Following the reveal of a brand new teaser for Frictional’s upcoming survival horror game SOMA, creative director Thomas Grip took to the PlayStation Blog to shed some light on the project’s status. It seems as if everything is going well for it so far, with over half of the game’s planned eight hour campaign now playable.
The project is about a week away from entering alpha.
The folks in Amnesia developer Frictional Games’ survival horror game SOMA seem to have it pretty rough. Nothing but complaints from these people. “People are dying,” “Machines tried to eat my face,” nothing but whine, whine, whine. In this latest trailer for the upcoming game — due sometime next year — we get to eavesdrop on another conversation being had. Apparently, lots of folks are committing suicide.
Today’s a special day. A couple weeks ago, completely out of the blue, I was sent an excellent feature by a fellow games writer named Joe Donnelly, who currently resides at Beefjack. Tropes are all too prevalent in our favorite genre, but most of the following have flown under my radar until Mr. Donnelly sought them out and brought them into the light.
Read on for the 10 most overlooked horror game tropes!
The last eight years have been wonderful for fans of the horror genre. Maybe not as memorable as the PS2 era, which saw the end of the “golden age” of the survival horror genre, capped off by now classic games like Silent Hill 2, Fatal Frame 2, Siren and Resident Evil 4, among others — but it’s still been pretty fantastic. Unfortunately for me, this has made my job of finding the best games this genre has gifted us with over the course of this relatively lengthy console cycle incredibly difficult.
I thought finding the greatest horror games of this generation was tough, but narrowing down the myriad indie horror games we’ve seen this gen has proven far more difficult.
Read on to see how I fared in my endeavor to find the ten greatest indie horror games of this generation!
Frictional Games had been making horror games for some time before they brought us Amnesia: The Dark Descent, which for many gamers, would eventually go on to claim the title of “scariest game of all time.” If you haven’t played it, it’s a terrifying game. There are a myriad reasons for this — the stellar atmosphere, clever insanity system and the way it masterfully builds up the dread. The first hour of the game is fantastic, but it all builds up to a moment that is, in my opinion, the most shit-out-your-spine terrifying level in the game. The flooded hallway.
Watch me lose my mind playing it, after the jump.
If you’re unfamiliar with Universal’s annual Halloween Horror Nights, all you really need to know is it’s a must-see if you’re a haunted house enthusiast. I’m a bit of a freak for haunted houses, though I prefer connoisseur, and growing up in Kansas City I had some of the best haunts in the country just a short drive away. The Beast and The Edge of Hell are incredible, and I visited them every year (sometimes more than once) but they really can’t compare to Universal’s epic Halloween bash.
I haven’t experienced it yet, but it’s on my bucket list. When I imagine what it’s like — as I do, every day — I picture a horror fan’s paradise. Lately, the urge to see what’s going on has grown as Universal has introduced mazes inspired by some of my favorite horror games, including Resident Evil and Silent Hill. They’ve already featured two of gaming’s biggest horror franchises, but there’s still plenty left.
Read on for my list of six horror games that would make amazing haunts at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights!
Frictional Games’ teaser site for their next project — a horror game that’s coming to PC and consoles — has seen an update that brings with it a slew of new information including a strange new video that features a woman messing with a big CRT monitor attached to a bundle of cables. I’m getting a System Shock meets SCP: Containment Breach vibe from it now. Definitely creepy, but we still don’t know enough to really make any sense of it.
There’s an image that flashes briefly on the right-hand side of the page with a distorted face and more jumbled text, only it’s significantly easier to make out than that first bit. It’s a quote from Philip K. Dick that reads “It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.” That’s mildly unsettling. More after the jump!
First off, thank you, Frictional, for giving me a reason to bring back that amazing banner. I mean that from the bottom of my heart.
As disturbing as Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is, it was almost far, far more twisted. Kill Screen recently sat down with The Chinese Room’s Dan Pinchbeck and his wife, composer Jessica Curry to chat about a scene they cut from A Machine for Pigs. Details after the jump.
