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 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

Review: Krampus

This was originally published at The Edge SUSU on 4th December. 

Considering the rut horror has found itself in recently, there’s been a surprising amount of high quality films released this year. Starting off with the inventive It Follows, 2015 seemed to have peaked early in terms of horror. The next few months seemed to affirm this, until The Hallow made its way onto screens, reviving the creature feature for a new generation. Crimson Peak came off the back of this, dividing audiences to a degree, but offering a touch of class nonetheless. And now we have Krampus, which brings a more festive flavor to the genre. Continue reading