My favourite Horror Games!

by - 17:27:00

It's officially October now.. so of course that means every blog post I write has to have something relating to Halloween! 

I love Halloween so much, it's the best holiday of the year.. I love it even more than christmas or my birthday... it's just so fun, don't you agree? 

I thought it was a bit early to jump into costume ideas so obviously a big theme of Halloween is horror, and I love playing games so this was a fun little post idea for me. I'm not a big fan of horror movies but absolutely love horror games... maybe a bit weird? I've seen a few horror films and I am a big baby when it comes to watching them, usually I'm fine when I'm watching them but afterwards and for the next few days I just can't sleep. I know, they're not real but still my brain just goes crazy and over thinks it all. Typical me. But with horror games I can play them late at night, in the dark, with headphones on and scream at my laptop every time something makes me jump or creeps me out but I will sleep fine that night and every night after, but I'd say that some horror games are so much scarier than a lot of horror films out there. It's an odd one, I feel like doing a research experiment on it or something.. could be quite interesting. 

Some horror games can be completely immersive and if you play them with little light and with headphones on it can really feel like you're in the game. I love games like that. If you've played a horror game and at some point taken off your headphones and scanned around the room before carrying on, that's when you know it's a pretty good game! I'll talk about my top three horror games that I've played and loved.. number 1 being my all time favourite... at the moment. These might not be the best ones out there, it's just the ones that I love.

3.  Ao Oni

Now this isn't scary... it's just something fun and I actually really enjoyed playing it. It's something that you can complete quite quickly, It's a role-playing horror game and involves lots of puzzles to complete without getting caught. You play Hiroshi who is trapped inside a haunted mansion with his friends... who all go missing, with a monster that's around that chases you throughout. You have to find a way to save as many friends as possible and get out of the haunted mansion. The monster, the 'Oni' is a big purple monster that lives in the mansion and also if he catches any of Hiroshi's friends they will also turn into an Oni, there can also be other ones that are different shapes that can also chase you. So you can't fight them, if they start chasing you, you just have to run away and lose them as quickly as possible so you can carry on with whatever puzzle you're on. Basically you go from room to room picking up clues and solving problems until you escape. 

A cool little thing you can do is you can re-name your character to certain things and that will effect the game. So if you call yourself blockman then the Oni you face will be a blockman Oni, naming yourself godmode will prevent the Oni from hurting you, naming you character JMU will then mean that in the kitchen room an English Translator will be on the sofa and will say different things to you but he can also turn into an Oni as well. Naming your character Southpark will make it so the characters resemble southpark characters, changes the story a little, and they have bloody and profane humour. 

It's quite entertaining and really fun to play, and of course with all the different versions it's something you can re-play.

2. Amnesia: The Dark Descent. 

So, I haven't completed this yet... I am a little bit too scared to press play and carry on where I left off. The reason I am scared to go back on is because I have run out of oil for my lamp which is your main light source and I am at a part where it is pretty much too dark to see without my lamp and I know for sure that I am about to run into the monster. How can I go back to play it when I know he's going to jump out on me and I don't have a light source... terrifying. I know I'm being a bit of a chicken and I will of course carry on playing but it is a very good game. If you love horror games and you want a game that can quite possibly make you poo yourself, this is the game for you. 

It's a first person perspective and you play a character called Daniel. You have to go around a castle where you will find letters to read, and also a few puzzles to solve throughout. You have to make sure you keep your sanity managed, so if you're in darkness for too long, or you just stare at a monster whilst hiding your sanity will go start to go crazy and the screen will go wavy, and you'll start to see things, this also alerts the monsters. So in order to keep this managed is to stand in some light, or light your lamp or a tinderbox to help keep you calm, and also don't stare at the monsters for too long... I mean it's pretty accurate, I'm sure if you were in complete darkness for so long and you see a monster you'll probably go a tad crazy. If you do come across a monster and it does spot you all you can do is run and and make sure you lose it as you do not get any weapons and you can't attack, although you can throw objects at it to slow it down for a few seconds before continuing to flee. 

As well as the scary surroundings and monsters that appear that you have to flee from, the story is pretty good. So you start off by waking up in this castle with no memory at all of himself or anything about his past... you discover your first note to yourself and learn that you took away your own memory on purpose, and that you need to find Alexander and kill him. So that's what you set off to do, picking up new letters and having some flashbacks where you learn more about why you're there and about yourself and also about this Alexander person. I don't really want to spoil anything if you haven't played or like the sound of this so decide to give it a go, but it's pretty good. It's quite old, I expect most people that play or love horror games have probably already played it. What do you guys think?

1. Outlast

This game is my absolute favourite, it's so good. I can't find many horror games that can beat it, in my opinion. It's similar to Amnesia in that it's a first person perspective, but it's very different. Instead of a castle it's set in a psychiatric hospital, and although they seem a bit like monsters, you have to hide and run away from the patients who are there, but are they the monsters? That's what you're there to do, investigate Mount Massive Asylum. You receive an email from someone that wants you to come film and investigate what has actually been going on at the hospital, and of course, it isn't very nice. 

Again, you can't attack, if you come across a patient you have to run and hide so that you loose them so you can continue trying to escape... which is what you basically try and do pretty much as soon as you enter the hospital. By the time you get there, all the staff have been brutally murdered and every time you try and escape a problem occurs which makes it harder and harder for you to get out. It's very dark for most parts inside and so the camera you carry around with you will have a night vision mode which you will have to use, but of course you have to collect any batteries you find lying around because you can run out, and believe me, you don't want to run out. You also pick up folders in various rooms which are mostly about the facility or the patients. Collecting and reading them you find out what has happened here, and why the patients are the way they are. 

Not every one of the patients will try and kill you, they'll be some that are too scared themselves or are just doing whatever they want such as continuously hitting their head on a brick wall. However, there are plenty that will chase and kill you if you don't get away. You will learn about certain patients that continuously chase you throughout the whole game such as Chris Walker, who will call you "little pig." He's quite a scary man, so I wouldn't hang around him for long. You do meet a priest who is called Father Martin, he is one of the main characters that wants you to stick around and record as much as possible as he says "you have a calling." He will at the beginning stop you from leaving by locking the gates and such, but he's kind of nice... I guess. 

It's terrifying, the story is really intriguing, the characters are all great, and if you love this game then I would recommend that you play the DLC which is called, The Whistleblower. I think that's a lot scarier that Outlast, but it's also clever as it links the two together very well. I am looking forward to the next one... 

I hope you enjoyed my blog post about my top 3 favourite horror games, what are yours? 
As always, chat soon.. with some more Halloween themed posts!


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