Celebrate All Hallows’ Eve right this year with these terrifying VR games.
Well, the day has finally arrived. After receiving weird looks from your various neighbors for the past couple years, you’ve finally accepted the fact that you’re just too old to be trick-or-treating. Personally, I think 27 is way too early of a cut-off point, but that’s neither here nor there.
So what can a full-grown adult do to properly celebrate this oh-so special night of horror and mischief, you ask? If you’re looking for a good fright, most would recommend a handful of scary movies or a haunted house. This year, however, I challenge you to take things a step further with a marathon of unsettling VR experiences guaranteed to make this Halloween the most terrifying one yet.
After searching high and low for the spookiest VR games available in virtual reality, we’ve assembled a humble list featuring some of our favorites. Below is just a small selection of the many horror-based VR games currently in circulation.
ALIEN: ISOLATION VR [SteamVR & Oculus]
While not technically an official VR release, the VR mod for 2014’s Alien: Isolation somehow manages to make the survival horror game even more horrific. Using the MotherVR modification, users can dive even further into the role of Amanda Ripley, daughter of bad ass alien slayer Ellen Ripley, as she attempts to escape a pack of deadly Xenomorph’s.
Rest assured, you haven’t experienced true fear until you’ve sat feeble position underneath a blood-soaked desk as a seven-foot alien skulks around you.
DRUNKN BAR FIGHT ON HALLOWEEN [Steam VR]
Okay, so maybe this isn’t exactly a true horror experience, or even remotely scary, but how could I not include the Halloween update to one of VR’s most outrageous physics-based experiences? Whereas the original Drunkn Bar Fight has players taking on crowds of drunk bystanders, Drunkn Bar Fight on Halloween rendition introduces hordes of zombified patrons, alcoholic beverages with magical side-effects, and a slew of anti-monster weaponry.
Again, not exactly a terrifying VR experience, but still an absolute must try for anyone who enjoys casually beating up a zombified horseman with a broken pool cue.
NO WAY OUT: A DEAD REALM TALE [Steam VR]
The newest title on our list, No Way Out: A Dead Realm Tale is a spine-chilling VR puzzler that tasks players with escaping a haunted house filled with ghosts, blood-thirsty wolfmen, an army of spiders, and, of course, a whole bunch of unsettling clowns.
Realistic graphics combined with plenty of upsetting visuals and time-trial puzzles keep you constantly on your toes as you attempt to navigate your way out of the nightmarish manor. No Way Out: A Dead Realm Tale is the perfect experience for any user craving a truly terrifying VR haunted house, but doesn’t feel like leaving their house.
RESIDENT EVIL 7 VR [PlayStation VR]
A pivotal turning-point for the legendary franchise, Resident Evil 7 ditches the series infamous third-person “tank” control gameplay in favor of a more fluid first-person experience, adding a refreshing change to a tired formula. The title also scales back the outrageous storyline featured in the original franchise for a more intimate, at times “realistic” scenario.
This switch to an FPS perspective made the experience a perfect addition to the PlayStation VR, serving as one of the most polished AAA VR titles available on the console-powered headset. In terms of full-length horror experiences, there are very few VR titles that can hold a candle to this exceptional game.
THE FOREST VR [Steam VR]
Best described as Minecraft’s troubled younger brother, The Forest plops users into a dense forest peninsula populated by a tribe of cannibalistic mutants. Users must craft weapons and shelter to survive, gathering resources during the day and building fortifications at night.
The Forest VR brings survival crafting horror to the next level, letting players experience the terror of being surrounded by a group of flesh-hungry tribesmen. Even as you’re cowering in the corner of a pitch black cave as a group of hunters close in on your position, you’re still having a great time.
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