Affected: The Manor

Affected: The Manor is a fun PSVR experience filled with scares and great scenery.  This 20 minute experience is packed with jumpscares, eerie characters and even multiple endings.  This game isn't for the faint of heart but can still provide high level of excitement for even the newest of PSVR owners. 

Quick Notes
Genre: PSVR Experience
Controlle: Dual Shock
Length: ~20-25 minutes
Price: $7.99
PlayPSVR Score: 5

Lets have a quick grammar lesson here, because I hate when people misuse affect and effect. Effect is a noun people, affect is a verb. I always learned it as this: if you can put the word “change” in place of affect/effect then it should be affect. Example: the airborne club crushed my groin and I was ____ forever. So “I was changed forever”. It works so put affect not effect. All of that to say, I like this title because the first thing that came to my mind was Affected….aka. changed. I like the idea of a game “changing” me. So great title. Big fan. Unfortunately, however, I am not changed. But Affected: The Manor should still be on your radar.

You begin by walking into the manor, choosing various paths as you wind through the building.  Each room as something special to it and provide different characters, animations and scares along the way.  I was very impressed with the amount of detail put into the environment.  Each room really is very scary and they utilize a host of different scare tactics.  

Right off the bat, the first screen says prepare for jump scares.  That should tell you to prepare yourself big time when that is the first thing you see.  The manor covers all the basis for max terror: blood, dolls, ghosts, items, creepy art, philosophical haunts, physical haunts, it has it all.  Which is awesome.  Nothing was featured too much and even though it mentions jump scares off the bat I'd say there were only maybe 6 or 7 in the whole play through.  So it isn't like every 5 feet something is jumping out at you. 

The length is approximately 20-25 minutes, which for an experience isn't too bad.  There are a lot of areas you can choose to investigate even though nothing will open, no other paths will magically appear, there aren't any items or Easter eggs (that I know of).  The game does provide different endings which is certainly a nice touch and can increase the enjoyment some and give you a "game" like feel.  

My main issue with the game is that for seasoned horror fans and users of PSVR, this simply isn't scary.  I flinched once.  That's it.  Not even a jump.  All the scares are so slow to develop that you can see them developing for like 20 seconds before it happens.  That is a real bummer when the sole purpose of the experience is to be scary.  

With that in mind, however, it also makes it a wonderful candidate for a game to be on display for first time PSVR users.  If you hadn't played VR before, the game would be terrifying.  For first time users that love horror it would whet your appetite and for those who aren't, it would keep them on edge, but not scare them away from the system entirely.  Maybe that was the purpose of Affected: The Manor all along.  But just a heads up for those who really want a good scare, you should look elsewhere. 

I can't elaborate anymore than that because I don't want to give away any parts of the game.  It was a pleasant experience, it is very well produced and I feel that $8 is a fair price, however, if it were cheaper I wouldn't complain.  I think at a $5 price point it would be a no brainer to buy simply to show first time players.  

Affected: The Manor is my favorite PSVR experience with  fun, in depth and good looking game play for new owners and those who are faint of heart.  Although the thrills aren't there for seasoned PSVR users, it provides value in being a wonderful first experience for many friends/family who don't have VR legs. 

PlayPSVR Score: 5