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The 10 best PSVR games and what you need to play them

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The best PSVR games will give you a new way to play on some of the best consoles of all time, whether you're embarking on your trusty PS4 or plugging in your camera adapter and getting down to business on PS5. The stability of the hardware and the impossibly broad selection of games on PlayStation mean the best PSVR games come from all kinds of genres and creators, and they let you play both VR-exclusive games and new takes on existing experiences. It's bound to get even better once the PSVR PS5 hardware arrives, but there's still plenty to do for the time being.

We've run down all the best PSVR games out there to present you with a definitive list of 10 titles that are all worth popping into your PlayStation rand plopping onto your noggin right now. This list highlights games that are exclusively playable in VR, as well as games that support standard-screen modes, as long as they offer some significant VR experiences. We've also included info on which controllers you'll need to play each game, so you'll know whether to bring your DualShock, Move, or Aim controllers along for the ride. And if you still need to gear up, make sure you check out our guide to the best PlayStation VR deals.

10. Superhot VR

Genre: Time-bending puzzle shooter
Controllers: Two Move Controllers

If you've played Superhot, you probably already have a good idea of how it would work in VR. If you haven't, this is the perfect place to start. Superhot plays more like a puzzle game than a frantic shooter because time stands (almost) still, except when you move. This gives you plenty of time to figure out how the heck you'll survive a room full of glowing red goons unloading rifles and shotguns on you. Usually the answer involves a good deal of Matrix-style bullet dodging, throwing bottles, and snatching guns out of the hands of fallen opponents. Whatever solution you come up with, you will definitely feel like Neo.

9. Resident Evil 7

Genre: First-person survival horror
Controllers: DualShock 4

Resident Evil 7 was one of the first big-budget games to make a dedicated VR mode a priority, and it remains one of the most gripping experiences you can have with a PSVR headset strapped to your face. There are some sacrifices from the standard version, of course - the visuals aren't quite as crisp, and some parts of the game (like cinematics) are clearly meant to be experienced on a two-dimensional display. But the raw horror of feeling like you, not a video game protagonist but you, are exploring this horrible place and encountering these awful creatures is worth the tradeoff. 

8. Falcon Age

Genre: First-person bird befriender
Controllers: DualShock 4 or two PlayStation move controllers

Falcon Age is a game about fighting oppression with your wits, your tools, and your cute bird friend. It's also a game about collecting hats and toys because you love your bird friend with all your heart and want to see what they look like as a little cowboy. The game is playable both in and out of VR, but for the best experience you'll keep your headset firmly planted and your Move controllers ready. You spend your time in Falcon Age traveling from your home village to various sites that have been occupied by robot colonizers. Your falcon can distract enemies, allowing you to follow up with a finishing blow from your own minimal kit of weaponry. Then on the way back you can have your bird buddy retrieve distant goodies so you can cook it stat-improving treats. You know what, forget the first two things I said at the start of this paragraph - it really is all about that bird.

7. Trover Saves the Universe

Genre: Comedy adventure
Controller: DualShock 4

Trover Saves the Universe is a game about saving the universe. Yep, just saving the ol' universe - you in your floating alien chair and your friend Trover runnin' around, killing bad guys with his laser sword and jamming Power Babies into his eye sockets. This weird world is the creation of Squanch Games, the same studio that brought you the nihilistic improv splendor of Accounting Plus (and whose co-founder, Justin Roiland, also co-created Rick & Morty). Despite telling a slightly more focused story than its predecessor, Trover is no less eager to embark on extended asides and a never-ending rollercoaster of gross-out gags and slow-burn, cerebral hilarity. You can play Trover Saves the Universe on a standard screen if you prefer, but you'll feel like much more of a team if you pop on a headset and join Trover in his weird little world. 

