The best PlayStation VR games of 2019

Our pick of the finest virtual reality games of the year, from blockbuster shooters to immersive puzzle adventures

 
 

No Man’s Sky

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment, Hello Games

What is it? Get in the cockpit of a starship in this ambitious sci-fi adventure set in a procedurally generated universe brimming with planets to explore, rare resources to gather and creatures to discover.

Why should you play it? This massive open world is perfect for all aspiring space explorers out there wanting to journey through an almost infinite universe. If you discover a new planet, you can even name it! 

 
 

Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

What is it? A gritty action shooter set in a harrowing reimagining of 1980s Paris. You’re the best hacker in town on a mission to hijack Nazi war machines and turn their incredible firepower on the Reich.

Why should you play it? Just the ticket for anyone craving some over-the-top freedom fighting. Join the French resistance as you blast anyone standing in your way of liberating the City of Love. How romantic.

Concrete Genie

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

What is it? Follow the heartwarming adventure of a bullied teen named Ash as he paints his gloomy hometown back to life with a magic paintbrush. Then watch your art come to life from a new perspective in the two PS VR modes.

Why should you play it? You don’t have to be a seasoned artist to create beautiful art in Concrete Genie. Your sketchbook is full of templates for flowers, trees, stars and much more for you to mix and match. Make the polluted walls of Denska your canvas as you bring to life lush landscapes and a cast of mischievous Genies to keep you company.

 
 

Five Nights at Freddy's VR: Help Wanted

Publisher: ScottGames

What is it? Test your nerve in a collection of classic and original mini-games set in the Five Nights universe. Repair tiny ventilation systems, troubleshoot terrifying animatronics and gather collectables.

Why should you play it? If you’re up for a real scare, PS VR makes your chilling horror experiences even more immersive. Get closer and even more personal with your favourite killer animatronics, including Freddy, Bonnie, Chica, Foxy and more - or you can hide in the security office all night...

Vacation Simulator

Publisher: Owlchemy Labs

What is it? Travel to Vacation Island and enjoy a well-deserved simulated vacation in archetypal holiday spots including a sunny beach, lush forests and snowy mountains.

Why should you play it? Take a break from your busy lifestyle and see the human world from the perspective of a robot. Customise a virtual version of yourself, play mini-games and interact with a cast of quirky bots. Don’t forget to take selfies!

 
 

Blood & Truth

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

What is it? Step into the shoes of former SAS man Ryan Marks for a high-octane all-action romp through London’s criminal underbelly, complete with massive explosions, outrageous stunts and crackling one-liners.

Why should you play it? It’s an immersive first-person shooter that lets you live out your wildest action hero fantasies, made by the same talented team behind PS VR launch line-up highlight, PlayStation VR Worlds.

 
 

Everybody’s Golf VR

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

What is it? The title says it all. Pack up your golf bag and take to the virtual fairways in this new VR take on the larger-than-life PS4 golf sim, featuring three 18-hole courses to master and a range of customisation options.

Why should you play it? With full 360-degree movement, it’s as close as you can get to the real thing without leaving the house – and you won’t need to spend half the day hacking through the undergrowth in search of lost balls…

Falcon Age

Publisher: Outerloop Games

What is it? Join heroine Ara and her falcon companion in this unique first-person adventure that sees you nurturing your young feathered friend, scavenging resources and training it for combat in a bid to drive out no-good robot colonisers.

Why should you play it? Because it’s so much more than a virtual pet sim. As its moving narrative unspools, you’ll build a meaningful relationship with your falcon – and have a lot of fun along the way.

 
 

Trover Saves The Universe

Publisher: Squanch Games

What is it? The latest lunatic creation from the twisted mind of Rick & Morty co-creator Justin Roiland. Embark on an intergalactic adventure to hunt down Glorkon, a beaked lunatic who has kidnapped your pets and plans to harness their life essence to destroy the universe.

Why should you play it? Like Roiland’s other creations, it's rude, crude and completely out-there. Expect fun platforming gameplay, bizarre characters and belly-laughs for days.

