There are two clear winners in the PSVR 2 starter kit
Great news for VR fans: Sony has announced the addition of 13 more titles to the PSVR 2 library. This means there will be over 30 games available for the hardware at launch next month.
The PSVR 2 headset will be released on February 22 and comes bundled with several VR 2 Sense controllers and headphones designed to fit directly into the headset itself. The bundle costs £529 / $549.99 / AU$879.95 but does not include any games. However, there will be many PSVR 2 games available for purchase separately.
IN blog post (opens in a new tab)Sony has unveiled 13 new launch titles for its virtual reality headset, offering an eclectic roster of games from the sinister to the psychedelic. At one end of the spectrum we have Song in the Smoke: Rekindled; a VR action adventure game set in a dark fantasy world. On the other hand, we have What the Bat?, an absurd comedy where you have to perform everyday tasks with baseball bats instead of your hands. In a way: both stories are as old as time.
Some of the announced launch titles include speed paddling simulator Kyak VR: Mirage, brutal FPS Pavlov VR, melancholic storyteller Before Your Eyes, and boxing simulator Creed: Rise to Glory. Additions to the roster also include psychedelic rhythm games like Rez: Infinite, Thumper, and Synth Riders: Remastered Edition.
While many of the 13 newly revealed titles are remasters and remakes of older games, there are two titles on the list that far surpass the rest. Before your eyes, it looks like an immersive, story-driven experience where you relive the memories of someone on the verge of death. It’s heavy, melancholy material, but it also looks incredibly beautiful, judging from the trailer above.
This gloomy game also uses the PSVR 2’s internal camera, allowing you to make decisions simply by looking at objects and people in the game world. I love seeing how VR is used to deliver immersive experiences, and it looks like that’s what Before Your Eyes aims to do.
The Last Clockwinder looks more whimsical, using a vibrant visual style to sell puzzle pieces. In Clockwinder, you can create clones that do your actions over and over again, allowing you to solve the titular puzzles with clever sequencing. It looks like a great scratching post with great promise.
However, Sony has already used its strengths when it comes to huge titles on offer. Grand Turismo 7, No Man’s Sky, and Resident Evil Village have already been announced for PSVR 2. Whether PSVR 2’s triple-three will be enough to attract consumers remains to be seen. That said, Sony’s list of supporting titles looks promising. I can’t say whether Before Your Eyes or The Last Clockwinder will make PSVR 2 a superstar, but it’s clear that both titles have something special to offer.