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Now that E3 2017 has officially come and gone it’s time to take a moment and look back to reflect. While this was definitely a good show for gamers of all types, it’s hard to argue that it was actually overall better than last year’s show. Last year at E3 we were just a few months removed from the launch hype of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive and the anticipation surrounding Sony’s PlayStation VR and the Oculus Touch controllers were both at all-time highs. Big title announcements like Farpoint, Resident Evil 7, and Batman Arkham VR paved the way for one of the most exciting weeks in VR’s short life thus far. E3 2017 was good, but it wasn’t quite E3 2016 good.
That being said there were still some solid announcements made and the games we already knew about coming into the week are starting to look even better. We’ve put together a list of the five best PSVR games we saw and played at the show this year. This list only includes games that were playable on the PSVR platform and does not include games that are coming to PSVR but were demoed on other devices.
While attending E3 it’s easy, as a journalist, to feel jaded. The lights, glitz, and glamour of it all can feel like a cacophony of sound and colors that bleed together while you’re trying to shove your way through endless crowds of people. It’s a lot to take in and honestly has very little to do with what I love about games and VR specifically. But every now and then a game will blindside you with a special type of adventure that makes you smile and exhale a sigh of relief in the confidence that, despite it all, some developers are still making charming stories like Moss that just so happen to be about a cute little mouse on a grand journey.
You can read more about our time with Moss here and learn why, even though it’s a third-person action adventure game, we couldn’t imagine ever playing it outside of VR.
Runner-Up: Star Child
When Playful, the developer that created Lucky’s Tale, announces a new VR game it’s time that you pay attention. Lucky was one of the first recognizable faces of the VR industry and his cheerful demeanor was representative of the youthful vigor and excitement that infused the entirety of our young industry back when the Rift and Vive first launched. Now with Star Child Playful is taking a more thoughtful and cinematic approach to VR storytelling with this PSVR-exclusive. It’s a game about mystery, discovery, and uncovering secrets and we can’t wait to see more.
You can read more about why we were so enamored with Star Child at E3 2017 right here.
Runner-Up: The Inpatient
I’m a sucker for horror, branching narratives, and interesting characters. When Supermassive Games combined all of those things together to create Until Dawn, a choose-your-own adventure-style slasher flick that took the form of a video game, I was […]