Resident Evil VII: Biohazard (PS4)
Action 24 January 2017
Seventh major installment in the cult series of survival horrors created by Capcom and launched in year 1996 on the PlayStation console. Subsequent parts of this long-standing series concentrate on a battle the humanity wages against a deadly virus which transforms those it infects into bloodthirsty monsters. The players accompany several characters who appeared in various installments of Resident Evil over the years as well as in many side installments. The game, being faithful to tradition, shows the action in third person perspective and the gameplay is based on exploration, fighting enemies and solving occasional logical puzzles. The game has a horror atmosphere which, across subsequent installments in the series, was gradually reduced in favor of action elements. Resident Evil 7 combines the best aspects of the old and new installments and is the first main Resident Evil game created for the eight generation consoles.
EVE: Valkyrie (PS4)
Simulation 13 October 2016
Multiplayer-focused space simulator set in a fictional universe created by Crowd Control Productions (CCP Games) for their MMO title, EVE Online. This game is set in the distant future, long after humans living in the New Eden solar system get separated from the rest of the universe because of the collapse of a wormhole leading back to the Milky Way. Isolated from their kinsmen, in time they split up into five opposing factions competing for resources and space for expansion. The game puts you in the cockpit of one of the fighters known from EVE Online and participate in space skirmishes. The gameplay was designed to reward skill of individual players, not the statistics of their characters. What is more, EVE: Valkyrie supports virtual reality headsets for an even more immersive experience.
7 Days to Die (PS4)
Action 28 June 2016
A post-apocalyptic sandbox FPS developed by a debuting indie studio The Fun Pimps. The game takes you to a near future, when a nuclear war allowed a dangerous virus to spread across the entire world. The virus kills its victims in 7 days, as the title suggests, and turns them into bloodthirsty zombies. You play as one of the few not infected people, fighting for survival in Navezgane County, Arizona. 7 Days to Die allows you to freely explore its open world, adjusting the story to your actions. To help you survive in this hostile environment, the game introduces a well-developed crafting system that lets you gather food and resources to make useful tools and fix or upgrade your hideouts. The authors prepared a campaign for solo players, as well as a score of online modes, both competitive and cooperative.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR (PS4)
RPG November 2017
A special version of the fifth installment in the popular RPG series by Bethesda, created for VR headgear and motion controllers. The plot of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR does not differ from that in the original version of the game. The story takes place in a fantasy world, which is threatened by dragons, led by Alduin. You play as the last Dovahkiin, a being that can speak dragon language, which makes them the only one capable of stopping the oncoming apocalypse. In terms of technical aspect, the game is based on the Special Edition of the production and, compared to the original, features e.g. improved lighting, higher resolution textures, and previously unavailable visual effects. What changed most is the combat system: you aim by moving your head and attack by using motion controllers, transferring your moves onto your character.
Ancient Amuletor (PS4)
Action 27 June 2017
Ancient Amuletor is a VR action game with tower defense elements developed by the Chinese studio TiGames. Players are taken to a unique universe where mages and gunslingers fight with enemies on maps inspired by ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Action is presented from a first-person perspective (FPP). Gameplay focuses on defending magical crystals against waves of enemies. The game offers four playabale heroes: mage equppied with a characteristic staff, gunslinger, archer, and dollmaker. All of them make a good use of their unique weapons and special abilities. It has to be mentioned that, like in many similar games, we cannot move around the map and are stuck in one place. The game can be played alone or with up to three additional players through online coop. Ancient Amuletor requires VR goggles and motion controllers to be playable.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (PS4)
An arcade flight simulator and continuation of the popular series published by Bandai Namco. Like its predecessors, Ace Combat 7 is set in alternative timeline, in which there are different countries, and humans have constructed unique flying units. Game focuses on the story, which we learn both through events during missions and many cutscenes. The gameplay is mostly arcade, with only a few simulation’s features. Due to that, realism has to move over and make space for dynamic and eye-catching sky fights, including battles with powerful bosses. Each available plane flies slightly differently, resulting in a more varied experience. Ace Combat 7 offers a story campaign for one player and multiplayer mode. Developers made use of Unreal Engine 4 and also added support of PlayStation VR goggles.
