With Halloween creeping ever closer you might need a little extra something to get you in the holiday spirit, and because of that I’ve decided to compile a list of some new games that might just be able to bring out that long lost trick ‘r treating kid in you.
Seeing as I’ve done this before and I’d like to keep things fresh, here’s a list of six recently released games that may just help get you in the mood for Halloween. Though, if you haven’t checked out the original ten I highly suggest you do so, because they pretty much rock.
Developed by Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Productions, Costume Quest is a humorous turn-based RPG that revolves around Halloween. The best thing about it is its humor works for kids or adults and it’s all about my favorite holiday. Spend some time with it and you’ll definitely be in the mood to be a kid again getting ready to go trick or treating. For a small amount of cash you get roughly 6-8 hours of playtime, depending on how many of the side quests you complete, and the addition of hidden items and costumes gives you a reason to return to the game after it’s over. This is also probably the only game on this list that anyone can play.
Sure, this isn’t necessarily a horror game, but it has horror elements like creepy environments, puzzles, and monsters. I only recently began playing Lords of Shadow but so far I couldn’t recommend it enough. If you’re looking for an excellent fantasy action game with incredible boss fights and more than a few intense moments, Castlevania won’t disappoint.
Without a doubt the most terrifying game on this list, The Dark Descent throws you into the shoes of Daniel, a man who’s lost his memory. What makes his situation worse is he’s trapped in a labyrinthine castle and he’s being chased by dangerous creatures that threaten to take what little that’s left of his fleeting sanity. Amnesia packs more than a few scares and on top of that it looks great and has an interesting story. If you think you can handle it, turn off the lights and get ready for an adventure.
Despite Alan Wake being out since May, we’ve seen two DLC packs come out to extend the experience, The Signal and The Writer, the latter of which came out earlier this month. I’ve already beaten the game twice and played through the DLC so I’m obviously a fan, so if you want a gorgeous horror game with a great story, excellent cast of characters and some fierce fights, look no further than Alan Wake.
Not necessarily a scary game, Dead Rising’s legions of zombies, buckets of gore and brutal ways to dispose of the former earn it s solid spot on this list. If you’re willing to forgive its outdated save system and the need to visit your daughter every 24 hours being able to mow down thousands of zombies with a plethora of insanely ridiculous weapons, Dead Rising 2 should keep you more than a little busy over Halloween.
The first Saw wasn’t necessarily terrible, though I’ll admit my expectations were very low when I played it, so all Flesh and Blood has to do is give us more of what we’ve come to expect from the franchise, and maybe fix a few of those nagging issues the first game had along the way. Unfortunately, many of my issues from the first game have lived on in the sequel but despite that there’s still a good amount of thrills and chills to glean here, so long as you’re willing to overlook its flaws.
In case you missed the rest of the series, here’s a quick recap:
Day 1, A Resident Evil Retrospective
Day 2, A Silent Hill Retrospective
Day 3, What Do You Fear?
Day 4, The Four Scariest Kids in Gaming
Day 5, A Look Through the Lense