The horror genre in gaming has grown leaps and bounds since the age old Silent Hill and Resident Evil days. Tons of new games over the past few years have really put this genre on the map. Noteworthy games like F.E.A.R, Doom 3, Alan Wake, Dead Space and not to mention the vast improvement in the Resident Evil and Silent Hill games, well..not all the Resident Evil games, but you get the idea. In 2014, there are a bunch of great games that are sure to scare the living daylights out of you, and we take a quick peek at some of them.
Note that these games are in no particular order.
The Evil Within
While the game makes fairly tall claims to reinvigorate the horror genre and we think it’s pretty spot on. Everything from the visuals, to the sound (which is a BIG deal), to the monsters themselves, ALL look intimidating. It would certainly be foolhardy to play this in the night, with no lights on, and in 5.1 surround…but there’s no other way we’d enjoy it!
Among the Sleep
Combine a child’s limitless imagination with a stormy night, and all the scary monsters you ever dreamed about and you have ‘Among the Sleep’. Essentially, the uniqueness of the game is driven through the perspective of a toddler, exploring his family’s house during a stormy night. If the trailer is anything to go by, you know you’ll be having more nightmares.
After The Evil Within, Daylight, is my next most anticipated horror game. The game has everything that set to grind the pit of your stomach with fear; everything from the setting, which is in an abandoned hospital, to the visuals – the game has unlimited replayablity, as the game generates levels on the go. So no two experiences are the same. This is heading to the PS4 as well, so rest assured that a console version will certainly be out.
Funny, Dying Light should follow Daylight, but in essence the game is closer to The Forest. Except that it’s faster, meaner, more bad-ass, and scary as hell! Forget nightmares, this game will give you ‘Daymares’.
What makes Routine super interesting is that there are no health packs and no second chances – the permadeath system ensures that if you should encounter what actually lurks aboard the Lunar Research Station, you’ll probably have to start right back at the beginning. Super awesome or super annoying? I’ll decide when I play the game.
Outlast: The Whistleblower
Finally, on our list we have Outlast: The Whistleblower. Outlast, was easily the scariest game I’ve playing in 2013… But more is coming, which seeks to fill in some of the narrative gaps in the history of Mount Massive Asylum. You play as the Whistleblower, whose tip brought the original protagonist Miles Upshur to the asylum in the first place. You’ll witness the experiments and abuse that led to the downfall. If you survive the initial outbreak, new areas will open up with terrifying new secrets.
If you haven’t already experienced it, here’s a look at some of the scariest moments of Outlast:
There you have it folks, our Most Anticipated Horror Games of 2014. Sound off in the comments below. We certainly did look at multiple games – not to mention Dark Souls II, CastleVania and a few others, but really, these are the ones that had us shaking in our boots. So watch out for these!