Syndrome VR Review – Legitimately Scary but Unpolished in Certain Aspects

Syndrome VR is one of those few games which launch on all major VR platforms at the same time. Interested parties can pick it up for PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift for the price of $24.99. The game itself is pretty interesting, to say the very least. Survival horror games in virtual reality are not that easy to come by whatsoever, but this one certainly stands out.

Syndrome VR is a Scary Experience

Truth be told, we aren’t big fans of survival horror games or any other horror game for that matter. When Syndrome VR came out, we weren’t exactly sure what to expect, but it turns out things are even more frightening in VR than we had originally anticipated. This is not the same version as PC and console gamers saw appear in 2016, as some subtle changes have been made. Fear is very real in virtual reality, to say the very least.

Players awaken with amnesia onboard a spaceship. Soon after, you will discover how your awakening is not random by any means. This game is incredibly focused on survival first and foremost, yet it still has a very palpable sense of fear to contend with. Unfortunately, this survival aspect isn’t panning out exactly, as the game is more of a walking simulator than anything else right now. For the faint of heart like ourselves, it is still pretty frightening, but your mileage may vary on this front.

As far as the background story is concerned, don’t bother paying attention to it. Your main goal is to get through the days without dying. There are some action scenes involved as well, although they are not as common as we would have liked to see. Most of the things happening in the game are pretty random, including how long a day lasts, which is rather unusual. The atmosphere makes up for most of this, though, as this one of the creepiest games we have seen so far.

All things considered, it is a bit unclear why Syndrome VR was created. We never played the original game, thus for us, it is still a decent game. Others, however, have pointed out, this is a weak version of the original game and offers no real bonus whatsoever. With less focus on walking and more focus on actually doing things in the game, Syndrome VR could have been so much better. It is a game one can pick up during a sale, but paying full price for the current version feels out of place.

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