Big year for PlayStation, big year for VR, big (bad) year for humanity. Why not opt for the first two and flee the nonsense of the third? That’s what I do.
We finally have somewhat of a competitive VR market on our hands, with the Oculus Quest all-in-one headset opening more doors than ever, and the PSVR headset offering an extremely affordable option for those with Sony’s favorite-child console. As mass appeal for VR has grown over the the last two years, VR gaming is reaching an all-time high both in terms of quality and quantity. And with some truly insane rumors about a PSVR 2 for PS5 that’ll come decked out with heat sensors, head rumble, and even smell implementation, it’s a great time to start flushing out your VR library with the best games and earning your sea legs.
Here’s the absolute cream of the crop for PSVR in 2021.
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Marvel’s Iron Man VR
$27.95 (30% off)
The Avengers have been getting a lot of attention in the gaming world lately, and while nothing has quite been able to topple Insomniac’s Spider-Man, Iron Man VR is still the best Avengers game out in virtual reality. The controls feel great, and soaring and blasting robots is an absolute smash for anyone who’s ever wished they could make their own Iron Man suit. It’s also an exclusive for PSVR, so you practically have to play if you’re a PlayStation VR owner.
Now you can finally figure out just how long you’d last in a zombie apocalypse. Arizona Sunshine is a multiplayer, first-person, zombie-slaying shooter, and it’s as much of a blast as it is unnerving. The thing Arizona Sunshine does better than many other FPS VR titles is movement; running around in the game feels great, and it will give you minimal motion sickness, a huge plus. It’s more or less as if you took COD‘s “Nazi Zombies” and put yourself right in the middle of it.
Gran Turismo Sport Hits
$14.85 (26% off)
Fast, shiny cars, and this time you’re driving. Of course the goal of VR is to give you one more level of immersion, and racing games lend themselves to that more than most. Gran Turismo is PlayStation’s realistic racer to combat the likes of Forza, and now you can play straight from the driver’s seat. Couple this with a steering wheel and pedal system, and it’s a home experience that rivals arcades.
No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky has come a long way since its initially disappointing release, now with true multiplayer, base building, and so much more to make the experience pretty damn close to what we all thought we were getting back in 2016. Another huge update brought VR to the game—multiplayer, vehicles, building, exploration, all of it. It’s fantastic. It finally feels like No Man’s Sky found its way; perhaps it should have been a VR title from the start. It comes in a free update to the full game, so definitely don’t sleep on this. I also highly encourage you to give No Man’s Sky itself a second chance, as the folks over at Hello Games really gave it their all following the rough release.
Blood & Truth VR
$20.95 (48% off)
A high-stakes thriller, Blood & Truth melds action with a smooth VR experience. While it’s more of an on-rails adventure, you’d hardly notice with all the intense, exhilarating pressure that makes you feel like you’re in the middle of a summer blockbuster. Born out of a section in PSVR Worlds that got enough fan backing to spawn its own game, Blood & Truth perfects a linear VR story, which is a stand-out fact, considering many VR games focus on exploration. Blood & Truth is a must for PSVR owners.
Astro Bot Rescue Mission
While Astro Bot may lack the charm of old PlayStation mascots like Crash or Ratchet and Clank, his game is an absolute blast. This VR platformer is more family-friendly, featuring stunning environments and super charming interactions with the little robot himself, who you help guide through inventive and creative means. This game is drastically overlooked and deserves some VR attention, especially from all those N64 platformer fans. Plus, there’s an awesome headset bundle that includes Astro Bot Rescue Mission and another great VR game, Moss.
Guitar Hero meets lightsabers; do I really need to say more? Beat Saber is the quintessential VR rhythm game. The player wields two lightsabers and hits blocks with them to the rhythm. Fast-paced action and responsive controls make this a VR hit. With continued support for new free tracks (and some paid tracks), the game isn’t going stale anytime soon.
$9.39 (69% off)
Concrete Genie‘s VR mode and full non-VR campaign are both absolutely gorgeous—and individually worth the price. The VR mode allows players to paint with unique brushes, making it much more accessible than some other VR painters. This game has a wonderful art style, rewards creativity and patience, and includes a deep plot for the main story.
I love Tetris, and I love Tetris in VR even more. Tetris Effect uses intense visuals, music, and more to elevate the game we all know and love to a new level. While it is playable out of VR, that’s not ideal, as the immersion VR adds is exactly what makes this title fantastic. You can get lost for hours in this totally unique Tetris experience.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
One of the few truly multiplayer experiences for VR, this game puts one player in the headset with an extremely complex bomb sitting in front of them, while the rest of the group pulls up manuals on their phones and the TV screen with directions on how to diffuse it. It’s the best kind of high-pressure situation that forces calmness and communication, but usually just ends in chaos, fear, and anger. In a good way! It’s a must-have VR party game that’s easy for anyone to pick up.
Trover Saves the Universe
From the mind behind Rick and Morty and the phenomenal Squanch Games comes the wacky, hilarious Trover Saves the Universe. This crazy story is right out of the Rick and Morty playbook, with that classic Justin Roiland attitude and art style, which makes for an incredibly fun adventure. The gameplay lets you operate everything while sitting down, with both VR and flat options, so it’s a great bang for your buck.
What’s better than pretending to work a job? Pretending to go on vacation! This follow-up game to the awesome Job Simulator comes with new features, massive areas to explore, and endless goofiness. Owlchemy Labs consistently creates some of the best and most inventive VR titles out there, which are all remarkably accessible and always leave you laughing.
Superhot is the game that proves without a doubt that some experiences were just made for VR. While the standard controller version is fun, nothing beats going head-to-head in Superhot full Matrix style. This heavily stylized game sees you taking out red polygonal figures, with a lot of variety in how you can tackle the horde. Hands down the best thing about Superhot is how it rewards calm and clear thinking, as opposed to lightning-fast reflexes. The world around you—enemies, weapons, bullets—only moves as you move. So the slower you move, the more precise dodges and action-packed moments you get. Superhot is the definitive action VR game.
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