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  1. Happy Halloween everyone! It's that wonderful time of the year when we grab a bowl of candy, kick back, and try to scare the pants off of ourselves. In the spirit of the holiday, we've put together a list of some effective horror games that will chill, thrill, and fill you with dread. Most of you are probably familiar with the Alien: Isolations, the Amnesias, the Outlasts, and more of the horror giants that dominate the genre, so this list will be made up of some of the lesser-known titles that still manage to hold some surprises. Without further ado, here's your definitive list of interesting indie horror games presented in no particular order! Duskers If there is one lesson that the movie Alien taught us it is that few things are as scary as average joes just trying to survive in space. Duskers takes that premise and runs with it in a gripping, survival horror roguelike. As a lone salvage operator using technology that would be right at home in a 70s sci-fi film, players must attempt to eek out a living by investigating wrecked ships. However, those ships can only be explored and salvaged using remote controlled drones. Players need to juggle the control of the drones with hacking into the wreck's systems and also avoiding the unknown terrors that lurk in the bowels of these seemingly abandoned vessels. As it progresses a mystery slowly unfolds in the form of corrupted ship logs and strange environments. Meanwhile, dangers threaten to kill off the drones, the only tools available to sustain the player. Drones must be controlled by typing and hopping between them can be an absorbing task. The tension and learning curve created by the purposefully clunky retro interface lends itself to the horror - it really does feel like you're watching as your drones are taken out one by one with hope fading as each one goes offline. Duskers is available on PC. The Last Door Are you a fan of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos? Do you have a soft sport for the works of Edgar Allen Poe? The Last Door draws upon both of those giants in the realm of literature to create its own rich contribution to the horror genre. The Game Kitchen, the devs behind The Last Door, have actually created two seasons of this niche horror title, each consisting of four episodes. The first season follows the investigation of Jeremiah Devitt after he receives a letter from an old school friend and journeys to visit - only to find that an insidious force is at work and seems to be targeting his old associates. The second season serves as a direct sequel to the first, but to explain more would be to provide spoilers. While The Last Door certainly possesses some shortcomings commonly associated with retro adventure games, the journey and surprising effectiveness of its growing sense of dread are well worth the effort to overcome the game design obstacles that occasionally rear their heads. The Last Door Seasons 1 & 2 are available on Andorid, iOS, and PC, both as standalone collections and in-browser. Lone Survivor Lone Survivor released back in 2012 as a side-scrolling survival horror title. It attempts to walk the line between stealth and combat while painting a gruesome, engrossing world that constantly invites the player to question the sanity of the protagonist and the veracity of the world. The story centers on a nameless man in a surgical mask who must survive in a monster-filled apartment complex with no apparent logic to its construction. Players explore the world, encountering baffling characters and disturbing scenes. The game isn't so much a tour de force journey as it is a lengthy soak in madness. Its atmosphere has a darkly hypnotic effect that beckons players into Lone Survivor's twisted depths. It can take a little while to feel the title's hooks, but give it a chance in good faith and Lone Survivor will reward persistence. Lone Survivor is available on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, and Wii U. OverBlood We've talked about OverBlood before. To be honest, it probably doesn't belong on this list because it simply isn't that scary by today's standards. What it lacks in spine-tingling thrills, OverBlood more than makes up for in sheer entertainment value as a so-bad-its-good game. Admittedly, people who enjoy playing games that are so bad they transcend badness and come back around to being worth playing represent a very, very niche group. But, if that's the kind of thing that you're looking for - the Troll 2 of video games - OverBlood definitely possesses the hapless charm necessary for a great night of failed scares and amazing character moments. OverBlood tells the story of Raz Karcy, a man jettisoned from cryo containment only to find that he was never supposed to wake up. Mysteries unfold and friendships form as he begins to explore a seemingly abandoned research facility. OverBlood is available on the PlayStation One and PSN. The Forest While The Forest has been available for several years now, it is unique on this list in that it remains in Early Access on Steam. While many might be put off by the mere association of Early Access-ness, The Forest has both come a long way since its initial release and offers a unique horror experience. Players take on the role of a man who survives a plane crash on a remote island only to find that his son has been kidnapped by the cannibals that inhabit the island's underground caves and come out to hunt at night. A pretty straightforward set up, right? Things get complicated by the fact that The Forest is an open world crafting/survival game at heart. Players will need to survive in the wilderness, construct a base of operations, and learn to survive the hair-raising night attacks by the island's blood thirsty humans. The result plays like a fusion between Outlast and Minecraft. In fact, it's entirely possible to succumb to the island's ways and become a cannibal yourself and abandon the central rescue mission. I don't hear The Forest talked about much, but if you are put off by the fact that it remains in Early Access, keep an eye out for it to officially release sometime in the near future. The Forest is currently available in Early Access on PC and will be coming to PlayStation 4.
