Unlike Microsoft who dropped support for the Kinect for the Xbox One in record time, Sony is still backing virtual reality, with a selection of PS VR games. I was made a believer of PS VR with the strong showing of titles at last year’s show and this year was no exception.

Here are my picks for three must-haves if you own or plan to get a PS VR.

[1] Team Bravo

First announced during Sony’s E3 conference this year, Team Bravo by Supermassive Games (Until Dawn) wants to bring the modern-day, first-person cover shooter experience into VR. The second game that will go well with the PS VR Aim controller (the first was Farpoint), players will find themselves in precarious straits, after the President is assassinated in a fictional Eastern European city. With the country on the verge of collapse, go at it alone or with a partner via online co-op and survive.

I was pleasantly surprised when I got my hands on this demo at TGS. The PS VR Aim controller instantly transformed into a rifle in my hands when I wore the VR headset. In order to aim through the aiming reticle, I even had to shut one eye and lean forward to aim through the sights, just like how one would do in real-life. And it worked surprisingly well! I was taking down adversaries like a pro in no time.

Moving from one cover point to another, in this case, from behind a car to another, was done simply by aiming at the next point and pressing a button, and my soldier would be seen moving forward in third person perspective, before shifting back to first person view once he settled in at the next cover point. The game mechanics are simple. Take cover, lean out of cover to fire at the enemies, move forward to the next cover and repeat.

What happens when you advance too fast and end up having enemies on your sides or even slight behind you? No problem, simply turn your head to the side, point your gun at the enemy and take him down. That moment was deeply satisfying for me.

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Whether the final game will pan out to be a substantial experience without being too repetitive remains to be seen. But from what I have experienced with it so far, I’m loving it, and can only imagine the immense fun it would be if there is a co-op multiplayer mode planned for it.

[2] The Inpatient

The Inpatient is also by developers Supermassive Games, and more importantly, it is a prequel to the excellent horror game Until Dawn. Set over 60 years before Until Dawn, this VR experience will place you as an amnesiac inpatient in Blackwood Sanatorium. Find out who you are, why you are here, and most importantly, survive the branching storyline and make the right choices.

Unfortunately the TGS demo I got to play was in Japanese, so I had to guess my way through the dialogue choices presented to me. However, the experience was very reminiscent of Resident Evil 7’s VR, which was great. The game makes use of two PS Move controllers, which acts as the player’s left and right hands respectively, and the trigger buttons are used for grabbing objects.

My session was unfortunately cut short due to limited time, but it was enough to convince me to add this to my wishlist for next year. I loved Until Dawn, and looking at how the developers have nailed the mood and setting for this one in VR, it can do no wrong.

[3] Anubis Zone of the Enders: Mars

While most of us remember Zone of the Enders as the game that came on a demo disc for Metal Gear Solid 2 : Sons of Liberty, the series has arguably garnered a cult following. Its sequel, Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, did fairly well when it was released on the PS2. Then in 2012, Zone of the Enders: HD Edition was released on the PS3 and Xbox 360, with improved textures and graphics.

Looks like Konami is continuing to milk the franchise and this time, it is now coming to the PS4 with full VR support! Going by Anubis Zone of the Enders: Mars, it is slated for a Japan release in Spring 2018. The game will feature 4K graphics, new sound design, next-gen surround sound, and of course, playing the game from the pilot’s seat! Not many details have been shared so far about the story, but judging from the trailer, it should be following the same storyline as The 2nd Runner.

Clearly the best way to play ZOE in VR.

Just look this VR-pod setup at the TGS showfloor for the game demo. That alone was enough to create 60-minute long queues even on the business days. Thankfully I was able to jump into the cockpit for a brief try-out. As expected, it was an awesome feeling to be back in the game, piloting the Jehuty again, but this time from a whole different perspective (Yes, I am a huge fan of the series).

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Before trying the demo, I was worried it that it would be quite disorienting to play the game from a first person perspective, especially with all the dashing and sword slashing involved in some of the scenes. But it looks like the developers have fixed that somewhat, by cleverly placing a sizeable hologram of the Jehuty on the right portion of the HUD, so you can see exactly what action your robot is doing from a third person perspective. Check out the trailer below to see what I mean.

From what I have played, the gameplay remains largely unchanged from the original. Controls are mapped in the exact same way as before, so fans of the series will feel right at home, but this time, re-experience the game in the pilot’s hot seat.


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Yonk is a geek who is fortunate enough to have an equally geeky Star Wars fan for a wife, who owns a LEGO Millennium Falcon encased in a glass coffee table as their home’s centre-piece.