It's hard to keep up with every PSVR release so here are 5 recent games for the platform that are quite fun.
XING: The Land Beyond Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆
If first-person puzzle-filled adventures are your cup of tea then XING: The Land Beyond and its lovely visuals are sure to delight.
XING: The Land Beyond has you play through a handful of enormous stages that each feature a different narrator. As you traverse these stages, you'll solve plenty of puzzles with various mechanics such as setting mangos aflame, literally making it rain, changing the wind, and ushering in a snowfall. The puzzles sometimes take an extended period of time to get to grips with but nothing is insurmountable and I found collecting all of the items and working through the gorgeous natural scenery while listening to the relaxing soundtrack to be extremely immersive. My only complaint is that it's currently quite buggy. For example, I got stuck in a tree and had to quit in order to continue and others have reported save data becoming corrupted. Technical issues aside, this is a fantastic VR experience.
If you want to get lost in a beautiful virtual world that's full of satisfying puzzles then XING: The Land Beyond is a must-have game.XING: The Land Beyond gameplay video →
TrainerVR Review PlayStation 4 ★★★☆☆
Here we have a game where all you do is play with toy trains within an open sandbox but is it any good?
When I was a kid, I had little wooden train tracks with red plastic connectors and trains that attached via magnets. I loved playing with it and now, I can do so in virtual reality with an unlimited supply of pieces. All you do in TrainerVR is interact with a menu in order to grab items then place them wherever you wish. Although there are no goals, the complete lack of structure is actually very freeing as you can build whatever you wish. That being said, being able to pick stuff up and place it where you want can be super-frustrating and it takes a very long time to be able to learn how to build things effectively. Thankfully, you can do funny things like blow people up with TNT and throw stuff off the edge of the playfield. I dig the silly toe-tapping soundtrack, too.
TrainerVR does a good job of giving you the freedom to make your own elaborate train tracks but it could use at least some structure.TrainerVR gameplay video → Similar game: Railway Empire
ChromaGun VR Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆
Although ChromaGun has been available since 2017 on PS4, it now has a cool new VR version.
Seeing as our very own Tyler enjoyed his time with ChromaGun when it first released, I figured I'd give this newfangled virtual reality iteration a go and I'm glad that I did. As far as I can tell, it's the exact same game but in VR. For the unfamiliar, you shoot colours at walls and hovering spheres then ones with the same colour attract. The goal is to simply make it to each stage's exit but to do so; you'll have to move all of the spheres out of the way as well as onto pressure pads in order to unlock doors. Things get incrementally tricky throughout its campaign yet everything is manageable and I found aiming in this VR adaptation to be very streamlined. All of that being said, I wish there were more environments besides the generic stereotypical test chambers.
If you're looking for a colourful VR puzzler in the same vein as Portal then you can't do much better than ChromaGun VR.ChromaGun VR gameplay video → ChromaGun Review
Guns'n'Stories: Bulletproof VR Review PlayStation 4 ★★☆☆☆
Shooting bandits in the Old West with a couple of firearms seems like a solid premise but does this VR shooter cut the mustard?
Guns'n'Stories: Bulletproof VR is a stage-based gallery shooter where you blast at encroaching enemy bandits as a grandfather narrates a goofy story to his grandson. Right off the bat, I was put off by the poor localisation, awful voice acting (especially for the grandson), and grotesque character art. When I started playing it, I was further disappointed by the fact that it's merely a gallery shooter and not even on-rails. The stages go on for far too long and the gameplay is incredibly basic as all you do is shoot. There is some variety in the fact that you can reflect bullets by having them hit your firearms, there are various kinds of foes, and you use different guns in certain stages but none of these aspects mix things up enough to make slogging through the lengthy stages feel worthwhile.
Seeing as it's not as good as classic shooting gallery arcade games, why anyone would bother with Guns'n'Stories is beyond me.Guns'n'Stories: Bulletproof VR gameplay video →
Dick Wilde 2 Review PlayStation 4 ★★★☆☆
Arcade on-rails shooters have been providing mindless fun for decades so let's see how Dick Wilde 2 holds up.
Just like Guns'n'Stories: Bulletproof VR, Dick Wilde 2 has you shoot 2 firearms. However, instead of static stages full of bandits, you travel down a river on a raft and shoot at all sorts of dangerous wildlife as well as debris which grants you money that you can exchange for different guns and boosts. This may sound easy but Dick Wilde 2 is one tough game. It consists of multiple roguelike stages that you must complete in one sitting. As you do so, you can try to find keys to unlock more stages and if you manage to complete a stage, you begin with more starting money which will help, especially after you increase it a substantial amount. Anyway, the gameplay can be relentless but aiming carefully while frantically firing is super-fun albeit very frustrating whenever you inevitably bite the dust.
Dick Wilde 2 can be a very irritating game but if you're willing to stick to it, it can become a rather rewarding arcade shooter.Dick Wilde 2 gameplay video →