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  • Summary: Wilson's Heart is an immersive first-person psychological thriller set in a 1940's hospital that has undergone a haunting transformation. In this original VR adventure, you become Robert Wilson, a patient who awakens to the shocking discovery that his heart has been replaced with aWilson's Heart is an immersive first-person psychological thriller set in a 1940's hospital that has undergone a haunting transformation. In this original VR adventure, you become Robert Wilson, a patient who awakens to the shocking discovery that his heart has been replaced with a mysterious device. As the hospital hauntings intensify, you and your fellow patients must traverse increasingly maddening corridors, overcome frightening environmental hazards and work together to defeat the sinister inhabitants in your pursuit to reveal who stole your heart... and why. Wilson's Heart leverages an eccentric cast of characters, compelling narrative, striking visuals, and the immersive nature of Touch to bring you into an interactive adventure of mystery unlike any other game. [Twisted Pixel] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Apr 25, 2017
    90
    Despite the occasionally repetitive moment of combat, Wilson’s Heart is a must-play game that elevates narrative, visuals, sound, and gameplay for VR experiences to an entirely new level. Your time as Robert may have been a nightmare, but it’s a nightmare you’ll be eager to revisit again, and again, and again.
  2. Apr 25, 2017
    90
    This is a VR game that will inspire others to make their own VR games. It's a high-quality product that makes me upset it's an Oculus exclusive. I still think that VR games have a long way to go, but Wilson's Heart is a strong foot forward towards realizing the true impact virtual reality can have. It doesn't rely on jump-scares to freak out the player but instead opts to make them uneasy and uncomfortable with its environment and brilliant setpieces. If you have the capacity to play Wilson's Heart, do it. Then send me a PM so we can talk about all the super cool spoilery moments that are unmatched in the medium and genre.
  3. Aug 7, 2017
    88
    Wilson’s Heart for Oculus Rift is an absolute amazing VR gaming experience that harkens in tone and style to the old style classic films of Hollywood horror and the old Hammer Horror films. The presentation is even in black and white and lends its self-well to the adventure the player finds himself or herself thrust on. Furthermore, Wilson’s Heart is one of those diamonds in a sea of cannon fodder games for VR… not to say this diamond does not have a few flaws.
  4. Apr 25, 2017
    80
    With its unique 1940's monster movie aesthetic and excellent voice casting, Wilson's Heart feels like the first "can't-miss" VR game. Too bad it's a Rift exclusive.
  5. Aug 22, 2017
    80
    Wilson’s Heart is good, even very good at points. Expertly mixing its story, sound and visual aesthetics into a solid experience that’ll draw you in and keep you engrossed for hours. But there are some niggles with the constrained gameplay mechanics that hamper its ability to be a great title.
  6. Jul 29, 2017
    70
    Wilson's Heart is a visually-stunning adventure offering a host of expertly-crafted immersive environments, complete with realistic characters and competent voice acting. A thin sheen of '40s campiness coats what turns out to be a horrifying and surreal nightmare world. While puzzles are interesting and varied, the game disappointingly suffers from inconsistent object interaction and lack-luster monster battles. [Tested with Oculus Touch]
  7. Apr 25, 2017
    68
    Wilson’s Heart gets a lot of things right. The spooky atmosphere, charming camp, and long-form narrative are great proofs of concept for virtual reality adventures. Considering most VR titles available right now feel more like glorified tech demos than full-fledged games, I enjoyed the extended sessions of this six-to-eight-hour experience. But Wilson’s Heart’s limited interactivity, lack of freedom, and wooden combat show developers still have a lot to learn about creating truly immersive virtual reality experiences.

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  1. Apr 26, 2017
    10
    This is THE VR experience I've hoped for! A truly unique psychological thriller that puts the player into a 1940's era hospital that isThis is THE VR experience I've hoped for! A truly unique psychological thriller that puts the player into a 1940's era hospital that is apparently haunted. The game has great atmosphere through the music, environments, and the interactions are some of the best to date in VR experiences and games in general. If you don't have an Oculus Rift, then this will be the game to buy one for. I highly recommend it! Expand
  2. Jun 17, 2017
    8
    In many ways, this is a landmark game for VR, even with a few glaring flaws. It's a lengthy 8-hour adventure with great production values,In many ways, this is a landmark game for VR, even with a few glaring flaws. It's a lengthy 8-hour adventure with great production values, excellent graphics, and a ton of atmosphere. The scenario is incredibly creative, steeped in vintage 1940s horror vibes, and each sequence manages to introduce clever new ideas. During a time when made-for-VR games are still mostly short and shallow, this is undeniably a AAA game with the substance and value you'd expect from a console game.

    At its core, this is an adventure game, driven more by puzzles and story than by action or gameplay mechanics, and that's a good thing, since the mechanics themselves are probably the weakest part. While interacting in VR is normally very intuitive, Wilson's Heart often has clumsy scenarios where you're not quite sure how to make the game do what you want to do. The movement mechanic is a very limiting node-teleport, and you can't even take more than a step in any direction before the game freezes and makes you move back. When everything works like you'd expect it, it's a joy to grab and throw and punch, but there are too many moments where you'll be clumsily trying to figure out where to put your hands.

    Despite these flaws, I'd have no hesitation recommending Wilson's Heart. It's a gorgeous, clever, one-of-a-kind game that could only exist in VR. It offers the right amount of scary to make you jump and sweat, but not give you PTSD, and it's one of the biggest, most ambitious VR originals to date.
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  3. Jun 25, 2019
    7
    it has some cool moment in the pazzle solving and the theme is ok. combat is tedious and writing is ok.

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