Sorry to disappoint any fans of the movie franchise, but Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul is nothing like its source material -- but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This game does away with the stationary found-footage device that’s synonymous with the franchise in favour of a more familiar and video-game friendly first-person perspective.
There’s something about being alone in an ordinary house at night that makes even the slightest creak terrifying. And when you’re free to explore the entire house at your own leisure, the source of the noise could be anywhere.
As well as being given free reign of the house, Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul also features a Scare Randomizer system that does exactly what it says on the tin. If you encountered a jump scare in a certain area in one playthrough, it might not be in the same place the next time around. This makes for a great experience with friends who don’t know about the system and think they know where all the scares will come from.
Although the framing shift is detrimental to the idea of living the Paranormal Activity movies in the VR realm, VRWERX has still delivered a strong ghost story experience, one capable of making even the most seasoned horror fan wet their pants.