We’re kick-starting our Game of the Year coverage with the latest bit of kit from Sony: the PSVR. Alright, we know the PS4 Pro is newer, but it’s essentially just a chunky PS4 that does a bit more. PSVR is a truly new device that every PS4 owner can enjoy.
It’s only been out a matter of weeks, yet there’s a fairly large library of games. We’re not complaining, mind, we’re just saying that we’re impressed that there’s so much on offer. So much so that we could, if we had the desire, make this a ‘Top 30 PSVR’ games article. Alas, we’ll keep it short(ish) and sweet by running through our top ten PSVR games of 2016. Without further ado, here they are:
#10. Windlands – PS4/PSVR
Windlands reviewed really well here at Pure PlayStation, despite making our top editor Chris Harding sick as a dog. Poor guy took days to recover… Basically the closest you’ll get (for now) to being Spider-Man. Windlands is a fine example of what can be done in the VR space, but the lack of support for the PS Move controllers was a bit of a let down. Definitely worth a look if you haven’t already. Just, er, keep a bucket close.
#9. Batman: Arkham VR – PS4/PSVR
We’ve all dreamt of being Batman, haven’t we? That dream is now a reality with Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham VR. You won’t be swooping around the city, and you certainly won’t be laying down the smack on any street punks, but you do get to play with Batman’s gadgets. Oh, and you can, er, fondle Alfred’s tender genitals if that’s you thing.
#8. Pixel Gear – PS4/PSVR
You simply aim your gun and you shoot. That’s it. No gimmicks, no bullshit. Where many PSVR games struggle to track the PS Move wands with high accuracy, Pixel Gear seems to do it better than most. With near-perfect tracking and silly shooty-bang-bang gameplay, Pixel Gear is one of our favourites for the headset. Plus, it’s cheap as hell.
#7. Sports Bar VR – PS4/PSVR
We’re big fans of hanging out at the pub, getting drunk, throwing darts, and hitting on ladies way out of our league. But now we don’t even need to leave the house to do it. We just go down to the local off-license, get some cheap tins of beer, and then don our headsets and start causing chaos. With our identities hidden behind the screen, we’re menaces in Sports Bar VR. Trying to have a friendly game of pool? Forget it. We want to throw bottles on the table and you ain’t gonna do jack-shit about it. Shame that the only ladies we’ve encountered are the NPCs. We’re not that desperate…
#6. The Brookhaven Experiment – PS4/PSVR
Make sure you’ve got a fresh pair of knickers ready for when you inevitably need to swap out the ones you wear going into The Brookhaven Experiment, because it’s just so damn scary. You’re armed with a gun, a knife, and a torch while monsters stagger closer, all the while surrounding you. It’s genuinely frightening and we’re not ashamed to say that we only play this when someone else is in the room. It works really well, too, even if the tracking can be a little dodgy.
#5. Robinson: The Journey – PS4/PSVR
A graphical tour-de-force from Crytek, Robinson: The Journey is a great, albeit short, experience that every PSVR owner should encounter at one point or another. Maybe wait for it to go cheap and then jump in. But when you do, you’ve got massive dinosaurs waiting for you, and some genuinely good gameplay, too. Again, it’s a little on the short side, but it’s without a doubt one of the most impressive uses of the PSVR tech, and for that it places on our list.
#4. Eagle Flight – PS4/PSVR
Ubisoft has hard a hard on for eagles since the first Assassin’s Creed released on the PS3, though we can’t really fault them for making the bird of prey its primary focus for Eagle Flight. Why? Because it’s bloody brilliant! Yeah, it still falls into the open-world rut that Ubisoft seems content with being stuck in, though collecting feathers is all the more enjoyable when you’re able to do it by flying around in virtual reality. It’s crazy cool fun and the multiplayer is genuinely thrilling. You ever been chased and had that horrible feeling in your stomach as your pursuers close in on you? Get used to having that happen every game of Eagle Flight.
#3. RIGS: Mechanized Combat League – PS4/PSVR
A first-person shooter that puts you in a giant mech, while also being in VR? Sounds like the stuff of dreams, or at least it would have a few years ago. Yet here we are with RIGS on PSVR. Competitive players will find themselves lost for days while they chase their way up the rankings – something our own Kyle Durant is guilty of. He loves the game and he has no problem letting anyone know. Though he didn’t provide us with any gameplay footage for this article, so we’re taking his PSVR off him for a few days as punishment. Cruel, no?
#2. DriveClub VR – PS4/PSVR
Yes, it looked like sweaty balls in comparison to regular DriveClub, but man, actually being inside a supercar is something else. If you can look past the dumbed-down graphics, you’ll find a whole new world of immersion with DriveClub VR. Plus, you can drive along with your head stuck out the window, just like a dog. It’s one of the PSVR games that we just keep coming back to; whack on some decent tunes (THE KILLERS OR NOTHING) and then sit back, get your wheel for maximum immersion, and rip down the roads while flipping off anyone who dares overtake you. Bliss.
And for our PSVR Game of the Year… (Click here for dramatic drum roll.)
#1. Tethered – PS4/PSVR
If you’ve ever played a God game and felt that you were never quite close enough to your faithful servants, Tethered is your bag. Our Chris Harding can’t recommend it enough. In fact, we haven’t seen him in a few days. Last thing he said to us was “I’m just gonna have a quick go of Tethered.” Can we get a check on Chris, anyone?
So that’s our lot for the PSVR Game of the Year. Tethered really does deserve to take the mantle of being the top game for the platform, and we implore you to at least try the demo that was released on the PSN this week. Naturally, there will be some games that readers will feel deserve to be on there more than others, and we understand that. So, if you’ve got your own opinions on what the best PSVR games are, please do share them down in the comments section below. Be on the lookout for more of Pure PlayStation’s Game of the Year 2016 coverage as we pour through the best games to release this year, as well as the turds. Should be fun…
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