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (PS4)
Action 13 October 2016
A spin-off to the well-received horror game Until Dawn. This installment is a typical rail shooter developed with PlayStation VR goggles in mind. During the game player assumes the role of a passenger of an automatically moving cart. One uses the cart to travel through various locations filled with different opponents. As per genre's tradition, the player is tasked with quick and effective elimination of everything that moves. In addition to enemies, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood is also filled with typical jump-scares that resemble the ones used in amusement parks. The VR goggles improve the immersion of the game – thanks to them the players can feel as if they were personally participating in the events shown on the screen.
Rez Infinite (PS4)
Arcade 13 October 2016
A refreshed version of the cult-classic rhythm game from 2001. The new edition, developed by Enhance Games studio lead by Tetsuya Mizuguchi, has been adapted to make use of virtual reality goggles, but a traditional gameplay is also available. Aside from the content present in the original game, the developers added a new location, called Area X. In Rez Infinite, the player’s task is to remove the effects of a malfunction inside an advanced AI called Eden. The game mixes the gameplay of so called rail shooters, with elements of rhythm games. As a result, we don’t control the direction where our character is headed – all we have to do is to mark groups of elements appearing on the screen, which explode, generating various audio-visual effects. The abstract visuals, characteristic of the original title, have been adapted to modern standards.
Gang Beasts (PS4)
A multiplayer-focused joke arcade game created by Boneloaf, an indie studio from the Great Britain. More precisely, this is an unusual brawler, in which character physics plays a key role. You control colorful little men whose animations are procedurally generated as you play. The gameplay focuses on melee combat, including punching, kicking, throwing your opponents off ledges or pushing them into traps. The game offers several diverse locations, where you can hurt enemies using elements of environment, such as scaffolds, or running trucks, to add to the base moveset. The game’s visuals are minimalistic – the environments comprise of simple, untextured geometric shapes featuring little to no detail. The game offers several modes of local and online competitive multiplayer (solo or in a team). You can also compete against AI or play in the sandbox mode.
Robinson: The Journey (PS4)
Adventure 08 November 2016
A first-person adventure game focused on exploration. The game was developed by the German team at Crytek (famous for the best-selling Crysis series) and designed to support virtual reality technology. The story is set on an unknown distant planet combining tropical flora with prehistoric fauna embodied by powerful dinosaurs. The surface of the planet is littered with remnants of technologically advanced but now extinct civilization. The player takes control of a small boy, the sole survivor of a spaceship crash. He has to explore the mysterious land through his adventures and interactions with the environment. The game stands out with the latest generation of CryEngine ensuring high-quality visuals that put this game ahead of the majority of games supporting VR goggles.
Action 18 July 2017
A spectacular FPS created exclusively for VR by Skydance Interactive. The story takes place at a relatively not distant time in the future on a world destroyed by natural disasters and ruled with an iron fist by megacorporations. During the game, a player assumes the role of a six-story war machine pilot, who works for the United States Free Forces resistance. He is tasked with a mission to fight a privately owned conglomerate - HUMNX. Players get to observe the action from the first-person perspective, and the gameplay builds on battles with hordes of opponents that attack from every direction possible. On the battlefield, one can use the futuristic firearms his mech is equipped with, however, in desperate situations, one can strike powerful blows with mech’s gigantic fists. During the combat, the AI-controlled allies make for a helpful company. As the game’s story progresses, one acquires experience points, which allow a player to upgrade his machine and boost its military potential.
White Day: A Labyrinth Named School (PS4)
Action 22 August 2017
An FPP survival horror that employs anime-style visuals. The game was developed by studio ROIGAMES and is a remake of 2001's White Day. The main protagonist of the game is a young boy who invited his girlfriend to his school during the night. He wanted to make a surprise for her because of the White Day (a Korean version of Valentine’s day). However, weird and terrifying things start happening in the building and getting out quickly proves to be difficult. The main task of the player during the game is to explore locations and solve mysteries and riddles. The main objective of the game is to survive, but since the main character is just a common schoolboy, he should rather avoid dangers than to face them. In case of being detected, the player should escape. White Day: A Labyrinth Named School has non-linear plot and during the game player must make various choices that will lead to one of seven possible endings.
