The 7 best PlayStation VR games available now - and 3 more to pre-order

Got your PS VR? These are the very best games to play on it

Farpoint - one of the finest games for PlayStation VR so far

It's here! It's finally here! And while we have our reservations, it's still absolutely capable of producing mind-blowing experiences.

I'm talking, of course, about the PlayStation VR, deliveries of which begin tomorrow.

Being the tech-ficionado you are, you've probably already got one on order, in which case you're also probably wondering which of the 30 launch games you should get and play first - and which of the many on the horizon you should be most excited about.

As always, we've got you covered. Here are the 5 games to get right now, and the 5 with future release dates that you should mark in your calendar.

Batman: Arkham VR

Appearing out of the blue during Sony's E3 2016 press conference, Batman: Arkham VR is a roughly two-hour experience that puts you into the mask, gloves and muscularly sculpted chest piece of the Caped Crusader.

The game focuses on Batman's detective skills rather than his fists, but you do get to throw batarangs as you attempt to solve the brutal murder of Nightwing. Along the way you'll solve puzzles and uncover clues using a variety of gadgets, and meet a number of the most fearsome and famous supervillains - some in much closer proximity than feels comfortable.

This is an amazingly cinematic, intense experience, and while it's very short and requires Move controllers (£68 a pair) to work its best, you'll be seriously blown away.

Price: £16

Release date: 13 October

Download Batman: Arkham VR from the PlayStation Store

RIGS: Mechanised Combat League

RIGS is a first-person, mech-based mixture of death-match and future-sport that's exclusive to PS VR and is a great showcase for Sony's headset thanks to fabulously chunky, colourful art and frenetic multiplayer battles.

In it, 6-8 players are split into two teams before each chooses a mech in an an awesomely realised futuristic garage before being strapped in, put into a lift, and launched into an arena above.

Your task in the main game mode, Power Slam, is to score 'goals' by leaping through a ring at the top of the arena, but to earn that right you first need to score enough points by shooting the opposing team's mechs and collecting the tokens they drop. Controls are basically standard FPS-style, but you aim and turn using your head. It sounds weird, but you get used to it within the first few minutes and it soon feels surprisingly natural - although some people find VR ore nautious than others, so you may have to ease yourself in a bit.

What I really like about RIGS is the speed, fluidity, heft and height of it - the brilliantly vertigo-inducing ejections (which occur when your mech's destroyed) are a particular highlight.

The public servers have only just gone live, so it's a little early to tell whether RIGS is solid and addictive enough to keep you playing for months, but it's got a better chance than almost anything else in the launch line-up.

Price: £38

Release date: 13 October

Buy RIGS: Mechanised Combat League from Amazon

Eve: Valkyrie

A first-person, action-packed dogfighting spin-off from the huge (and hugely complicated) Eve Online MMO, Valkyrie is essentially everyone's Battlestar Galactica fantasies made real. And by 'real', I do obviously mean 'virtual' - not that your brain bothers making that distinction as you, in your nimble little starship, are fired through the launch tunnel and into glorious outer space.

It really is glorious, too. Rather than boring blackness, Valkyrie's battles take place just above the atmosphere of beautiful planets, or right in the middle of huge fleets of ships.

While it's never less than spectacular, Valkyrie's graphics on PS VR are undeniably downgraded from Oculus Rift but, crucially, it contains all of the same content and plays identically - super fast, fluid and fun. In fact, this is the first game that Rift and PS VR players can play together via online multiplayer.

The game is still officially in development and the overall package can right now feel a little disjointed, with the single-player story still begging for expansion. The multiplayer should keep you occupied for a long time, though, and developer CCP seems very committed to future development, with a number of updates already having gone live since the game's Oculus launch earlier in the year.

Even at the very steep price of £50, I reckon Eve: Valkyrie is a pretty essential purchase for any PS VR owners.

Price: £50

Release date: 13 October

Buy Eve: Valkyrie from Amazon

VR Worlds

A collection of mini games might not sound like the most compelling purchase for your new VR headset, but the mini games contained in the VR Worlds package are so damn awesome as to demand your time and money.

In fact, even if all you got was The London Heist portion of VR Worlds it would be hard to resist. In it, you're dropped into the shoes of a cockney jewel thief as you and a couple of other dodgy geezers attempt to half-inch a diamond. There are a number of 'scenes', some of which involve using the PlayStation Move controllers to shoot people, while others are more like lightly interactive, entirely engrossing cinematics.

It feels and looks brilliant, and while very short (you'll probably play through the story in under half an hour), the shooting galleries that are also provided can keep you occupied for hours, such is the quality of the gunplay and the compulsion to post high scores to the online leaderboards.

The Deep has less to keep you occupied in the long-term, but it's a terrifically terrifying experience that you'll show off to your friends, family, neighbours and anyone else who might walk past your house.

Sci-fi shooter Scavenger's Odyssey, downhill racer VR Luge and the Pong-like Danger Ball are a little less compelling than those other two, but for £24 I'd say VR Worlds is well worth a purchase - unless you can borrow it off a mate instead.