Back in October, Frictional said we’d have to wait until after A Machine for Pigs released before they’d divulge any details regarding their next game — which they also confirmed is of the horror persuasion. That time is now, and true to their word, the developer has started teasing their next game via a viral website.
Yes, I know, I spoil you. But the generous folks at Frictional Games have provided me with three Steam codes for their newly released survival horror game Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, and since I already have a copy, I thought I’d gift it to three of you. Since we just wrapped up an epic caption contest, this contest — more of a giveaway, really — is going to be an easy one. I know you’re busy and I respect your time. Why? Because I love you. There, I said it.
Read on to find out how you can win this delicious new horror game.
Thanks to some technical difficulties, my Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs review is a little late in getting up. I blame it on the pigs.
After the break you can watch me review one of the most anticipated survival horror games of the year. How does it stack up against its predecessor, The Dark Descent, which also happens to be one of the scariest games of all time? You’ll have to click that Read More link to find out. Come on, do it for the pigs.
In case you haven’t realized it already, this is an exciting time to be a horror fan. With Outlast coming tomorrow and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs a week later, we have two of the most anticipated horror games of the year getting ready to scare the pants off all of us. By mid-September we’ll all be bottomless, and that’s almost more terrifying than the six games I’m about to introduce (or re-introduce) you to.
If you read this list and find yourself craving more indie horror, feel free to check out my previous lists of indie horror games you need to play — some are free, some aren’t. Now let’s jump in.
Frictional Games has kept a tight leash on revealing any substantial gameplay footage from their highly anticipated survival horror game Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, a follow-up to the “scariest game of all time.” That ends today with my thirty minute-long preview of the game’s first chapter. There are no real spoilers here, just thirty incredibly unsettling minutes from what may very well be the most anticipated horror game of the year. Also, because I love you, this playthrough is sans commentary, so you can really soak it up without any distractions from yours truly.
If you missed it, you should definitely check out our exclusive early preview of the PAX Prime demo for Outlast, which releases this Wednesday.
The Chinese Room, the developer behind Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs has revealed their next project, an atmospheric game called Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. It will serve as a spiritual successor to their fantastic first game, Dear Esther, and it looks like it may have some strong horror vibes to it.
After the break I have its debut trailer, along with a batch of gorgeous screenshots.
September is a fantastic month for horror fans, and that’s party due to the fact that come September 10th, we’ll finally be able to get our anxious hands on Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. The wait for this game has been a long one, but we won’t have to wait much longer to find out what “the swine will rise” really means.
Today, Frictional Games released another trailer with the reminder that the game is available for pre-order at a discounted price.
Now that its sequel, A Machine for Pigs, finally has a release date, I figured I’d return to the terrifying world of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. This is the game that started it all, referred to by some as the “scariest game of all time.”
I’ve played it before, but it had been a long enough amount of time that I managed to forget nearly everything about the game. Good thing, too, because it meant I went into it (almost) as if I hadn’t played it before. After the break you can watch me play through the first hour of the game, edited down to a svelte 18 minutes.
Finally. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs has a release date, and it’s just around the corner. The follow-up to what many consider to be the scariest game of all time will hit PC on September 10th for $19.99, and if you act now you can get it for 20% off on Steam and GOG.com. This gives us less than a month to prepare for the game. Thankfully, most of my preparation revolves around heading out to the store for a few night lights and a crate of Depends.
Next month is starting to look really good. Between Diablo III’s Auction House-free console release on the 3rd, Outlast, which releases on the 4th and A Machine for Pigs on the 10th, September really cannot come soon enough.
I’ve scoured the Internet, along with my alarmingly poor memory, to find five of the best horror game trailers ever. We’re inundated with so many teasers, trailers and teasers for upcoming trailers — some good, some not-so-good and even a few that still make me wonder what the hell their PR team was smoking — each week that I think it’s important to really celebrate the successful ones. There are a lot to choose from, but I think I’ve found five that are each successful in their own way.
