The best 10 VR games for PlayStation 4
PlayStation VR might still be a relatively young platform, but in the years since its initial 2016 release PS4’s take on virtual reality has already amassed a stacked library of worthwhile experiences – many of which can’t be played anywhere else. Here we’ll run through the best 10 VR games for PlayStation 4 you can currently buy, featuring the lowest price currently available for each. It’s time to strap on that headset and take a deep breath as we dive into a whole new world of immersive gaming…
10. PlayStation VR Worlds
PlayStation VR worlds is a compilation disc that contains multiple VR mini games, all of which serve to represent the very best of what the platform has to offer. It’s the ideal PSVR game to pick up when you’re just starting out on your VR career and are unsure what to try out. There are five VR five experiences included in total: The London Heist, Into The Deep, VR Luge, Danger Ball and Scavenger’s Odyssey.
At least one of these titles is sure to tantalise the taste buds of every budding VR enthusiast in some shape or form, whether you prefer flying through the voids of space while piloting a mech or barrelling down hills as the next sports superstar. None of the five games featured in PlayStation VR Worlds will eat up too much of your time but they still offer great value, serving as a satisfying starter before you can move onto the main course. Yum!
9. Firewall: Zero Hour VR
Perhaps best described as “Rainbow Six: Siege but in virtual reality”, the developers behind Firewall: Zero Hour knew exactly what they were doing when attempting to translate the squad-shooting actions of most military shooters in PSVR. It’s a PSVR exclusive so looks and plays great, being one of the few games that’s fully compatible with the PSVR Aim controller that provides an authentic two-handed weapon experience. VR multiplayer shooters don’t get better than this.
Teamwork is everything in Firewall: Zero Hour, where two teams of 4 are tasked with battling it against one another in a bid to secure the most kills. Pick from 12 experienced mercenary characters and learn their special skills. From here it’s all about knowing when to attack and when to defend – with both being made all the easier thanks to full 360-degree vision of the combat zone in VR and audio surround sound that lets you hear your enemies every move.
Merging certain aspects of the first-person perspective with those of a classic style 3D platformer, Moss is a narrative-driven action adventure that sees you control a cute mouse called Quill. While you may directly be guiding the little critter, though, at certain points she’ll look up and address you directly in-game, requiring your assistance with whatever or obstacle is standing in her way. Moss places heavy emphasis on this two-way partnership, using it to more widely inform this mix of combat, puzzle-solving and exploration.
Quill’s epic journey will take her through castles, swamplands, and everything in between. You can help by moving around objects, healing her when needed and assisting in battle. You get to explore these stunning environments from a god-like perspective, fully immersed within an ancient world that has a gripping narrative – all thanks to the power of PSVR.
7. Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
Here’s one not for the faint of heart. Until Dawn: Rush of Blood hearkens back to the light-gun shooters of yesteryear, strapping you into a rollercoaster cart travelling through various creepy and horrific scenarios. It’s a pseudo-sequel to the mainline Until Dawn game, using familiar characters and locations to ratchet up the tension as you try to shoot away incoming enemies with any gun available to you.
Any trigger-happy arcade shooter fan will feel right at home playing Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, showcasing the benefits of virtual reality by simulating the feeling of being on a coaster that’s constantly at risk of being swarmed. The only question should be whether you’re brave enough to step in. Replay levels to get the best score if you dare and challenge your own ability to top the online leaderboards.
Aching to immerse yourself in a Hollywood style space-based adventure, or better yet, your own Christopher Nolan indie? Farpoint could be the answer. Marooned on an alien world and armed with nothing but your spacesuit and trusty rifle, you’re forced to come face to face with hordes of enemies while endeavouring to find a way back home. The whole experience is also playable in co-op, letting you and a friend experience true isolation as you explore and survive through the many secrets of this hostile planet.
Farpoint is a first-person shooter best experience in PSVR using the corresponding Aim controller. With this in hand, you get the true impression that what you’re experiencing is a true one-to-one interaction between you and the game. A Dualshock 4 controller is also an option, but nothing can replace the sensation of pulling the trigger on a gun-shaped peripheral. Master an arsenal of cool weapons, explore the virtual reality of space and enjoy the ride.
5. Battle Zone
Based on the classic 1980s arcade game of the same name, Battle Zone for PSVR successfully places you firmly in the cockpit of your own tank, letting you blast your way through various neon-laden levels. It’s not exclusively playable on VR, but only by strapping on the PSVR headest will you get the true sense of scale and combat intensity originally intended.
After jumping in, you’re instantly afforded will the full control of a tank. It’s kitted out with a thoughtful arsenal of creative weaponry, with everything from EMPs to laser-guided missiles sure to devastate any rival vehicle standing between you and your mission. Speaking of which, all missions are procedurally generated, meaning that no two campaigns will ever be the same. Battle Zone is a solid extension of the classic formula with a fully immersive VR spin.