Among Us VR : A Classic Game of Deception from a Different Perspective

Among Us VR : A Classic Game of Deception from a Different Perspective

Traegan Soto, Writer

Among Us VR by Innersloth is a game of deception, lies, and betrayal. You may trust your friends now, but after a couple of rounds of this game you might not be able to look at them the same way again.

In this game, the impostors need to stealthily eliminate the crew or sabotage the ship, the crewmates have to complete a list of assigned tasks around various parts of the ship and try to figure out who the impostors are.

Among Us VR is a 10-player murder mystery game of crewmates and imposters that use a fairly new voice chat system referred to as “proximity chat”. This means that voice chat is always on, but you are only able to hear other players that you’re virtually near. This means plenty of tension filled with screaming and many quick jokes to be made between your fellow crewmates. 

Although it may seem as though the two roles (imposter vs. crewmate) are wildly unbalanced, the crewmates aren’t just sitting ducks. The crewmates have the ability to call meetings either by pressing the emergency button in the middle of the map or by reporting a found corpse of another crewmember. At meetings all players are warped to the emergency button and are able to discuss who they believe the impostors are. Upon reaching a decision, you are able to vote for a player who you think should be kicked from the ship. The player with the most votes will be ejected off of the ship. It’s a primary objective of the impostors to avoid this by any means necessary. This includes lying to the crew at meetings or pushing blame and suspicion onto an innocent player. 

The impostors are able to sabotage various aspects of the ship such as causing a blackout which reduces the distance crew members are able to see to only a small circle around them or turning off the ship’s reactor which forces crew members to drop what they’re doing and go reactivate it. They can also close various doors to trap prey, delay other crew members from completing their tasks, or discover crucial evidence. 

However, the main aspect of being an impostor is the killing. Killing crew members has a 45-second “cooldown” (the time an imposter must take before killing again). This cooldown is also restarted if a meeting is called, which can be annoying at times. 

One of the things that I love about this game is how the game handles death. Upon death or being ejected, players become a ghost. Ghosts can fly around the ship, communicate with other ghosts, and complete any unfinished tasks they may have had before they died. You can even listen into the arguments and conversations of any players who are still alive, but they won’t be able to hear you. If an impostor is ejected, they also become a ghost. Instead of doing tasks, they are able to sabotage the ship. This can be used strategically to make another player look suspicious and take some heat off of the other impostor.

Although the game handles this elegantly it does have some shortcomings. The hosting system definitely leaves something to be desired. Unlike popular titles such as Call of Duty (where if the host leaves the game, it assigns a new host and continues the round), if the host leaves the game, the game just ends with a new host being assigned. 

But that only happens if you’re lucky. It is also very common to be kicked back to the title screen. However, having been released on November 10, 2022, the game is fairly new, so hopefully many of these bugs will be patched in a future update.

This game is definitely one of my favorites. However, factoring in bugs and accessibility, I have to give this game a 6/10. Although you may find your experience more or less enjoyable based on the group of people you’re playing with.