Five of the Best VR Suspense Games of 2018
Every year the percentage of suspense games grows as the demand increases. Both for console gamers and online casino players, these games are proving to be more and more satisfying as the technology allows for a more immersive and interactive environment.
2018 was no different. The number of new suspense games reached an all-time high in 2018. Game options were featured that allowed the player to get up close and personal with captivating storylines and lifelike action figures.
Some of the best suspense games of 2018 include:
Wilson’s Heart is a psychological thriller set in the ’40s where a spooky atmosphere sets the stage for the action to come.
The action takes place in a hospital that has suddenly become haunted. Patient Robert Wilson — you, the player — awakens to find that his heart has been replaced with a mysterious device.
Your task is to work with the other patients to overcome the hazards while you try to find out who stole your heart, and why. The action takes place in the corridors of the now-sinister hospital environment and brings together an eccentric cast of characters. Striking visuals, compelling narrative and the immersive Touchscreen navigational tools bring you into an interactive mystery.
Wilson’s Heart has been praised for its riveting black-and-white graphics which add to the authenticity of the 1940s narrative. The engaging cast of characters helps to bring the story to life.
VR gamers don’t agree on a lot but one point of reference that many are acknowledging is that, to date, Beat Saber might be the best VR game ever made. The game sold 100,000 in its first month and quickly shot up to 7th place on Stream’s list of highest-rated games.
Beat Saber also succeeded in breaking the barrier that was keeping other players from trying VR. It made a lot of players who were used to 2D move over to VR. The game is fun, engaging and designed in a way that draws gamers into a whole other world.
In short, Beat Saber is a game in which your lightsabers keep you on the ball. You have to slash the elements that threaten you with your motion controllers at the correct time and in the correct direction. All the while you’ll be ducking barriers and bombs and engaging them with your sabers.
Scoring is about form, not timing, and your points go up if you make longer arcs, hit a note box down its center or complete other tasks that demonstrate training and forethought/ This is accomplished through planning arm placements that will give you the best angle for your next saber slash.
Firewall Zero Hour
Firewall Zero Hour pits one team against the other as each tries to overcome the other team. Two equal teams of four players compete against one another with no respawns. Each match is five minutes long and involves both Attacking and Defending teams. The Attackers try to hack firewall access points that can reveal the location of a laptop containing top-secret information.
This game combines suspense with fun. Each player has a choice of doing the Solo Training mode or the Co-op Training mode. Moving up the levels, the difficulties become more pronounced. Once you exit the training modes you’ll find that everything changes. Post-training, everyone focuses on achieving goals by carrying out contracts on the other team. The VR capabilities give players everything needed to create an authentic combat situation, both tactically and for immersion.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice combines the heart-wrenching story of Senua with VR storytelling and gameplay. This third-person VR will tear at your heartstrings while you battle to help Seuna through Viking folk-lore and mental illness. The game was first released for console play last year but this version is far superior. You’ll feel the proximity to the events as you become part of Senua’s story, sticking by her side as she experiences suffering and despair. The game rides the line between a fantasy art style and graphical realism in a way that presents you with plenty of visuals to illustrate the storyline.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice delivers a highly immersive adventure marred by clunky controls but it’s still one of the most immersive attempts at VR storytelling to date. The bold, brilliant illustration presents a haunting thrill ride through the human mind.
The story is told in the third person. You observe Senua as she descends into the depths of Helheim — Nordic Hell, on her quest to save the soul of her lost lover. To accomplish this Senua must battle twisted, demonic creatures. Throughout the journey, you help Senua as she engages in combat with these deranged creatures, navigates their dark, twisted worlds and uncovers the meanings behind cryptic puzzles and symbols.
République has been available on Smartphone since 2013 and now it’s a VR adventure. The VR version features stronger elements and a meaningful connection between the gamer and the protagonist Hope. You can now transition the security camera-style perspective from the flat screen to a virtual world to give you a sense of immediacy and reality.
You start by sneaking through a facility that’s promoting a totalitarian worldview on children where you gather and sell data. By Level 4 you meet your enemy whom you must battle so the République can stay free. You’ll often need to make snap decisions to avoid detection while you hide Hope. You can also grab items off the patrolling guards for a little bit of light-hearted humorous activity.
2018 may be remembered as the year that VR came into its own, especially for suspense-game enthusiasts.