Launch day seems to have come and gone without any major hiccups, but now PlayStation VR faces one of the most challenging questions of any new platform; what’s next?
A swarm of games were available on day one, but we don’t doubt some of you have already made your way through most of the pile (not that that’s too hard when you have games as long as Batman: Arkham VR). From here on out we’ll be eagerly looking forward to seeing what’s on the horizon for the platform. Fortunately, the next two weeks of games look pretty good.
Launching on PSN today is Pixel Gear, a simple wave-based shooter in which you take on blocky enemies that look like they marched straight out of Minecraft. It’s a pretty straightforward affair; use the Move controller to aim a gun, aided by a laser sight. You’ll juggle attacks between standard one-shot canon fodder, enemies that can only be hit in the head and hulking behemoths armed with miniguns. It’s not exactly revolutionary, but we’ve gone hands-on with it and had some harmless fun.
If you’re in the US, you’ll also be getting Sports Bar VR this week, which launched in the EU last week. Still no sign of The Brookhaven Experiment for European players, sadly.
Next week things are a little more plentiful. Launching on October 25th are both Tethered and Windlands. The first, from Secret Sorcery, is an intriguing new strategy game in which you guide a cutesy clan of creatures as they gather resources by day in preparation to defend themselves from enemies by night. EU PS4 owners can already pre-order it over on the PlayStation Store. Windlands, meanwhile is Psytec Games’ first-person adventure that’s already available on both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. It’s a great platformer and the PS VR version really holds up, so it’s one to look forward to.
Also arriving next week on October 28th is Carnival Games the VR debut from 2K Games. It’s a refreshed version of a Wii game in which, yes, you use the Move controllers to play carnival games. Again, don’t expect VR’s killer app but we’ve found this to be a pretty charming and whimsical pastime.
There’s a pretty healthy offering of games over the next two weeks, then, and with games like Robinson: The Journey also on the way, PS VR should keep fans happy for a good while.