All aboard the Doom Train
Until Dawn Rush of Blood
Oh, what a thrill
Riding a train through a haunted house at a carnival is the perfect summation of the Until Dawn: Rush of Blood experience. Unlike its predecessor, which slowly but steadily builds on the horror, the spin-o shocks you at every turn imaginable, thanks to the effective use of VR. In spite of the sub-par on-rails shooter treatment that will surely leave a mark on the franchise’s reputation, Rush of Blood is a thrill to play that will give adrenaline seekers something to scream about.
Spread over seven bite-sized levels inspired by typical horror locales, Rush of Blood puts players into a rollercoaster going of the beaten track. Armed with two pistols, which is best maneuvered with Move controllers, the player must gun their way through waves of enemies including killer clowns, zombies, and ghosts. Jump scares populate the length of each level as occasional breaks between shootouts, but the experience is otherwise linear. While the game can be bested in less than two hours, alternate paths, collectibles, and a global leaderboard can stretch the experience a little further. For those up for a challenge, there are also multiple difficulty levels to keep trigger ngers happy, although the joy of Rush of Blood is really immersing yourself in the Until Dawn universe. Just have those adult diapers ready.
A promising, albeit awed, start for VR horror.