Nothing gets you into the mood for Halloween like a creepy game. We asked the studio for their scariest and most enjoyable horror games to help get you into the spirit of Halloween.
Niall contributed ANATOMY by Kitty Horror, an indie gem released this summer. The objective behind this horror game is to explore a suburban house, collect cassette tapes and enjoy a healthy dose of creepiness. ANATOMY offers multiple endings to your gameplay giving you endless outcomes to play through.
Scariness level – Finding a severed head in the oven. And when you scream, it winks at you.
Emily’s choice was the brilliant Alan Wake. Not only is this a creepy game, it is arguably the benchmark for narrative-driven games. With an episodic structure and frequent cliffhangers, Alan Wake feels akin to a TV thriller – the kind you end up binge-watching until the early hours. It’s a lesson in how to tell an interactive story, something that is especially important as major media organisations start to question the storytelling possibilities offered by virtual reality.
Scariness level – Peeling away wallpaper to find the word ‘Boo’ written on the bare wall.
A PS2 gem that many of us had overlooked was Stephen Chan’s choice. Fatal Frame, a survival horror video game series that is considered by some to be the scariest game ever made was part of the rash of scary Japanese-made games from the early 2000s.
Scariness level – As perilous as sandpaper underpants.
Ah, Slender. We went through a phase of playing this, if only to laugh at one another’s reactions. If you don’t fancy playing it for yourself, and you can online, there are plenty of videos of others doing so. Phil is the sadist with the suggestion.
Scariness level – You open your curtains to find somebody standing behind them. They explode.
What could be more horrible than being dropped into an Alien-infested vessel with no weapons? Mike seems quite happy with that. As if the first-person sneaking around wasn’t scary enough, there are some folk who are determined to make the fear even more inescapable by porting it into virtual reality. Cripes.
Scariness level – A moth in your bathroom – and that moth is six feet tall peeking out from behind the shower curtain.
The Last of Us
Full of surprises and never expected, like a gripping film, Ben described it as a game that hooks you into the story, not just the gameplay. Classed as a horror adventure, it feels like even more and is a game you just have to finish.
Scariness level – A Victorian photograph that whispers “I’m going to kill you to bits” whenever you take a sip of your tea.