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Halloween has really lost its way. Instead of the ghosts, goblins and vampires of my childhood, people dress as superheroes, celebrities and that arts-and-crafts project from Twilight (Pattinson was better in Goblet of Fire anyway). Am I the only one who remembers when it was Scary?
Well, instead of looking for my scares outside this holiday, I’m gonna snuggle into a warm blanket and remember how to be scared. Here’s our Top Five Terrifying Games to Play on Halloween!
5.) Bioshock (360/PS3)
Yeah, not where we thought we’d go for #5 either, but think about it: you trapped hundreds of feet under water in a 50’s Atlantis where the population gene-spliced themselves scary and the few humans left want you dead. Little Sisters are creepy, Big Daddy is not one to screw with, and Sander Cohen is one of the creepiest enemies in any game. For those who want scares in a familiar control scheme.
4.) Resident Evil (GameCube)
No way we could have a list of scary games without the game that originated Survival Horror as a genre of video games. The GameCube remake is simply the best version, with realistic graphics, quality voice acting and enhanced storyline which makes playing the original a bit silly. Plus, this one has a shark that would scare off Jaws, let alone the puny one we saw back on PSX. For those who respect gaming heritage.
3.) Dead Space (360, PS3)
When Resident Evil 4 came out we all loved it, despite a change from survival- to action-horror that soon dominated scary games, but the well lit areas and cheesy save-the-President’s-daughter took something away from the horror side of things. Dead Space remembered. A Sci-Fi horror game with more legitimate scares than RE4, but without the microtransactions of Dead Space 3. Just imagine it ends here and you’ll be fine. For those who want no one to hear their screams.
2.) Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly (PS2, Wii, Xbox)
Ghosts are frightening. Japanese ghosts are spine-tingling. Fatal Frame II has you fighting off the spirits with a camera and believe me, it’s a metric ton scarier than it sounds. It has everything you need: creepy enemies, an arcane sacrifice ritual, a creepy red butterfly (THAT’S why they call it that…) and a twin sister slowly losing herself to possession. For those who like Japanese horror films more than American ones.
1.) Silent Hill 2 (360/PS3)
Don’t act surprised…or is that scared? Silent Hill 2 is a rarity in horror games in that it’s more about psychological horror over jump-out scares, thinking instead of reacting and a focus on story instead of on action. Plus, we wrote a review of it, so you know it’s good! The perfect game for those who want terror to stay with them after the holiday.
Special Mention: Slender: The Eight Pages (Mac, PC)
It’s on computer, which we don’t normally cover, but this game scares the crap out of me. It’s deceptively simple: gather eight creepy-as-hell pages and win. Except it’s in a forest. At night. With a crappy flashlight that runs out of batteries. And you didn’t bring spares.
Slender Man is there also.
Harder than winning is coming back for round two. For those who want to soil themselves or become YouTube stars. Or both.