The PlayStation VR headset was released at the end of 2016. It had a rocky launch with some average to bad games and a high price. However, as the years went on and more games came out, on top of the price dropping, there has never been a better time to invest in one.
While VR may or may not be the next step for gaming, it is still a unique and interesting platform that has spurred on many people to make some creative games. If you are interested in getting a PlayStation VR anytime soon, we thought we’d run down what to buy and what to avoid. There is a genre in here for every gamer.
10 Best: Moss
Moss follows the tale of a young mouse, Quill, on an adventure to save her kingdom. Players control her like any action game from a top perspective. Each area is split into multiple little dioramas that look truly breathtaking in VR. Players, as sort of a sentient god, can use the motion controls to alter objects like moving a pillar for Quill to pass through. It is simple in design and yet works so well for a VR experience.
9 Worst: Psychonauts in The Rhombus of Ruin
Fans have been waiting over a decade for a Psychonauts sequel, when the original launched in 2005. In order to tide fans over, Double Fine released this exclusive VR game called Psychonauts in The Rhombus of Ruin, which bridges the gap between the original and the sequel. The story is good, but it is just a set of bad motion puzzles. It doesn’t work well in VR and it certainly wasn’t what fans wanted. Hopefully 2020 will bring on the true sequel.
8 Best: Astro Bot Rescue Mission
Every PlayStation console has had a new exclusive platforming mascot to call their own. The PS1 had Crash Bandicoot, the PS2 had Jak and Daxter, and the list goes on. Even the PSVR got one via Astro Bot Rescue Mission, and like Moss, it is simple and robust at the same time. It is kind of like if Super Mario 64 was in VR. From the music, to the adorable robot star, this will have you grinning from ear to ear with every second of gameplay.
7 Worst: Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner MARS
This version of Zone of the Enders 2 is pretty much a better HD remaster which came out for the PS3 a few years ago. In this case it is missing the first game from that collection. The other big change is that it added VR for the entire game.
We loved the idea of piloting a mech in space. What video game or anime fan doesn’t dream about that? Unfortunately the aspect ratio is not great in the headset making it come across as a lame, last minute attempt at VR.
6 Best: Tetris Effect
Tetris is really having a comeback as of late. This year saw the release of Tetris 99, which is a Battle Royale spin on the classic formula. It sounds weird, but it somehow works incredibly well. Then there was Tetris Effect at the end of 2018. It’s great on its own, but playing it in VR is a whole other experience. The music and the colors all flow together for something truly remarkable for the platform.
5 Worst: DOOM VFR
Killing hordes of demons sounds like a pretty cool idea for a VR game, right? The 2016 DOOM reboot was a lot better than people expected, so who wouldn’t want to experience that grisly world in VR? The problem is that the warping movements did not feel great. On top of that it was an average run of the mill shooter that didn’t play, or look great. It truly missed the pizazz of the reboot.
4 Best: Trover Saves the Universe
Trover Saves the Universe is the perfect game for those that want to experience a more comedic platformer in VR. Plus if you like Justin Roiland and his show, Rick and Morty, then the humor within will feel right at home. It may not be as immersive and or good of a game to play as Moss, or Astro Bot, but what it lacks in cool platforming it makes up for with its weird concepts. Move over Death Stranding because this game uses babies for eyes. Top that, Kojima.
3 Worst: Batman: Arkham VR
Batman: Arkham Knight released in 2015. The developers, Rocksteady, then released this in 2016 and they have been quiet ever since. Part of the reason this is on the list is because we are impatient and want to see what they have been working on for four years, because it certainly wasn’t this. This is a glorified demo that is incredibly short and boring to boot. It’s cheaper now, but releasing it at full PSVR price at launch was a bad idea.
2 Best: Resident Evil VII
Want to experience true horror in VR, as well as the perfect showcase for what the platform is capable of? Then Resident Evil VII is the perfect game. One would think as a mainline title on the franchise that the VR experience would be tacked on, right? That answer is quite the opposite actually.
Both modes were developed in tandem. While, it can be nauseating to play as the movement can feel jarring, that is the only bad part about it and some people handle it better. That aside, in terms of actually playing and feeling like you are in the world, there is still no better game for the platform.
1 Worst: Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
A bad horror game you should stay away from is Until Dawn: Rush of Blood. We enjoy on-rail shooters, especially in arcades with actual gun peripherals. We don’t have a problem with the genre, but this is not a good version of the idea. On top of that, it is an insult to fans of Until Dawn who may have wound up buying this thinking it was one thing and got another. The original game could actually work well in VR if some work was put into it. It certainly couldn’t be worse than this slum of a shooter.