Hey, OJ readers! With Halloween being today, I’m back with another Halloween Horror listicle (better late than never, right?). Last time, I gave you different anime to watch when you get the craving for some scary or gory shows. Today I’m bringing you five adrenaline-pumping games to play when you are hiding in the house with the lights off, avoiding those Trick-or-Treaters. (Surely I’m not the only one who does that, right?)
Gaming is my favorite hobby. I’ve been gaming since I was a little kid, and I’ve played many different games growing up, so I mixed up the types of games on this list. Hopefully you’ll be able to find one or two that fit your gaming style and pique your interest. Now, as much as I love a good scary game, I do have a tendency to panic and freeze up when I’m in the driver’s seat (hey, I never said I wasn’t a scaredy cat!). So sometimes, I get more enjoyment out of watching someone else play the game. If you’re like me in that regard—or also like me, and unable to afford a few new games right now—then I’ll include a link to a YouTube video or playlist where you can watch the game played for you. Fire up your consoles and launch Steam; let’s get this Horror List rolling.
1. Corpse Party
(PC- Steam, Playstation Portable)
If this gives you a case of déjà vu, then rest assured it’s not just in your mind. If you read my last article “10 Spooky Anime to Marathon this October” then you’ll know that Corpse Party the animation was on my list. I also mentioned that the show does a disservice to the characters and the story. If you didn’t read my anime list, then I’ll fill you in on the premise of this game. It’s a JRPG with point-an-click elements where you control the fates of nine unlucky individuals trapped in the ghost realms of an old haunted elementary school. Depending on the choices you make, you can either help them escape or get killed in some pretty brutal ways. Luckily for those who don’t own a Playstation Portable, a development team got a hold of the rights to the original game and made a port of it for PC, available on Steam. While it looks slightly different than the PSP version, the characters look kind of weird compared to the original, and it’s not quite the best version of the game, it does do it justice and includes the other chapters of the story that go more in depth to the story and character’s background, all while still giving that infamous Corpse Party gore.
Watch the PSP version played here: Cryaotic:: Cry Plays: Corpse Party
2. Spooky’s Jump Scare Mansion ( Previously Spooky’s House of Jump Scares )
It’s so adorable it has to be a joke right? Wrong. If you’re looking for the cutest way to be terrified this Halloween, you’ve found it. In this free-to-play game, you are placed in a huge cartoon mansion where the owner, Spooky, tells you to make it to the 1000th room. Seems simple and easy, right? Well while Spooky herself seems to be straight out of a show like Adventure Time or Steven Universe, and the very Minecraft-looking mansion appears to be just a door opening simulator, it’s much more than that. Kind of. Since there are one thousand rooms, a fair chunk of it is just walking and opening doors, but I kid you not, those sweet little cardboard cut outs will startle you at the very least. You get a stamina bar, so you can sprint through the corridors and you’ll notice a health bar. My first thought was, “Well that can’t be good,” and I was right. This jump scare fest starts out tame, but it had me screaming and my heart pounding roughly 70 floors in. Can you make it through to the end?
