I’m crazy excited for the arrival of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but I’m also understandably a little frustrated I won’t be able to grab either console as soon as I would like. My therapist told me I shouldn’t bottle up these emotions, otherwise I’ll return to my dark place and black out, only to wake up three days later covered in pig’s blood (at least I think it’s pig’s blood) with odd, almost alien markings covering my entire body. Since I’d rather that didn’t happen to me again, I’m going to express my emotions the only way I know how, by writing to you.
All this week I’ve been celebrating the end of a wonderful console cycle with features covering the best horror games of this generation — from AAA blockbusters to smaller indie efforts — as well as a recent look back at some of the most disappointing games.
Since I’d rather not end this on a such a sour note, I’ve decided to extend this celebration with a look at some of this generation’s best horror-themed DLC and expansions — see my picks after the jump!
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 Jason Nawara, @JasonNawara
From Blackwater to Escalara, a plague is crossing the land, causing the dead to rise with a taste for cowboy flesh. For John Marston, this means it’s time to blow another few hundred heads off — they’re just rotten this time. That’s OK, they explode better this way.
If September through November is a verdant jungle brimming with life and excitement, then July and much of August make up the barren wasteland where no one ever wants to spend their valuable vacation days. It’s dead. If it were a horse, you’d shoot it in the head to put it out of its misery, then you’d shoot it again, just in case. There’s very little excitement, leaving us with nearly two months where we have to fend for ourselves. Obviously, we can’t go outside, because our pale gamer skin would burn up under the hot summer sun. Geeks and nerds don’t tan, in fact, it’s been proven in a lab underneath Raccoon City that any light that’s brighter than the glow of a TV or computer monitor can cause irreparable harm to our fragile exteriors.
Why would you go outside and… do whatever it is people do in that mythical place when you could grab a shotgun and rid Liberty City of all its pedestrians, or duel with Big Daddies in Rapture, or strategically dismember Necromorphs aboard the Sprawl? It’s dangerous out there, so we reserve our adventures to video games. Unfortunately, unless you’re like me and you have a massive backlog of unfinished games, there really isn’t anything new to keep you busy until the big games start pouring out in the near future. Thankfully, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to the collection you already have, so to help you out, here’s the best horror-themed expansions for some games you probably already own. READ MORE