The PSVR released on October 13th, 2016, and for the past few years, I’ve been wanting to make a Top 20 list going over my favorite games for the headset. But this task was much more difficult than I anticipated, could I really narrow down my favorite PSVR games? Well after hours of thinking and playing, I’ve done it. Here are my top 20 PSVR Games as of 2020! But before we get into the list, I’d first like the say that some of the bigger games for the PSVR, such as Everybody’s Golf, Trover, and Borderlands 2, won’t be on the list because I either haven’t had the chance to play it, or I believe I haven’t put enough time into to properly rank them. And as for free games like Rec Room, I won’t be including them in this list. Now without further ado, here are my Top 20 PSVR Games as of August 27th!
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20: Iron Man VR
Iron Man VR is something I really wanted to put higher on this list, but it’s held back because of various issues I had with the game, with the biggest being the loading screens. But I didn’t put Iron Man VR on this list to talk about what it does wrong, the reason it made the top 20 is because of its fantastic gameplay! This game nails the feeling of flying around and fighting as Iron Man, and is a game that feels like no other. While it’s not as high on this list as I hoped, Iron Man VR is still a really fun game!
(Iron Man VR was ranked before the update released, so it might have a different rank next time)
Some of my favorite types of PSVR games are puzzle games, and Statik is one of the best in the genre. Statik is a puzzle game that puts your hands inside of a puzzle box, with each button on your dualshock controller having a function in the box, your goal is to solve all of the puzzles on this box to move onto the next puzzles. This game has some of the best puzzle designs I’ve ever seen and uses the dualshock 4 and VR in really innovative ways.
Moss is the game that convinced me not all VR games need to have you playing as the main character in a first-person perspective. In Moss, you’ll be controlling and assisting a little mouse named Quill on her journey to save her uncle. Moss is one of the shorter games on this list, but it’s an adventure game that’s filled with fun puzzles and combat, a good story, and beautiful environments and music. The journey you take with Quill is an adventure I’ll never forget.
17: Skyrim VR
Skyrim is a game I held out on trying for several years, so when I first tried it in VR knowing little about the game it was amazing! I don’t think I need to explain why Skyrim in itself is a great game, but I will say that Skyrim’s gameplay and world lend itself perfectly to VR, and having a game of this size is absolutely insane for VR players. This is one of the games on my list that could move higher over time, as I honestly haven’t put as much time into the game as I would have liked to…But nonetheless, Skyrim in VR is a game you need to experience.
16: Superhot VR
Superhot is a game that works perfectly in Virtual Reality. The concept is that time only moves when you do, and you have to figure out the best way to take down an area full of enemies. Superhot VR takes full advantage of Virtual Reality in a first-person shooter that some also consider a puzzle game, as you’re trying to figure out the best order to complete each area. Superhot VR is a very innovative and fun game. And though the story is short, there are a handful of addicting extra modes, like endless, or headshots only mode.
15: The Persistence
One of the best horror games for the PSVR is The Persistence. The Persistence puts you on a large spaceship filled with tons of zombies, and you’ll have to survive various floors of the ship trying to complete different tasks. But the great thing about The Persistence is that every time you do the spaceship is different because everything is randomly generated. So you’ll have to rely on your upgrades, knowledge, and skill, to survive these missions. This is one of the most intense and fun games you can get for the PSVR and is something I highly recommend for people who don’t mind some scares.
One of the more unique games on this list in Golem, a game that has you exploring the outside world through taking control of creatures called Golems. These creatures can move around and fight with their swords, axes, and other melee weapons. You’ll be trying to uncover the mysteries of this world by exploring, and taking out tons of hostile golems, with one of the best combat systems I’ve played in VR. The game also has some fantastic visuals, a stellar soundtrack, and tons of control options so you can play however you’d like.