  2. Happy Halloween everyone! It's that wonderful time of the year when we grab a bowl of candy, kick back, and try to scare the pants off of ourselves. In the spirit of the holiday, we've put together a list of some effective horror games that will chill, thrill, and fill you with dread. Most of you are probably familiar with the Alien: Isolations, the Amnesias, the Outlasts, and more of the horror giants that dominate the genre, so this list will be made up of some of the lesser-known titles that still manage to hold some surprises. Without further ado, here's your definitive list of interesting indie horror games presented in no particular order! Duskers If there is one lesson that the movie Alien taught us it is that few things are as scary as average joes just trying to survive in space. Duskers takes that premise and runs with it in a gripping, survival horror roguelike. As a lone salvage operator using technology that would be right at home in a 70s sci-fi film, players must attempt to eek out a living by investigating wrecked ships. However, those ships can only be explored and salvaged using remote controlled drones. Players need to juggle the control of the drones with hacking into the wreck's systems and also avoiding the unknown terrors that lurk in the bowels of these seemingly abandoned vessels. As it progresses a mystery slowly unfolds in the form of corrupted ship logs and strange environments. Meanwhile, dangers threaten to kill off the drones, the only tools available to sustain the player. Drones must be controlled by typing and hopping between them can be an absorbing task. The tension and learning curve created by the purposefully clunky retro interface lends itself to the horror - it really does feel like you're watching as your drones are taken out one by one with hope fading as each one goes offline. Duskers is available on PC. The Last Door Are you a fan of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos? Do you have a soft sport for the works of Edgar Allen Poe? The Last Door draws upon both of those giants in the realm of literature to create its own rich contribution to the horror genre. The Game Kitchen, the devs behind The Last Door, have actually created two seasons of this niche horror title, each consisting of four episodes. The first season follows the investigation of Jeremiah Devitt after he receives a letter from an old school friend and journeys to visit - only to find that an insidious force is at work and seems to be targeting his old associates. The second season serves as a direct sequel to the first, but to explain more would be to provide spoilers. While The Last Door certainly possesses some shortcomings commonly associated with retro adventure games, the journey and surprising effectiveness of its growing sense of dread are well worth the effort to overcome the game design obstacles that occasionally rear their heads. The Last Door Seasons 1 & 2 are available on Andorid, iOS, and PC, both as standalone collections and in-browser. Lone Survivor Lone Survivor released back in 2012 as a side-scrolling survival horror title. It attempts to walk the line between stealth and combat while painting a gruesome, engrossing world that constantly invites the player to question the sanity of the protagonist and the veracity of the world. The story centers on a nameless man in a surgical mask who must survive in a monster-filled apartment complex with no apparent logic to its construction. Players explore the world, encountering baffling characters and disturbing scenes. The game isn't so much a tour de force journey as it is a lengthy soak in madness. Its atmosphere has a darkly hypnotic effect that beckons players into Lone Survivor's twisted depths. It can take a little while to feel the title's hooks, but give it a chance in good faith and Lone Survivor will reward persistence. Lone Survivor is available on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, and Wii U. OverBlood We've talked about OverBlood before. To be honest, it probably doesn't belong on this list because it simply isn't that scary by today's standards. What it lacks in spine-tingling thrills, OverBlood more than makes up for in sheer entertainment value as a so-bad-its-good game. Admittedly, people who enjoy playing games that are so bad they transcend badness and come back around to being worth playing represent a very, very niche group. But, if that's the kind of thing that you're looking for - the Troll 2 of video games - OverBlood definitely possesses the hapless charm necessary for a great night of failed scares and amazing character moments. OverBlood tells the story of Raz Karcy, a man jettisoned from cryo containment only to find that he was never supposed to wake up. Mysteries unfold and friendships form as he begins to explore a seemingly abandoned research facility. OverBlood is available on the PlayStation One and PSN. The Forest While