It isn’t a stretch to suggest that virtual reality hasn’t enjoyed quite the boom that its innovators would have hoped for, but it’s far from dead. Any gleeful proclamations about its race having already been run are extremely premature, especially with Sony throwing their weight behind the technology with some of the best PSVR games.
Compared to any other company jumping on virtual reality, Sony are the ones who have arguably been pushing for it the hardest — their lineup in 2017 was focused heavily on the PlayStation VR and its games. Their dedication has paid dividends with strong hardware sales and a bright future for the technology, whether in this generation or next.
VR still feels like it’s in its infancy as a whole, so who knows how much better it will be when the PlayStation 5 rolls around. We know PS4 games will be backwards compatible with the PS5, and, best of all, the current VR headset will also be usable with the PS5.
We aren’t looking to the future today, however. We’re looking at the right now, the best PSVR games you should play if you’ve picked up a headset. If you haven’t yet, consider these a good enough excuse to dive right in, especially seeing as how it’s never been cheaper and the experiences just keep getting better and better as more developers get acclimated and accustomed to the hardware.
From terrifying families to an almost obnoxiously adorable mouse, here’s what you should check out on PlayStation VR. Also consider that we will be adding to this list when we play new games that we think should make the cut.
The Best PSVR Games
30. Borderlands 2 VR
Developer(s): Gearbox Software Publisher: 2K Games Additional PSVR requirements: None (Aim recommended) PSVR exclusive: No
Borderlands 2 is a bona fide FPS classic, there’s no doubt about it. There’s a reason why so many people were left playing it for years after it first released, and that’s down to how it made the looter shooter that very rare thing: actually fun.
The VR version may not be the absolute best way to experience Gearbox’s flippant penis joke simulator, but it’s still an immersive trip to Pandora all the same. Blessed with a massive range of ways to play, much like Skyrim VR, Borderlands 2 VR proves how classic experiences can get a new lease of life in virtual reality.
Developer(s): Outerloop Games Publisher: Outerloop Games Additional PSVR requirements: None (Move recommended) PSVR exclusive: No
Birds are cool, aren’t they? Virtual reality has previously allowed us to live out life as one in the skies with the likes of Eagle Flight, but Falcon Age is something a little different. You play as Ara, who sets out on a quest with their falcon in tow to pen back robot colonisers.
A beautiful, often sweet adventure where you bond with your falcon as you dress them up in increasingly adorable outfits, Falcon Age lets you explore a vast wasteland and collect resources as you look to join the resistance.
Thematically speaking, Falcon Age is a much heavier game than a lot of the games on this list, but regardless of that, it’s just a lovely sojourn that tugs at the heart-strings.
Developer(s): From Software, SIE Japan Studio Publisher: SIE Additional PSVR requirements: Move controllers PSVR exclusive: Yes
From Software but have been watching a lot of Monty Python because Déraciné is something completely different from anything they’ve made before, even if it does share a suitably gothic mood with its Soulsborne cousins. A narrative-based puzzle game, Déraciné isn’t like many other PSVR games out there, which may mean that it really isn’t for everyone.
If you don’t mind a slower pace and having to navigate with Move controllers, Déraciné is a lo-fi oddity that’s worth playing. It’s not a revolutionary game, but what it does it does well indeed, making it an emotive and often heartwarming experience that isn’t also afraid to get dark.
A game that can be played in either VR or traditionally, Bound is the epitome of how much better diving into a virtual reality can make a game. While the “typical” experience is a nice blend of platforming and aesthetic, its virtual reality counterpart is like an LSD party of swirling images and beautiful sights.
You play as a ballerina princess in a fairytale gone wrong who must save her mother from a nefarious beast. Dancing across Bound’s beautiful worlds is a simple joy, but not one that gets tiring. It’s also a third-person adventurer, so nausea will be limited but you are bound (heh) to fall down to your doom often because of the depth perception that takes a little getting used to.
Once you become acclimated, however, expect a wonderful time that’s one of the prettiest experiences in virtual reality.
26. Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
Developer: Supermassive Games Publisher: SIE Additional PSVR requirements: Move controllers preferable PSVR exclusive: Yes
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood doesn’t make a lick of sense. The original game, Until Dawn, is a narrative-based game with the emphasis on player choice. Its VR spin-off, Rush of Blood, is an on-rails shooter. Somehow, however, it’s one of the best PSVR games around.
Equal parts tense and action-packed, Rush of Blood borrows some of the infamous imagery from the main game to create a challenging shooter that was made for the Move controller. Dual-wielding pistols is incredibly satisfying as you dispatch of the many twisted apparitions the game throws at you, as well as the occasional squealing pig. You can play Rush of Blood with the Dualshock 4, but it really won’t do the game justice.
“Until Dawn: Rush of Blood will keep you entertained for a while, with hidden items hidden in each level, and high scores to compete with. It’s the creepy abandoned fun fair that every horror house wishes to be.”
Claims that Farpoint was going to be “the Halo of VR shooters” were a bit farfetched when it launched in 2016, but that doesn’t stop it from being the ultimate VR game for fans of Starship Troopers. It’s you, your Aim controller, and an endless stream of bugs — actual bugs, not Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 bugs.
The shooting is impeccable with the Aim controller, though you can approach Farpoint with whichever tools you like. It’s also scalable depending on how good you are at handling movement in VR; you can either make small steps and turns or go entirely freeform.
While it may not have shifted as many VR units as Sony may have liked, early signs are there for Farpoint to be turned into the VR shooter franchise.
Developer: Red Storm Entertainment Publisher: Ubisoft Additional PSVR requirements: Move controllers preferable PSVR exclusive: No
Even if you aren’t much of a sci-fi fan, you’ve probably wondered what it would be like to be the captain of a spaceship. Star Trek: Bridge Crew allows you to do just that and may well be the most immerse Star Trek game to date, or perhaps even the best overall.
Team up with your friends to take to the bridge of U.S.S. Aegis and explore The Trench. You will need to work as a unit, which will inevitably fall apart the second you start to make rude gestures at each other in VR. Either as a Captain, Helm, Tactical, or Engineer your team can make your way through Bridge Crew’s storyline or take on the game’s dynamically generated missions.
Just don’t blame Ubisoft if you have a power struggle for captaincy that destroys your friendship circle.
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Publisher: Ubisoft Additional PSVR requirements: none PSVR exclusive: No
A serene and simple game, Eagle Flight pits you as a bird of prey in a desolate Paris as you soar in its skies, either alone or in multiplayer. It’s not the longest or most robust PSVR game out there, but it certainly leaves an impression while the experience lasts.
Eagle Flight uses the PSVR headset to its fullest, allowing players to gesture with their heads in the direction they want to go. While its single-player is a short but sweet journey through the emptiness of France’s capital, its multiplayer features some engaging dogfights in an open-world that’s worth exploring, even if it does belong to Ubisoft’s brand of open-world, i.e. pretty empty.
Developer: id Software Publisher: Bethesda Additional PSVR requirements: Aim controller preferable PSVR exclusive: No
Although we weren’t that impressed by DOOM VFR when played through a base PS4, it’s still a FPS game worth checking out if you have any interest in wreaking havoc. Even if it strips out Glory Kills and quite as much chaos as the main game, DOOM VFR is a shot of adrenaline straight to the face.
Set during the same time as Doomguy’s exploits in the 2016 installment, you play as a UAC employee who’s having just the worst day and lets you know about it often. While it’s technically not the prettiest or longest PSVR game around, there’s something about ripping and tearing into demons with the metal soundtrack blaring through your headphones that is primitively satisfying.
If you’re becoming worryingly similar to the South Park WoW guy, Sprint Vector is the VR game for you — you can just go ahead and chuck that Davina McCall fitness DVD in the bin. It’s relentless, rewarding, and really likely to make you sweat out your past transgressions.
