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My Favorite Horror Games

Well, it’s October so Halloween is now in full swing of thing! Some it is time for spooky movies, goblins, ghouls and things that go bump in the night. So for the month of October, I am going to try and do posts around horror/scary things. I also want to apologize for not posting on Saturday, I have been very sick for almost a week now, I hope you can forgive me. So this post is going to be about my favorite horror games, so if you are ready then let’s get started!

1. Slender: The Eight Pages

Slender is a first-person horror game where your only goal is to find eight manuscripts about the Slender Man, a paranormal creature. It follows a previous game called Slenderman that was based on a similar theme but was nowhere near as scary or successful.

 

2. Outlast

Outlast offers the first-person walk through a setting literally no one in real life would willingly check out – an old asylum that seems abandoned, but also strangely very active. At night, in the mountains, miles from help. Who does that?! The set up alone is the perfect horror setting, but this plays out like the game Found Footage: The Game, via clever use of a video camera’s night vision mode to see in the dark. The grainy, glowing green view it creates gets a little too close to real life as well. It’s one part exploring to two parts following shadowy, wheezing shapes in the black distance through a viewfinder while cowering behind a table. Scary enough already, the perfection of its pixilated whirring focus pulls only adds to the atmosphere. It’s a great game to play with friends as well because you’ll both be screaming at some point.

 

3. Alien: Isolation

Countless games have been inspired by elements of the Alien franchise, be in James Cameron’s space marines, Ellen Ripley’s fortitude, or the chilling power of silence in a soundtrack. Despite all that, Alien: Isolation may be the series’ greatest gaming. It takes the gut-wrenching fear fostered by the Xenomorph in the original film and extends it into a lengthy game. Isolation’s tense survival gameplay keeps the pulse-pounding for hours and hours and even after you have finished the adventure.

You take on the role of Amanda who is searching for a space station that is in very poor condition for her mother, only to find the same beast she fought. You’re constantly on guard from the cinematic AI of your Alien hunter. This means holding your breath as you narrowly avoid detection, or screaming in terror after failing to reach safety. The atmosphere the game sustains is impressive enough, and it deserves even more credit for taking the Xenomorph, a movie monster bordering on cliche due to overexposure, and making it terrifying once again.

 

4. Resident Evil 7

It could have been a disaster – a clunky, forced update to a revered series, that left fans clamoring for the bombastic nonsense of Resident Evil 6. But Resident Evil 7 is a triumph, smartly feeding off the best horror movies of the last 20 years, effortlessly easing all that edgy new horror into a recognizable, modern version of the series. The main story is fantastic, the mysteries artfully concealed and your tormentors, the Bakers, are brilliantly terrifying.

Switching the action to first-person adds some VR possibilities, but also makes the horror feel uncomfortably close – grueling, compelling stuff, in a setting you’ll remember long after exploring it up close. But perhaps the cleverest trick is just how Resident Evil it all feels. The safe rooms have the same sense of unsettling rest, ammo feels desperately scarce and the boss fights have the right mix of terror and glowing, oozing bits to shoot. It’s a tight, smart horror game, and far better than most fans dared hope. It’s not the scariest – or most subtle – game, but a brilliant and chilling rebirth.

 

Today’s question is, what is your favorite horror game/book? (Not show/movie/anime that will be a question later)

Thank you so much for reading my post, I hope you enjoyed it, and don’t forget to have a great day!

-Alex

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8 thoughts on “My Favorite Horror Games”

  1. I’m a little bit out of this since I have trouble playing first person games, but Bioshock if that counts. I love the atmosphere of that game and just how creepy it is.

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  2. Outlast !! I always preffered the first one, or the one point five – the second outlast was just major wtf. no idea what was going on xD you know I was only watching the lets play as it was mini ahah.

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  3. Man breaking down horror games is tough, especially when saying what your favorite is.

    I would say my favorite horror game would be MediEvil. Even though it’s more gothic than horror. But there are zombies, demons and cool Halloween themes in it, so it’s horror. It’s such a well stylized game from the age when games were that awesome boxed look. Sir Daniel Fortesque is awesome and the gameplay is a so much fun. The story is addictive for anyone that loves the heroes journey because this is by far the best heroes journey game ever. The story itself is literally themed in the heroes journey so how could you argue with that? I still play this game every year during this month.

    I love Stephen King and I’ve read IT three times in my life. It’s the best character developed book and stands as a story that captures your surroundings and replaces it with the words on the pages. But other than Stephen King, I love this Mars Attacks book by Nathan Archer titled Martian Deathtrap. Such a violent book that is a huge difference than that comedic movie made during the 90s.

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    1. I haven’t played that game yet but I will be sure to check it out! and I have heard a lot of great things about the books Stephen King writes and I want to start reading some of them!

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