Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

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)

Scream Fortress VIII

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

G-g-g-ghoul!

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

Valve's calling it Murder Most Fowl

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

Nope.

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

What appears to be a chap in a rather unpleasant spider Halloween costume.

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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RPS Plays… The Scariest Games Of All Time

Halloween weekend is upon is, and that can only mean one thing: it is time for unrelenting spookiness. No matter where you go, you can’t escape it. Bats will shriek, pumpkins will leer, and the sky will basically be made of lightning. Also, everyone you know will try to kill you. By giving you too much candy, which will ultimately result in diabetes if you give in to peer pressure and partake of hedonistic holiday sugar consumption. So naturally, as a public service (of sorts), RPS must do its part. Thus, I have elected to play three of the scariest games of all time in rapid succession, testing the limits of my psyche and intestinal fortitude for your amusement. What lies ahead? Push on the implausibly creaky door and go below for a video of gaming’s darkest, dankest, murderer-iest basements.

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Scare Up Some Deals: Steam’s Halloween Sale

Are you ready to be SHOCKED? DISGUSTED? TERRIFIED? OK then, here goes: Steam is having a sale. Whoa, what was that? Lightning flashing? The dead rising? A flock of spoooooooky bats getting caught in a plane engine? Whatever just happened, I’m sure you never saw it coming – much like Valve’s sales. Nobody ever knows precisely and exactly when or where they’ll strike next, nor do they mark their calendars and preserve their piggy banks for it. It’s all mystery, all unknown, all white-hot, gut-mashing fear. As soon as you finish recovering from your 666 simultaneous heart attacks, you might consider perusing the hacked, slashed, and bifurcated prices, which include the likes of Outlast, both Amnesias, DmC Devil May Cry, Natural Selection II, Dead Space(s), Don’t Starve, and heaps of others.

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Boo(m): Here Is Terraria’s Halloween Update

Did you know that it’s nearly Halloween? I’m only telling you because I definitely wouldn’t have any idea unless every game under the sun (or foreboding, fog-enshrouded moon, as it were) was running some kind of Halloween event. But these things can actually be decently fun when handled well, and this one, especially, is quite noteworthy given that it may well end up one of the final things that Redigit himself adds to Terraria. So then, what’s in it? What indeed.

No, I’m not actually going to do that to you. Goodie bags and themed pets and tiles and items and things! Also, a mysterious Pumpkin Moon event. Sweet, sweet trick-or-treat deets below.

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What’s In Your Head: Sniper Elite – Nazi Zombie Army 2

As we approach the twilight of 2013, I can’t engage in my favourite hobby without hitting a zombie. I’m talking, of course, about swinging a dead cat. Before you call the authorities, take note that the cat isn’t properly dead and I certainly didn’t harm it in any way. The mewling monstrosity is mostly dead, meaning that in some ways it’s just another zombie on the corpse vine. The rotters are everywhere, from Austin to Shakespeare, and the tainted tide shows no signs of letting up. On Halloween, the dead are going back to Berlin in Rebellion’s Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2. I thought the original had the most appropriate title for a vidya game ever but popping a ‘2’ on the end makes it absolutely perfect.

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Cross-Media Halloween Special Edition Round-Up Bonanza

It’s Halloooweeeeeeeeeen, and as such every game in the existence of King Time is having an event. Where once there were soldiers, now there are zombies. Fantastical creatures are now undeeeeeeeeaaaaad. Artists have drawn fangs on lots of their assets. But what about the other forms of media? How are they redesigning their output to suit this night of uncontrolled evil? I’ve rounded up the highlights, from Saving Private Ryan to 50 Shades Of Grey.

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