Mixed or average reviews - based on 57 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 57
  2. Negative: 5 out of 57
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  1. Jan 26, 2018
    It is chilling without being cheesy. Horrifying without being overt. Disturbing without being grotesque. I absolutely cannot wait to return to the Blackwood Sanatorium and make all the (right? wrong?) decisions this time around. The Inpatient is easily the most rewarding horror adventure to be had on the PSVR to date.
  2. 85
    The Inpatient is one of PSVR’s best. It’s a shining example of presence and engagement. The visuals impress and it uses a ton of clever tricks to fully immerse the player in the experience of living out Blackwood Sanatorium’s final days, making me feel like I was actually there.
  3. Jan 23, 2018
    The Inpatient doesn't just do right by Until Dawn, but stands right alongside it as one of the strongest horror experiences on PlayStation 4. It's a game far less concerned with pushing you towards what's lurking down every corridor than feeding you the worst ideas of what could be.
  4. Jan 23, 2018
    The Inpatient is one of the best horror games that Virtual Reality has these days. Supermassive Games has created a great example of how to create an immersive story and has brought it to life for PlayStation VR.
  5. Jan 22, 2018
    The Inpatient has a great premise with excellent production values, but its hampered by poor controls and lackluster character development. As a prequel to Until Dawn, it does a great job of fleshing out the lore a bit more, but it’s a bit short to really stand on its own. That being said, the moments that are there and the scares that they produce are totally worth experiencing. Plus, more games should absolutely adopt the voice recognition dialog feature going forward.
  6. Jan 31, 2018
    Your mileage may vary if you come into the game expecting another blast-em-up like Rush of Blood but, if you take The Inpatient on its own merits, it’s an intriguing peek into what the future may hold for the quality of VR titles and stands as one of the most immersive experiences I’ve had with the technology yet.
  7. Jan 26, 2018
    Supermassive Games has aimed for something truly ambitious in the horror sector with The Inpatient. While there are some fine ideas in play, this brief psychological experience could've used a little bit more time in therapy.
  8. The Inpatient is a good virtual reality game for the horror genre. If you are looking for a pure horror game you may be a bit upset, but if you like mysterious stories, where dialogue is important and you already have a Playstation VR, it would be an enjoyable adventure.
  9. Jan 23, 2018
    The Inpatient excels at immersing the player, and it looks gorgeous. Unfortunately it puts too many barriers between the player and ultimate success.
  10. Jan 22, 2018
    A short but enjoyable horror experience, enriched by the Until Dawn-esque “Butterfly Effect” feature.
  11. Games Master UK
    Feb 22, 2018
    Although peppered with flaws, this is an interesting experiment that rises far above tech demo. [March 2018, p.69]
  12. Jan 30, 2018
    Despite being developed for the same team that made Until Dawn, The Inpatient lacks of a thrilling story and nice motion controllers that can turn it into a memorable experience for the PlayStation VR.
  13. Feb 22, 2018
    Great atmosphere and some intriguing story elements, but really sloppy controls, bad tempo and slow movement speed are sadly killing the experience.
  14. Feb 5, 2018
    The Inpatient is a horror game that contains all the ingredients for a great game, but lacks the execution.
  15. Jan 24, 2018
    Interesting yet limited VR game that puts you inside of an inmate in Blackwood Sanitorium, to experience a cinematic story that you can alter, but with little to no interactivity.
  16. Jan 23, 2018
    The Inpatient is a gorgeous VR game, but gaps in the story and a general lack of depth make it fall short of its potential.
  17. Jan 23, 2018
    The Inpatient looks good; sound goods and has a couple of interesting ideas, but it lacks purpose. It doesn't work as a walking simulator because the story isn't that good, and it doesn't work as a horror game because it lacks gameplay. If you want to be scared, though, it can be fun.
  18. Jan 23, 2018
    The Inpatient's interesting premise and ideas cannot save a game plagued by a poorly-paced plot and boring gameplay.
  19. Jan 22, 2018
    While there’s the potential via various endings and story branches, the simple slog of The Inpatient has proven too much for me. Is it VR that’s the culprit, or does Supermassive already need a new hook?
  20. Jan 22, 2018
    I couldn't help but wish it was more, well, exciting. It's a technical marvel, but at times the experience feels hollow and uneventful. In the end, even though I'm glad to return to this universe, The Inpatient comes across as a bit of a missed opportunity.
  21. Jan 22, 2018
    The Inpatient is a difficult game to recommend, with inconsistent scares and a mundane cast. It still offers some frightful moments, but they aren’t wrapped up in a captivating enough narrative to keep you engaged. Even if you’re a hardcore Until Dawn fan, this watered-down horror experience is probably worth skipping.
  22. Jan 26, 2018
    It starts strong, then it deteriorates and all of a sudden it is over. While the audiovisual presentation is classy the content is too thin.
