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Video Game Phasmophobia Review
Phasmophobia (2020) (Phasmophobia VR) is a horror survival game where you and your team investigate paranormal activity. It focuses on creating a realistic world built to get your heart racing, through interactive ghost-hunting equipment and teamwork.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Phasmophobia 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Goran Wallgren and updated 6 weeks ago.

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Phasmophobia (Phasmophobia VR) is a horror survival game where you and your team investigate paranormal activity. It focuses on creating a realistic world built to get your heart racing, through interactive ghost-hunting equipment and teamwork.

Each session involves taking your team to a new location and investigating several hauntings that will change each time you play. There are several areas that range from houses to prisons, sewers and hospitals. The novelty is that both the locations and ghosts are freshly generated in each game, so you must use real skill and detective work to find and deal with each Ghost. You use equipment such as an Ouija Board, Salt, EMF Reader, Motion Sensors, UV Flashlight, Spirit Box and more.

You can choose between being the player watching the others and offering advice, or being the feet on the ground doing the ghost hunting. It’s an unusual combination that has driven popularity on the PC and Mac.

Currently, there are no plans for Phasmophobia to come to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch or the next generation Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. There are Phasmophobia games on iOS and Android but these aren’t the same and have been recently created by other developers.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication and Traversal game with Action, Puzzle and Stealth elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. Cooperative teamwork is key to your success.

Cross-Platform: Can play across different platforms, both in VR and on non-VR devices.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 17 hours and 20 hours to complete. Although you can get through the game in this time, there are many reasons to revisit challenges with different groups of players.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 16.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Although Phasmophobia on PC has not yet been rated for PEGI or ESRB, the Vive store states that it is only suitable for those 17+ and over. The game is flagged for Horror on the Steam store. It's likely that it will be rated ESRB MATURE 17+ and PEGI 16.

In the Google Play Store the Phasmophobia VR game is rated PEGI 12 for horror and ESRB TEEN for Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood. Although it has the same name, this is a different game.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to cope with the dense challenge of unsettling clues and behaviours while at the same time navigating the different spaces safely.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

CostsCosts

Phasmophobia usually costs £10.99.
 

Phasmophobia

Steam Store PC £10.99
App Store Mac -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/09/2020

Out Now: Mac and PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Communication, Traversal (Action, Puzzle and Stealth)

Accessibility: 20 features

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Kinetic Game (@KineticGame)


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