-black room with the red text “YOU DIED” emblazoned in the air. By resetting their starting position, they can get back to the bonfire location – just like in Dark Souls, death isn’t a permanent thing in VRChat.
12 Sky Camp
Sky Camp is a smaller map with a few different areas available to explore in its vibrant, cartoony world. The main appeal of this map, though, is the potential for meeting new people. The comfortably lit main campfire area is a great place to get to know the real people behind the wacky avatars.
It’s much more stylized than most VRChat worlds, which tend to go for realism over aesthetic. The world tends to have a low allowance for players, though, so even though it’s one of the best VRChat worlds for chatting, there’s usually a low max player limit.
11 Midnight Rooftop
The Midnight Rooftop map is a complete 180 from Sky Camp, in that it’s a realistic depiction of a top-floor apartment at night. It’s a gorgeously designed map with small details placed everywhere and includes a distant view on the city below to really add to its urban feel.
Midnight Rooftop, like many maps in VRChat, is designed for being social with other players. There are several sitting areas for talking as well as mini-games to play together beset in its dimly lit setting. It is a small-ish map, though, so consider bringing in people you already know or joining a server without too much of a crowd.
10 The Great Pug
The Great Pug is one of those VR worlds that everybody has seen. Streamers spend a lot of time there, content creators feature the well-designed location in countless videos, and it’s a location ripe for fun RP or just to relax with other people.
The Great Pug is a classic pub with a bar, drinks, tables, food, and lots of things to interact with. In VR, it’s even a place to show off your juggling skills – just be careful not to mess up anybody’s drinks, if you’re roleplaying as a bartender.
9 Zombie Tag Worlds
Zombie Tag in VRChat works much as it does in real life. One person starts out “it”, they tag someone, then they too become “it”. The game continues until everybody has succumbed to the plague of being “it”.
In VRChat this game is brought to a whole new level with lots of custom maps for players to get Zombie Tag games going. Just search for the game mode and look for a server with lots of people to play one of the best VRChat games.
8 Freeze Tag Worlds
Freeze Tag and Zombie Tag are birds of a feather. Where Zombie tag is about converting everybody into a tagger, Freeze Tag is all about stopping people from moving until nobody can move or rescue each other from being “frozen”.
Much like with Zombie Tag, look for Freeze Tag worlds by searching for the game mode on the Worlds tab. Make sure to pick a world with a high population so you have someone to play with!
7 Big Al’s Avatar Corridors
Big Al’s Avatar Corridors is not necessarily a map that you visit to relax or play a game or anything like that. Instead, it’s more like a museum of costumes where you get to try on and bring home the display.
Big Al’s Avatar Corridors is absolutely stuffed with custom player models that the player can view, try on, and even download. They’re all fully rigged, too, so they won’t look too weird when you talk to other people. It’s not one of the most social VR Chat worlds, but it’s great for finding a new look.
6 Deathrun Worlds
Deathrunning is a game mode that goes way back to the beginning of Garry’s Mod and the source engine. Essentially, one player (Death) sets off traps on a path that the other players must traverse to get to the end. If a player gets hit with a trap, they lose and don’t get an opportunity to beat Death.
It works the exact same way in VRChat, and it’s one of the most fun VRChat worlds available period. There’s a huge variety of maps with more being made every week, and they’re getting crazier and crazier as time goes on.
5 Japan Shrine
The Japan Shrine is a lovely meditative place to be in the virtual world. It’s a spring setting with Cherry Blossom trees gently swaying in the wind and a pale blue sky above, and the Shrine is home to many traditional rooms and relaxing areas to be in all inspired by Japanese architecture and traditional homes.
The original Japan Shrine was unfortunately taken down by its creator soon after its release, but other imitations have cropped up that do a good job of rendering the same scene.
4 The Black Cat
The Black Cat is an Oculus Quest-only world that functions as an event space in the virtual world. It has two performance stages, two bars, a restaurant, multiple private areas, and even separate bathrooms with mirrors.
It’s one of the most popular VRchat game worlds that one might recognize after watching countless YouTube videos that take place in the establishment. Many streamers and content creators use The Black Cat as a “home base” and a place to interact with their fans due to its homely aesthetics.
3 The Devouring
The Devouring is one of the most unique VRChat worlds because it’s not a hangout space or a game space at all. Instead, The Devouring brings the horror genre to VRChat and even works as a co-op adventure.
The Devouring starts after a road trip gone wrong, and up to four players can traverse the nearly 6-hour-long campaign. It’s been rightfully compared to indie horror games from recent years and is perhaps the most well-known horror world in VRChat.
2 Where Spheres Touch
Where Spheres Touch is not a map for the faint of heart or the faint of mind. It’s a psychedelic journey through consciousness depicted in virtual reality, and it’s absolutely massive. One could spend hours here getting sucked into the eye candy and intricate designs of this trippy world.
Funnily enough, the original world was so popular that the creator released a sequel, Where Spheres Touch II, that expands the world and changes much about the psychedelia witnessed therein.
1 Sled Hill
Sled Hill is an absolutely hilariously fun time in VRChat for one reason: it’s the number one thing that causes people to fall over in VRChat. Normally, the camera and controls are very user-friendly, but riding a Sled is a different story.
There was originally only one Sled Hill map, but just searching for the “sled” tag on the Worlds tab should bring up a variety of worlds where you can sled down huge hills, even when it’s not cold outside!
VRChatis available for PC and Oculus Quest
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