Basically Speedrunners in VR, Sprint Vector is a darling for PSVR owners as it somehow manages to not make players sick despite all the frantic action. Race to be first with your Move controllers doing more for your health than lifting weights ever could; the game maps your real-life movements, so if you’re running like a madman, your avatar will follow suit.
Definitely not for you if you live in an small cabin, however.
Even if it’s more like a VR experience than a fully fleshed out game as it only runs for just under two hours, Batman: Arkham VR is one of the earliest examples of what you can achieve when you translate beloved worlds and characters to a virtual reality space.
You won’t spend your time in Arkham VR battering ne’er-do-wells, rather solving puzzles and taking part in investigations. This may disappoint anyone who’s a big fan of Rocksteady’s Arkham series, but you truly feel like you’re adorning the iconic suit in Arkham VR as well as like you’re coming face-to-face with the Bat’s most iconic enemies. Essential for fans of DC’s best hero.
“Although Batman: Arkham VR is not the game that will justify your PS VR purchase, it is still my favourite one thus far and I hope that it will set the standard of quality for future VR games. Rocksteady did not disappoint with the final entry in the Batman: Arkham saga, even if it is a bit short.”
Developer: Fast Travel Games Publisher: Fast Travel Games Additional PSVR requirements: none (Move controllers recommended) PSVR exclusive: No
Channel your inner Legolas with Apex Construct: a FPS VR game from the creators of Battlefield. You can tell that it’s been made by people who have mastered the craft of making things die; using Apex Construct’s bow is immensely satisfying, even if it makes you look like a bit of a goof.
Journey into a post-apocalyptic world as the last remaining human in the middle of a battle between two powerful AI, or just shoot arrows at random objects. Its combat, while not perfect because of some tracking annoyances, allows you to command a shield and bow to dispatch the many robot enemies you will come up against.
As with most PSVR games, Apex Construct is a little on the short side, but the playtime for you to arse around in with your bow is infinite.
From now until the day I leave this mortal plain, I will always maintain that Driveclub is the most underrated PS4 exclusive there is. Its VR counterpart is packed with content and overflowing with speed, though your stomach is going to be tested if you get light-headed on long car journeys.
Driveclub VR also takes a visual step down from its big brother, but don’t let that dissuade you. There’s nothing quite like it on PSVR to make you feel like you’re behind the wheel of a car, whether it’s the ability to adjust your seating height or cruising around tight bends. If you overlooked Driveclub, as so many did, when it first launched, don’t do the same for its VR counterpart.
Wave-based shooters aren’t going to go out of fashion; that’s a fact. Raw Data knows this and provides all manner of bad guys for you to slice and dice your way through in VR while also applying smatterings of its cyperbunk story in-between.
What makes Raw Data so enjoyable is its approach to different playstyles. Unique characters have their own abilities, so whether it’s Saija’s katana or Elder’s bow, Raw Data will always feel fresh and rewarding, particularly as times goes on and you have more tools at your disposal.
The only downside is that Raw Data has PVP on PC and doesn’t on PSVR, but it’s still worth checking out if you enjoyed Apex Construct or SUPERHOT VR.
16. Megaton Rainfall
Developer: Pentadimensional Games Publisher: Pentadimensional Games Additional PSVR requirements: none PSVR exclusive: No
Megaton Rainfall essentially puts you in the shoes of a purple Doctor Manhattan, sans the terrifying penis, as you save the world from an alien invasion. It’s the superhero game that should have come to VR a lot sooner than it did as it just makes you feel like an all-powerful hero, which is what the best PSVR games really should do.
While somewhat visually underwhelming, nothing can match the joy of flying around a planet and dispatching of spaceships in the vein of an arcade shooter. As you progress, you are endowed with more and more powers while also constantly warned about collateral damage — Superman wouldn’t get away with destroying a tonne of skyscrapers.
It’s on the short side, but Megaton Rainfall is the perfect excuse to unleash your inner child for a few hours nonetheless.