Folks, Halloween is around the corner, and that is painfully obvious. It is a special holiday where people can dress up as whatever they want, women can dress slutty and is socially acceptable, and horror movie marathons galore. As much as I like the classics, they get old. And the new films have lost their touch with the horror genre. But this is the 21st century, and I got the solution to get yourselves glued to the television again. Here’s a list of some video games that can either get you in the spirit, or just straight-up soil yourselves.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Oh the Castlevania series has come a long way over the years. Each game has more bits, but the same side-scrolling action, and it works! And in this old Playstation title, with animated 3D backgrounds, a beautiful soundtrack, and cheesy voice acting, it has become one of the best games of all time. Basically in every Castlevania game, Dracula’s castle is rebuilt, hero with a whip goes in, slays every dark creature every conceived, kills Dracula, rinse and repeat every 100 years in a new game. This time, you play Alucard, Dracula’s half-human son on his mother’s side, to go in and save the natural order of light and darkness. As I said, cheesy voice acting, but everything else makes up for it with it’s gothic beauty and splendor.
Resident Evil 6
It’s the 21st century, and zombies are “all the rave” in pop culture. But with so many zombie video games out there, what makes the Resident Evil series any different? Well Capcom has been cranking out Resident Evil games for about 15 years, so you can roll up your Plants vs. Zombies and smoke it. Capcom’s take on zombies in their popular series is more like a freak mutation made by an evil corporation, which is released in a city, and includes big mutants as you play later on. The new Resident Evil 6 keeps to their traditional styles, and like their mutants, get bigger in proportions. Improved co-op play, weapon storage for the zombie killer on the go, and that action movie feel that gets you pumped. In a twist, you play in four different stories from the character’s perspective, reuniting veterans to the series such as Chris Redfield, Leon Kennedy, and a now 30-something and still hot Ada Wong. And did I mention most of the game takes place in China? That’s like….2 billion zombies! But it’s really in a fictional Chinese city, so that’s almost like 5 million.
OK, this is another zombie game, but hear me out! Alien…zombies. Let me set the mood. Set many centuries in the future, you play an engineer responding to a distress call from a space vessel with a crew of over 1,000. You and your team come in to what looks like a now abandoned ship, dark and silent. Just when you thought you guys were alone, suddenly a freakish creature pops out from the ceiling and starts attacking your crew. Your colleague shouts at you to run as you make for safety. One by one, more of these things start appearing as you finally make for the elevator. You shut the door, silent...BANG! One of them forces the door open! It’s ready to kill, and then WHAM! The door shuts on it, snapping it to pieces. With only two of your colleagues surviving
elsewhere on the ship, you are all alone to fight your way through these freak zombies and find a way out. In this third-person shooter with an arsenal of futuristic weapons found along the way, you are playing cat and mouse in the loneliness of space.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Want to play something in the dark and lose control of your bladder? Consider the following. Amnesia is a first-person survival horror where the player must survive a dark and scary castle and the creatures that make players go “AAAAAAAAAAAH AAAAAAAAAH OH MY GOD EEEEEEEEEEE!” Some survival horrors let you have some weapons, but in this game, all you have are tinder to light lamps so you can see. That’s right, no weapons. (Well maybe some stuff you can pick up and throw if it makes you feel better) All you do is run and hide from monsters in a scary, dark castle. The feeling that you have no control in a scary setting, monsters lurking around as you hide, heart racing…it makes anyone go “oh god oh god EEEEEEEEEEEEE OH NO NO NO NO NO NO AAAAAAAAAAAAH!” No really, look at player responses to Amnesia, it’s quite funny.
- "Demon" Matt Little