Your PlayStation VR collection should include these titles!
Sony and their partners did a great job making sure there are plenty of great games for you to play in PlayStation VR on launch day. It doesn’t matter if you’re into shooting, flying, music, adventure, or silly games that involve putting bacon in a blender, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.
That also means it’s not entirely clear which games you should go for first, but we’ve been playing through all of them and have some suggestions for you! If you’re starting a PlayStation VR collection, make sure these games are on your list!
If you’re a fan of flying through space and shooting things, either by yourself or with others, you need Eve: Valkyrie in your life. CCP Games expanded their Eve universe to put you in the cockpit of some incredible interplanetary fighters so you and your friends can really jump in and feel the action.
The VR view looks and feels amazing as you track your enemies by looking around you, and the environments you fight in are just plain beautiful. This is a must-have for every PlayStation VR owner.
Not a fan of running around and shooting or chopping things? Couldn’t be bothered with horror games filled with jump scares? Owlchemy Labs invites you to play with mostly friendly robots instead! Job Simulator puts you in a future where there aren’t many humans left, and the robots that have taken over are graciously giving you simple jobs to perform so you’re not bored to death.
The game is silly, complex, and easily one of the best PlayStation VR experiences you can have with friends. Invite a bunch of people over so everyone can take turns, and you are guaranteed a night of laughs.
The Brookhaven Experiment
While other horror games are relying on cheap jump scares and loud noises to send you pulling the headset off in a cold sweat, The Brookhaven Experiment is legitimately terrifying. It’s a stationary shooter that leans heavily on zombies and realistic-ish guns to get you hooked, but what really fills your nightmares is how well the spatial audio tells your brain there’s something behind you.
This game will scare you in the middle of the day, but with Move controllers in hand you can really jump into the action and have some fun. Just be careful not to accidentally punch someone in the real world while pistol-whipping a zombie.
Chances are if you have a PlayStation VR and haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve heard of Farpoint. Farpoint is what so many fans have been looking for from VR: a first person shooter where you can wave about a gun and shoot a bunch of baddies. It is likely to herald a new era of VR shooters as it is proof that you can do a first person shooter in VR and not leave your players nauseated and uncomfortable.
You’ll be playing on a desolate planet lightyears away from everything familiar, while searching for the pair of scientists you were tasked with returning to Earth. In between you and them are a lot of arachnids, and they want you dead. You’ll have to use your rifle, shotgun, and more to blast your way through them and find out where those scientists have gotten off to. With an intriguing storyline, the ability to play with a friend, and plenty of bugs to shoot through this is a game that shouldn’t be missed!
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
If you are a Star Trek fan, Bridge Crew is most likely the game you’ve been hoping for ever since you learned Star Trek video games existed. It’s the closest thing to a Holodeck simulation of a starship that we’re likely to see any time soon, and it is extremely well done. Choose from the roles of Captain, Tactical, Helm, and Engineering, and work your station aboard the Bridge of the USS Aegis. Either play alone or with a crew of your closest friends as you explore uncharted territory, try not to get blown out of the sky by Klingons, and find a homeworld for the remaining Vulcan population.
Another popular feature: see how you fare on the famed Kobayashi Maru. In it, you will have to make compromises because you can’t save everyone all the time, and not everyone can Kirk there way out of it.
There is something about zombie games that just translates extremely well to VR. Arizona Sunshine is a shining example of this. Using either the PlayStation Aim or PlayStation Move controllers to battle zombies for survival. The game is designed to have a longer campaign that can be played in short bursts, which is nice for people who have busy schedules, or who can’t tolerate VR for long. This is definitely survival focused, as you’ll have limited resources to contend with, and though your friends can join you, that just means there are more tempting brains for your undead foes.
The game takes place in Southwestern America and features a variety of different environments to explore, including canyons and mines. You’ll need to keep your ears and eyes opened for other survivors, who will make contact over the radio. And of course, few things compare to the joy of looting a bunch of zombies who just tried– and failed– to take you out.
