20. Déraciné (PS4)
FromSoftware returns to its adventure game roots with this thoughtful narrative about a boarding school frozen in time. With strong voice acting, great world building, and a compelling art style, this may not be the most compelling title from a gameplay perspective, but it lures you into its universe as you slowly unfurl its fiction.
Sprint Vector should by rights have you chundering like a rich kid on a gap year, but Survios’ rollerskates racer keeps your breakfast where it belongs – despite it moving at frighteningly fast speeds. A clever control mechanic which sees you swinging your arms and a wealth colourful environments means that this physically demanding run-‘em-up will keep you engaged for marathon play sessions.
18. Statik (PS4)
Your hands are tied and you’ve got to figure out a way to get them out. A series of puzzle boxes set inside a nefarious science facility, Statik is one of the standout puzzle experiences on PSVR. Smart from start to finish, the game’s difficulty is pitched perfectly, meaning that it’s able to provide those all-important “a-ha” moments without ever frustrating. A brilliant backdrop complements the conundrums, culminating in something of a sleeper hit.
The finest things in life are often free of charge, and The Playroom VR proves that adage true yet again. In essence, this is little more than a proof of concept for PSVR’s various features, but with its mixture of asymmetrical minigames, it really is a compelling piece of content in its own right. In particular, the Robot Rescue platforming sequence shows how virtual reality can be used effectively in third-person action games – and has been expanded in Astro Bot Rescue Mission. More on that shortly.
16. Moss (PS4)
Moss proves that you don’t need intense first-person action to make a PSVR game that’s worthwhile. A fairly straightforward puzzle platformer, Quill’s twee wee adventure incorporates you into its whimsical world by allowing you to reach out and interact with it, making for an experience that’s comfortable, colourful, and genuinely unique.
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