Price: £24

Release date: 13 October

Buy VR Worlds from Amazon


Battlezone has seemed ripe for the VR treatment ever since the original game launched way back in 1980. Thanks to Rebellion and PlayStation VR (and Oculus), that 36 year old dream has finally become (virtual) reality.

The game's got an excellent, Tron-like aesthetic and a smooth, weighty feel, and the arena-like levels provide ample opportunity to turn enemy tanks, drones and swarming, flying things into gloriously bright explosions.

It's a heck of a lot of fun, and by combining procedurally generated arenas, online co-op for up to four players and a branching tree of weapon unlocks, Rebellion has produced a game that should keep you occupied for a long time to come.

Price: £50

Release date: 13 October

Buy Battlezone from Amazon

Job Simulator

This is the game to use when you want to show off your new VR toy to someone who doesn't really play games.

The concept is this: the year is 2050 and robots now do all of the blue collar work. To learn what it was like to do a job, humans enter a simulator and are given an interractive history lesson by JobBot. Yes, this is really, really silly stuff.

It's all about using the PlayStation Move controllers (it's also be available on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive) to interract with your environment - whether that's completing the tasks that JobBot gives you (photocopying some work, making a sandwich, etc), or just messing around with all of the objects around you. There are four jobs to do, including office worker, diner chef and mechanic, and each one is as hilarious as the last.

Price: TBC

Release date: 13 October

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

VR might shut you off from the outside world, but it doesn't have to be a completely solitary experience. In fact, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes might be the most hilarious example yet of how to put that awkward scenario to brilliant use.

With the headset on, you'll stare at a randomly generated bomb covered with wires and buttons – and your nearby friends are looking at a manual, either printed out or on another screen, and must walk you through the disarming process as you describe a bomb that they cannot see. Who knew one VR headset could power an awesomely social party game?

Price: TBC

Release date: 13 October

Robinson: The Journey

Shrouded in mystery since it was teased at last year’s E3, we finally got a proper look - and play - of Crytek’s Robinson right after this year’s event. So far it seems great.

You play the part of a boy who’s been stranded on a lush, dinosaur-infested planet after a spaceship crash. You’re not alone, though - you’re accompanied by a spherical, hovering safety bot named HIGS, who in the hands-on demo acted as guide and acerbic comedic relief (played by a British actor, obvs).

Despite being chased by velociraptors the demo was nicely relaxed and very charming, with a close encounter with a huge brontosaurus proving a particularly jaw-dropping delight in VR. Robinson promises 3-4 hours of exploration, survival and immersive storytelling, and I can’t wait to play the full game when it launches in November.

Price: TBC

Release date: 9 November

Pre-order Robinson: The Journey from Amazon

Resident Evil 7

This was another gasp-induing surprise of PlayStation’s E3 2016 press conference. The pant-wetting trailer started by making reference to the infamous Kitchen demo shown at last year's E3, which involved being strapped to a chair while a zombie-woman prowled around you before jumping onto your chest. It still gives me nightmares.

Turns out that was all just a teaser for Resident Evil 7. Eek!

This video (and subsequent hands-on session) involved wandering slowly around a very creepy cottage, using a flashlight to illuminate the nasty little details and beasties contained within. And yes, in VR it’s bloody terrifying.

But while the whole game will be playable in VR, you will also be able to play it on one of those old fashioned televisions. It's not a PS4 exclusive either - Xbox One and PC will also get the game when it launches in January 2017.

Can't wait? The demo is available to PS Plus subscribers right now.

Price: £45

Release date: 24 January 2017

Pre-order Resident Evil 7 from Amazon


So you’ve just forked out £350 for a PlayStation VR headset, plus £68 for Move controllers and another £39 for the PS Camera - the last thing you want to do is spend yet more money on another peripheral, right? In theory, that’s true, but you might well change your mind for the PlayStation VR Aim Controller which, combined with VR first-person shooter Farpoint, is really rather awesome.

If you’re wondering whether this is essentially a plastic frame for the PlayStation Move controllers - it isn’t. This is a bespoke accessory that repositions all of the necessary buttons to recreate a gun-like experience while also allowing you to move in and interact with the virtual world by placing the two analogue sticks and a couple of buttons under your thumbs. It’s a really ergonomic and intuitive bit of kit.

In the game itself you appear to play the part of an astronaut investigating the disappearance of your space-faring colleagues across the caves, deserts and cliffs of a mysterious planet infested with arachnid-like aliens, some of which have the irritating habit of lobbing acid at you.

Using the Aim Controller as your weapon is superb, making the whole experience fantastically immersive and accurate - you can even bring the weapon up to your eyeline to line-up your shots using the holographic site. And what's also interesting is that it appears to have a grounding effect that prevents the motion issues that many other first-person VR games suffer from.

Here’s hoping the extra controller isn’t too pricey, because this is a game that everyone should experience.

Price: £50 (plus Aim Controller price TBC)

Release date: 2017

Pre-order Farpoint from Amazon

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