Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

Scream Fortress IX brings back every Halloween TF2 event

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As if the hordes of pyros weren’t scary enough, Team Fortress 2‘s Halloween event launched on Friday. Instead of doing something new, they’ve chosen to make every previous Scream Fortress – going back to 2009 – playable once again. Get your spooks in while you can, because the event ends on November the 8th.

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Humble’s Haunted Halloween sale ends this week, surprisingly

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With tonight being Devil’s Night – an event that The Crow taught us all occurs the night before Halloween itself and usually involves revenge murders – it’s a pretty good time to stock up on some horror games in order to make the most of the season of spooks.

Over at Humble right now, you can get a bunch of particularly good games with a horror bent, with up to 90% off the range on offer. This sale range is set to finish in a matter of days, so you’ve got a little bit of time to make a decision but if you’d prefer to spend Halloween night scaring yourself stupid, you may want to grab something sooner rather than later.

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Rust gets spoOoOoky with Halloween frights

Halloween’s timing is a bit weird this year, with the preceding weekend taking the bloodsoaked brunt of the fiendish frenzy, but video games still remember and will still be here for us. Rust is already a game where nude fiends ritually sacrifice each other, making it unsettling at the best of times, but now it’s proper spooky too. The early access survival sandbox’s latest update has decorated the island with graves and spider hives while adding spoOoOoky scarecrows and fire pits filled with burning skulls. Read the rest of this entry »

Steam’s Halloween Sale is great for grand strategy

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With Halloween fast approaching, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about typical spooky things: ghouls and ghosts, vampires and werewolves, marrying off my daughter to an appropriate suitor and the best trade strategy to dominate the Aegean. The Steam Halloween Sale is in full swing until November 1, and thanks to Paradox Interactive, it’s full of grand strategy games.

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Overwatch gets spooky with Halloween Terror event

Ha ha ha hwelcome to Spooky Season on the information superhighway, when the signs are draped in cobwebs and the bytes have renamed themselves bites. Overwatch [official site] joined in the spooky fun last night, launching its Halloween event with two cooperative modes (well, one-and-a-half) and loads of spooOoOoky costumes and other cosmetic bits to collect. This year’s Halloween Terror event brings back Junkenstein’s Revenge, a cooperative Brawl mode where four players defend the castle gates from the dastardly Dr. Junkenstein and his creations, and also adds an endless version with leaderboards. Did I mention the hats? Read the rest of this entry »

Get Spooky With Steam And GOG Halloween Sales

Want some treats this year for Halloween? You don’t have to run around carrying a plastic orange pumpkin bucket (or a pillowcase, if your parents didn’t want to spring for that kind of thing.) You need only look to the Steam Halloween Sale for delicious candies in the form of video games, of which there are a lot. Read the rest of this entry »

Who’s Boo In Halloween Video Game Events

The Big Spooky isn’t until Monday but plenty of games are already celebrating Halloween with special events for people with nerves of steel and eyes in the back of their head. If you’re feeling extra brave, check out our collection of spookyspoos going on this weekend. This isn’t a definitive list, mind, just a fair spread of things you might fancy trying. Do share your favourites too! Read the rest of this entry »

Counter-Strike: GO Finds Freaky Fowl, Guts Griefers

It’s both trick and treat for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site] in the latest update. With Spookday almost upon us, Valve have unleashed the scary chickens again. This time, they’ve got cute little carved pumpkin heads as they strut and scurry around levels. Those sillies are the treat. The trick? Valve are ramping up the punishment for players convicted of griefing by a trial of their peers, going straight to permanent bans on the second offence. And then Chet Faliszek TPs your house. Read the rest of this entry »

Scream Fortress VIII (EIGHT? Oh God, We Are Old)

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Team Fortress 2‘s [official site] annual Hallowe’en festivities are upon us and, although there are nowhere near as many of them as Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror episodes, the Roman numerals are still contriving to make Alice feel hideously old. So that’s something!

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OverWITCH: Hallowe’en Comes To Overwatch

I think my favourite ever Hallowe’en event in a game was the one which put the chickens of CS:GO into little ghost costumes. They were so adorable I’d get shot because I was chasing chickens about the place. ANYWAY. Overwatch [official site]. Overwitch? That game. It’s having a Halloween event for the next few weeks with Hallowe’en-themed loot and a special co-op PvE event called Junkenstein’s Revenge. Read the rest of this entry »

Dead By Daylight Adding Halloween’s Michael Myers

“This is probably the most exciting thing I’ve had to say, and this is the first time I’m ever talking about it, so I’m a little nervous. You’ll have to forgive me.” Mathieu Cote, the producer of Dead by Daylight, has just returned from Twitchcon in San Diego, where he has spent several days meeting and chatting with some of the biggest fans and most popular streamers of their hugely successful multiplayer slasher sim, all while sitting on the most significant piece of news about the game since its launch. “I met a lot of really cool people and everybody was very excited about the game and I was unable to tell them anything that was upcoming.”