The Forest has been available for several years now, it is unique on this list in that it remains in Early Access on Steam. While many might be put off by the mere association of Early Access-ness, The Forest has both come a long way since its initial release and offers a unique horror experience. Players take on the role of a man who survives a plane crash on a remote island only to find that his son has been kidnapped by the cannibals that inhabit the island's underground caves and come out to hunt at night. A pretty straightforward set up, right? Things get complicated by the fact that The Forest is an open world crafting/survival game at heart. Players will need to survive in the wilderness, construct a base of operations, and learn to survive the hair-raising night attacks by the island's blood thirsty humans. The result plays like a fusion between Outlast and Minecraft. In fact, it's entirely possible to succumb to the island's ways and become a cannibal yourself and abandon the central rescue mission. I don't hear The Forest talked about much, but if you are put off by the fact that it remains in Early Access, keep an eye out for it to officially release sometime in the near future. The Forest is currently available in Early Access on PC and will be coming to PlayStation 4. View full article
  3. With schedules being what they are, sometimes coordinating a full episode of The Best Games Period can be difficult. When we can't have a proper discussion, we will be breaking off to do these short mini-casts to talk about fringe games that we might not otherwise be able to talk about on a full episode. This week, Jack goes solo and talks briefly about OverBlood, an early PlayStation 1 survival horror title that isn't even remotely close to being one of the best games period. However, it slips up so spectacularly and has aged so poorly that it comes back around to being worth playing and marveling over. Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Mass Effect 3 'Saving Earth' by Kaiyoti (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03350) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! You can also follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod I didn't put the Raz scream into the episode, but here is a clip that can convey the amazing death cry of OverBlood's main character: New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday View full article
  4. With schedules being what they are, sometimes coordinating a full episode of The Best Games Period can be difficult. When we can't have a proper discussion, we will be breaking off to do these short mini-casts to talk about fringe games that we might not otherwise be able to talk about on a full episode. This week, Jack goes solo and talks briefly about OverBlood, an early PlayStation 1 survival horror title that isn't even remotely close to being one of the best games period. However, it slips up so spectacularly and has aged so poorly that it comes back around to being worth playing and marveling over. Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Mass Effect 3 'Saving Earth' by Kaiyoti (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03350) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! You can also follow the show on Twitter: @BestGamesPeriod I didn't put the Raz scream into the episode, but here is a clip that can convey the amazing death cry of OverBlood's main character: New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday
  5. In honor of this year’s day celebrating everything spooky and specter-like I decided to share the best horror Let’s Plays that I’ve come across over the years. Don’t see your favorite a horror series represented? Feel free to share it in the comments! Keep in mind that Let’s Plays, especially those that deal with games in the horror genre, tend to include some explicit language! Ah, Let’s Plays. Some people love them, some people just don’t get the appeal. I tend to treat them like entertaining podcasts that I listen to while writing or working out. For that reason, my favorite horror Let’s Plays aren’t really playthroughs that instill a sense of fear, but the ones that contain entertaining commentary that isn’t centered entirely on obnoxious overreactions to jump scares. I also appreciate Let’s Plays that show me games that I would not normally play. Without further ado, the five best playthroughs of horror games on the internet. 