This console generation has lasted long enough, I say. Let’s bring on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the bevy of amazing games and the jaw-dropping visuals they’ll undoubtedly bring with them. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have already given us plenty, let’s give them a break, they’ve earned it. Today, we’re going to chat about horror games I’d very much like to see on next-gen consoles. This is a part two, of sorts, so if you have a game you think deserves a mention, make sure it isn’t here first.
There’s a solid chance you won’t agree with every one of my picks, but then again, that’s the beauty of opinions — we all have one! It just so happens that yours is just as valuable as my own, so if you find yourself disagreeing with me, feel free to set me straight in the comments.
Read on for my list of six horror games we want on next-gen consoles!
I am absolutely in love with Shadows of the Damned. I think it’s a beautiful, vibrant, and often zany little game that’s entirely unique — at least in its world, the controls are very much reminiscent of Resident Evil 4 — and often hilarious.
Unfortunately, like many classics, Shadows of the Damned was largely overlooked when it first released. Despite solid reviews, its sales were practically nonexistent. The story is familiar: a man, the demon hunter known as Garcia Hotspur, sets off on a mission to save his girlfriend, who’s been kidnapped by the lord of hell. With the help of his trusty sidekick, Johnson, the duo set off to break down the doors to one of the most colorful interpretations of hell I’ve ever seen. Thanks to some hugely entertaining dialogue and seriously gorgeous visuals, Shadows of the Damned is one of my favorite games of 2011. It totally deserves a sequel.
In related news, if for some reason you discover you’re still on the fence about it two years later, check out TJ’s list of reasons why it’s worth checking out.
I’ll admit that I’ve never really gotten into the Manhunt series. I played most of the first, but I barely touched the second mostly because the focus of the games seemed too focus more on being as controversial as possible by getting you to kill NPCs in the most gruesome ways possible, rather than introducing interesting gameplay mechanics. I’ve also never been a big fan of stealth games, so there’s that.
With that said, the Manhunt series, and particularly the first, has always been a genuinely unsettling horror series with some seriously twisted scenes. Like torture porn movies, they aim to make you uncomfortable, and in that regard they’ve always been successful. I’d happily return to the franchise, assuming Rockstar can take time away from crafting exponentially more successful games to make room for another Manhunt on next-gen consoles.