It’s that spooky time of year again, and if you’re looking for an extra fright (or fifteen) leading up to Halloween, go no further than these top VR games that are sure to send shivers down your spine.

Here’s our favorite VR games which span the gamut of horror and thriller sub-genres. Below you’ll find adventure, combat, and plenty of hair-raisingly close encounters with ghoulies of all make and model. With some exceptions, most of the games below support all major VR headsets, including SteamVR, PSVR and Meta Quest.

Cross-platform Titles

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

Where other zombie games may have failed to provide a good balance between creepiness and all-out zombie-ganking fun, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners has definitively succeeded. Enter a post-apocalyptic New Orleans as ‘The Traveler’ in this single-player RPG, where you’ll scrounge for parts, craft weapons, and broker deals between warring factions—all while dealing with the truly deadly hordes of ghoulies. Shoot, stab, rest and survive for another day. There’s a sequel headed our way, but a bit too late for Halloween sadly.

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Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted

The makers of the famous jump scare-tastic Five Nights at Freddy’s, Steel Wool Studios, have done the unthinkable and made a version for all major VR headsets. Keep an eye on the monitors, manage power, and for heaven’s sake don’t blink for a second, because Freddy Fazbear and his possessed animatronic compatriots will definitely be going for the jugular.

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Blair Witch

Franchise tie-in games aren’t always good, but Blair Witch bucks the trend by offering up a story-driven psychological horror game which has been thoughtfully rebuilt for VR headsets. The VR port does have its rough edges, but this dark, bone chilling story will truly force you headfirst into insanity. Make sure your flashlight is working.

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Wraith: The Oblivion- Afterlife

Just because you’re already dead doesn’t mean you’re safe in Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife. Set in a haunted Hollywood mansion that acts as a prison, you use your supernatural powers to unravel the mystery behind why the mansion is chocked full of ghosts. Run, hide, and don’t get caught.

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Red Matter & Red Matter 2

Take one part Soviet brutalism, two parts puzzle-adventure, mix them up in the low atmosphere of a mysteriously abandoned off-world colony, and garnish with a slice of Cold War espionage. That’s the sci-fi thriller Red Matter in a nutshell. Creepy, unsettling atmosphere and no jump scares.

And Red Matter 2 manages to look even better than the original (especially on Quest). We included both games in the same section because you should definitely play the first before heading on the sequel. This one has more of a combat twist, but not overwhelmingly so. Again, no jump scares, but plenty of creepy atmosphere.

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Into the Radius

Sneaking into a forbidden zone, tactical gear in hand, you’ll be tempted to mow down every ghostly baddie you come across in this open-world survival adventure. But as you run out of time and ammo, you’ll find yourself dreading every encounter with the Radius’ deadly anomalies as you march ever forward into an unforgiving abyss, which filled with a unique brand of post-apocalyptic surrealism that should rock you to your core.

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The Room VR: A Darkmatter

This puzzler lets you step back into Edwardian-era London, 1908. As a detective, you’re tasked with investigating the disappearance of an esteemed Egyptologist where you’ll explore cryptic locations, examine gadgets and uncover an otherworldly discovery which blurs the line between reality and illusion. No jump scares, plenty of puzzles and creepy vibes.

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In Death: Unchained

Sólfar Studios’ rogue-lite bow-shooter is drenched in gothic horror. You fruitlessly battle against increasingly powerful monsters with your trusty bow, all in service of an achievement-based progression system that advances between sessions, revealing yet more unseen horrors.

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The Exorcist: Legion VR

Broken down into five chapters with their own stories, The Exorcist: Legion VR serves up plenty of demonic entities, exorcism tools, hidden artifacts and atmospheric locations. Less scary and more ominous.

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Platform Specific Games

Half-Life Alyx – SteamVR

You may have a gun and a handy dandy gravity glove to help you, but nothing will prepare you for VR’s preeminent horror shooter, which dumps you into the quarantined zone (sound familiar?) for a zombie-killing good time. It’s good. Full stop.

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  • PCVR: Steam (Index, Vive, Rift, Windows VR)

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice VR Edition – SteamVR

Hellblade: Senau’s Sacrifice is a frightening action-adventure game that simulates psychosis, which is heightened in VR to such a degree that you’d be forgiven for taking a few breaks. The game’s disembodied voices whisper into your ears and criticize your every move, level geometry mysteriously changes as you look away to accomplish another task, making you question your own sanity. It’s a third-person game that doesn’t so nearly enough for the sake of making it more of a VR-native experience, but it’s so beautiful and well-crafted that we might just forgive it.

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  • PC VR: Steam (Index, Vive, Rift, Windows VR)

Jurassic World Aftermath

Jurassic World Aftermath crash-lands you on the infamous Isla Nublar, where hiding (and dying) from dino-pals is the order of the day. Trapped in a research facility, your mission is to recover valuable information, explore and solve puzzles, and distract and evade the three ferocious Velociraptors which stalk your every move.

