It's the most wonderful time of the year! Halloween is more magical than Christmas, with way better decorations! As the grim grinning ghosts come out to socialise, so to do creepy costumes, spooky stories and very scary videogames. This year we even have a new one from Resident Evil mastermind, Shinji Mikami as The Evil Within is released tomorrow!
As well as The Evil Within, here's my list of games to play this Halloween rated out of 5 Scream masks. Turn off the lights, crank the volume up and whatever you do, don't fall asleep!
1. Resident Evil 4
It's hard to pick a favourite game ever but if I was forced to it'd most likely be RE4. Terror comes in many forms, from the blind Garrador to the chainsaw revving villager, the mini bosses are almost more terrifying that the main ones. The scariest part is Ashley's horrifying habit of getting in the way of my knife as I slash crates open, but that's probably more my fault that hers! All in, I dropped my controller about 84 times on my first playthrough. I still go back at least once a year though, this is a masterpiece of a game.
2. Alien Isolation
While maybe not strictly a horror game, this is pretty horrific. Heart racing, palms sweating, hit myself in the face with my controller as I try to hide my face kind of horrific. I tried survival mode and didn't manage to achieve a single objective as my nerve failed me every time I left the locker. I am determined to keep going, mostly to try the DLC and play as Ripley, but I'm not hopeful of getting any further than that locker.
3. Dead Space
I got as far as a bit in some sort of containment unit where I got locked in with 2 or 3 Necromorphs. This was enough to leave me shaking that much that my attempts to strategically dismember any baddies were laughable. It's the one scary game I've never went back to, I lost my save soon after this incident and there isn't a hope you'll get me back in that containment unit!
Scare rating (for that one bit):
I don't think I can even talk about this one. The scares are intense, the music goes on far too long after them so your brain never gets to come down from the scare and you're left (well I'm left) unable to move 'cause I'm convinced something awful can and will jump from every single door I encounter for the rest of my life.
5. Silent Hills P.T
This playable teaser is nasty! It's a different sort of scare to Resident Evil 4 and Alien Isolation. This is sick to your stomach, sweat running down your back, seeing strange things out of the corner of your eye for a week after playing fear. With the other games the fear starts as a pounding in your heart, P.T starts right in your gut, you just know this isn't right at all. I am looking forward to playing Silent Hills but I don't know that I'll be the same after.
I've already done a bit of a Let's Play of Silent Hills P.T and Alien Isolation but I'm still waiting on the edited versions of the videos to export (I wasn't aware I knew so many swear words!). I'll also be trying Five Nights at Freddy's and Among the Sleep, as well as recording Outlast and Evil Within, expect videos soon!