PS VR HALL OF FAME
THE VIRTUAL REALITY HITS YOU HAVE TO PLAY
Fifteen years after the original’s release, the psychedelic rhythm rail shooter has achieved its final form. In PS VR, creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s vision becomes reality, the glittering polygonal tranceworld and pounding techno inspiring total synaesthesia within you. Its crowning achievement? New level Area X, powerful enough to bring players to tears. Deserving of its name, this is a truly timeless title.
Make no mistake: the brave chrome beetle gave Rez a run for its money for our top spot. Hurtling down a violently kaleidoscopic track, pounding notes and scraping round corners is exquisitely tough – and the manic magic is enhanced and perfected in PS VR.
KEEP TALKING AND NOBODY EXPLODES
Who knew bombs could bring people together? With one headsetted Defuser, and as many Experts as you can fit around a 23-page manual, no other VR game comes close for inclusive, endless multiplayer fun.
Saw meets Portal in this fantastic puzzler. It makes ingenious use of the DualShock 4 by giving every button a specific function. You’ll need to use them all to free your hands from the strange box in which they’re trapped. An intriguing concept done well.
RESIDENT EVIL VII: BIOHAZARD
Can you can go eye-to-eye with the Bakers? Playing in VR raises the tension to almost unbearable levels and has gameplay benefits such as face-aiming, which makes shooting a lot easier. A brilliant example of how VR can improve already great games.
STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT ROGUE ONE: X-WING VR MISSION
Climbing into the cockpit of an X-wing is one of the most potent bits of wish-fulfilment on PS VR. It may only be 15 minutes long, but this free Star Wars Battlefront DLC is a magical portal into the movies.
RIGS: MECHANIZED COMBAT LEAGUE
Mech-suited, shooter b-ball where you dunk yourself through the hoop? It might sound goofy, but it’s PS VR’s most elegant team sport. Potential nausea aside, this is the future of competitive gaming.
STAR TREK: BRIDGE CREW
Mixes the fanboy fantasy of nestling in the Captain’s chair (or taking control of the helm, weapons, or engineering section) on a USS starship with the strongest co-op experience on PS VR. This is Star Trek’s finest hour on PlayStation.
BATMAN: ARKHAM VR
Not only is the training mission an unparalleled exercise in wish fulfilment (Wayne Manor! The Batcave! Batarangs!) but the defiantly sharp, if short, campaign is the epilogue to Arkham Knight we needed and deserved. Bats off to you, Rocksteady.
The sci-fi shooter is a brilliant showcase for the PS Aim controller, a versatile bit of kit that makes the satisfying range of weapons feel weighty and real. The game matches it, with a strong story and challenging co-op providing PS VR with its best FPS.
THE PLAYROOM VR
No-one can resist a freebie, least of all when it’s this adorable. The Playroom robots return in a multiplayer mini-game collection designed for all, besting many premium titles with its quality. (Play ace platformer Robot Rescue; pray for a full-length sequel.)
An ingenious mix of party game and paranoia-fuelled investigation, your group needs to chat to identify which of you is the werewolf. Getting the right mix of chums is essential, but you won’t even notice the full moon rising as you figure out who is the monster.
PLAYSTATION VR WORLDS
The demo disc that ate all the other demo discs and absorbed their power. This impeccably crafted (but occasionally puke-inducing) five-game variety show has you pull off heists and go face-to-face with sharks in some of VR’s most immersive experiences.
With its sassy robot, pinpoint-accurate motiontracking and block-stacking brainteasers, the virtual reality version of the PS3 physics puzzler is utterly absorbing. Multiple modes including lasers, mines and ticking timers make it PS VR’s smartest entry.
This puzzler doesn’t require PS VR to play, but hugely benefits from it. Giant floating heads hide gentle conundrums, and only by probing them can you discover their secrets. A vivid art style makes this already lovely treat feel all the more vibrant.