Psychological thriller games are hard to find in the world of virtual reality right now. That is a bit surprising, as this medium lends itself perfectly to suspense, creepy situations, and psychological plot twists. Dark Days is one of the few games which effectively takes the plunge in VR, and the game is a lot more proficient than people may assume. Although this is mainly a Samsung Gear VR game, it is well worth checking out.The game is not without flaws either, though, that much is pretty evident right away.
Dark Days is Brilliant but Also Lacking
It is quite unusual to see one particular VR game combine the best and worst of video games, plot twists, and visual technology in one package. Dark Days has a great virtual world, where there is plenty of content to keep people engaged for multiple hours. This is a positive sign in general, as mobile VR games often lack content or people simply lose interest in the first hour or less. With Dark Days, that will not be the case, although there are still some flaws to be found in the game itself.
At first, you wouldn’t even consider this game to be a creepy and psychological mind trip, as everything starts out with bright colors and a happy scenario. That situation changes pretty quickly, mind you, as the first jump scare is just around the corner. There will be a lot of these jump scares, with most of them being done extremely well. Unfortunately, some of them are also cheap and just feel underwhelming. A very odd mix, but it doesn’t diminish the overall fun provided by Dark Days.
Movement in the game is done through location-based teleportation. Not the best of systems, but it works pretty well in general. While you zip around the game world, the main character narrates almost all the time. This is great to get more information about your surroundings and such, even though it tends to get on our nerves now and then as well. For a first-person view game, one would expect less talking and more “go out and figure things out”. A missed opportunity for the developers, in our opinion, but your mileage may vary.
Your main antagonist is a nightmarish creature which hunts you in both the real world and your dreams. It sets a very interesting tone throughout the entire game, which is extremely well done. Progression in the game will require a fair amount of trial and error, which is part of what makes it so much fun. For a mobile VR game, Dark Days is certainly worth picking up if you are a fan of the genre. It is not the best game we have seen to date, but it’s certainly better than a lot of offerings available today.
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