Resident Evil 7 is the latest entry in the long-running survival horror series, slated for release on January 24. That’s just a week away, and if you've got a PlayStation VR unit you're probably beside yourself with excitement. Finally getting your hands on the whole of what Resident Evil 7 has to offer is a tantalizing prospect.
But if you need something to keep you occupied and from climbing the walls ahead of time, you might want to seek out other terrifying options that also utilize virtual reality for some early scares to get you in the mindset. Who knows? All that training yourself not to jump at everything that goes bump in the night might come in handy.
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (PlayStation VR)
The original Until Dawn was an excellent adventure game that recalled some of the best parts of titles like Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. It starred Hayden Panettiere and Rami Malek in two of their best roles yet and wrapped up a slasher flick inside a psychological mystery that was a pure delight to unravel.
Its sequel, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood isn't exactly a continuation of the story by any means, but it's a spine-tingling rail shooter where you're forced to jump aboard a dilapidated demonic carnival ride in the vein of Mystic Midway and shoot for your life as you're being chased by a deranged killer. Expect some acid-laced shootouts with bowling pins, creepy clowns, entrails and plenty more as you frantically make your way through this morbid midway attraction.
The Brookhaven Experiment (HTC Vive/Oculus Rift)
There's nothing more terrifying than being alone in some dilapidated building waiting for the end to come. Monsters are scratch-scratching around you and they're shambling toward you at all times in every direction, coming from the depths of the black outside. With only a few scavenged items at your disposal, you've got to keep them from killing you ... because in your makeshift camp, it's kill or be killed.
That's part of the idea behind The Brookhaven Experiment, where you're forced to scraped together ammo, items for camp like a flashlight and batteries, and equipment with which to keep yourself alive while trying to survive each terrifying night. After the titular Experiment tore a hole in reality as we knew it, humanity began to dwindle down to nothing, and in its place bizarre, zombie-like creatures rose up ... creatures you must now face in this absolutely terrifying exercise in survival horror. It'll take much more out of you mentally and physically than Resident Evil 7 will, that's for sure.
Dreadhalls (Oculus Rift/Gear VR)
In the early days of virtual reality when it was still just a whisper away and popular YouTubers were purchasing Oculus Rift developer kits, many an on-camera personality brought us the horror that was Dreadhalls, a dungeon crawler that drops you straight into the action. Trapped in an enormous dungeon, you're tasked with defending yourself without any worthwhile weapons with which you can do so. As you make your way throughout the twisting halls of the bizarre dungeon, you slowly begin to wonder if you're actually alone or not ... and what could be waiting around the next corner if you take the wrong turn.
You won't be able to memorize the dungeon layout on subsequent play-throughs, either — it will randomize for each game. It's highly recommended that you take your Dreadhalls journey alone to enjoy it to its full effect, especially since you won't know what hit you when things finally ramp up.
Arizona Sunshine (Oculus Rift/HTC Vive)
If you've ever wanted to step into a real-world zombie apocalypse simulator, Arizona Sunshine is probably the closest you're ever going to get. Set in post-apocalyptic Arizona, you not only have to compete against the shambling hordes to stay alive but you also have to make sure your body's prepped and ready for the harsh Arizona sun and desert heat as well.
To that end, you've got to have your wits about you as zombies seemingly endlessly run up to you and try to rip you to shreds. It can be absolutely nerve-wracking, especially when you consider the fact that you've been left to your own devices to make sure you earn your survival. The game looks amazing, too. If zombie or supernatural creature-slaying is your thing and that''s primarily why you're interested in Resident Evil 7, you'll be right at home with Arizona Sunshine.
Face Your Fears (Oculus Rift/Gear VR)
If you're playing virtual reality games solely because you want to be scared or face some uniquely terrifying situations, then you've absolutely got to try out the free Oculus Rift and Gear VR app Face Your Fears, which forces you to do just that.
You'll be forced to go up against a haunted house as a terrified young kid in bed, stand on the ledge of a skyscraper, or several other scenarios based on the common fears so many people have. It's completely free to try, and it could even act as a primer for getting started with horror gaming in virtual reality, which is a completely different animal than what you're probably used to. Plus, it never hurts getting acclimated to things that scare you.