6. Firewall Zero Hour

Genre: Online multiplayer shooter
Controllers: DualShock 4 or Aim Controller

There's no better online multiplayer shooter on PlayStation VR than Firewall Zero Hour. Actually, there's no better online multiplayer game on PlayStation VR, period. Think of it like Rainbow Six Siege with less wall-exploding and way more feeling like you're actually there. Military buffs will squeal with tactical delight as they sight down their authentic-looking firearms with a PSVR Aim Controller while more casual players can do just fine with a good old DualShock 4. Either way, you'll get to enjoy tense, tactical matches that encourages communication and teamplay. 

5. Blood & Truth

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Genre: Single-player shooter
Controllers: DualShock 4 or two Move controllers

If you're looking to convince a shooter fan that PlayStation VR is worthy of their attention, put Blood & Truth on their head ASAP. Especially if they like Guy Ritchie movies. It's essentially the London Heist demo from PlayStation VR Worlds built out into an entire game of its own, and it's packed with satisfying shootouts. You'll be bodily pulled into the action as you pop in and out of cover, taking potshots at enemies with the Move controllers and slapping virtual mags from your chest to your gun to reload. Blood & Truth moves fast, but it also wisely breaks up all the gunfights with an occasional lock picking, tunnel climbing, or even drone piloting segment. You can play it all with a DualShock controller if you prefer, but it won't have quite the same immersive effect.

4. Hitman 3

Hitman 3 VR

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Genre: Third-person murder puzzle
Controllers: DualShock 4

Make no mistake: Hitman 3 on PSVR is a bit janky, and developer IO Interactive had to make some visual sacrifices from the flat version to make it work on PS4's somewhat dated hardware. Once you get past those drawbacks, you'll arrive at a gripping and immersive new way to play Hitman - easily the freshest approach to the franchise since it started in 2000. You may find it tough to stay on task tracking down targets with just how tempting it is to stop and people watch, or to admire the massive scale and small touches of each level. And yes, if you own them on PlayStation, you can also play through every stage from the first two games. Whether or not you were already a fan of 47, Hitman 3 VR is very much worth your time.

3. Tetris Effect

Genre: It's Tetris
Controllers: DualShock 4

Describing Tetris Effect feels painfully reductive: you play a standard game of Tetris in the foreground while a bunch of strange stuff happens around the board (and you) . It's basically a playable music visualizer. It doesn't sound like much, but it feels fantastic to play in VR. All the space whales and freaky fire monks and pounding music are enhanced by the fact that you're too busy stacking blocks to pay attention to them: they light up your peripheral vision and respond to big line clears, promoting both focus and a sense of place. Tetris Effect is fully playable outside of VR, and you may want to try it that way if you're going for an endurance run, but there's nothing like submerging yourself in its strangely beautiful worlds. 

2. Beat Saber

Genre: Rhythm electro-slasher
Controllers: Two Move Controllers

What if, instead of a floating robot that shot pain rays, Luke Skywalker trained with a bunch of Tron polygons to the sound of throbbing EDM? That's pretty much Beat Saber. Your left hand controls a red saber and your right hand a blue one, and you must artfully swipe them through an advancing line of cubes. The beat of the song dictates when cubes of each color appear and also which direction you have to cut them. Keeping all that in mind while your arms instinctively swing about drops you into a deep focus state, not to mention promoting some pretty good cardio.

1. Astro Bot Rescue Mission

Genre: 3D platformer
Controllers: DualShock 4

Astro Bot Rescue Mission isn't just one of the best PSVR games, it was one of the best games of 2018 overall. As a platformer, Astro Bot is most directly comparable to Super Mario 3D World: a series of courses give you room to explore for secrets while guiding you down one set direction toward the finish line. But on top of all that, your PSVR headset puts you and your controller inside the world. You'll crane your head around as you look for hidden bot buddies to rescue, and you'll instinctively position your controller to send out ziplines or shoot shurikens to clear a path ahead. It all works together joyously and perfectly and will leave you humming that cave theme for weeks.

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