Best VR Games
Virtual reality can make you feel like you’ve been transported to another world—or at the very least like you are experiencing a wonderfully novel piece of technology. Short films, puzzles, social networks, and other types of VR entertainment are available. But if you’re not into video games, the only VR-ready medium that can offer hours of immersive entertainment, you may grow bored relatively quickly. With that in mind, only gamers or technophiles with reasonably deep pockets should seriously consider a VR setup at this time.
The best VR games are the ones which deliver such a unique experience, you forget about the fact you probably had to buy an expensive headset to use it. But without the limitation of a static TV or monitor, VR gaming feels incredibly liberating but can be as familiar or as fresh as you like after that. Whether you want to try out a familiar title in a new way or experience the inimitable styles of play that VR offers, there’s almost certainly something you’ll enjoy from what’s available to play.
With so much going for it, it’s hardly a surprise that more and more people are dipping their toes into virtual reality. So whether you’re playing on the highest end headsets like the Valve Index and HTC Vive or the super-accessible console compatible PlayStation VR, you’re likely to find a game that will fit your tastes in this list of the Best VR Games of 2020.
Best VR Games PC
Marvel’s Iron Man VR – PlayStation 4
With a PS Move controller in each hand and the headset strapped to your noggin, you already feel geared up, and Iron Man fits the virtual reality mould very well indeed. Holding down the triggers fires the suit’s thrusters, and you’ll get propelled from wherever you’re aiming your palms. To fly forward, for example, you hold the controllers down by your side, palms back; to fly up, hold your arms out in front of you, palms down. It’s an instantly intuitive movement system, and between your hand positions and the direction you’re facing, you’ll be soaring through the sky and feeling invincible.
The cracking controls don’t end there, either. Holding the Move controllers upright will allow you to aim and fire Iron Man’s repulsors — it’s as simple as that. A little later in the game, and you’ll unlock auxiliary weapons, mounted in the suit’s forearms. To use these instead of the repulsors, aim with the Move wands pointed forward instead. Swapping between movement, repulsors, and your suit’s special weapons is something to get used to, but it’s a brilliantly fluid system that’s great fun to use.
- Using two PlayStation Move motion controllers** fire up Iron Man’s Repulsor Jets and blast into the skies with an arsenal of iconic Iron Man gear at your fingertips.
- Face off against one of Iron Man’s greatest foes in high stakes, action-packed battles.
- Upgrade tech in Tony Stark’s garage to customize Iron Man’s sleek armour and extraordinary abilities.
- Excellent, intuitive controls
- Fun combat
- Intriguing story
- Plenty of optional content
- Numerous lengthy load screens
- Hectic scenes affect frame rate
- Occasional tracking hitches
Astro Bot Rescue Mission Playstation VR
Astro Bot Rescue Mission is an imaginative and innovative platformer which plays to the strengths of PlayStation VR and delivers an immersive experience that isn’t easy to forget. Stunning presentation elevated by insanely good animation ensure that you always feel present in the release’s virtual world, while tight controls and genuinely creative level design will keep you engaged. This game is the kind of game that will leave you beaming long after you’ve taken the headset off and we can’t give it higher praise than that.
The depth of the PSVR’s 3D leads to some truly incredible moments, like when Captain Astro leaps from eye level down to a trampoline metres below, only to bounce up and over your head. In almost every level I audibly gasped or smiled with delight, like when I needed to duck my head underwater to watch the little robot swim through some pipes or when Captain Astro would stand close enough to touch.
- Playstation VR and Camera Required to Play This Game
- European Import – Game fully playable in English – Box in Nordic/Sweden
- 100% Compatible With USA Playstation 4 Console
- Work Exactly The Same as Local USA Copy
- The art design is outstanding, with the animation a particular highlight.
Fruit Ninja (PSVR/PS4)
Even if you’ve no prior knowledge of what Fruit Ninja is, it’s one of those games that doesn’t need to explain itself. Boot up one of the four modes, and you’ll find yourself standing in a colourful cartoon dojo. Looking down at one’s hands is pretty much the go-to reaction with any VR experience, and here you’ll see a finely honed katana. Two, if you happen to have a controller in each hand.
Each of the four modes imposes different rules on the player. Classic mode gives you three lives, deducting one for every missed fruit and ending the round if you cut into a bomb. Arcade mode offers the same set up though instead of lives, you’re given 60 seconds to bag as many points as possible. Unique fruits can be chopped up for temporary bonuses and extended playtime. Zen mode, as the name suggests, is a bit more chilled out. Here you have an allotted time, but bombs get removed from the equation.
