Since its release in 2016, we’ve seen the PSVR, and virtual reality as a whole, evolve into a more immersive way for players to experience games.
While there are still plenty of wires to trip over and some tracking issues here and there, VR is here to stay, and it becomes more accessible each year.
Offering 150+ games, the PSVR stands out as one of the best platforms to play a wide selection of titles. That’s why we’ve decided to highlight some of the best games currently available on PSVR in 2021.
Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list in the future!
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Borderlands 2 VR
Borderlands 2 VR takes the beloved shoot and loot game and adapts it for a much more immersive, virtual reality experience. While some features are lost in the process, namely co-op mode and all of the DLC, this version is perfect for VR owners who never experienced the game when it was first released, or simply just really like the Borderlands series.
Several changes to the base game like nerfed enemies and the addition of the new BAMF mechanic (Bad Ass Mega Fun Time), which allows you to slow down time and deal massive damage to enemies, make single-player Borderlands 2 more palatable in VR.
Probably most impressive is how nicely the game’s cel-shaded art style translates to VR, as character models and environments are as bright and poppy as ever.
Beat Saber is a sword-slashing rhythm game that has you slicing blue and red cubes with your “sabers” in tune with a song’s beat. The PSVR version comes packed with extra songs in addition to a campaign mode that offers challenges with unique conditions and modifiers. In addition to building up your multiplier by hitting blocks, obstacles appear in the game that you have to dodge to keep your combo going.
The two-handed, sword-wielding mechanic makes great use of VR controls and, if anything, gives us an excuse to pretend we’re a master swordsman. Beat Saber is great for those who love mastering tracks on expert difficulty or those who are just looking for a fun party game to show off to their friends.
Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
Astro Bot: Rescue Mission is a spin-off title from one of the mini-games in the PSVR pack-in The Playroom VR. Gameplay centers mostly on platforming, as you guide Astro, the leader of the bots, on a journey to find his friends. Upon finding a certain number of bots in each level, you’re given a boss encounter in which you’ll have to recognize attack patterns and combine your skills with Astro’s to defeat them.
Along the way, you’ll find coins to collect and plenty of hidden passageways filled with secrets. It’s worth mentioning that the game is played from a third-person perspective, which still feels fresh given how many VR games are first-person, and has interacted with environments to help Astro progress through stages.
The Exorcist: Legion VR
The Exorcist: Legion VR takes a well-known property and turns it into a fantastic, albeit terrifying experience for virtual reality. You play as a detective who’s just gotten a call about a missing priest. The game has you exploring a church, a psychiatric ward, a creepy house, and a couple more equally unsettling locales while you try to piece together what’s happened.
If you’re not a fan of jump scares, you’ll be glad to know Legion VR doesn’t take the cheap route and instead utilizes subtle cues to create a horrific atmospheric experience. Whispers from dark corners and mannequins that seem to move only when you look away will make you paranoid as you search for clues across the game’s five chapters.
Red Matter is a Sci-Fi puzzle adventure game that has you traveling to a moon orbiting Saturn in the middle of a Cold War with the fictional state of Volgravia. You are tasked with infiltrating a secret base and have to solve a variety of puzzles to progress the game’s story, which has some supernatural twists down the road.
One of Red Matter’s highlights is its UI, which is executed perfectly for VR. Controls are mapped to buttons that make sense for headset play, and puzzles are designed in ways that keep you engaged with the game’s world.
Resident Evil 7
Although Resident Evil 7 was a huge success on standard consoles, fans were unsure how the survival horror game would translate to VR, where you’re more likely to vomit from motion sickness than from gore. However, the game nails its implementation of virtual reality across its 10-hour story, thanks to some great camera control options.
