It’s Valentine’s Day, and you know what that means. It means it’s finally time to take the plunge and ask out that lovely individual you’ve been stalking lately. It also justifies slipping love letters under the bathroom door while they’re showering or sliding one under their pillow while they sleep. It’s not creepy if it’s Valentine’s Day, I always say. After you’re done with that you should read this list I’ve compiled of men who went to through hell — both literally and figuratively — in order to save the woman they love.
I suggest you grab that special someone in your life, snuggle up real close and enjoy this list. I guarantee it will lead to whatever it is two adults do when they like each other a lot. (I zoned out during that “birds and the bees” chat, something about pollinating flowers and storks). READ MORE
I wish every horror game I enjoyed got a sequel. Even games like BioShock, which don’t really need sequels. If I like it, I usually want more of it, even if it’s only to see where a developer can take their series. Unfortunately, while the slate of releases might suggest otherwise (Black Ops II, Halo 4, Assassin’s Creed III, Resident Evil 6, etc.) it’s difficult for a game to get a sequel, especially in the midst of a new generation of consoles. The problem is studios need to make money, and unless the game has a substantial following or is accessible to a wide audience, potential for a sequel isn’t great.
If you’re reading this, then you’re probably a fan of the horror genre, so you’re undoubtedly aware that when it comes to accessibility, the horror genre (in video games, at least) isn’t exactly known for being welcoming to newcomers. Here are ten games that I think could actually sell well, if they’re given the second chance they deserve. READ MORE
Silent Hill and Shadows Of The Damned composer Akira Yamaoka has unveiled the album artwork for his upcoming solo album Revolucion through his Facebook page. It was also announced that fans would be able to pick up a copy of the album at V-CONCERT on Nov. 10th at Foro Vallarta, Guadalajara in Mexico, where Yamaoka will be playing. That being said, no official release date for Revolucion has been set. Check out the album artwork below! READ MORE
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. READ MORE
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
I’m not sure if it’s because of our own morbid curiosity with death or because a world of fire and brimstone sounds supremely badass, but over the years hell has become an incredibly popular destination for video games. Thankfully, this destination is only getting hotter (sorry) over the coming months. Doom 4 is almost definitely going to be revealed at QuakeCon in August, or possibly at E3 in June and Diablo III is finally coming to take me away from my friends and job in just a few short weeks. As a gamer, I’ve been to hell more times than Kratos sand Dante combined and I’ve managed to escape those festering pits mostly unscathed. From the nine circles in Dante’s Inferno to Silent Hill’s Otherworld, here are my ten favorite trips to hell so far. READ MORE
I did it! I made a list. Put your shocked faces on. After Adam REPORTED that there is hope for a sequel to Shadows of the Damned after the game was lacking in sales I got excited. I also got to thinking about how awesome the game is, and how it seems like a lot of people don’t realize that.
So, I decided to make a list of many of the excellent reasons why you should pick this game up. Also, Adam got me all riled up because he was pretty convinced I would never get it done because I’m a slacker. Well I cranked it out in one night, suck it Dodd! Head past the break for the awesomeness you missed out on. READ MORE
Now this is something I didn’t see coming. One of my favorite games of last year, the delightfully deranged Shadows of the Damned could be getting a sequel. That is, if a few hopeful words from Silent Hill turned Shadows of the Damned and Lollipop Chainsaw composer Akira Yamaoka is to be believed. In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Yamaoka expressed interest in a sequel, saying “I’m thinking of a sequel, actually. I can’t tell you here, but clearly I’d like to.”
Shadows of the Damned was met with some decent reviews, but sold very poorly, shifting under 40,000 copies in its first month in the US and Japan. That’s not a great number, but it doesn’t look to be completely detracting developer Grasshopper Manufacture from considering a sequel. What’s even a little more intriguing is Yamaoka’s comment when asked if he thought EA would back a sequel — since they published the original — to which he replied with a “Probably,” before saying “Well, yes.” So what would you like to see in a Shadows of the Damned sequel? READ MORE
Remember when I asked you to tell me what your favorite (and least favorite) horror games of 2011 were? I realize that was way back in 2011 so it might be a little hazy, but it happened, and now I have the results. After slaving away over a hot computer, picking through thousands of votes across 13 categories, I now have your winners.
The biggest surprise came from how many times Dead Space 2 and Dead Island butted heads, fighting for first place; apparently you all love those two games (and for good reason). So without further ado, let’s see who the winners are! READ MORE
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
Now, Shadows of the Damned is a weird game, but I mean that in the best way possible. It’s unpredictable, fun, and consistently hilarious. But because its an action/horror game with a decidedly Japanese flavor that limits its appeal to many gamers. Sadly, this means many of you didn’t go out and buy it, even after I told you how amazing it is in my review. Seriously people, this game is really good. It’s like Resident Evil 4 with more gore, a raunchy sense of humor, and a kickass soundtrack. If that doesn’t make you want to go into your local GameStop so you can rub the game all over your nether regions I don’t know what will.
I wasn’t expecting Shadows to sell well, but it actually managed to surprise me with its low, low sales. According to the NPD who tracks the gaming industry’s sales, Shadows of the Damned sold 24,000 copies total across both the Xbox 360 and PS3. Now that’s more than a little depressing but it doesn’t end there, head past the break for equally as disheartening news. READ MORE
We already know how totally sweet SHADOWS OF THE DAMNED is. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still bask in it’s ridiculous glory. Below is the Day In The Life trailer, and it follows Garcia around as he gets bombed on absinthe and a demon rips out of his girl friend. And he rides his Johnson around. What a tough life.