Watch it played here: PewDiePie:: THE CUTEST GAME THAT WILL EVER SCARE YOU
3. Dead by Daylight
I’m going to start off saying that I’m really torn on this game. As of late, I have mixed feelings about it. But bear with me, because there this game does have it’s charms, and I do have over 100 hours of playtime in it. You play as one of five survivors or, if you’re feeling devious, one of four killers in this asymmetrical 1v4 horror survival game. The overall goal is for the four survivors to work together to power up five different generators sporadically placed in one of several randomly generated maps. The generators then power the two exit gates for you to open and escape through. It seems like a stupidly easy goal, but you don’t know where your teammates, generators or exit gates are, the killer is faster than you, he can see your tracks if you run and if he hits you twice, you fall down. His goal, or yours if you’re the killer, is to sacrifice survivors to the “Entity” by putting them on a meat hook. This is where the teamwork comes in: being put on a hook is not necessarily the end; your fellow survivors can see your aura when you’re hooked. Survivors can rescue others off the hook, heal fellow survivors, and sometimes even sabotage hooks so they can’t be used. Working together and being stealthy is imperative in this game. Each killer is unique so you have to know how to counter each one, whether it be avoiding the Trapper’s traps, being on the look out for the nearly invisible Wraith, or knowing how to juke the Hillbilly or Nurse. Every game is different- kind of, and this is where my love-hate relationship comes in. There is a point system to the game, meaning you need to not only survive but also do enough work in the game (i.e. generators, hook rescues, etc) to get enough ‘blood points’ to rank up. You level up by spending your blood points on perks and items to help you out, and you rank up by doing well in each match. The ranking system is annoying, all but four or five perks are useless, and as of the last time I played, the balance swings heavily in favor of the killers. There are also still a plethora of glitches, but don’t let my jaded I-played-the-beta attitude deter you. This game is still great fun if you don’t care about competitiveness and there’s a “Kill Your Friends” mode, where you and four of your friends can take turns being the killer and hunting each other down. This little indie development team is always working on it, too, so it has a lot of potential to get better as time goes on. I truly recommend it, despite its flaws.
Watch some Twitch highlight gameplay here: Admiral Bahroo:: Dead By Daylight: Metal Gear Claudette
4. Stop It, Slender! ( A Garry’s Mod Mod )
(PC- Steam Workshop Mod)
Speaking of playing with a group of friends (which in my opinion is more fun than playing a single player), this Garry’s Mod game mode lets you control the infamous Slenderman as you hunt down all your friends trying to find pages. Just like the old terrifying single player game, you wander, armed only with a flashlight, looking for the eight pages, hoping to all things holy that you don’t bump into the tall, faceless, suited man. Then you turn a corner or look down a long hallway, and there he is. The more often you bump into him, the more your camera loses control and your flashlight flickers on and off. It really makes for a scary, heart pounding game. The Gmod multiplayer aspect lets you play along with others all with the same goal, as well as randomly take control of Slender so you can really give people some great jump scares. Unfortunately it is a mod and not a stand alone game, so you need to own Garry’s Mod and some texture packs from other games such as Counter Strike GO, to be able to play properly. But if you do have those, this is a must have game mode to play with a group of fun loving friends. As a special treat, I have a friend who makes YouTube videos of our escapades from time to time, so for you get to watch us play this game! (Obligatory language warning, we curse like sailors.)
Watch my friends be assholes to me here: SWATtheory:: Gmod- Ep. 5- Stop It Slender! Halloween 2015
5. Until Dawn
Have you ever watched a cliché scary movie and thought “No! Don’t run down that hallway, hide over there!” or got angry when someone inevitably falls while they’re being chased? You just wish you could tell them what to do? Yeah, me too. Well with Until Dawn, you get that chance. This is a beautiful game that takes the Butterfly Effect quite literally where you are presented with many different choices and interactions and each one affects how the game is played out going forward. There are different outcomes of each decision, good or bad, and the lives of the characters are in your hands. This game has so many little atmospheric elements to it, and it really adds charm and depth to the game like little clues that piece together a larger story and history. In addition to the Butterfly Effect theme, it also has a strong theme of old Native American lore. There are different type of totems that you can find throughout the game world, and each color represents a different foretold potential future; a death of a friend, or guidance to make a good choice. Until Dawn also throws every possible horror cliché at you that it can; dumb teenagers alone in the woods, scary asylums, old mine shafts, masked strangers, Saw-like death traps, drama, splitting up, and clowns. Yes, clowns. It isn’t cheesy, however. It has a solid story and characters that are lovable and some you want to punch in the face and purposefully let die. It feels like watching a movie, and you’ll find yourself getting lost in it and feeling the terror that the characters themselves would be feeling at that moment. This game will definitely make you understand that not all decisions come so easily in the heat of the moment.
Watch one potential story line here: theRadBrad:: Until Dawn Walkthrough Gameplay Part 1 – Mystery Man
What did you think of my list, did you find something entertaining to play or watch this Halloween? Tell us your favorite scary games in the comments section and have a Happy Halloween!