For this post-Halloween weekend we’ve been thinking about horror games. A lot of games try to be scary, but only a few succeed (and not too many recent ones). All the girls agree that the Silent Hill Series is the King of all horror games, but here’s some others that once scared the pants of them.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent – PC
Inspired by Lovecraft, this game is pretty terrifying. You can’t fight your enemies, only survive by running from light spot to light spot. They start you off with no idea why you’re in the house and must search for clues to unravel the mystery. It’s peaks and valleys of adrenaline. Try it.
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly – PS2, Xbox,
Creepiest game ever! You play a teenie, Japanese girl armed only with a camera. There’s ghosts everywhere and you can ONLY defeat them by trapping their souls in pictures. Oh, oh. And you can only SEE the ghosts through the camera too. So they’re just RIGHT THERE when you look through it. EEEEEE!
7th Guest – PC, iPad
An oldie. And it’s now available for download on your iPad. The puzzles are a good range of quick thinking and intensely difficult. The world is filled with unnerving imagery without being gory or covered in grunge like some others I can think of. Give it a try or, like me, play it again for the fifth time.
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem – Gamecube
I don’t like horror games as a rule, but Eternal Darkness was something different. This game toys with your own sanity as you play different characters through history. I was once completely fooled by the game when I thought there was a fly walking across my screen. Turned out to be the game messing with my mind. Brilliant.
Dead Space – PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Despite the stupidest advertising campaign EVER for Dead Space 2, Dead Space the original was pure awesome sauce. The idea of strategic dismemberment was genius. The necromorphs are twisted as f**k and way too fun to blow to pieces. If you’re a shooter fan there’s really no reason not to have played it. …wait…I’m going to say it’s the second stupidest campaign ever….the trophy is going to have to go to Dante’s Inferno instead (seriously, look these up)….
So there you go. Pick up an old classic or look for a new creeper. But turn off the lights and sit close and enjoy.
Other fantastic scary games – Condemned, Resident Evil Series, Left 4 Dead Series, F.E.A.R. Series, Clock Tower, Bioshock