As you may or may not know, when I’m not reading, I’m probably gaming. I’ve been an avid gamer for years and despite not playing a lot of horror games perfectly (bloody anxiety) I have watched a lot of playthroughs and have a few favourites I’d like to share with you!
The Last of Us
Can you imagine if I showed up to writing this post and I didn’t include one of my all time favourite games which I even have a tattoo dedicated to? If you haven’t watched or played this game, do so now and then come back. I’m kidding. This horror game is a dystopian zombie game which yes, we’ve seen before but not like this. What is at the heart of this game is the relationship between Joel and Ellie. This game will freak you out and will probably make you jump and even gave me a panic attack at one stage (yep), but it will stay with you forever.
Do I have the balls to play this myself? Nope. However, I have watched the playthroughs (thank you to Youtube viewers for those ol’ jumpscare lists) and I’d definitely recommend it if you’re into first-person horror survival games. In the first game, you play as an investigative journalist who decides to investigate a hidden psychiatric hospital. However in this game, you are unable to attack enemies and must rely on stealth and you must navigate the abandoned halls with a night vision camcorder. Moral of the story, you will jump out of your skin. Yay?
Released just last month, this is the video game adaption of the popular movie (apparently popular, I mean, I haven’t seen it.) This is marketed as a psychological horror game and that it is – it will mess with your head. You will play as Ellis, a former police officer and army veteran clearly dealing with PTSD. I can’t go much into the plot without spoiling it but I can say you get a dog, Bullet, who is the goodest boy. I know you all have that question in your head now. Does the dog die? Well, that depends on you and your choices.
This is not a game I have played or watched but one that is highly recommended for horror game fans. This is another survival horror game based in an underwater remote research facility. You play as Simon Jarrett, who finds himself unexpectedly in the facility and must work to uncover its secrets. The game primarily relies on stealth and puzzle solving and features a number of deadly creatures. Where the game utilises elements of psychological horror, the story is a lot more than just jump scares.
This survival horror game is based on the Alien film series and follows Amanda Ripley as she investigates the disappearance of her mother, the infamous Ellen Ripley. Like many games in this list and one of the main reasons horror games get me, you must rely primarily on stealth to navigate the game and outwit the main alien creature that stalks you throughout the game. However, you are able to take down lesser creatures and human threats but with limited ammunition. More atmospheric and creepy than jump-scare central.
Layers of Fear
In this game, you control a painter in the 1920s who is trying to complete his masterpiece whilst navigating through a Victorian mansion filled with secrets. Battling with psychological issues, the unnamed protagonist must use stealth and puzzle solving tactics throughout the game and yes, this game is a lover of the jump scares, especially as the game progresses. The game is split into chapters as the painter collects items for his masterpiece and you will learn about his works and the secrets of the house through flashbacks and visual clues. Not one for the faint hearted.
Lots of Love,