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Sony’s jump into virtual reality with the PlayStation VR has proved more successful than many of us anticipated, including Sony. In less than a year on the market, players have bought more than one million headsets, and it comes as no surprise to us because in our review of the VR headset, we found the hardware to be very impressive.

As with all video game platforms, the hardware can’t win over and maintain loyal fans on its own. It takes a steady lineup of great games and luckily for the PlayStation VR, there’s been plenty of that to keep us busy since launch. Here’s our list of the best PSVR games available today.

‘Firewall Zero Hour’

With the exception of the excellent Rigs: Mechanized Combat League, there aren’t very many competitive multiplayer shooters on PlayStation VR. First Contact Entertainment Firewall Zero Hour not only fills this void but does it with brilliant tactical gameplay that fans of Rainbow Six Siege will instantly love.

With multiple playable characters and customizable weapons, you can outfit yourself with the exact gear you want to take into battle, and everyone in your squad must play a role in order to succeed. With the excellent PlayStation VR Aim Controller in your hands, you feel even closer to the action.

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‘Until Dawn: Rush of Blood’

At its best, a VR game can feel like the most intense thrill ride you’ve ever been on, and Until Dawn: Rush of Blood understands this. The horror-shooter sends you onto a terrifying rollercoaster filled with monsters, and you must make quick use of your pistols, shotguns, and other weapons in order to survive.

The game includes multiple pathways, so you can continue to replay it as you work your way up the leaderboards, and around the Halloween season, it’s the perfect game to show to friends who aren’t familiar with PlayStation VR. Just don’t play it too close to bedtime.

Read our full Until Dawn: Rush of Blood review

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‘I Expect You to Die’

It doesn’t technically have anything to do with 007 or the James Bond franchise, but I Expect You to Die delivers the white-knuckled and tense spy action you’d expect from the series. Armed with special telekinetic abilities, you must escape certain death using only your wits – and whatever tools you can find in the environment.

Defuse bombs and stop rooms from flooding before they kill you, and prove your handler wrong. I Expect You to Die’s retro aesthetic feels like it was pulled directly out of a ‘60s spy film, all with a healthy dose of humor to make each death feel a little less painful.

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‘Batman: Arkham VR’

Sure, Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham trilogy and Batman: Arkham Origins made you feel like Batman, but what if you could actually become Batman? Batman: Arkham VR switches the action to first-person view as you thwart the efforts of Gotham’s most nefarious criminals, solving puzzles along the way and taking out enemies with a variety of famous gadgets.

Though much shorter than Rocksteady’s other titles, the opportunity to step into the Dark Knight’s suit and dawn his cowl is worth the price of admission, and it even expands on some characters’ stories from the other Arkham games.

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‘Star Trek: Bridge Crew’

Star Trek has an incredibly loyal and dedicated fanbase, and with Star Trek: Bridge Crew, they can jump into the chair of a Federation ship and help explore parts unknown. With the Vulcan population in search of a new home, it’s up to the crew of the U.S.S. Aegis to travel to The Trench in hopes of finding a replacement.

Played with a group of friends, the game supports real-time lip sync to make it appear that the characters are actually speaking to each other, and a recent update now also allows those without PlayStation VR to experience Star Trek: Bridge Crew, as well.

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‘Doom VFR’

We’ve several AAA first-person games enable virtual reality support, but Doom VFR breaks the mold. Rather than simply remaking 2016’s Doom for PlayStation VR, developer Id created an entirely new game set a short time after the UAC Martian facility was overrun by demons.

As a recently-deceased human who has had their consciousness transferred into an artificial brain matrix, it’s up to you to foil the demons’ plans and restore security to the facility. Like with the 2016 game, there are plenty of different ways to blow demons to smithereens, and a teleportation system lets you zip around the battlefield and lay down the pain in a hurry.

Read our full Doom VFR review

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‘The Playroom VR’

If you’ve just picked up your PlayStation VR headset and don’t know where to start, the free The Playroom VR is a great choice. Packed with six games that tasks you and your friends with working both cooperatively and competitively, The Playroom VR supports one player using the headset while another three use traditional controllers.

There are even bosses to take down, if you’re up for a challenge, and the game’s bright and colorful art style is cartoony enough for younger players to enjoy.

