As you may have known, Sony Computer Entertainment recently unveiled the release window and price for their VR PS4 headset, the aptly named PlayStation VR.
Sony’s announcement was met with mainly positive reactions, thanks to both a relatively low price range in contrast to the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, as well as the number of VR games Sony PlayStation is promising to release within the year alone.
Here are 10 highly anticipated PlayStation VR games that are coming to the PlayStation VR that’ll no doubt make buying a PlayStation 4 (and PS4 virtual reality headset) worth it.
An intergalactic shooter set in space and based on MMO EVE: Online, CCP Games’ EVE: Valkyrie features beautiful visuals and intense high-flying gameplay that really takes advantage of everything the PlayStation VR platform has to offer. EVE: Valkyrie will feature both single-player and multi-player modes. The fact that EVE: Valkyrie been in development for years shows in what VR gameplay footage we’ve seen so far.
In Adr1ft you play as an astronaut who has no choice but to survive on a destroyed space station and the areas around it. In this first person experience you’ll have to manage your precious resources and overcome obstacles on the space station, all whilst having to deal with amnesia. We have a feeling players will start to subconsciously hold their breath as oxygen levels get low. If you liked Gravity, you’ll definitely want to look into this upcoming first-person VR space game called Adr1ft.
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
This PS4 exclusive VR game looks starkly different from the original video game it’s based on. Until Dawn: Rush of Blood is a fast-paced on-rails shooter which will make you take down enemies face-to-face. On top of the killer from the first game, a slew of new enemy types will be hunting you down in a glorious VR experience, all of which will be juxtaposed against pre-existing environments from the original Until Dawn along with some newer content. Until Dawn: Rush of Blood is shaping up to be the ride of a lifetime!
Dead Secret sort of echoes games like Clock Tower in terms of concept and tone. From what we’ve seen of this game, it looks like the sense that somebody is watching you as you investigate a murder in a rural house is going to be prevalent. As you uncover more secrets, the feeling that you might end up becoming the next number in the killer’s body count becomes more of a reality. Besides the PlayStation VR version of the game, Dead Secret will also release a non-VR version.
Chernobyl VR Project
Chernobyl VR Project is a unique title that is part video-game and part-documentary, This highly anticipated VR game will take Virtual Reality players into the eponymous Chernobyl, an area that the majority of people would never have been able to explore otherwise. Using photogrammetry and a stereoscopic, 360-degree camera, Chernobyl VR Project is an excellent way to delve deeper into the mysteries and tragedy of the events that took place on April 26th, 1986. This “edutainment” virtual reality experience touches on the practical used of VR in the future too.
Ace Combat 7
Ace Combat 7 is the latest game in Bandai Namco’s long-standing flight simulation/action series. This amazing VR combat flight simulator is bringing life-like graphics to the PlayStation VR in what might be the most immersive, realistic combat flight simulation game yet. This virtual reality experience looks like it’s not going to be for the faint-of-heart or for the acrophobic. Bandai Namco hasn’t announced a release date for this highly anticipated PlayStation VR game, yet.
That’s right! Hailed as the “Father of VR gaming”, the classic 80s arcade game Battlezone is getting a reboot with PlayStation VR support. Placing you in the cockpit of a tank, the new Battlezone VR is an excellent way to make use of the PlayStation VR’s capabilities. Visually, the Battlezone pays homage to the classic graphics with green and red being prominent colors on simple but appealing graphics. Playstation VR Players will be able to choose among a number of tank classes in this simple but intensely fun tank combat game.
Highwire Games’ Golem is another unique and exclusive PlayStation VR game in that it will make players switch from VR to good ol’ TV gameplay as they play the game, mostly to help players acclimate to VR gameplay. With the way things are looking, you’ll hesitate to switch to TV-play because this VR games combat looks promising. In Golem, you play a bedridden girl who has the ability to control the eponymous stone golems, which vary in size, shape and ability.
Robinson: The Journey
You must be a sad, sad person if you don’t like dinosaurs. If you do, Crytek’s upcoming VR game Robinson: The Journey has them in spades. From the tiny ones to hulking T-Rexes, you’ll see it all in the role of a marooned young boy who has crash-landed on a mystifying planet. As this is a Crytek production, PlayStation VR players can expect an ambitious, feast for the eyes virtual reality experience. A Robinson: The Journey release date has not been confirmed as of yet.
Oh man, where do we even start with this one? From a robot (?) zipping through a sci-fi city to a man with…a polar bear head instead of a human one…playing the piano against a wintry backdrop, Media Molecule’s Dreams trailer is a hodge-podge of ideas that could only originate from the minds behind LittleBigPlanet. Like LittleBigPlanet, PlayStation VR players will be able to create and share content to their hearts’ desire in Dreams, made even better and more surreal with VR technology. We wonder if it’ll be anything like the first PlayStation’s LSD?