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6 Horror Games And The Studios That Should Make Them! Vol. 3

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Every so often, a beloved horror franchise loses its way. This could happen for a myriad reasons, but sometimes the solution is a fresh perspective. It might not work 100% of the time — as Silent Hill can attest — but it’s rarely a bad idea to see where someone else can take a series. After the break I’ve come up with a list of six games, all of which deserve to see a sequel, and I’ve paired them with six talented developers who I feel could offer a fresh take on the game or franchise.

Read on for my list 6 Horror Games And The Studios That Should Make Them!

Red Barrels – Amnesia 3

My first choice would be to see Frictional — the developer behind The Dark Descent, the game that kicked off this series and continues to haunt my dreams to this day — return for a third Amnesia game. The problem is, I’d much prefer to see them do something new, and it just so happens they’re doing just that, so I’ll go with my second choice: Red Barrels.

For the unfamiliar, Red Barrels is the team that brought us Outlast, a shit-out-your-spine terrifying game that proved a simple game can be just as effective, if it’s well done, as a complex one. There isn’t a lot to Outlast — you run, you hide, you explore, you repeat. Even still, it’s one of the scariest games I’ve ever played, and there’s a significant portion of the Internet that’s likely to agree with that.

We need another Amnesia, and since Frictional can’t do it, I vote for the team that made this.

Kojima Productions – Silent Hill 9

This is a tough one. In a previous list I said Silent Hill should go to Ninja Theory, because I feel their penchant for style (DmC: Devil May Cry) and fantastic character development (Enslaved) would translate well to Konami’s longstanding survival horror franchise.

Now I think I’ve found a better option, and that studio is Kojima Productions.

I’ve said it before and there’s a very good chance I’m going to continue saying it until it happens or Konami finds a better choice: Hideo Kojima should take the reins on the next Silent Hill. It’s very much on the verge of happening, I feel like it only requires a gentle nudge before the ball inevitably starts rolling and we get the chance to see what Kojima can do to breathe new life in this series.

Oh, and if they can’t do it, give it to Climax Studios (Silent Hill: Origins, Shattered Memories). I bet they could do something really cool with it (again).

Crystal Dynamics – Resident Evil

Resident Evil needs a reboot, badly, and I don’t think Capcom has the awareness of their community or a firm enough grasp on the intricacies of the horror genre to be successful with it. this is a franchise that is in desperate need of a new perspective, because it clearly isn’t getting that from its current developer.

So why not give it to Crystal Dynamics, the studio that recently — and very successfully — rebooted the Tomb Raider series? Much of what Resident Evil 6 lacked can be found in that game, just replace the island setting with Raccoon City and Lara Croft with someone like Claire Redfield or Jill Valentine.

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  • antiope555

    Couldn’t agree more with the comments on Resident Evil. Love the Tomb Raider games and was super impressed with the reboot. There is however something really wrong when a Tomb Raider game is way scarier than anything Resident Evil has put out in since Resident Evil 3. Resident Evil could learn alot from Tomb Raider reboot, and quite frankly sticking Jill Valentine (best Resident Evil hero by far) on a Zombie Flesh Eaters type island crawling with zombies would be a good start. Just as long as the zombies dont have jet packs and are firing laser guns at her.

    Other horror game i’d love to see return is Clock Tower. Clock Tower 2 (or Clock Tower as it was known in UK) with Helen and Jennifer being stalked by Scissorman still ranks as my #1 horror game ever.

    • Adam Dodd

      Clock Tower definitely deserves some love. I don’t care if it’s an ‘HD’ remaster, reboot, sequel — we need something.

      Also, zombies with jet packs and laser guns? SOLD.

  • Chancey289

    Wait, why exactly wouldn’t you just Rockstar themselves to give us another installment in Manhunt? I don’t see the need to switch studios.

    Silent Hill + Hideo Kojima= Perfect though. His batshit insane mind would fit right in with Silent Hill. Hell, Metal Gear already has quite a bit of horror like elements.

    • Adam Dodd

      I’m sure Rockstar could make an incredible Manhunt game, I just don’t see it happening. They’re more focused on big, AAA games (Grand Theft Auto V, Max Payne 3, L.A. Noire).

  • Pav

    I can’t see Quantic Dream making Siren- this game needs japanese approach to build it’s unique atmosphere… errr, unique game, one of a kind!!!

    • JADAMA

      I agree.

  • JADAMA

    I totally agree with the idea of bringing back Siren. I never did finish it but it was a good game.

    Resident Evil needs a reboot badly! I still believe they should have continued in the direction with the Gamecube version and go back to the old school ways.

    And Silent Hill is still a hit and miss these days…

  • ThunderDragoon

    I’d love to see what Crystal Dynamics would do with Resident Evil. It just desperately needs a reboot and, at this point, I don’t care how we get it lol.

  • aphroditeboy

    I do want a new ‘Siren’ title. I don’t know about Quantic Dream developing it, but then again, they do have a knack for managing multiple perspectives – ‘Siren’ really does have untapped potential in that department. I think if they gave us intelligent characters we could care about in that setting it could really improve the series. The characters in ‘Siren’ were always kinda the regular horror movie stock character. I also want to see a ‘Clock Tower’ remake or another addition to the series. I’ve got a sad feeling ‘Remothered’ is never coming.