What does the future hold?
PlayStation VR will be launching with 100 playable games, and even if we don't know exactly what each experience will entail yet, but we're excited to see what improvements VR can bring to gaming. VR is only in its infancy, but there are already experiences that cover the majority of the game genres in the industry. From first-person shooters and horror to MMOs and flight sims, PlayStation VR already seems to have something for almost everyone.
It's hard to not get excited about the potential of the new experiences after seeing what is already in development. We've gathered together some of the most promising games that have been shown off so far right here. There are still plenty more PS VR compatible games coming on the horizon, so stay tuned as we update this article with the most impressive upcoming PS VR games.
If you've ever seen those human tetris japanese games shows, you know exactly how SuperHyperCube works. The game has a simple concept: fit a block through a hole in the wall. It sounds easy, but there are only a few positions that will work, requiring you to flip and rotate the shape before it crashes into the wall. In VR, you can use the PS VR headset's motion sensors to get different viewing angles by leaning around and peering over your block.
Xing: The Land Beyond
You're dead, but apparently death isn't the end. Upon your death you come to the land of Xing, a place that is essentially purgatory and where spirits of other people have become trapped. But that's where you come in. As you explore the world, you come across gravestones that transport you to various worlds representing the lives of trapped spirits. Using the spirits as a guide, you must overcome various puzzles, piece together the stories of the spirits’ lives, and ultimately help them move on to the next life.
The GNOG universe looks like it came straight out of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It's a psychedelic puzzle game that has you inspecting monster heads to uncover what makes them tick. Each head is unique with themes that range from yellow submarines to neon light-flashing boom boxes, which can be flipped between a face side and an opposite micro-world side (like the old Polly Pocket and Mighty Max toys from the 90s). You'll need to flip between the face and the micro-world, interact with them, and see how your changes affect the opposing side. GNOG is more exploration than puzzle solving, allowing you to play with the heads and just see how they react.
Thumper is a rhythm game, but not the kind that has you timing button presses to a song. You are a what looks like a beetle blazing down a sleek, neon-colored track. In order to navigate the track you have to use a variety of abilities like shielding yourself against energy gates, drifting corners, and timing button taps to get a boost. Thumper has the visual style of Wipeout's Zone challenge mode, the musical cues of Rhythm Heaven, and the speed of F-Zero all mashed into one high-speed, visually stunning experience.
100ft Robot Golf
If you're going to play golf, why not play it as a 100 foot tall robot? 100ft Robot Golf still uses the typical golf rules: get your ball in the hole in as few swings as possible, but the gameplay goes much further than the classic game's activities typically include. As you are a massive robot, you can run around the course destroying skyscrapers in urban environments, wandering mountainous terrain, or bashing your opponents with your giant robot golf clubs.
Ace Combat 7
VR headsets and games that put you in cockpits seem to go hand-in-hand. In Ace Combat 7 you are the combat pilot of a state-of-the-art fighter jet in the thick of aerial battles, flying missions for the Navy. With the PS VR headset, you take to the skies of the near future with the freedom to look around - giving you the feeling of actually sitting in the pilot's seat. You'll feel more like you're at the controls of the plane, flying through the clouds, dodging enemy projectiles, and blasting bogies out of the sky.
If you've ever wanted to feel what it would be like to float through gravity-free space, you probably won't get closer than Adr1ft short of actually taking a rocket into space. Adr1ft gives the same impression of loneliness and dread you get from the movie Gravity, challenging you to survive aboard a space station as your oxygen supply slowly depletes, uncover what happened to the destroyed space station, and find a way back home.
Name sound familiar? That's because PlayStation VR's Battlezone is the reimagining of the classic 80s tank battle sim. Yeah, the one with the green vector graphics. In the PS VR game, you once again sit in the driver's seat of a powerful tank and blow your opponents to smithereens. Battlezone features improved visuals (obviously), introducing a colorful, cartoony aesthetic that is definitely eye catching.
Part murder mystery, part survival horror, Dead Secret puts you in the shoes of a journalist on the trail to discovering how a man named Harris Bullard met his untimely end. As you explore the scene of the crime and its creepy surroundings you begin to realize that you're being watched. Look, playing scary games is bad enough when they’re on a TV, so we can only imagine how terrifying it will be when you're completely surrounded in the spooky VR environments.
