If you enjoyed yesterday’s batch of memorable horror game weapons then you’re going to love this. Horror games may not be known for their excess of badass weapons, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been a few games that have brought us some excellent tools with which to beat down the undead hordes, alien intruders, demons, demon worshippers, and other abominations that are unfortunate enough to get in our way when we’re in the mood to kick some ugly monster ass. Here’s the second half of our list of the best weapons of the horror genre.
This is my favorite time of the year. Halloween isn’t a day, it’s a month, it’s a way of life, and we’re smack dab in the middle of it. For the last two years we’ve celebrated this fact with our annual 13 Days of Horror — a series dedicated to all things horror. For the next two weeks you can look forward to a variety of features, but tonight is special.
For the most part, horror games aren’t known for their badass arsenals, but there are a few games that have brought us some pretty fantastic tools with which to beat down the undead hordes, alien intruders, demons, demon worshippers, and other abominations that are unfortunate enough to get in our way when we’re in the mood to kick some ugly monster ass. Here are some of the best weapons the horror genre has brought us so far.
It’s finally here. October 31st, better known as Halloween, is upon us and that means the 13 Days of Horror ends today. So before you go out and commit to all sorts of Halloween shenanigans I’d love it if you would stay for a minute to enjoy this proud finale to an incredibly fun series. This humble conclusion was birthed from my mind’s womb as a short second opinion on the Dead Space 2 multiplayer beta, but I soon realized I have a lot to say about the game so I thought to myself, why not turn it into another of my long-winded opinion pieces?
It’s not perfect, and shouldn’t be seeing as this is an early build of the game but since I enjoy taking games apart and talking about what I feel could be improved upon so much I feel Dead Space 2 deserves a little poking and prodding as well. In this series I usually don’t talk about games we already know so much about and especially ones that are only a handful of months away. Dead Space 2 is easily my most anticipated game in a long time so if any of you sexy designers at Visceral Games are perusing this article, I hope you find the following gems of opinion tasty. READ MORE
The forefather of the shooter genre, a series that put a now renowned developer on the map and one of the most influential game franchises of all time is tonight’s focus. This series helped make the shooter genre popular by bringing it into the spotlight with amazing visuals (for its time) and gameplay.
Let’s just try and forget all about that mind-numbingly awful film that could’ve been mistaken for any of Uwe Boll’s work and instead talk about all the giddy zombie decapitating and intense Pinky duels this series has brought us over the years. READ MORE
The horror genre is a frisky thing. Some games have done amazing things made up of little innovations that made them influential for years to come. Others have sucked so much ass we try to burn them out of our minds after playing them.
So what distinguishes a good game from a bad game? Since a game’s quality is relative to the player playing it, this is a hard thing to gauge. I loved BioShock but there are those who didn’t, and one of my favorite games, Resident Evil 4, had its fair share of detractors. In an effort to find out the basic elements that make up a good horror game I’ve come up with what I think to be the seven commandments of the horror genre. READ MORE
I think it’s safe to say there are a lot of people out there that have a serious excess of time. Lucky for us these individuals don’t choose to spend their time thinking up creative ways to murder people or learning how to create bombs out of household supplies; instead they use their extraordinary talents to fabricate incredible console mods.
But since there’s a slew of lists counting down the most amazing xbox/ps3/wii mods I decided to scour the vast and knowledgeable interwebs in search of the craziest, most disturbing and deliciously twisted console mods I could find. What follows are the ten I think stand above the rest. READ MORE
I’m sure there’s a mansion hidden deep within a forest that surrounds a city somewhere in the world, though I’m the probability of said mansion leading to an underground lab performing numerous illegal experiments that may or may not lead to a worldwide zombie apocalypse is significantly less likely. We already know the zombie apocalypse is drawing ever closer, it’s merely a matter of time (so stock up on your munitions while you still have a working brain people!)
The idea of there being a town somewhere in the world that shares a remarkable resemblance to the infamous town we’ve explored over numerous games seems a impossible. However, there is a nearly empty town nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania that’s been struggling to contain a fire that threatens to consume the entire town. I’d very much like to introduce you to the ghost town of Centralia. READ MORE
Resident Evil throws waves of enemies at you, Silent Hill gets in your head, and Fatal Frame forces you to get up close and personal with the things that want to kill you. But there’s one series that doesn’t use any of these strategies, in fact, you usually only have a single adversary, occasionally two, that want to hang you over their mantle.
This series is one of the original survival horror series but its last two games weren’t very warmly received so that’s kept it in hiding for almost a decade. Despite that there are rumors a (likely awful) film adaptation is in the works which, depending on its success, might bring with it a new installment in the series. Are you hating this long-winded tease? Fine, I’ll tell you what franchise I’m talking about, it’s… waiting to reveal itself after the jump. READ MORE
Do you consider yourself a planner? You like to look to the future and prepare for what may come? Do you fancy yourself a horror gamer? If you answered yes to either of those questions you might want to stop talking to your computer and check out this list of horror games just waiting to rock our socks in 2011.
This was undoubtedly a great year for horror games, we had a myriad games come out suiting virtually every fan’s tastes including more than a couple great ones pretty recently (that might just get you in the mood for Halloween! – Shameless plug). But if you thought 2010 was well endowed you should definitely take a look at this group of games we’ll hopefully be seeing next year, because they pretty much rock. READ MORE
With Halloween creeping ever closer you might need a little extra something to get you in the holiday spirit, and because of that I’ve decided to compile a list of some new games that might just be able to bring out that long lost trick ‘r treating kid in you.
Seeing as I’ve done this before and I’d like to keep things fresh, here’s a list of six recently released games that may just help get you in the mood for Halloween. Though, if you haven’t checked out the original ten I highly suggest you do so, because they pretty much rock. READ MORE
There are many ways to really scare a player but possibly the most effective strategy was used by Fatal Frame. When Resident Evil had us fighting against waves of foes with limited ammo and Silent Hill was trying to get in our heads with disturbing imagery, Fatal Frame was forcing players to really get up close and personal with their foes.
Some of the scariest moments I’ve had in a game came from my time with Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly, my favorite game in the series. This game took what its predecessor did and made it better in every conceivable way: the story and the characters (ghosts) you meet are memorable, the fights intense, and the world was incredibly creepy. This is my look back at one of the most terrifying franchises of all time: Fatal Frame. READ MORE
Have you ever locked eyes with a child and instantly decided that kid is the Devil’s spawn? The kid stares back at you with its wee beady eyes, soulless and black, as if it’s peering deep into your soul? I’m sure I’m not the only one that looks at stranger’s offspring this way, but I’ll admit my opinion on the mini-people is a little skewed.
But whether you like children or not, kids in video games are usually a twisted bunch. Can you name a single normal child in a game? I can’t. They all seem to have ulterior motives, they may act happy and innocent but they’re really just making sure you let your guard down so they can quickly strike you down and consume your soul. So yeah, here are some kids in video games that freak me the fuck out. Enjoy. READ MORE
Our two week long celebration of all things horror continues with something a little different. We’ve taken a look at two of horror’s biggest hitters: Resident Evil and Silent Hill, but now I’d like to switch gears a bit. I want to know what scares you. What keeps you awake at night? Zombies? Spiders? Caffeine?
A player’s fears are instrumental in the effect the game has on them; for example, I have an irrational fear of clowns so I tend to stay away from anything that incorporates them (with the possible exception of Condemned since that game rocks my socks). So let’s take a look at our fears, how and why certain games scare us over others, and find out what it is that makes you brings out your inner girl (no offense to any little girls reading this). READ MORE