Scary VR experiences to try this Halloween
BY KAYLA NOBREGA
A short time ago I shared that I am a sensitive movie viewer; along with that I have to be careful of what games I play as well. With Halloween coming up, though, I decided to try spooky VR experiences.
1. Killing Floor
This game was developed by Tripwire Interactive, and released in May 2009. It is available across many VR platforms including Oculus Rift and Sony Play Station VR.
The game is set in England after chaos has broken out due to military cloning experiments gone horribly wrong. You and your team, should you choose to play co-op, have to fight through waves of monstrous mutants using any of the weapons available to you.
This game received a 9/10 on Steam, and has grown into Killing Floor 2, and Killing Floor: Incursion.
2. Wilson’s Heart
Haunted 1940’s hospital. A stolen heart replaced by a mysterious device. Often unidentifiable inhabitants. Do you need any more information to know that this is a psychological thriller waiting for you to lose yourself in its world?
It was developed by Twisted Pixel exclusively for Oculus Rift, and launched in April 2017. It is in black and white!
The adventure takes you through different experiences as Robert Wilson who has undergone heart surgery. It is filled with suspense and is highly interactive as you discover who stole your heart.
3. Affected, The Manor
Another psychological horror walk-through! Enjoyable to play yourself, as well as to watch friends face the jump scares and terrors that lie waiting at every turn.
It was released in October 2017, by Fallen Planet Studios, and has updates for 2018. It is available on Oculus Go, as well as Samsung Gear and HTC Vive.
It has alternative endings to keep you on your toes, and the challenge is to make it all the way to the end…can you?
This game is available on Steam for VR Gear and Oculus Rift.
You wake up in a dungeon with the goal to escape. You are not alone though, and have to find your way out while facing different creatures with limited cover. The greatest thing about this game is that the map will be different every time you play it, so you will never know what to expect. You have hours of suspense and entertainment to look forward to!
Developed by White Door Games, Dreadhalls received a 9/10 on Steam, and a 4.4/5 from Oculus.
5. Late Night Shop
I’m not the only one who finds mannequins creepy in general, right? Total Monkery released a VR game in 2016 set in a store at night. The goal is to escape the store without getting caught by the mannequins, also called “creeps.” Appropriately so.
The thrill is furthered by the fact that anything outside your line of sight moves and changes. The environment – doors, props, and walls change positions – and the mannequins only move when not in your sight. One moment everything will seem alright, the next moment you are no where near an exit and there are creeps right on your tail.
The best part is the game can be multiplayer as well, with one player controlling the creeps, able to swap between mannequins to chase the player who is trying to escape.
Successful horror films work because the emotions they stir up in you make you feel that you are inside the story and that what is happening is real. VR is a powerful tool in the world of terrors and scares because of its immersion capabilities!
I was not able to handle these games…try them out and let us know how you did!