2016 looks to be the year of virtual reality, with the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR available to buy in the UK. With over 50 titles available at launch, which VR titles are worth spending your hard earned cash on? We’ve scoured the Internet for the most popular PlayStation VR titles, and here we showcase a few of our favourites. Also see: Best Black Friday Games Deals
Announced back at GDC 2016, Star Wars: Battlefront X-Wing VR is a PlayStation VR exclusive that’ll put players in the pilot seat of the famous X-Wing and is expected to let VR gamers go head-to-head with standard PS4 players, although not much else is known beyond that. It’ll be free for those that already own Star Wars: Battlefront on PS4, and if it’s anything like Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine for the HTC Vive, it’ll be pretty impressive.
Best PlayStation VR games: The London Heist
The London Heist reminds us of the old Getaway games available for the PlayStation 2, which already makes it a winner in our books. Set in London (obviously), you’ll find yourself surrounded by London’s criminal underworld shooting gangsters by leaning out of car windows, amongst other activities, while quoting your favourite “Snatch” quotes (entirely optional, of course!).
The developers have added PlayStation Move support to The London Heist, allowing full use of both arms and providing an extra level of realism. You can lean forward and pick up a gun before turning around and shooting your enemies, ducking and weaving bullets as they fly past your head. More interestingly, the game requires you to manually reload your gun with clips, providing users with a game that’s as true to life as a game about the gritty London underworld can possibly be. It got one of the best reactions at E3 2016, and we can’t wait to give it a go ourselves.\
Best PlayStation VR games: Farpoint
When on a mission to pick up a group of scientists studying an ‘anomaly’ near Jupiter, the player and the scientists are teleported to an unknown, hostile alien world with two aims – survival and exploration. What makes this PlayStation VR exclusive difficult are the hordes of aliens hunting you down, meaning gamers must think fast and aim faster to survive – take a look at the announcement trailer for an idea of what we mean. Farpoint developer Impulse Gear has worked closely with Sony to produce the PS VR Aim controller, a gun-shaped accessory for PlayStation VR that looks to make the experience even more immersive.
"The PS VR Aim Controller offers the most realistic and precise way to control our game. With direct 1 to 1 tracking, you aim in Farpoint just as you would in real life.” Impulse Gear co-founder Seth Luisi wrote via the PlayStation blog. "This allows you to do things in Farpoint that are just not possible in a standard FPS game. It also provides an unbelievable sense of presence in the virtual world."
We’re not quite sure what we’re more excited for – Farpoint or the PS VR Aim controller – but roll on ‘end of 2016’ either way!
Best PlayStation VR games: Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Ubisoft’s Star Trek: Bridge Crew VR game was announced at E3 2016, where Ubisoft brought together a handful of Star Trek actors to play-test the game and showcase their reactions, which were as to be expected - overwhelmingly excited and amazed at how immersive the experience was. But what does the game entail?
Ubisoft hasn’t let many gameplay details slip just yet, but it looks as if the game involves collaborating with other online players to run every aspect of your star ship. There's a captain, tactical players and engineering players that have to work together, listening to the captain’s orders and communicating what each person has to do. It's an interesting experience for sure, and those interested can take a look at the debut trailer right here.
Best PlayStation VR games: Resident Evil 7
Capcom took to the stage during E3 2016 to announce Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, the next major entry in the Resident Evil series. While the game is said to utilise the atmospheric survival horror style that made the series what it is, it’s also going to be scarier than ever before. Why? Because the game is now first-person compared to third-person in previous games, meaning gamers get closer to the zombifying action than ever before (and it’ll make exploring dark places much more terrifying).
However, it brings an additional benefit for PlayStation VR users – it’s fully PlayStation VR compatible. That means you can play the entirety of the game from beginning to end in virtual reality, although you’d be a braver person than us for doing so! Biohazard takes place after the events of Resident Evil 6 on a sprawling, derelict planation mansion in the US, with exploration and survival being the two main aims of the game.
Find out more about Resident Evil 7: Biohazard here: Resident Evil 7 release date, gameplay rumours, price and platforms
Best PlayStation VR games: EVE: Valkyrie
EVE: Valkyrie is one of, if not the most famous game for the Oculus Rift, and prospective PlayStation VR owners will be happy to know that it’ll also be available for PSVR later this year. The spaceship dogfighting simulator isn't to be sniffed at either - it is arguably one of the most polished VR games available at the moment, offering gorgeous graphics and an immersive view that'll make you believe you're sat in the cockpit of your own space ship.
The story behind the game? Fatal, the once infamous leader of the Guristas Pirate clan has started stealing the consciousness of dying fighter pilots and inserting them into clones just before death. Ran, the protagonist, was one of the first people to undergo the process but broke away from Fatal once she realised the truth, and now wages a war against the clan and the corporation responsible. It’s a weird one to wrap your head around, but it’s interesting enough and the gameplay looks gorgeous, so it’s definitely one to watch.
Best PlayStation VR games: Robinson: The Journey
Built using the infamous Crytek CryEngine, Robinson: The Journey is visually stunning, with players finding themselves in what appears to be a Jurassic-esque age, complete with dinosaurs. You’ll have to avoid the more dangerous dinosaurs in order to survive the prehistoric environment, but you’ll have a bit of help from your flying robotic butler named Higgs. The game follows the journey of a boy and his robot as they’re forced to explore an unknown planet after they crash land, with a variety of challenges lying ahead.
The best thing about the game? Interactivity, according to the developers. It’s claimed that the entire environment is interactive, allowing users to reach out and directly interact with what they see, whether it’s picking up leaves to feed to an herbivore, or throwing a rock at a T-Rex (which isn’t recommended!). The developers recently showcased the first ever gameplay video, giving prospective gamers an idea of what to expect from the PSVR launch title.
Best PlayStation VR games: Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
Until Dawn was an extremely popular PlayStation exclusive horror game that would change depending on the decisions you make, and also what you fear. The ‘Butterfly effect’ system indicated whenever the story was permanently changed, which happened fairly often, making it pretty hard for two users to have the exact same playthrough. Fast forward to now and Until Dawn: Rush of Blood is the VR variant headed exclusively to the PlayStation VR.
There isn’t much in the way of gameplay at the moment, but we imagine poking around a creepy house/dark forest will be even more terrifying than when playing the standard game, and is definitely one to look out for once it launches.
Best PlayStation VR games: P.O.L.L.E.N.
P.O.L.L.E.N. is a game already available to buy for non-VR users, and is available in beta form for Oculus Rift users. It’s an atmospheric first person Sci-Fi exploration game taking place on Saturn’s moon Titan, providing users with an extremely interactive environment in which to explore. The aim of the game? To uncover the apparent mysteries that lie beneath the crust of the moon by any means possible.
The game is set to launch on the PlayStation VR later this year, and with HTC Vive/Vive controller/Oculus Touch controller support coming soon, we imagine that PSVR users will be able to interact with the environment using the PlayStation Move batons, although this is yet to be confirmed.