There’s a real craft that goes into the best of PSVR’s horror experiences, and Wraith: The Oblivion - Afterlife is masterfully executed. You play as a photographer — well, more accurately, the spirit of one — trying to solve your own murder as well as escape from an estate you seem to find yourself trapped in. But be warned: you’re not alone in this manor.
The gameplay consists largely of stealth and item puzzles, though there are light combat elements, as well as the option to wield some supernatural abilities. And barring one notable exception, such finicky door and item interactions, all of these gameplay components are tip-top.
Still, the malevolent spirits you'll encounter are absolutely horrific to behold, with grotesque injuries, creepy lurching animations, and surprising aggression. Where many forced stealth experiences can feel tedious, the cat-and-mouse here is satisfying and fraught with tension. Throwing objects to distract these spirits as you creep around a corner making as little noise as possible feels fantastic.
It’s a pretty meaty experience for VR, offering a six to seven hour adventure full of plot twists, horrifying revelations, and a hearty helping of collectibles to hunt down. The atmosphere of the game is so convincing, so creepy, that every step through the halls feels like tempting fate. Between the sparse sound design — often consisting of little other than footsteps- - and the phenomenal soundtrack, the audio plays as much a part in putting you ill at ease as the environment. And what’s even more shocking is the effective use of jump scares. Jump scares are, frankly, rarely scary, and tend to just be a nuisance or disruption in the mood of a horror experience. But not so here. There aren’t too many jump scares — an important distinction — but the ones that are utilized are chosen well, making for effective, earned moments.
What you’re left with is one of the better PSVR horror experiences, and one absolutely worth your time. Just be careful, as this one’s not for the faint of heart.
Good to hear actually, after the mess that was Werewolf: The Apocalypse, I was a bit disappointed by the results of the huge push World of Darkness have been doing into video games. Now we just need a good Changeling: The Dreaming game!
I wish I had the balls for horror in PSVR. I keep trying various games but I don’t find terror to be entertaining! If you like horror games though, VR is by far superior to flat window gaming. You have to give it a go.
Another great VR game. Excellent. Just need to beat a few other ones first.
This sounds really good.
This seems right up my alley but I can't play this alone lol
@thefourfoldroot Do you like horror outside VR? Or just in all its forms, hard pass? haha
@nessisonett This is definitely the most successful of the bunch haha.
Films and books are fine, bit generic much of the time, but they don’t give anything like the immersion of VR. Being in a VR horror game is more like having a terrifying dream for me compared to simply consuming a piece of media, that’s how immersive VR is, lol.
@thefourfoldroot Horror films I love, just gotta dig through all the crap to find the good stuff. Books are a lot harder. I think the only book that's ever scared me is House of Leaves? books don't much scare me haha.
Play any non-VR horror games? Might be easier to get through those if you had an interest in building towards VR horror. Could start with Alien Isolation or Outlast or something! Although they evoke the same feelings as VR horror, just a little less immersive haha
Flat window horror I’m fine with, lol, VR is another beast altogether.
@thefourfoldroot For real. You can't really hide or cower from it in the same way when it does get to you. Close your eyes, okay but you can still hear it, and by the time you try n pull the headphones out annnnnd cover your eyes, you're already waist-deep in discomfort!
On the wishlist it goes.
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