 
 

Immortal Legacy: The Jade Cipher

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

What is it? Uncover the disturbing truth behind an ancient Chinese legend in this fast-paced horror shooter. Featuring full 360-degree freedom of movement, you’ll need to solve fiendish environmental puzzles in between dispatching all manner of nightmarish creatures.

Why should you play it? If you’re looking to scratch that VR survival horror itch after Resident Evil 7, this is just the ticket.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

Publisher: Bandai Namco

What is it? The latest iteration of the fan-favourite aerial combat sim puts you right in the cockpit, thanks to a set of missions and game modes built specifically for PlayStation VR. Soar through the skies, survive deadly dogfights and feel the thrill of high-velocity aviation.

Why should you play it? It’s a perfect example of how PS VR enables players to experience things you’d never get close to in real life. Ace Combat 7 offers pure, thrilling, wish fulfilment.

 
 

Ghost Giant

Publisher: Zoink

What is it? A charming puzzle adventure from the studio behind indie hits like Fe and Stick It To The Man. You play as the over-sized spectral protector of a lonely lad called Louis. Together, you’ll team up to overcome all manner of brainteasers and help out the citizens of Sancourt.

Why should you play it? Ghost Giant really leans in to the strengths of virtual reality to tell a moving tale in engaging new ways.

 
 

Space Junkies

Publisher: Ubisoft

What is it? A multiplayer-focussed virtual reality shooter in which you’ll don a jetpack and duke it out in treacherous Orbital Arenas. Race around at breakneck speed and take advantage of your surroundings to get the upper hand on your opponents across a range of game modes.

Why should you play it? Space Junkies offers breathless action, a diverse range of playable characters, an enormous arsenal of out-there weapons, and deeply immersive VR combat.

Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown

Publisher: Tin Man Games

What is it? A mystical adventure that plays out as a ‘living’ tabletop board game. Don your PS VR headset and lead a party of four scoundrels on a swashbuckling romp featuring tactical turn-based combat and a cast of quirky characters.

Why should you play it? It’s a clever new twist on a familiar format, taking a traditional tabletop board game and making it come alive in front of your eyes.

 
 

Jupiter & Mars

Publisher: Tigertron

What is it? Take control of two dolphins and bring peace to an ocean kingdom bouncing back from the impact of climate change in this unique underwater adventure. Use each creature’s unique skills to solve environmental puzzles and discover secrets hidden throughout the game world

Why should you play it? Not only is it a fascinating assault on the senses but you might also learn something – the developer has teamed with marine conservation organisations to include in-game content highlighting the consequences of pollution.

 
 

Skyworld

Publisher: Vertigo Games

What is it? Command armies with the wave of your hand in this immersive fantasy strategy game from the studio behind hit zombie shooter Arizona Sunshine. Build an army to see off invading forces, then put your skills to the test and battle online with friends.

Why should you play it? By putting you in the shoes of a commandeer looming over a virtual battlefield, PS VR delivers a real sensation of power.

A Fisherman's Tale

Publisher: Vertigo Games

What is it? An eccentric puzzle adventure where you play as Bob, a fisherman who discovers that he’s just a wooden puppet trapped inside the model of a lighthouse, within a lighthouse, within another lighthouse. Can you reach the top of the tower and escape this existential nightmare?

Why should you play it? The game’s developers combine a fascinating tale of the unexpected with smart puzzle gameplay to deliver a memorable PS VR experience unlike any other.

 
 

ChromaGun VR

Publisher: Pixel Maniacs

What is it? A first-person puzzle shooter in the Portal vein, that drops you into a set of mysterious challenge rooms armed with nothing but a paint gun. Use your weapon to change the colour of wall panels and interact with WorkerDroids in order to open the door and progress.

Why should you play it? It’s just the ticket if you’re after a proper cerebral workout, offering a series of satisfying, tactile brain-teasers to master.

Dick Wilde 2

Publisher: PlayStack

What is it? A colourful shooter in which you jump aboard a raft, head downstream, and blast away at all manner of oncoming creatures intent on making you their lunch. Aim controller support is included, adding an extra level of immersion to the OTT action.

Why should you play it? It’s a tongue-in-cheek shooter, with perfectly-tuned difficulty and a fun co-operative mode to break out when friends are over.