Media Molecule, the developer behind LittleBigPlanet, is working on its first VR project, Dreams, which seems less of a game and more of a platform for creation. In it, you can essentially build anything you want, from Tron-like futuristic worlds to snowy landscapes filled with polar bears. It isn't clear exactly how you'll be able to interact with the worlds you create (or are created by others) outside of building them. Whatever ends up being the case, it will be interesting to see what kinds of beautiful or nightmarish worlds players will be able to craft in Dreams.
CCP Games is fulfilling every Star Wars fanboy's dreams with the EVE: Valkyrie. The game's playable demo makes you feel like you're flying through space during the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi - except, well, with ships from the EVE universe. You get a real sense of what it would be like to be an ace pilot in a space navy, as you track enemy ships by turning your head and looking out a side window while simultaneously weaving between massive capital ships. If there's a killer app for the PS VR headset, this would be it.
This first-person adventure seems to take advantage of all the hardware available to the PS4. You play as a human protagonist, who can create clay golems and take control of them. But, all of this isn't done while wearing the VR headset. When you're crafting your golems and doing activities in the protagonist's bedroom, you're playing on your TV. Only when you want to inhabit your Golems do you put on the headset, making that action itself a part of the game. On top of that, controlling the characters is done with the PlayStation Move's motion sensors, giving you one-to-one control in golem-on-golem sword fights and world exploration. We aren't saying more peripherals is better, but Golem sure is using them in fascinating ways.
The London Heist
Let's be real; you've thought about robbing a bank before, but because of laws, jail time, and ethics you (probably) didn't. In The London Heist, put on the VR headset and you can play the part of a criminal as you battle rival organizations in one-to-one motion controlled gunfights. You aim and fire your weapons and interact with the world using the Move controller, and actually play out the motions for actions such as reloading. You know, like you would in a real life during a high-speed getaway.
Another thing that VR seems to do exceptionally well is atmospheric space exploration - which is the main draw of P.O.L.L.E.N. The spacefaring adventure takes you to Titan - Saturn's largest moon - to uncover what has become of a research station and the crew manning it there. When you arrive, the station is empty, you're alone, and you begin to occasionally suffer from random hallucinations. It isn't the best of situations, but it's up to you to explore the alien environment and uncover clues to the mysteries behind the seemingly abandoned research station.
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin
Raz and his fellow mind readers are finally coming back, but outside of the initial Fig crowdfunding announcement, there isn't much game information available and there are few details on how the new Psychonauts is going to work with the VR headset. But, if it's anything like the original, you can expect to enter the warped minds of the world's inhabitants, gain powerful psychic powers along the way, and get quite a few good laughs at the characters and writing from developer Double Fine.
Rigs Mechanized Combat League
Rigs is more than the typical Mech sim. It combines drivable combat robots, basketball, and major league sports elements to create a first-person shooter built for the esports scene. In the game mode shown so far, teams of players needed to bring a ball to the center of a map to score points - while avoiding rockets, gunfire, and utter destruction by the opposing team. It will be interesting to see how the new VR gameplay (like being able to look around freely) will affect a competitive shooting environment.
Oh, yeah! The PlayStation 2 on-rails shooter Rez is getting a remake and coming to PlayStation VR. The cult classic's psychedelic visuals are getting a graphics overhaul and the original game is getting additional content - though we don't know the particulars of what the new content will actually be. Seeing the flashy, colorful worlds of Rez redone for VR seems like the best way to experience the game again, and we can't wait to listen to Rez's energetic soundtrack while blasting geometric shapes in a fully-realized VR environment.
Robinson: The Journey
You play as a child who somehow crash lands on a mysterious planet filled with...dinosaurs? Yup, that's right, Robinson The Journey pits a child against the monstrous lizards and hazards of the wilderness, but the little hero won't have to face the dangers of the prehistoric-like world without help. Guiding you is a metallic AI orb (think Guilty Spark from Halo) as you attempt to navigate stampeding herds, and child-eating T-Rexes.
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
Rush of Blood isn't exactly the slasher thriller game you might expect from a second entry in the Until Dawn series. Instead of a decision based adventure, Rush of Blood is actually a horrifying, on-rails roller coaster shooter based in the snowy mountains of the original Until Dawn's teen murder-fest. As you make your way in your minecart, you'll need to avoid various deathtraps, gun down attackers, and attempt to avoid a heart attack from the game’s plentiful jump scares.