BANG TO FRIGHTS

These games are guar­an­teed to give you a scare this Hal­loween

Grimsby Telegraph - - Game On -

IT’S that mag­i­cal time of year when we can em­brace our darker sides... With Hal­loween just days away, I’ve been ex­plor­ing the more macabre side of gam­ing. Hor­ror movies are all very well and good, but noth­ing gets the blood pump­ing quite like be­ing im­mersed in a ter­ri­fy­ing game. The ten­sion, anx­ious­ness, fear, and adren­a­line – it’s thrilling.

So if you’re af­ter a truly un­for­get­table Hal­loween this year, these are the games you should be play­ing ...

SOMA

PS4, PC

THIS may not be the scari­est game on the list, but it’s cer­tainly one of the more un­nerv­ing.

There’s some­thing strange hap­pen­ing in un­der­wa­ter re­search fa­cil­ity PATHOS-2.

The ra­dio has fallen silent, and the me­chan­i­cal is­sues plagu­ing the machines have be­come al­most mur­der­ous. You have no weapons, and the only hope of es­cape means a hor­ri­ble death in the deep and freez­ing, dark waters that sur­round you.

Beau­ti­fully re­alised en­vi­ron­ments rich in colour and tex­ture add to a real sense of claus­tro­pho­bia, as the me­tal hull groans and creaks un­der the con­stant pres­sure of the deep ocean. While not as truly ter­ri­fy­ing as Am­ne­sia, with SOMA, de­vel­op­ers Fric­tional Games cre­ated a more thought­ful hor­ror game that ex­plores the delu­sions of hu­man con­scious­ness.

ALIEN ISO­LA­TION

PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC DE­VEL­OP­ERS have tried time and again to make a gen­uinely scary Alien game – and so far the only one which has come close is Alien Iso­la­tion.

I don’t think I’ve been as scared as I was when I was hid­ing in a locker, the sound of pan­icked breath­ing in my ear as I prayed the xenomorph wouldn’t find me.

Drip­ping with ten­sion and ter­ror, you find your­self cow­er­ing in dark cor­ners and hug­ging bulk­heads in the hope that the alien which is stalk­ing the cor­ri­dors doesn’t hear you.

And if the fear fac­tor isn’t enough for you, there’s a VR mod for the Ocu­lus Rift which means you can en­joy the ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in vir­tual re­al­ity.

But be­ware if some­one comes knock­ing at your door while you are play­ing, the xenomorph can ‘hear’ noise in the real world, and will come to fin­ish you off.

RES­I­DENT EVIL 7: BIOHAZARD

PS4, Xbox One, PC

SET in an eerie plan­ta­tion in the depths of Louisiana, Ethan Win­ters is des­per­ately search­ing for his wife. Un­for­tu­nately for Ethan, the plan­ta­tion is home to the Baker fam­ily – who are more Sweeney Todd than Paul Hol­ly­wood... Biohazard boasts a com­plex map, with twists and turns, hid­den ar­eas and hor­rors around ever cor­ner. The sparse sound­track height­ens the fear, with you ques­tion­ing the ori­gin of every creak and bang.

The ac­tion is in­cred­i­bly tense, play­ing in the dark adds to the op­pres­sive at­mos­phere with jump scares and some truly gory en­coun­ters. Pres­sure is added by the fact use­ful items are hard to come by, forc­ing you into sub­sis­tence gam­ing.

For those lucky enough to have a VR ma­chine ca­pa­ble of run­ning Res 7, you have the added op­tion of be­ing able to to­tally im­merse your­self in the si­t­u­a­tion. Al­though I don’t know if that would do my blood pres­sure any favours..

THE EVIL WITHIN 2

PS4, Xbox One, PC

I LIKE to think it takes a lot to un­set­tle me. But long af­ter I’d com­pleted The Evil Within 2 I still had a nag­ging sense of un­ease ... and that’s a very good thing.

This game pulls no punches, start­ing with a hor­ri­fy­ing se­quence which sees pro­tag­o­nist Se­bas­tian Castel­lanos re­live the night­mare of his daugh­ter’s sup­posed death.

It’s a bru­tal be­gin­ning, one which sets the po­lice­man on a jour­ney which will see you come face to face with equally vis­ceral hor­rors within STEM – ba­si­cally a ver­sion of the Ma­trix.

The at­mos­phere is gen­uinely tense, a sense of fore­bod­ing wait­ing around every cor­ner. En­e­mies are bel­liger­ent and nu­mer­ous, and there are many, many dis­gust­ing and in­ven­tive ways to die in STEM. With jumps, shocks and some gen­uinely dis­qui­et­ing seg­ments, this is per­fect to get your frights on.

CON­DEMNED: CRIM­I­NAL ORI­GINS

Xbox 360, PC

A TWISTED killer is on the loose, but for FBI agent Ethan Thomas the hunt for the se­rial killer will take him on a jour­ney through his great­est fears. Dark set-pieces see you mov­ing through a shop­ping mall, man­nequins silently watch your progress, a build­ing sense of ten­sion that ac­tu­ally has you imag­ine they’re mov­ing. Com­bat is in­tense and vis­ceral, bru­tal beat­ings served swiftly and with­out no­tice.

There’s a real height­ened level of psy­cho­log­i­cal ten­sion through­out this game, espe­cially if you play with the lights off and the sur­round sound on...

LIT­TLE NIGHT­MARES

PS4, Xbox One, PC

WE ALL had il­log­i­cal fears as chil­dren – and that’s ex­actly what Lit­tle Night­mares taps into.

As a rain-coated, bare­foot child with noth­ing but a lighter for pro­tec­tion, you set out from your prison cell in a bid for free­dom from ‘The Maw’.

This un­set­tling fa­cil­ity is deep un­der­wa­ter and filled with sick­en­ingly mon­strous in­hab­i­tants – all of whom want to catch the tiny child. The game’s haunt­ingly beau­ti­ful graphic style only fans the flames of fear – and, to be fair, the vil­lains are not to be sniffed at. There’s the hideous butcher broth­ers, twisted chubby chefs who will put the child on the menu if they catch her; there’s the Janitor, with in­cred­i­bly long arms who lurks in the dark­ness to grab at you, and then there’s The Maw’s guests, who come to the fa­cil­ity to eat. Noth­ing will stand in their way.

Ri­p­ley, I’m scared: Alien Iso­la­tion Con­demned: Crim­i­nal Ori­gins (above) and Lit­tle Night­mares (be­low)

Tense: The Evil Within 2

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