Though Halloween may be still some month away, Sony and publisher Winking Entertainment see no reason to stop the scares from coming, and how released two now PlayStation VR horror titles which both feature themes taken from Chinese folklore.
Though both titles are said to be very different, they share some similarities in where they take their themes and inspiration from, and both are out now for PlayStation VR users to download from the PlayStation Store.
The first title is called The Walker, and is a first-person shooter set in a version of old shanghai which has been infested by zombies. The players of course has a modern firearm at hand to dispose of the undead, but also has the option of a more visceral approach by using a sword for melee combat.
Players will be able to tap into the power of Chinese talismans to use elemental buffs that can be applied to both long-rang and short-range weaponry. Users will need to develop tactics for battling against monsters hiding behind shields, or those wielding swords of their own. Players can even uncover the secret of how to use the talismans to hurt elemental projectiles for an extra advantage.
The second title is called 18 Floors, which is an atmospheric escape room style puzzle-adventure which is set in a strange and surreal space where a series of interconnected puzzles must be completed in order to escape from a sealed room.
18 Floors is planned to become part of a larger series, though the current release features two levels and lots of rooms to explore, each with its own unique setting and style. The background for the title concerns the idea that hell has 18 levels, as portrayed in Chinese folklore depictions.
As a nod to the inspiration, 18 Floors contains quite a few references to Chinese history and culture, which the developers feel adds to the depth and atmosphere of the title.
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