October is the time to let yourself be scared. Halloween is the night for all the spirits and demons to walk the earth, and those on the mortal plane get involved with dressing up and indulging in the spookier side of life.
I love horror movies. Suspense, tension, and jump scares; anything to get my heart pumping. I know not everyone likes scary movies, but for some reason, I love them. Unfortunately, I’m married to one of those who isn’t a fan of horror movies. I’ve written about some of my favourite horror movies in the past, so I’m not going to go into a great amount of detail here. If you’re looking for a good horror movie to watch on Halloween night, you cant go wrong with any of the ones I’ve listed in the image above.
However, another media form that has seen a large spike in the horror genre of late is video games. Now, thats not to say that the medium hasn’t ever had scary titles. I remember vividly from my childhood Resident Evil and Silent Hill pushing the envelope of on what was possible with gaming. As someone who had been brought up on the Atari 2600, then the Sega Master system, my video gaming experience had been Sonic the Hedgehog, Alex Kidd, and Bubble Bobble. I was no stranger to gore in video games, as another one of the early consoles I owned was the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES for short). One of the most controversial titles for the system was Mortal Kombat. Now, my SNES console was second-hand from the local pawn shop, and came with a selection of cartridges, one of which was Mortal Kombat III. This game pit two avatars against each other in a fight to the death, each match often ending in a disgusting ‘fatality’; seeing the looser having their body eviscerated or their spine ripped out via their mouth.
Over the years, the number and quality of horror video games has varied, but we have seen a resurgence in the past few years. I could make a whole seperate list on the best horror games over the years, but i feel that I would be treading the same ground that many a youtube video or BuzzFeed list has covered before me.
The Evil Within
This game is great. You play as Sebastian, a detective who is sent to investigate a mass murder at a mental hospital. From there, you get thrown into a strange ‘memory void’, where you must use melee and various ballistic weapons, as well as stealth to find the hooded man who seems to be controlling the very environment around you. This game uses suspense and brilliant stealth mechanics to keep you on the edge of your seat, as well as hiding behind it!
Again set in a mental hospital, after another series of grisly murders, you play as investigative journalist, Miles. He goes to Mount Massive asylum after an anonymous tip of mistreatment of patients by the staff. This time, the threat isn’t a supernatural one, but a very real, very murderous one; and you are only armed with your camera, using it’s night vision feature to be able to get around in the dark. This adds another gameplay mechanic in that your have to conserve your camera battery by only using the night vision when necessary, or forcing you to explore the environment and find more batteries. Its a great game with plenty of jump scares and brilliant use of audio cues to drive the terror home.
Now, there are some people that wouldn’t class Deadrising as a horror game. Its more a third-person action game with zombies. However, I would class is a horror game in that you have to survive hoards of zombies in an enclosed area over a space of 72 hours. To do this you have to improvise weapons from the surrounds you find yourself in, including combining components to build crazy mega-weapons. Its a hell of a fun game that those who aren’t as into horror will still get a kick out of, but still includes the odd jump scare to satiate the hardened horror fan.
So, there you go, a list of some of the decent scary games to have come out in recent years. Those that I didn’t mention, I haven’t played enough to give an opinion on, but from what I have played, look to be promisingly haunting titles
Hope you all have an enjoyable halloween