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Observer and Alan Wake’s American Nightmare are this week’s Epic Games Store giveaways

It's Thursday again, meaning its time for Epic's ongoing cycle of free games to tick over once again. This week's offerings are grimy cyberpunk horror Observer and bizarre spin-off Alan Wake's American Nightmare. That'll be that sorted for some low-lit thrills, then. As per, you've only got seven days to grab these freebies before they slink back into the shadows from whence they came.

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Feature: Meh witch

Blair Witch review

The best thing about Blair Witch is that the main character carries a knock-off Nokia phone. I spent the first 15 minutes of this horror game fiddling with a 1990s mobile, calling a pizzeria, snooping through old texts, and collecting tiny squares in an off-brand version of Snake called "Cobra Masters". It's such a good facsimile of the crap phones of yesteryear, I found myself…

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Feature: Press X to endure jumpscare

After Blair Witch, what other horror movies are worth turning into games?

Blair Witch, a movie about a man standing quietly in a corner, has been given the horror game treatment. The first-person spook ‘em up is out today, and it's about you and a dog becoming victims of found-footage scariness. But let’s be real, the videogame industry’s hunger for bygone horror franchises will not be sated by one former cop and his dog. No. Luckily, we…

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Feature: I don't Twana my dog to die

You can pet the dog and manipulate time with a camcorder in Blair Witch

You hear the phrase "Blair Witch video game" and your first thought as an inexplicably loyal fan is: "Oh Gods, please don't balls it up." Well, I'm happy to say despite that initial concern, I found a hands-on preview of the upcoming addition to the found footage terror universe to be inspiring of some confidence. If you want to know more, especially about the protagonist's…

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E3 2019 games – every game confirmed

They just keep coming don't they? A lot of games were announced at E3 2019, things that we didn't know about, as well as stuff that's previously announced, or expansions to already released games. Now, to the casual outsider, what we're doing might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we'd put together an alphabetical list of all the PC games that have been confirmed to…

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If this very good boy from the new Blair Witch game survives, I will give you all a fiver

"You enter a forest, and things go wrong." That's the basic concept behind the upcoming Blair Witch game, a first person horror title from Layers of Fear and Observer developers Bloober Team. It's an original story taking place in what Bloober call the 'Blair Witch universe'. Which, as universes go, has definitely got the 'creepy forest' biome down pat. From the demo footage below it…

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Layers Of Fear 2 jumps screaming into stores

First person psychological horror adventure Layers Of Fear 2 is out now. Sequel to the well-liked (if a little formulaic) Layers Of Fear by the amusingly named Bloober Team, this one puts you in the shoes/mind of a tormented actor. In this inner world (all of which is a stage), you're attempting to deliver the performance of a lifetime while harangued by personal demons, this…

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Feature: Dummy horror

Layers Of Fear 2 review

There’s something about mannequins that makes them such prime fodder for horror games. The dead-eyed stare sans pupils, the unnaturally rigid poses and angular elbows, and the perverse mimicry of human behaviour hurls them right into the trough of the uncanny valley. Like many horror staples, these are strategically placed to unnerve players and elicit a quick scare, with a plethora of games placing them…

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Feature: Also what I call my washing basket

Have You Played… Layers Of Fear?

Remember when P.T. came out on the PS4 and everyone went wild for it, because Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima had made the scariest thing ever? And then Konami cancelled Silent Hills and removed P.T. from the PlayStation store? Well, if you’re hankering for a version of P.T. about an obsessive artist making a painting from bits of his dead wife, then boy, do…

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Feature: Not on my watch

Have You Played… Observer?

When people talk about Observer (or >observer_ to give it its full, official styling), the first thing they usually say is: "It's that cyberpunk horror game with that chap from Bladerunner in it." It's the perfect pairing, they proclaim, and yes, if you're going to get a famous cyberpunkian to play a cyberpunk cop that can jack into suspects' neural networks to 'observe' and interrogate…

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Layers Of Fear 2 will set sail for spookies

I'd missed that 2016's first-person spooker Layers Of Fear was getting a sequel but: oh, it is. No, not Observer, the ace cyberspooky game that developers Bloober Team made next, an actual sequel with a number and everything. Layers Of Fear 2 is its name, and wandering a spooky boat telling the tale of a suffering actor is its game. They've even got a proper…

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Layers Of Fear is free for keepsies right nooOooOow

A houseful of hauntings can be had for free right now, as Bloober Team are giving away Layers Of Fear for keepsies for the next few days on Steam. It's a first-person spooker about a kooky-ooky painter who goes out his gourd trying to paint his masterpiece. Layers Of Fear is often a grab bag of clichés--dolls, shadowy figures crossing corridors ahead of you, jumpscares…

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Layers of Fear is free on Humble today

What do you call a storefront dummy wearing a Star Wars costume? Mannequin Skywalker. Hello, this post has nothing to do with Star Wars and only a little to do with mannequins. Painterly horror game Layers of Fear is free on Humble today. It’s a short game, about three or four hours long, and contains ghosts. In many ways, the perfect stocking filler.

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Feature: Dead men tell some tales

Observer review

In Observer [official site], AKA David Cronenberg's Bladerunner, Rutger Hauer is having a very bad day. It begins with a phone call, some family problems, and ends in blood and regret. Hauer lends his voice to the player character, who is the titular Observer, a special kind of cop who can jack into suspects' memories, hopes and fears as a means of interrogation. To do…

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Observer coming August 15th, starring Rutger Hauer

First-person cyberpunk thrill-o-horror Observer [official site] will launch on August 15th, developers Bloober Team have announced. After trapping us in a painter's kooky spookhouse with Layers of Fear, this time Bloober are blasting us off into the grim future where everything sucks. It stars a cyberdetective jacking into suspects' heads, and Bloober have now confirmed he is voiced by Rutger Hauer. You know, Rutger Hauer…

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Gee Thanks, Dad: Layers Of Fear’s Inheritance DLC

First-person spooker Layers of Fear [official site] will receive an expansion in August, developers Bloober Team have announced. Named 'Inheritance', it'll return to that mad painter's house to poke around from his daughter's perspective. The original game pulls some jolly clever tricks shifting between reality and artistic visions, so it'll be interesting to see what awaits his daughter - and how that looks.

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Layers Of Fear Devs Reveal Cyberpunk Horror Observer

"What would you do if your fears got hacked and used against you?" asks Observer, the latest first-person horror fest from Layers of Fear devs Bloober Team. I'd be suitably terrified, I imagine. Especially when this venture drops us into a cyberpunk world filled with glitch-ridden corridors, eery holograms, weird implant machinery and ominous shadow stalkers. Aye, I'd say terrified pretty much covers it. Shall…

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Feature: Self Portr-hate

Layers Of Fear review

Every corridor and room in Layers of Fear [official site] has something frightening hiding in its recesses. It might be an apparition, head rattling like an escapee from Jacob's Ladder, or a piece of furniture that is preparing to launch itself across the room like the toy thrown from a poltergeist's pram. The story of a painter attempting to overcome a creative block as he…

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Titanium White Terrors: Layers Of Fear Out In February

Where do all these haunted paintings come from? eBay's full of the devils, but the listings only say they bought it at a car boot sale or found it in the loft of an aunt who died of spooking - they never identify the painter. Maybe Layers of Fear [official site] will be able to answer a few questions. It's a first-person spooker set inside…

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