  23. Jan 23, 2018
    The Inpatient is technically impressive and sometimes scary, but its rhythm is too slow, and you can finish the main story within a couple of hours. It has different endings and collectibles, but we felt no urge to go back to the game once finished.
  24. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Sep 13, 2018
    The Inpatient does not bring revolution to VR horror games, but thanks to butterfly wings effect it offers a solid re-playability. The game is from the beginning very good and interesting, unfortunately it is not able to hold (keep) this level to the end. [Issue#284]
  25. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Feb 26, 2018
    Has flashes of inspiration while magnifying its predecessor's flaws. [March 2018, p.90]
  26. Feb 14, 2018
    The Inpatient is impressive thanks to virtual reality, voice controls and the amazing story. However the controls are a big obstacle, making it very hard to keep playing.
  27. Feb 9, 2018
    The Inpatient has very good moments of immersive horror and high production values. On the other hand a bad history, irrelevant characters, imprecise controls and almost nonexistent game mechanics leave us with a forgettable VR experience.
  28. 60
    Everything that it tries to do has been done better by either its own predecessor or its competition.
  29. Feb 3, 2018
    The Inpatient is very impressive at a few moments. Virtual reality, the sound effects and the voice controls make for an intense atmosphere, but the story feels a bit shattered.
  30. Jan 26, 2018
    We were expecting much more from Supermassive Games, the guys behind the sleeper hit Until Dawn. Unfortunately, The Inpatient is a very slow and rather bland prequel to Until Dawn that immediately captivates players with its eerie atmosphere and superb graphics, but fails in almost every other aspect.
  31. Jan 24, 2018
    The Inpatient seems… Inpatient. It lacks pace and turns out to be, at the very least, unconnected.
  32. Jan 23, 2018
    Beware of numerous things before buying The Inpatient, like the overkill price tag for a 2-hour experience and the overall weakness of the plot, be it technically or on the story side.
  33. Jan 23, 2018
    It’s immersive, absorbing and sometimes very creepy and effective, but it also feels like only half the game it could have been. With more real interaction and more for the player to see and do, we might have had a new highlight in the PSVR line-up. As it is, it’s another intriguing but short-lived experience, which hints at a richer, more ambitious tale of terror than the one it ultimately delivers.
  34. Jan 23, 2018
    If you like jump scares, this one is a (two hours) must have for you. Otherwise, you can look away.
  35. Jan 22, 2018
    The Inpatient is a fittingly terrifying visit to the sanitorium that set Until Dawn in motion and does a good job pivoting from campy slasher tropes to more psychological horror. Its choices lack the same punch though, and despite its shorter runtime, The Inpatient does a worse job of convincing you to play through it multiple times. Despite that, it’s captivating world and solid opening remain engrossing, even if its upended near its closure.
  36. 60
    An entertaining if ultimately shallow instalment in the Until Dawn series, being the most visually stunning PSVR title to date isn't quite enough for The Inpatient to overcome its sluggish pace and reductive game design.
  37. Jan 22, 2018
    There’s two sides to The Inpatient: the first two thirds are tense, intriguing, and gives games like Resident Evil 7 a run for their money, but then the final third is ponderous, dialogue heavy, and has very little in the way of scares. With a play time of three to four hours it’s a decent length for a VR game and does have replay value with it’s alternate story paths. Despite it’s flaws, The Inpatient is still much better than many of the VR horror games available, so it’s worth checking out if you have an expensive fancy hat from Sony.
  38. Jan 22, 2018
    The Inpatient is a psychological horror that, while technically above standard, is devoid of anything noteworthy.
  39. Jan 24, 2018
    After a promising start, the Inpatient turns out to be a disappointment in almost all areas.
  40. Jan 22, 2018
    An unremarkable plot and short play time make The Inpatient feel like a missed opportunity.
  41. Jan 26, 2018
    Though The Inpatient shines in a few areas, it falls short of what made Until Dawn one of finest horror games of this generation.
  42. Jan 24, 2018
    Overall, The Inpatient is a mostly disappointing. The game tries to take the background story of Until Dawn and upgrade it using the intriguing "Butterfly Effect" system. Despite its dreadful atmosphere and the unique VR perspective, the story of The Inpatient only gets weaker as you progress. The lack of interesting characters, short lifespan, unchallenging decisions and poor controls makes it feel half-baked.
  43. Jan 24, 2018
    An incredible wasted opportunity.
  44. Jan 23, 2018
    Despite an incredible opening hour, the second half of the game really falls off a cliff, and never quite recovers. If you have PSVR and like Until Dawn, it's a no-brainer, but it's not the "more Until Dawn" we all really want.