So what constitutes a “good” video game trailer? To me, it doesn’t necessarily need to have gameplay or gorgeous CGI. Really, all it needs to do is help me reach fanboy level excitement for the game its advertising.
Read on for my list of five amazing horror game trailers that did just that!
I’m going to ask you a question that I honestly couldn’t answer myself. At the end of the summer — likely around August — two hugely anticipated indie horror games will battle it out for your time and your money.
The first is Outlast. Developed by Red Barrels Games, it’s been described as the “new Amnesia.” Then there’s Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, a collaborative effort between developers thechineseroom (Dear Esther) and Frictional Games (The Dark Descent), which has a high bar to live up to as a sequel to what many consider to be the scariest game of all time.
So my question is this: of the above two games — both of which will likely scare the pants off us when they finally release — which are you most looking forward to? Vote after the break!
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Written by Kevin Kennedy, @thekevmiester
In a time when the survivor horror genre seemed to be taking more of a turn towards action with games like Dead Space and Resident Evil, Amnesia: The Dark Descent was a breath of fresh air to many back in 2010, with it’s heavy emphasis on phycological terror and boasting no combat system whatsoever. The game has since garnered enough of a following to warrant an expansion, in the name of Justine, and even an “indirect sequel” which is currently being developed by The Chinese Room (Dear Esther) with the original developers Frictional Games taking on a publishing role as they work on another project. How does the game hold up after 3 years? And is it really THAT scary?
If you’re a gamer, you’re undoubtedly already fully aware of how stupefyingly awesome last week was. If you’re not a gamer, than let me take a second to fill you in. Last week, nearly every video game company in the country migrated to Los Angeles so they could spend a few days blowing our minds.
They did this by showing off new hardware — including a saucy battle between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — and announcing tons of exciting new games. Among these big reveals were a myriad horror games, both from indie developers and high profile publishers, that all look absolutely terrifying. Unfortunately, even though we saw from the likes of Daylight, Outlast, Dying Light and Dead Rising 3 — there were still many highly anticipated games that didn’t make an appearance.
After the break I have eight horror games I really wanted to see more from last week, but didn’t. Check them out, and let me know what I missed in the comments!
Frictional Games has confirmed that Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs has been pushed back to the “end of summer.” “We are working away as fast as we can, it has to take the time it takes.” they wrote on their blog. “There are companies working on the translations (will launch with 9 languages in addition to original English). The porting guys are porting away. Deals are being made. Things are prepared for launching the game through more online stores than any other FG game before. In general occupied with all things related.”
So no A Machine for Pigs for a few more months. They haven’t set an exact launch date yet, but it’s good to know they’re focused on getting it out when it’s done, rather than rushing it out when it isn’t ready. I wouldn’t expect anything less from them. You can look forward to watching me (try to) play it when it releases. Until then, enjoy some Kraven Manor.
Thechineseroom’s swine-themed follow-up to The Dark Descent is one of my most anticipated games of the year, horror or otherwise. It looks incredible, some might even say absolutely terrifying, though you wouldn’t know it by looking at this new batch of screenshots. They’re insanely dark. I can’t tell what’s going on in most of them, but it’s another look at A Machine for Pigs, so can we really complain?
I don’t know if you’ve noticed this already, but this is an incredibly exciting time to be a horror fan. There are more new horror releases now than there’s ever been. We’ve seen multiple entries in franchises like Resident Evil and Silent Hill, as well as a slew of quality indie horror games from devs like Frictional Games (Amnesia), Blue Isle (Slender: The Arrival), and Red Barrels (Outlast), among others. Perhaps what’s most exciting about this recent surge of popularity the genre’s seeing are the hints at where it’s headed next.
Between games like the six I have waiting for you after the break, it looks like survival horror is coming back, and this time it’s returning in a far more terrifying form.
And the terrifying games don’t stop here! Here are six more!