The PlayStation VR just turned one last week, and Sony have delivered on their promises by giving us over 100 VR experiences, between full VR games, games that support VR mode, and 360 view short films. However there are few dedicated VR games that helped the PlayStation VR to succeed selling over 1 million units worldwide. So what better way to celebrate to first anniversary of the PlayStation VR Headset than giving you a top 10 must play PlayStation VR games.
RIGS was one of the first VR games releases as part of the PlayStation VR launch lineup games released back in October 2016. The game simply is a fast paced first person machine shooter that you can play online or with AI offline in 3 VS 3 team match or in hybrid mode between combat and speed ball. The game is a PlayStation 4 exclusive and can only be played in VR mode. The game is playable with a Dualshock 4, no move controls required here. RIGS is developed by Sony first party Guerrilla Cambridge and got descent reviews and average score of 7 out of 10. Overall, RIGS is perfect to get use to fast shooting games for VR.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes released for Windows back in October 2015 and released for PlayStation VR back in 13 October 2016 as part of the launch lineup. This game is a local multiplayer puzzle game, where one player in the virtual room trying to defuse a ticking bomb with support of his team outside the virtual room. The Experts or your team mates outside this virtual room, will not be able to see the ticking bomb so they will relay on the information that you give them about the bomb. The Experts will help you using instructions from the defuse manual that you will not be able to see from your VR headset. The game is really fun and great for team building exercise, but in the same time a bit stressful. The game is developed by Steel Crate Games and got descent reviews and average score of 7 out of 10. Also, and received many Awards including IGF 2016 Excellence In Design and Proto 2015 Best Social Experience.
PlayStation VR Worlds was also one of the first VR game release as part of the PlayStation VR launch lineup, released back in October 2016. This game contains five VR experiences that demonstrate what the PlayStation VR can do. The five VR experiences bundled in VR Worlds are : The London Heist, Danger Ball, VR Luge, Scavengers Odyssey and Ocean Descent. Each of these experience is completely different, unique and brief, doesn’t give you much to play. The game is good to demo the PlayStation VR to your friends and we think it should have been bundled with PlayStation VR for free. The game developed by Sony first party London Studio and got descent reviews and average score of 6 out of 10.
Farpoint was released in May 2017, the game is a first person VR shooter set in the far future. Farpoint is more like standard shooter game but in VR. This PlayStation VR first person shooter game is unique and better than the other VR shooter games, because it was built from the ground up for PlayStation VR . The player got more control over how they can control the moment of their character without make it complicated. Farpoint even introduced PSVR Aim Controller, to give the player better control in the game. Farpoint also have two-player online co-op missions that give it more replay value .The game looks and feels well balanced in VR, it might not be perfect but its a starting point for good full VR shooter. The game is developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment, and Impulse Gear. It received an average score of 7.5 out of 10. The game is well balanced VR shooter game that give better slow VR shooter experience.
6# Superhot VR
Superhot VR came a long way from browser-based first person shooter game released first time in 2013 to a full VR game released for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive first then and finally released for PlayStation VR on 21 July 2017. The game is an action fast based first person shooter but in slow motion, matrix style. I know that might sound confusing but this what makes the game unique and fun to play. Basically everything including enemies running towards you, their bullets flying and any all other moving objects in the environment will be in slow motion as long you don’t move. That will give you enough time to figure out what enemies to take down first and avoid their bullet, knife or punches. The game is really fun to play in VR it looks simple and slowly give you harder challenges with time. Superhot VR developed by Superhot team who secured development funding through Kickstarter. It was reviewed well and received an average score of 7.5 out of 10. The game is a must play game in VR.
There is no need to talk a lot about the history of Resident Evil, and what kind of game play you would expect from it. However, Resident Evil 7 is unique more than all other previous Resident Evil games, because it was the first game in the series to abandon the third person prospective in favor of first person prospective. Making this shift allowed Capcom to take the first step to create a true horror game that can be played fully in VR and on normal screens as well. Capcom showed how smart they are, by making Resident Evil 7 the first full horror game playable in PlayStation VR on release day, also they took a step further by making VR mode time exclusive for PlayStation VR. Overall the VR mode gameplay experience is good but not excellent, especially with aiming, after all, the game is not build from the ground up for VR but it still delivered good VR experience. Resident Evil 7 have received an average score of 8 out 10 for the game overall, and I believe it would get a similar score if it was a VR only game.