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Resident Evil 4 – Quest 2

Fire up the nostalgia train for one of the most beloved survival horror games out there, as Capcom has teamed up with Facebook and Armature Studio to bring Resident Evil 4 (2005) to VR in a big way. Although it’s still not what you’d call a native VR experience, the new first-person viewpoint really works alongside some fine-tuning by Armature to make this a much more immersive and visceral way to enjoy the 15-hour zombie-slaying adventure. The only thing we want out of RE4 now is broader support for other headsets besides Quest 2.

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Lies Beneath – Meta Quest & Rift

What bumps in the night must be killed, no question. In this graphic novel-inspired survival horror, you traverse levels delving into the psyche of the protagonist, Mae. Gain a full arsenal of weapons as you battle different monsters, all of them intent on putting a stop to your one-way quest to salvation.

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – PSVR

Whereas RE4 is all about running and gunning, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard is more on the horror adventure side of things, offering atmospheric frights and plenty of story to experience as you delve into the Baker House Mansion. Even at nearly five years old, this one is still very much worth your time if you haven’t played before. We were hoping for broader VR support when the flatscreen game came to PC, but that never happened.

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Update (October 17th, 2022): Overhauled this list to reflect new and important titles in horror/survival and cleaned up links for better legibility.

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  • NooYawker

    Why don’t they bring Resident Evil VR to PCVR already? It’s been long enough.

    • John Thomas

      Sony paid for the exclusivity.

      • NooYawker

        Usually these are timed exclusives. I figured this would be the same.

    • Adrian Meyer

      I’m sure I read months ago that they weren’t planning on a PC VR release, such a shame. Still not bought or played it yet, until they do. Even though it’s pretty cheap nowadays.

    • ivan

      I also intrested. It was timed exclusive as was announced…

    • Ragbone

      I hope a fan can make a VR mod for it.

      • Tommy

        Already exists :)

        • Max-Dmg

          I waited ages for a vr mod or official support then finished it just before the mod came out.

    • Geogaddi

      According to Capcom leaks, Sony paid $5 million for a VR conversion of RE7, so that probably means full exclusivity. Guessing Oculus did the same with RE4.

    • Tommy

      Preydog has excellent mods for RE2,3,7,and 8. They have full motion control support and are amazing mods!

  • bakterius

    I buyed RE7 long ago and still not play.. 1 year exclusivity wanish bu stupid namco politics not want release already VR ready game to PC. I try play with Vorpx but its not too good….. I not buy for 1 interrresting game useles console (for me).

    • Tommy

      Use the Preydog mod

  • scary games for this,

  • Jarilo

    Organ Quarter, for some reason the shit PS2 like graphics made it scarier than anything else in VR.

  • DanDei

    Alien: Isolation Mother Mod!
    Nothing else comes even close to this

    • johngrimoldy

      I was thinking the SAME thing! Alien:Isolation is a terrifying experience.

    • mirak

      Is it a bit wonky or truely solid ?

  • 3872Orcs

    The Forest VR! Janky but very fun in co-op! Wish there where more survival games like this! I could not have played it alone! Too scary! So you’re gonna need some friends to get trough the caves and dark nights of this game :)

  • Jack Liddon

    I still think A Chair In A Room is one hell of a scary game.

  • Not all horror, some of them are just in a dark setting. Anyway, it is a great list of games.

    BTW why haven’t you added Phasmophobia?

    • BreeziEasyPZ

      idk i don’t really find Phasmophobia scary (unless i play solo) when i play with my friends it’s not scary because i know someone is there with me so i don’t get scared AT ALL

  • Dan Trance

    You forgot the best game so far, Phasmophobia… And what about The Forest?
    I wish they would bring Outlast to VR

  • The Evil Puppy

    What about Until Dawn: Rush of Blood? It’s literally a shoot em up haunted house roller coaster ride and I love it! Perfect game for Halloween. Buy it today if you haven’t played it yet!

    • Tailgun

      One of the first games I played on PSVR – great fun!

    • Tommy

      Man, I REALLY hope Supermassive does a sequel for PSVR2!!

  • Diana Collins

    If you like strategy games, you will love this one. The World of Warships is a sailing simulation game where players have to master a whole lot of things before they can claim victory. If you like this, you will definitely enjoy the game. A good review of the game will tell you that this game requires a lot of practice. Those who are not good at sailing will have a hard time playing the game

    • Tommy

      Doesn’t seem like a very good horror game…

  • Michael Patrick

    Forewarned? Surv1v3 in the sewers level are both great horror experiences.

  • XRC

    Dreadhalls. Old but still gold.

    Looks great with super resolution, atmospheric and super tense at times

  • doug

    REV1V3. I think it’s a solid contender for VR GOTY.

  • Octogod

    Great list! Need to play these for sure.

  • eadVrim

    … Resident Evil 2 & 7 praydog VR mod

  • Tommy

    Reiko’s Fragment is a must have for Halloween parties!
    This game is played with one person in VR in a haunted house and eight others on their mobile phone scaring the shit out of you, kind of the way The Persistence works. Awesome fun and makes you want revenge on your friends

  • Kamil Skuza

    Where Afterlife VR? :C

  • Woodrowe Bones

    A Chair in a Room: Greenwater Asylum should be in this list. Fantastic game in VR

  • Kickthedog

    Looks great.

  • Ravale