Affected – A Virtual Reality Experiment

Posted March 17, 2014 by in All

Developer: www.fallenplanetstudios.com
 
Release Date: 01-03-2014
 
Game Type: Horror
 
Platform: PC
 
HMD: Oculus Rift
 
Control Schemes: Keyboard & Mouse, Xbox Controller
 
Download: www.fallenplanetstudios.com
 
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Best Part:

Extremely polished visuals throughout.
 

Worst Part:

Some sound clips are short and keep repeating with is noticeable.
 
Bottom Line

Affected is a horror experience you are not likely to forget as it takes all of the most common fears and phobias that the average person might have and uses them all to instill new nightmares on your frightened mind.

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4.5/ 5

by David
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Playing through horror games while wearing an Oculus Rift can be quite a terrifying experience even when you know what coming ahead.

Affected is a horror experience you are not likely to forget as it takes all of the most common fears and phobias that the average person might have and uses them all to instill new nightmares on your frightened mind.

image1Affected gives you the choice of playing through three different scenareos which are all terrifying in their own way. You can go through The Manor, The Asylum, or The Fairground. All three environments are quite dark as you proceed through them but it’s easy to see that developers Fallen Planet have spent quite a lot of time working on the lighting and graphical effects as this game is one of the most polished experiences currently available and the worlds they have built will completely immerse you and fill you with fear and dread.

Affected is a scripted linear horror experience where you walk down corridors or set paths to your final destination. Often times while playing I have wanted to walk back not wanting to proceed through the next scary door or area only to find that some entity has closed the door behind me leaving me no choice but to go forward to see what fate awaits me.

As this is a linear experience the developers have been able to add quite a lot of Jump Scares which you know are coming but as they are implemented so effectively they still make you jump and leave your heart pounding.

One of the games stand out moments occurs while playing through the Manor level. As you walk into a large room you see lots of furniture and a grand piano suddenly rise off the ground. This is really well done and reminds me of the movie Poltergeist however because you are actually in the room and not watching this unfold on a TV screen the effect really puts a shiver through your spine and will make you want to turn back.

image2The only very slight issue we have with Affected is that some of the sound clips are slightly short on some of the levels and you can tell they are being repeated over and over as you can hear the track restart but this is an extremely small issue and its only noticeable because the rest of the game quality is so extremely high it feels a bit out of place.

Overall Affected is a must play on the Oculus Rift. This game takes everything all the other horror experiences on the Rift have done right and mixes them all together and adds a polish to the visuals that is currently unrivaled. Seeing is truly believing and when you’re inside you are completely and hopelessly lost in the twisted world of Affected.

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About the Author

David

David Whelan a professional web developer has been a serial early adopter of the latest technology. From an early age playing on a C64 he always dreamt of entering virtual worlds and exploring the endless possibilities that could be offered up by the platform.

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