Another one for the zombie fans. In Contagion VR: Outbreak you take the role of one of multiple characters and experience the stories of how they dealt with the apocalypse.
It’s a mostly standard setting for the zombie genre. A chemical accident has unleashed a deadly zombie virus, now you have to survive the horrors awaiting you. There’s a variety of modes you can choose from. A single player mode where you choose one of multiple characters to play as, each with their own story, a co-op multiplayer mode where you team up with your friends to fight against the undead threat, and a PVP mode where you get to shoot those aforementioned friends and feel good about it.
So, what’s the gameplay of Contagion VR: Outbreak like. Well, it’s kind of like old Resident Evil games in the sense that you have to scavenge for resources and preserve ammunition in order to survive. Just going in gun blazing will most likely get you killed instead of the zombies. You can search through random objects and corpses to find the stuff that you’ll need, but you can’t take all of it, as you have limited space to carry things. You have a backpack that can carry four items, holsters for two guns, ammo, pills and a flashlight. There will be situations in which you’ll have to choose what items you need to keep.
Now this is where the game shines. In other aspects it might not feel that special, but the devs really did a good job at making you feel like your stranded in the middle of an actual zombie apocalypse. This is only possible because the game is designed for VR. The suspense you feel when you search a bag for resources with one hand while pointing your gun towards the oncoming zombies is something you can’t experience on a normal monitor. It gets especially intense when a loud sound alerts all the zombies in an area and you have to run for your life.
Contagion VR: Outbreak is a game that really makes you feel like you are in the setting. It does have some bugs here and there, but it’s what you would expect from a game that is in early access. It might not have been that interesting if it wasn’t for VR, but the fact that it is makes it worth the money.