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.
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!