Summer Lesson: Hikari Miyamoto was released in Japan as part of the PlayStation VR launch lineup on October 13, 2016 , then followed by Summer Lesson: Allison Snow on June 22, 2017 and finally Summer Lesson: Chisato Shinjo on October 13, 2017. The game put you in the place of private teacher who is tasked to give private extra lessons to young students so they would pass their exam, or learn Japanese language. Summer Lesson is more like a dating simulator game to some extent but its not, because you will be busy planing lessons and tutoring these three girls. This really shines in how great the environment is and how it immerses you and makes you feel that you are there in game, just few inches away from these animated school girls.
This is one of the games that you cannot judge based on watching someone else play it or by watching a YouTube video. You have try to this game in order to see the potential of what VR can do. Summer Lessons is exclusive to PlayStation VR and the game have not been released in the US PlayStation store nor the Mideastern stores for obvious reasons. Its developed by Bandai Namco Studios. The game is successful in it’s home country Japan and even won the PlayStation VR category in Japan PlayStation Awards 2016. However, it didn’t review that well in the western market, it got an average score of 6 out of 10. The environment in Summer Lesson is worth to give this game a chance and try it out after all it will take around only one hour of single play through for each of the three students.
Job Simulator was first released for HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift, first back on April 5, 2016 then released for PlayStation VR as part of the launch lineup. The game is simple enough and fun to be enjoyed by anyone. It lets you play as “Office Worker” , “Auto Mechanic”, “Gourmet Chef”, and “Store Clerk” with freedom of doing many silly things you might think in your simulated job. The game is a must play VR game on any of the VR devices currently available on the market, and it also has the potential to add more job to the list. The game is developed by Owlchemy Labs and reviewed will, it received an average score of 7.5 out of 10.
Batman: Arkham VR was first shown to the public in E3 2016 and it was released on October 13, 2016 as a PlayStation VR timed Exclusive. The game starts with putting you in the Dark Knight suit and let you explore the area at the Bat cave and test some of Batman gadgets around which by itself was an amazing experience if you are a Batman fan. You might think that this game is an action game but its not, it’s more like a puzzle detective game that you have to find clues to solve the big mystery. The graphics and the movement is really amazing and well balanced in this game. It manages to rise the standard for all VR games from the start. It takes between 30 to 60 minites to finish and there are some extra side puzzles if you want to get back to the game to solve them. The game requires PlayStation move to play so make sure you have two of these old PlayStation gears charged up and ready to go. Batman Arkham VR is developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive, the same studio which developed Batman: Arkham Knight, Batman: Arkham City, and Batman: Arkham Asylum. The game is a must play for PlayStation VR owners, and it received an average score of 8 out of 10.
1# Playroom VR
Playroom VR is one of the most underrated games on PlayStation 4, although its one of the best looking VR game that gives you full experience and its free. The game is part of PlayStation VR launch lineup, and it was designed to showcase what can you expect from PlayStation VR. Playroom VR, contains five VR games, Cat and Mouse, Monster Escape, Wanted, Ghost House and Robots Rescue. These are mostly party games that you can enjoy with up to 5 players in some of these game . This game put all other VR games to shame, Playroom VR almost got everything that you look for in VR game and more. The graphics looks complete, simple and great in the same time.
Its one of the few VR games that let your younger family members who are under the recommend PlayStation VR use age (12 years old) to join you and have fun together, by controlling one of these cute robots in the game. Its also utilized the Dualshock 4 light par so you don’t need to use PlayStation move. All these features make it one of the best VR game that you can play on PlayStation VR. The game is developed by Sony first party studio, SIE Japan Studio, and it received an average score of 7.9 out of 10, which excellent for a free VR game with trophy support.
Playstation VR just made it to its first anniversary, and it was quit a journey for Sony, its gone through many changes during this one year. PlayStation VR headsets have introduced new ways to experience games and I’m looking for more improvements in this field. There are a lot of new well designed games with great environments coming out. Many of these new fun game are coming from indie developers who figured how to develop good and fun VR game experiences. Let us know what do you think of our PlayStation VR top ten games list, and if you are a VR headset owner and what game do you think we missed and should in our list.