The use of move controllers help to immerse you in the game’s terrifying atmosphere, and peeking around corners gives you a strong sense of dread for what might be peeking back at you.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
While the excessive number of Skyrim ports we’ve seen has become an online joke for gamers, there’s a reason Bethesda continues to re-release the game: people keep buying it. And the reason people keep buying it is that Skyrim still holds up as one of the best fantasy role-playing games of this decade. Now playable in virtual reality, Skyrim VR has you going on a familiar quest, with the added bonus of a more immersive experience.
The scale of the world, in comparison to your character, is probably what stands out most about Skyrim VR. Seeing a dragon fly on your monitor is one thing, but experiencing it first-hand in VR will leave you in awe as the towering creatures swoop over your head.
The Persistence has you aboard a damaged spaceship that’s being pulled into a black hole. You’ll have to complete objectives by exploring the ship’s four decks, in order to restore power and escape. The only problem is, there’s a clone printer that’s been pumping out mutated creatures throughout the ship, and they want to kill you.
The game does a great job of justifying its Roguelike mechanics through its use of a clone printer as a story device, which has you respawning after each death. That coupled with a spacecraft whose layout continuously shifts and combat that relies on sneaking up on enemies, makes for a game that’s sure to scare you and keep you coming back for more.
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
Rush of Blood is a spin-off game based on the horror adventure title Until Dawn. The game has you riding a roller coaster through different areas, encountering frightful foes along the way. While you have a flashlight and guns, neither doing much to protect you from jumpscares that’ll be sure to catch you off guard.
While Rush of Blood does rely heavily on the “shooting gallery” trope a lot of VR titles use, placing you on a rollercoaster makes the game’s set-up more believable and helps to keep your blood pumping. The game does a great job of taking familiar carnival imagery and taking it to a sinister place while sprinkling in some references from the original Until Dawn.
I Expect You to Die
As the title suggests, I Expect You to Die places you in several tense encounters where death is imminent and the only thing that can save you are your spy instincts. You play as an international spy tasked with defeating an evil corporation. However, in order to do so, you will first need to have your abilities tested by surviving escape-room scenarios.
Challenges range from defusing a bomb to escaping a sinking vessel, to crafting a chemical weapon. While learning how to maneuver objects does require some practice, the game’s humorous writing and over-the-top action are enough to keep you engrossed in this whimsical spy adventure.
Firewall Zero Hour
Fans of tactical shooters like Rainbow Six Siege may enjoy Firewall Zero Hour, one of the best online shooters currently available for VR. In the game’s one and only mode, Contract, players engage in 4v4 search and destroy combat, with one team attempting to locate and hack a laptop while the other tries to prevent them from doing so.
While Firewall Zero Hour allows the use of the Dualshock 4, it’s recommended that players pick up an Aim controller, which makes aiming feel more realistic and provides an overall better experience. Much like Siege, the game has several operators to pick from, each with their own unique skills, and a deep customization system for developing your own playstyle.
Statik draws inspiration from great puzzle games like Portal and Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. You play as a test subject seated in a chair with their hands shackled by a cube-shaped device. In each instance, the cube has different mechanisms that need to be unlocked by using clues in your surroundings.
In addition to its inventive puzzle designs, Statik’s peculiar story will have you invested in learning how your character ended up in this facility and the meaning behind these exercises.
Farpoint has you playing as a scientist who, while traveling in space, gets sucked up by a wormhole and ends up stranded on a strange planet along with a fellow scientist. You quickly discover that you’re not alone on this planet and have to defend yourself from enemies. At the same time, your relationship with the other scientist begins to evolve, as secrets are uncovered and conflicting views create a tear in your friendship.
Gameplay revolves around combat mostly and has you shooting at enemies with different guns. While the weapon selection is rather limited, aiming and movement blend together perfectly, especially if you’re using an Aim controller. Farpoint delivers a thrilling Sci-Fi adventure that makes you truly feel like a space marine, if only for a few hours.
Job Simulator is a refreshingly lighthearted VR title and the game has you taking on different roles, such as office worker, chef, store clerk, and auto mechanic. In each role, you’ll need to complete a variety of tasks in order to properly do your “job.”
