PlayStation VR is the cheapest virtual reality headset you can buy right now, and thus it’s amassed a sizeable library of fantastic games – exclusive, experimental and independent. Whatever your tastes, there’s bound to be something on Sony’s device that tickles your fancy.
Whether you’re roaming the snowy wilderness and dispatching bandits in Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, or deftly avoiding a gruesome death at the hands of aliens in The Persistence, PlayStation VR has built up a robust library of titles, and we’ve played the best of them.
- The entire RPG experience in VR
- Exploring the world of Skyrim feels natural
- Fun and rewarding as ever
Skyrim is an absolutely massive experience that has stood the test of time thanks to its excellent writing, sprawling world and wonderful sense of scale. Now, Bethesda has transported the beloved RPG into virtual reality, and it feels fantastic.
Whether you’re playing on PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, the entire journey has been curated to fit the medium through new control methods and movement options. It all feels surprisingly seamless, and swinging a virtual sword towards oncoming bandits never grows old.
Skyrim VR isn’t without its quirks, yet it presents one of the finest cases of traditional gameplay experiences being transported into the world of virtual reality. If you own a headset, this is difficult to pass up.
- Dazzling, clean visual design
- Ingenious strategic slow-mo gunplay
- Powerful off-beat storytelling
- Makes you feel like John Wick in VR
Superhot VR makes you feel tremendously badass. It masters the act of making you feel like an unstoppable action hero. Time only moves when you do, and thus it’s key to use all objects and weapons at your disposal to eliminate enemies as they move towards you.
While cool outside of VR, inside gives the action a whole new element of coolness. You’re actually moving about the environment dodging bullets and delivering uppercuts to enemies. It’s unbelievably satisfying, and the PSVR port is a solid effort despite some visual compromises.
- Enemies lack challenge outside of the boss
- Consistent jump scares can overwhelm
- Sometimes shooting briefly stops working
Until Dawn terrified us back in 2015 with its engrossing story, great scares and memorable cast of characters. Now, Sony brings an on-rails spin-off to PlayStation VR.
Described as a “descent into madness” by Supermassive Games, Rush of Blood takes you on a literal rollercoaster ride filled with thrills, scares and arcade-style shooter action.
Rush of Blood features a carnival-inspired aesthetic, complemented by many of the terrifying creatures found in Until Dawn. Survival horror is a brilliant genre for virtual reality, more so when you’re left squirming in your seat on an inescapable ghost train with nothing but a puny firearm with which to defend yourself.
- A shining example of how games are enhanced by VR
- Incredible soundtrack
- Looks stunning
- Very simple to play
A remake of the undeniably psychedelic rail-shooter that originally debuted on the Sega Dreamcast, Rez Infinite revitalises the cult classic with upgraded visuals and complete support for PlayStation VR. If virtual reality proves too much for you, the game is also playable in its entirety without the headset. But where’s the fun in that?
Rez Infinite includes new stages and never-before-seen content cut from the original game way back in 2001. Rez is renowned for its sharp, snappy gameplay and overwhelming visuals, which will no doubt spring to life through the medium of virtual reality.
Buy Rez Infinite from the PlayStation Store
Be honest, you’ve always wanted to be the Batman. Stepping into the boots and strapping on the cape of the iconic crime fighter as you glide across the grimy streets of Gotham. Batman: Arkham VR allows you to do just that.
Taking place in the very same universe created by the beloved Arkham franchise, Arkham VR has you solving puzzles, fighting bad guys and reliving the origin story of our troubled hero. For the first time ever, you can see Bruce Wayne’s parents get capped right before your very eyes.
Arkham VR is simply a must-buy for any Batman fan picking up PSVR. Rocksteady has proven itself time and again as the perfect creator of Batman games, and extending its brilliance into VR with such aplomb should be applauded.
- Strong diversity of games
- The London Heist
- A good showcase for PlayStation VR
Featuring five unique games, PlayStation VR Worlds is bound to be an essential purchase for headset owners. Whether it be deep-diving with sharks, exploring a distant galaxy, or helming the London mafia, VR worlds has plenty to offer.
Each game has been built from the ground up for virtual reality, engineered to provide an unmatched sense of immersion. In other words, you can do some cool stuff that would probably kill you in real life. I mean, who doesn’t want to swim with sharks and luge down a highway filled with speeding cars and colossal 18-wheelers?
- Amazing sound design
- Genuinely terrifying
- Superb voice-acting across the board
- Stellar visuals
Taking place after the events of Resident Evil 6, you play as Ethan, an incredibly unlucky man on the hunt for his missing wife, who seems to have disappeared into a dark, ominous mansion. Ring any bells?
This high-octane rhythm title has you controlling a small, metallic beetle as it roars through a series of fast, relentless tracks. Every movement is done in time with the music, which has you switching directions in a fashion that feels both dynamic and unpredictable.
Thumper’s beauty is in its simplicity, hooking you in with simple yet challenging gameplay mechanics and some almost euphoric visuals. The overblown combination of fast-moving colours, objects and shapes is a graphical treat for anyone, let alone a VR newbie.
Buy Thumper from the PlayStation Store
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
- Faithful to the source material
- Excellent fun with a group of dedicated friends
- Each role feels unique and versatile
- It8217;s like you8217;re really on the Enterprise
Multiplayer gaming has been a bit of a blind spot for VR gaming. Few titles have allowed players to compete against and alongside each other, as well as communicate with fellow gamers. Thankfully, Star Trek: Bridge Crew is an excellent example of the crazy fun you can have in co-operative VR.
While not the most exciting game played solo, teaming up with three headset-wearing friends can lead to some excellent moments. Communication is key, making sure the Enterprise is kept fighting fit for every mission with which you’re tasked.
Sprint Vector is a virtual reality experience that demands fast reflexes and equally quick movement on behalf of the player. You play as a participant in a galactic sporting event, where you must run across a range of insane environments and reach the finish line in record time.
It’s super-fun, and the sense of speed and scale makes it perfect for VR – whether you’re playing on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or PlayStation VR. Be aware, those prone to motion sickness might have a little trouble with this one.
Buy Sprint Vector from the PlayStation Store
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