There haven’t been as many virtual reality (VR) horror titles appearing in 2021 as in previous years with one of the most notable exceptions being Fast Travel Games’ Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife. Originally released for Oculus before coming to Steam, soon it’ll be the turn of PlayStation VR players to wander the haunted hallways of Barclay Mansion.
Rather than wall-to-wall scares, this haunted mansion experience provides a much slower, atmospheric adventure, all set within the World of Darkness universe. You play as Ed Miller, a photographer who dies during a seance at the luxurious home of one Howard Barclay, a Hollywood movie producer. As you might have guessed, your death doesn’t see you move happily along into the afterlife, instead, you’re stuck between there and the living world.
So you need to figure out what went wrong and what happened to your girlfriend who joined you at the gathering. But you’re not alone on this little escapade as you’ll be joined by Shadow, a manifestation of Miller’s dark subconscious. While this being can be helpful at times it isn’t exactly on your side, relishing in your struggle, and occasionally complicating things as well.
However, Shadow isn’t a real threat but the Spectres are. These are damned creatures that wander sections of the mansion, actively hunting you. They’ll come running if you make a sound or you happen to get in their line of sight and there’s no fighting them off; there are no weapons in Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife. So you have to be sneaky and utilise hiding spots to avoid them or create distractions.
Reviewing the Oculus Quest version of Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife VRFocus found that: “For those that love slow and tense survival horror Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife certainly delivers. Coming in at around eight hours of nail-biting content, Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife does the World of Darkness proud.”
Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife is scheduled to arrive on 7th October 2021 for PlayStation VR, with a recommended retail price of $29.99 USD/£24.99 GBP/€24.99 EUR. Check out the new trailer below and for further updates from Fast Travel Games, keep reading VRFocus.