ByMarcus O'Shea, writer at Creators.co
Resident RPG nerd and SoulsBorne fanatic. Can be spotted by their floofy hair.
Marcus O'Shea

VR is not only technologically impressive, it's proven to be a rather impactful invention. Not only is it helping people change their lives but it's got the potential to be absolutely terrifying when it comes to horror games. There's some very cool and hilarious games coming out, but like every new platform, there's a whole lot of trash too.

The Worst Games On VR

From unintentional to games that seem like they were scientifically calculated to make you throw up, here's the worst available on right now, especially if you have a dainty stomach.

'Here They Lie'

Bro our band photo looks sick as hell. [Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]
Bro our band photo looks sick as hell. [Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment]

Here They Lie advertises itself as a 'psychological horror game', but should probably fix that typo to read 'physiological'. Almost everyone who's played it has complained about extreme motion sickness due to the jerky movement and odd control scheme, as well as bizarre choices like having the screen blank out every time you use your control stick instead of your head to look around.

As a game it's fine. Another haunted house simulator with scripted scares and an obvious debt to Silent Hill and P.T., so if that was your thing I'd recommend it, as long as you bring your own vomit bucket along.

'Spell Fighter VR'

Getting hit fills your screen with the most high res jpgs of blood that MSPaint can make. [Credit: Kubold]
Getting hit fills your screen with the most high res jpgs of blood that MSPaint can make. [Credit: Kubold]

Did you like the first-person combat of Skyrim, Dishonored and Dark Messiah of Might and Magic? Do you wish you didn't? Then try Spell Fighter VR! This 20-odd minute tech demo features janky controls, primitive graphics and an inexplicably odd control scheme used to fight off the hordes of almost identical sword-wielding humanoid enemies to the tunes of the most generic fantasy music ever downloaded from a creative commons website.

On the other hand, the game is completely free, and the jankyness probably comes from the fact that it's the passionate work of one guy who appears to be really into what he does. He seems to mostly be using the game as a learning project, and makes changes frequently, so perhaps soon the few seeds of some cool ideas will sprout into something a bit more coherent.

'DreamDesk VR'

'DreamDesk VR's' greatest feature is rendering League of Legends in such a small, blurry screen that you can't play it. [Credit: We AR VR]
'DreamDesk VR's' greatest feature is rendering League of Legends in such a small, blurry screen that you can't play it. [Credit: We AR VR]

What's the one thing you'd love to see simulated in VR. Space travel? Zooming through the human body like you're in Fantastic Voyage? Maybe exploring bizarre and strange new worlds? There's a lot of different answers. But if yours was 'simulate your own desktop but with some added lights and backgrounds' then congratulations, I've outed you as both a robot infiltrator and one of the only customers who might buy DreamDesk Vr.

Yes, this program can simulate using your regular desktop in VR. For the low, low price of 40 United States Dollars and an incredibly expensive headset, you can add worse controls, extra bugs and slowdown the process of your regular workday. But don't worry, it adds all kind of awesome additions, like the ability to spawn webcams anywhere in your VR space to film your virtual desktop.

'InCell'

I hope you like vomit, because InCell delivers it by the bucketful. [Credit: Nival]
I hope you like vomit, because InCell delivers it by the bucketful. [Credit: Nival]

InCell is a breathtakingly beautiful little racing game about exploring the inside of the human body. As far as I can tell, the gameplay is simple: race ahead of a virus wave, avoid obstacles, pick up power-ups and currency and reach the end of the level.

This could be a very fun game! I'll never know though, because even outside of VR the videos of this game managed to give me motion sickness. It's even worse with the headset on, according to the various reviews I checked. A lot of players aren't very happy about having to explore what was inside their stomachs after a few minutes in this twisting, turning, disorienting experience.

'FATED: The Silent Oath'

Get whoever designed these guys working on a Silent Hill reboot, I know I'd be terrified. [Credit: Frima]
Get whoever designed these guys working on a Silent Hill reboot, I know I'd be terrified. [Credit: Frima]

I'm actually a pretty big fan of the so-called 'walking simulator' genre. Gone Home is still one of my favorite gameplay experiences and I'd literally kill every last one of you for a re-release of P.T.

FATED: The Silent Oath however, is an example of the very worst the genre has to offer. A complete lack of interactivity, underwritten characters and a huge amount of emotional manipulation.

This might be somewhat bearable if it wasn't for the art style, which transforms the game into one of the most effectively horrifying experiences of my life thanks to the dead-eyed stares of the characters. FATED looks like a Chinese knock-off of a Dreamworks movie. Like someone described a human being to a man kept in a pitch black dungeon his entire life. FATED may be the scariest VR game yet.

If you're bummed out by the worst that VR has to offer, try the most awesome and psychedelic game it has to offer instead, Thumper.

Have you played a terrible game on VR that you think should be on this list? Is there a VR game you're really looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!

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