4 horror video games that got you screaming your lungs out
MANILA, Philippines – Sometimes, horror movies just don’t live up to our standard of a good scare. So we turn to video games – much to our regret.
With video games, you don’t only get to watch and listen to horror stories, you get to live them: fight monsters, run away from zombies, look for clues to solve the mysterious murder of the child ghost haunting you, and do a bunch of other cool stuff that are not for the faint-hearted.
Some games took scaring to a whole different level and made our spines chill, hair rise, and nerves tingle.
This Halloween, Rappler Gaming League asked its readers about their favorite horror video games. Check out some of their answers:
Imagine Japanese horror: ghost twins, women with bloody white dresses and creepy hair. But instead of just watching the story unfold, you get to play the role of the protagonist, fighting ghosts with the last thing you'd probably want to use in a real ghost encounter – a camera.
Fatal Frame is a survival horror video game series, developed for the PlayStation 2 and eventually for the Wii. The series now has 5 mainline titles, but its gameplay has remained consistent throughout. In the game, players get to fight ghosts by capturing them using a special camera that can damage and pacify them. Move over, selfie, this is how you use a camera in style.
You're driving to the countryside with your precious daughter, looking forward to a good vacation when everything starts going wrong: you get into an accident after seeing a ghost girl on the road, get your daughter kidnapped, and have to fight to survive monsters in a creepy town with equally creepy townsfolk. And that's only halfway through the story.
The first Silent Hill of the series that was released for the PlayStation was among many 90s gamers' favorite with all the right elements to make you pee on your pants: horrific monsters, mind-boggling storyline, and creepy ambience. The game even had a movie adaptation!
The game has multiple possible endings that depend on in-game choices that you make. Your objective is to save your daughter and fight monsters on the way. But at least this time, you get to hold guns.
Resident Evil series
Forget the movie. The Resident Evil is way better when played, where it gets you to focus on the what's happening first before it scares your soul out of you.
Resident Evil, originally released as Biohazard, has been widely credited with starting the modern survival horror video game genre. It takes players on the adventures of Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine as they investigate Raccoon City and fight zombies and other monsters to survive.
For a lot of gamers, this game is gold – the one that started the "end." Those zombies that come out of nowhere, and the horrific mutated boss zombies ought to make you turn off your consoles. And let's not even get started with the zombie dogs. The horror!
If you think the creators of Fatal Frame are a bunch sadists for giving you only a camera to survive, then you might have not played Outlast yet, where you literally have nothing to defend yourself with.
Outlast is a first-person survival horror game for the PC wherein you play the role of a journalist named Miles Upshur who investigates an asylum – a favorite setting for horror fans.
And as said earlier, you literally can't defend yourself in this game. You must guide Miles Upshur through the story and document the horrors inside the asylum with only a camcorder in your hand, hiding from and evading monsters and freerunning through the building. Unlike Fatal Frame's ghost-killing camera, the only benefit of having a camcorder with you is its night vision. But the creator's sadism doesn't end there – they made sure that you have to worry about your camcorder's batteries too.
There you have it folks, some of the scariest video games ever made. Did we miss your favorite game? Tell us about it on X! - Rappler.com