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The Best Horror Games on Meta Quest

Horror games are great but there’s a special kind of fear that comes from playing them in VR. Forget about backing away from your monitor and looking around to reassure yourself you’re safe in your room. In VR, the horror’s all around you and thanks to the Meta Quest lack of wires, it’s even easier to get lost in the nightmare.

With the Meta Quest 3 on the horizon you can expect Meta’s headset to offer some even higher-resolution scares, with the added bonus that you can still experience Quest and Quest 2 titles. In short, you should probably be bulk-ordering brown trousers. So, whether you’re upgrading or not, we’ve rounded up some of the best horror games on Meta Quest.

1. Resident Evil 4

Not to be confused with the remake of the same name, Resident Evil 4 takes the original survivor horror game and dials it up to 11. You’re still floppy-haired badass Leon, out to save the president’s daughter, but the action is literally in your face. You’re not looking over Leon’s shoulder, it’s you standing there when the Ganados break into the house you were cowering in.

Throw in an optional control system that lets you pluck items off Leon’s body and you’ve got a top-notch port that makes this version of Resi 4 feel like a whole new game. As Meta Quest horror games go, there’s just as much action as there is terror but it’s absolutely one of the best.

2. Blair Witch

Blair Witch VR

How do you make a horror game about a monster you never see? Bloober Team, the developer behind Layers of Fear, managed it very well. Sure, there’s the odd stick monster encounter but for the most part it succeeds at keeping you on edge without waggling the witch in your face. You’ve got a canine companion who’s so awesome you’ll worry when he’s not there. And there’s a neat mechanic where you alter reality by meddling with found footage.

That’s the vanilla version of the game, anyway. In VR, with Blair Witch: Oculus Quest Edition (it’s kept the name), you’ll terrified to within an inch of your life. Forget just using the controllers, you’ll be physically whipping around to see what’s behind you. Less action-oriented than Resident Evil 4, this is one of the most unsettling horror games on the platform.

Read our review of Blair Witch: Oculus Quest Edition

3. Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife

In Wraith: The Oblivion Afterlife you’re dead. You’ve popped your clogs, you’re a ghost or, more accurately a wraith. So there’s nothing to worry about, right? Wrong. Wraith: The Oblivion is all the scarier for making you part of the spirit world. It exposes you to things that the living don’t know are there, distorted reflections of the ‘real’ world. Throw in the mystery of who murdered you, and you’ve got the recipe for a fantastic VR nightmare.

Read our review of Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife

4. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted

What’s scarier than Five Nights at Freddy’s? Doing the whole thing in VR. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted bundles together the first five FNAF games, along with a few minigames, and lets you experience them up close and personal.

Actually having to reach out to press those door buttons adds an extra edge to game that was already terrifying in 2D. Sure, it’s all about the jumpscares and if you’re looking for a Silent Hill 2 style experience with long periods of unease you won’t find it here. But no matter how hard you nope out you’ll keep coming back for more.

5. The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Chapters 1 & 2

The Walking Dead Saints and Sinners Chapter 2 Retribution

Okay, this is technically two games, but both are just fantastic. There are human enemies to content with but zombie slaying is where it’s at. Forget about World War Z’s runners, these are your traditional shamblers. So, you’ve got time to get clear, right? You might think so but what really sells The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners is how easy it is to get overwhelmed.

You’re not just blasting away with a joypad, you’re loading your gun, grabbing zombies to stab them in their head and so on. All that takes time and before you know it the dead have got their teeth in your neck. It’s not a wall-to-wall slaughterfest, though.

As ‘The Tourist’, there’s plenty of sight-seeing as you roam waterlogged New Orleans. There’s shades of Borderlands here as you hunt for a mythical vault. But with everyone after it, who can you trust? There are alliances to be forged and decisions to be made.

Chapter 2 throws in a more persistent human foe so, as you float or walk along you’ll wonder just who’s watching you. If you’re a zombie aficionado these two games are an essential Meta Quest purchase.

Read our review of The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – Chapter 2: Retribution

6. Arizona Sunshine

If, on the other hand, you don’t give a hoot about characterisation, Arizona Sunshine is your game. As possibly the last man on Earth, you’re making your way through a sun-baked, zombie filled world. It’s more geared towards spectacle than The Walking Dead – Saints & Sinners with gore galore.

Sure, you want to survive, but being able to splatter the living dead in spectacular fashion is a big bonus. Reviewing the PSVR version of the game, we praised its “decapitated limbs, bullet holes or even full-on, squelchy head explosions” as “satisfyingly visceral.”

Read our review of the PSVR version of Arizona Sunshine

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