Hey everyone, I’m writing this at the crack of dawn this week. It’s a cold and rainy day as I look out my window, which is to be expected in October. But enough of that, you didn’t come here to read about the weather, you came to read about some games! As the last Friday before Halloween I thought it would be appropriate to put in only the spooky games, the terrifying games, the ones that make you lose sleep. It’s time as we trade in our neckties for nooses as we go through the games that’ll scare you to death!
Nothing is more terrifying than a game that relies on complete immersion and atmosphere to build suspense. Slender, The Eight Pages has a very simple yet terrifying goal. Your goal is to collect 8 pages hidden in the area, while you’re being hunted by Slenderman. For those of you who don’t know, Slenderman is a creepypasta that became mainstream about 4 or 5 years ago. He has no face, he just wears what appears to be a black suit and abducts people from the woods and those people are never seen again. The story of Slenderman is slightly more in-depth than that, but those are the basics. If you want to learn more about Slenderman, check out this page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slender_Man. This game will have you peeking around every corner as you play it, hoping to avoid the terrifying figure known as the Slenderman.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of the Five Nights at Freddy’s series. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location hit Steam last week and it is now the number one game on YouTube. I’m sure you’ve seen the videos of YouTuber’s freaking out, screaming and crying out of fear. This game will scare you, no doubt about it. While I do find jump scares as cheap, the Five Nights at Freddy’s series is built on it. This environment is a great setting as you play as a maintenance worker, charged with working on animatronics. But these animatronics aren’t as cute or fun when the lights are off. The main goal is to survive each shift. There are a total of 5 shifts (hence the Five Nights part of the title) that you must survive in order to win. This game is fun, it’s terrifying and it’s what you should be playing.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent, an oldie, but a goody. This game still instills terror in those who dare load it onto their PC. You are tasked with escaping an unknown yet familiar place, discovering who you are and why you’re there along the way. This game is all about sanity, the longer you’re in the dark or the longer you see a monster, the faster you go insane (not in real life, although let’s be real, we’re already insane.) In Amnesia: The Dark Descent, there is no weapon system, you must run and hide in order to survive. If you’re a horror enthusiast. This is the one for you.
Alien: Isolation is one of the scariest games to have come out in the past decade. It relies on atmosphere instead of jump scares (although there are a few of those) to set the tone and build the terror. It has become a trend in recent years to rely on jump scares to build a horror game, Alien: Isolation builds suspense, builds tension, then lets the atmosphere do the rest. This is a game I refuse to play with the lights off, it’s that terrifying. This game is a must play, better yet, a must buy, if you’re looking for your horror fix.
Outlast is a game that should inspire terror into everyone’s soul. Another horror game to throw on to your list for the weekend. I made the mistake of playing this game last year in a dark room. I will never make that mistake again. This game is great in its setting and atmosphere. I felt uneasy the entire time with this game and have yet to finish it because I’m terrified.
Resident Evil: 7 Demo was the scariest game I played this year, and it’s just the demo. While I’ve been focusing on games like Ingress, WoW: Legion and Destiny, this game was a breath of terrifying fresh air. I’ve written about it in length in a review, but here are the main points. It sets the atmosphere in a way very few games have. During the demo you know that someone is in the house, but you never seem to see them, which only adds to the suspense. Never before have I had to psych myself up to open a door in a game before. This demo has many secrets and corners to explore and you should enjoy each, horrifically beautiful moment.
I’m not one to play horror games, but I’ve been getting my feet wet (with blood) in the genre with Outlast 2’s Demo. This demo sets the scene with a conversation between you and someone regarding a woman that was found barefoot and pregnant wandering around in the middle of nowhere. During this conversation, something malfunctions on the helicopter you’re in and it crashes. And like all good survival horror games, instead of avoiding the creepy village, we charge right in, looking for help. To our dismay, there’s not a soul in this village, but there is plenty of tension and atmosphere. I’m really happy to see that horror games are focusing on gameplay and atmosphere without giving the player a safety blanket consisting of weapons. It really feels like the genre is finding its roots again.
And that’s all folks, It’s time to get out there and actually play some games! Stay classy