ENTRY NINE: WANNA PLAY A GAME?

[Written by Charlie Clarke]

Now here at SuperFreak HQ you know we are (obvs) HUGE film fans, but we also have some pretty big gamers on the team as well. So, as last weekend saw the excitement of the annual E3 Convention, which shows us some of the most exciting game launches to look forward to, we thought that this month we would share with you some of our favourite horror teamed games! So let’s get into it…

Little Nightmares

What consoles can I play it on? Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC.
Why has it made our list? It’s creepy, it’s unnerving and has some pretty good scares packed in there too! It’s a good old fashioned side scrolling platformer, but comes with some quite intense sequences and you meet some nightmare inducing characters along the way *cough*the janitor*cough*. As games go it’s pretty short, so won’t take long to finish, but if you like platforms with a bit of edge, this is definitely one to play!

Dead Space

What consoles can I play it on? PS3, Xbox360.
Why has it made our list? Trapped in space on a claustrophobic space station surrounded by necromorphs – what’s not scary about that? This game sets itself apart from other zombie-shooters with its ingenious mechanic of cutting off enemies limbs to defeat them, rather than letting you rely on headshots. So if you like body horror, tense sequences and a bit of sci-fi thrown in for good measure, you will love this!

Outlast

What consoles can I play it on? Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC.
Why has it made our list? An insane asylum, psychotic inmates and government conspiracies – all the ingredients needed for a truly terrifying experience. Oh and did we mention, you CAN’T ACTUALLY ATTACK ANYTHING?! Yep, you read it right, you are only armed with your trusty video camera with night vision. Hey maybe that’s why we like it so much? But seriously, this game is fully terrifying, so if you like jumpy games full of suspense, give this a play!

Left4Dead

What consoles can I play it on? Xbox360, PC.
Why has it made our list? Zombies? Check. Big guns? Check. If you like a good old zombie hack’n’slash, this one is pretty much one of the best in our opinion! Also, added bonus, you can play with up to 4 mates, which is pretty cool now that you can actually have people round your house again!

Alice: Madness Returns

What consoles can I play it on? PS3, Xbox360, PC.
Why has it made our list? Ok, strictly speaking this isn’t a ‘horror game’, but it’s made our list because of its creepy design, intense music and not to mention some pretty nightmarish bosses. It follows the story of Alice (in Wonderland), if Alice was in an orphanage for mentally disturbed children and ‘Wonderland’ was a cover up for the childhood trauma of your entire family burning to death in a house fire…If you’re looking for something a little softer, but still with plenty of creep-factor, this is a great game to get stuck into.

Alien Isolation

What consoles can I play it on? PS3, PS4, Xbox360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC.
Why has it made our list? What’s that? A game linked to a film franchise that’s actually good?! Yup. It finally happened! Alien Isolation is tense, it’s jumpy, it’s downright frickin’ terrifying. The game play is so immersive you actually feel yourself holding your breath when hiding from the Xenomorph (and depending how you play you might need to if you let the game react to your audio). If you’ve not played it, stop everything you are doing (once you’ve finished reading this blog post of course!) and go play it!!

Silent Hill 2

What consoles can I play it on? PS2, Xbox.
Why has it made our list? Of course Silent Hill had to be on our list somewhere! Whilst it might not be the original game, the sequel goes above and beyond with the creep factor, introducing many enemies that would become main-stays in the franchise through the following film(s) and games such as Pyramid Head. This game brings psychological horror to the next level right from the first few minutes when you’re only walking round the town!

F.E.A.R

What consoles can I play it on? PS3, Xbox360, PC.
Why has it made our list? Whilst on the face of it, this might seem like your typical first- person shooter, but there is so much more to F.E.A.R…fear…see what we did there? (We’ll see ourselves out!) Is there anything creepier than a horrifying Samara-like little girl with telekinesis? We didn’t think so. Alma just keeps popping up, scaring the bejesus out of you, just as you’ve been lulled into a false sense of security. So yeah, this is a pretty jumpy one. So if you hate jump scares, maybe sit this one out.

Until Dawn

What consoles can I play it on? PS4.
Why has it made our list? Remember those ‘choose your own adventure’ books? Well this is literally those in game form. Every decision you make, impacts the story and changes the direction, meaning you can finish up with different endings with all, some or no survivors, making the re-playability factor of this game so appealing! Featuring some lovely homages to a variety of horror sub-genres, genre nerds will LOVE this game. It’s follow up ‘Man of Medan’ isn’t too bad either, although we’d recommend skipping the third offering of ‘Little Hope’, however the next instalment ‘House of Ashes’ looks amazing and we’ve got high hopes!

Resident Evil: Village

What consoles can I play it on? PS4, PS5, Xbox One, PC.
Why has it made our list? What better way to round off a horror game list than with the grand-daddy of survival horrors? The latest instalment of the Resident Evil franchise gives you a lovely blend of everything fans love about the series. Using the mechanics of 4, the claustrophobic atmosphere of 2 and following on from the story of Bio-hazard (7), Village literally takes the best bits from its predecessors and creates a vast, immersive and terrifying world in which everything wants to kill you. Sounds like a fun night in!

So there it is, our favourite horror games! We hope we’ve inspired some future game purchases for you guys. Do you agree with our list? Have we missed something? Let us know in the comments – you know we love to hear from you guys!

Stay safe and keep it creepy.

Team SuperFreak

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