Parents' Guide to

The Inpatient

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Violent, scary VR game is immersive, thought-provoking.

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If you're a fan of horror movies and games, this adventure game delivers some serious VR thrills and chills -- and not just in its jump scare scenes. Unfortunately, The Inpatient is short and suffers from some technical issues, but overall, it's recommended for fans of the genre. Along with the regular DualShock controller, you can play The Inpatient using PlayStation Move controllers, which are recommended for added immersion, since you've got two hands to touch and manipulate items. But there will be some trial and error, such as fumbling with a door handle that's directly in front of you. There are some movement challenges, too, such as being unable to turn around in the game. But between the great story, real-looking characters, and talking to them using your own voice (an optional feature that makes it even more fun), the developers really make you feel like you're in the inpatient's shoes.

Also worth noting is the scary soundscape -- the audio in this game is exceptional, between the sound effects, musical score, and stellar voice acting -- which makes it even more immersive. In fact, you'll rely on directional audio cues at times to determine where someone (or something) is. While it's short at just over two hours, the game offers some replayability, as different decisions will likely yield a different outcome. Without giving too much away, you can even change the narrative after multiple playthroughs. The Inpatient is an example of a horror adventure game done right. It's downright creepy, immersive, and thought-provoking. Perhaps a patch can tweak some of the movement and control issues, but even with these shortcomings, it's worth the price of admission.

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