Biggest PSVR2 video games: 8 launch video games you must strive

PlayStation VR2 is lastly right here, in the end. However what are you able to really play on Sony’s new headset?

With a launch lineup about 30 video games deep, PSVR2 has so much to supply on day one. Nevertheless, there’s an enormous caveat to that: Nearly all the launch video games are additionally out there on Meta Quest or different PC-centric VR headsets. There’s little or no that’s each new and unique right here. 


PlayStation VR2 is a killer headset in want of a killer app

That mentioned, PSVR2 may be your first foray into the digital world. If that’s the case, listed here are a bunch of video games you must actually take into account making an attempt along with your shiny new headset.

No Man’s Sky

Flying a ship in VR is fairly candy.
Credit score: Hiya Video games

Value: $60 (however consistently on sale)

Keep in mind No Man’s Sky? Initially launched in 2016, this survival recreation permits you to discover a virtually infinite galaxy full of practically infinite, randomly generated planets to find, discover, and mine for sources. You can begin a science base, do some gardening, and even management an unlimited fleet of starships. 

The PS5 model of No Man’s Sky obtained a patch this week enabling VR assist and it’s an actual doozy. The controls take a couple of minutes to understand, however ultimately you’ll be zipping round with a jetpack and mining carbon with little effort. Simply don’t go too excessive within the jetpack in case you have a concern of heights.

Most significantly, flying ships is cool as hell in No Man’s Sky VR. One hand manually controls the throttle whereas one other manually controls the flight stick. You may simply give your self movement illness by doing barrel rolls, so attempt to keep away from that, if potential. 


Runner VR screenshot

Sadly, I don’t suppose you are able to do the ‘Akira’ slide on this recreation.
Credit score: Truant Pixel/Steam

Value: $15

If you wish to really feel very cool in VR with out spending some huge cash, there are worse methods to do it than by enjoying Runner.

Set in a neon-lit future dystopia with an aesthetic that leans closely on Nineteen Eighties and 90s anime, Runner is mainly a recreation about driving the motorbike from Akira actually quick. You’ll velocity down city highways whereas capturing at police robots and autos with a wide range of upgradeable weapons. It’s easy sufficient to know, however the issue is not any joke.

Certain, dying sucks, but it surely’s price it for the joys capturing the explosive cores of police bikes whereas going 150mph. Runner is rad. You need to play it.

Tetris Impact Linked

Tetris Effect screenshot

Credit score: Improve/Steam

Value: $40

Tetris Impact may be the best recreation ever made. Think about Tetris however with psychedelic visuals and songs the place some man raps about how we have to heal our divisions. Now think about that in VR.

This isn’t Tetris Impact’s first go-round in VR, however that doesn’t imply it isn’t price experiencing. I discovered myself turning into hyper-focused on the motion in VR, resulting in extra skillful play than I normally exhibit when enjoying Tetris. Plus, the visuals and music are so, so good that you may’t assist however be drawn into the proceedings. 

Sizzling tip from me to you: Hashish doesn’t harm the expertise, both.

Rez Infinite

Rez Infinite screenshot

Our on-line world is uncontrolled.
Credit score: Improve/Steam

Value: $30

The one purpose I couldn’t definitively declare Tetris Impact the best recreation ever made is that Rez Infinite exists.

This one goes all the best way again to the Sega Dreamcast and PS2. Rez is a type of 3D rail-shooter (suppose Star Fox or Panzer Dragoon) set inside our on-line world the place your pictures sync up and even create the music in each degree. It seems and sounds unimaginable wherever, however in VR, it’s astounding. 

Rez Infinite was additionally a PSVR1 standout, so it’s not new, however it’s price enjoying. The PSVR2 model provides the power to goal along with your eyes, which is trippy and fairly rattling cool. Simply play Rez in the event you haven’t. 

