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7 games you must play on PlayStation VR

We tried seven of the best experiences to be had on the newly released PlayStation VR

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 October, 2016, 8:01am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 October, 2016, 8:01am

Sony released its long-awaited virtual reality headset PlayStation VR last week. The headset itself costs HK$3,180, much lower than high-end VR headsets such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

The next question for those planning to invest in PlayStation VR is what video games to choose. Here are seven of the best experiences in PlayStation VR.

Battlezone

Remember the original found in arcades and Atari video game consoles? It returns in VR, as players hop inside a giant tank and push through a series of skirmishes against enemy tanks and other vehicles. The perspective sitting inside the tank is Battlezone’s strongest draw, plus manoeuvring the tank with the standard PS4 controller feels very comfortable.

Eve Valkyrie

Although it’s been around for a while on Oculus Rift, it remains one of the best VR experiences available. Players sit inside a spaceship performing a variety of missions where you attempt to take down enemy fighters in space. There’s a single player campaign as well as multiplayer if you want to battle against real people. Seriously, it’s like Star Wars. It’s amazing. Plus the effects included when your ship is about to go down are really cool.

Job Simulator

Another one already available on a competing headset (HTC Vive), but still enjoyable. The game requires players to take on jobs such as chef, auto mechanic, convenience store employee and even office worker. Because what better way to escape your real world office grind than with a virtual one? At least it’s easier to empty your inbox this way.

Rez Infinite

The music-based game dating back to Sega’s Dreamcast returns with a mesmerising debut in virtual reality. The player controls an avatar hacking their way through a colourful computer network seeking to push you out. When players target and strike enemies, they create musical effects coinciding with the game’s soundtrack. This is an experience meant for virtual reality.

RIGS: Mechanised Combat League

Players participate in a sports league as the pilot of a mechanised assault vehicle, or mech. The mechs vary in size, speed and strength, and players participate in a series of events for their teams, all with their own logos and stadiums. Think of the experience a little like EA’s action game Titanfall, but in VR. It’s really cool.

SuperHyperCube

This unique 3D puzzle game starts out with a simple cube players must move through a wall with a hole. As you move through each level, more boxes are added, taking on unusual shapes players must pass through more elaborate holes to advance. Lose all your cubes, and it’s game over.

Thumper

Of all the offerings on PlayStation VR, this rhythm-based action game is perhaps the best. Players watch a beetle speeding down a track, and must hit a single button at specific cues to perform attacks, represented as drum beats. It’s an intense, futuristic roller coaster ride, and arguably one of the best examples of why people are so excited about video games in VR.