So developers are a seasonal bunch and if there’s a highlight in the year then they’ll do what they can to capitalise on it … this is certainly the case with Halloween. The VR horror genre continues to be one of the major game themes due to its immersive nature and the feelings of insecurity it can create.
Over the past couple of weeks a large number of VR horror games have been released to chill the blood and put the tingle down your spine. We’ve taken a look at six of the best creepy and menacing games, across multiple formats, that you need to play with the lights off! We’ve also abandoned our normal star rating for a more appropriate creepy skull rating; the more skulls the creepier the game.
Best horror VR games
We all love light. As soon as that disappears and we’re plunged into darkness the feeling of paranoia and fear prevail. This is in essence what the developers, Broken Window Studios, have tried to create with Grave VR. Essentially its a VR survival game where using light is the only way you’re going to survive. Movement is very intuitive as it was build from the ground up for VR so it does really feel like you’re striking a match. The creatures that are out to eat you are varied and super creepy, especially in the sinister way they come towards you. Yep this one’s gonna have you tearing off your headset in no time.
Minimum system requirements: HTC Vive, OS: Windows 7 SP1 / Processor: Intel i5-4590 / Memory: 4 GB RAM / Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
ESCAPE BLOODY MARY
This one raised the hairs on the back of our necks. Although gore and blood do not play a part in this game the build up of tension and the unknown certainly do. Escape Bloody Mary by Well Told Entertainment uses the urban legends stories of calling forth a demon (such as Candyman) to the extreme. In essence you have decided (in your infinite wisdom) to summon Bloody Mary … she’s obliged now all you need to do is survive! There are a number of puzzles you need to solve and the time ticks and Bloody Mary appears. Its short but punchy and one you shouldn’t play just before you go to bed.
Minimum system requirements: HTC Vive (and test area), OS: Windows 7 SP1, Processor: Intel i5-4590, Memory: 4 GB RAM, Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970.
There are quite a number of VR psychological horror games out at the moment and Marlene is certainly one of the best. This is anything but a slasher title and instead requires thought and patience to progress in the supernatural story. Marlene immerses the player into the sinster surroundings and thanks to clever game mechanics is able to build up an atmosphere of suspense. Certainly one for the psychological horror fanatics.
Minimum system requirements: HTC Vive / OS: Windows 7 / Processor: i5 / Memory: 8 GB RAM / Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970
There’s nothing like exploring deserted fun houses to get the heckles up! In this interactive horror VR game you get to explore an abandoned tourist attraction the ‘Ghost Town Mine Ride. You are equipped with the classic torchlight and a six shooter pistol (which you can actually practice on at the shooting gallery). Expect scares … lots of them. The creepiness and atmospheric sounds all add to the terrifying nature of the ride. Movement is interestingly through both fixed rail/ locomotion as well as on foot. This is one game where guarantee you’ll give out a yelp or two.
Minimum system requirements: HTC Vive / OS: Windows 7 64 bit / Processor: Intel i5-4590 / Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970
One for the PS VR gamers, Weeping Doll was launched to coincide with Halloween and give PlayStation users a good scare. Its another psychological horror game that takes the innocence of a childs toy and makes it super menacing. In essence a bunch of creepy vintage dolls come alive based on the negative thoughts of children … so try and not p*ss them off! You take the perspective of a maid in a Victorian house and its your role to discover, by solving puzzles, why the family have disappeared. Expect macabre and disturbing encounters as you progress through the game and discover its horrific past.
What’s with VR game developers and creepy kids toys! Here’s another horror shoot-em-up staring all manner of eerie dolls and bears that have decided to end your life. Unlike Weeping Doll (above) Sophie’s Guardian is not puzzle solving but a frantically shooting game that requires you keep your head whilst everything else is losing theirs! You take the perspective of Sophie’s favourite bear Griff as you take out the possessed dolls that want to hurt her. Atmospheric graphics, fun action, and three game modes help with the longevity of this game. Certainly not the scariest game we’ve played but one that’s certainly creepy.
Minimum system requirements: HTC Vive OS: Win 7 or higher / Processor: intel i5 / Memory: 8 GB RAM / Graphics: GTX 970
The premise of the game is that the Carson family have disappeared from their home without any explanation. The perspective you take is that of the father Michael Carson however unlike the games above this is more a horror experience as you are not able to interact with the surroundings. Playing for half an hour you’ll be taken on a tense and disturbing journey and as the passenger you get to watch the creepy story unfold. This one has had a bit of a mixed review on STEAM. Some gamers have found this to be particularly disturbing whilst others found this boring; we suppose you’ll just have to make up your mind by playing it.
Minimum system requirements: HTC Vive or Oculus Rift / OS: Windows 7 SP1 / Processor: Dual Core 2.33 GHz Intel / Memory: 4 GB RAM / Graphics: Geforce GTX 8800