With only a few days until Halloween, some people’s plans might be up in the air. If you’re too old to go trick or treating and have given up on the modern horror film genre, what better way to celebrate Halloween than a scary game. With The Evil Within being a scary as an episode of The Tweenies, I am to give you the definite list for games to play this Halloween.
Due to the fact nobody wants to read a list as long as Tolstoi’s War and Peace I will include honourable mentions at the bottom.
Condemned was an underrated Xbox 360 launch game that can be described as a first-person brawler. The first-person aspect of the game and weapons that could only sustain a small amount of damage added to the survival element. Condemned, without a doubt, has one of the best boss fights of all time, with the protagonist chasing Serial Killer X around a dark, abandoned house.
Silent Hill 2
Simply put, Silent Hill 2 is the pinnacle of the survival horror genre. The graphical limitations of the older consoles and restricted draw distance added to the eeriness. The antagonist, Pyramid Head, to this day remains one of the creepiest characters in the survival horror genre beating such enemies as Nemesis (Resident Evil 3) and Alma Wade (F.E.A.R series).
Left 4 Dead
What’s better than getting a group of friends round and beginning the zombie slaughter with a few bevs? Nothing, surely! Whether it be over Xbox Live, PSN or LAN, Left 4 Dead is one of the best multiplayer games and the mods for the PC master race only adds more fun.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham Asylum was the first great video game based on a superhero for over a decade. Arkham Asylum is the perfect setting with its creepiness and the psychotic nature of its inhabitants. To top it off, without spoiling anything, the Scarecrow sections and nightmares are some of the best additions to the franchise.
While many gamers use Minecraft as a creative medium for big builds or a relaxing game after a hard day’s work, it can be scary. Turning the game on to survival and on the hard difficulty and going mining is an experience that will unnerve the most relaxed gamer, with every creeper hiss and skeleton bow draw.
Last but by no means least, F.E.A.R. is one of the best horror based first-person shooters. The difference between most horrors and F.E.A.R. was the use of a little girl as a scare tactic. If you’ve played this game, I only have to mention Alma and the ladder to bring back the fear (if you’ll pardon the pun).
Some honourable mentions before we end include:
Resident Evil – The original Shinji Mikami masterpiece which horror games were ranked by; the fixed camera angles, claustrophobic mansion and limited ammunition only added to the tension.
The Walking Dead: Season One and Two – One of the most emotionally gripping stories of all video games (for me, more gripping than The Last of Us). Note: You might want a box of Kleenex by your side during your playthrough.
Five Nights at Freddy’s – This is a game I’ve yet to play but have seen several Let’s Plays during the past few months. When the energy meter hits 0%, cover your eyes and don’t peek.
Dead Space – Playing as an everyday engineer trying to save his damsel in distress, Dead Space successfully combined sci-fi and survival horror. Just be wary about the sequels.
(Note: you may wonder why Slender or Amnesia are not in either list; simply put, I haven’t played them)