Surviving the Night: The Paranormal Activity VR Experience

This year we have seen major developments in gaming, but none as exciting and potentially titilating as VR. Every gamer on the planet has imagined when it will be possible to fully immerse oneself into their favorite games and play as or alongside our favorite characters. Whether it is running through the streets as an Assassin in Assassin’s Creed or exploring the frozen wastes of Skyrim, we all want to be inside of these increasingly amazing games instead of just being behind the controller. Although we may have to wait until we can zap ourselves digitally into a game ala Matrix, we have the next best thing in recently developed VR software. If you haven’t seen Paranormal Activity, don’t fear as this summer you will be able to immerse yourself into a haunted house in Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul.

If you have not seen any of the Paranormal Activity movies or have never heard of them (hiding under a rock, are we?) , the movies have their own mythology and are told from a found-footage perspective. The first one follows a couple in which one of them claims to have been haunted by an evil spirit since she can remember. They decide to record whether occurences will happen around her, with incidences starting and growing increasingly malevolent, eventually leading to them discovering that it is a demon who haunts them. The sequels follow in the same footsteps as the original and develop their own mythology surrounding the main characters and the demon. Now imagine the thrill of watching these movies, and taking it to the next level in VR.

Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul inserts you into a haunted house, in which you must survive and escape as the house slowly becomes increasingly haunted and tries to take you down. Although survival horror is nothing we are new too, this brings it into a whole new perspective. It is akin to being in a real-life ghost adventure, with the entity trying to kill you rather than you with your crew of friends taking flashlights around an old building or cemetary trying to see if the spirits of the dead will rouse around you. Watching the demo videos, we see players exploring the house while supernatural phenomena sparks around them, from glass breaking on its own and doors slamming behind you to apparitions appearing before you or charging at you from long corridors. The game promises that on top of just surviving, there will be a story that you can discover around you while you progress through the house.

This is just one of the early games in a quickly growing VR industry. THis year alone, we have seen Sony announce their own VR plans at E3 as well as top games and game developers releasing VR content or VR reworks for current games, such as Fallout 4 VR and Resident Evil 7. We here at TGS are excited to see the future of VR and further development on technology and hopefully one day, not only will we just see and hear the Paranormal Activity experience, but be fully immersed in all of our 5 senses.

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