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Posts tagged “horror”

The Call Of Croshaw: The Consuming Shadow Out now

In truth, Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw's Lovecraftian roguelike has been available for a while already, but the Steam version that launched moments ago brings fresh horrors to The Consuming Shadow [official site] in the form of new monsters and creature variants, challenge modes, an infinite dungeon mode, and more. I've dabbled with the original release, which I reckon manages to make a suitably grim atmosphere from…

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Five Nights Of Fear: Boogeyman

The Boogeyman (Bogeyman in my lingo) is your typical nightmare creature. An anti Santa Clause, in that it is a threat rather than a promise. Of course, Daddy Christmas can be used as a threat as well: "If you don't behave, no presents!" That's a damn sight less intimidating than "tidy your room or a hideous supernatural entity will creep out of your closet and…

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Asylum Jam 2015 Is Happening Right Now

A quick note to let any budding horror game developers and/or fans know that the 2015 Asylum Jam is now live. The first Asylum Jam was back in 2013 and it's become an annual fixture. "Asylum Jam is a 48 hour long game jam where game developers are challenged to make a horror game and explore the genre without negative mental health or medical stereotypes."…

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Feature: Dismal Land?

The Park review

The Park [official site] is a short horror game, a spin-off from Funcom's MMORPG The Secret World [official site]. For as long as people have been talking about the modern myths and conspiracies of The Secret World, there has been a desire for a singleplayer experience set among its mysteries and horrors. The Park will not satisfy that craving - it's a brief visit to…

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The Park Wants To Feel Like A Stephen King Novel

MMORPG specialists Funcom have revealed more details about their ominous theme park-set single-player outing The Park [official site]. Although it's the studio's first solo-playing venture in nine years - Dreamfall: The Longest Journey in 2006 being the last - The Park takes place in The Secret World's wider universe. The latest trailer asks 'What is The Park?', before taking a behind-the-scenes peak beyond the rope…

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Blink And You’ll Miss It: Late Night Shop

Doctor Who's Weeping Angels could have been designed with first-person horror gaming in mind. They're the murderous bad-things that only move when you're not looking at them, which not only creates nerve-shredding tension but allows for playful map design around line of sight and enemy placement. Late Night Shop [official site] scraps the angelic form and goes straight to clothing store mannequins. There's a pre-alpha…

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Feature: Cartesian BOO-ality

SOMA review

Five years ago, Frictional released Amnesia: The Dark Descent, a horror game that made us afraid of the water. That was five years ago. Now, with SOMA [official site], the studio have switched from gothic castles to science fiction and they're taking us right to the bottom of the ocean. I've faced my fears and here's wot I think.

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From The Depths: Soma’s Sound And Story

Next week, Frictional's Soma [official site] will finally be available. Amnesia: The Dark Descent is five years old and surely everyone is ready for another round of the first-person frighteners? I've already played a fairly large chunk of the game and will have a review ready for you before launch, so you can trust me when I say that the "story trailer" below has been…

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Albino Lullaby – Episode One review

Ape Law's first game, Albino Lullaby [official site], intrigued us when a demo of its twisted peculiarity appeared in February this year. Packed with potential, we couldn't wait to see where it was going, and how it would all come together. Has it worked? Here's wot I think?

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The Phantom Paint & Silent Hills: Layers Of Fear

You may have noticed that Metal Gear Solid V is happening today and, if you're anything like me, all of this Kojima talk might bring Silent Hills to mind. The cancelled horror game was to combine the talents and imaginations of Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro, and its "playable teaser", P.T., caused a heck of a stir when it landed on PS4. It's gone now,…

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Honey, It’s Home: Five Nights At Freddy’s 4 Out Now

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a game in possession of a release date, must be in want of a delay. When Mr Ubi or Miss 2K (no known connection to Mis-Teeq) tell us that their next sequel will be coming out on May 12th, we're inclined to make like Kyle Reese and ask "WHAT YEAR?" Delays are common but when did a game…

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Dark Obelisks Await In Free Horror Walking Sim Sanctuary

Connor Sherlock's games often remind me of slow, dready horror movies from the '70s, the sort of oddball thing you might catch at 3am on a Friday night then spend years trying to remember the name of. From ghost stories in the woods to eerie deep space encounters with deserted alien ships, he's happy to let things unfold slowly and build unease. It's part pacing,…

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GhostBuskers: Audio Horror Game Sylvio Has a Demo

Sylvio [official site] is my favourite horror game of 2015. It's a quiet game, set in an abandoned park where the sky runs red, and you'll spend the majority of the playing time straining to hear voices in the static. Sylvio, you see, is a game about electric voice phenomena and its central scares are based around a tape deck, on which recordings made in…

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Ghostly Machines: Hands On With SOMA’s Opening Hours

Over the weekend, I played the first third of SOMA [official site], the new game from Frictional, the horror maestros behind Penumbra and Amnesia: The Dark Descent. If the tone and quality of the game remain approximately similar for the remainder of the running time, Frictional will have delivered their most accomplished title to date, but it might also be their least terrifying. That might…

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Allison Road Trailer: P.T.-ish First-Person Spooking

Konami may have murdered their first-person spooker P.T., but the Silent Hill promo game will surely inspire dozens of imitators and admirers. Allison Road [Facebook page] is clearly inspired by P.T., though a bit more literal and set inside a British terraced house. A new 13-minute gameplay trailer shows off their current prototype, and it's awfully pretty. Plenty of stuff to pick up and fiddle…

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Sean Bean’s Winter Vacation: Brief Thoughts On Kholat

In Kholat [official site], every day is a snow day. I've spent a couple of hours wandering around in the game's open world and I've mostly been looking at drifts, flurries and heaps of the white stuff. Occasionally celebrity narrator Sean Bean says something, sounding weary even for a Yorkshireman, but he's mostly been quiet since picking his way through the introduction (at one point…

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Sylvio review

Horror fans are poorly served and many, myself included, are gluttons for punishment. I try so many Slender-likes hoping to find a creepy idea or one good scare. It's the same in film as in games – I soak up exorcisms and found footage hoping to be spooked or unnerved, and usually walk away disappointed or disgusted. It makes me very happy to say that…

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Perception: Former Irrational Folks Crowdfunding Horror

You'll play a blind girl called Cassie who must use echolocation to explore a haunted mansion in Perception, a first-person horror game just launched on Kickstarter by former Irrational members. It looks to be a refreshing take on the scary house trope, with noise 'illuminating' areas so that you can 'see'. Cassie's ability to detect her surroundings are not dissimilar to those of Marvel's Daredevil,…

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