Four ways to cut the fruit
As it stands now, there are four game modes to choose from:
This game mode gives you 60 seconds to slice your way through as much fruit possible. It would help if you avoided bombs lest you suffer a penalty, glowing peaches add time to your total, and special bananas grant the slow motion, frenzies, or double points for a set amount of time. When you hit a Frenzy banana, two cannons on either side of you start launching copious amount of fruit in a line for you to hit with a combo.
You start slow here — one fruit at a time get launched — but you soon start seeing bombs mixed in with the offering. Anytime you let a fruit hit the ground, or you detonate a bomb, you will receive a strike. Three strikes and guess what? You’re out. Large red Xs show up on the pagoda in front of you so you can keep track of where you are. This game mode is very challenging and will have you working up a sweat in no time.
Suppose you want to sit back and enjoy slicing fruit without explosions or attacking robots, select Zen mode. It is almost the same as Arcade mode, except you start with 90 seconds and there are no bombs. There are also no fruit cannons to your left and right, so you can focus on chaining combos with what is right in front of you. This mode is an excellent option for practising your skills and for anyone with limited space.
This s mode is arguably the most challenging way to play Fruit Ninja VR. Automated, flying fruit launchers hover over the courtyard and shoot bundles of fruit at you from different directions. Like Classic mode, you have three strikes before you’re out. Survival mode isn’t wrong at the beginning, but once you have fruit flying at you from all directions, you’ll understand how much of a workout this game can be. This is the ultimate challenge for any real fruit ninjas out there.
- Move controllers translate exceptionally well to katanas.
- Bright, colourful gameplay
- Physics on point
- Needs a few more game modes to round out the content
Rick & Morty: Virtual Rick-Ality – PlayStation 4
Rick and Morty’s fans rejoice! Delivering on one of VR’s most relaxed possibilities, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-Ality puts you directly inside the world of the cartoon. As a Morty clone, you’ll find that life can be challenging and you’ll quickly learn just how disposable you are.
Rick creates you to do the laundry, and without spoiling anything, he and Morty soon leave you alone in the garage. You’re able to teleport to a few different areas in the garage at first, and you’ll need to pick up, poke, and prod just about everything in there to access more.
Things are pretty responsive, but you need to take care when setting up your camera or you’ll have trouble reaching things on low or high shelves. This can be a problem in some areas, and it required some recalibration because I could barely reach some of the highest objects, but I couldn’t get low enough to get things in lower cabinets.
Virtual Rick-Ality does a great job emulating the dark humour of the source material, even if it occasionally overindulges in its self-awareness. Smart use of well-established VR minigame mechanics guides you through the experience, and aside from some slight issues navigating the space on a two-sensor Oculus Rift setup, these friendly and fun activities mesh well with the amusing efforts of the writing team and cast.
- Fully voiced, 3D Rick and Morty goodness
- Help Rick (or don’t) and explore multiple strange dimensions.
- Probe, prod, throw and smash iconic items like the Plumbus.
- Learn how to fix an intergalactic car
- Hang out in iconic places like Rick’s garage
Superhot – PlayStation VR
There are an array of scenarios in the game, ranging from restaurants to rec rooms. And each comprises several combat encounters that you’ll need to improvise escape routes in. Your tactics may involve tossing a bottle at an oncoming attacker, catching his gun as he falls to the floor, firing off a few shots at an antagonist peering over a staircase, and then lobbing your empty gun at the final foe.
Superhot VR is one of the most inventive first-person shooters you’ll find on any gaming system – let alone PlayStation VR. The title leverages the fledgeling peripheral to an intensely satisfying effect. Still, a reliance on repetition to pad its short running time and some unintuitive systems prevent it from being a bonafide classic. By pushing Sony’s virtual reality headset to its very limits, it does hit a few technical snags, but when the (throwing) stars align, this is the very definition of a killer app. Quite literally.
- Test your aim where only headshots take out enemies
- Race against your best scores in bullet-time and real-time
- Try to complete the game without shooting.
- Get hardcore with faster enemies and less reaction time.
When buying VR games, always check the compatibility info. Not every VR game works on every system. Make sure you’re picking out a game you can play with your headset.
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