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The best virtual reality games in 2021 - 2022 are definitely a year for some promising virtual reality titles. There's nothing like an eye mirror, so let's move on to the games.


In the early years of virtual reality, Sony's PSVR headset has proven to be a white knight. Despite being technically inferior on almost every level to the Meta quest 2, Valve Index, and even older headsets like the HTC Vive, Sony used its 20+ years of industry experience to create an amazing lineup for its PS4-based headset. PSVR is one of the most accessible mainstream headsets available in 2021, with many of VR's best games.




Astro Bot Rescue Mission

You must save your teammates who have dispersed across space in this action game. There are 20 main levels and 26 challenge levels in the game. The game will keep you entertained for quite some time. The game features 360-degree worlds and a variety of weapons such as throwing stars, a water gun, and others.



Beat Saber

Beat Saber is a rhythm music game with an active twist. The setup is like other music games, such as Audio surf, Guitar Hero, and Rock Band, but instead of controlling virtual guitar or fake devices, you cut your way through virtual laser swords. Beat Saber produces unique patterns of on-screen encoded blocks, and you must hit with the right controller (right or left) as they slide. There are also obstacles that appear at different times and force you to bend.



Danger Goat

Goat's life has never been easier. As you can experience firsthand, it's a kind of simulator. This is a strange but interesting game, you can use traps, missiles, and whatever is in their way to advance in the game.



Farpoint

A showcase of PS4 V4 capabilities and the first game to use PS VR AIM, a gun-shaped controller specifically designed for first-person games. At Farpoint, you must survive encounters with a deadly enemy in a dangerous alien environment, to find out what happened to the rest of your research team.



I Expect You To Die

In the game, I expect you to die, your spy who must escape a series of life-threatening situations before time runs out. You have your wits, problem-solving skills, and telekinesis.



Moss

In this magical adventure game, you accompanied by a mouse named Moss, who, after accidentally evoking ancient magic in the forest, must go on a quest to save the situation. Along the way, you encounter puzzles, enemies, and impressive animation and effects. The game is suitable for players of all ages.



No Man's Sky

The basic purpose of the game is to get to the center of the universe. You can explore countless planets of the game created by how you want, building a base, and also space wars.



Project Cars 2

Car Project 2 gives you a seat in the driver's seat of a realistic car, a racing circuit. The game really restores the feel of the actual world to the last detail, the vehicle, for example, looks great, even the weather is definitely a car game that every racing enthusiast must ..



Rez: Infinite

The classic cult game is now available for VR platforms. The story of a computer virus (Swayzak) that goes on a mission through a network of systems called Project-K to save Eden (the AI control system) from self-destruction.



Space Junkies

Junkies' Ubisoft is an arcade that takes place in space. In the game, you fight enemies with futuristic weapons in orbital arenas.



Space Pirate Trainer

On the VR platform, this is the ideal arcade. Your mission in the game is to shoot down enemies; there are many weapons and weapon upgrades available; however, keep in mind that you will not progress very far without actively taking part in the game. Physical attacks should be avoided, as should incoming attacks.



Subnautica

Subnautica is a soon-to-be-released adventure. They leave you stranded on the quarantine enforcement platform after crashing a passenger plane on an ocean planet called 4546B. They give you instructions for escaping the planet, but you must first disable the security system. Meanwhile, you must maintain the health of your character and construct tools and infrastructure from the 4546B marine environment. As you progress, you'll learn more about the planet's ancient history.



The Climb

The climb is a great example of how virtual reality can effectively to translate a real-world experience. They based the Climb on Halong Bay in Vietnam, while the North is inspired by the Arctic Circle. Crytek's engine can create breathtaking views no matter where you go.



The Lab

Have you ever wanted to visit Aperture Labs after completing Portal 2? Valve brings you back there and big time.



The Talos Principle VR

If intellectual puzzle games do this to you, get ready to sink many fun hours into the Talus VR principle. In the game, you play as an intelligent, anthropomorphic robot tasked with navigating dungeons and obstacles to a series of mysterious environments laden with modern technology.




Statik VR


We still stare out the window, mentally picking away at Statik's mysterious story, years after it was released. This game imagines the player's Dual Shock 4 as a pair of puzzle-filled handcuffs, and it's easily one of PSVR's most inventive games. You must first experiment with what each contraption's various levers and buttons do, and then gradually work your way out of your current predicament.


But it speaks legions about Statik that its fantastic puzzle design is outdone by the game’s sheer oddness. Supervised by the curious and world-weary Dr. Ingen, you’re left to piece together his seemingly random mumblings and musings into a cohesive narrative. It’s still got people picking it apart today, so much so that we’d love another game to help us fill in a few more blanks. Are you listening, Tarsier?


Gorn VR


There's a case to be made for keeping virtual reality games from becoming too violent, but Gorn rips the jaw off any such debate and then beats it to death with its own arms. Free Lives has jumped all the way to the other side of the canyon and spilled a ridiculous amount of blood before we step into the murky ground of'realism.' Gorn is all about being the last man standing in a gladiator arena, and there aren't many rules that prevent you from doing so.


