The Exorcist: Legion VR

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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VR scares have minor tech issues, will chill your spine.

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Positive Messages

No positive messages. You're trying to solve horrific crimes, but gameplay and tone aren't for faint of heart, especially in VR.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Little is known about the character you play, other than that it's a Boston-based homicide detective assigned to investigate a series of ritualistic murders.

Ease of Play

Controls are mostly straightforward when you're navigating environments, picking up clues, although moving through certain areas will take trial and error, especially during combat scenes.

Violence

Gameplay is divided into 30- to 60-minute chapters, each with main demon to destroy at end. There's often violence when confronting it, and you'll use items like a cross or holy water to defeat the enemy -- more so than your firearm. There's blood, but no gore. There are jump scares during scenes, so players need to be warned.

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Consumerism

The game is tied to The Exorcist, the classic '70s horror film franchise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know The Exorcist: Legion VR is a downloadable horror game for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR. Tied directly to the Exorcist film franchise, this adventure casts players in the role of a detective who investigates murders that are often tied to devil worshipping and satanic rituals. There's violence against supernatural creatures and demons, and blood is shown, frequently during these combat sequences. The game has a lot of religious imagery, too, which might concern some parents.

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What's it about?

THE EXORCIST: LEGION VR is an episodic virtual reality (VR) experience. You play as a Boston-based homicide detective assigned to investigate a series of brutal, ritualistic murders. Between 30  and 60 minutes apiece, each of the five playable chapters takes place in a different part of the world, such as traveling to Haiti in Chapter 4 ("Samaritan") because of a mysterious plague, or being transported deep into the mountains of Upper Mesopotamia in Chapter 5 ("The Tomb") to face the demon Pazuzu. Rooted in the adventure genre, The Exorcist: Legion VR’s gameplay is mostly tied to exploration, puzzle-solving (by finding and using tools that can help you later on in the chapters), and some combat as well. You'll rely on a lantern for illuminating dark areas, which adds to the atmosphere, and use a cross, holy water, and other objects to fend off evil. There’s also a journal that gives you background on demons, which may provide clues on how to best defeat them.

Is it any good?

While there are a few minor technical issues that could temporarily ruin the immersion, The Exorcist: Legion VR is a fun and downright scary episodic game you won't soon forget. You'll enjoy exploring indoor and outdoor locations, picking up clues and solving puzzles using a combination of items you find -- along with your exorcist's toolkit -- to find and banish the demon in a climactic boss-like battle. It's something to look forward to in each chapter, and they don't all play out the same, as you may suspect. In fact, between cases, you'll go back to the police station to examine evidence and look into new leads.

There are a few minor issues with movement, where it's not entirely intuitive, which could hurt the suspension of disbelief. You also walk slowly through each environment, which might annoy some players. Also, near the end of the chapter, you're focusing more on a tense combat sequence and shouldn't have to wrestle with the controls. Players may also occasionally run into camera angles that can obscure their view, but all of these issues are minor compared to the engaging and terrifying gameplay. With its great sound design and atmospheric visuals, horror fans will no doubt love this chilling interactive experience. So long as you don't mind slower-paced adventure games, delivered in short chapters, with some occasional movement and camera issues, The Exorcist: Legion VR is one of the more underrated virtual reality games yet released.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in The Exorcist: Legion VR affected by the inclusion of virtual reality, which makes the action seem more realistic? Would the impact of the blood and scares be as intense if it was not a VR game?

  • Is it fun to be scared? What makes scary games so appealing? Would you enjoy The Exorcist: Legion VR if it wasn't nearly as fear-focused? 

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