One of the biggest problems when selling the idea of virtual
reality to everyday punters is that it’s so experiential that it’s hard to do
it justice – everyone says it’s amazing, but without trying it it’s hard to
However, a bunch of YouTube reaction videos sum up how mind-blowing
and downright terrifying Oculus Rift games and demos can be. Here we present
the most startling Oculus Rift reactions, so you can see just how convincing
the experience is and how easy it’s going to be to trigger complete nervous
breakdowns in unsuspecting gamers.
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Here’s Lars Nikolausson and a few pals testing out a horror experience for Oculus Rift created on the Unreal Engine 4 engine. The makers of the 30 minute demo say: “In our game you will not die. The only thing which you will have to beat are your fears. Pass the claustrophobic labyrinth if you dare. Are you brave enough to do it? Prove it.” We’re not so sure any of these proved anything, other than they are all capable of high pitched squealing.
Affected is designed with “jumpscares” in mind, so people know what they are getting themselves in to before they even don the VR helmet. Speaking of helmets, here’s PewDiePie getting the heck scared out of him while wearing one. Skip to 2.20 for a particularly sweary reaction.
We’ll start with Andrew from Shacknews trying out Sega’s Alien Isolation. We have no idea what he’s seeing, but
something startles him (Jonesy?) and then something else makes him almost crap
himself seconds later. It’s the amazing slow-mo Xenomorph-like contortions of
Andrew’s mouth that really make it.
Squish is a fairly simple demo in which the walls close in
on the player, a little like the trash compactor in Star Wars. A pancake-like
death is completely unavoidable, as YouTube user EventHorizon5 found out. It’s
testament to how virtual reality can make a really simple experience utterly
Alone in the Rift
Mashable gave three unlucky victims the chance to
play Alone in the Rift, a horror title involving a cabin in the woods. They
question why exactly they’re walking towards the cabin when they know something
terrifying will happen, and then – rather unsurprisingly – completely brick it.
Three for the price of one: these reactions to an Unreal
Engine 4-powered rollercoaster are too good not to share. It’s a good idea to
have someone standing behind you if you ever get to try the demo, as Jacob,
Rosha and Jessica will attest.
But just make sure you can trust the person standing behind
you. This time around the helper gives the player a tiny nudge when they’re at
the peak of the rollercoaster, resulting in them completely and utterly losing
it, like a giant spider in a greased bathtub. We’re not sure if this is funny
or just a cruel and unusual form of tech torture. And then there’s his friend’s laugh…