A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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 & Scariness
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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Products & Purchases
The game is tied to The Exorcist, the classic '70s horror film franchise.
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.
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.
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