Now Cote is finally able to unveil his big surprise for the first time. “We had talked at the very beginning about licensed killers [and] survivors, because obviously we’re so inspired by general culture and popular culture and things like that. A lot of people were screaming for all their favourite movies and franchises to be folded into our game,” he explains. Thus far developers Behaviour Interactive have avoided this, on account of wanting to establish their own world and horror fiction. But the next update will change that, seeing the first licensed content to arrive in Dead by Daylight’s grisly world. “We are visiting Halloween for Hallowe’en.”.

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Funcom’s Hide And Shriek Is A 1v1 Jumpscare ‘Em Up

The Secret World developers Funcom have announced a new spin-off from their supernatural MMORPG, a 1v1 competitive jumpscare ’em up named Hide and Shriek [official site]. It sees two teens sneaking around school on Halloween, trying to find the other one and give them a dang good jumpscaring. Oh, and they’re both invisible. The Innsmouth Academy does have some odd traditions, and we’ll all get to join in this Halloween when the game arrives.

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Misc. Tricks, Treats: Halloween Goings-on In Games

How’s your Goth Christmas so far, everyone? Me, I’m blasting The Sisters of Mercy and chucking back red wine – and writing this, I suppose – before wandering through trees in the fog at the Botanic Garden’s lights. If you want a spooky weekend indoors, though, here are a few of the Halloween happenings which caught my kohl-smeared eye. I’ve no intention of covering everything, but this stuff looks fun:

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Boo! Dota 2 Celebrates Halloween In Haunted Colosseum

The special seasonal event modes Valve create for Dota 2 [official site] are slightly less novel now that all and sundry can make their own modes, but Valve’s are always jolly fancy. If you fancy a good Spooky Week spooking, venture into their the Haunted Colosseum. Diretide begone! Haunted Colosseum is a 5v5 point capture mode in a new map with deadly traps and nasty pumpkinmonsters, and it’s out now.

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Skelesaurs! Ark: Survival Evolved Celebrating Halloween

We do post about Ark: Survival Evolved [official site] an awful lot for an Early Access multiplayer sandbox survival game (of which there are oh so many), but that’s mostly because it keeps adding fancy cool things. This post? This is about how its Halloween update has spooky skeletal dinosaurs roaming around, a giant fire-breathing DodoRex to fear, pumpkins to carve, and other eerie additions that are difficult for me to ignore. Look at these cool things:

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Unreal Tournament Gets Halloween Maps And Masks

Lots of games are in early access, but the new Unreal Tournament [official site] has thus far seemed to be in a kind of embryonic access. That’s because it’s being created – for really reals – in partnership with its community. Perhaps the game is now sufficiently advanced to be considered a fetus, for the build released yesterday introduces special Halloween content.

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Team Fortress TwoOoOO Crowdsourcing Halloween

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Good news: Valve are working on a new “major update” for their free-to-play FPS Team Fortress 2 [official site]. Bad news: it’s not a Halloween update. This new update has left the TF2 team too busy to create another all-spooking, all-devilling spectraltacular (boo!) so they’re turning again to the community.

This year’s Halloween update will largely be pieced together from spooky maps, weapons, items, taunts, and so on submitted to TF2’s Steam Workshop.

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CS:GO’s Halloween Will See You In Hell, Mothercluckers

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Tis the season for games to get some kind of pumpkin-flavoured update (or to prompt outrage by dealing in precisely zero pumpkins/ghosts/costumes). In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Hallowe’en means Valve will have done something utterly adorable to their map chickens. And by map chickens I don’t mean those losers who mill about accidentally falling victim to my friendly fire*, I mean the actual chickens.

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Crying, Walking, Stabbing, Talking Living Doll: Killing Floor

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I do enjoy how Killing Floor’s monsters look like people in Halloween costumes, the sort of thing one could make with a few hours and some household supplies. Given me a black bodysuit, some tights, cotton wool, pipe cleaners, socks, and wire coat hangers, and I’ll make you a Crawler that’ll win you pity in your office costume contest. Unsurprisingly, Killing Floor gets into Halloween in a big way.

The co-op survival FPS’s annual spooky event launched yesterday, and KF is also part of Steam’s ten-game Free Weekend Weekend, so all and sundry can come fight the horrible, horrible dolls that are murderous and horrible.

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Boo! Lords of the Fallen Coming On Halloween

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I like Halloween. I like the spooky music, the spooky movies, the spooky costumes, the spooky canapés, the spooky cocktails, the spooky video games–all the spooky things. Not to mention the cheap fake blood. The first video game to draw a circle around October 31 with a red pen this year (or is it blood? is it your blood?) is Lords of the Fallen, declaring that’s when it’ll launch.

In the way that we lazy types will summarise games to clue readers in and show off our ‘wit,’ I’ll say it looks like a nice third-person action game that’s come as Dark Souls for Halloween.

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