5. The Spoony Experiment – Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh Phantasmagoria 2 is a fantastically weird and definitely adult-oriented point-and-click adventure title. The story follows seemingly uninteresting office drone Curtis Craig who quickly becomes swept up in events that rattle his sanity and leave many of the people in his life horrifically murdered. The game was made during the heyday of FMV games, so there is no shortage of cheesy footage to find entertaining. Visually, it is an interesting look into a strange and largely abandoned period of video game history. The commentary really constitutes the meat of any Let’s Play and The Spoony Experiment captures the feeling of watching episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000. The commentator, Noah Antwiler, delivers jokes in a matter of fact manner, responding to the unexpected and just bizarre puzzles and solutions that occur in his playthrough. Though Phantasmagoria 2 might have once been an unnerving experience with cutting edge technology, the effect of the FMV footage has been severely dulled with time. While it would undoubtedly be a frustrating game to play, watching Antwiler struggles while empathizing with his baffled reactions proves to be a great deal of fun. 4. Kikoskia – The Last Door: Chapter One The Game Kitchen, a newish indie studio based in Spain, successfully Kickstarted a pixel art horror adventure game, called The Last Door. Released over the course of five chapters, The Last Door succeeds in being surprisingly creepy. The first chapter centers on a man named Jeremiah Devitt the recipient of a cryptic letter from an old school friend who appears to have gotten into deadly trouble. Kikoskia’s colorful commentary comes across as someone who is sincerely interested and enthusiastic about what he is playing. It is all very natural and smooth. A major reason that I enjoyed the playthrough of Chapter One was because it appeared genuinely good. I had only heard of The Last Door and never really intended to get around to actually playing it. However, the eeriness of the narrative and rapidly darkening atmosphere won me over, becoming one of the few Let’s Plays that has convinced me to play a game. It helps that all episodes of The Last Door are free. While most Let’s Plays can span hours, Kikoskia’s clocks in at around 35 minutes, making it a relatively quick look at a bit of well executed horror. 3. Giant Bomb – Fear Gauntlet The setup is simple: Two Giant Bomb interns who claim to be total horror game pansies force themselves through a gauntlet of progressively scarier games in an effort to build up an immunity to the effects of the horror genre. Matt Kessler and Steve Ramirez have an engaging chemistry that makes their exploits highly enjoyable to watch. They begin with Luigi's Mansion and work their way up to Condemned 2: Bloodshot. Unfortunately the series appears to have gone on an indefinite hiatus following Giant Bomb's acquisition by CBS. However, the evidence of the two intrepid interns attempting to conquer their fears endures on YouTube. 2. Game Informer – OverBlood Super Replay OverBlood is hands down the worst horror game of all time. Not only does it fail to scare at every possible opportunity, but the game itself, while mediocre for its time as an early PS1 title, has only become worse with age. It is the Troll 2 of video games. It is a crash course in how not to design an interactive experience. OverBlood's epic journey through sci-fi horror follows a frozen man named Raz Karcy and his trusty robot sidekick Pipo as they attempt to escape the confines of a mysteriously abandoned laboratory. The Game Informer editors attempt to puzzle their way through the entire game and, boy, is it just a wild slog through poor game design and laughably executed scares. It is impossible to watch any part of OverBlood and not either be laughing at it or staring in disbelief. 1. Day[9] – Amnesia AKA How Day[9] Lost His Manhood There is only one thing better than watching two self-proclaimed cowards try to muscle through scary games and that is watching a self-proclaimed horror game champion get reduced to a puddle of hysterical laughter and terror. Sean Plott, also known as Day[9], is one of my favorite people in the world. He's a great StarCraft II commentator and entirely comes across as entirely genuine. That sincerity really adds to the comedic value of watching as he throws himself into the experience of Amnesia: The Dark Descent with a reckless, cocky abandon. Observing that cockiness slowly degrade over the course of an hour is sweet, but seeing him soldier on beyond that is just amazingly fun. This is my absolute favorite example of a horror game causing someone to go bananas. While it might be a bit underwhelming at first, it is a delightfully slow ramp up into insanity. Honorable Mention: Game Grumps – Sonic ‘06 While not exactly a horror game, the 2006 Sonic the Hedgehog game is so broken it’s scary. It comes complete with glitches that defy logic. The game design on display is so bland and uninspired. The jarring Final Fantasy-esque cutscenes involve characters that look completely out of place next to the traditional cast. The reactions and subsequent mental breakdowns this game provokes from the two hosts of Game Grumps are nothing short of a journey to the edge of madness. Nothing can prepare you. Nothing can save you. Happy Halloween!
