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What are some of your favorite horror games? Personally, I'm really enamored by DayZ and ImScared.

What kind of mix of gameplay elements, atmosphere and style do you prefer?

Are there any new horror games that you're anticipating? Are there any old gems that you're just discovering or think are underappreciated?

@mariomguy: I don't think we've ever talked about this and I'm really curious to get your stance on horror games. Are there any that you like? What would a horror game have to do to get your interest?

@KnokkelMillennium: We we're talking about horror games and you mentioned something about the level of gameplay and its relation to horror. Do you want to have that discussion a little more formally?

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why didn't i think to ask this? all i play is horror games mostly lol

What are some of your favorite horror games?

favorite horror game is silent hill 1. 2nd place is project zero 3, it is scary and probably has the saddest story of any videogame in my opinon

What kind of mix of gameplay elements, atmosphere and style do you prefer?

i like tank controls, of feeling helpless (harry mason lost looking for his daughter) i like not to much speaking and the small action, and ambient music from silent hill 1 is so amazings. defintly the still of silent hill should be what people look to when creating a horror game.

Are there any new horror games that you're anticipating? Are there any old gems that you're just discovering or think are underappreciated?

no, the last horror game i played was project zero V and i was so disappointed, so i think the horror genre is dead unfortunaltey (sad face) also resident evil 4 ruined the resident evil franchise for me, sorry its true, just like fallout 3 ruined fallout for me, games are actually getting worse dont you agree?

Edited November 27th by Brandy
Brandy

i like tank controls, of feeling helpless (harry mason lost looking for his daughter) i like not to much speaking and the small action, and ambient music from silent hill 1 is so amazings. defintly the still of silent hill should be what people look to when creating a horror game.


I have a similar feeling for DayZ. There is a great and complex sense of helplessness created by the constant worry about hunger, violence, accidental injury, etc.

There are unpredictable, unscripted interaction with other players, though it's mostly just crushing loneliness and wonder at the world being ruined and empty. There's something about being the only moving thing among the trees and buildings that tickles my brain.

Posted November 27th by nullfather
nullfather

it looks interesting but i from what i read its a online i dont think thats scary imo but if its single player i might try it out but i dont have a game console so likely not, might watch a let play. have you played silent hill?

Edited November 27th by Brandy
Brandy

We we're talking about horror games and you mentioned something about the level of gameplay and its relation to horror. Do you want to have that discussion a little more formally?


I'm not sure there is much to say that I haven't really. I've noticed a trend with horror games that have less gameplay like combat actually being more horrific.

I also feel that a part of the reason why is simply the concept of combat in horror games. It has to be done very carefully in order to work long-term or else it will start to feel like a plain shooter or whatever that you have control over and you get used to.

Resident Evil 7, while highly praised for me wasn't actually very horrific. It was interesting but it wasn't terribly horrific to me. It sure had it's moments and some of it weirded me out like the part where the woman has a fucking next coming from well... her vagina but ya. For me it was simply an OKAY horror game.

Posted November 27th by KnokkelMillennium
KnokkelMillennium

What are some of your favorite horror games? Personally, I'm really enamored by DayZ and ImScared.


Resident Evil. The Regenerator level in RE4 was terrifying for 11 year old me.

Parasite eve 2 is really good too but the tank controlls just gave me a headache.

Posted November 27th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

it looks interesting but i from what i read its a online i dont think thats scary imo but if its single player i might try it out but i dont have a game console so likely not, might watch a let play


It's a multiplayer game, but with zombie NPCs. You don't necessarily have to play with other real people, but that's where a lot of the interesting things come from.

have you played silent hill?


No, but I've heard a lot about it. I want to play it eventually.

I've noticed a trend with horror games that have less gameplay like combat actually being more horrific.


Yeah, a lot of what people call "horror' games, especially triple-A crap, are action games with weird monsters. That doesn't really make it horror.

Resident Evil 7, while highly praised for me wasn't actually very horrific. It was interesting but it wasn't terribly horrific to me.


Yeah, I think the fact that REVII was simply "decent" but was heralded as some kind of revival of the genre indicates something about the state of mainstream horror.

Posted November 27th by nullfather
nullfather

Yeah, I think the fact that REVII was simply "decent" but was heralded as some kind of revival of the genre indicates something about the state of mainstream horror.


Ya indie horror is pretty much all that does it for me as far as horror is concerned. Once again I don't expect much of GT to play any of the games I regarded as great though.

Perhaps I'll bother to recollect some of the ones I appreciated over the years. There have been so many good indie horror games that it's so easy for many to just slip the mind.

Posted November 27th by KnokkelMillennium
KnokkelMillennium

Yeah, I think the fact that REVII was simply "decent" but was heralded as some kind of revival of the genre indicates something about the state of mainstream horror.


I thought it was more of a revival for the franchise than the genre. I dont like playing spooky games if I can help it but I would assume it was doing just fine.

