Friday, 7 October 2016
Bitching About Horror Again
I did some searching around for upcoming horror games and a few titles keep cropping up so I thought I'd bitch about some individual games rather than just the genre as a whole so here we go.
1. Allison Road
That doesn't mean it gets a free pass because while it does look interesting and genuinely creepy it also appears to be nothing more than a walking simulator. If I wanted a walking simulator horror experience I'd go to a theme park haunted house, I want a horror GAME. A game implies that there is some kind of challenge, puzzles to solve, a fail state, things that are characteristic of a GAME. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs proved that putting a walking simulator in a scary setting a good horror title does not make and I get the feeling that once the novelty of VR wears off then Allison Road will be nothing more than another forgettable horror experience.
I will end this little bit by saying that information on Allison Road is limited and maybe there will be a bit more to the game play than I'm expecting so I'm hoping to god that's the case.
2. Friday The 13th
What makes this game particularly interesting is the sheer number of ways the Jason player can off the counselors where basically everything ever is a potential death trap. If I remember correctly, all the animations are being motion captured and the captures for Jason are being performed by the original actor so that's a nice little touch. If I'm wrong about that fact or if it's changed please let me know!
Anyway the problem is that it's a multiplayer experience and as Left4Dead proves, while these games are highly enjoyable they aren't really what you'd call "horror". Just basing the title on a famous horror movie doesn't immediately make it a "horror" game. If this classes as horror then, judging from the footage we should be adding Mortal Kombat and God of War to the list of "horror" titles as well since it seems we're just labeling them based on violence levels.
3. Outlast 2
and I even did a play through of it on YouTube so you can see how not scary it is in real time!
A part of me is obviously hoping that Outlast 2 actually ends up being an amazing horror experience but I REALLY fucking doubt it.
But before I end this post, how about I end on something positive? Look back at the top of the page, there's a logo for a game called We Happy Few. This is a survival game where instead of fighting away shit monsters with tits for eyes or walking around dark rooms being jumped scared you have to survive in an alternate 1960s England against drug addled loons. The game boasts randomly generated worlds, permadeath (if you want it) and a story line to work through.
I don't know about you but when I lived in Manchester and I was walking home at night in areas with not too many people I'd always fear the idea of drug addled loons coming and trying to mug me or kill me or something. This game takes that concept and turns it right up to 11 but then adds charming visuals and some ACTUAL FUCKING GAME PLAY (take note Outlast and Allison Road). A truly interesting idea that you can get your hands on right now if you're the kind of thick twat that thinks early access is a good idea. Something I'm definitely looking forward to though.
Although if none of these new games tickle your fancy you could just go play Silent Hill 3 or Resident Evil 2 again like every other person...