5 Terrifying Video Games – Horror Month 2016 – Day 5

5 Terrifying Video Games – Horror Month 2016 – Day 5
by Andrea “The Grill” of Geeky Gaming

You can’t spend this Horror Month without playing some Horrifying Games. Here are 5 of them for you!

  1. Amnesia: The Dark Descent

The developers Frictional Games have become notorious with making games that keep you on the edge of your seat. Amnesia: The Dark Descent, though not their oldest game, really took off for them. The game follows a London Man named Daniel in 1839. You wake up not remembering anything and find your way through puzzles in a dark and creepy castle. Daniel will not only lose health when attacked by monsters, but also sanity. The more sanity that Daniel loses, the more hallucinations he has. With lower sanity, monsters will be more likely to come out to play. As the player you will not have access to any weapons to fight the monsters, so in order to stay alive you have to run and find somewhere to hide.

 

  1. Dead Space

Dead Space is actually not a single game, but rather a series of 3rd person shooters. You play as Isaac Clarke and make your way through disturbing maps and numerous enemy jump scares. The enemies in Dead Space are some of the most graphic and terrifying that you will find in any game. In order to make the enemies as gruesome and disturbing as possible, the art team studied pictures of bodies in horrific car accidents and war-related deaths to help create the terrible monsters that attack you throughout the game. The team wanted to get more gruesome realism in the bodies than most other horror games will offer. Although it doesn’t sound like a fun thing to do, the results were terrifyingly good.

 

  1. Outlast

In the world of games that make you wet your pants, Outlast is definitely up there. There is something about a mental hospital that already has people on edge, so adding the fact that it is overrun by patients with the intention of taking you out is really the icing on the cake. The dark, creepy, murderous cake. Most of the asylum isn’t well lit so your camcorder is equipped with night vision so you can escape from blood thirsty patients Paris Hilton style. As with many great horror games, one of your best escapes is simply hiding in the environment. There is no real fighting in the game, so your biggest advantage throughout the story is often outwitting them.

 

  1. Clock Tower 3

While playing through the story of Clock Tower 3, you are a 14-year-old girl. As a 14-year-old girl you have no real ability to fight or defend yourself. So, naturally your defense is to run and hide. With the new popularity of horror games this is a common playstyle now, but at the time of this games release, it was a new concept and really added a sense of anxiety for the player. Alyssa also has a panic meter. Every time she is startled, scared for any reason, or attacked, her panic meter will fill. If it becomes full she enters panic mode. Within panic mode Alyssa falls frequently and freaks out quite a bit so this makes her harder to control. Also while in panic mode, she can’t hide or heal and will sometimes will stand in place and cover her ears in a panic attack. As you can expect, being hit in this mode instantly kills her. I don’t want to spoil the story too much, but I highly recommend giving it a play through.

 

  1. Layers of Fear

Layers of Fear is one of the best examples of disturbing-feeling atmospheres and perfectly timed jump scares I have ever seen in a video game. Throughout the game you learn the story of a painter while you make your way through the morphing halls of his home. One of the most important things while enjoying a story-based horror game is the ability to remain immersed in the story. Layers of fear does this without adding any unnecessary filler content.

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