What makes the game so great is how it’s able to turn mundane work-related tasks on their head by injecting its ridiculous humor into every scenario, like an office recycling bin that shoots out confetti every time you throw an object in it. Job Simulator’s playful tone is enhanced further by its cartoonish visuals, which prevent the game from ever feeling too realistic because the last thing we’d want to do in VR is actually work.
Transference is less of a game and more of a VR experience. While brief in its 90-minute playtime, it takes you along as a man obsessed with simulating consciousness uses himself and his family as test subjects for a new technology he’s created.
You relive key moments multiple times throughout the game, each time through a different family member’s perspective. Each instance offers new insight on what took place and how that character interpreted the memory. This gameplay mechanic sums up Transference itself, as the game’s story is very much left up to you to interpret and make sense of based on your own perspective and bias.
The Invisible Hours
The Invisible Hours is another game that doesn’t have you interacting with the game’s world firsthand, but rather as an observer, witnessing events unfold from different characters’ perspectives. You first follow a detective named Gustaf Gustav, who’s traveled by boat to an isolated island, at the invitation of Nikola Tesla. Upon finding Tesla dead, Gustav, along with a group of guests also invited, is forced to figure out who the murderer is.
In true murder mystery form, you’ll be following each of the guests through scenes, looking for clues in the form of notes, diaries, and newspaper clippings that you can interact with. While you don’t directly solve the crime yourself, you’ll no doubt begin to make assumptions about each guest based on their actions and backstory.
Sprint Vector is an arcade racing VR game that makes you use gestures to control your character’s movement. The game has you competing against enemy AI and other players online, in races that test your parkour skills. While many power-ups prevent the game from being too technical, there is a steep learning curve with mastering Sprint Vector’s techniques.
Speed is gained by swinging your arms, turns are performed by braking with one arm and still moving with the other, and climbing walls is done by reaching up over your head. Although many of these movements add to the game’s sense of realism, the game may not always register a certain gesture, which can be frustrating. If you’re a VR veteran or someone that’s looking to work up a sweat, Sprint Vector is a thrilling experience that makes you feel like a badass rollerblading god.
Wipeout Omega Collection VR
The VR edition of Wipeout Omega Collection is a futuristic racer that offers a surprisingly large amount of content for players to explore, something not usually seen with VR. Taking parts from the last three Wipeout games (Fury, HD, and 2048) the Omega Collection features 26 tracks, 46 vehicles, and 9 game modes to put your piloting skills to the test.
With optional third and first-person camera options, the game allows flexibility for both players who are sensitive to VR motion sickness and those that want a true 1:1 experience. With fast-paced racing, deadly power-ups, and a booming soundtrack, Wipeout Omega Collection VR will make you feel like you’re really jamming inside a cockpit while you blast away at the competition.
Moss has you take on the role of “The Reader,” a silent figure that guides Quill, the game’s mouse protagonist, on an adventure worthy of fairy tales. By working together with Quill, you’ll be able to solve puzzles and maneuver through platforming challenges, defeating enemies along the way.
While its playtime is brief, Moss does a great job of building up its fantasy-world and expanding on its narrative. Over time, you’ll grow to cherish Quill and the bond you two have built throughout your epic quest.
Tetris is historically well-known for its easy to grasp concept and controls. Although we’ve seen a great number of iterations on the formula over the years, none have ever set out to accomplish what Tetris Effect has, especially in its VR version. The game utilizes several different visual and auditory cues that correspond to your tetrominoes’ movement and placement.
As you progress through challenges, so do the tracks from the game’s excellent soundtrack, evolving in tempo and rhythm as you reach tense moments where blocks are rapidly descending onto your screen.
In VR, Tetris Effect manages to transport you to another world where everything else seems to fade away, and you’re left with an empty void to fill with perfectly stacked tetrominoes. It’s an experience unlike any other in the VR space.