Virtual Reality + Games
The wait is over. Virtual Reality is finally here as Sony released their highly anticipated PlayStation VR (PSVR). Long gone are the days of driving to the nearest mall and forking over a handful of cash just to get a glimpse of virtual reality through some outdated demo. Well, you are still going to have to hand over a handful of cash amounting to $399, but at least you get to take it home with you and don’t have to worry about why it smells so weird.
Released on October 13th, (PSVR) headsets are not only flying off the shelves but PlayStation already has several games that are showing off the broad capabilities of virtual reality. If you are lucky enough to own a headset, then below are the TOP FIVE must have games that are sure to leave you speechless.
Rez Infinite – $30
While the PSVR headset may be new, Rez Infinite has been around since most of us were in middle school. First released in 2001 for Dreamcast, Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s futuristic spin on the classic shooter appeared to be decades ahead of itself, but that didn’t stop people from falling in love with it. Jump forward 15 years and Rez Infinite is not only relevant but one of the top games for PSVR. Being whisked through a simplistic, yet elegant virtual reality with music blaring and enemies quick on your heels are just a few reasons why this game works so well with the headset.
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood – $20
If there is one genre that will get a significant boost from the PSVR, it’s horror games. And for $20, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood is a no-brainer as it shows you the future of what the horror genre will look like. If you find games like Silent Hill, Dead Space, and Amnesia hard to play, then it might be best to go ahead and pass on this game. Rush of Blood puts players into a small theme park full of zombies, clowns, and other unworldly monsters. Strapped with nothing but an unreliable flashlight and a gun, players must survive a roller-coaster designed to not only test your dexterity but your mental fortitude as well.
Batman Arkham VR – $20
Have you ever wanted to know what it was like to strap on the batsuit and solve a murder mystery? Well, here’s your chance. Batman Arkham VR gives players the ability to encompass Gotham’s Caped Crusader as he uncovers a threat that promises to destroy all of Bruce Wayne’s most trusted allies. Players will not only get the chance to put on the famous Batman cowl but will also have full range to some of his most impressive gadgets. While the game is impressive, there isn’t much action as the storyline leans heavily on the detective side, and the gameplay will take a little over an hour to complete. But for the $20, Batman Arkham VR is well worth it as you will find yourself living a lifelong fantasy.
RIGS: Mechanized Combat League – $50
Already being considered the future of esports, RIGS: Mechanized Combat League is a multiplayer shooter designed by the hugely successful, Guerilla Games. Being the same developers that brought us Killzone, RIGS brings a new approach to online gaming as the fights are not over territory, planets, or life and death, but over rankings. The storyline behind this PSVR flagship title is players are part of a futuristic sport where mechanized robots fight one another. While being one of the first titles released, RIGS feels like a full-fledged game. Between the decent selection of weapons, the different matches, the 24 unique RIGS, and peering at the landscape through the VR headset, players will find themselves climbing the ranks in no time.
EVE: Valkyrie – $60
If you’ve ever wanted to man your own spacecraft while being in the middle of an intergalactic dogfight with bullets, missiles, and other futuristic weaponry trying to kill you, then look no further. EVE: Valkyrie can only be described as stunning, gut-wrenching, and intense. From the cockpit of your very own fighter, you will be faced with everything from asteroids to hordes of enemies all hell-bent on destroying you, so if you are prone to motion sickness, then this isn’t your game. While Valkyrie is mostly online multiplayer, players won’t have the sense of boredom as they can customize their ships, partake in daily challenges, and use the headset motion tracker to target enemies. Add in the breath-taking graphics, and EVE: Valkyrie is bringing new life to the space-shooter genre.
What PSVR game are you most looking forward to? Be sure to tell us in the comment section below.
Article by Chris Piner