PS VR HALL OF FAME

THE VIR­TUAL RE­AL­ITY HITS YOU HAVE TO PLAY

PlayStation Official Magazine (UK) - - RESTORATION -

REZ IN­FI­NITE

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.

THUMPER

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.

STATIK

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.

FAR­POINT

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.)

WEREWOLVES WITHIN

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.

TUM­BLE VR

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.

GNOG

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.

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