With All Hallows Eve less than a week away, this is the perfect time to get caught up on any horror games you haven’t finished before more get added to the list. 2014 has been an especially good year to be a fan of horror games, so it’d be understandable if you’ve missed a few. Heck, it’s my job to play horror games, and even I missed a couple games. We’ve reached a point where it’s genuinely difficult keeping up with the latest and greatest games in our favorite genre.
To make catching up a slightly less daunting task, I’ve come up with five games — released this year — that are fitting of the Halloween season. I hope you’ll let this list gently guide you toward creating the ultimate Halloween game playlist.
Five Nights at Freddy’s
What I enjoyed the most about Five Nights at Freddy’s, aside from its deeply unnerving premise, is how refreshing its design is. There isn’t another horror game that’s quite like it. It’s a life-saving buoy floating in a sea of first person horror games. Don’t get me wrong, I love games like Outlast and Amnesia, but it’s nice to see developers experimenting a bit in this genre.
Five Nights prays on an primitive fear of animatronic creations, which I assume most sane human beings are born with. The dead-eyed band of robotic woodland creatures that occupy the stage of any Chuck E. Cheese’s is something I learned to fear early on, and it’s a phobia this innovative indie game exploits brilliantly.
In related news, Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 is happening.