TOP 20 | The Scariest VR Headset Games

TOP 20 | The Scariest VR Headset Games


 Playing horror movies in VR is a completely different perspective than playing on a regular flat screen monitor. A growing sense of fear, terror, and tension is literally palpable when you feel a chill running down your spine as you roll your head in search of what is haunting you.


Here's a selection of the best VR horror games for PC, PS4 and Android.


"Top 20" or its analogue is a heading that is exclusively subjective, and the opinion of the author does not always coincide with the opinion of the editorial board. The format has a numerical limit indicated in the title, so many things are left out. If you think that some game is missing, be sure to write about it in the comments!


20. Dreadhalls


Dreadhalls


  • Release date: March 9, 2017
  • Platforms: PC, Android
  • Single player only

One of the oldest virtual reality games is also one of the scariest. In Dreadhalls, you travel through intricate mazes in search of a way out. The only problem is that you are being chased by terrifying monsters who want to make you poop.

Dreadhalls have survived all these years thanks to their simple premise that allows anyone to start, but only the bravest survive. 


19. Phasmophobia


Phasmophobia


  • Release date: September 18, 2020
  • Platforms: PC
  • Co-op: For 4 players

Do you believe in ghosts? If not, you will start soon. Phasmophobia is a 4-player co-op psychological ghost hunting horror game with full VR support, including cross-play with people not wearing VR headsets . 
 
If you have ever watched the "paranormal" then you are probably familiar with the concept of Phasmophobia . Basically, you work on a team of paranormal researchers tasked with exploring haunted locations to gather evidence of ghost activity.
 
You will use "regular" tools like a spirit detector, Ouija sticks, cameras, and more to provoke activity and try to escape while saving your life.

Phasmophobia, if it's not entirely obvious, is a technical term for "fear of ghosts." During your investigation, you need to use voice chat. With it, you will communicate with ghosts. 
 
All ghosts are, of course, associated with previously living people, so if you utter their name it will anger them. The ultimate goal is to determine what type of ghost is in front of you. To understand this, you need to collect evidence and check the journal. 
 
You can leave at any time, but the more evidence you find, the more money you will get to purchase new equipment.


18. The Exorcist: Legion VR


The Exorcist: Legion VR


  • Release date: November 22, 2017
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Single player only

This is without a doubt one of the scariest VR games to date. In it, you play the role of an investigator looking for answers to a series of strange events that first occurred in a large chapel. The Exorcist: Legion VR consists of multiple episodes and ends with a Hollywood blockbuster-worthy ending.

You can complete it in just a couple of hours, but that doesn't negate the fact that it's full of tense moments and scary scenes. There is one particular level where obsessed babies and mannequin dolls are used to great effect - prepare diapers in advance. 


17. Face Your Fears II


Face Your Fears II


Release date: May 21, 2019
Platforms: PC
Single player only

Unlike its predecessor, which was a collection of small minigames rather than a full-blown VR horror project, Face Your Fears II offers a true storytelling single-player campaign that is riddled with fear from top to bottom.
 
You explore a dark, immersive world full of classic horrors such as giant spiders, old houses and eerie graveyards.

If you are one of those players who want something bigger, where the passage takes at least a few hours, then this game is for you - especially if you do not mind any evil spirits jumping around the corner. 
 

16. Affected: The Manor


Affected: The Manor


  • Release date: March 10, 2017
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Android
  • Single player only

Although Affected: The Manor has been around for many years, the game deserves a spot on this list, in no small part due to its versatility. 
 
While visually revealing a bit of its age, the project still generates serious fear and is a great introductory VR experience for horror fans. 

In addition, a new update was released relatively recently, in which the Gauntlet mode was added - this is a kind of speedrun on the subject of horror through a series of haunted corridors. Hardcore fans will be interested in trying to pass it as quickly as possible and take a place on the leaderboard.
 
