The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR

Cover Art - Switchback VR
Welcome to Inferno's ride!

Immerse yourself in this fast-paced rollercoaster action-horror-shooter where every move you make, and everything you see, could mean the difference between life and death.

The spiritual sequel to Until Dawn: Rush of Blood on the original PS VR, The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR is a new spin-off of Season 1 of the Dark Pictures Anthology.

Platforms PlayStation 5
Developer Supermassive Games
Publisher Supermassive Games
Player Count 1

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March 22nd, 2023

My proudest Platinum is Until Dawn: Rush of Blood. The VR roller coaster shooter hit all the right notes with me. It was also the first game that made me ‘nope’ out of VR! So when Supermassive announced the spiritual sequel The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR, I was fully in.

So as I had started feeling better, I tentatively fired up Switchback VR. I expected to have to bow out, as the motion of a roller coaster coupled with lingering illness might have caused issues.

Luckily, this wasn’t a problem. I made it through three of the four Dark Pictures ‘levels’. My only problem is I started playing late on a work night, so I couldn’t power through!

20230322 - Switchback VR - Opening Train Trip
You begin on a train, with a lot of imagary that you will soon be very familiar with

So what is the story of Switchback VR? No disrespect to Supermassive, but it kind of doesn’t matter. You end up on a roller coaster, assisted by the Curator, and play through levels based on the Dark Pictures Anthology.

What you want to know is you are on a roller coaster, and there are plenty of things to shoot at and jumpscares to look out for. Thanks to the PS VR2 and its awesome eye-tracking, there is also blink detection. That’s right – Switchback VR knows when you close your eyes and uses that against you!

20230322 - Switchback VR - The shooting is fun
The shooting is fun, with only a smidge of aim assist on higher levels

I enjoyed Switchback VR, but it didn’t quite live up to what I hoped it would be. Switchback VR isn’t a bad game by any means. In a lot of ways, it is slower than Rush of Blood, which is where I felt a little letdown.

But I have played a lot of VR over the years, and a complaint with Rush of Blood is VR newbies had lots of motion sickness issues. Toning this down for Switchback VR makes sense, as you want new people to enjoy the experience and not be put off by it!

20230322 - Switchback VR - The roller coaster sections are fun but far between
The fast motion and jerky motion do take a lot of getting used to in VR

So if you are a Rush of Blood veteran, while I think you will enjoy Switchback VR maybe nab it on sale. If you are new to PS VR2 and don’t mind some scares, then Switchback VR is a great showpiece of what the hardware can do!

I will talk more about Switchback VR soon though. I have one more trophy to collect for the Platinum (Sorry Dead Space!), and then I will do a formal review.