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[FEAR Awards] The Greatest Horror Game Of 2013!

We finally made it. It was a long, bumpy road that claimed the attention spans of more than a few of our comrades. We’ve reached the end and the bounty we’re about to receive was well worth the wait. This category tends to have the most nominees, but I’ve done my best to slim it down compared to previous years. After the break you’ll find ten nominees for our coveted reader-picked Horror Game of the Year.

This is the final category in our fifth annual FEAR Awards, so now it’s up to you to vote for your picks before I reveal the winners on Friday, February 7th!


Greatest Gore | Best Arsenal | Best Visuals | Best Zombies | Most Original
Best DLC | Best Multiplayer | Best Indie | Best Slender Game | Scariest Game
Most Disappointing | Best New IP | Most Anticipated | Where Is It? | Game of the Year

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  • Pav

    I chose Outlast. Btw: what Diablo III & The Walking Dead – All That Remains are doing on this list? First is not horror game and second is short DLC not full game…

    • Adam Dodd

      I don’t usually get into the argument of what is horror and what isn’t, because it’s relative, but Diablo III is most definitely a game with strong horror themes. And All That Remains isn’t DLC, it’s the first episode in the second season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead. It’s short, but it’s a full game.

      • Pav

        Full game doesn’t need another game to run, am i right? This one needs, so… But this is only my thinking 🙂

        • Pav

          Diablo III… Horror themes, no matter how strong doesn’t make it horror… but this is a matter of individual liking too 🙂

    • Slasher716

      I chose Outlast as well… As I have said in a few similar stories on this site, Outlast and Amnesia are the only TRUE Horror games that deserve a title like this.

      But yes, I agree, Diablo 3 and Walking Dead TellTale games are not so much horror but other experiences. If that’s the case I guess Call Of Duty Zombies mode would be considered a “Horror” game as well.

      The facts are that (a.) There are not many good ACTUAL Horror games or (b.) There are games that feature Horror elements but are in reality not developed to scare us but tell a story.

      The bottom line is if it doesn’t scare us, it’s not true Horror and should not be so in the catagory.

      • Adam Dodd

        You keep saying “scare us,” but what’s scary is relative to the individual experiencing it. By your logic, if Outlast didn’t scare you, it would no longer be a horror game. A game doesn’t need to scare 100% of its players to be considered a “true” horror game.

        Horror isn’t black and white, it’s a large genre consisting of several other subgenres (survival horror, action horror, horror fantasy, etc.) all of which are horror, just variants of it.

        • “…horror is the feeling of revulsion that usually occurs after something frightening is seen, heard, or otherwise experienced.”

          I’m going to agree with Adam on this. Granted it could be argued that D3 and TTales games were not -terrifying-… they did in certain cases cater to the feeling of revulsion that constitutes horror. D3 for example accomplished that with the always on requirement which caused people with rural internet speeds to suffer intensive lag on a single player game.

          • Pav

            I like your examples of D3 scares hehe, true, true…

          • Pav

            I like your examples of D3 scares hehe, true, true… Account problems too man…

          • Slasher716

            Lol… I’m not trying to start an argument or a war. I see both your points, but to be fair and technical -if we were to use that definition and apply it to the article then there are truly better games missing from the list and even twitch games like Call Of Duty: Extinction mode would be on here. I’m just saying, the whether we use the “real” definition for this situation or not Pav’s point is still valid.

  • I had to choose Metro: Last Light.

    Amnesia: AMFP was a mere shadow of the original game, choosing to eliminate the sanity “life-bar” and choosing to institute a regenerative health system. Outlast was good in many respects, except the final third of the game felt like it took an M. Night Shaymalon urge to jump the shark.

    Last Light however took everything that was both good and bad with 2033 and made alterations to make an overall much better game. The morality choices mattered, the story was engaging, the canonization of 2033’s ending was in line with the original story, and the stealth portions of the game were MILES above the originals.

  • BlazinGun5024

    I chose The Last of Us because its the only one I played besides TWD but I’m counting that for 2014, seeing that’s when all 5 episodes get released, hopefully.

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