Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. 90
    Supermassive Games has nailed the thrill of funfair rides and amplified it with a healthy dose of horror. The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR utilizes the PSVR 2 toolset to great and grisly effect. It can be counted among the most consistently entertaining PSVR 2 experiences you can have.
  2. Mar 17, 2023
    A sequel in everything but name to PS VR’s delightful Rush of Blood, The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR takes everything that made that title successful and refines it further. The shooting is great, the thrills are some of the best on the platform, and the overall vibe can be downright terrifying. Ride a coaster, shoot some demons, scream, laugh, and cuss. What’s not to love?
  3. Mar 15, 2023
    Switchback VR surprises and delights with its jump scare rollercoaster ride through its greatest hits, offering a great reason to don a headset.
  4. Mar 16, 2023
    The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR improves on every aspect of Rush of Blood to create an essential horror title for the PSVR 2. The innovative use of the headset adds to the immersion to create memorable moments of terror. While the story takes a back seat, the heart-racing ride through the grotesque is not to be missed.
  5. Mar 15, 2023
    Given the attention to detail, exceptional level design, near-unending variety, but most importantly, its inventive approach to ‘scare tactics’, The Dark Pictures: Switchback is an absolute must-play for fans of the genre and those looking for a real fright. Go in with open eyes, let the distinct worlds and the many unsettling inhabitants enrapture you, and you may well be left trembling in no time at all.
  6. 80
    Switchback VR is a fantastically frightening ride that will have you jumping in your seat and reeling from its horrific sights and sounds as you shoot your way through an excellent homage to The Dark Pictures Anthology.
  7. Mar 15, 2023
    Switchback VR is one of the best demonstrations of what horror can do in PS VR2 taking advantage of its technical innovations. Uncomfortable, intense and with moments that you will remember, it came with its own limitations: it does not stray far from what was seen in Rush of Blood and that it is somewhat expensive for what it lasts.
  8. Mar 15, 2023
    As a more or less classical rail shooter, Dark Pictures Switchback VR is no complexity monster – and it's short concerning a single playthrough. But the simple and good working gameplay mechanics are nothing less than a perfect match for VR. The shooting trip also benefits from its scary atmosphere while particular connoisseurs of the core series will enjoy the similarities.
  9. Mar 15, 2023
    I expect Switchback VR to be similarly polarizing because it caters to a very specific niche, but if you enjoyed Rush of Blood, you'll likely have a good time here as well.
  10. Mar 20, 2023
    The action-packed madness on wheels features the most terrifyingly beautiful jumpscares in VR, albeit marred by technical issues.
  11. Mar 21, 2023
    Switchback VR delivers what it sets out to do with an on-rails shooter that is low on the story but high on the shooting action. While the fun may not last for a long time and the genuine scares are few and far between, it is still a good demonstration of what the PS VR2 brings to the table. Just like Until Dawn: Rush of Blood set the stage back in 2016, hopefully, this will only be the beginning when it comes to exploiting the full potential of PS VR2.
  12. Mar 21, 2023
    Switchback VR is a fun, albeit flawed, arcade shooter. While the game lacks enemy variety, has disappointing bosses, and has some graphical issues, the core gunplay remains fun and the variety of locations you’ll visit keep the game entertaining throughout the rather short campaign. While I wish the rollercoaster theme was utilized for more thrills, it is still a blast to take down a horde of enemies as you ride through a burning house or a creepy backwoods road.
  13. Mar 15, 2023
    Switchback VR is one of the best games currently available on PS VR2. At the same time, it's a disappointment in terms of graphics and can be completed in one evening.
  14. Mar 15, 2023
    The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR is a really solid PSVR 2 shooter with some fun uses of the headset's eye tracking and haptics, though it is sadly let down by some annoying technical hitches.
  15. Mar 21, 2023
    It’s a decent enough arcade shooter, and if you look at it that way, the length and mood of the game make sense. However, it doesn’t make as much sense as a game with the Dark Pictures moniker. As widely varied as the quality of those games have been, they take the time to tell a story. Switchback doesn’t. It focuses on the gunplay, action, and thrills. While it does a decent enough job of that, the performance issues bring even that end down a bit. If you’re a fan of Supermassive’s brand of horror, it would be hard for me to recommend this over their other games. If you want to play something more like a modern light gun horror that makes decent use of the PS VR2’s technology, then you could do worse than Switchback, but you could also do better.
  16. Mar 16, 2023
    The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR is a fun on-rails arcade shooter, even if it’s one that takes less than a day to complete. It’s also one of the first games in the PS VR2’s library to really take advantage of the headset’s eye-tracking tech in an interesting and exciting way. However, the lack of scares, weak story, and occasional performance issues keep it from being a must-buy for PS VR2 early adopters.
  17. Mar 15, 2023
    While this review may sound very negative, you can have some fun with The Dark Pictures Anthology: Switchback VR. The problem is, we just expected it to be better. While we didn’t find it scary at all, some might. We at least appreciated that a number of its scenarios put us under pressure. It’s perhaps apt that it puts you on a rollercoaster, as like a real rollercoaster ride it’s full of highs and lows, both technically and mechanically. At the end of the day, there are better on-rails shooters available on PSVR 2 already. And the unique elements on offer here just aren’t accomplished enough to draw us away from them.
  18. Mar 15, 2023
    Switchback VR is a steady rail shooter that offers decent variety and an interesting tour through some old levels, but never tries to earn The Dark Pictures name. The choices don’t matter, the Curator is just a creepy Where’s Wally?, and the stakes or even setup for rescuing characters was lost on me. However, it’s reliably spooky, action-packed, and has the best designed villain in the series. It’s a rail shooter obsessed with its own past, so it makes sense that it’s two steps forward and one step back.
  19. Mar 15, 2023
    A moderately entertaining on-rails action game that fails to learn anything from its predecessor Until Dawn: Rush Of Blood or indeed other, much older, lightgun games.
  20. Mar 16, 2023
    Until Dawn continues to elude Supermassive, and now even Rush of Blood appears out of reach. Switchback VR is a scruffy game that fails to match up to its well-liked PSVR predecessor, delivering low-budget visuals, lousy combat encounters, and some pretty low-energy level design. There are a handful of memorable moments, and some may find fun in the jump scares – but this should and could have been so much more.
This publication does not provide a score for their reviews.
This publication has not posted a final review score yet.
These unscored reviews do not factor into the Metascore calculation.
  1. Mar 17, 2023
    The experience itself is good fun and a mostly engaging horror shooter from start to end. It blends together arcade gameplay elements with intense horror action, bringing some fantastic enemy designs and brilliant settings into the fray. While the visuals might not be the most stunning we’ve seen on the platform, it’s nonetheless competent and what lacks in fidelity it makes up for in style. Though probably not a system seller, The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR is a good PSVR 2 exclusive and an easy recommendation for fans of horror and arcade action. [Recommended]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 8 out of 22
  1. Mar 20, 2023
    I am a huge fan of Until dawn: Rush of blood. I would say this was my most anticipated PSVR2 game, and sadly I am very disappointed. I waitedI am a huge fan of Until dawn: Rush of blood. I would say this was my most anticipated PSVR2 game, and sadly I am very disappointed. I waited to comment till I finished it.

