After the PlayStation 4 arrives on November 15th and the Xbox One the week after that, this generation will officially be considered last-generation. Both Microsoft and Sony have vowed to continue supporting their respective consoles for the next couple years, so they’re far from dead, they’re just being replaced by something shinier and more “all-in-one”.
The future is looking especially bright for the horror genre, with games like Dead Rising 3 just around the corner and The Evil Within and Dying Light both coming next year. Before we get too engulfed in the excitement that a new console generation inspires, I’d like to take a look at some of the horror games that defined this console generation.
Check out my list of the ten greatest horror games of this generation, after the jump!
Today, Blackpowder Games, a studio made up of former Monolith Productions (F.E.A.R.) developers, unveiled their first game. It’s an atmospheric, black and white first person shooter called Betrayer, and it looks genuinely creepy. I’m glad we’re getting anything from part of the team that brought us the excellent F.E.A.R. series, but I’m doubly happy it’s a pseudo-horror shooter, since that’s certainly within their wheelhouse.
The game is set in a small Virginia colony during the turn of the 17th century, where freaky ghosts and assorted other creatures abound. It’ll come to Steam Early Access on August 14th for $15. Check out the announcement trailer and a batch of high contrast screens, after the break.
I have mixed thoughts on this, but before I get into it, let’s dive into the actual news.
The next entry in the FEAR horror franchise will be a free-to-play multiplayer game, developed by Koean-based Inplay Interactive for Windows PC. Weird, right? The game will focus on the multiplayer modes from past games in the series, like Soul King. More after the break.
Welcome to Ghosts of Gaming Past — here we’ll be reviewing older horror games, classics and non-classics we missed when they were originally released. Have a game you’d like reviewed? Send us an email.
Written by Ryan Peters, @Thrashmarshall
F.E.A.R, or First Encounter Assault Recon for the uninitiated, is a series that has become synonymous with horror gaming. From its slow motion roots on PC back in late 2005 F.E.A.R has grown into one of the defining horror experiences of this generation. While many purists may argue that the original game has yet to be beaten, and most fans wrote off much of the generic third entry, it’s F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin that stands up as the pinnacle of the series. Not only is F.E.A.R 2 a fantastically horrifying game, it’s also a solid and rewarding shooter.
I want to play a game. (read that in Jigsaw’s voice)
I have a bunch of minimalist horror game posters waiting for you after the break. What I’d like you to do is try and name every game in these posters just by looking at the gallery. Don’t click on any of the images, because doing that will expand them, revealing the full poster and the title of the game. This game is crazy easy to cheat on, but I trust you. So name as many games as you can in the comments below — Bloody Disgusting has spies everywhere, so I’ll know when you cheat — and HAVE FUN!
We gamers put ourselves through a lot, and we do so in the name of fun. We tell ourselves t”his is entertainment,” before we open that creaky door and enter a room to fight a gargantuan living mass of bone and jagged metal with nothing but a pipe and a prayer. I’ve been a gamer for most of my life, and over the years I’ve seen some truly horrifying things. When a stranger asks me about my escape from Raccoon City, my vacation in Silent Hill, or my time aboard the USG Ishimura, I answer them with a thoughtful silence and a thousand yard stare. It’s the only way.
If you’re reading this then you undoubtedly have tales to tell and therapy sessions to endure, so let’s get this started with a look back at six more horrifying moments in video games.
In case you weren’t aware of this already, Steam is having a massive sale on many of the games in their store — as they always do this time of the year, including 66% off Dead Island (now $6.79), 75% off the F.E.A.R. Collection (includes every game in the series for $13.71), and 66% off Condemned (now $5.09). That’s only a few of the sales they have going on right now and the deals change every day, so if the game you’ve had your eye on isn’t cheap enough be sure to check back regularly. I’d keep going, but I just bought Condemned, so I’m going to play that instead. Happy holidays!
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.
Most games can cover up their flaws with jaw-dropping visuals, slick combat, or boobies, but horror games don’t have it as easy. In fact, for a game in this genre to succeed there’s one thing it always has to have, and that’s a powerful atmosphere. An atmosphere is a compilation of a bunch of different things that makes the game stick with us long after we’ve played it. It’s also a little different for each person since everyone experiences their games differently from the next.
For me, atmosphere is how the game looks, sounds, and feels. For example, if I’m walking down the rusted, broken halls of a long abandoned down mental institution with only my flashlight to illuminate the path in front of me as I instinctively jerk the beam of light toward what I could’ve swore was a shadow or the sound of footsteps – that’s an experience I’m not going to forget any time soon. It’s the atmosphere, or all the little details that sets the game apart from the rest and helps immerse you into the experience. So head past the break to see the 13 most atmospheric games I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing, and remember, these aren’t in any particular order, so please don’t freak out if your game is #5 while an obviously crap game made #3. 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
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
This has been a truly amazing year for survival horror games. By September 2009, records had already been broken as the genre raked in almost $150 million worth of thrills and chills. That was before a few heavy hitters like Dead Space: Extraction, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, and Left 4 Dead 2 hit retail shelves so by now it’s safe to say 2009 pretty much rocked. To commemorate such a fantastic time for horror fans we’ve come up with some awards dedicated solely to the horror genre. You won’t find a “Best Visuals”, “Best Music”, or even a “Game of the Year” award amongst the categories below; instead we’ve decided to focus on the little things. The more obscure but no less impressive feats.
Yes, we’re going to let you decide what you think is the best survival horror game of the year (coming soon) just like the past 2 years, but we have opinions too. Some of us even have good ones. Now you will read those opinions, varying in quality, but always interesting. So read on to see what we, your mentors and heroes consider to be the best horror games 2009 has to offer. After you finish allowing this beautiful wave of awesome opinions wash over you, you can shuffle on over to the comments section and let us know how much you disagree. READ MORE