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‘Moss’

PlayStation VR went well over a year without a true killer app, but whimsical adventure Moss might just be that game. Framed as a children’s fairy tale — complete with a single narrator performing the voices of each character, as a parent would while reading to their child — Quill the mouse runs along and overcomes obstacles, you as the reader must also interact with the environment, yourself.

Plus, Moss makes great use of the PSVR’s control scheme while also using traditional gamepad control. It’s one of the first PSVR games to truly understand the potential of virtual reality technology, relying on more subtle motions and less of the motion-sickness-inducing jerky movements seen in other games.

Read our full Moss review

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SuperHyperCube

PlayStation VR’s simplest launch title was and remains one of its best. This 3D puzzler from Fez developer Polytron asks players to rotate an ever-expanding group of cubes to fit through a specifically shaped hole in a steadily incoming wall. The cube-structure sits right in front of your face, so as it expands you’ll have to crane your neck further and further to identify the shape of the hole.

While it may not transport you to a new world, the game’s mechanical use of virtual reality masterfully adapts a simple concept for VR and created something entirely new in the process. This may not be the best game to show friends who are new to VR, but it’s the one you will keep playing even after the novelty of VR has worn off.

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RIGS: Mechanized Combat League

Making a play for VR’s first eSport, RIGS is a fast-paced arena sport where two teams of three players piloting giant mechs fight to accrue the most points in five-minute matches. There are three different types of play, awarding points for kills, carrying a ball through the opposing team’s goal, or charging up your mech with takedowns and then leaping through a central ring, respectively.

With multiple online and offline gameplay modes, in addition to solo skill trials and unlockable customization options for your rig and pilot, RIGS is one of the most fully-realized games available in VR currently, where most releases still feel like tech demos. Most importantly, it’s a lot of fun, and if it attracts a critical mass of regular players into a sustainable community, it has the potential to be an early pillar of the medium.

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Rez Infinite

Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s cult classic shooter returns and it’s trippy as hell. Aside from a new VR-exclusive level, Infinite is actually remastered of the original PlayStation 2 game, which came out in 2001. Virtual reality, however, has made the game feel fresh again. The experience of flying through cyberspace, tagging and shooting vector-based enemies with a look, forces you to keep your head on a swivel and your eyes constantly exploring. Though it may feel a little fast-paced for some players new to VR, Rez Infinite is a game you’ll play for longer and longer over time.

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Bound

This dream-like adventure follows a mysterious dancing creature on a journey to fix her home. While the game has been available on PS4 and other platforms for some time, a new patch has made the game fully playable in PlayStation VR. Though it does not use virtual reality to great mechanical purpose, a surprisingly effective solution for its shifting cinematic camera and beautiful animation make Bound one the most impressive VR narratives we’ve tried yet.

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‘Thumper’

Described as rhythmic violence, Thumper reframes Amplitude-style rhythmic tapping as futuristic combat against gigantic virtual monsters. Players control a metallic space beetle running along a track to an electronic beat, tapping, sliding and bracing to hit everything your enemy throws at you.

While its VR elements are mostly cosmetic, the ominous atmosphere of wavy tentacles and giant glowing eyes emerging from the void is incredibly impressive. Get distracted for even a second and you’ll lose your flow (and probably your run.) Thumper is an absolute delight, amplified to new heights with its move to PSVR.

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‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR’

Six years later and we’re still talking about Skyrim. The 2011 Bethesda RPG captivated gamers with its expansive open world, but its allure came from its choose-your-adventure mentality. After a series of ports that have made it impossible for Skyrim to fade into the past, the fantasy experience entered the proposed future of gaming — virtual reality. For a game as wide in scope as Skyrim, its voyage onto PSVR is extremely impressive.

The visuals line up more closely to the original Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Skyrim, but it’s hard to consider that too much of a knock given, the infancy of the medium. The game can be played with the PlayStation Move controllers, adding more immersive combat. While the default movement system effectively utilizes short-range teleportation to remove the threat of motion sickness, the free movement actually works surprisingly well — better than other first-person perspective games on the platform. Skyrim hasn’t quite overstayed its welcome just yet, and returning to Tamriel in VR is a delight, sure to intrigue longtime fans and newcomers alike.

Read our full The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR review

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