No matter what I write here I just don’t think there are words to express how deep and unconditional my love for this game really is. It’s raunchy, funny, scary, and manages to take many of the things that made Resident Evil 4 one of my favorite games and give it that unique, Suda51 flavor. I’ve been hyping up this game since before it had a name so I’m sure by now many of you are fully familiar with what it is and who’s behind it. READ MORE
The game I’ve been foaming at the mouth for since 2005, the title I said could redefine the horror genre is a little less than a week away from jumping into my bosom. The more I see of Shadows of the Damned the less I can consider it a real horror title, instead I’d compare it to a punk rock hipster with a mean ‘tude and a tendency for brutal murder. At the very least the game has some of my favorite people behind it, including Goichi Suda (No More Heroes), Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil), and Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill composer), so I have serious doubts that this game will be anything less than good fun. The following video looks pretty good – I’ve never been a fan of birds, all flying high like they’re better than everyone else.
That machine gun with the tendrils looks like it’ll be my one of my favorites, if only so I can bust down a door leading to a group of unsuspecting monsters before exclaiming loudly, “Say ‘ello to my lil frien’!” and tearing their shit up with my badass machine gun. Yeah, this game is going to rock. Shadows of the Damned releases on June 21st, and good thing too, because I don’t know how much longer I can wait. READ MORE
Shadows Of The Damned isn’t holding back as far was weird over the top trailers. And I’m ok with that. There a whole lot of series trailers lately, and it’s nice to get some comedy thrown in there. And what better than this Enlarge Your Johnson trailer. Check it out!
Shadows Of The Damned will be released June 21st on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. READ MORE
If you are getting Shadows Of The Damned then I definitely recommentd you pre-order it from either Amazon, Game Stop, or the E.A. Store because you could get yourself a nice bonus. A digital download of 12 music tracks from the game, from the one and only Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill).
Head past the break for the track listing, and the game comes out June 21st on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. READ MORE
If there ever was an award show with a category for best dev diary, this brand spanking new one for Shadows of the Damned featuring Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil) and Goichi Suda (No More Heroes) and a duo of fantastically epic translators would win it hands down. If you’ve found yourself straddling the fence, unable to decide whether the game looked as mind-blowingly spectacular as it does to me right now, this video should bring you over to my side. Seriously, it’s just that delicious.
Did I mention it has possibly the best voice dubbing my ears have ever had to pleasure to listen to? That thing just made four and a half minutes of sweet, passionate love to my earholes. Phew, I think I need a cigarette. Shadows of the Damned releases for the Xbox 360 and PS3 on June 21st. READ MORE
Shadows Of The Damned has a dynamite line up behind the scenes, so naturally I’m pretty pumped about it. Though it wasn’t what most people were expecting to see from several of the gaming industries greats, I still think it could turn out to be a kick ass game.
Past the break for some new screens. Shadows Of The Damned will be released June 7th on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. READ MORE
If screenshots are a taste of the real thing than concept art is definitely a taste of what could be. A game could have creepy concept art but when we finally see what it actually looks like it’s bright and happy like a Saturday morning cartoon. Since we’ve seen a hefty amount of screenshots for this game already I think it’s safe to say Shadows of the Damned will look and feel like what we expect from a horror game being overseen by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, Goichi Suda (No More heroes) and scored by Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka.
Another fantastic thing about concept art is it introduces us to some of the environments we’ll no doubt be covering in a thick coat of blood and monster giblets when we play it (on June 7th!) Past the jump you’ll find a rather unsanitary meat market and what looks like demon hunter Garcia Hotspur’s bachelor pad, among others. READ MORE
I’ve got two things that should make both your eyes and your ears very happy. The first is some rather sexy box art for the upcoming Shadows of the Damned and the second are three free songs, two from Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka. The songs are being released by Shadows of the Damned developer Grasshopper Manufacture to honor those lost in the tsunami that hit Japan last Friday.
The songs “Otomodachi, as you wake” and “Otomodachi, before you sleep” are Yamaoka’s work and the third track is from Tak Hiraoka. Head past the jump to find out how you can get these free tracks and so you can get a better look at Shadows of the Damned’s stylish new box art. READ MORE
This is a game that’s been long in the making and with a talented team of developers behind it including Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, No More Heroes Designer Goichi Suda and legendary Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka Shadows of the Damned has a lot to live up to. Since its official unveiling at TGS last year we’ve seen some squishy screens and a pretty cool Halloween trailer but so far actual gameplay has been pretty sparse. Until today.
Grindhouse style voice-over? A hot girlfriend from Hell? A talking skull-headed torch with an English accent that’ll likely end up being the game’s main source of comedic relief? I think this may very well be the best trailer released this year. No, wait. The Dead Island trailer still takes the cake. Head past the break for some incredibly cool, and equally as squishy screenshots. READ MORE
Two major titles coming out this year just got their release dates and not only will they be out earlier than many of us expected but it looks like the dreaded summer drought just got a lot less painful. The first game is the long anticipatedShadows of the Damned, and it’ll be kicking down store shelves on June 7th. This game is set firmly in the action/horror genre and has some of the greatest minds in the industry behind it, specifically Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil), Goichi Suda (No More Heroes) and Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill).
The other game we’ve been waiting over a decade for. will be giving us all a hefty dose of crazy a week later on June 14th. So how about it, are you as excited as I am for summer to arrive? READ MORE
Shadows of the Damned is a unique game we’ve covered before, it’s flavor is very Japanese but it also has some of the best talent in the industry behind it. There’s Shinji Mikami, the guy who brought us Resident Evil, Goichi Suda of No More Heroes fame and Akira Yamoaka, the incredible composer for the Silent Hill series.
If that’s not enough to get some warmth betwixt your nether regions I don’t know what will. Oh wait, yes I do. These gory new screenshots should do the trick. READ MORE