PlayStation VR has arrived, Just in time for the holidays, and we’re happy to have some comparatively affordable game options to experience. In addition to a PlayStation VR unit, you’ll need a PS4 (either the 3 year old original or the new Slim version), as well as a PS4 DualShock 4 controller. You’ll also need to purchase a PlayStation camera (unless you already own one), to fully experience the wonder that is virtual reality. It’s highly recommended that you have a 6×10 well-lit (but not overly bright) play space.
Here’s a disclaimer: Sony’s PlayStation VR operates with only one camera, instead of systems using two cameras, like HTC Vive, which permits room-size VR. PlayStation VR games come with the recommendation that you remain in 1 of 2 positions, either standing up or sitting down. (You won’t be able to move more than several steps without getting a warning that you’re wandering off course). So pick a position, settle in, and let’s discuss some of the best Playstation VR games available today!
PlayStation VR Worlds
A good intro into VR play, “PlayStation VR Worlds” invites you to experience different game styles and play with these 5 mini-offerings. Keep in mind, though, that these games are only a small preview of what is to come in the future. The “London Heist”, previously called “Morpheus”, carries players to a world filled with guns, boasting, and British street slang. Use your Move Controller trigger to fire, and the other buttons to drop your gun, release the clip, etc. It’s easy and very natural to pick up ammo and load your gun, and you’ll quickly become immersed in the action. “Ocean Descent” offers a thrilling introduction to how scary VR can be. You’re presented with 3 different diving options, and yes, only one of these options puts you face to face with a terrifying great white shark! Other dives land you in a spectacular coral reef, where you can just sight-see, or have fun scaring some angel fish. “VR Luge” offers an exciting downhill run over city streets. Just tilt your head to control the luge, while you careen through traffic and crazy road turns. “Scavenger’s Odyssey” provides almost 360 degrees of movement as you play an alien attempting to move through a wrecked spaceship while being thwarted by a strange insect-like race. Last but definitely not least, is “Danger Ball”, a virtual reality Pong-style game. Players control a see-through paddle with their
You’re presented with 3 different diving options, and yes, only one of these options puts you face to face with a terrifying great white shark! Other dives land you in a spectacular coral reef, where you can just sight-see, or have fun scaring some angel fish. “VR Luge” offers an exciting downhill run over city streets. Just tilt your head to control the luge, while you careen through traffic and crazy road turns. “Scavenger’s Odyssey” provides almost 360 degrees of movement as you play an alien attempting to move through a wrecked spaceship while being thwarted by a strange insect-like race. Last but definitely not least, is “Danger Ball”, a virtual reality Pong-style game. Players control a see-through paddle with their heads, and try to hit a ball directly back to the paddle at the far side of a VR hallway.
Batman: Arkham VR
This game focuses more on Batman’s amazing detective skills, than on his fighting abilities. The incredible start of “Batman: Arkham VR” has the player being infant Bruce Wayne in that horrific alleyway where his parents are annihilated by gangsters. Flash forward to the present, where grown-up Bruce must put on his suit, enter the Batcave, and head out into Gotham, to discover what’s happened to Robin and Nightwing. The ability to use the Batwing to circle above a crime scene is exciting and perfectly paced. Yes, it’s short, but undoubtedly there will be more to come.
“Job Simulator” takes you to 2050, where you play a human forced to work in a museum/theme park operated by robots that duplicates the 21st century’s most boring jobs. You can choose from 4 jobs – an Auto Mechanic, Store Clerk, Gourmet Chef, or Office Worker. In each job you’re in an enclosed area, surrounded by items necessary for you to get the job done. You’ll experience the satisfaction of being able to throw a variety of objects at your robot supervisors, like uncooked bacon, a fire extinguisher, and much more. Not thrilling, but it has its humorous moments.
“EVE: Valkyrie” starts out by placing you in a space fighter cockpit, where you’ll take off and blast out among start and comets, ready to do battle. Soar magnificently through space on thrusters, and weave through assorted space debris. Suddenly, BAM! You’re in the middle of a dog-fight. You can choose from 3 modes – Control, Team Deathmatch, and Carrier Assault. Carrier Assault is the most fun of the three. You are a Valkyrie space pilot who’s able to return from the dead. You fight in order to earn cash. However, that’s all she wrote for this game. Killer graphics, but all you do is fight to win money to buy stuff like ship decals.
Harmonix Music VR
“Harmonix Music VR” offers 4 music-themed experiences. Most interesting is “The Easel”. which allows you to draw in 3D space with the Move controllers, in dozens of styles, all while surrounded by the music. “Dance” gives players the opportunity to manipulate the movements and poses of monsters hiding out in a high school gym. Adjust the speed of the DJ’s turntable, or shoot weird items at your pathetic dancing monster-slaves using a toy gun. “The Beach” transports you to a polygonal island where you can choose a playlist. You can’t do anything else, though – just move your head to target some items and make them come alive. Lame, to say the least. Last on the list is “The Trip”, which uses no controllers. You basically just sit there, while you travel though a psychedelic tunnel thumping along with your song.
“Battlezone” is a complete revamping of the 1980 classic. Players can join a campaign chosen from a map laden with hexagonal tiles (each tile is a mission), and has to survive up until the very last mission – a volcano. Start with a light, medium, or heavy tank – more will be available as you go along. Each tank has a number of limited-ammo weapons, in addition to an infinite use blaster. You’ll start with a randomly-generated campaign. Each mission takes approximately 20 minutes for completion. Your goal is to unlock upgrades and new weapons. The graphics are large Tron-like designs, which allows graphic resolution to remain high. The game’s core idea is sound, and will improve with tomorrow’s hardware.
“SUPERHYPERCUBE” is a splendidly constructed arcade puzzle experience. Players experience the sensation of floating around a virtual world in order to rotate cube clusters so that they’ll fit through an infinite stream of holes in the walls. This game showcases three dimensional thinking in VR space, and is an exemplary entry point for VR gaming. Levels become more challenging, but you basically only need to learn a few rules. It also just has a single mode, and will become boring rather quickly.
“Wayward Sky” is an unremarkable, but lighthearted VR game, full of pleasing looking characters and pastel colors. The player will find many switch-and-lever puzzles while they walk around this pleasant world. The main story revolves around Bess, a junior pilot flying around with her father, who crashes into a mystical fortress that springs out of some clouds. Bess must explore the fortress, and rescue her kidnapped father. Move controllers to point Bess in the right direction, or to become her size and explore interactively. The player can push buttons, turn gears, and pull levers to open up consecutive sections of the game.
“Headmaster” is a perfect game for VR newbies. It involves hitting lots of virtual balls and targets. The player uses their head to bounce soccer balls (mostly) into targets. The back story is that you’re an inmate who is forced to undergo a strange re-education program inside prison, which requires you to pass through many scenarios and hit balls toward targets for points. There are 3 stars attainable on each level. One star gets you to the next level. “Headmaster” is primarily a demo game – anyone can play, and it’s fun to watch while others play. A British narrator provides a bit of sadistic and amusing background noise, but this isn’t a game that more experienced players will want to spend any time on.
“Driveclub VR” provides some intense racing action, amid a great amount of content. This game is perfect for players who love racing simulation games. First you must complete an opening tutorial race, before you’re entitled to pick from a big selection of options. You can compete in time trials, races, multi-race campaigns, and drift events, to unlock more events, etc.