Virtual reality is quickly gaining traction in the gaming industry, and it’s only going to get more popular with the release of the PlayStation 5's VR console. Unlike other VR consoles, the PSVR2 incorporates eyeball-tracking technology to provide a more immersive experience. It can detect where your eyes are looking, allowing you to target enemies more precisely. With the release of PSVR2, came the announcement of several titles that would be available at launch. Following that, more games were released onto the platform, creating an overwhelming selection of games to choose from. Some are ports of well-known games. Others are indie titles that may require more convincing.
Regardless of genre or sales, here are the best PlayStation VR2 games in May 2023 that we think you'll enjoy the most right now.
5. Horizon Call of the Mountain
Horizon Call of the Mountain is PSVR2’s flagship title that demonstrated all the platform was (and is) capable of at launch. For that reason alone, Horizon Call of the Mountain received all the care in the world and came out fully baked. In yet another Horizon adventure, players answer the “call of the mountain,” which takes them across an immersive adventure climbing colossal peaks and fighting fearsome machines.
The point of VR is to feel immersed in a world different from your own, and Horizon Call of the Mountain does so perfectly. You can see shimmering waters and leaves that move gracefully in the wind. You can even dip your hands into the water and feel the streams flow around you. Thanks to PSVR2’s eye-tracking technology, aiming and firing an arrow land at the exact spot you target, which is all a manual process to grab an arrow and place it into the bow.
The only caveat is that there’s so much climbing. It helps if there are obstacles to climb or puzzles to solve. On the plus side, though, you might want to avoid looking down, especially if you have a fear of heights. All in all, Horizon Call of the Mountain is a highly satisfying VR experience that blends intense battles, exploration, and climbing sims into one beautiful must-play experience.
4. Rez Infinite
Rez Infinite is a one-of-a-kind VR experience that allows you to experience one sense through another, which is a phenomenon known as synesthesia. It's a musical rail shooter with an ever-changing soundtrack that takes advantage of the PSVR2's 7.1 surround sound. The music and visuals combine with the gameplay to create a hypnotic atmosphere. And the shooting action, blasting off waves of enemies and powerful bosses, rounds out the thrill of it all.
Each move you make triggers a series of colors, sounds, and actions that sync and blend with Rez Infinite’s soundtrack. According to Rez Infinite, it’s the kind of game that needs to be seen (and heard) to truly be believed, which is a statement that couldn’t be more accurate.
3. No Man’s Sky
There are so many gameplay elements in No Man’s Sky. It’s difficult to not find something constructive to do. The game combines crafting, survival, exploration, flight combat, and minor puzzles into one. It also features infinite procedurally generated planets, traveling among the stars, and visiting strange places. All along, players scavenge for loot and resources to use on upgrades for their ship, suit, weapon, or rover.
No Man’s Sky is like Minecraft, but in space. It’s an action adventure that never ends. Just when you think you’ve done all you can, a notification pops up reminding you of something far more interesting you were putting off for later. And then you find yourself immersed on some remote planet, taming and riding creatures or upgrading your base. There’s just always something left to do.
2. Resident Evil Village
Resident Evil Village on consoles is a great game. However, experiencing it in VR is on another level. You appreciate the masterfully crafted world of Resident Evil much better. So much so that it feels nearly real. It’s easy to forge your own path here, roaming about the maps for a closer look at your surroundings. But if you want a sense of direction, Resident Evil Village delivers a captivating story mission to keep you engaged for hours on end.
In search of the missing daughter, your investigations lead to an insane, nightmarish world. Therein lie complex puzzles to solve, stealth and on-the-face action, and, of course, exploration. Thanks to PSVR2’s 3D audio, Resident Evil Village’s sound action isn’t left to chance. It’s crystal and authentic, bringing Romanian to life in the comfort of your home. You can interact directly with the game, opening drawers, picking locks and supplies, and moving puzzle pieces with your hands.
The basics aside, combat feels surreal too. You can punch enemies in deadly, immersive combat. Reaching for guns in their holsters feels like you’re in Ethan’s physique. Then, consequently, aim and fire them with ease. Even reloading is manual, which adds to the tension when you’re outnumbered in battle. Overall, Resident Evil Village offers much to love and leaves very little left to be desired.
1. Gran Turismo 7
I just watched a gaming streaming video where the gamer was using a real-life steering wheel and pedals to race. It almost gives you some level of relaxation, to race at neck-breaking speed without fear of causing irreversible damage. In Gran Turismo 7, players can enjoy a 360-degree, 3D-map racing experience in both online and offline modes. The game looks stunning. Everything from the cars to the tracks to the lighting is done outstandingly well, it feels like a real race.
Controls also respond smoothly, and if you use a steering wheel, racing comes alive in an amazing way. If perhaps you want to tune the controls to your liking, the difference comes through much more directly. So, you can streamline overtaking and drift near perfection. Gran Turismo 7 offers the opportunity to drive the fastest cars on Earth in the most immersive way available today. Who can directly resist that? Definately one of the best PlayStation VR2 games.