If I had to use a word to describe this countdown, I’d choose epic. I might also choose foamy because that’s a word I never get to use outside of Starbucks, where I like to yell “MAKE IT EXTRA FOAMY” at the barista. Yeah, I like my foam. As great as this year has been for horror fans, 2013 looks like it might be even better. That’s crazy, seeing as we’ve had three Silent Hills, three Resident Evils, two Alan Wakes (sort of), The Walking Dead, and a bunch of other games that all released with the sole purpose of making our lives just a wee bit better. Oh, and money. Actually, that was their main purpose.
Check out our epic conclusion to our countdown of the twelve horror games you should definitely have on your radar after the break.
6. Until Dawn
Horny teens? Check. Murderous masked psychopath? Check. Creepy secluded cabin surrounded by woods? Check and check. The teen slasher subgenre isn’t one that’s really made its way to our virtual world of bits and bytes, but soon, we’ll find out if there was a reason behind that. Until Dawn looks interesting enough, despite its depressing PS3 Move exclusivity. I’m not knocking the PS3 or the Move, I’m only saying that it’s a promising game that many gamers won’t check out because it’s for the Move. Still, it looks super neat-o.
Oh, Shinji Mikami, you’re such a tease. First, you bring us amazing games like Resident Evil 4 and Shadows of the Damned, then you create your own studio and hint at a glorious return to the survival horror genre with a new project codenamed Zwei. After that, you tease us again with “an interest” in the open-world genre, before disappearing into wherever it is mad geniuses such as yourself go between press events and gaming expos. Come back. I need to hear more about this game, because if I don’t, my head will explode.
DARK is a game whose name implies a level of mystery, of horror, and most likely, a lack of illumination. I’m not a huge fan of stealth games, primarily because I’m dreadful at them, but this one has my interest. Well, it looks interesting, but when you jot down the bullet points it sounds terrifyingly similar to Vampire’s Rain. You have a stealth horror game starring vampires and lots of dudes with guns. Its super green futuristic art style looks cool, and I’m always up for a vampire stealth game redux. Hopefully, this one will surprise us all.
I hate this game’s name. Sacrilegium is not a fun word to say, nor is it memorable. It interests me because it’s a survival horror game, and as a fan of the aging genre I always feel the need to support a new one — but it’s also intriguing because it’s being developed by the studio behind the Two Worlds RPG series. I’d say more about it, but for the life of me, I just have no fucking clue what this thing is about. Maybe you have a lexicon with which to transcribe this bizarro synopsis: “The story follows a 20 year old woman and California college student named Alex across the world, from the misty shores of San Francisco to the fearsome and foreboding corners of the Old Continent. There Alex learns that assumptions can be lethally deceptive and that the seemingly safe modern world is but half of a chamber divided by a dark curtain… that beyond that opaque veil lies the embodiment of nightmares spawned into flesh.” It starts off simple enough, before quickly derailing into some nonsense about half a chamber that’s divided by a curtain, an opaque veil, and nightmares spawned into flesh. At least that last bit sounds like a line out of a Clive Barker novella, which I am all for.
2. Metro: Last Light
If you haven’t played Metro: 2033, you really should. It’s a fantastically creepy survival horror FPS set in a post-apocalyptic Moscow, as well as the labyrinthine subway system that lies beneath it. It’s genuinely creepy and thanks to some great source material, the story is better than your average shooter. Recognizing the series’ potential, THQ invested significantly more time and money into its sequel, Last Light, which looks to be shaping up quite nicely. I haven’t heard anything bad about it yet, but we won’t know for sure if it will live up to its predecessor until early next year.
This game was only recently unveiled, but it looks great. It’s a new survival horror title that has a rather impressive creative team behind it, including some of the minds behind Assassin’s Creed, Prince of Persia, and Splinter Cell. Red Barrels Games’ co-founder Philippe Morin said “There are already a lot of great games out there about terrifying monsters that eat brains; we want Outlast’s to be scary because you’ll know the enemies you face still have them.” I’m just happy this isn’t another zombie game. I’m an avid supporter of the undead, but holy goddamn, that market has reached critical mass.
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 5: 12 Horror Games To Look Forward To Next Year, Part 1
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