Lovers of the horror genre have enjoyed exciting and terrifying film experiences for decades. Then they were able to continue screaming in horror thanks to video games. Now, comes a new and spectacular leap: fear and adrenaline taken to another level: virtual reality. Let's review here the best horror VR games.
A word of warning: these VR games are not suitable for overly sensitive people. No, this is not an exaggeration. The sensations that the VR technology They are so vivid that we will take them for true. This is why horror VR games are scarier than classic flat screen games.
With that said, we present below a list of the scariest virtual reality games out there currently. Like all lists, it is an imperfect selection. There will be those who miss more than one title and others who will think that not all the chosen ones (there are eight in total), do not deserve to be there. What there is no doubt is that they all have the perverse ability to give us a lot of good-bad times. Are you brave enough to face them?
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Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul
Game inspired by the Paranormal Activity movie saga. We say "inspired" because the plot is far from the original (here we find demonic possessions and ghost stories), although it does retain its aesthetic and rhythm. If anything, the game keeps its promise to scare us and plunge us into a nightmare.
The adventure of Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul takes us to a typical house in a residential neighborhood. Everything takes place in the space of one or two hours in which you have to solve mysteries and puzzles hidden in corridors and rooms. The darkness is suffocating and dangers lurk behind every door or in the most unexpected corner.
All in all, this is a relatively solid VR horror game. It has a strong sense of terror and a dense atmosphere developed thanks to excellent use of sound and lighting. Its only weak point is a control system that can be improved. Available on PSN for PlayStation VR (PSVR) and Steam.
Although it is not a virtual reality game itself, the Alien VR mode: Isolation it's too good to miss out on our list. It is also a horror classic and without a doubt the best of the games based on the iconic sci-fi horror movie franchise. At least to date.
As you can imagine, the mechanics of the game are based on escaping from the creepy and dangerous xenomorphic beings. If you've seen the films in the saga, you can imagine where the shots go. Run away, hide, hold your breath ... The feeling of fear is disturbingly real.
The unexpected success of the film The Blair Witch project (1999) has been repeated 20 years later thanks to virtual reality video games. Blair Witch is a first-person horror game in which the player is immersed in a terrifying forest. His only company: our faithful dog Bullet, a flashlight and, of course, a video camera.
The game, available now on almost all consoles, is one of the best examples of what experts in the genre call Survival horror. For fans of the movie, it's a return to the woods of Burkittsville, Maryland. This time with the aim of investigating the disappearance of a child.
One notable feature of Blair Witch is that it offers the player a series of alternate endings. In this way, you can play over and over again without falling into monotony, waiting for the predictable.
Intruders: Hide and Seek
It was only fair to include this game created in Spain on the list. Intruders: Hide and Seek is a game designed with a lot of love for detail and a solid plot, something that is too often forgotten in favor of visual effects and "scares".
The story is quite classic within the genre: the family getaway to a house in the country that ends up becoming a nightmare. The house is in the middle of nowhere, far from civilization. Thus, this remote place will be under siege by three ruthless and dangerous criminals. But it is not about ordinary crime, there is a terrible enigma that hides behind all this violence.
The atmosphere of the house is charged with an unbearable tension that the miracle of virtual reality makes us experience in our own flesh. The feeling of immersion is remarkable. All of this makes Intruders: Hide and Seek a more than desirable option for horror lovers.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
In the opinion of many, one of the best VR horror games out there today. And it is that, beyond the screams and scares, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard offers us one of the most detailed and successful experiences in terms of virtual reality.
The player takes on the shoes of Ethan Winters, who his search for Mia, his lost daughter, leads him to a house he abandons next to a swamp contaminated by radiation. Of course, this is the habitat of monstrous creatures, impossible nightmare beings.
Fans of the Resident Evil saga are used to playing in the third person. That is why the new approach to this version represents a major deviation, a change in the rules. Despite this, both the tone and rhythm and gameplay elements are true to the spirit of the franchise. In addition, the argument is also very well worked so that everything fits. Definitely, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard sets a new milestone in survival horror games.
The Exorcist: Legion
Without a doubt one of the scariest virtual reality games that have been created to date. On The Exorcist: Legion the player must assume the role of an investigator in search of answers after a series of strange events that take place in a large chapel. The game progresses through a series of episodes culminating in a final moment worthy of the best Hollywood horror movies.
One of the most remarkable aspects of The Exorcist VR is its excellent sound design. When playing games, we can hear voices that seem to come from our own head and that surround us through the use of powerful 3D spatial audio. Grunts, high-pitched squeaks, and other haunting noises echo through our minds as warnings of what is to come.
The VR adventure that this game offers us is full of tense moments and chilling scenes. Its duration is relatively short, but the experience it offers us is intense.
The Walking Dead - Saints & Sinners
Zombies could not be missing from our list of favorite terrors in virtual reality for consoles. The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is a new twist on this saga inspired by the popular TV series. What to say about this game? Its graphics are impressive and the gaming experience simply overwhelming.
The gameplay is well known: it consists of trying to avoid walkers at all costs, but fighting them when necessary. This is a terrifying survival adventure like few others. With a lot of blood and a lot of guts. In the VR version, the feeling of danger and horror multiplies, forcing the player to be in a permanent state of alert.
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
One of the most popular games on the PS4, as well as a real nightmare. For those who already knew the game in the conventional version, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood does not provide great news in terms of plot and gameplay. However, now in VR version the feeling of realism is shocking. Impossible to play for a while without our heartbeats getting to a thousand.
The full game takes about 3 hours to complete. Does it taste little? To more than one it will seem even too much, since there is a risk of suffering a heart attack or ending up suffering from some kind of mental imbalance.
Exaggerations aside, it is necessary to highlight the many virtues of Rush of Blood. The game has exceptional graphic quality and surround sound that makes your hair stand on end. The story is clearly based on the original game without becoming a prequel or sequel to it. Do you dare to try it?