10 Games For Your New PlayStation VR Headset
During the holiday season, game consoles and software are typically among the top sellers for gifts. Sony may not have discounted their PlayStation 4 outside of Black Friday, but they still discounted their PlayStation VR bundles. At $100 off, gamers all over the nation were able to get VR headsets under their tree this year. With that in mind, surely several people would like to know what games to get. There are tons of various experiences for the PlayStation VR, and while not all are good, there are some amazing gems worth picking up. Here is a list of some of the games we recommend for the PlayStation VR.
Polyarc’s little adventure title is quite the treat. Some people might already have access to Quill’s adventure right away if they got the VR bundle that includes it. Players take control of the small rodent as they journey to save her uncle from the fire-breathing snake, Sarffog. They’ll wield a grass sword and quick combos for combat, but what really makes Moss stand out is the use of perspective for puzzles. Players will use the Dualshock 4 controller to interact with the environment. Utilizing a small orb, players can move objects like glowing blocks, statues, and levers.
When interacting with Quill’s surroundings, players will be able to progress further to help her with her adventure. The whole game takes place within a fantasy book, which gives it a certain charm. While the VR is mostly just observing from above, this means the game doesn’t get very intense for viewers. Moss is likely one of the best games for anyone of any age to pickup and play. While we never reviewed the game, we highly recommend it for younger players. Granted, Sony recommends being 12 years or older for using the VR headset.
Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
Like Moss, Astro Bot was also included in the same VR bundle. Releasing this year from Sony’s Japan Studio, Astro Bot has made quite the name for itself. For those looking for an experience similar to Super Mario Odyssey on the PS4, this may be the closest you’ll ever get. When an evil alien launches all but one Astro Bot to several worlds, it’s up the player and the lone Astro Bot to rescue his friends. The player is practically a character themselves, not only guiding Astro Bot along the levels, but also interacting with the environment
Players will move through various levels and use the VR headset to look around to find hidden coins and bots. Controlling the brave Astro Bot will have him jumping, hovering, and punching his way through unique worlds. Platforming in the game provides interesting moments, as the player will have to move to see certain areas. Boss battles are fun and unique as well, providing a lot of interactivity with a ton of charm. Like Moss, we didn’t review Astro Bot, but it’s definitely a must-own title for the PlayStation VR.
Resident Evil VII: Biohazard
Releasing early last year, Resident Evil VII: Biohazard was an interesting change for the survival horror series. Providing more scares and puzzles, this entry brought players into a new scenario that was vastly different from previous games. While players eventually saw how the game connected to the franchise, the new scenario provided a new perspective too. For the first time, Resident Evil was a first person survival horror. Not an on-rails shooter like some other games, but an actual main entry taking place in the first person perspective. This provided Capcom with the opportunity to make Resident Evil VII a killer app for the PlayStation VR too.
With the PlayStation VR, players can play the entire game with the headset and experience a very immersive horror. Seeing Jack Baker attack you in VR can be terrifying. Obviously, as a mature rated game, it’s not recommended for younger gamers. Regardless, for those looking for scares and thrills, Resident Evil VII is a given for the VR experience. Even if you prefer playing it normally, it can be played entirely without the VR headset on. For more on Resident Evil VII: Biohazard, check out our review, where we gave it an 8.5 out of 10.
Another title bundled with one of the PlayStation VR headsets, Beat Saber is finally available for PS4. This rhythm game provides one of the most immersive VR experiences yet. Set to various music tracks, players will use the PlayStation Move controllers like swords to slash at the notes approaching them. Think Guitar Hero, but add the complexity of special sword strikes like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
Aside from slashing incoming cubes, there will also be moments where the player will have to lean or crouch. Avoiding various obstacles, there are also bombs to refrain from attacking. With a lot of good tracks for the gameplay, and more coming, it can be a fun workout. Fans of rhythm games will find the extra physical movement likely satisfying. We don’t have a review for Beat Saber, but after playing a demo, it’s definitely a recommended title.
While Tetris Effect is fairly simple in the gameplay department, the experience is worth the price of admission. This experience is amplified even further with the PlayStation VR. While the gameplay doesn’t change, having the VR headset can make it feel that much more immersive. Getting into the music, watching the psychedelic visuals, it’s truly Tetris at its finest. The dynamic music with every movement just adds to the audio extravaganza.
