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State of Play PSVR2 showcases the game Horizon: Call of the Mountain

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Horizon: Call of the Mountains – Will this PSVR2 be the killer app? (Picture: Sony)

Sony has offered a fair first look at PSVR2 games in action, including Resident Evil Village, No Man’s Sky, and The Walking Dead.

A few weeks ago Sony claimed that PlayStation VR2 would have more than 20 major games available at launch, and on Thursday night’s State of Play we got a glimpse of four of them: Resident Evil Village, No Man’s Sky and The Walking Dead : Saints and Sinners – Chapter 2: Vengeance.

You’ll notice that only one of them is PlayStation VR2 exclusive, two of them existing games and VR versions of Vengeance (we’re not going to retype that name!) for Oculus Quest 2 that have already been announced.

This is probably why its graphics look significantly less impressive than those of the other three games, although the original was actually pretty cool, with an unusually open world and relatively complex gameplay for a VR title.

For a second, we almost mistook No Man’s Sky for the Colony Wars revival, which says a lot about how much the game has changed since its disastrous launch in 2016, and the great following in gaming. One of the comeback stories has changed.

Resident Evil Village isn’t all that old, but considering how well the VR mode worked for Resident Evil 7, it’s great to see it get support as well, especially when it compares the game to its original form. I have the potential to make it quite scary.

Resident Evil 4 Remake will also get a VR mode once it launches in March, which could mean the headset will also release around the same time, though Sony didn’t say anything about that or its pricing. In fact, they didn’t show or reference it or the controllers at all.

The real star of the show, in terms of VR, was Horizon: Call of the Mountain, a brand new game being built for PlayStation VR2 by new Sony acquisition Firesprite.

It will cast you not as Alloy, but as a former Shadow Karja warrior named Riyas. Your task is to scale the Titanic mountain and stop it from spewing robots.

Alloy, and other established characters, will be in the game, but it’s a whole new adventure that works just as well in first person as the original did in third person.

The game will also feature a ‘river ride’ experience, which feels like a less interactive experience to help newbies get their VR legs.

Announced at the same time is a major new update for Horizon Forbidden West, which should be available now and includes features like a new Game+ mode, an extra hard mode, and the ability to honing your character.

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