Normally when playing a horror game, if it gets too much you can just turn your head away or look at the ensuing terror through the gaps in your fingers. Not in virtual reality. There is no escaping. And there is something about this pulsating intensity that makes me absolutely LOVE this virtual reality genre. So, here at Blog of Games we have created a list of some of the best VR horror games available right now.
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (PSVR)
For anyone who played the original Until Dawn for the PS4, there is no question whether you will enjoy this virtual reality game for the PSVR. Released in October 2016, it is a direct spin-off from the original PS4 title, and features a horror-themed roller coaster that the player rides on via first-person perspective, providing a truly bracing and terrifying VR experience.
Players find themselves in a carnival amusement park and must shoot at animate and inanimate foes, with the game increasing in difficulty and intensity as it progresses. There are several roller coasters available to play throughout the game, each providing its unique thrills and jump-scares. If you have played the original title by Supermassive Games, then you will recognize some of the locations and characters encountered throughout the journey, but this is not essential to the gameplay if you are new to the franchise.
One thing worth noting is that this game was built directly for a virtual reality experience, and the scares and gameplay are designed as such to optimize the gameplay for VR users. This is really evident in the way the game plays out and, without giving too much away, you’ll be forced to face your fears in order to progress through the game. Looking in the direction that all your intuitions tell you not to look, is most likely the way to go!
If you want to find out more about this game, check out the links and the video below.
Emily Wants to Play
This game is a survival horror title available on the PC, Oculus Rift, PS4 and Xbox One. In this game, the virtual reality gamer takes on the role of a pizza delivery guy who is taking a pizza to a house containing a young girl named Emily, the main source of everything terrifying in this game.
Once you are inside the house, you are free to explore it freely and look for hints and clues throughout. The game takes place over a period of 7 hours – from 11pm til 6am – and each hour of the game represents a new level, with new clues and opportunities. The main puzzle the player encounters is how to interact with Emily’s dolls. If the player fails to interact correctly with said toys, they will soon find out via the form of a rather unforgiving jump-scare, and then the player must restart the level (or hour).
All the expected horror game elements are present in this game – doors conveniently lock behind you, lights go out in timely fashion, did you or did you not just see a creepy girl flash upon the screen? Yet, everything is done in such a simplistic and masterful fashion that, before you know it, you are completely immersed into the house’s disconcertingly calm environment, and you forget about all of your mitigation strategies for previous horror game scare tactics.
This all adds up to a rather frightening virtual reality horror experience and – although the game is not too long – it is certainly one worth checking out if you’re a fan of this genre. If you want to find out more, check out the links and the video below.
Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul
There is a general consensus that the Paranormal Activity movie franchise has been getting progressively weaker since its first instalment was brought to cinema screens in 2007, but this VR horror game, released by VRWerx, injects a welcome lease of life into the series.
The first thing to note is how impressive the visuals are, and this sense of realism creates a thoroughly tense atmosphere. Add to this the game’s adaptive scare system and you’ll find the logical part of your being pleading with you to take off the VR headset. The adaptive system means that objects are randomly placed throughout the house as you explore it, meaning that each player can have a unique experience with the game. This also means you can play through the whole game more than once and have completely different encounters, which is great given that the length of the game is relatively short.
The game involves a lot of exploration and navigating your way through the house to search for relevant items in draws, cupboards, and the like. It is whilst you’re exploring that you will really get a sense of the game’s atmosphere and tension. Players can interact with an impressive amount of items within the house, and this can leave you on edge as you never know which objects will have significance to the game as you roam around the large, open space.
There has been some criticism aimed at the control system for the game, but it is worth noting that there are several movement variants to choose from in the options menu. Here you can test which movement setting is best for you before proceeding.
Overall, Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul is a very complete VR horror experience and one which provides a strong sense of immersion and, with it, dread. This is one of the genres better options, and we strongly recommend that you try this out. For more information check out the links and video below.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard VR
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard transposes brilliantly to the VR experience. This game is probably the most complete on the list – it has a compelling story, an eerily captivating atmosphere, and some rather chilling music. All of these attributes combine to make this, in our view, the best virtual reality horror game out there.
If you’ve played the standard version for the PS4, you will already know how brutally terrifying this game is. Yet, in the PSVR version, that terror is multiplied tenfold. Here, there is no escaping behind the comfort of your analogue sticks, using your thumbs to move around corners to check for the presence of the annoyingly unpredictable Jack. No, here in the virtual reality version, you must physically crane your neck around these obstacles to peer into the dark void. This is one instance where practice does not make perfect. In fact, quite the opposite, it seemingly gets more difficult.
The storyline can last a good 12+ hours, making it comparatively longer than any of the other games in this list. Because of this, it is recommended that you remember to take breaks at regular intervals to avoid any VR sickness. This shouldn’t be a problem with this game, though. This game becomes like physical exercise at times, and it almost enforces the player to take involuntary breaks, if only just to break from the exhaustion of consistently tensing up and writhing through the seemingly endless hauntings.
This survival horror game is one that others should aspire to be like, and one which you MUST try if you are a horror game aficionado. To find out more about this game, check out the links and video below.
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