Wraith The Oblivion Afterlife PSVR Preview

Hands On Preview: Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife (PSVR) – A relaxed pace, but beautifully disturbing VR horror effort

Wraith The Oblivion Afterlife PSVR Preview

Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife PSVR PreviewWith its assortment of vampires, werewolves, and now vengeful ghosts, it’s certainly fair to say that World of Darkness’s table setting has a huge array of supernatural people to attract to video game adaptations. In Wraith: The Oblivion, from the same developer behind underrated PSVR titles The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets and Apex Construct, it’s the turn of the various ghosts and dark forces lurking behind the veil to take their time in the spotlight. to put. How are you, months after its release, how are you doing with this latest video game adaptation of World of Darkness at this early moment?

Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife PSVR Preview

First of all, it is clear that developer Fast Travel Games knows how to make the most of the immersive opportunities that PlayStation VR offers. Utilizing a first-person field of view and intricate three-dimensional sound, Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife wastes no time consuming players within the ethereal nihilism of its grim realm, as sounds of distant horrors can be heard, while unspeakable horrors lurk the limits of your peripheral vision.

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As Ed Miller, a photographer who dies violently during a mysterious séance, players become the titular Wraith, an incorporeal being attached to the mansion where the séance took place, forever determined to discover the cause of its untimely demise. To achieve this goal, Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife has you poking around the aforementioned mansion grounds looking for clues to uncover the grim events that continue poor Ed Miller’s journey to the other side.

Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife Turns Into A Slightly Lumbering, Though Massively Disturbing Horror Effort

In practice, the game lets you discover flashbacks of interactions between the other residents of the mansion, in addition to discarded notes, books, magazines, and so on, all of which allow you to piece together the events that led to Miller’s death, while a spectral camera can be used to reveal secrets previously invisible to the naked eye. There is seemingly no combat in Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife, as other more evil ghosts and other such monsters must also be stealthily avoided (simply trudging along will blind most of them to your presence).

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It’s pretty straight forward stuff to be fair, but things are spiced up by the fact that Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife uses something of a neat plot mechanic in the form of the ‘Shadow’. Described by the developers as the ‘devil sitting on your shoulder’, this turns out to be an apt description as the Shadow provides an endlessly eerie inner voice that not only helps the player get used to the spirit world, but also torments you relentlessly, about your death and the bottomless abyss you now face forever. They are certainly atmospheric things and it contributes enormously to the indelible feeling of terror that the game manages to convey so well.

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Likewise, besides the audio side of things, it turns out that Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife is really good visually too. As you delve deeper into the mansion you’ll discover an impeccably rendered abode that is equal in detail at every turn, while the various ghosts and horrors haunting you are all displayed with some kind of terrifying detail and clarity you’d expect (see random guys with rotten faces hung around the joint, shouting randomly will never not be gruesome).

Right now, however, Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife is hit by somewhat clunky controls. While traversing the mansion is easy enough and being able to switch between teleportation and smooth motion systems is very welcome, actually picking up objects from a distance (you have a handy skill that allows you to grip objects) is rather tricky and takes a while get used to.

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Likewise, indeed first-person VR horror efforts are not lacking on PlayStation VR. With folks like Here They Lie, The Exorcist VR, and Resident Evil 7 all covering something of a broad spectrum within the genre, what Wraith: The Oblivion is doing here broadly isn’t really all that new or groundbreaking. And while some may complain about Afterlife’s much slower pace than all those aforementioned titles, it still looks like it’s turning into a thoughtful and truly disturbing horror effort.

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Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife will be released on PSVR sometime later in 2021.