The spookiest game I ever played was dead space. I played 10 minutes of it, turned it off and returned it to gamestop. 2spooky4me

Posted November 27th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

The spookiest game I ever played was dead space. I played 10 minutes of it, turned it off and returned it to gamestop. 2spooky4me


Haha. If only you knew how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Posted November 27th by KnokkelMillennium
KnokkelMillennium

i like the idea of horror games, but usually i just get bored with walking down spoooOoooOooOooky hallways. i wasn't a fan of alien: isolation or silent hill 2 or amnesia.

i really liked RE4 and FEAR but i feel like those were more action games with horror elements.

if anyone has any recommendations i'm down though

Posted November 27th by poptart!
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The only game that's ever legitimately scared me is Five Nights at Freddy's, hands down. I've had plenty of moments that have made me recoil, mayhap even make me go, "OH DEAR GOD," but FNAF is the only game that's ever made me scream bloody murder.

Posted November 27th by Black Yoshi
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Haha. If only you knew how deep the rabbit hole goes.

I dont want to know. Im not much of a fan of horror movies either. The new IT movie made me laugh my ass off though.

Posted November 27th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

i like the idea of horror games, but usually i just get bored with walking down spoooOoooOooOooky hallways. i wasn't a fan of alien: isolation or silent hill 2 or amnesia.


I'm really disappointed with the generation of walking simulator/stealth trial-and-error crap that Penumbra and Amnesia spawned. Those games were great because of their extreme dedication to atmosphere and detail, which made the exploration and investigation elements very rewarding. Then there were a lot of copycats like Outlast and many others that followed a shallow bastardization of the idea. Not exactly walking simulators, because there are enemies and challenges. More like "walk around and get killed" simulators. The fact that these games have no combat or extremely limited combat just makes it feel pointless to me in these physically violent contexts. Penumbra and Amnesia had no combat because they were designed around completely different values. Games like Outlast have no combat because "LOL YOU CAN'T DEFEND YOURSELF AT ALL, ISN'T THAT SCARY".

Posted November 28th by nullfather
nullfather

Preface: I don't really play a ton of horror games, and I'm generally not personally interested in most things "horror." Like, my favorite "horror" film is The Shining, but many I know wouldn't call it a true horror film.

But I really, really, really love Alien: Isolation. Partly because I loooove Alien. One of my all-time favorite films, and I thought they absolutely nailed it. It was the follow up to the film that I've always wanted. (Never been a fan of any other Alien film.) I liked it because I thought it balanced "powerlessness" (you can't harm the xenomorph - resources are limited and enemies are often tough) with empowerment (you can still build things to distract or help you get through).

I'm currently playing Resident Evil 7, which I do find to be tense and scary (even though it is definitely over-reliant on jump scares). (As an aside, I should note that I *started* playing it in VR, and I have to admit that I had to stop because I found it too fucking stressful and tense in VR. It definitely feels like it was designed to be most horrifying in VR, and it loses a little something by not being in VR.) But this is the difference. I mostly just feel powerless in RE7. The Baker family members that often patrol the house are invincible, truly, and I don't feel like there's really much I can do with the resources I collect. So when they're around, I feel like it's better to just run away for a while. I also don't think some of these boss fights feel particularly great with the control scheme they've designed for the majority of the game. So it doesn't exactly feel cohesive to me.

And, I dunno if people consider it a "game" or just an "experience," but PT is still my favorite piece of horror. I just love so much about it.

Posted November 28th by Jet Presto
Jet Presto

Let me preface this by saying I don't really play video games. Hopefully some day I'll have the time and stability in life to have some sort of system and access to games. But, I watch a lot of Let's Plays on youtube which suffice.

Recently, I started watching the first half of The Evil Within. I don't really like the overly bizarre horror elements and story in this game, but it seems like a pretty open game that requires scavenging, hunting, and building up in a small town crawling with undead and other creatures. I could see it being really fun playing it at night in the dark.

Resident Evil also seems good. Haven't really seen or played any of the later games since i watched a Let's Play of 4, which I heard was the best. I really wish they'd come out with a legit remake of Resident Evil 1, the atmosphere of that big mansion really freaked me out as a kid.

Posted November 28th by Agis
Agis
 

Luigi's Mansion

Posted November 28th by Welsh_Gamer
Welsh_Gamer
 

Recently, I started watching the first half of The Evil Within. I don't really like the overly bizarre horror elements and story in this game, but it seems like a pretty open game that requires scavenging, hunting, and building up in a small town crawling with undead and other creatures. I could see it being really fun playing it at night in the dark.

I've played like 95% of that game (missed the last chapter because the game kept getting stuck and I never went back) and I think it was okay. At the beginning it seems like it's open but honestly after chapter 4 or so it becomes incredibly linear. I also don't like the shift in settings all the time but it makes some sense later. Overall I started not liking that it makes you helpless and gives you such little ammo or very crazy boss battles. I don't mind being lower on ammo but giving you almost none drives me nuts.

Posted November 28th by Fox Forever
Fox Forever

Faves: Soma, RE7

Soma was freaky like Amnesia in its own right, but its story and twist ending in put it way over the top.

RE7 probably my favorite RE game. Gameplay and characterization was memorable and satisfying.

Posted November 29th by Kaot0
Kaot0

RE4 rocked my UNDER DEVELOPED cock the first time I played it as a kid. I specifically liked the Wii edition. The Wiimote worked really good for some games.

Posted November 30th by MarvaIo
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