Don't Knock Twice (PS4)
Action Monday, 28 August 2017
A horror game developed by the independent studio Wales Interactive, which was inspired by an urban legend of a demonic witch. The protagonist, searching for her lost daughter, is led to a grim mansion that hides a dark secret. In Don’t Knock Twice, the action is presented from the first-person perspective, while the gameplay is focused on exploration of the vast house in search of carefully hidden hints as well as fighting encountered opponents with the use of various items. In case of powerful enemies, the protagonist has to flee, and with caution, in order not to be attacked by surprise — the game is full of so-called jump scares. The production is characterized by high-quality three-dimensional graphics and an atmospheric soundtrack. Moreover, the title supports VR headsets but doesn’t require them in order to work.
Chernobyl VR Project (PS4)
Simulation 27 September 2017
Chernobyl VR Project is an extraordinary exploration game, which utilizes virtual reality to take the players into the ruins of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, as well as the city of Pripyat. Chernobyl VR Project has been developed by The Farm 51 – the studio known for such games as Get Even, Deadfall Adventures, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation or the NecroVision series. This is an interactive story of the fate that befell the citizens of the city, and areas around the power plant, most severely affected with the disaster. Instead of fighting mutants, the player roams the desolate locations and examines encountered items, left behind by the inhabitants in 1986. Thanks to Virtual Reality technology, as well as other modern techniques, such as 3D scanning, Chernobyl VR Project offers extremely pretty graphics and moving experiences – especially since the developers have based their game on the account of eye-witnesses of the terrible event, as well as journalists (including the Nobel Prize laureate – Svetlana Alexievich) in order to produce a game as faithful to history as virtually possible.
Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul (PS4)
Paranormal Activity: Lost Souls is a first-person horror adventure game. It was developed by VRWerx and based on the Paranormal Activity horror movies. We play as a person who got stuck in a haunted house, just like the characters in the movies. To survive, we will have to discover the house's secret and find out what creatures want to kill us. Gameplay in Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul is based on the standard formula used in many other horror adventure games. During our adventures, we mostly explore the haunted house and solve simple riddles and puzzles to push the story forward. Fear is an inseparable element of the game. It can be struck into our us in many ways: by the automatically moving objects, by the disturbing sounds coming from many places, or by the classic jump scares. We will have to pay much attention to the battery supply for our flashlight. Without it, we won't be able to see anything. The game is powered by Unreal Engine 4, but its visuals are rather mediocre in terms of quality. However, the game's audio deserves to be mentioned, as it builds the suggestive and dreadful atmosphere of Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul.
Action 17 May 2017
An first-person shooter game by American Studio Impulse Gear. The game requires the PlayStation VR headgear and utilizes the PlayStation Move motion controllers, as well as a simplified rifle called PlayStation VR Aim Controller. The game is set in the far future, in which interplanetary flights are a part of daily life. The ship carrying the protagonist crashes on an alien world. It quickly turns out that the planet is inhabited by hostile creatures resembling giant insects. The protagonist has to fight for survival. Farpoint focuses on exploring your surroundings and fighting the encountered enemies. You use the rifle not only to eliminate your foes, but also to scan the nearby areas. Compared to other FPS games, the gameplay is quite slow. The game features high-quality 3D visuals.
Here They Lie (PS4)
Adventure 13 October 2016
A horror adventure game developed for virtual reality sets by a small developer Tangentleman in cooperation with Sony Santa Monica. Here They Lie is a dark, psychedelic experience that takes the player to a terrifying and slightly surrealistic world filled with various dangers. In contrast to other classic survival horrors, the game focuses on dark atmosphere and on fueling player's fear. During the game, the mind of the protagonist is filled with scary visions and many unusual characters stand on his way. The use of VR goggles serves to increases the immersion; the player feels as if he actually participates in the events presented in the game.
