As games designed to show off the deeply immersive potential of virtual reality go, they don't get much better than this one. From the moment Batman Arkham VR begins, you'll feel like you are Bruce Wayne, first from the lowered perspective of a child as he watches his parents' infamous murder, then later at his imposing adult height as he stands on building precipices overlooking Gotham. Expect to feel vertigo as you look hundreds of feet down at the busy city streets below. Just as impressive are the player's interactions with all manner of equipment, ranging from gears, levers, vials of blood, and computer disks to the gadgets Batman keeps on his utility belt, including a scanner, grappling hook, and batarangs. Instructions aren't even necessary. Just move your hand toward what you want to interact with and press a button to grab and manipulate it. Also helping with the sense of immersion is presentation. It's probably the prettiest PlayStation VR game currently available, and the detail in the locations you explore serve to almost completely fool your brain into believing you're where the game suggests you are, whether that's a back alley or a city morgue.
Sadly, it comes to an end too soon. Clocking in at only an hour (though you can search for hidden Riddler puzzles in a second playthrough), it feels much more like a demo than a full game. That said, it's hard to tell whether the peculiar mechanics here would work well for a longer experience. Players must stand in front of the TV for the full duration, and when they want Batman to move to a new location, they have to press a button to instantly transport him there rather than control his walking in a traditional game. It's a bit jarring and feels like a clumsy solution to virtual reality's problem of how to comfortably control a character's locomotion. Still, this short game is all but guaranteed to make people excited about the medium's potential. If you want a great VR experience that doesn't last long but will wow your friends when they visit, Batman Arkham VR is an ideal choice.