It’s a sad fact that the majority of horror properties, horror games definitely included, just aren’t very good anymore. With the advent of VR, though, developers are finally stepping up their game. This new technology makes people not only face their fears in a game, but actually face their real fears. With some of the best VR horror games released in the last few years, there is plenty of innovation on the horizon for VR horror. Here are the top 10 best VR horror games so far ranked based on intuitiveness, entertainment, scare level, etc.
Top 10 Best VR Horror Games in 2018
Here is a brief comparison between the top five best VR horror games of 2018. For your convenience, our comparison includes key features like space required, supported operating system, processor, hardware, etc.
|Product Name||Genre||Supported OS||Processor||RAM||Hardware||Platform||Our Rating|
|Resident Evil 7: Biohazard||Survival Horror, FPS||Windows 7 or newer||Intel Core i5-4460, 2.70GHz or AMD FX-6300 or better||8 GB||Full controller support||Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch||5 / 5 Stars|
|A Chair in a Room: Greenwater||Adventure, Horror, Simulation||Windows 7 SP1 or newer||Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater||8 GB||Tracked Motion Controllers||Microsoft Windows, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift||4.8 / 5 Stars|
|Don’t Knock Twice||Action, Horror, Adventure||Windows 7 or newer||Core i3 / AMD A6 2.4Ghz||4 GB||Vive Hand Controllers, Standard Controller, Oculus Touch Controllers||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch||4.6 / 5 Stars|
|Arizona Sunshine||FPS, Survival Horror, Action, Adventure||Windows 7 or newer||Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater||8 GB||Tracked Motion Controllers||PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows||4.5 / 5 Stars|
|Narcosis||Survival Horror, Adventure, Indie||Windows 7 or newer||Intel i5 or better||4 GB||Full controller support||Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Oculus Rift||4.4 / 5 Stars|
The fact Subnautica isn’t technically a horror game puts it last on the list, though you’ll soon understand why it’s more than earned its spot. Subnautica lets you play as the last surviving crew member of the Aurora, a space colonization ship that crashes onto a planet made almost entirely of water. Anyone with thalassophobia will already be cringing at a water planet. Even seasoned divers will shudder in fear after their first glimpse of the massive Reaper Leviathan.
Combine that with the large stretches of dark, open ocean, haunting echoes, and a deeper mystery regarding how you ended up there! You’ve got a tense adventure game breaking into the survival horror genre. Only the bravest of souls will dare to try it in VR! You can purchase it now on Steam via its official website.
9. Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
A spinoff from the Until Dawn game, Rush of Blood is a major change from what came before. An on-rails shooter to compete with the best of them, a player travels through a decrepit roller coaster ride battling horrific enemies inspired by the first game. The game provides an atmospheric thrill ride and an all-around fun shooter. Those who never got to play the original game will appreciate Rush of Blood more.
Rush of Blood is only available for PlayStation 4, with new copies selling for around $20, though prices heavily depend on where you buy it from.
Monstrum is an indie survival horror game recently upgraded with VR that delivers a unique and challenging horror experience. Waking up on an abandoned cargo ship in the middle of the ocean, you have to piece together what happened. You will need to escape using supplies found in the randomly generated ship, all while one of three monsters with notoriously scary AI will be hunting you.
Monstrum is currently available on Steam, and occasionally goes on sale a few times a year. You can also buy it on the Humble Store, Nuuvem, or Fanatical.
7. Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul
Regardless of what you think of the movies, Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul is a truly frightening experience in its own right. The Lost Soul uses the familiar story beats and iconography to put you in the shoes of a protagonist exploring a seemingly normal house, only to find dark secrets lurking beneath the surface. The amount of freedom the game gives you, plus the real sense of immersion it provides make it a treat for any horror fan.
The game is currently available on multiple online stores, and it retails for about $20.
6. Wilson’s Heart
Wilson’s Heart is one of the first major horror games developed specifically to be played in VR, as well as featuring a surprisingly accomplished voice cast. In it, you take the role of Robert Wilson, seemingly a patient at a derelict hospital overrun by nightmarish horrors with no real memory of how any of it happened.
To say more would spoil the story, but rest assured there’s no shortage of bloody terrors depicted in stylized black and white. You can only purchase Wilson’s Heart on the Oculus store.
Narcosis is a chilling story about the bottom of the sea. A stranded natural gas extraction worker has to navigate the horrors of the depth after an accident, trying to find a way to reach the surface without falling prey to the various fish that lurk in the darkness, or to his own hallucinations. What the game lacks in gore it more than makes up for in atmosphere and a compelling story.
You can purchase the game for about $20 on Steam, the Oculus store, the Humble Store, or the Xbox Live marketplace. Sales happen periodically, with the game sometimes appearing in a Humble Bundle.
4. Arizona Sunshine
Arizona Sunshine is different from other zombie games. Set in the blazing hot Arizona desert, you have to find out how to survive against both the undead hoards but also nature itself, with most levels taking place in broad daylight. With both an aesthetic difference and intuitive gameplay setting it apart from many zombie games, it’ll certainly please the most ardent of fans.
You can purchase Arizona Sunshine on different online stores, where it retails at about $40.
3. Don’t Knock Twice
Don’t Knock Twice is a game developed to go along with the movie of the same name. You play as a mother trying to reconnect with her estranged daughter. You will have to pursue an evil witch through hellish environments to try and save her after she’s kidnapped. Along the way, you will be fighting off the witch’s minions and solving puzzles. With an unparalleled level of interactivity and a lot of scares, it’s definitely worth a play even without seeing the film.
The game usually costs around $20, though it has gone on sale at the time of its release. You can find it at multiple online retailers.
2. A Chair in a Room: Greenwater
A Chair in a Room: Greenwater is a unique VR experience reminiscent of a particularly terrifying room escape puzzle. You play as a patient in the Greenwater Institute with no memory of who you are or how you got there. As the mystery and scares deepen, you will be uncovering your past by exploring your surroundings and finding ways to progress. You can buy this game on Steam for less than $15.
1. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
While the once-lauded franchise has had some trouble in the last few years finding its place in the world of modern games, Resident Evil 7 blew the pants off everyone when it was released. Both a return to form and expansion for the Resident Evil series, 7 is a masterpiece in horror gaming. Moreover, the game is a true experience for those in VR. For these reasons, it easily earns its spot as one of the best VR horror games.
You can purchase Resident Evil 7 on a variety of online websites. There is a Gold Edition available as well, collecting all the DLC along with two new pieces of DLC content. Only the PlayStation version is currently equipped for VR, however.
This was our list of the 10 best VR horror games out now. Do you agree with our picks? What other best VR horror games do you think should get the spotlight? Are there any upcoming titles you’re looking forward to? Tell us about them in the comments.