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Horror is an interesting genre. Unlike many other types of videogames genres available for VR devices these days, horror doesn’t need a super-charged graphics and a compelling storyline to make it to the some of the best in the business. In order to really provoke an effective scare, the use of suspenseful audio followed by an out-of-the-blue jump scare can sometimes be all you really need. That said, videogames have evolved quite a bit, but in its essence – in order to really scare the Bejesus out of someone, you can do a lot, with a little.
The videogame Dreadhalls is a great example of this. Dreadhalls, which was released back in 2013 was among the very first horror titles to be released for VR, but because of its amazing use of suspense, audio and atmosphere, grew to be one of the most widely praised games available in the genre, despite that some might consider b-grade graphics.
With all of this in mind, it’s no surprise that there has been a ton of horror games built for VR over the years. After all, the way that horror can really pull you in and feel like you’re there, immersed in a scary story is easily translated into a medium that envelops you and completely blocks out everything else.
So, today we’re going to go over a handful of these killer titles, with a special focus on the games available over on the Oculus Quest 2. Without further ado, here’s the list.
First up we have Affected: The Manor. Affected is one of those VR horror games that really nails the haunted house vibe well. If you enjoyed any of the various versions of “The Haunting of Hill House” out there, and you have a thing for jump scares, you might want to pick this one up. Fallen Planet Studios, the team behind the title has been a household name for many a VR horror fan ever since Affected was originally released in the early prototypes of the original Oculus Rift. The game has been picked up by famous YouTubers left and right such as Markiplier, REPLAY and many more, when the game was in its early days, available on the Oculus Rift. Now that it’s available for Oculus Quest 2, and with the freedom of movement that brings to the table, you’re in for one heck of a haunted ride.
Developer: Fallen Planet Studios
Dreadhalls by White Door Games has been featured previously both here on VR Today, as well as other prominent VR publications such as UploadVR and RoadtoVR simply for it being so damn creepy. There’s an interesting underground environment throughout Dreadhalls and the many puzzles and ways to explore really does serve as a tip of the hat to the grand daddy of modern horror: Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Now available for the Oculus Quest 2, Dreadhalls is even more accessible than ever, and one that ought to be among the first real VR horror games you should explore on your device.
Developer: White Door Games
Queue the gregorian choir and the religious undertones of one of the most iconic horror franchises. Exorcist Legion is a visceral and dynamic horror game freshly available for the Oculus Quest 2. The gameplay is guaranteed to freak even the most experienced horror aficionado the heck out, due to the great suspense and atmospheric unease. The game packs five independent stories filled to the brim with a creepy atmosphere and a plethora of jump scares to boot. If you happen to be a fan of the ominous nature of The Exorcist franchise and/or the supernatural demonic undertones, The Exorcist is a solid choice for you.
Developer: Wolf & Wood, Ltd.
Face Your Fears 2 is a follow-up to the original, phobia-inducing Face Your Fears (which got a feature on our top list of the best VR horror games of all time). Unlike the original, that functioned a lot like a horror simulation, the follow-up is a full on horror game with a narrative and gameplay for you to explore. If you haven’t yet tried the original, we highly recommend you give that a go as well. Both of these two are a must have for any serious fan of horror who also happens to be in possession of the awesome new Oculus Quest 2.
Developer: Turtle Rock Studios
Layers of Fear VR is a visually stunning horror game for the Oculus Quest that is filled to the brim with gorgeous and horrific scenery. Psychological horror at its finest, and enriched with a compelling, macabre story. The game revolves around an unlikely character – that of a painter who is slowly but surely surrendering to madness.
Developer: Bloober Team S.A.
If you have ever heard of this one, you must be quite new to the horror genre. That’s okay, it just means that you’re going to enjoy this one so much more. Five Nights at Freddy’s is quite simple: you rock up at a pizza shack on your first day at work, where your duties involves: repairing ventilation systems, maintain animatronic restaurant mascots. While that may seem fairly innocuous, you’re in for a hell of a ride when the restaurant comes to live at night.
Developer: Steel Wool Studios
Ready for a a Walking Dead-like shoot-em-up-experience with a entertaining gameplay and a ton of replayability? Sure, many other games on today’s list are scary, frightening and atmospheric. That said, the replayability isn’t quite there. The wave-shooter nature of Death Horizon makes it quite different. If you liked Arizona Sunshine, and you happen to own an Oculus Quest 2, you need to get this one quite quickly.
Developer: Dream Dev Studio LLP
Lies Beneath by Drifter, is, unlike the rest of the games on today’s list created with an interesting cartoonish cel-shading art style. Lies Beneath is a single-player survival horror game and is packed with means which you can defend yourself as you make your way through. There’s a vast assortment of weapons, which bodes well for the smooth controllers on the Oculus Quest. The plot revolves around Mae and her attempt to save her father from an invasion of horrors that have taken over her hometown of Slumber, Alaska.
Drop Dead is another zombie shooter that should make you feel right at home if you have any love in your heart for either Arizona Sunshine, Gorn or The Walking Dead. The game rewards creativity and really let you live out the fantasy of an elite zombie killing machine. You can even dual-wield your firepower as you make your way through the legions of undead.
Developer: Pixel Toys Ltd.
Republique VR is a gorgeously well-made horror stealth game that has quite a few brilliant developers involved in the making. Stealth games is something of an acquired taste usually, but this particular title from Camuflaj puts that rule completely on a shelf of its own. Republique ought to be experienced by just about anyone with even the slightest interest in VR horror.
We couldn’t possible construct a list of the finest in class on the horror front without introducing the grand daddy of VR Horror shooters. Arizona Sunshine has become a golden standard for shooter-based content on any virtual reality device, ever since it was released for the first time in December 2016. Now, freshly available for the Oculus Quest 2, it seems like a natural flow of today’s list to wrap up the article with the best of the best.
Developer: Vertigo Games
Summary: Top 10 Scariest VR Horror Games for Oculus Quest 2
That just about sums up our 10 favorites for you to download and play around with this year, if you’ve managed to get a hold of the ever-popular Oculus Quest 2. The Quest is the perfect device for horror because in its minimalistic, untethered form, you can really immerse yourself well and feel pulled into the game. We hope you found some of the titles listed of interest. If you feel like we missed any, please let us know. We are not above updating the article if we’ve made a bummer and missed a killer title in the mix.