Video games have introduced us to some extremely memorable scenes over the years. We’ve seen a creature with a giant metal tetrahedron helmet take time away from stalking us so he could rape a mannequin, then it was our turn to be violated by a crazed psychic woman. When video games aren’t treating us like pieces of meat, they’re exploring other paths to cause us even deeper psychological damage. Here are six games that managed just that.
Sometimes a fresh set of eyes can bring new and interesting perspectives. When you look at the same thing for so long, it can get difficult to see its flaws, and while this can be said for many things, it’s especially true for video games. Getting a fresh perspective can be a great way to make sure a series stays engaging, to keep it from becoming stale and predictable. Franchises like Resident Evil and Silent Hill have each had games developed by studios other than the one that created them, and while the results have been a mixed bag, some of these partnerships have led to incredible games.
With this in mind, I’ve compiled a list of six game developers that I think are universally great and matched them with a horror franchise I feel they could make an incredible game for. Check out my picks after the break, and feel free to comment with your own dream matches!
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.
Have you ever had that moment where you’re blissfully mowing down Necromorphs with your plasma cutter or literally mowing down zombies in Dead Rising, only to come across that part of the game that almost ruins everything? Pretty much every game has it, but that doesn’t lessen the blow when you finally find it. It’s like when someone violently shakes you while you’re sleeping, ruining the amazing dream you were having about that saucy minx who works at the Starbucks near your work. You go there every day–even if you don’t want a coffee–just to see their face. If you’re feeling extra brave you might pretend to forget your usual order, just to see if they remember you. Then when they aren’t there or they don’t remember you, you’re struck by a wave of sadness that only a Mountain Dew Pitch Black and a hug from TJ can soothe. Oh, and you should definitely check out the ten games that came close to ruining everything after the break. READ MORE
As a whole, I really wasn’t that impressed with E3 this year. I expected a lack of any real jaw-dropping announcements and outside of incredible showings from Watch Dogs, Beyond: Two Souls and The Last of Us, my fears mostly came true. I did however, have hopes that horror games would have a bigger showing at the event, and other than the intriguing ZombiU, this year’s selection wasn’t all that satisfying. Here are the 13 horror games I really wanted to hear something from this year. READ MORE
Sometimes I get really bored. I’m only human, and like the rest of you, there are times when I need a little entertainment. During one of my recent fits of boredom where I was lying naked on the floor of my room in a sticky puddle of dried up Mountain Dew while staring up at the ceiling wondering what wordsmith came up with the word ‘orange,’ I decided to come up with a little game — something to fill my time so I didn’t have to finally concede to what the voices in my head were telling me to do. For the unaware, at Bloody Disgusting lies a mythical creature known as a Jonathan Barkan. He runs the music section on BD with a tyrannical fist and a sweet moustache. If I were reviewing Jon, his Baby Factor would go something like ”If Albert Wesker and a Big Daddy got together to make sweet, sweet love inside a record store, Jonny B would be their musically inclined offspring.”
All that is a long-winded way of saying he knows his music, and he also happens to share my love of video games. So let’s get back to the game I was teasing earlier. I gave Jon ten video game franchises and asked him who he thought would be best suited to score the soundtracks for that series. For example, if Akira Yamaoka had never joined Konami to craft the incredible scores the Silent Hill series is known for, who could’ve taken his place? Find out whom he chose for Silent Hill, as well as nine others, after the jump. READ MORE
Have you ever been playing a video game that suddenly takes your adventure in an entirely unexpected direction? Every now and then a game manages to do something unpredictable, whether that thing is a major plot twist, a main character’s death, a startling reveal or a terrifying new foe, it’s always something no one could’ve seen coming. The horror genre is filled with games that managed just that; they did something we never saw coming or put us in an unforgettable situation.
Not enough games do this these days. This list is all about the moments many gamers won’t soon forget; the moment they realized nothing is certain, and anything could happen next. Here’s our list of the most startling twists and reveals the horror genre has thrown us so far. READ MORE
Screw villains, they get all the glory. What about the grunts? You know, the hundreds of generic bad guys you have to shoot/frag/slice/photograph/dialog with between boss battles? Being a grunt has to be the toughest job in a videogame, yet their faces so rarely lead a marketing campaign. It’s a pity really.
This article is dedicated to them, but I’m not just talking about every faceless grunt you’ve fought over your gaming career, because that would take a very long time. This is for more than the plethora of featureless baddies that do little more than stand between you and the evil dude you spent a majority of the game trying to reach. That’s just not enough to make this list, instead you’ll find the grunts that actually managed to frustrate, or worse, embarrass gamers by killing us when we make the deadly mistake of underestimating them. This is for the little guys that caused big problems. READ MORE
The video games industry is an unforgiving world where highly anticipated games can be canceled without warning, or even worse, they can be thrown into the dread video game limbo. The fate of those who find themselves in the latter category rarely survive, instead fans are strung along for years with the promise of a release until the game meets its inevitable fate.
Unfortunately, Development Hell strikes horror games just as often, if not more so, than other genres. The most likely cause of this is how shaky the genre is, where long in development titles like Alan Wake get great reviews and tons of hype before falling short in the sales department. Then there are titles like Resident Evil that breaks all expectations, and surprise hits like BioShock. So if there’s a game you’ve been looking forward to for some time, read on to see the fifteen horror titles we’re foaming at the mouth to get our hands on. READ MORE
Canadian extreme metallers Kataklysm
have uploaded a new track, ‘Determined (Vows of Vengence) onto their Official MySpace
page. The track is taken from ‘Heaven’s Venom’, their upcoming album due August 24th in North America.
Recorded by Kataklysm guitarist J-F Dagenais (Malevolent Creation, Misery Index) and mixed by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Mnemic, Dark Tranquillity), the album promises to be quite the ass kicker!
Therion has announced that they have parted ways with their vocalist, Snowy Shaw. If you check after the jump, you can read the official band statement regarding the situation.
Also, after the jump, you can read all about the new Cattle Decapitation tour!