Gaming

PlayStation VR games we’re looking forward to playing

Posted by
David Cornish
Published

It's hard to get people excited about the PlayStation VR. The headset is big and cumbersome, the price tag (£349) is pretty hefty, and none of the demo videos kicking about on YouTube look all that great.

It's not until you've sat a sceptic down, strapped them into the 'goggles' and handed them a controller that it all makes sense. ShortList.com can attest that we faced our first PlayStation VR demo with a great deal of scepticism, a feeling that evaporated within minutes of wander around the bold new virtual worlds opened by the technology. It's an experience that deserves the hype.

Set to arrive in the UK on 11 October for £349, these are the VR games we're most looking to getting to grips with. 

Batman: Arkham VR

Do you want to be Batman? Stupid question, of course you do. 

We got to play Arkham VR at this year's E3 festival and were blown away by its use of the headset. You feel like Batman, from donning the cowl to scanning crime scenes for clues.

It's not a fast-paced, combat-filled experience like the usual Arkham games, but a more subtle affair - and importantly, a more appropriate use of PlayStation's new headset. 

There’s about an hour to the core game, supplemented by an additional 45 minutes of extras and secrets for those with a keen eye. Get it, play it, thank us later.

Arrives 13 October

Call of Duty: Jackal Assault

Call of Duty: Jackal Assault

We're sorry to break it to you, but you're almost certainly never going to space. We're as gutted as you are. We'll have to settle for games like Call of Duty: Jackal Assault - a fast-paced space combat experience that's a heck of a lot safer than the real thing. 

Available to VR owners with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, it's a short, sweet break from the competitive grind of CoD's main sell.

Coming 4 November

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

We didn't really want to have to play Resident Evil 7 with a PSVR headset - because we're big wimps.

We were right to be apprehensive; it's one of the most terrifying experiences we've ever stumbled our way through. The experience draws on the old school thrills of the original games, switching up shotgun-totting action for edging around grim locations in search of finding out what the hell is going on.

It's invasive, tense and absolutely fantastic.

Arrives 24 January

Battlezone

Back in 1980, Atari made off with the pocket money of kids the world over with the arcade hit Battlezone - a world of vector graphics that actually made you feel like you were driving a tank!

Skip forward some 36 years and the next generation of this tank shooter is ready to blow minds all over again. A proper 'arcade' experience, you can pick up the controls in minutes, showering waves of foe with rocket and machine gun fire from the seat of your virtual juggernaut. Immensely fun. 

Arrives 13 October

Gran Turismo Sport

Gran Turismo has a long and seasoned history of helping PlayStation launch some of its most popular hardware, and Sport will be hoping to do the same with VR (although it's set to miss the October launch date). 

Step behind the wheel of some of the world's most powerful cars, cruise through stunning locations and inevitably crash into stuff in more detail than ever before.

Coming 2017

Shortlist logo

news straight to your inbox

Subscribe to our newsletter
Read our privacy policy

Farpoint

Back in the day, your best mate was the kid who had a light gun to play titles like Time Crisis and Virtua Cop

Far Point is set to reestablish that favouritism all over again, with the far more sophisticated PSVR Aim controller. This allows you to wander around a bleak alien environment, shooting down all manner of critters as you attempt to find a way back to your own galaxy. If this catches on, it could be the only way you want to play FPS games in the near future.

Coming... no one knows. Probably 2017

RIGS Mechanized Combat League

The Wii had Wii Sports, the Xbox Kinect had Kinect Adventures! - the best multiplayer experience of the PSVR could well be RIGS.

Part mech combat game, part sport title, RIGS sees you strap into a futuristic mech suit and leg it around arenas attempting to out gun the opposition in games that feel a bit like a bonkers blend of netball and capture the flag. Make sure all your mates preorder this along with the headset. 

Arrives 13 October

Topics

Share this article

Author

David Cornish

Shortlist.com’s esteemed Tech Editor. David has a keen interest in video games, Star Wars and stuff that runs on batteries.

Related Posts