Horizon: Name of the Mountain

Horizon Call of the Mountain archery screenshot

Get good at aiming or pay the value.
Credit score: PlayStation

Value: $60

Horizon: Name of the Mountain distinguishes itself from the remainder of this checklist in a few main methods. First, it’s a full-priced recreation. Second, it’s a model new, PSVR2-exclusive title from Sony, the one certainly one of its form out there at launch.

From enjoying the primary couple of hours, I can say that individuals who need most spectacle out of their PSVR2 headset will probably be happy with Name of the Mountain. The large robotic dinosaurs of the Horizon universe develop into a lot bigger and extra imposing in VR. On high of that, this recreation makes use of the facility of the PS5 to create simply the greatest-looking PSVR2 recreation I’ve seen.

It additionally occurs to be a reasonably absolutely featured recreation. You’ll do a ton of climbing up mountains (don’t look down, belief me), which might really be fairly tiring to your arms. There’s additionally a sturdy fight system that calls for a sure degree of archery ability out of you. Not solely do it is advisable to goal exactly at particular enemy components, however you want to take action whereas dodging their assaults. 

It’s fairly enjoyable and difficult, and Horizon followers will dig it. I’d name this maybe the most important standout within the PSVR2 launch lineup.

Kayak VR: Mirage

Kayak VR Mirage screenshot

Good and enjoyable.
Credit score: Higher Than Life/Steam

Value: $30

Kayak VR: Mirage was the primary PSVR2 recreation I performed and it actually couldn’t be less complicated to elucidate.

It’s only a kayaking recreation. You’ll transfer your arms such as you would in an precise kayak, and the physics really feel fairly life like. You may kayak round in a coaching pool or in real-life areas like Antarctica. The visuals are attractive, the vibes are serene, and it’s only a nice approach to spend 15 to twenty minutes.

Resident Evil: Village

Value: $40

You may take the whole lot I simply mentioned about Kayak VR: Mirage and say the precise reverse about Resident Evil: Village. These vibes are something however serene, and I wouldn’t name something in regards to the expertise “nice.”

The visuals are nonetheless nice, although.

However significantly, that is precisely what you suppose it’s. For those who performed RE: Village when it got here out in 2021, you may play it once more in VR. For those who didn’t, nicely, prepare for a gory, weird journey by the European countryside. The VR components listed here are very nicely thought out, with handbook gun reloading (and shotgun pumping), tons of various motion choices, and even some cutscenes being re-framed for a full 3D show.

And sure, the tall girl seems very tall.


Thumper screenshot

Think about being absolutely immersed on this.
Credit score: Drool/Steam

Value: $20

Thumper initially launched in 2016 and stole the hearts of rhythm recreation followers (and drummers) in all places. It’s obtained freaky, summary visuals and a soundtrack that’s bassy, percussive, and solely barely registers as “music” generally.

This PSVR2 model of Thumper doesn’t transform the gameplay. It’s simply Thumper in VR. The sense of velocity is superior, as is being absolutely immersed in Thumper’s vaguely sinister rhythm highways. What extra do you want?

Different video games to strive

I’m however one individual and didn’t have time to strive each single recreation within the PSVR2 launch lineup. Nevertheless, listed here are just a few that appeared price trying out based mostly on some fast trial runs:

  • Demeo: A turn-based ways recreation with a tabletop-in-your-parents’-basement setting. You may zoom means in on the proceedings to really really feel such as you’re in a dungeon, or watch from the consolation of mentioned basement. 

  • Music within the Smoke: A survival recreation with a heavy emphasis on smashing objects towards different objects to create new objects. It’s obtained a reasonably dream-like artwork fashion, and the primary entity you meet within the recreation is a freaky three-headed crow. 

  • Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge Enhanced Version: That is only a souped up model of a recreation we appreciated so much when it got here out on Quest just a few years again. For those who dig Star Wars, this can be a no-brainer.

Many of those video games will probably be previous hat to longtime VR vets, however for first-timers, PSVR2 has so much to supply. Now significantly, go play Rez and Tetris Impact. You may thank me later.