Disillusions – Manga VR Horror

Posted January 26, 2015 by in All

Developer: Stephen Allen
 
Release Date: 06-05-2013
 
Game Type: Horror
 
Platform: PC, Mac, Linux
 
HMD: Oculus Rift DK2
 
Control Schemes: Keyboard and Sideways Mouse
 
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Best Part:

It's cheap at €0.99
 

Worst Part:

Will make you feel ill after a while in VR.
 
Bottom Line

Overall Disillusions as a VR game is not pretty, it’s hard to control and will make you feel ill but it’s certainly a game I will remember as spooky mannequins terrorise my dreams for some time to come.

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1/ 5

by Sandra Whelan
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From time to time I browse the Steam store to see what games have just been released with Oculus support.

This week I came across indie title Disillusions Manga Horror for the princely sum of 99 cent. I decided to check it out as I’m a fan of Japanese animi and the characters shown in the trailer looked interesting.

vr horror 1The game is set around two main characters DiS and Vigil who are friends who visit the haunted residence the newspapers have been covering recently. Unbeknownst to them, the place is not as abandoned as the press makes out and the echoes of the psychotic murderer who once called the place home are scattered everywhere. The storyline is suitably dark and has a lot of promise and I especially like the use of mannequins as sinister entities in much the same way as 1979 movie Tourist Trap uses them however the cheap jump scares ware thin very fast and become extremely predictable.

One thing that is evident as soon as you boot up the game in Rift mode is that none of the title screens or option screens are rendered for VR. You have to close one eye to navigate through options and find the start button for each of the 3 chapters. It’s not a hugely difficult task as all the options are quite big but it really should be fixed if your selling you’re game on Steam.

Once you navigate the title screens you are thrown into an extremely dark outdoor environment where you stumble around finding clues that are indicated by question marks. As you approach them you will hear a bell ring and a text box will appear with your character explaining part of the back story or giving you hints on what to do next. This is in essence the extent of Disillusion’s gameplay and is more akin to a point and click adventure with some jump scares rather than an interactive game.  The background sound is that of a screaming banshee or wind howling and rarely changes which will grate on you after a while.

vr horror 2Graphically the game uses lots of free stock unity models and it really shows in the final product. Also when wearing the rift all low resolution textures are very noticeable and you will frequently see large blocky graphics that look like PS1 generation graphics.  Also I’m quite a seasoned VR user now and haven’t experienced any sim sickness in well over a year but Disillusions had a strange effect on me after 20 minutes of play. I think this was really due to how your movement controls work.  You use the standard WASD keys for movement and your mouse is used to spin you around but for some unknown reason as you spin using the mouse your view of the world gets ever so slightly tilted and this caused me to get a headache. It didn’t feel like a normal headache either as my view of the VR world was tilted but I was sitting perfectly straight in my chair. This caused some type of confusion in my subconscious and was really unsettling but I could see this trick being used to better effect in other horror games in the future if being used in some short sections as it is subtle but noticeable after some time.

Also from time to time camera control is taken over by the computer and your viewpoint is pulled towards an item of interest or a jump scare which certainly doesn’t help with sim sickness.

Disillusions is 3 chapters long and each chapter lasts about 10 minutes. I did not get to finish the last chapter as I got lost in the wilderness and the tilted view started to really get to me but it is certainly an interesting story line that I would like to see developed into a polished game.

Overall Disillusions as a VR game is not pretty, it’s hard to control and will make you  feel ill but it’s certainly a game I will remember as spooky mannequins terrorise my  dreams for some time to come. It’s currently on sale for 99 cent on steam but beware it’s at this price for a reason.

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About the Author

Sandra Whelan

Sandra is an account manager by day and a full blown VR enthusiast by night. She loves to play the guinea pig and test the latest games and hardware and give an honest review of her findings

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