Best PSVR games
If you were lucky enough to receive a brand spanking new PlayStation VR this Christmas, then you’ll be wanting some equally brilliant games to go with it.
With the Boxing Day sales about to begin, Express Online has picked out some of the very best games PSVR has to offer.
From Batman Arkham VR to Beat Saber, Tetris Effect to Astro Bot, these are the games every PlayStation VR owner must buy with their PS4 virtual reality device.
Also, it’s not on the list, but if you want to give friends and family a taste of the power of PSVR, then the terrifying Richie’s Plank Experience is worth a look.
Batman Arkham VR
“Batman: Arkham VR isn’t a 40-hour epic and it doesn’t have bags of replay value, but if you want a completely immersive experience that demonstrates the kind of storytelling power the PSVR headset is capable of, then look no further than the Caped Crusader’s debut virtual reality adventure.
“As long as you can get over the short running time and lack of action set-pieces, Batman: Arkham VR is the most authentic superhero experience ever made and the PlayStation VR’s first killer app.”
“On par with the very best the genre has to offer, Astro Bot Rescue Mission is a playful platformer that oozes inventiveness. As the name suggests, you control a robot named Astro, whose been tasked with rescuing hundreds of missing bots and finding the scattered pieces of a spaceship.
“Being at the centre of these elaborately designed stages and towering over Astro adds a sense of size and scale that you don’t get in other platformers.
“There’s a greater sense of danger when Astro shimmies along a cliff edge or tiptoes over a tightrope with nothing to stop his fall, while despite being cartoonish and colourful in design, the giant bosses are far more menacing than they have any right to be.”
Wipeout Omega Collection
If you’re looking for a rollercoaster experience in VR, then your best bet is the Wipeout Omega Collection, which is one of the fastest, most thrilling and exciting games to grace the system.
Sony has done a fantastic job of bringing the iconic racer to VR, providing a high-octane experience that looks great and won’t leave you feeling ill.
“Not much has changed in terms of the way Rez plays, as users fly through a wireframe computer network destroying viruses and firewalls by looking around, locking on and letting go.
“But the difference between this and the original is that Infinite makes you feel like you’re actually in the mainframe, getting assaulted from every angle with colours, shapes and sounds.
“Rez Infinite proves that PlayStation VR can make existing games even better, giving an established classic a new home that feels like a perfect fit.”
Superhot is another game that made its debut elsewhere, but was elevated by the immersive power of PlayStation VR. With two Move controllers in hand, Superhot is a time-bending shooter in which enemies and bullets move when you do.
A great concept that’s wonderfully executed, Superhot is about as close as you’ll get to feeling like Neo in The Matrix.
Creed: Rise to Glory
“Creed: Rise to Glory finds that sweet spot between arcade brawler and boxing simulation, making it a game that’s instantly accessible, but not instantly beatable.
“And while it makes a few narrative missteps, once you step into the ring, the action is intense, exhilarating and utterly exhausting.
“With Raw Data, Sprint Vector and Creed Rise to Glory to its name, Survios is fast becoming the PlayStation VR specialists. Fingers crossed we see more from this studio in the future.”
To the Top
To the Top challenges players to reach the top of various surreal assault courses by grabbing bounce pads and propelling forward.
It’s probably not the best game to play if you’re scared of heights, but if you want a unique experience that only VR can provide, To the Top is the game for you.
“By stripping things back to the very basics, Arca’s Path bypasses many of the common issues associated with virtual reality. With not a single controller in sight – everything is controlled by your head – Arca’s Path is an elegant experience that’s highly tranquil.
“Its short length coupled by a relative lack of challenge results in a game that’s perfect for relaxing and a great starting point for virtual reality rookies.”
“Guitar Hero meets Star Wars, Beat Saber is a bizarre concept flawlessly executed, arming players with two light sabers in place of a plastic guitar.
“With blue and red light sabers in hand, your job is to slash through blocks and dodge obstacles as they fly towards you in rhythmic waves. Simple and intuitive, you’ll have it sussed after just a few beats, and be hooked after only one song. It really is that good.
“Indeed, I can’t think of a better and more enjoyable way to get fit than with Beat Saber, which is another essential PlayStation VR release.”
“Showering players in particles, drowning them in sound and dazzling with colour, Tetris Effect is a spectacular assault of the senses, especially on PSVR.
“It’s an unforgettable experience regardless of how you play, but PlayStation VR adds a potent and powerful new dimension to the whole thing.
“An ethereal experience with breathtaking visuals and a sublime soundtrack, Tetris Effect is the best reason to invest in a PlayStation VR headset to date.”
Beat Saber on PSVR
“Moss is a charming platform game that works really well in virtual reality. The game looks stunning and is beautifully animated, which is part of the reason why you’ll grow attached to lead character Quill.
“The controls are tight, the puzzles are simple but effective, and there’s no danger of motion sickness.”
“Transference is described as a first-person narrative mystery game that takes place in a corrupted simulation. It’s all the brainchild of a scientist named Raymond Hayes, who constructed the simulation from the brain data of his family.
“The tension barely lets up from the moment you enter the family apartment, and the excellent use of stylised visuals and unrelenting sound paints a convincing picture of a family in crisis.
“Transference is testament to the immersive power of PlayStation VR, and proof that virtual reality could be the true home of horror.”
Resident Evil 7
“Making an already terrifying experience even scarier, virtual reality draws you into the world of Resident Evil 7 like nothing else, letting you peer around corners, check over your shoulder and peek through the tiniest of cracks.
“It creates a real sense of panic when one of the family comes bounding down a corridor with a shovel in hand, or shuffles past your hiding place with a flickering light.
“It serves as proof that triple-A experiences can work in virtual reality.”