With demo stations across the US and Canada, as well as several locations opening in the UK, there are plenty of opportunities to sit down — or stand up — and spend some time playing PlayStation VR demo games. There’s still a lot to learn about the headset itself and how it functions within the PlayStation 4 ecosystem, but when it comes to the games we’ve tried, it’s clear that there are some favorites. We decided to take a look at our PlayStation VR experience to date, including which games we’ll be sure to buy at launch and which ones we’ll likely keep as a positive demo.
It’s at the top of the shopping list for most of us. The guys at CCP Games have been fine-tuning this masterpiece for over a year, and with each update it gets noticeably better. This is one of the best space flight/shooter games available today and does a ridiculously good job of making you feel like you’re wearing a flight helmet in VR. It also helps that the game is already available to play elsewhere, though the quality remains high on PSVR according to Sony and CCP Games.
Unsurprisingly, my Oculus Rift on an NVIDIA GTX 980ti generated a more complete experience, but this was my first opportunity to compare the same game on both systems, and the differences were clear. These differences matter a lot less when you’re flying through space shooting other pilots, especially when the demo’s head tracking and movement were as flawless as they were on the Rift.
The only reason this game isn’t tied for the first time is because not all of us played this demo as it was played in the UK and at shows instead of Best Buy stores where kids could watch. This is one of the more notable demos of the PlayStation Move Controller for PSVR and everyone who has played the game loves it. The demo puts a face on you and lets you get FPS glory, but it’s obvious that there’s potential for a really compelling story here.
Here’s Richard Devine on the game that sold it to PlayStation VR:
As the action heats up, you aim your weapon by moving your hands around in space. When you’re out of ammo, you use your other hand to take the clip and insert it into the bottom of the gun. It’s simple, but makes shooters infinitely more exciting than just aiming with a controller. As well as peeking through an open door and the reactions of another character when bullets whistle in his face.
Rig: Mechanized Combat League
RIGS is one of those PlayStation VR games that you might have ignored, but in reality, it isn’t. It’s like a cross between Titanfall and Rocket League, which mixes sports with combat.
It’s a fast and furious adrenaline rush, as Richard Devine found out during its preview.
I felt the adrenaline pumping at the end of my time with RIGS. It truly feels like I haven’t played a console game in a long time. This is the VR effect in full swing. You’re not just playing — you’re in the game — and that’s amazing.
Call of Duty: Infinite War
We’re starting to see AAA titles make their way to VR, and it’s no surprise that Call of Duty is one of the first. The upcoming release of Infinite Warfare is all about Call of Duty in futuristic environments, so it makes some sense that it will be available on PlayStation VR. Blast your way to victory and enjoy the incredible visuals we’ve come to expect from this Activision franchise.
Take a look at Paul Acevedo’s first experience with this game:
An endless virtual war experience takes place in the jackal’s cockpit. Looking around, you can observe the controls in the cockpit, your pilot’s hands on a pair of flying sticks, and his feet in the seat. You play this VR demo with a DualShock 4 controller, using the analog sticks to control the ship. By moving the thumb, the pilot’s hands move accordingly in VR. Pretty cool to see!
This frenetic puzzle game is a lot of fun with friends, and in VR where all you can see is a crazy light show against a puzzle that you’re trying to fit into a slot that you have to move to see, it’s ridiculous. It’s a challenging experience under the best of circumstances, and in VR it’s easy to lose an hour to the positively psychotic soundtrack and acid trip visuals. Whatever you do, avoid playing under the influence.