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.
This series is a testament to my love for the indie horror genre, and my belief that indie games really are the future of gaming. We’ll always have big budget games, but I think we’ll see less of those in the coming years, replaced by smaller games and teams. $50-150 million (or more) is a ridiculous amount of money to spend on a video game, and that focus on money has caused layoffs at big studios, as well as cause a bevy of developers to shut down after going all in with their game.
We’re seeing this migration already. Part of the team behind Bulletstorm and Gears of War: Judgment are now working on an indie game called The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, the makers of Saw are crafting Daylight, some of the developers behind Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed are hard at work on Outlast, etc. Indie is where it’s at.
If you need an example of why I love indie games so much, you needn’t look any further than Team Pixel Pi’s Pulse. It’s a pseudo-horror game that casually balances the line between terrifying and adorable, the former being fueled by the fact that in it, you’re totally blind. More after the break.
If you didn’t know, the annual Game Developers Conference took place recently in San Francisco and I was on-site for Bloody Disgusting (and for my own benefit, of course). This is the first of three features I’ll be writing on games I first played around with at GDC.
Written by Hayden Dingman, @haydencd
My initial thought when I walked past Pulse at the IGF Pavilion was “Wow, this game is beautiful.” I stood and watched as the person playing threw an object, resulting in a cascade of oranges and greens against a stark black background. I was immediately struck by the resemblance to the Black Velvetopia level of Psychonauts (the one with all the luchadores). I had no idea what the game was, how the mechanics functioned, or anything. I just knew I had to play it.
Singer Maynard James Keenan seems to have found a very happy, comforting second home in the form of Puscifer. A project that is challenging and inventive, Puscifer satisfies needs, emotions, and sounds that Tool is unable to provide. And while we all wait for a fifth Tool album, there is something to be said about the investment and energy that Keenan invests into Puscifer.
I’ve made it quite clear that I was never a fan of the first Puscifer release, V Is For Vagina but also how I was completely won over by Conditions Of My Parole. Now I’ve been presented with a new EP entitled Donkey Punch The Night Away. With two new tracks, two covers and three remixes, it’s an interesting beast, one that took more than a few spins to really understand and appreciate. Join me below for my full thoughts. READ MORE
Between The Buried And Me singer, keyboardist and founding member Tommy Rogers will be releasing a solo album under his pseudonym Thomas Giles. The album, entitled ‘Pulse’, is slated to see the light of day on Feb. 1st, 2011. The album is said to have overtones of Radiohead, Bjork, Stereolab as well as other more electronic influences.