7/10 Game-a-thon: The Evil Within

The-Evil-Within.jpgMikami 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

Backlog Blitz: October 2017

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I’m finally getting round to catching up on my post backlog (let alone making a dent in my game backlog))!

October continued the rich vein of form I had of completing games that started in September – I absolutely hammered a number of horror games in anticipation of Hallowe’en.

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The problem facing Resident Evil VII

img_2670Resident Evil is one of the biggest franchise in gaming. It has seen six sequels spanning four console generations. Countless spinoff titles and even two soft reboots.

The number of games sold in the franchise is well north of 40 million and it boasts one of the biggest and most dedicated fandoms of any game series.

And yet, through all this success, reimagination and reinvention it finds itself in a rather unique position. Resident Evil fans fall firmly into two camps with very different ideas on what Resident Evil actually is;

  1. Those who were fans of the original, survival horror style tetralogy.
  2. Those who were fans of the soft rebooted horror/action trilogy.

What these two subsets of fans like about their chosen games are incompatible with one another. (For the purposes of this post I will only be considering mainline, numbered entries of the franchise).

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Frightfest 2016: Jump Scares that scared the hell out of me!

cooltext211399310506118For 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

Fright fest 2016: Horror games to fill your extra hour

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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

Frightfest 2016: Revelations 2 Proves that Resident Evil can still scare you!

For the past few years all we’ve been told is how Resident Evil is no longer scary; how it’s an “action movie” and how there are far more frightening games for us to play (and this is still true to be honest). But there is a game that has sat in my PSN account since the start of summer. A game that I have desperate to play but have been holding off until this month – the haunting month.

re-revs-2If you’ve read the title (you have!) then you already know that the game is ‘Resident Evil Revelations 2’ but can I just say how bloody good it is?

This game (or the section of Episode 1 I’ve played through anyway) harks back to the “golden age” of survival horror, it hits the tonal notes that the original series also hit; with a slow burn leading up to a dramatic reveal. If nothing else this episode  proves once and for all that Capcom, well Resident Evil, can still scare the pants of us!

How does it achieve this feat? Read on dear reader. Continue reading

Frightfest 2016: VR Makes Horror More Horrific!

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My first post in this years Frightfest! Gone are the unkept promises of a few weeks ago and in their place is actual, new, content! God bless me 😀

I seldom need an excuse to talk about horror games on these hallowed pages, but with the release of PSVR my horror gaming has been taken to a new level…

…I have had two horror experiences with PSVR recently! And no; I’m not talking about the issue with my pre-order. What I’m actually talking about here is genuine horror games; ‘Until Dawn: Rush of Blood’ and ‘Here They Lie’. I would consider myself a horror game veteran and thought that both these games would be quite tame experiences…

…I was wrong. My experiences were very different to my expectations.

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MrLuvva’s Luv-In #35

Well another week has come and gone and I have missed another post – it’s not intentional, I am incredibly busy! Although one thing I haven’t been too busy to do is read what other bloggers have been putting out there.

As always (although later than usual) here are my picks of the best posts I have read over the past week. Please click each and support these fine posts and their bloggers, I’ll leave you with a promise that I will get back into my usual posting pattern as soon as possible! Continue reading

Horror Films v Horror Games

...I got a feeling, somebody is watching me.

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Lately I have been getting increasingly frustrated with my “fear” limitation, and what I am willing to put myself through. I am going to be honest, Halloween isn’t my favourite of the holidays, so I have been getting frustrated with what I could write about for this post. MrLuvva suggested a few games I should make a video off, like “SCP” and “Slender” to which my reply was a resounding “HELL NO!” So the question I need to ask myself is, why can I handle scary films, but not scary games? Continue reading