Concerning Crew Posts
Dear readers, let me introduce you to the very first Crew Post! On Mondays (though not necessarily every Monday) we will publish a post wherein all members of The Crew are invited to give their two cents on the topic or question at hand. One of us will set the affairs up and be the first voice in the discussion to get the ball rolling. They will then pass it on to the rest of the interested crew before deadline time.
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Halloween Recommendations & Scary Games
With All Hallow's Eve falling upon us this week I thought it would be fitting to have our first Crew Post relate to this spooky season. It's a popular time for horror films and TV shows, but how does it affect the world of video games? Are there any games you recommend others looking into this Halloween? As a follow-up question, what is the scariest game you have ever played?
|At least I can always trick-or-treat in this virtual world... Costume Quest (2010)|
It's always a good time for good (because there are plenty of bad ones) zombie games, but this month I further found myself restarting Dead Rising and purchasing the HD re-release of Resident Evil 4 on Xbox Live. I've played them both in years prior but never got around to beating them. I'm looking forward to spending more time with both of them this week. Also, I have been playing and mostly loving what Telltale Games has been doing (episodically) with their creative use of The Walking Dead license. I have a feeling that game is going to end up on a lot of end-year best-of lists.
|A rare instance where someone isn't trying to scare you to death. Condemned: Criminal Origins (2005)|
I still need to dive further into Amnesia: The Dark Descent, but after surviving the demo I am sure it belongs on the table in this discussion. Memories from The Suffering, Doom 3 and Fatal Frame II: The Crimson Butterfly are beginning to surface. Oh! And what Silent Hill game was I watching you play Casey that had those babies who really shouldn't be called babies? I better stop. I'm getting scared...
Launch title for the Gamecube. Luigi's Mansion (2001)
When I think of Halloween I think of spooky scary, but spooky scary doesn't always have to be...spooky scary. Such is the case of Luigi's Mansion. Nintendo wanted to make a parody of the survival horror genre for the soon to be released Gamecube, so they threw Mario's brother into a haunted mansion, gave him a vacuum, and tossed in all sorts of ghouls. It's not a particularly scary game (although Luigi may disagree), but its got ghosts, dark hallways and all that stuff that's normally associated with all things spooky. If you're lookin' for a break from all the terrors and scares, but still want something in the vein of horror definitely give Luigi's Mansion a play-through.
I've played my fair share of terrifying games. I've played the Condemned series, I've played the Fatal Frame series, I've played Amnesia: The Dark Descent; but I don't think any game has spooked me quite as much as Half-Life 2 and its Ravenholm level.
|"We don't go to Ravenholm." Half-Life 2 (2004)|
Half-Life 2 isn't a horror game, but when it drops you into this hell hole that all changes. The sun does not shine on Ravenholm. All you have is darkness, zombies, and a feeling of dread. I think what makes it even more unnerving is the fact that Half-Life 2 isn't a horror game. In games like Silent Hill and Condemned you expect the scares, they're your reasons for playing the game. But in Half-Life 2 its forced upon you and all you want is out. So if you get the chance give Ravenholm a visit this Halloween season. I guarantee you'll get more than a hand full of scares.
Halloween for me has always been a time for spooks and thrills, and for that means two games in particular: Silent Hill and Resident Evil 3. Yeah, they are old games, but that's exactly what makes them scary. Old graphics and clunky controls gives both games a whole new level of tension!
Silent Hill is one of the scariest games I have ever played. Not only did it traumatize me as a child but it made me a die-hard fan from day one. In the original Silent Hill, you play the character Harry Mason who is on a road trip with his daughter. While driving in the middle of the night he sees an apparition in the road and swerves out of the way, crashing into a nearby cliff side After being knocked out for several hours, Harry wakes up to find that his daughter is nowhere to be found. Harry finds himself in the nearby town of Silent Hill as be begins his search for his daughter. Little does he know Silent Hill has a nasty secret!