Want to pull a guy’s head off? Bash him in with a rock? Swing a mace into a face and knock some eyeballs out? Gorn lets you do all that and it feels wonderful. Not because we have psychotic tendencies, but because it’s all so stupid over the top that you can’t help but laugh. Beyond the stupidity, though, there is actually a magnificent structure in place here that will keep you coming back to unlock new content and make battles tense affairs, too. It’s as stupid as it gets, but Gorn’s a game you should take seriously.


The Persistence vr


The VR debut of Firesprite is a tantalizing horror treat. It creates a spaceship filled with terrifying enemies using procedural generation, then asks you to avoid sneaking past them or, failing that, bringing them down. Think of it as a virtual reality version of Dead Space. If the thought of that doesn't make you want to run for the hills, then this might be the place for you.


The game’s randomized element helps provide a fresh experience time and time again. Plus, compatibility with traditional game controllers over VR motion controllers gives The Persistence a mechanical, refined edge compared to a lot of its contemporaries. If you’re looking for a genuinely deep, calculated VR game, this is worth enduring the scares for.


The Room VR: A Dark Matter


Fireproof Games has done it again with another excellent rendition of The Room series, this time for virtual reality headsets. The British Institute of Archaeology is the setting for this short, sweet adventure, where you'll solve challenging puzzles in search of a missing archaeologist.


What makes The Room VR work is its commitment to the platform it’s appearing on. This isn’t just a bunch of puzzles that would work on a traditional screen; every one has been thoughtfully designed with VR at their core. Not a single mechanic feels over-used and there’s constant invention happening right before your eyes. That makes it easily one of the best PSVR games, especially if you’re into puzzles.


Firewall: Zero Hour VR


Virtual paintball in your living room. That’s the pitch behind a lot of VR shooters these days, but none of them realize it quite as well as Firewall Zero Hour. It has a few hiccups, but First Contact’s multiplayer shooter is one of the purest expressions of leaving your own body and stepping into the role of someone else entirely that you’ll find in VR. This is the intense S.W.A.T. simulator you’ve always dreamed of experiencing.


It’s PSVR’s excellent aim controller that makes Firewall a real standout. The unmatched sensation of holding an assault rifle in your hand makes you feel incredibly powerful and draws you back in repeatedly to recapture the rush. Plus multiple seasons of new content have added more maps and perks to the game even years down the line from release. It might not have seen some of the more significant quality of life improvements we were hoping for, but Firewall is still one of the best games you can currently get on PSVR.


Hitman Trilogy VR


You might think this is cheating, but given that if you own the first two Hitman games, you can access the entire Hitman trilogy inside Hitman 3, we think it's fair game. IO Interactive did an amazing job putting the previous few years' worth of Hitman games into VR and incorporating at least some form of motion controls with Dual Shock 4 tracking. In VR, Hitman takes on a whole new meaning, becoming a much more personal and physical experience, and the series' stealth elements shine brightly.


No, the transition isn’t entirely smooth; the motion controls can be tricky and we long for proper Move integration, but you simply can’t ignore the sheer breadth and quality of content on offer here. Fingers crossed this is just the start of IO’s VR journey, as the Hitman trilogy really makes for one of the best PSVR games to date.


Farpoint VR


It may be the wonderful rifle-shaped Aim controller that elevates Farpoint from a relatively simplistic first-person shooter to a wholly immersive experience, but that experience is powerful enough to earn it a place on this list. In Farpoint, you crash land on an alien planet and must find a way home, shooting your way through hordes of spider enemies as you go.


Spider adversaries, to be precise. The Colonial Marines-style panic-fire battles are a little Starship Trooper, but they provide a genuine thrill. Despite focusing on characters other than the player's speechless shell, Farpoint has a hugely engaging story at its core that strikes a chord. This was a promising start for Impulse Gear, and we hope to see more from them in the future.


Song In The Smoke VR


Plenty of developers have taken a crack at the survival genre in VR, but often with middling results. The Forest was good, but integration wasn’t especially deep, for example. Song In The Smoke, meanwhile, completely surprises with its fully immersive and in-depth set of mechanics that are based entirely around the platform. Can you survive against mythical beasts and in unforgiving environment?


From firing a bow to crafting using your hands, everything in the game really feels in-step with the platform. It also helps that there is a lot of content in Song in the Smoke, with a well-structured campaign that will pull you through even if you’re not usually a fan of the genre. Song in the Smoke was comfortably the best PSVR game released in 2021 and one of the overall best PSVR games, too.


Until You Fall VR


A stylish and effortlessly cool VR rouge like that has you tackling runs of a randomized dungeon and starting fresh every time you die. A fast-moving progression system keeps the game rewarding and addictive, while the lively arcade action is easy to pick up and difficult to master. If you’re looking for a VR game, you’ll revisit time and time again. Look no further than Until You Fall. It’s one of the best PSVR games.


Moss VR


Moss is one of a handful of 2018 games that proved that third-person VR experiences can not only work, but also produce some of the best content currently available on the platform. You control an adorable little mouse named Quill as he navigates diorama-sized levels, solving puzzles and fighting fearsome critters with a sword.


