Building on everything that made its workaholic predecessor such a joy, Vacation Simulator is another brilliantly funny VR experience. With larger levels, more mini-games, and a plethora of interactive paraphernalia, there's even more potential for irreverent, aimless play. Daft robot characters provide some laughs along the way, but it's the expanded scope and sandbox silliness that really impresses in this bigger and better sequel.
14. Thumper (PS4)
Thumper is described by its developer as rhythm violence, and as you guide a glistening space beetle down toboggan-like tubes, it’s easy to see what the maker means. The game’s nebula-like backdrops appear cavernous in PSVR, and the sense of speed is unrivalled, as you aggressively whip around corners and power down straights. This one looks great on a standard television screen, of course – but it’s transcendent in virtual reality.
The Persistence takes ideas from so many disparate destinations that on paper you’d be forgiven for asking how it possibly works, but Firesprite played a blinder with this Dead Space-inspired roguelite, providing a fraught sci-fi experience that’s built around repetition of its procedurally generated environments. With tons of unlocks, great weapons, and some genuinely tense stealth encounters, this is so much more than the sum of its parts.
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The Invisible Hours is a compelling Cluedo-esque murder mystery that sees some of history’s most famous faces embroiled in a wonderful whodunnit scenario. Unfolding over the course of 90 or so fraught minutes, everything that occurs inside Nikola Tesla’s mansion does so in real-time, meaning that you need to manipulate time in order to build a full picture of exactly who’s killed who in this fantastic fly on the wall experience.
Proving that PSVR can play host to hundred hour adventures, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR is transformative with Sony’s headset strapped to your face. While this is fundamentally the same fantastic role-playing game that you’ll have played on other platforms before, its enormous open world appears larger than ever in virtual reality. The sense of place as you strut through towns such as Solitude is unmatched, and while not every element of the outing translates perfectly, it’s still a staggering experience on PSVR.