  6. In honor of this year’s day celebrating everything spooky and specter-like I decided to share the best horror Let’s Plays that I’ve come across over the years. Don’t see your favorite a horror series represented? Feel free to share it in the comments! Keep in mind that Let’s Plays, especially those that deal with games in the horror genre, tend to include some explicit language! Ah, Let’s Plays. Some people love them, some people just don’t get the appeal. I tend to treat them like entertaining podcasts that I listen to while writing or working out. For that reason, my favorite horror Let’s Plays aren’t really playthroughs that instill a sense of fear, but the ones that contain entertaining commentary that isn’t centered entirely on obnoxious overreactions to jump scares. I also appreciate Let’s Plays that show me games that I would not normally play. Without further ado, the five best playthroughs of horror games on the internet. 5. The Spoony Experiment – Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh Phantasmagoria 2 is a fantastically weird and definitely adult-oriented point-and-click adventure title. The story follows seemingly uninteresting office drone Curtis Craig who quickly becomes swept up in events that rattle his sanity and leave many of the people in his life horrifically murdered. The game was made during the heyday of FMV games, so there is no shortage of cheesy footage to find entertaining. Visually, it is an interesting look into a strange and largely abandoned period of video game history. The commentary really constitutes the meat of any Let’s Play and The Spoony Experiment captures the feeling of watching episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000. The commentator, Noah Antwiler, delivers jokes in a matter of fact manner, responding to the unexpected and just bizarre puzzles and solutions that occur in his playthrough. Though Phantasmagoria 2 might have once been an unnerving experience with cutting edge technology, the effect of the FMV footage has been severely dulled with time. While it would undoubtedly be a frustrating game to play, watching Antwiler struggles while empathizing with his baffled reactions proves to be a great deal of fun. 4. Kikoskia – The Last Door: Chapter One The Game Kitchen, a newish indie studio based in Spain, successfully Kickstarted a pixel art horror adventure game, called The Last Door. Released over the course of five chapters, The Last Door succeeds in being surprisingly creepy. The first chapter centers on a man named Jeremiah Devitt the recipient of a cryptic letter from an old school friend who appears to have gotten into deadly trouble. Kikoskia’s colorful commentary comes across as someone who is sincerely interested and enthusiastic about what he is playing. It is all very natural and smooth. A major reason that I enjoyed the playthrough of Chapter One was because it appeared genuinely good. I had only heard of The Last Door and never really intended to get around to actually playing it. However, the eeriness of the narrative and rapidly darkening atmosphere won me over, becoming one of the few Let’s Plays that has convinced me to play a game. It helps that all episodes of The Last Door are free. While most Let’s Plays can span hours, Kikoskia’s clocks in at around 35 minutes, making it a relatively quick look at a bit of well executed horror. 3. Giant Bomb – Fear Gauntlet The setup is simple: Two Giant Bomb interns who claim to be total horror game pansies force themselves through a gauntlet of progressively scarier games in an effort to build up an immunity to the effects of the horror genre. Matt Kessler and Steve Ramirez have an engaging chemistry that makes their exploits highly enjoyable to watch. They begin with Luigi's Mansion and work their way up to Condemned 2: Bloodshot. Unfortunately the series appears to have gone on an indefinite hiatus following Giant Bomb's acquisition by CBS. However, the evidence of the two intrepid interns attempting to conquer their fears endures on YouTube. 2. Game Informer – OverBlood Super Replay OverBlood is hands down the worst horror game of all time. Not only does it fail to scare at every possible opportunity, but the game itself, while mediocre for its time as an early PS1 title, has only become worse with age. It is the Troll 2 of video games. It is a crash course in how not to design an interactive experience. OverBlood's epic journey through sci-fi horror follows a frozen man named Raz Karcy and his trusty robot sidekick Pipo as they attempt to escape the confines of a mysteriously abandoned laboratory. The Game Informer editors attempt to puzzle their way through the entire game and, boy, is it just a wild slog through poor game design and laughably executed scares. It is impossible to watch any part of OverBlood and not either be laughing at it or staring in disbelief. 1. Day[9] – Amnesia AKA How Day[9] Lost His Manhood There is only one thing better than watching two self-proclaimed cowards try to muscle through scary games and that is watching a self-proclaimed horror game champion get reduced to a puddle of hysterical laughter and terror. Sean Plott, also known as Day[9], is one of my favorite people in the world. He's a great StarCraft II commentator and entirely comes across as entirely genuine. That sincerity really adds to the comedic value of watching as he throws himself into the experience of Amnesia: The Dark Descent with a reckless, cocky abandon. Observing that cockiness slowly degrade over the course of an hour is sweet, but seeing him soldier on beyond that is just amazingly fun. This is my absolute favorite example of a horror game causing someone to go bananas. While it might be a bit underwhelming at first, it is a delightfully slow ramp up into insanity. Honorable Mention: Game Grumps – Sonic ‘06 While not exactly a horror game, the 2006 Sonic the Hedgehog game is so broken it’s scary. It comes complete with glitches that defy logic. The game design on display is so bland and uninspired. The jarring Final Fantasy-esque cutscenes involve characters that look completely out of place next to the traditional cast. The reactions and subsequent mental breakdowns this game provokes from the two hosts of Game Grumps are nothing short of a journey to the edge of madness. Nothing can prepare you. Nothing can save you. Happy Halloween! View full article
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