While it’s mechanically refined, the game’s real claim to fame is the bond you build with Quill over the course of the adventure. Playing as a larger companion to the tiny protagonist, you really connect with her as you work together to overcome obstacles. It feels very much like a team effort, which is quite a remarkable feeling. Bring on Book 2.


Iron Man VR


Tony Stark finally took to the skies in virtual reality in 2020, and the wait was well worth it. This PSVR exclusive features a full campaign with intense combat, a compelling story, and numerous cinematic moments created specifically for VR. True, there were some technical issues, but the benefits outweighed the drawbacks.


Published by Sony itself and developed by Republique studio camouflage, Iron Man VR literally circumvented PSVR’s tracking limitations with clever techniques that allowed players to spin around on the spot and shoot or fly in any direction.


 Combined with the considered combat mechanics, you have something that balanced the pure joy of being Iron Man with the demanding gameplay we’d expect from traditional games. This is easily one of the best PSVR games from 2020–bravo.


Ghost Giant VR


Upon first glance, Ghost Giant appears to be a charming little puzzler that makes the most of its diorama-sized worlds. And that’s very much the case; in this adorable paper craft world, you help your young companion out with different chores and tasks.


 That includes tickling clams and making intensive art in wonderfully tranquil locations. It’s whimsy, delightful and amazing in VR. But that’s only half the story.


Ghost Giant also hides a thoughtful take on depression, smartly communicated through this new medium. The game uses intimacy, scale and connection in engaging ways that bring you closer to the world and characters around you. It’s surprising and responsible, delivering some incredibly powerful moments. It’s one of the most striking and unforgettable examples of VR storytelling yet seen and one of the best PSVR games.


A Fisherman’s Tale VR


As great as VR is, its initial novelty is bound to wear off after your first few weeks. If you want to recapture the magic of putting on the headset for the first time, there’s one destination that’s bound to deliver: A Fisherman’s Tale. This is a mind-bending puzzle game unlike anything you’ll see elsewhere. That alone makes it one of the best PSVR games.


In A Fisherman’s Tale, you solve intricate, scale-based puzzles in which you work… with yourself. Its best puzzles use a miniature model of the lighthouse the game’s set in. Lift the roof of the model and you’ll see a mini-you, imitating your every move. Just try to keep your brain from breaking as you hand yourself giant objects, or reach down to poke your own head. It’s a trip. Throw in a poignant story about self-acceptance and you have a short VR game that will stay with you much longer than most multi-hour epics.


Dreams VR


Dreams are a tricky one to rank on a list like this. Depending on what you want to do with Media Molecule’s game creation platform (which is essentially its own development engine at this point), you’ll have unique experiences. We wish the tutorial content was more VR-native, and there’ are a lot of shovels where to sift through, just like in the main game. But these caveats are well worth getting past.


At the core of Dreams is a set of genuinely accessible and incredible tools that empower a vibrant community to make incredible creations. Whether it’s fun tributes to beloved franchises or the handful of fantastic original ideas, Dreams proves itself to be a powerful, if messy VR playground.


Blood & Truth VR


The London Heist mini game in PlayStation VR Worlds remains one of the most polished and engaging pieces of story-driven VR content out there. Lucky for us, developer Sony London took its short tale of crime capers and turn it into a full game. The result is Blood & Truth, one of the most polished and immersive shooters yet seen on any VR headset, let alone PSVR.


What makes Blood & Truth great is that it isn’t ‘just’ a shooter. Every level has new types of interactions and mechanics to explore, fleshing the virtual world out and bringing it closer to the real one. Its story might be on the cheesy side, but its character models are unmatched and the stunning set piece moments are often Uncharted-worthy. Don’t let the Guy Ritchie accents fool you; Blood & Truth is one to take seriously.


Resident Evil 7: Biohazard VR


Capcom’s 2017 soft-reboot of its beloved horror franchise hit hard in the scare department. Switching to first-person put the horror right in front of you, daring players to fight their way through the Baker mansion. But on PS4, it went a step further with full PSVR support. To this day, it remains probably the scariest thing you can see in VR.


This is likely still the most high-profile VR game out there. It’s a huge AAA production with some of the best visuals you’ll find inside a headset and a full campaign with heaps of variety. It’s well-paced and incredibly tense, harking back to the series’ roots with a focus on limited resources and genuine scares. If you’re looking for a top tier PS4 game with full PSVR support, Resident Evil 7 is as close as it gets, making it one of the best PSVR games.


Star Wars: Squadrons VR


Who says VR can’t make your dreams come true? Well, whoever they are, they haven’t sampled Star Wars: Squadrons’ stunning VR support, which puts players in the cockpit of X-Wings, TIE Fighters and other iconic ships and lets them duke it out in either multiplayer battles or a full single-player campaign.


Squadrons are fun to play on a flat-screen but, in VR, it quickly morphs into one of the most exciting and immersive experiences you can have today. Detailed cockpits and authentic Star Wars polish bring out the child in you as you zoom around arenas, blowing enemies out of the sky. There are a lot of Star Wars VR experiences out there but, for our money, Squadrons are the best, and also one of the best PSVR games.


article by Amit Caesar:


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