PlayStation VR is here to stay. With PS5 lead architect Mark Cerny’s recent confirmation that Sony’s next console will support PS VR, as well as the probability that it’ll play PS4 games, there’s never been a better time to invest. Whether you’ve already got yourself a PS VR kit or whether you’re looking to get started with one, you’re probably wondering what the best PS VR games on PS4 are right now. Wonder no more. Here are the top 20 PS VR games you can play on your console.
There really is no better application for VR tech than outright horror, and there’s no better game for that than Resident Evil 7 biohazard. Capcom’s soft reboot takes everything great about the franchise and removes all the stuff that doesn’t work, creating a horror classic that will stand the test of time. It’s terrifying in VR, too.
Yes, we’re all familiar with the joke that Skyrim has been ported to every platform going and still has time to be ported to graphical calculators. The reason for that ubiquity is that Skyrim is a great game. VR lends itself perfectly to the game’s swashbuckling mix of high-fantasy exploration, side-questing, and timesink crafting.
They just don’t make games like they used to...or do they? Astro Bot Rescue Mission is a wonderfully quaint platformer developed specifically for PS VR. It’s a beautiful evocation of a bygone era featuring the most adorable robot protagonist since Pixar’s WALL.E. If you don’t love Astro Bot, you might not have a pulse.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to explore verdant forests and solve immersive puzzles as a little mouse, then wonder no more. Polyarc Inc’s Moss is a gorgeous game and a super-enjoyable one to boot. It’s not dissimilar to titles like Zelda and Beyond Good and Evil, so if you’re in the market for something like that then Moss will not disappoint.
The original Superhot was excellent, but VR makes this a truly transformative experience. The strategic gameplay meshes perfectly with the immersive quality of virtual reality, making you feel like you’re really there as you execute on perfectly-timed decisions and plans. This is an unmissable VR experience.
Nothing says “immersion” like squad-based tactical shooters, and it’s this experience Firewall: Zero Hour is offering. Nothing feels quite as lifelike as the tension and excitement of exploring a dilapidated building and clearing it of its terrorist occupants. If you love shooters, you need to check out Firewall: Zero Hour yesterday.
Music fans need look no further for the definitive VR game than Beat Saber. Imagine Star Wars-style lightsaber combat crossed with Audiosurf and Rez and you’re in the right ballpark. Beat Saber combines the cathartic joy of Guitar Hero with the pummelling power fantasy of a fighter, and pulls this combo off effortlessly.
From the realms of the hardcore we move to the calming influence of Tetris Effect. Nobody would have thought Tetris would work in VR, but here it is: irrefutable proof that it does. The sedate-yet-tense puzzling of Tetris goes hand-in-hand with a series of calming backdrops to create the ultimate relaxing VR experience.
Speaking of Rez, here’s the definitive way to experience that early PS2 classic. Rez Infinite has been remixed and remastered by the original development team to bring you a synaesthetic experience of colour, lights, and sounds. There’s also an incredibly solid rail shooter in here to enjoy, so fill your wire-frame boots.
This game might have been a movie tie-in, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less brilliant. Creed: Rise to Glory is the boxing sim to end all boxing sims. With its immersive Phantom Melee fighting system and its gorgeous, crisply-rendered graphics, Creed: Rise to Glory will be a mainstay in any fighting fan’s PS VR rotation for years to come.
Japanese company From Software has made its name largely through ultra-difficult action-RPGs, which is what makes Déraciné such an unexpected joy. You play as a spirit seeking to prove its existence to a group of students in a boarding school. This is a delightfully odd and off-kilter game that should appeal to fans of magical realism.
Many gamers will have fond memories of Colin McRae Rally on the original PS1. Those games had an unprecedented sense of realism and immersion, but DiRT Rally’s VR pack takes it one step further. You’ll feel every hairpin turn and almost taste the dirt flying past your car’s windshield. DiRT Rally is also an excellent driving game in its own right.
Few games accurately simulate the feeling of being stuck on a hostile alien planet like Farpoint does. This first-person shooter is full of beautifully exotic geography and immersive gunplay. Make no mistake: this is no gimmicky VR-centric title. Instead, it’s a fully-realised game with beautifully-integrated virtual reality support.
Be warned: this one is strictly not for those under the age of 18. DOOM VFR casts players as a cybernetic survivor activated by the UAC to battle demons and save the Mars facility they’re attacking. As brutal power fantasies go, DOOM VFR takes some beating, transporting the balletic violence of id Software’s triumphant 2016 DOOM into a virtual reality space.
If you want to see just how VR can be used as an immersive platform and create exciting new gameplay styles simultaneously, look no further than A Fisherman’s Tale. This adorable puzzler contains some real brain-teasers, using the PS VR in a way that augments the challenge and never feels gimmicky.
Who can say they’ve never dreamed of actually taking part in one of the Wipeout series’ trademark vertiginous races? Wipeout: The Omega Collection puts you in the driving seat through a series of breakneck rampages through gorgeous courses. There’s also a pretty substantial career mode, so this is no meagre offering.
Speaking of immersive experiences...Ace Combat 7 is surely the ultimate expression of what our dads always wanted from flight simulators: a feeling of actually being in the pilot seat. The difference here is you’re engaged in some of the most tense and exciting dogfights in the series and also taking part in a surprisingly fully-fledged narrative.
This is one for the more quirky gamer out there. Job Simulator is...well...just that. Have you ever wanted to work a normal job, but in a slightly more surreal setting than yours? Job Simulator will cater to you. There’s something weirdly relaxing about this game that puts us in mind of life sims like Stardew Valley and Harvest Moon. There’s a sense of humour and wry satire about proceedings that keeps this game from ever feeling boring.
Far better than the other Until Dawn-related VR offering The Inpatient, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood is a campy thrill ride that distils everything great about the original down to its essence. This might be a rail shooter, but it’s still more than capable of competing with the best horror experiences out there.
We end on something of a curio. Rec Room is more of a PlayStation Home-style virtual hangout space for you and your buddies than an actual game. It does contain plenty of very diverting activities to enjoy, though, putting it head and shoulders above the average VR chat room experience.
These are the games we think are the best PS VR titles out there. Did we miss any? What’s your opinion? Let us know!