One of the first PSVR games that gave me that AAA game in VR feeling was Farpoint. Farpoint is a first-person shooter that gave us the fantastic aim controller accessory, which the game uses perfectly. But along with a new controller we got a game with top-notch gameplay, story, visuals, sound design, and music. And Farpoint only got better as they added in challenge missions, and online modes to play, making it one of the best PSVR games on the headset.
12: To The Top
To The Top might not have the same production values as other games on this list, but it deserves to be so high because of just how much fun it is. To The Top has you jumping across dozens of unique stages trying to reach the end. Though the mechanics of this game have you grabbing onto blue objects only and jumping off from there, so you’ll have to find the best paths to take to reach the end. One of the best aspects of this game is that it has an amazing sense of speed and height. And combining that with tons of fun mechanics, a fantastic soundtrack, online multiplayer, collectibles, and incentives to speed run, makes To The Top something every PSVR owner needs to have in their library, especially for its cheap price point.
11: XING: The Land Beyond
XING: The Land Beyond is something that’s stuck with me ever since I first played it back in February of 2019. It’s a first-person puzzle game that takes place in the afterlife, your goal is to go to several different areas and discover the stories of people before they passed away. Though what really makes XING stand out for me is the world and atmosphere. Each of the environments in the game are breathtakingly beautiful, and the great thing is that each of them are very unique. The sound design captures everything from the wind to waterfalls. And the soundtrack in XING is absolutely amazing and makes each part of the game so much more powerful. For me, it’s a world I can easily get lost in, even after finishing the game completely, and is one of the calmest and relaxing games you can play, even when the puzzles get really difficult. And speaking of the puzzles, the difficulty goes up at a perfect rate and is great at slowly introducing the player to new mechanics as they start to introduce them into puzzles. XING: The Land Beyond is something that I don’t expect everyone to love as much as I do, but for me, it’s an amazing game and deserves to be this high on the list. And just like To The Top, this game is also one of the cheapest games on this list.
10: Blood & Truth
Now on a very different note, we have Blood & Truth, the successor to the London Heist experience in PSVR Worlds. Blood & Truth is a game that puts you straight into an action movie filled with set pieces, a great plot and characters, tons of weapons to use, several areas to visit, and some of the most fun you can have in VR. The core gameplay in Blood & Truth has you moving from point to point shooting enemies and using cover to your advantage. That might turn some of you off, but it actually works really well and didn’t ruin my immersion personally. If you want a fast-paced action game, Blood & Truth is one of the best options on PSVR.
9: No Man’s Sky
It’s still crazy to think that we got a game like No Man’s Sky fully in VR, a game with seemingly endless possibilities. If you don’t know already No Man’s Sky is a survival game that takes place in a randomly generated universe, with infinite planets to explore. As a player, you can collect items and minerals, build technology, ships, or buildings, and explore to your heart’s desire. On top of all that you can play with a bunch of friends online, in some of the best VR multiplayer so far. And the developer, Hello Games, only continues to add massive updates to the game. Though there are still a bunch of annoying bugs that hold it back from being as good as it could be. But still, No Man’s Sky is an extremely impressive VR game and is a must for anyone who enjoys survival games.
8: Tetris Effect
As a big Tetris fan I have to say that my favorite version of Tetris has to be Tetris Effect. Though just titling this game another version of Tetris isn’t giving it enough credit, Tetris Effect makes Tetris feel new again, without changing the core gameplay of Tetris, that we all love so much. It takes Tetris and surrounds it with a bunch of different environments. Each environment has it’s own music, effects, and style for the Tetris blocks. And the way you play Tetris affects the music and environment, making for a really unique experience inside of VR. And on top of that, there are tons of different modes to play, a new mechanic added to the game, and online leaderboards. It’s really hard to sell a game like Tetris Effect, as it’s something you need to try for yourself, but trust me when I say that Tetris Effect is something you don’t want to miss…If you’re already a fan of Tetris of course.