If you are the type of person who often shows VR to friends and family, Affected: The Manor should be the main trophy for your library.
 

15. A Chair in a Room: Greenwater


A Chair in a Room: Greenwater


  • Release date: March 30, 2016
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Single player only

What comes to mind when you think of religious killings, corruption and immorality? Hardly a chair. A Chair in a Room: Greenwater contains heavy themes that help create a deep storytelling in the main setting - the Greenwater Institute. You are patient 6079 who is tormented by distorted visions, possibly related to the past.
 
At first glance, this place looks clean and harmless, with posters of stock models smiling under the guise of care and safety. But this is done on purpose, in order to lull your vigilance, since the threat in Greenwater is not hidden in plain sight. 

A Chair in a Room: Greenwater is divided into six relatively short but effective chapters. Players immerse themselves in the horrors of Patient 6079's past as they explore a world with detailed environments and rich storytelling. If you're in the mood for a simple horror movie, you may not like the more subtle take on the A Chair in a Room: Greenwater genre.

14. The Forest


The Forest


  • Release date: May 30, 2014
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Co-op: for 8 players

From a horrific plane crash to an encounter with man-eating aborigines, The Forest's gameplay has the power to make you lay down a few heavy bricks. The worst thing is the appearance of deadly inhabitants at sunset. 
 
While fighting the cannibals is an important part of your adventure, you will also have to collect food and other supplies in order to survive, find your son, and escape the island.

The Forest is a pretty big VR game and its non-linearity can be intimidating, but the longer you play the more you get used to it.
 
Here you will really feel how virtual reality amplifies the horrors of the forest. To turn around and see a cannibal next to you is an unforgettable pleasure. 
 

13. Killing Floor: Incursion


Killing Floor: Incursion


  • Release date: August 16, 2017
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Co-op: 2 players

Cover the floor with the blood of your undead in Killing Floor: Incursion . Based on the Killing Floor series, it is a story-driven virtual reality game where you fight hordes of soft meatbags just waiting to be dismembered, maimed and beheaded.

Using pistols, shotguns, axes, swords and more, you will fight the creations of the Horzine corporation, fighting off the horrors that only sick people could create. 


Killing Floor: Incursion is a fast-paced shooter that takes players to a wide variety of environments, perfect for one of the best horror games in VR. Dilapidated farmhouses, dark catacombs, and once-clean Horzine Corporation labs serve as your battleground throughout the five-stage campaign. 
 

12. Arizona Sunshine


Arizona Sunshine

  • Release date: December 6, 2016
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Co-op: 2 players

Behind the delightful title of Arizona Sunshine is a game bloody and littered with rotting corpses. Anyway - who would refuse a zombie shooter in virtual reality, where you can burst the heads of your opponents?
 
The gameplay may not be as neat as in VR games like  The Forest , but that doesn't detract from the essence of the experience - killing zombies. Crossing the Arizona desert, you'll scour abandoned cars and empty buildings in search of supplies, bullets, and other means to escape this virtual reality hell.

Mass killing zombies never gets old! Equipped with an arsenal of pistols, machine guns, grenades, sniper rifles and shotguns, you will leave behind heaps of corpses that will rot for a long time in the desert sun.
 

11. Transference


Transference


  • Release date: September 18, 2018
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, X-One
  • Single player only

You will be surprised how dangerous your own home can be. Transference is a psychological thriller with an element of presence. Its intricate gameplay, brought to life through vivid visuals, helps develop the narrative. The actors here make the story feel more real, even when reality begins to distort and the familiar country house environment deteriorates and becomes uncomfortable.

The players control each of the three family members, trying to piece together their problematic family unit. They each have their own twisted vision of each other, leading to the darkest moments in history. There isn't much outright fear here, but you will begin to feel uneasy as you delve deeper into the minds of each character.
 
The gameplay is based on exploration and puzzle solving, making Transference the perfect VR game.


To Be Continued... 

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