PSVR 2 is here, ushering in a new era of virtual reality on PS5. The pricey peripherals seriously impressed in our review for a variety of reasons, including the gorgeous 4K OLED display, excellent controllers, and extremely easy plug-in-and-play setup.
However, a VR headset is only as good as the games you can play on it. And with more than 40 titles on the PSVR 2 launcher, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to which to play first.
To help you decide which PSVR 2 games you should dive into first, we’ve compiled this list of PS5 VR experiences that need your immediate attention. And a game to skip for now – at least until you’re a seasoned VR gamer.
It’s important to note that these aren’t necessarily the top five PSVR 2 games you can play right now. This is an article in its own right. Instead, we recommend playing these games first as soon as you get your PSVR 2. This list was made primarily for those who are brand new to VR games and want to be introduced to the virtual world.
Of course, the list of games playable on PSVR 2 will swell significantly over the coming weeks and months, but for now, these are the five PSVR 2 games you should definitely play first.
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Moss on PSVR 2 is not only a prettier port of one of the best games on the original PSVR, it’s also the ideal game for newcomers to the world of VR. You play as the Reader, a sort of omnipotent character tasked with leading a young mouse named Quill on a grand adventure to defeat a fire-breathing snake. In the five-hour main campaign, you’ll solve puzzles, search for collectibles, complete platforming challenges, and fight enemies with your trusty sword.
Not only is the game absolutely stunning on PSVR 2 with its storybook aesthetics that make you feel like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale, but it’s also the perfect game to get used to being in a virtual space. There is no locomotion that causes motion sickness, instead your point of view as a player is always fixed. Also, if you like Moss – and you probably will – the sequel was released last year and brought to the PSVR 2 as well.
Zombieland: Headshot fever reloaded
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On the surface, Zombieland: Headshot Fever Reloaded might seem like an odd addition to the PSVR 2 launch roster. It’s a licensed connection game for a movie released back in 2019. Still, it’s actually one of the best action experiences you can have on PSVR 2 right now.
Of course, this arcade-style shooter is all about killing as many zombies as possible with a variety of weapons. But the real challenge is replaying levels to get the highest possible score. You’ll need to place each shot carefully and deal efficiently with a multitude of Special Infected if you want to reach the top of the leaderboard.
Since you can’t move freely and are automatically guided along a set path in short linear levels, this is a great shooter for PSVR players just getting to grips with the technology.
horizon call of the mountain
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Horizon Call of the Mountain is Sony’s first PSVR 2 flagship. In the Horizon universe, you play as Ryas, a former rebel sent in search of a new threat to the Carja Sundom and finding redemption for past deeds. Along the way, you’ll meet new and returning characters, including franchise protagonist Aloy.
Currently the only first-party PlayStation game developed exclusively for PSVR 2, Call of the Mountain is an excellent demonstration of the headset’s new features, which include everything from the controller’s haptic feedback to the device’s impressive eye-tracking. If you’ve always dreamed of stepping foot into the world of Horizon, then Call of the Mountain is a must.
Additionally, players looking to show off the PSVR 2 to friends and family who are less familiar with games will love the “River Ride” mode, which offers a guided tour of the game environment without requiring the player to type anything.
Gran Turismo 7
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Gran Turismo has always been about providing players with the most authentic gaming experience possible. It is not for nothing that it bears the slogan “The real driving simulator”. And while Gran Turismo 7 was already a pretty accurate racer on PS5, PSVR 2 really takes it a step further.
Gran Turismo 7 allows you to get behind the wheel of one of its hundreds of available cars and is a stunning example of how VR can enhance an already excellent game. However, if you really want to immerse yourself, we strongly recommend investing in a compatible racing wheel accessory as well. Using the DualSense controller while gaming in VR just doesn’t feel right.
Resident Evil Village
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VR games are often accused of being less fully featured compared to traditional video games – and in many cases that’s a fair assessment – but that’s certainly not the case with PSVR 2’s Resident Evil Village. This is the full game, fully playable in VR.
Horror fans will not want to miss the opportunity to roam the halls of Castle Dimitrescu and fist-fight with bloodthirsty lycans from this all-new perspective. Be warned, Resident Evil Village was already a pretty scary game to play on a TV. Through the lens of a PSVR 2, the easily spooked could find themselves ripping the headset off their heads in fear.
This is also an experience that we would recommend primarily for experienced VR players. You have complete freedom of movement, and unless you have a solid pair of VR legs, Resident Evil Village could be a pretty disorienting experience.
Skip: Kayak VR: Mirage
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Kayak VR: Mirage isn’t necessarily a bad game – although I’d argue that it’s a bit substantive given its $20 price tag – but it’s definitely not a title I’d recommend you play on PSVR 2 first . That’s because it’s quickly become the litmus test of how prone you are to VR motion sickness when multiple players complain online about how even after a brief gaming session they feel like they’re at sea.
Personally, I felt nauseous before I even completed the basic tutorial, and my foolish decision to try to continue only made the situation worse. It’s undoubtedly one of the best looking PSVR 2 games right now, but its accurate simulation of being in a kayak is probably too much for inexperienced stomachs.
If you’re a VR veteran, you might enjoy the peaceful serenity of floating downriver, but if PSVR 2 is your first VR experience, then this is definitely not the place to start. Once you develop a high tolerance for VR, you might want to return to it.
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