Last weeks Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) had a few exciting updates when it came to virtual reality (VR) news but there was a noticeable absence when it came to Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) and PlayStation VR. Well fear not, as the headset has a nice little lineup of titles coming this week.
The popular headset has six videogames scheduled for release this week. For those after a beautiful fairytale there is Funomena’s Luna. An interactive, narrative-driven experience, the story focuses on a young bird enticed to eat the last piece of the waning Moon by mysterious Owl and is subsequently blown far from home. Players must untangle the bird’s memories, solving a sequence of celestial puzzles to unlock each level’s tree, plant and animal spirits. In doing so they can then plant and cultivate plants within terrariums, making them grow a flourish in a bid to bring life back to the moonless world.
For a more sci-fi vibe, there’s Mars Alive. Developed by Winking Entertainment, Mars Alive is a survival experience where you will have to monitor the status of your Oxygen, Food, Water and Temperature. You’ll be able to grow a variety of crops, controlling the temperature, humidity, and water alternately in the cabin as well as exploring the Martian landscape.
Mini-Mech Mayhem, on the other hand, is designed for some strategic multiplayer gaming. A comedy-infused tabletop battle experience, Mini-Mech Mayhem sees players take the form of robot avatars partnered with cute little mechs to battle opponents as a team. With both single-player and up to four-player online support, Mini-Mech Mayhem is very much like a colourful game of chess.
If you’re after something slightly different then there’s visual novel Project Lux by Spicy Tails. Originally due for release in 2018, Project Lux tells the tale of a court trial set in a futuristic world where most humans have cyberbrains. On trial is an agent who coordinates with artists to create data for cyberbrains which can interact with people’s emotions. The victim is a girl artist named Lux, and the jury has to investigate what really happened by reliving the memory data of the defendant.
Already out for European players and coming to North America this week is Slum Ball. The videogame is a photorealistic physics-based paddle ball game with a creative twist – instead of a regular wooden bat, the player has a shabby flip flop and rather than slugging a ball, the player gets a beverage can to use as a ball.
Last on the list is probably the best known out of all the videogames arriving this week, Owlchemy Labs’ Vacation Simulator. Launched for PC a couple of months ago, the title is a charming parody on taking time off from work. Set across three areas, a beach, forest and mountain, you’ll be able to engage in all sorts of activities to while away the hours.
All these titles will be available by Friday at the latest. For further PlayStation VR content updates, keep reading VRFocus.