Well it’s that certain time again when All Hollows’ Eve shall soon approach us. But prior to that often celebrated Holiday where costumed individuals get dressed,” juiced and dance- badly” tis your Boyo, the “Eye of the Stalk” have a few recommendations to kick off just in time for Halloween! In the first of this 2-3-part installment, I will focus on what is called a zillion dollar industry within the realms of media. Why I’m referring to videogames, of course! Like it or not, the videogame industry is perhaps a bigger moneymaker than its film counterpart.
With immersion, high standard graphics and exceptional cinematic storytelling that rivals many if not most major motion pictures, gaming is a force to be reckoned with. As a long time gamer, I can find more entertainment in 50 different ways to play, say, Tomb Raider than re-watch Star Wars-especially when it comes to the prequels and The Force Awakens! Okay, enough of the pre amble bullshit, cause here we go!
Resident Evil (Remastered series 0-5) Capcom PS4, Xbox One
The Godfather of Survival Horror gets a huge bump in graphics from the 2002 Gamecube version. Resident Evil is still scary to play as it was 20 Years ago and with the addition of new scenarios, sound effects, set pieces and horrifying bosses such as Lisa Trevor, this game is a must have if you’re itching for that scary but oh so nostalgic scratch. Word of caution; watch out for those Crimson Heads!
Unfortunately, the survivor horror elements has taken a paradigm shift starting with succeeding sequels; Resident Evil 4 and 5 respectively, as the games were more focused heavily on action gameplay as opposed to horror, tension, discovery and suspense.
The Evil Within (Bethesda Software) Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox 360
From the mind of Shinji Mikami, creator of Resident Evil, comes this supernatural Survival Horror romp, with a bizarre albeit, predictable twist. The Evil Within has good graphics, eerie soundtrack and a variety of weapon crafting/skill building.
However, what started off as an interesting premise that pays a bit of homage to certain Lucio Fulci films, evolves into a trial and error play mechanics courtesy of the game’s difficult minibosses, the shoddy inventory system and the lame concept of your protagonist Sebastian Castellanos running out of “Stamina” while evading creatures and especially during boss battles. It seems that Mikami-san has implemented too much “survival horror” within a game that could have been more fun if not for being a bit too sadistic. That being said, I still recommend this title just to get a good idea of where Shinji could’ve gone had there been better implementation for the game’s vast potential and execution overall.
DOOM (id Software/Bethesda Software) Xbox One, Playstation 4 Pick o’ the Litter!
Ah, this four letter word is truly the granpappy of first person shooters since its debut over 20 years ago.
Yes, I am aware that it was Wolfenstein that started it all however, it was the very first DOOM that gave the FPS genre, that we know and love the kick in the nuts that it needed in order to reach the mainstream! Now fast forward to 2016 and what we have here is a brilliant remake of the classic horror themed shooter!
The relentless adrenaline pumped combat accompanied by a hard hitting Metal soundtrack gives the player the impression that he’s in some Paul WS Anderson Movie, but only a good one! There’s also a good amount of skill building and leveling up your character via suit upgrades. Although the platforming can be bothersome at times, it breaks the monotony of just shooting and performing “glory kills” throughout the game. You can’t beat the multiplayer either, there are plenty of customization options while playing through the online matches and the best part about it, no bullshit Micro-transactions!
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Dead Space (Series)
Remember Kiddies, some of these picks are based on my own biased opinions and may not be suitable to your tastes however, feel free to drop your horror themed gaming choices in the comments section below.