If you’re looking for fastpaced, zany arena combat, look no further than Starblood arena. Choose your pilot and vessel, and play by yourself or with up to three friends in Deathmatch or co-op modes. If you’re an old school gamer and loved to play Descent back in the day, this game is it’s spiritual successor. Navigate twisted maps to shoot at foes coming from every direction in a lightning quick battle that will test your reflexes.
It also helps that the game is beautiful and quite fun to play. The map designs are solid, avoiding the perils of being so big that they’re hard to learn, which allows you to better focus on the carnage at hand.
Statik is heralded as a “game about solving puzzles in a place you don’t know, with a person you don’t recognise, and hands that aren’t completely yours.” It features some truly inspired puzzle design that will leave you feeling challenged, but without falling into the pitfalls of some puzzle games where the solutions are so absurd that no reasonable person could solve them. The game’s sense of humor will remind you a lot of Portal, and the game is very immersive.
It’s clear that the developers spent a lot of time on the game, as it feels extremely polished. The graphics are great, but the true marvel is how well the game translates to the VR environment, and uses it to make a truly unique puzzle-solving experience.
Resident Evil 7 VR
Google “Resident Evil 7” and you’ll most assuredly find numerous articles and videos detailing how scary the game is, particularly in VR mode. The latest entry in the Resident Evil franchise has changed the concept a bit: no longer a third person experience, it is now a first person game and VR helps in some key ways. It is also less about trying to fight your enemies, and more about evading them, and being able to look around corners and doorways with a quick move of your head is extremely helpful.
It wouldn’t be a Resident Evil game without puzzles and secrets, and it’s latest incarnation will not disappoint. Plus if the YouTube reaction videos are anything to go by, you’ll give your family hours of entertainment as you physically jump away from the virtual threats.
The original Rez received a lot of praise for it’s fun gameplay and it’s catchy soundtrack, and the VR remake is no different. In Rez Infinite, you are a hacker, seeking to travel through cyberspace in order to repair Eden, the core of the Project-K program. Project-K was designed to combat rising crime rates.
To reach Eden, you must shoot your way through vector worlds accompanied by an intense soundtrack while using evolution spheres found within the levels to evolve to stronger forms. Rez Infinite is immersive and addictive, and you’ll find yourself humming the soundtrack long after you stop playing.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Looking for a great game to play with friends that will add fun and excitement to your next party? This is definitely the one for you! One player is tasked with defusing a bomb, the catch being that they have no access to information about the device. Instead, they are at the mercy of the other players to read the instructions to them from the TV screen, before they can try and execute them before the bomb explodes.
The tension of the game increases as the countdown ticks down, and it only gets more intense as you get to harder levels. It’s also a great way to get friends involved who aren’t gamers and might lack the manual dexterity and twitch reflexes to play other popular party games.
Polybius is an intense, fast-paced trance-shooter with addictive gameplay and soundtrack. You control a ship that continuously goes forward, which you have to move left and right while shooting everything that moves and trying to go through gates that increase your speed and score. Older gamers will appreciate the retro style, which includes 8-bit sound effects, and the occasional random flying cow for good measure. It’s definitely a game that will appeal to fans of Tron.
Quick gameplay and pounding tunes will keep your heart racing while you work through 50 levels.
Don’t let Tethered’s cutesy graphics fool you, it is a clever, inventive strategy game that warrants the positive reviews it’s been given. Your character is the only one to remain free after Evil takes over your world and traps the Spirit Guardians of your home. As the islands remain unguarded, you must wield elemental powers to fight off the creatures of the night while you gather Spirit Energy to free the Guardians. To help you on your quest are the Peeps, denizens who need your help as much as you need theirs.
During the day, you must gather as many resources as you can, in order to survive the nighttime attacks from the creatures of Evil. You have a wide array of powers, including the weather. You can command your Peeps to perform various tasks for you during the day in order to improve your production and defenses. The Peeps can fulfil a wide array of jobs, or you can even Tether the weather to them to see what happens.
Tethered is a unique example of just how many game genres can translate well to VR, and it features a beautifully designed world to boot.
What are your favorite games for the PSVR?
For hardware that is not yet a year old, PlayStation VR has quickly amassed a great collection of games for fans of many different genres. Is your favorite game on our list? Did we miss a gem that should be here? Tell us your about it in the comments below!