Now that Halloween is upon us I've been playing quite a few horror games to get into the spirit of the season. Although I am not a huge fan of horror games myself, my incredible cowardice when it comes to scary media I feel makes me especially qualified to judge games that are merely scary from those that are truly bone chilling. That being said, here is my list of spooky games to play this Halloween.
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is a sequel to the critically acclaimed Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and like its predecessor, it is absolutely horrifying. For a longer explanation, you can check out the full review here, but in short: Scary, atmospheric, and really fun.
To get the most out of this experience, hook your PC up to the TV, make sure your surround sound is working, gather friends, turn off all the lights, and proceed to be scared witless for the next five hours. Although make sure not to sit next to anyone that is overly jumpy, their constant attempt to bounce off the ceiling could jostle your mouse arm, which could make things far more difficult than they need to be.
Slender: The Arrival
This is the scariest game I have ever played. If you think you are tough, get this game, turn out the lights, put on a headset, and your manliness will vanish into the night. Playing this game with more people might mitigate the terror, but I doubt it. The fear is contagious, it feeds on each person in the room as your psyche dissolves into animalistic terror. Bring your friends and prepare to get seriously freaked out. But that’s what Halloween is for, right? Cowering in fear and not being able to walk through your house in the dark? That’s the very definition of Halloween spirit!
Scratches: Director’s Cut
Even though this game was released in 2007, I only recently discovered it, thanks to this year’s Steam Halloween Sale. It is a point and click adventure game (the first ever commercially developed in Argentina) that is still seriously creepy. It does require a lot of reading and exploration, like Myst or the Call of Cthulhu game, but that it part of the fun. It forces you to be involved in the story, which does a wonderful job of supporting the game’s atmosphere. This game would be best with a few friends, one to map out the environment, one to drive, and one to harass the driver for not clicking on every single interactive drawer, lamp, or book. Also, since it is a point and click game, it is easy to temporarily walk away from the computer when trick-or-treaters come to the door!
If you are looking for something scary to do this Halloween, I would recommend giving these a play. They are very enjoyable and rather terrifying, especially in a group setting. Are you planning on gaming this Halloween? If so, which games will you play?