  45. games(TM)
    Feb 22, 2018
    A clever house of cards that quickly tumbles. [Issue#197, p.81]
  46. Feb 15, 2018
    The Inpatient looks and sounds great, but it's also dreadfully slow and not all that interesting. The inconsistent control scheme is the final straw.
  47. Feb 13, 2018
    For a flagship adventure-game developer that has titles like Until Dawn and Hidden Agenda to its name, Supermassive Games' VR horror title The Inpatient is a big disappointment.
  48. Jan 29, 2018
    Despite some visual qualities, an elaborate atmosphere and some good jump-scares, The Inpatient is too short and ultimately disappointing in terms of gameplay and story.
  49. Jan 25, 2018
    The Inpatient’s short duration and lack of entertainment value doesn’t warrant its forty dollar price tag. For fans of Until Dawn, it does a decent job of filling in important information prior to the events of the original game. For everyone else, it’s a dull experience that never quite feels like it’s going anywhere worthwhile. Horror and VR are a natural fit, but with The Inpatient, it’s clear that the pairing doesn’t always work quite the way it should.
  50. Jan 23, 2018
    The Inpatient is perhaps the first big disappointment of 2018, at least for VR enthusiasts. Great graphics and sound, but everything else leaves something to be desired.
  51. Jan 22, 2018
    The Inpatient’s strong opening is undone by a rushed finale, and while the various plot permutations add replayability, they come at the cost of a fulfilling narrative. As a PlayStation VR experience, this is a fine-looking spook-'em-up with some neat innovations that help create a tactile world, but the story is far too fragmented and, frankly, flat to do justice to the universe it’s inspired by.
  52. Jan 22, 2018
    The Inpatient feels half-baked. The story and mechanics never come together in a satisfying way. Despite moments of terrifying audio-visual design, the cumbersome controls and a lack of interesting characters make The Inpatient a chore to play through.
  53. Edge Magazine
    Mar 1, 2018
    It's yet another curiously half-hearted side project from Supermassive that, appropriately, won't linger long in the memory. [Apr 2018, p.120]
  54. Jan 23, 2018
    One of the most technically impressive PlayStation VR games so far but a disappointingly drab and unfocused prequel to Until Dawn, that takes itself far too seriously.
  55. Movement is painfully slow. I must have spent nearly a quarter of my time walking at a snail’s pace down dark and empty hallways with nothing to do except brace myself for the occasional startle courtesy of a cheap jump scare destined to go unexplained.
  56. Dec 21, 2018
    The Inpatient sounds amazing on paper, but the terror is watered down so quickly and to such a large degree that it manages to make three hours feel easily twice as long, and not in a good way.
  57. Jan 29, 2018
    The Inpatient is one of the most disappointing games ever made. Even when detached from the excellent Until Dawn, on its own it's a shallow walking sim with glossy production values. This might be okay for a one and done play-through, if acquired for free, and even then it is hard to justify the cost of the time spent playing this husk of a game. This is at best a glorified and expensive demo reel for talented 3D artists and VR programmers - not really a game worth playing at all.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 99 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 99
  2. Negative: 34 out of 99
  1. Jan 23, 2018
    The Inpatient is an immersive and dynamic experience. A must play, especially for the PSVR! Great story and visuals, impactful decisions, andThe Inpatient is an immersive and dynamic experience. A must play, especially for the PSVR! Great story and visuals, impactful decisions, and lots of twists and turns. Full Review »
  2. Jan 24, 2018
    Unfortunately, this game is another "experiment" for virtual reality. Lenght is less than three hours. No puzzles. No enemies. Boring story.Unfortunately, this game is another "experiment" for virtual reality. Lenght is less than three hours. No puzzles. No enemies. Boring story. Bad controls. It has good visuals, but that does not make a game. Do not trust scores of 10 from fanboys, you are warned! Full Review »
  3. Jan 23, 2018
    I enjoyed Until Dawn, it has a decent story, game play has good pace and intriguing mechanics. I was quite excited for this tittle and wasI enjoyed Until Dawn, it has a decent story, game play has good pace and intriguing mechanics. I was quite excited for this tittle and was looking forward to exploring the sanitarium since the first game. The Inpatient completely fell flat in my opinion. This tip toe simulator played out at an excruciating slow pace. Made worse by awe ful tracking and a terrible in game avatar (loading human was a psvr release title and has a far better in game body) no matter what i tried my hands and head would not mesh with my in game hand locations. Interactivity in game was basically non existence (minus chess boards and mugs) game was short and sadly very boring with easily forgettable characters. I was looking forward to some re-playability with the multiple endings, but i will not subject myself to that again. Was a good idea with a ton of potential, excellent visuals, a creepy atmosphere, amazing facials expressions and npcs looking you in the eyes made while talking was pretty neat. Sadly I do not recommend this game. Full Review »