Dark Days is a VR game I will never play – and it’s not why you think
Dark Days is a new game from relatively new developer Parallel Studios, based in France, that released on Samsung’s GearVR headset earlier this week – and I’ll never play it. It’s probably not for the reason you think, either.
Dark Days describes itself as a mix between the X-Files and Twin Peaks and has players in the shoes of Jade Lacroix, who checks into a Death Valley motel and suddenly finds things going all crazy when she learns that local residents are going missing.
It all sounds too creepy for me, but friend and fellow GearVR owner Ross McDougall, mentioned he’d downloaded the game so I messaged him, telling him to let me know how it was as I was thinking about picking it up. Depending on what Ross thought, I might download it and play it myself.
So, Ross DM’d me over Twitter on Friday night and his experience helped me make the decision that, yeah, I wasn’t going to entertain the thought of even playing Dark Days. It sounds just too freaken scary for me.
Here’s the conversation that Ross sent through in all its glory. Oh, there are some spoilers about the opening couple of minutes so if you plan to play Dark Days, perhaps stop reading from here.
“First section is you driving in a car.
“”You look at these things to interact with them.
“Horn, glovebox, radio etc
“The character narrating.
“(And I’m not sure what triggers it).
“There’s a black shadow shaman looking guy with long fingers and a white mask standing on the passenger seat.
“Reaching out to you.
“You only see him once you’re looking the total opposite direction and moving your head back to that area.
I nearly f…… screamed hahaha”.
That’s probably how’d I’d react as well, to be fair. In fact, I’d probably be too scared to turn my head. As soon as I saw the shaman dude I’d probably lose the plot complete. Ross said his wife played the same section – and laughed at it!
I’ve got no problem with mild horror films and I loved X-Files and Twin Peaks back in the day (I didn’t think much of the recent new X-Files episodes) and while I don’t go out of my way to watch a horror film, if one’s playing in the background on TV I don’t get freaked.
I think my issue with VR horror games is that because with VR you’re actually inside what is going on, my mind just checks out and tells my body “Nah, mate. I’m outta here.” There’s no way I want to even entertain a horror game in VR. I’ll stick to space sims or puzzle games, thanks.
Dark Days seems to be getting positive feedback from people who have played it and it’s probably a really good game with jump scares but sorry, Parallel Studios, I won’t be one of the people playing it as I don’t get on with jump scares.
Frankly, I’m just not going to give myself a heart attack in the name of an immersive VR experience.
Here’s the trailer. Who’s with me?