Halloween Countdown: 5 horror games to get your heart racing
Hi guys and girls! As Halloween creeps ever closer so too does my countdown of things hairy and scary. Games are one thing that I’m truly passionate about. But there are so many horror games out there that it’s always going to be hard to find the ones really worth playing. Here are 5 Horror Survival Games that will keep you awake for a few days.
F.E.A.R. at first seems like a pretty ordinary FPS game. Typical weapons, load-out and a seemingly ordinary mission. Slowly, as the fabric of your reality unravels, everything around you gets steadily more terrifying. A little girl popping and out of existence. Disembodied screams. Bodily fluids leaking from walls. This is a game that certainly knows how to keep you on your toes. A great transition for FPS gamers into the horror-survival universe.
4) Resident Evil 4
The Resident Evil series has taken a lot of flak for the quality of their last 2 games. Honestly though, they were decent. Granted it felt like they were built along the lines of a Hollywood blockbuster, but decent. After all, not every painting is going to be the Mona Lisa. Resident Evil 4 however, is Madonna of the Rocks. Not overly scary. The top shelf story, weapons and personalities are what make the game truly great. Not to mention the appearance of a parasitic type zombie infection, which really changed the mechanic for fans of the series. Resident Evil 4 is a must play for any true horror-survival gamer.
3) Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly
AKA Fatal Frame. Based on Japanese folklore, Crimson Butterfly embodies a true psychological horror. I think what really made this game for me is the fact that it’s really not flashy (pardon the pun). You’re alone. Completely Alone. Not like Will Smith in I am Legend Alone. More like in a being trapped in a suit and stuck in space without anyway to move alone. Armed only with the magical Camera Obscura and some seemingly ordinary film you need to capture the spirits of the damned survive long enough to find out the truth. It’s a brilliant game that anyone who still owns a PS2 should find a copy of! I haven’t played the other games in the series but I’ve heard good things so check those out as well!
2) Silent Hill
I am sure that the name of this series is already familiar to you. Heck they’ve already made 2 movies based on the games and the world of Silent Hill. So if you haven’t watched it, I really suggest you do as they’re not altogether bad horror flicks. On the whole this is a really a great series of games and it’s much, much scarier than the modern Resident Evil. Although the gameplay is a little clunkier and the combat dynamic is less important. There are too many to plots and designs to comment on in a non-dedicated post. But, Silent Hill 2 deserves some special mention as it really dives into the mind of the protagonist as it gives you glimpses of his mind unraveling.
1) Dead Space
This is the ultimate in horror-survival games. I don’t think there is anything else to say. Dead Space is the Aston Martin DB9 of the horror-survival genre. Sure it’s got it’s problems – predictable plot points for one. But it combines advanced tactics and weaponry, mixed pacing (sometimes slow at other times ridiculously fast), and a massive array of enemies who just don’t don’t die easily. Dead Space, as a series, likes to keeps you off-balance. Even when you think you’re safe you probably aren’t. You, as Isaac, will learn this lesson pretty quickly. Never knowing what to suspect means that every corner is a new surprise, and that surprise could probably kill you in a heartbeat. Eerie lighting and sounds in the distance all come together to create a genuinely terrifying world that will test every nerve of your being. Put it this way, whilst playing Dead Space 3, there were days when I actually did not want to turn on my PS3 simply because I was too scared.
So I was meant to post this yesterday and just lost track of time a little so prepare for a double Halloween dose today! In any case these are some epic games well worth checking out if your ever get the chance.
Until next time!
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