What are the best horror games for VR?
You either love them or hate them, but one thing has become apparent: horror games in VR are an entirely new experience. Shutting out the real world, including your desk, monitor, lights, and family members, and being injected straight into a horrifying world is quite a thrill. We've rounded up the best VR horror games available right now that will scare you real good.
Dead Secret, originally released for Gear VR and since ported over to Rift and Vive, plays out more like a horror novel than a game. You find yourself in an old, spooky farmhouse in 1965 Kansas, tasked with clicking your way through a murder mystery. As you solve puzzles and read through newspaper clippings and love letters, one thing becomes apparent — you're not alone in the house. Can you solve the mystery? There are five endings to reach, so you're sure to play this one more than once.
No one ever wants to admit they wet themselves, so it's recommended you play this game alone. Yes, it's that scary. You find yourself trapped in an enormous dungeon without a weapon to defend yourself. You do have a lantern, but the oil needed to keep it lit is quite scarce. You'll have to be quiet as you creep around, as you definitely don't want to disturb whatever it is that calls this place home. If you love the game, you'll be able to play it over and over, as the layout of the dungeon changes each time you play.
What's spookier than a derelict cargo ship floating around somewhere on the ocean? How about a derelict cargo ship home to a monster that is particularly hungry for human flesh? Your job is to avoid that monster — there are three unique designs — while you roam the ship looking for the tools and parts needed for repairs. Each time you play, the ship will be different, and you'll be chased by one of three monsters. If you die, you start all over again with no idea where to go or what you're running from. Sounds fun, doesn't it?
Chair in a Room
Sounds pretty harmless, right? Just a chair in a ro — OH, GOD, WHAT WAS THAT?! You wake up sitting in a chair in a room, and all you can do is watch things happen around you. Your light is weak, but your heartbeat is strong.
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The original version of the game is designed for Google Cardboard but also works on Gear VR, and there is now also a version of the game for Vive that's called A Chair in a Room: Greenwater which has a different, longer story built for the Vive's room-scale function.
Affected - The Manor
Fans of the original Affected for Rift DK2 wouldn't let a best horror games list go by without at least mentioning this Gear VR iteration of the game. As the name implies, you're in a large manor decorated with just about the spookiest stuff you can imagine. Is that ventriloquist's dummy playing with an Ouija board? Where's the front door? Each time you play through this game, the scares will be different. Will you ever make it to the end? We've personally never been there, but what we've seen is absolutely horrifying. A Rift CV1 version of Affected is on the way, which you can check out at Fallen Planet Studios.
Emily Wants to Play
We're reminded of some other scenarios where an unsuspecting pizza deliverer is asked into a house to play, but the outcome here is quite different. It's the last house on your route, and it's raining outside, so you can't really be blamed for your poor decision of stepping into the place with the boarded up windows. After that it's really up to you what to do. You can sit still and let things happen to you, or you can run around with the lights off. No matter what you do, however, you're gonna be real scared. Protip: Emily doesn't play nice.
You've taken shelter from a storm in an old, spooky house. There's a nice picture above the mantle of sisters who you assume must have lived here. What happened to them? That's for you to find out. Don't worry, it won't be too hard, as the sisters seem to enjoy letting people know about their untimely demise. Think you can handle it? Make sure you use headphones — the audio here is a treat. Sisters is right now available for Google Cardboard and Gear VR, and a version will be arriving for Vive in the near future — for now you can play a demo version of the game.
Which horror games have you been playing in VR? Let us know in the comments section below!