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Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. 90
    Supermassive Games has nailed the thrill of funfair rides and amplified it with a healthy dose of horror. The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR utilizes the PSVR 2 toolset to great and grisly effect. It can be counted among the most consistently entertaining PSVR 2 experiences you can have.
  2. Mar 17, 2023
    85
    A sequel in everything but name to PS VR’s delightful Rush of Blood, The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR takes everything that made that title successful and refines it further. The shooting is great, the thrills are some of the best on the platform, and the overall vibe can be downright terrifying. Ride a coaster, shoot some demons, scream, laugh, and cuss. What’s not to love?
  3. Mar 15, 2023
    85
    Switchback VR surprises and delights with its jump scare rollercoaster ride through its greatest hits, offering a great reason to don a headset.
  4. Mar 16, 2023
    84
    The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR improves on every aspect of Rush of Blood to create an essential horror title for the PSVR 2. The innovative use of the headset adds to the immersion to create memorable moments of terror. While the story takes a back seat, the heart-racing ride through the grotesque is not to be missed.
  5. Mar 15, 2023
    80
    Given the attention to detail, exceptional level design, near-unending variety, but most importantly, its inventive approach to ‘scare tactics’, The Dark Pictures: Switchback is an absolute must-play for fans of the genre and those looking for a real fright. Go in with open eyes, let the distinct worlds and the many unsettling inhabitants enrapture you, and you may well be left trembling in no time at all.
  6. 80
    Switchback VR is a fantastically frightening ride that will have you jumping in your seat and reeling from its horrific sights and sounds as you shoot your way through an excellent homage to The Dark Pictures Anthology.
  7. Mar 15, 2023
    79
    Switchback VR is one of the best demonstrations of what horror can do in PS VR2 taking advantage of its technical innovations. Uncomfortable, intense and with moments that you will remember, it came with its own limitations: it does not stray far from what was seen in Rush of Blood and that it is somewhat expensive for what it lasts.
  8. Mar 15, 2023
    77
    As a more or less classical rail shooter, Dark Pictures Switchback VR is no complexity monster – and it's short concerning a single playthrough. But the simple and good working gameplay mechanics are nothing less than a perfect match for VR. The shooting trip also benefits from its scary atmosphere while particular connoisseurs of the core series will enjoy the similarities.
  9. Mar 15, 2023
    75
    I expect Switchback VR to be similarly polarizing because it caters to a very specific niche, but if you enjoyed Rush of Blood, you'll likely have a good time here as well.
  10. Mar 15, 2023
    70
    Switchback VR is one of the best games currently available on PS VR2. At the same time, it's a disappointment in terms of graphics and can be completed in one evening.
  11. Mar 15, 2023
    70
    The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR is a really solid PSVR 2 shooter with some fun uses of the headset's eye tracking and haptics, though it is sadly let down by some annoying technical hitches.
  12. Mar 16, 2023
    60
    The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR is a fun on-rails arcade shooter, even if it’s one that takes less than a day to complete. It’s also one of the first games in the PS VR2’s library to really take advantage of the headset’s eye-tracking tech in an interesting and exciting way. However, the lack of scares, weak story, and occasional performance issues keep it from being a must-buy for PS VR2 early adopters.
  13. Mar 15, 2023
    60
    While this review may sound very negative, you can have some fun with The Dark Pictures Anthology: Switchback VR. The problem is, we just expected it to be better. While we didn’t find it scary at all, some might. We at least appreciated that a number of its scenarios put us under pressure. It’s perhaps apt that it puts you on a rollercoaster, as like a real rollercoaster ride it’s full of highs and lows, both technically and mechanically. At the end of the day, there are better on-rails shooters available on PSVR 2 already. And the unique elements on offer here just aren’t accomplished enough to draw us away from them.
  14. Mar 15, 2023
    60
    Switchback VR is a steady rail shooter that offers decent variety and an interesting tour through some old levels, but never tries to earn The Dark Pictures name. The choices don’t matter, the Curator is just a creepy Where’s Wally?, and the stakes or even setup for rescuing characters was lost on me. However, it’s reliably spooky, action-packed, and has the best designed villain in the series. It’s a rail shooter obsessed with its own past, so it makes sense that it’s two steps forward and one step back.
  15. Mar 15, 2023
    50
    A moderately entertaining on-rails action game that fails to learn anything from its predecessor Until Dawn: Rush Of Blood or indeed other, much older, lightgun games.
  16. Mar 16, 2023
    40
    Until Dawn continues to elude Supermassive, and now even Rush of Blood appears out of reach. Switchback VR is a scruffy game that fails to match up to its well-liked PSVR predecessor, delivering low-budget visuals, lousy combat encounters, and some pretty low-energy level design. There are a handful of memorable moments, and some may find fun in the jump scares – but this should and could have been so much more.
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  1. Mar 17, 2023
    The experience itself is good fun and a mostly engaging horror shooter from start to end. It blends together arcade gameplay elements with intense horror action, bringing some fantastic enemy designs and brilliant settings into the fray. While the visuals might not be the most stunning we’ve seen on the platform, it’s nonetheless competent and what lacks in fidelity it makes up for in style. Though probably not a system seller, The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR is a good PSVR 2 exclusive and an easy recommendation for fans of horror and arcade action. [Recommended]
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Mar 17, 2023
    5
    I found this game disrespectful to the end user: Low resolution, heavy popping, absurd changes of LOD right in front of you, framerate issues,I found this game disrespectful to the end user: Low resolution, heavy popping, absurd changes of LOD right in front of you, framerate issues, PS4 loading times, poor attention to detail (fire as a wall animated texture like a PS1 era), 3D audio completely broken to the point you can’t know when an enemy is hitting you from side…

    The funny thing is that Rush of Blood didn’t had any of this issues and ran in a PS4 base hardware.

    About the game itself, feels way worse than Rush of Blood. The pacing is off, the art direction is poor, the enemies are boring and ¡it’s not scary at all!

    Note: It doesn’t use foveated rendering which might helped.
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  2. Mar 17, 2023
    4
    Gameplay : Good
    Visuals : PS3 visuals no joke ( waiting for an update to change my mind )
    Sound : Fine its clearly not
    Gameplay : Good
    Visuals : PS3 visuals no joke ( waiting for an update to change my mind )
    Sound : Fine

    its clearly not designed for the PS5 with that much loading screens & poor visuals

    I was really hyped for this one what a let down
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  3. Mar 17, 2023
    10
    Loving it, it's like the best theme park ride imaginable, graphics are fine, audio is top notch, a must for any horror film/theme park fan