As Meta released its new Meta Quest 3 earlier this October, many enthusiasts have started investing in this highly anticipated VR headset. With its improved hardware and mixed reality features, the Quest 3 is expected to be just as popular as its predecessor, the Quest 2, which is currently the most affordable yet stellar in performance standalone headset.
Since the Halloween holiday quickly approaches, it’s necessary that all those Quest 3 owners start taking advantage of its capabilities by playing high-graded, spooky VR games.
From Lies Beneath to Resident Evil 4, we’ve compiled a list of the best horror games to play this October.
- Meta Quest 3 is Meta’s latest VR headset aimed to be an improved version of its predecessor, the Quest 2, which is known to be the best value headset on the market.
- Most of the horror and Halloween-themed VR games compatible with Quest 2 are now compatible with its successor, too.
This FPS spooky horror game features a polished presentation, distinctive cel-shaded comic-strip art, and a story focused on a woman returning to her rural hometown. Lies Beneath allows you to explore, scavenge for ammo and clues, and combat enemies in immersive VR.
With stunning graphics and a playtime of 6 hours, Lies Beneath is a standout game that showcases the potential of the Quest platform.
Following up on the spooky horror of Lies Beneath, Arizona Sunshine offers a more action-packed VR experience.
Set in a post-apocalyptic Arizona, the game combines realistic weapon handling with interactive environments and puzzles. Players must survive a zombie-infested world, rescuing survivors and completing objectives to progress through levels and areas. You can also purchase additional DLCs like the Damned DCL and The Dead Man DLC, which transports you in the final days before the zombie apocalypse.
Arizona Sunshine is available on Meta Quest, PSVR, and Steam VR.
Regular updates and expansions add new content and game modes, and there are plans for future updated versions. Arizona Sunshine II is set to be released sometime at the end of 2023.
Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord
This upcoming action-adventure game immerses you in the world of Ghostbusters through virtual reality. You’ll manage your HQ in San Francisco and take on a new chapter in the Ghostbusters universe.
You’ll use iconic equipment to track, blast, and trap ghosts in heart-pounding battles. Plus, you can join forces with up to three friends in co-op mode to take down the Ghost Lord.
It’s set to release on October 26, 2023, and will be available on multiple platforms like Meta and SteamVR.
The Wizards – Dark Times
Take on the role of a powerful wizard and explore stunning environments with intense combat against mythical creatures. This action VR game features an immersive storyline and a unique magic system with various spells and abilities.
Solve puzzles, complete quests, and objectives, and experience high-quality graphics and sound design.
The Wizards – Dark Times is also suitable for beginner VR gamers who share a fascination with the wizarding niche.
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted
Five Nights at Freddy`s: Help Wanted is a horror puzzle VR game available at Meta Store and Steam. You take on the role of a security guard in a haunted pizza restaurant and must survive the night by monitoring cameras and defending against animatronic characters.
Graphics and sound design are realistic, creating a heightened sense of fear and immersion. Try your hand at the iconic mini-games and face off against the classic animatronics for a truly spooky Halloween experience.
Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Racing
Put your broomstick skills to the test this Halloween with Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Racing on Meta Quest 3. The game is a single-player racing, exclusively VR title. Experience the intense action of the anime series in virtual reality with realistic broom racing mechanics, multiple game modes, customizable brooms and outfits, and various magical spells and power-ups.
Intuitive controls let you fly and maneuver your broom in a 3D environment while mastering racing techniques and utilizing spells strategically. Play story mode and unlock bonus challenges, or race against friends in multiplayer.
The 7th Guest VR
This classic CD-ROM game has been remastered to include virtual reality elements that promise an immersive experience. Enhanced graphics, audio, and voice acting further bring the events of the past to life. Compared to the original game, it retains the core gameplay mechanics but adds virtual reality elements for a more immersive experience and expands on the original storyline with new content.
The puzzles and atmosphere will keep you guessing as you uncover what happened. It’s available on various platforms for $29.99.
In Death: Unchained
Immerse yourself in a detailed medieval-inspired world and use intuitive archery mechanics to navigate procedurally generated levels filled with enemies.
Compete with friends and other players with online leaderboards and challenges, and enjoy stunning visuals as you battle your way through the game.
The Room VR: A Dark Matter
This fifth installment of the Room series is set in London on October 22, 1908. You play a Detective assigned to the case of Dr. Rupert Montgomery’s disappearance.
The Room VR: A Dark Matter allows you to test your skills with intuitive controls, challenging puzzles, and multiple rooms to explore. Plus, unravel a gripping storyline with mysterious elements.
Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife
Set in the World of Darkness universe, a horror VR game lets you explore a haunted mansion as a recently deceased wraith. Unravel its mysteries using supernatural abilities and experience realistic sound design, detailed environments, and atmospheric music.
High-quality visuals provide a spine-tingling horror experience as you interact with spirits and other wraiths. This makes this game perfect for all those late autumn nights when you’re seeking the thrill of horror.
Dungeons of Eternity
Dungeons of Eternity is an RPG with a nearly 5-star average rating out of 668 reviews on Meta Store. You can play it solo or co-op with your friends. You have a wide range of customization options, classes and abilities when creating your character.
Progress through the game by completing quests and leveling up your character, unlocking new abilities and spells as you go. Take on challenging dungeons and boss battles with your friends, or join a guild.
Drop Dead: Dual Strike
For those looking for a zombie-shooting adventure, Drop Dead: Dual Strike is the perfect choice for all Quest 3 owners this Halloween.
This VR shooter game offers a thrilling experience with both single-player and multiplayer modes. You’ll find a variety of weapons and zombie types, plus full VR technology for an immersive experience.
The developers (Soul Assembly LTD) are constantly releasing updates to improve the game and hint at future expansions and game modes. For example, you can now purchase Drop Dead: Ultimate Survival Bundle, which contains Drop Dead Dual Strike and Drop Dead: The Cabin.
Resident Evil 4
This remastered VR game launched on October 21, just in time for the Halloween festivities. In this third-person shooter, you control protagonist Leon S. Kennedy on a mission to rescue the U.S. President’s daughter, Ashley Graham, from a mysterious cult.
Different enemies require different strategies to defeat, such as Los Ganados, Regeneradors, El Gigante, and Del Lago. The game features a grid system where you can store weapons, ammo, and healing items.
Plus, additional content like Separate Ways, The Mercenaries minigame, Assignment Ada scenario and Ada’s Report awaits you.
Read our detailed review of Resident Evil 4 VR here.
Meta Quest 3’s capabilities must be tested and definitely taken advantage of during intense gaming sessions. Halloween is the perfect time to take a break from your regular routine and explore the spooky world of gaming. With so many fantastic titles to choose from, you’re sure to find something that will give you a good scare.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Age Rating Are the Games Suitable For?
The age rating of the games will depend on the game you choose. Most games are suitable for all ages. However, some are only suitable for players aged 18 and over. So, check the game’s rating before you play to make sure it is age-appropriate.
What Platforms Are the Games Available On?
The spooky games featured in this article are available on Meta, SteamVR, and PS Store.
Is There Any Online Multiplayer Functionality Available?
Yes, depending on the game, you can play with friends online. There’s a range of multiplayer modes to choose from, so you’re sure to have a spooky good time this Halloween