Since the element of reality in VR seems very intimidating but also intriguing to many people, horror games have been one of the most popular game genres in the virtual reality world. With VR horror games, everyone can find the thrill and adrenaline that they are missing and looking for in their lives, in the most realistic and immersive way possible. And it is an unproven fact that the best time to enjoy horror games is Halloween! Spooky season is coming in just one month and we know we are a little too excited. In this article, we present our selections for the best VR horror games to you to get ready for the spookiness of one whole month beforehand.
8. Face Your Fears II
This game will make you want to remove the VR goggles while you play. It is the sequel of the first game Face Your Fears and it is certainly better in terms of many features like gameplay, overall experience, and story. In the game, there are two scenarios, in the first, you will be searching for your missing sister in the Harvest House, and in the second one, you will be a detective who investigates paranormal occurrences. You will try to escape the demonic creatures of Harvest House not to share the fate of the victims before. The atmosphere will give you the right amount of chills you will need on Halloween!
7. Affected: The Manor
Escaping from a haunted house has been one of the key themes in the horror genre, both in the movies and the games. As one of the oldest games in the list, Affected: The Manor is still able to find its place here and make us scared. You will experience the mysterious and dark environment of the game and appreciate the vivid and realistic details in the game atmosphere. There are two different ways to follow and four different endings in the game. According to us, it is a short, simple and impressive game for people that are looking to get chills in their safe home environment. You can play Affected: The Manor with many different headsets, so give it a try to get in the Halloween spirit quickly.
6. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted
Don’t play this game if you have an unexplainable fear of teddy bears or any of the stuffed animal toys, this game is your nightmare. In case you have no idea, Five Nights at Freddy’s is a horror game series that was first released in 2014 and is still giving us great games, this time in VR and Help Wanted can be considered to be a collection of the older games as mini-games. It has two mods in the gameplay and you can play the game even without a headset in the flat mode, but for a more realistic and terrifying experience, we would prefer playing it with a headset. If you are down for a good thriller in a mildly claustrophobic environment, this will definitely be your favorite game in the spooky season!
5. Lies Beneath
Lies Beneath is one of the horror games that always finds a place in the lists of the best VR horror games in the last decade, and the writers have a point. It is a survival horror game filled with both action and horror. In our opinion, it is a slightly different game compared to the other games on the list, especially in terms of the graphic style. The overall style is similar to the old comics, but it suits the game atmosphere. You will have to be fierce and hide your fears to escape from the nightmare-ish environment and creatures in the game. In Lies Beneath, your only chance is to fight back and survive. For a Halloween night full of adrenaline, action, and thrill, you should give a shot to Lies Beneath!
Have you ever played any game of the game series Amnesia and been scared to death from the environment? Dreadhalls takes place in a very similar environment and for some, it is even better because it is a virtual reality game. In the game, you will explore the mysterious dungeons and you will try to survive only by hiding or escaping from the things hidden in the darkness. But we are sure it will be a little hard to find your way out in the randomly generated labyrinths in the game, every time you play, the map will be changed. Dreadhalls can be played with many different headsets, so you can get ready for the perfect fun on Halloween!
3. Red Matter
This game can find a place in our list of best VR horror games not like the games that offer many jumpscares, but because of its incredible game environment and great graphics. The story takes place in one of the moons of Saturn and you are the protagonist of the space station on this moon. It can be considered to be a puzzle-solving game with many creepy features and a horrific atmosphere. We don’t want to give any spoilers, but if you are down for a mildly scary game with a powerful story on Halloween, you should try Red Matter.
2. The Exorcist: Legion VR
We are sure that you are familiar with the books and movies of The Exorcist, created by William Peter Blatty. The story of The Exorcist: Legion VR is based on the same world and it is certainly going to blow your mind. As in the movies, you are the detective/exorcist who is investigating paranormal events that happen to people and performs an exorcism. It can be noticed immediately that the game doesn’t get its strength from the jumpscares solely. The environment of the game is creepy and beautiful at the same time, the sounds used in the game are extraordinary and the story directly pulls you in the game. We suggest that this Halloween, you should get lost in the horrifying atmosphere of The Exorcist: Legion VR.
Considering its psychological horror features, it's no surprise that Phasmophobia is one of the most popular horror VR games in the last decade in the virtual reality gaming industry. As you may understand from the name of the game, you will be looking for ghosts in a bone-chilling environment and instead, they will haunt you. The game is so realistic and immersive, and also multiplayer, which means you can enjoy Phasmophobia with your group of friends at a Halloween party for a thrilling adventure. And most interestingly, in the game, you can communicate with ghosts and other people, with your voice! Phasmophobia has a voice recognition feature to double up the horror and supports many different languages, so if you are interested, you should be prepared for the best Halloween ever!
BONUS: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PS Exclusive)
Resident Evil franchise has given us great games and movies since the beginning. All of the games and movies have put their signatures to the original story and broadened it to present more every time. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is no exception, it has been incredibly popular since its release in 2017. The game itself has an incredible storyline and to be honest, it is scary enough in the PC version. Now, imagine that you are playing the same story, but with much more realistic details and immersion. This game is not for faint-hearted people. It would have been in the number one place in our list, but the VR version is only available in PSVR. So, if you have a PSVR, you can make your Halloween unforgettable!
This is our list of the best VR horror games for you to enjoy in the spooky season of October and also, on Halloween. If you want to double up the thrill and horror you will feel, you should try WalkOVR, which offers you to walk and run in-place and feel much more immersed in the game. Change the way you play your VR games this Halloween!