7: Wipeout Omega Collection
Wipeout Omega Collection is a game that takes the popular PlayStation racing game and perfectly combines it with VR. You’ll be racing at top speeds, turning tight corners, using a wide variety of power-ups, using boost pads, and trying to take first place. And not only do you have content from 3 Wipeout games, but there is an amazing online side to the game that lets you play any mode or track you want, and have a full room of friends or strangers. And playing this game online only makes it way more intense and competitive. You also have the option to either play in a first or third-person perspective, but of course, the first-person perspective is the most immersive. And if you’re worried about motion sickness, there are plenty of different options and modes you can mess around with, giving you the choice to restrict some movements, or let loose and do everything. If you enjoy racing games, this is currently the best option for PSVR.
6: The Walking Dead Saints & Sinners
When The Walking Dead Saints & Sinners dropped on the PlayStation Store out of nowhere everyone was shocked. We had been hyped for months, and it lived up to that hype. The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is a PSVR game that has you managing your health, stamina, and resources to survive in a zombie-filled world. This game has some of the best UI and move controller support out of any VR game I’ve played, and the weapons are extremely fun to use. And on top of that, there’s a good story, great graphics, sound effects, music, and some really intense moments. Pretty much everything about this game is amazing and makes it a must buy.
5: Firewall Zero Hour
Some of the most fun I’ve had on PSVR is in Firewall Zero Hour, an online multiplayer tactical shooter. In Firewall: Zero Hour you’ll be playing 4v4 matches as either an attacker or defender. The attackers will try and find the enemy’s laptop and disable it, and the defenders will try their best to prevent that from happening. It’s a game with no respawns and is heavily focused on communication with team members. It’s a game that almost never gets old, and playing with friends online in Firewall is an experience like no other. And once again, this is a game that works perfectly with the aim controller. While I still have plenty of issues with Firewall, the amount of fun I’ve had and will continue to have makes it deserve this spot on the list.
Even though Dreams has only just released, it’s already a top game for me, and I honestly won’t be surprised if it gets even higher on the list in the future. Dreams is basically a game engine that allows you to create whatever type of game you want, with no coding required. There is a learning curve to it, but once you do some of the tutorials and experiment with things you can create all sorts of exciting stuff, with very innovative tools. And even if you don’t have any interest in creating, the other half of the game lets you play other players’ creations. This is the part of the game that only gets better as time progresses, as more creations come out each day, and a lot of the creations here are extremely impressive! Whether you want to create stuff or play a wide variety of fun games and experiences, Dreams is a must-have for PSVR owners and is definitely the most innovative game on this list.
3: Beat Saber
Do I really need to explain why Beat Saber is so high up on the list? It’s an extremely simple game, but with so much depth. Wielding two light sabers to slash notes, and dodging obstacles in tune with the music, is just as fun as it sounds in Beat Saber. It’s extremely easy to spend dozens upon dozens of hours honing your skills and trying to conquer each of the difficulty levels, and once you’re able to beat the peak of difficulty, Expert+, it’s a feeling like no other. Beat Saber is the perfect casual game, it’s the perfect workout game, it’s the perfect showcase game, or in other words, it’s a PSVR game you need to own if you don’t have it already.
2: Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
Astro Bot: Rescue Mission is a platformer done right in VR. It takes a charming character, fun environments, new and great VR mechanics, fun and catchy music, tight controls, good challenges, and mashes them all together to create the ultimate VR platformer. Astro Bot just oozes with charm in every level of the game, including the amazing boss fights within the game. Astro Bot also uses the Dualshock 4 controller in various creative ways. Now let’s just hope Astro’s Playroom will have PSVR support on PS5!
Resident Evil 7 is the scariest and most intense game I’ve ever played because of the PSVR support, and I love it. I’ve never been more immersed in a VR game than when I was walking around the baker mansion, not knowing what could be around each corner. The atmosphere and setting for this game are chilling, and everything from the graphics to sound design only further the immersion you have in the game. I honestly can’t say enough good things about Resident Evil 7, but without any doubt in my mind, this is the best PSVR has to offer. So let’s hope Resident Evil 8 will have VR support!