Mikami is a name that holds a lot of meaning and weight to me, as a Resident Evil fan it was Shinji Mikami that brought the genre from the obscure into the mainstream – he created a game that was as terrifying as it was well designed and sublimely programmed. A genre-defining game that was one of the best games of the era. Continue reading
Now that the veil between our world and the world of the dead is at its thinnest, I can think of no better time to play games that’ll scare us stupid! Continue reading
The horror renaissance of 2007 is well and truly over. In recent times the genre is having a bit of rough patch. They are increasingly running out of ideas and as a result they are homogenising – I am finding it hard to differentiate my ‘Sinister’ movies from ‘The Conjuring’ ones! While there is the odd stand out movie; the entire genre is in danger of repeating the mistakes it made in the late 80s. There are only so many times you can watch a young, attractive couple get haunted by malevolent spirits.
Resident Evil VII released last Tuesday and received univers.ally great reviews – some proclaimed it as the return of survival horror and the saviour of the genre. After playing two hours of it; it’s hard to argue against those ascertains, it truly is a brilliant game.
However during my sweep of reviews for the game I noticed something; a little odd, the PS4 reviews were ever-so-slightly higher than the other formats and at first I wondered why this was. Then I brought my copy home, installed it and placed my PSVR visor on; it hit me like a ton of bricks within the first ten minutes – this is the reason I bought the PSVR – and is the reason you should too! Continue reading
..my heart can only take so much!
As you all know by now – and if you don’t where have you been? Resident Evil 7 came out this week! That’s right, and after the (in my opinion) unmitigated disasters that were 5 and 6 they have went back to their survival horror roots leaving the crappy third person shooter action games firmly in the past – where I hope the stay! The biggest change is the first person perspective, and with that Capcom thought it would be a great idea to add VR to the mixture! So did I. How is it really though? Continue reading
For frightfest a few years ago I wrote a post which examined if jumpscares or cerebral horror was the best way to frighten gamers; it turned out that cerebral horror was the best (read that post here).
While that post is pretty darn conclusive – it wasn’t science and it certainly doesn’t mean that jumpscares do not have their place in gaming. I’d be a big fat liar if I said that I’ve never been gotten by a jumpscare (or five).
So here are my personal favourite jump scares that made me squeal like a little girl. Continue reading
Bonus Post Alert!
Today in the UK is the first official day of Autumn and that means that the clocks have went back by one hour! So what are you to do with that extra hour? Play games of course, and because it’s the day before Halloween; you should be playing horror games!
Why play through a longer game though? You don’t have an extra eight hours, only one! So here is a selection of short horror experiences that shouldn’t last more than an hour; turn the lights down and turn the volume up – it’s time to scare the living crap,out of yourself! Continue reading