Halloween Gaming Recommendations: Part 8- Bonus Picks

This is part of a special Halloween feature that will provide a brief overview of the horror genre, with different recommendations for every type of player. You might notice that the games in this series tend to get pretty good ratings. There are two reasons for this. 1) I’m partial to the horror genre, it happens to be my favourite in gaming. 2) This is a feature of games that I would recommend, therefore they’re bound to be scored highly.

What’s that? You thought I was done? Oh you poor, sweet fools. I’m afraid that you can never escape from my pretentious pontificating. No, I still have so much that I’m simply dying to share with you. The horror genre is a vast enterprise, comprised of the some of the finest games of all time. To recommend only 7 would therefore be a disservice to an incredibly diverse and prestigious gaming tradition. So, even though it’s admittedly a little late, I thought I’d pool together a collection of honourable mentions for you to take a stab at (Assuming that, like me, you have no friends or social obligations to attend to on Halloween). Enjoy. If you dare.… That one didn’t really make any sense…Sorry. Continue reading

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Halloween Gaming Recommendations: Part 7- Silent Hill 2

This is part of a special Halloween feature that will provide a brief overview of the horror genre, with different recommendations for every type of player. You might notice that the games in this series tend to get pretty good ratings. There are two reasons for this. 1) I’m partial to the horror genre, it happens to be my favourite in gaming. 2) This is a feature of games that I would recommend, therefore they’re bound to be scored highly.

Here we are, my number one pick, the best horror game of all time; Silent Hill 2. This one is seriously disturbing on a deeply psychological level. And yet it’s also more than just a scary experience, as it happens to be a legitimately moving tragedy and one of the best cases for gaming as an art-form in existence. It is a dark, intriguing, thematically complex journey into madness, and over the course of its runtime, it takes you to some very uncomfortable places. Even better, it does it all in a way that no other medium could. This masterpiece embraces the potential of gaming’s unique relationship with the player, and thrusts you right into the shoes of its protagonist in a way that is unprecedented . As a result, all of the feelings of loss, isolation, guilt, and fear are permitted to be almost too tangible. No other game in this series of reviews has received a 10/10 from me, because no other game in this series has affected me so much on an emotional level. With its rich themes, multi-faceted characters, unparalleled atmosphere and astonishingly original story, this really puts things like The Evil Within to shame.   Continue reading

Halloween Gaming Recommendations: Part 6- Resident Evil

This is part of a special Halloween feature that will provide a brief overview of the horror genre, with different recommendations for every type of player. You might notice that the games in this series tend to get pretty good ratings. There are two reasons for this. 1) I’m partial to the horror genre, it happens to be my favourite in gaming. 2) This is a feature of games that I would recommend, therefore they’re bound to be scored highly.

Those who know me have probably heard an awful lot of pretentious babbling about why Resident Evil 4 is the greatest game ever made. Continue reading

Halloween Gaming Recommendations: Part 5- Alien Isolation

This is part of a special Halloween feature that will provide a brief overview of the horror genre, with different recommendations for every type of player. You might notice that the games in this series tend to get pretty good ratings. There are two reasons for this. 1) I’m partial to the horror genre, it happens to be my favourite in gaming. 2) This is a feature of games that I would recommend, therefore they’re bound to be scored highly.

The specific formula that was set in place by Outlast has since been imitated time and time again, mostly by a multitude of Steam hacks trying to exploit the craze. It’s a style that regrettably lends itself to cheap rip-offs and cash-ins, as it can so easily be replicated with the minimum amount of effort. You don’t have to program in combat mechanics, the oppressive darkness can also be used to hide low-rent textures and graphical shortcomings, and you barely even have to try to be scary. All you need to do is throw the player in a dark corridor, have them be stalker by a single enemy, and add in some obligatory jump scares for good measure. Continue reading

Halloween Gaming Recommendations: Part 4- Until Dawn

This is part of a special Halloween feature that will provide a brief overview of the horror genre, with different recommendations for every type of player. You might notice that the games in this series tend to get pretty good ratings. There are two reasons for this. 1) I’m partial to the horror genre, it happens to be my favourite in gaming. 2) This is a feature of games that I would recommend, therefore they’re bound to be scored highly.

And now for something completely different.  Continue reading

Halloween Gaming Recommendations: Part 3- The Evil Within

This is part of a special Halloween feature that will provide a brief overview of the horror genre, with different recommendations for every type of player. You might notice that the games in this series tend to get pretty good ratings. There are two reasons for this. 1) I’m partial to the horror genre, it happens to be my favourite in gaming. 2) This is a feature of games that I would recommend, therefore they’re bound to be scored highly. 

And from one classy, artful and restrained game, we now transfer to looking at an unashamed shlock-fest from veteran horror director Shinji Mikami.  Continue reading

Halloween Gaming Recommendations: Part 2- Alan Wake

This is part of a special Halloween feature that will provide a brief overview of the horror genre, with different recommendations for every type of player. You might notice that the games in this series tend to get pretty good ratings. There are two reasons for this. 1) I’m partial to the horror genre, it happens to be my favourite in gaming. 2) This is a feature of games that I would recommend, therefore they’re bound to be scored highly. In this entry, we’ll be taking a look at Remedy’s love letter to Stephen King, Alan Wake Continue reading