I’ve dedicated my life, or the last couple minutes of it anyway, to scouring the internet in search of the most anticipated horror games coming out next year. Last night we discussed how great (or terrible, depending on who you are) this year has been for horror fans, so for those of you who aren’t satisfied with the many horror games of 2012, I dedicate this list to you.
You may notice there aren’t any zombie games on this list, despite the fact that there is a ton coming out over the next year or so. This is because I’m saving them for another feature coming up later in the 13 Days of Horror. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten them.
12. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
The sequel to the “scariest game of all time” is set to release early next year, and I am so pumped. Having loved Frictional Games’ The Dark Descent — and Dear Esther, which was created by A Machine for Pig developer thechineseroom — I can’t wait to see what the two studios do with this incredibly promising series. Obviously, it has a high bar to live up to, but I have plenty of faith that they’ll surprise us all.
This is one of the many indie horror games looking for approval on Steam Greenlight, and it might also be the most visually stunning of the bunch. Set on a deserted moon base, this rogue-like will test your skills in more than a few ways. For one, there isn’t a HUD, and more than that, once you die, it’s game over. Still, it looks fantastic and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
10. Dead Space 3
The first two Dead Space games are, in my humble opinion, two of the best action horror games of this generation. Dead Space 3 promises to take everything to a whole new level with a icy new setting, weapon crafting, and co-op. Look out for it in February.
Disclosure: I currently work for Visceral Games on Dead Space 3. Still, even if I didn’t, this definitely would’ve made the list.
9. Aliens: Colonial Marines
Releasing near Dead Space 3 and Bioshock Infinite is Aliens: Colonial Marines — you know, that Aliens game that seems like it’s been in development forever. Developed by Gearbox Software, the team that recently brought us the stellar Borderlands 2, this will hopefully bring with it the creepy atmosphere and scares that made the films to legendary. Or, it could be more along the lines of that abysmal Aliens vs. Predator game, but hopefully that won’t be the case.
8. The Slender Games
There is a slew of Slenderman inspired indie horror games on the way, and we can thank two things for this: the first is Steam Greenlight, which will end up being the platform many of us will find many of these games on, and the second is the insane level of popularity the Slender game received after it released back in June.
The game that’s responsible for the craze is getting a remake, dubbed The Arrival. Then there’s The Slenderman Stories: The Orphanage, the co-op centric Faceless (originally Slender: Source), and The Legend, which isn’t based on Slenderman, but instead revolves around a brand new creature that borrows some of the elements that makes that tall pale bastard so terrifying.
Look, the chances of Guillermo Del Toro’s Insane seeing the light of day next year are pretty slim. It was announced back at the Spike VGAs in 2010, so some progress has to have been made, but after it was dropped by THQ, the game’s been in limbo. Still, I’m going to keep my hopes up, because an action horror game with Lovecraftian influences from a mad genius like Guillermo Del Toro just sounds so damn good.
Missed a day? Check out the rest of the 13 Days of Horror:
Day 1: The 12 Best Weapons In Horror Games, Part 1
Day 2: The 12 Best Weapons In Horror Games, Part 2
Day 3: Our Premature Evaluation Of Black Ops II Zombies
Day 4: Why 2012 Has Been The Best (And Worst) Year For Horror
Day 6: 12 Horror Games To Look Forward To Next Year, Part 2
Day 7: Eight Games You Should Play This Halloween
Day 8: Dear Capcom, This Is What I Want In Resident Evil 7
Day 9: 12 Upcoming Zombie Games To Be Excited About, Part 1
Day 10: 12 Upcoming Zombie Games To Be Excited About, Part 2
Day 11: Why We Love Zombie Games
Day 11: Why We Love Zombie Games
Day 12: Comment To Win A Copy Of Resident Evil 6 And Other Awesome Swag
Day 13: Don’t Be Scared, It’s Just A Dead Pixels Halloween Podcast