PlayStation VR is coming out on October 16 and offers a cheaper alternative to the likes of the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. And with around 50 titles to be released in the first few months of its launch, the PS VR hopes to capture the mainstream gaming market and increase its appeal beyond a mere novelty item. If you wanna experience a whole ’notha level of gaming on your PlayStation 4 then check out the following titles that are worthy to pop your “VR gaming” cherry.
This puzzle game is set in a cyberscape straight out of an '80s sci-fi flick. There’s a wall advancing toward your direction and you must rotate a cluster of cubes into the correct position in order to fit its hole and pass through. The game gets more frantic as more cubes are added into the mix. The struggle to adjust your position and fit into the hole gets real.
You’re thrown into a “Football Improvement Center” because you really suck at playing soccer. There, you’re forced to participate in different heading (you know, when you hit the ball with your head?) drills that get weirder as you progress. Hell, in one exercise, you hit a dynamite ball to blow up some boxes. Actually, the facility is less like a sports clinic and more like a prison camp—and your character has to escape one way or another. Curious? It’s definitely worth checking out this fun take on the tired, old sports genre.
This space dogfighter plops you inside a cockpit that can spin 360 degrees so you can blast things into smithereens like a legit Star Wars pilot. And the best part: interacting with a character voiced by Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica). Sold!
RIGS: Mechanized Combat League
Play sports with your bros—while wearing a weaponized mech suit called a Rig, that is. This combat sport video game has three modes: Team Takedown (where you have to wreck each other’s Rigs), Endzone (where you have to fight over a holographic ball and run to the goal), and Power Slam (which plays like basketball except you have to shoot yourself into the ring). You can even choose among four different Rig classes depending on your playstyle. Game on!
The VR remake of the 1980 arcade game will give you all the nostalgic gamer feels. The gameplay is simple enough: drive ridiculously large tanks through a Tron-style city and blow up UFOs.
Don’t let the name fool you! This game is far from a stuffy corporate job. Robots assign you to participate in their comical approximation of what real-life jobs were like when humans used to do them. They think that an office worker’s job for instance, requires eating donuts, sharing photos, and throwing airplanes. Yeah, we guess that’s a pretty accurate depiction.
Batman Arkham VR
You dreams of becoming Batman will come true in the virtual world. Immerse yourself in the gritty world of Gotham and solve mysteries like the true detective you are. It’s quite surreal to see yourself in the mirror in-game for the first time and to see the caped crusader staring back at you. Whoa.
Here They Lie
The game is not as overt in the blood and gore department as fellow VR game Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, but instead is a mind-fuck on a more psychological level. There’s nothing scarier than the fear of the unknown, after all. Venture forth into a rundown cityscape, where strange beings wearing wolf heads wander about, all rendered in black and white—it’s like a hipster’s wet dream. The game leaves an unsettling feeling that will linger long after you’ve finished playing.
It’s a psychedelic rail shooter that first appeared on the Sega Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 way back in 2001, but seems a better fit for the VR. Every attack shoots a synth chord which add to the electonic background music making it one hell of a trippy ride.
Dubbed a rhythm violence game by its developers, you control a silver beetle that looks like it’s on one crazy acid trip. You’ll need a DualShock 4 controller so you can hit the X button in time with the music and bust through obstacles. It’s definitely a sight to behold on the VR headset.