The best PlayStation VR games

PlayStation VR is here, but what games currently exploit the technology's potential and, frankly, allow for the best way to show off your $399 / £349 investment to your friends? The current line up is experiential in feel – think of the early days of PS Move, Kinect or Wii – but a wider variety of deeper, more traditionally structured, interactions are on the way. Check out our upcoming PlayStation VR games for more info. Having played the entire launch line up, here's our best PlayStation VR games so far. We've reviewed some of these titles in full elsewhere on the site (and we'll link out to them where that's the case) but consider this your go-to reference for everything worth putting a headset on for. 

Batman: Arkham VR

Genre: Adventure

What is it?
A chance to wear the Dark Knight's cowl as he investigates a mystery involving his past and present sidekicks

Why is it in our best PS VR list?
The Arkham series has always nailed the sensation of being Batman, who uses his genius intellect as often as his two bone-cracking fists. But Arkham VR feels the first time you can truly exclaim "I'm Batman!" in your best Michael Keaton voice, courtesy of the incredibly immersive first-person detective story. You won't be beating up any goons - at least, not directly - but you do get the chance to really see Gotham from ground level through the eyes of its greatest protector.

Donning the Batsuit in VR feels so right, and there are plenty of cameos and Easter Eggs related to Batman's storied Rogues Gallery. This also acts as a continuation of the Arkham story following Arkham Knight, with the voice cast you know and love reprising their iconic roles. Being able to throw a Batarang with a flick of your real-life wrist feels fantastic (Move controllers are highly recommended here), and those moments where you stand on the ledge of a skyscraper and look down at the bustling Gotham below are simply breathtaking. Oh, and if you've played the Arkham games, you probably know they like to get a bit spooky sometimes... just wait till you see what those moments are like in VR.

Read our full Batman: Arkham VR review.

PlayStation VR Worlds

Genre: Multiple (shooter, racing, arcade)

What is it?
A collection of five unique games, each one showcasing the kinds of experiences that PSVR makes possible.

Why is it in our best PS VR list?
VR Worlds is the ideal sampler for the possibilities of PS VR, offering a variety of totally unalike games with varying degrees of intensity. The star of the show is The London Heist, which feels like starring in a short gangster movie filled with tense shootouts and cockney expletives. Ocean Descent feels like a Disneyland undersea ride you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch, perfectly balancing the wonders and terrors that occupy deep waters. Scavengers Odyssey is a sci-fi shooter that has you blasting twin laser cannons and hopping between asteroids (though watch out, this one could easily make you motion sick).

The remaining two games - VR Luge, a downhill derby that has you weaving between traffic, and  Danger Ball, a high-tech version of pong - aren't as fleshed out, but are thrilling just the same when you're playing them for the first time. And that's where PlayStation VR Worlds excels: ushering the first-time player into a variety of exciting games. When your friends are coming over to check out your spiffy new headset, VR Worlds is the disc to pop in the tray.

Read our full PlayStation VR Worlds review.

Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

Genre: Horror shooter

What is it?
A gun-heavy roller coaster ride through a broken mind, full of jump scares, monsters and disturbing imagery.

Why is it in our best PS VR list?
This is the ultimate in virtual reality horror. A descent into madness via every terrifying scare trope you've ever encountered, this is a ghost train gone very, very wrong. Taking the world from the excellent choice-based PS4 horror adventure Until Dawn, this pits you against nasties that include living mannequins, cackling evil clowns and enormous spitting spiders. 

The scares on offer are masterful. Even when you're armed with two pistols, nothing ever feels safe. Jump scares intersperse with ultra-disturbing visuals to keep you in a complete sense of unease at all times and there's never a moment to take a breath. There might be a high score to take your mind off the plain horror of it all but that's no comfort when you've chugged to a stop in a dark creaking room and something starts to whisper in your ear.  

Sheer terror. Hunt it down and be prepared to thoroughly embarrass yourself if you're playing in front of friends. Just hope no one grabs you at a jump scare. We're not responsible for any health risks associated with such behaviour. 

Read our full Until Dawn: Rush Of Blood review.


Genre: Shooter

What is it?
A rogue-like procedurally generated tank game where you have to fight and upgrade your vehicle to reach and defeat a final boss. 

Why is it in our best PS VR list?
There's a fast shooter here with a ton of depth, something that trailers haven't really got across all that successfully. Upfront it looks like a very Tron styled tank battler but under that there's a hefty upgrade system and a perma-death mission structure as you fight through randomly generated maps to destabilise the enemy and reach the final boss. 

On top of that it's just a fun, rapid blast. Your tank is a joy to control and brilliant to live in, full of pop up consoles and screens that look good enough to touch. Combat is fast as you glide around a solid city full of enemy tanks and aircraft, switching between rockets and homing missiles to deal out explode neon death. And, despite it's '80s arcade roots and looks, this is actually one of the more fully featured games on PlayStation VR thanks to its lengthy campaign, upgrades and procedurally generated continuation. While other titles here can be cleared in a single sitting, this can potentially go on as long as you can.

Wayward Sky

Genre: Puzzler

What is it?
A charming third person and first person narrative puzzler

Why is it in our best PS VR list?
The lovely thing about Wayward Sky is the perfect way it demonstrates the new ways devs are letting us interact with VR worlds. The tale of Bess, a young girl who has crash landed on a floating fortress of robots (one of which has unfortunately stolen her father), it pops you out of sickness’ reach in a handy third person perspective. From the comfort of the sky, perfect for taking in the charming visuals, you steer Bess by pointing the Move or DualShock wherever you’d like her to go, firing the trigger and off she trots. 

When there’s something a little more interactive to do, it zooms you into a first person perspective to turn bulbs or flip switches. It feels simultaneously casual and ultra precise and a brilliant way to tackle any kind of motion sickness caused by VR. The whole story takes about three hours and the puzzling is great fun but could have done with being a little more challenging. Lack of brain hurting aside though, this feels like only the beginning of the new wave of VR that isn’t all about making us jump out of our skins. 

Job Simulator

Genre: Simulation

What is it? A game where having a job is absurdly good fun

Why is it in our best PS VR list?

Because you should know how it feels to make hotdogs and jumbo size them, or be shouted at by a Gordon Ramsay-style floating AI while you attempt to cook meatballs. Job Simulator hands over four different experiences that have been crafted especially for robots in 2050 to know what was like to be a lowly human. That means working in an office checking emails and printing things out, standing behind the counter of a convenience store, sweating it out in the kitchen of a gourmet restaurant and even fleecing people as a car mechanic. It was originally created for HTC Vive so Move wands are essential but this is a perfect slice of VR simulation.

It’s short and sweet with each experience at around 25/30 minutes if you’re just following instructions but there’s plenty of ways to play in the environments. The humour is smart and funny, everything is touchable and interactive and you’ll gleefully set fire to everything, throw paper planes in the office and generally cause chaos. Make sure you’ve got enough space though as each environment is full of fridges to open, items to pick up and buttons to push. Believe us, it hurts when your coffee table gets in the way. 


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