    The game doesn't really build on what made Rush (ROB) so great. No demented carnival/circus theme, which was brilliant, and was the theme they should have gone with. Instead, we have this cryptic barely passable subway stuff that doesn't come together until the end, and doesn't really thrill you, it's in fact boring. if they didn't have it, the game would be better actually, just the bad guy talking to you directly would be better.. The lead villain isn't scary, not imposing, and more annoying with its attempt at scares. I understand it's based on dark pictures, but could have still used the carnival theme.

    The whole fun of ROB was the coaster and shooting gallery feel, the shooting is kind of boring in comparison, no targets, just yellow pentagrams on generic items. No fancy coaster moments really, a few minor moments but not a lot of it. Shouldn't a coaster game have some amazing coaster moments, like going underwater, getting an unusual weapon during it, etc.

    The ancient temple was easily the best location in the game, really needed more of that! The merry go round part that required saving or killing was very annoying though. Did not care for the puzzles at all. Taking guns away, stopping the coaster, both bad ideas. It should be constant action!

    Whoever thought placing moments in the game where making one wrong move or not doing something right will kill you needs their heads examined. THIS IS A SHOOTING GALLERY game, not a survival horror game. It doesn't feel good to die and watch the slow reload page over and over again until you figure it out. This game loads like a ps4 title, ps5 games should load much quicker.
    The idea should be to keep you engaged constantly, no long track moments with nothing interesting to shoot or cool coaster moments not implemented. It really takes you out of the game and moment seeing that loading screen.

    No real interesting weapons, same ol guns, no mini crossbow, bolt guns, guns that shoot blood or pumpkins, lightning, fire, ice, or body parts, etc. One gun at the end was sort of interesting, again not animated, not that useful except that level. The flare gun, electric gun. ultraviolet/infrared/blacklight guns were annoying. I would rather not have to deal with the blacklight with no battery life gun. Those environment guns made me have just one real gun to shoot with, I didn't care for that. The flare gun should have been utilized to kill things instead of worrying about the environment

    Saving people is great, but the dying and going back till I save them is so annoying and frustrating. never do anything that takes the player out of the experience!

    The graphics are a major disappointment, this looks like a psvr 1 game. The textures seem low resolution and blurry, the shimmering aliasing is all over the place. I also bought Horizon, RE Village, GT7, Synth Riders, Kayak vr, and Pistol whip, and it looks far worse than all those. The videos online made it look beautiful, but in the game it's like 2016 all over again. lots of popup and texture loading.

    I hope they make another, but listen to the fans of ROB and do it better next time, or make this one what it should be.

    They should also take the coaster shooter formula and make a scifi, cyberpunk, fantasy, history based outlandish style, etc. i'd love to see a bioshock style game like this, an assassins creed jumping through history locations style game, a cyberpunk 2077 or bladerunner style game, a 80's inspired arcade, a true non scary demented circus style game, so many possibilities here.

    Such a disappointment, could have been so much more.
    Full Review »
  2. Mar 17, 2023
    I found this game disrespectful to the end user: Low resolution, heavy popping, absurd changes of LOD right in front of you, framerate issues,I found this game disrespectful to the end user: Low resolution, heavy popping, absurd changes of LOD right in front of you, framerate issues, PS4 loading times, poor attention to detail (fire as a wall animated texture like a PS1 era), 3D audio completely broken to the point you can’t know when an enemy is hitting you from side…

    The funny thing is that Rush of Blood didn’t had any of this issues and ran in a PS4 base hardware.

    About the game itself, feels way worse than Rush of Blood. The pacing is off, the art direction is poor, the enemies are boring and ¡it’s not scary at all!

    Note: It doesn’t use foveated rendering which might helped.
    Full Review »
  3. Mar 19, 2023
    Nice little VR experience. Probably a little overpriced for what is it, but enjoyable nonetheless.