Best PSVR games 2020: the PlayStation VR games you need to play

Looking for the best PSVR games to play right now? Then you’ve come to the right place. The PSVR, or PlayStation VR if we’re being formal, is Sony’s virtual reality headset for its PS4 console – and is without a doubt one of the best VR headsets around. 

There are plenty of reasons to choose PSVR over other excellent VR systems such as the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift S, particularly if you’re only just getting started in the virtual reality space. Being powered by the PS4, the PSVR doesn’t require a high-performing gaming PC, making it an ideal entry-point for those who want to plug in and experience the immersive wonder of high-quality VR gaming without worrying about spec barriers or costly upgrades.

Of course, a VR headset is only as good as the games you can play on it. Fortunately, PlayStation VR has a lot to offer, from the best VR games available on multiple platforms, to truly groundbreaking exclusives. With so much on offer it can be hard to know where to start, which is why we’ve put together this list of the best PSVR games you can play in 2020. Here you’ll find hidden gems, like Moss and Statik, as well as big-budget adventures like Skyrim VR and Astro Bot: Rescue Mission. 

But new PlayStation VR games are being released all the time, keeping up the momentum until the launch of the PS5 and PSVR 2, so make sure you check back regularly to see if anything’s grabbed our attention enough to earn a place among our picks of the best PSVR games. 

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission

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Developer: Japan Studio

Does it require Move controllers? No

If you own a PlayStation VR headset (which, if you’re reading this, we’re guessing you probably do) stop what you’re doing, head over to your PS4, and buy Astro Bot: Rescue Mission. If the PSVR was awaiting a killer title, it now unarguably has one. Astro Bot: Rescue Mission isn’t just a great VR platformer, it’s a great platforming game full stop.

Full of the kind of inventiveness we’ve come to only expect from Nintendo’s Mario series, Astro Bot: Rescue Mission plays with the VR format with such wild imagination, it makes other efforts look lazy. Weaving levels all around the player, and using scale to both disarm and delight your expectations, it’s quite unlike anything you’ll have ever played before.

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Arizona Sunshine

Arizona Sunshine

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Developer: Vertigo Games

Does it require Move controllers? No, but recommended

Resident Evil 7 isn’t the only great VR zombie game, as Arizona Sunshine has proved by mixing a bit of humor with a whole lot of zombies. The game throws players into the arid Southwest of the United States, an area overrun with zombies. It’s lonely out there, but there’s hope on the horizon of other humans that haven’t been infected.

Arizona Sunshine will pit you against a variety of zombies, some tougher than others, with a host of weapons to help put them down. The campaign can be played in co-op, and there’s also a multiplayer Horde mode. An essential PSVR game for fans of the undead.

Battlezone

Battlezone

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Developer: Rebellion

Does it require Move controllers? No

Chances are, the original Battlezone might have passed you by if you’re under 40 – Atari’s 1980 arcade game doesn’t quite hold the same iconic status as Pong. However, it’s generally considered to be the very first VR game, which is why British developer Rebellion bought the rights from Atari so that it could remake it for modern VR headsets. 

The result is one of the best VR experiences we’ve had to date. The gameplay is fun (think a futuristic take on World of Tanks), but it’s the striking-but-simple graphics that are the key to the overall enjoyment. There’s two main modes here – offline campaign and online multiplayer. While we didn’t have time to try it with a bunch of buddies online, the offline campaign mode feels pretty well fleshed out. There’s quite a number of tanks to pick from and unlock and while gameplay can err on the repetitive side, it’s enough to lock you in for a few hours at a time.

While a lot of VR games try to go as realistic as possible, Battlezone’s Tron-like game world is incredibly absorbing, and better yet it’s one of the few titles on the platform you’ll be able to enjoy alongside your friends thanks to the game’s inclusion of co-operative play.

Beat Saber

Beat Saber

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Developer: Beat Games

Does it require Move controllers? Yes

You can’t talk about great PSVR games without mentioning Beat Saber, the successor to the rhythm game crown and probably the best entry in the genre since Guitar Hero. Now, that might sound like high praise, but Beat Saber is seriously the best thing to happen to VR, well, ever. As its name suggests, Beat Saber is about using sabers to slash blocks to the beat of the music. The catch is that the blocks come at you pretty fast, and there are walls of dissonance that you need to duck under or dodge. 

While other games on our list might have you move at a slower pace by exploring a new land or using your powers of deduction to solve a mystery, Beat Saber is a high intensity affair—it’s about as good as any cardio workout we’ve ever done, and is perfect for people want to get that 30 minutes of exercise in per day without leaving the house.

Borderlands 2 VR

Borderlands 2 VR

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Developer: Gearbox

Does it require Move controllers? No

First person shooting meets Diablo-style loot hunting in the Borderlands games, and the superb Borderlands 2 VR now brings virtual reality action into the mix, too.

Sci-fi treasure hunters in a Mad Max world, Borderlands 2 in VR takes the frantic action of the original games to a whole other level by putting you right into the center of its colorfully violent world. You’ll collect countless unique weapons, battle waves of bizarre foes and explore a land as mad as its shooting action is varied.

What could have been a nauseating puke-fest in virtual reality has actually been adapted with aplomb here. Whether you’re playing with a DualShock controller or Move wands, the game offers ample options to make the game suit your comfort level, from full locomotion through to teleportation and peripheral vision hazing. A lengthy adventure that’s well worth a look, even if you’ve mastered it on a flatscreen previously.

Gran Turismo Sport

Gran Turismo Sport

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Developer: Polyphony Digital

Does it require Move controllers? No, but getting a racing wheel elevates the experience.

It’s the daddy of racing sims, so it’s fitting that Gran Turismo Sport, the franchise’s first foray on the PS4, should embrace that most immersive of console peripherals – the PlayStation VR headset.

You’ll get in the cockpit of a huge selection of beautifully realised vehicles, each modelled exactly as they appear in real life, before taking them out onto the circuit for head-to-head races.

A side-helping to the brilliant main Gran Turismo Sport game, the VR mode has still been obviously meticulously crafted, with a discreet in-game HUD, useful mirrors and some fine-stitched racing gloves sitting over your digital hands. It makes an already drool-worthy racer extra tempting, and is a must-have for PSVR owners. 

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I Expect You To Die

I Expect You To Die

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Developer: Schell Games LLC

Does it require Move controllers? No, but with so many things you can interact with, the Move controllers will offer a lot of extra freedom

The fantastic I Expect You to Die will have you feeling like a classy Cold War-era spy, like James Bond as played by Sean Connery or Roger Moore, not Daniel Craig. The game puts you into the role of a special agent tasked with getting yourself out of exceedingly sticky situations, all without moving from your seat.

It makes excellent use of VR, as you can pick up and play with objects all over your environment, whether or not doing so actually helps you complete your objective. 

There are several levels (with the potential of the developer adding more later, as has already been done), and each sets you in a unique environment that plays out much like an escape room. You’re faced with a series of puzzles, and your actions will determine whether you live or die. 

The puzzles are great, and many can be solved multiple ways, lending the game some replayability. This is also a fun one to watch your friends try, as you’ll enjoy the shock on their faces when they encounter traps, such as a cabinet full of hand grenades.

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