Even without the PlayStation VR, Tetris Effect is just an excellent game. If you haven’t played Tetris in a while, or even if you consider yourself an expert, you owe it to yourself to own this game. If you just so happen to own the PlayStation VR, then it’s worth the purchase even more. We didn’t review Tetris Effect, but I’ve been playing it quite a bit for fast puzzle sessions. It’s a little on the pricey side, but it is a true treat for longtime fans.
Firewall Zero Hour
For those looking into a competitive shooter in VR, there are a few options out there. Guerilla Cambridge’s RIGS: Mechanized Combat League isn’t a bad choice, but it can cause motion sickness pretty easily. It wasn’t until recently that First Contact Enertainment released Firewall Zero Hour. Working as a squad-based multiplayer shooter, the game is similar to something like Rainbow Six: Siege, with the exception of being in VR.
While there isn’t a single-player campaign, there are plenty of offline practice options to help improve your game. With a game like this, the PlayStation Aim controller wouldn’t be a bad option either. Luckily the game is possible to be found bundled with the controller. Having full control of your gun is very immersive, especially when you have to raise your gun to use iron sights. Turning has always been jarring in first person VR, but Firewall Zero Hour feels fine. While we didn’t review the game, it has quite a high critical reception and we definitely recommend it for multiplayer shooter fans.
Some of the best games in VR are ones that offer a unique visual presentation. Developer Drool’s Thumper does just this, as it mixes rhythm, roller coasters and horror in one package. With stylish visuals and a fast-paced rhythm, Thumper is a great value for the money. Gameplay has players guide a beetle on a track as they prepare for curved turns and notes in rhythm with the background music. Players can take a couple hits from obstacles and enemies before going back to a checkpoint.
Thumper is often on sale, but even at a full price of $20, it’s well worth it for a cool VR experience. Even without VR, the game is a fun and engaging title, and can even be played on mobile devices, PC, and other consoles. Like many titles on this list, we unfortunately don’t have a review, but we do have more screenshots here.
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀RS
As far as this list goes, this is the only real port included. Konami’s Zone of the Enders series is sci-fi to its core. Piloting a Jehuty mech around in VR is surprisingly well done. While the game isn’t as good looking as a modern game, it works well in the VR setting. The entire game can be played in VR, making it feel just like being inside a real-life Gundam. Players can shoot missiles and slash through enemies with ease.
While the story is full of crazy twists and turns, it’s entertaining enough to get you through. It’s a rather impressive feat that Konami was able to adjust the game for a VR experience. While gameplay works perfectly, there are still anime cutscenes that play in a “theater mode”. It’s understandable, but it does take one out of the VR experience a bit. We definitely recommend fans of the series to try it in VR, and if it’s your first time, now’s a great time to play it.
WipEout Omega Collection
A collection of ported games, WipEout Omega Collection deserves to be included on this list. While there are quite a few racing games for the PlayStation VR, the conversion for WipEout Omega Collection is one of the best. The VR version of DriveClub is pretty mediocre and Gran Turismo Sport can easily cause motion sickness. For some reason, WipEout Omega Collection manages to do well with its motion.
Collecting WipEout HD, WipEout HD Fury, and WipEout 2048, there is a lot of content for a solid price point ($19.99 MSRP). For fans of racing games like F-Zero or even Need for Speed, this is a game you wouldn’t want to miss. It’s fast, intense, and a true VR experience. Even without VR, the game is a solid racer on its own. We have no trouble recommending this one for new VR owners.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
This is more of an honorable mention, but we felt it deserved being mentioned. While Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown technically hasn’t released yet, it should be on your VR radar. Coming out in just under a month, the newest entry in the series will have exclusive PlayStation VR missions. It will still be fully playable without the VR, but Bandai Namco continues to highlight the VR functionality. For a bit more info on the game, check out Steve Masters’ preview with Bandai Namco’s Denny Chiu.
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And that’s it for our list. There are definitely several VR titles out there to try and play. While some of these are pretty obvious choices, we hope some people out there found our list helpful. Let us know in the comments if there are any other VR titles you recommend.