EVEREST VR (PS4)
Simulation October 2017
A simulation game designed for virtual reality sets, taking us to Himalayas where we conquer the summit of the highest mountain in the world. Production was developed by Icelandic Sólfar Studios collaborating with RVX team, responsible for special effects in the Baltasar Kormáruk movie, Everest. Project was supported financially by many Scandinavian institutions. EVEREST VR lets us experience the beauty of the journey while traveling through five iconic scenes: preparing our expedition at the basecamp, traversing the dangerous Khumbu Icefalls, spending the night in a transition camp, ascending the nearly vertical Hilary Step to finally reach the summit of Everest. Producers took special care to achieve a proper balance between pure simulation and enjoyable experience, making it attractive for a large group of recipients. Visuals were created by using dual imaging photogrammetry and the stunning photos taken while directing the Everest movie.
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Blood Ties (PS4)
Action 11 October 2016
A single player expansion for Rise of the Tomb Raider. The players once again assume the role of the fearless archaeologist, Lara Croft. This time we must assist Lara in exploring her family estate. The heroine must prove that she is the rightful heir to the great fortune accumulated by her ancestors. In contrast to the basic game, action of Rise of the Tomb Raider: Blood Ties is limited solely to Croft Manor. Aside from the story, the game includes Lara’s nightmare, a special mode similar to various horde modes. The protagonist has to defend the manor against monsters taken out straight of her nightmares, using a wide variety of weapons. The expansion has been released in digital distribution, and as a part of a special edition: Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration. PlayStation 4 version includes support for PlayStation VR - virtual reality goggles.
Job Simulator (PS4)
Simulation 13 October 2016
Developed by Owlchemy Labs, a humorous simulation game designed with Augmented Reality in mind. This title can be classified as a joke sim, similar to Surgeon Simulator, I Am Bread, or Probably Archery. The game is set in the year 2050, when most humans’ tasks were handed down to specialized machines. In order to remind humanity that their ancestors used to work like this, a special simulation program was created to teach people of the future what true work used to mean. The game has no specific goals. As you play you pursue certain occupations, such as chef, shopkeeper, or office worker, allowing you to manipulate the objects around you. However, using them in the proper, intended way is not so easy, as the over the top physics make even the simplest actions challenging and hilarious at the same.
Allison Road (PS4)
Adventure December 2017
A first-person perspective action-adventure game stylized as a survival horror. Allison Road had a somewhat complicated development cycle, with previous developers (Lilith) abandoning the project. However, a new studio, Far From Home, decided to pick-up the project and lead it to a stable release. The player assumes the role of an unidentified hero, who wakes up one night in a suburban home without having any recollection of the events of the last few days. Our protagonist, attempting to return to his family and discover what has happened, learns that the mansion has a grim backstory, while its walls are inhabited by dangerous, supernatural beings, including a ghost named Lilly. Our task is to avoid the monsters and survive five full nights in the grim house to explore it thoroughly and reveal its secrets. As our hero doesn’t have any weapons on him, Allison Road forces the player to use the environment around him to hide and lay traps.
Dino Frontier (PS4)
Strategy 01 August 2017
A unique real time strategy game from Uber Entertainment studio, developed for virtual reality sets. Dino Frontier takes place in alternate Wild West settings, filled not only with cowboys, bandits, sheriffs and locals, but also titular dinosaurs. Players act as the so-called “Great Mayor” managing a village. Gameplay focuses on gathering resources and progressive development of our town with public and industrial buildings, with the proper assignment of tasks playing a crucial role. In the beginning the dinosaurs are a major threat to our settlers, but later we can tame them to get powerful, but risky allies. Dino Frontier offers good looking comic book-like visuals.
A psychological horror game and the debut work from SadSquare - an independent studio. The story is non-linear and focuses on a gloomy household that has seen many frightening events throughout the years - it has a history of driving entire families insane, leading to numerous killings and suicides. The protagonist is trapped inside the house, and apart from getting out of there, their goal is to solve the mystery behind the place. The players explore the in-game environment, solve puzzles requiring them to manipulate various objects, and search for clues related to the dark past of the haunted estate. Avoiding contact with ghosts dwelling in the estate is a significant element of gameplay, as the protagonist is incapable of fighting them. Visage utilizes the Unreal Engine 4, which is at the source of the game's high-quality visuals. Furthermore, the game supports VR goggles, though one does not require them in order to play it.