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Top 8 PSVR Games For New Headset Owners

Author: Nick Banks
14-Jan-2018

Category: Opinion

So you’ve just taken the plunge and bought yourself a PlayStation VR. Well done! It’s a fantastic piece of kit. Although, stepping into the world of VR for the first time can be a little daunting. After all, it’s first generation tech so it’s hard to tell which games are the best in an already packed out VR library offering from Sony.

Top 8 PSVR Games For New Headset Owners
So what is it that means the below games qualify for this list? They have found their way here through sheer quality of play. The following titles get a mention in this article for just how well they incorporate the VR medium into gaming. As first generation tech, developers are gradually figuring out the best ways to leverage the medium to its maximum potential. By truly being inside the game, developers are finding new tricks to offer truly unique experiences in games. It is that high bar of unique creativity that makes these titles my personal top eight picks for a VR beginner. 

8) Rush of Blood

  • Move controllers required - Optional
Top 8 PSVR Games For New Headset Owners
If horror is your thing and you’re feeling brave, Rush of Blood is definitely for you. Developed by Supermassive Games and designed as a spin off to the award winning Until Dawn, Rush of Blood puts you inside the mad mind of Josh. Sat in a precarious mine cart, players will experience a literal on rails shooter, reminiscent of the old House of The Dead arcade games. It features all kinds of addicting elements like score attack and multiplier features as well as a purposefully confusing story that will keep you intrigued around every corner. 

7) Rez Infinite

  • Move controllers required - No 
Top 8 PSVR Games For New Headset Owners
Yes we all know that Rez is a golden oldie. We’ve seen it re-released time and again. Although it should go without saying the sheer trippy potential of being inside this game. Not only does it have the classic levels of the original, remastered but Infinite also adds something brand new. Area X, unlike the Rez we have known all this time, is the main event in the VR offering that features a full 360 degree spectrum in which to float about shooting viruses. It is undeniably beautiful and will likely make you cry with wonder. 

6) Thumper

  • Move controllers required - No 
  • VR Headset required - optional
Top 8 PSVR Games For New Headset Owners 
Thumper is what’s known in the industry as a “Rhythm Violence Game”. Like Rez, it has a strong focus on its music and the booming beats that come with it. Hence the name. There’s better way to describe Thumper than this - you play as an innocent beetle that has fallen into a puddle of LSD and now races through his trip in a desperate attempt to escape it. Seriously. Look at the video below to see what I mean.


 
Thumper is so fast paced, it is one of those games that requires you to attain a meditative state of concentration to make it to the end of the level. It is fast, addictive as hell, sinister and will silence you with its dark rendition of beauty. Don’t expect too much in the way of complications. What you should expect is an indie game that is easy to go back to whenever you feel like. It’s also great to make your guests play it as you can be sure they’ll have never seen anything like Thumper in their lives.

5) Raw Data

  • Move controllers required - Yes
Top 8 PSVR Games For New Headset Owners
At its core, Raw Data is a wave survival game. We’ll inhabit the shoes of four different resistance fighters as we break down the corrupt Eden Corporation bit by bit. Raw Data makes fantastic use of VR by asking you to reach down to your thigh and grab the next magazine for your pistol. Perhaps it’ll ask you to reach over your back to grab an arrow from the quiver or physically pump your shotgun for the next shot. 

Sadly, due to VR’s still small audience, Raw Data hasn’t gotten much love from the community. Yet it is absolutely a must buy for new VR headset owners. This is because it will showcase to new VR players just how much can be done with a VR environment and gaming.

4) Moss

  • Move controllers required - No 
Top 8 PSVR Games For New Headset Owners
In Moss, we’ll play as the little mouse, Quill. She will puzzle her way through the many intriguing environments of an ancient mouse civilisation. Although now, it is filled with dangers like snakes and hostile beatles. Quill isn’t much of a fighter but we can physically help her ourselves. 

This is where Moss gets interesting. It’s not simply a 3D sidescroller with our head acting as a camera. Moss asks the player to control two beings at the same time to achieve success. While Quill is controlled with the Dualshock 4, the divine being watching over her is of course, us! We can push and pull on the environment to open new paths for Quill and help her solve puzzles. Also, Quill is straight up adorable so there’s that.

3) Tethered

  • Move controllers required - No 
  • VR headset required  - Optional
Top 8 PSVR Games For New Headset Owners

Tethered is also a game with adorable creatures. In it, we will assume control of the Spirit Guardian, watching over a suspended island in the sky. Tethered is the closest game on this list to being called an RTS. 

Our job will be to manage the lives of the adorable Peeps across thirteen unique floating islands. There is a strong focus on day and night as evil creatures can invade your towns and kill your Peeps. This god game, similar to Black and White, is all about managing Peeps, resources and building up secure settlements in a race against time. If you’re unsure about this one, you can pick up the demo for free whenever you fancy a go.

2) Superhot

  • Move controllers required - Yes
Top 8 PSVR Games For New Headset Owners
Superhot is like a spiritual predecessor to Raw Data. It’s still a wave survival game although movement is limited… Well - there is no movement. That’s the point of Superhot. The idea is dodge bullets as they fly towards you. One hit and the level is restarted. 

To add a juicy twist, things only move in Superhot when you do. So every time you dodge a bullet, you’ll need complete awareness of everything else around you and to be sure that something else won’t kill you unexpectedly. The player can snatch weaponry from the hands of enemies, punch them, throw knives at them - anything you can think of to get the job done. I personally recommend you play Superhot standing up as it the one VR game I have played that has made me move around the most.

1) Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

  • Move controllers required - No
  • VR headset required - Optional
Top 8 PSVR Games For New Headset Owners

Resident Evil 7 is by far and away the best VR title title available to PSVR headset owners today. It achieves this status for a few reasons. It’s the only game of such a high production value to have such a full length campaign, interactive inventory management and heck - one hell of a story. 

While the game can be played entirely in 2D, (some may get mad at this) in that mode Resi 7 becomes just another game. But in VR, the horror stylings of the game mean so much more. We physically lean around door frames, peeking for the threat around the corner. We spin around to check for that thing chasing us. We inspect important items to the plot and physically lean in to get the finer details. I could go on. Instead, I’ll just say Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is absolutely worth your money. 

Special Mention - Star Wars Battlefront: Rogue One VR

  • Move controllers required - No 
Top 8 PSVR Games For New Headset Owners
Rogue One VR is a free DLC available to headset owners of 2015’s Star Wars: Battlefront. It is quite literally the game of my childhood dreams. As it loads, we sit below a massive AT-AT walker as it trudges past the words “Press Start”. The experience is just one short level running at around twenty minutes. 

Players can expect to fight off a squadron of TIE fighters and take a Star Destroyer in order to keep Jyn Erso and the gang safe in lost chapter of the Rogue One story. Before loading up a level, we have the option just sit an X-Wing fighter and press all the buttons. We can even extend the target locator over our shoulder, just like Luke in Return of The Jedi. The nostalgia factor cannot be stressed enough here. So if you still have Battlefront, gathering dust on your shelf, your shiny new headset just gave you a reason to reinstall it. If you’re anything like me, you’ll come out of hyperspace with Yavin 4 to the left of the cockpit and a tear in your eye.



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