Halloween is a helluva fun time. People dress up as their favorite heroes, eat junk food, and scare the crap out of each other. In the spirit of that last bit, Lee and I have put together a list of some of our personal favorite horror games that bring the scares and the fun.
The Last Of Us
One of the more recent entries on this list, The Last of Us is one of the greatest games of all time. Survival horror meets Naughty Dog's excellent handling of a third person action adventure, making for a great game that hit all sorts of levels of emotions, including fear.
Silent Hill Series
Silent Hill is home to some of my most terrifying memories in gaming. Chilling to the core, Silent Hill has long been synonymous with the horror genre as a whole. The whole gaming world mourned together when the purposed reboot Silent Hills, which was being produced by Guillermo del Toro and starring The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus, was canned by Konami. R.I.P
Outlast is honestly the scariest game I've ever played. Just a small bit of background, you are a reporter going into an abandoned insane asylum to investigate why people were disappearing or something. The play style is you are a reporter only armed with a camera that can see in night vision and having no ability to fight back from the different creatures that are inside the asylum. This game is the scariest in my opinion because you can't defend yourself, you can only try to run away! This game will have you on the edge of your seat and cause you to poop your pants.
House of the Dead
This game which I started playing on arcade systems in the mall (back when those were things, r.i.p arcades...) The two player rail shooter is a great game and was packed with things jumping out at you and requiring you and a friend to react fast. Great game love it and love the different console adaptations that have followed.
The Resident Evil series has long been a staple in my gaming diet. From numbered entries to the odd spin-off, I have played almost every Resident Evil there is. Though the titles of recent years have sadly lost some of the luster of older entries, nothing can sour my memories of watching my dad play through the original on the Sega Saturn. With puzzles and scares galore, this one will always be one of my favorite horror games. Hell it practically invented the genre.
Though many won't recognize the title (read on it here), this one is unforgettable for me. Another title I grew up watching my dad play, this one was a puzzle centric real time game. A woman named Laura tries to find out why her father recently went on a mass murder spree and is dragged into an alternate reality. Though short in length, the cryptic and haunting game has had a lasting, albeit terrifying effect on me. I will never trust suits of armor on display.
Dead Space is straight up one of the coolest survival horror games I have ever played. Although the third one was a letdown for me in the series, I love the first two. Nothing can top the original however. Equal parts Alien, The Thing, and Resident Evil, it has some of the most tense moments. Its visceral gore is furthered complemented by a crazy eerie soundtrack that features the scariest cover of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star you will ever here. Need I mention how badass Engineering outfits are in the future? You go OSHA, you go.
One of our favorite scary movies is Evil Dead (2013), the reboot of the cult classic. From the excellent use of practical effects, to how well they reconstructed the story to adapt to today's times it is through and through a great movie. Its bloody, gore filled intensity is perfect for Halloween, so we want to give you a digital copy! To Enter: Simply comment one of your favorite spooky games or movies and be sure to leave your Twitter handle. Happy Halloween everyone!
By Edwin Velez & Lee Marcussen
“Guitar Hero Lives” is what the title should be, as this entry has breathed a new life into the music genre in gaming. I can only hope there is a chance of a DJ Hero Live after playing a Skrillex song in front of a live audience. The game is ripe with energy, has a diverse and powerful track list, and has turned the Guitar Hero of the last generation on its head completely. The innovation has paid off, and I can only hope they find the right formula for DLC down the line. Until then, I am excited to keep playing both Live and TV to increase my expertise and be challenged in a whole new way.
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By Edwin Velez
As many of you know, we are participating in the Extra Life charity event on November 7th. While this is our first year playing as Player2Reviews, it is personally my fourth annual time around for the event. For the better part of 24 hours I will be streaming over on Twitch as well as trying to hit our donation goal, with Lee potentially taking over the stream for a while in the later hours. If you have not donated yet, please consider doing so (donate here) or sharing to help a great cause. All donations received are going towards local children's hospitals. Below is the tentative schedule, so check it out and tune in on November 7th! We will be doing some giveaways for our viewers and donors so don't miss out!
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By Edwin Velez
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Mad Max The Game is yet another open world, third person action game to be published by WB Games. Developed by Avalanche Studios, Mad Max The Game follows the titular hero (or anti-hero) on his continuing journey through the wasteland. Though released in a similar timeframe to that of Mad Max: Fury Road, it is not a “Movie-Game”. It has its own unique storyline that incorporates aspects of the movies into its own vision. After losing his car to Scrotus in an ambush, Max has to start from scratch and attempt to get a new ride. Max has long been untrusting of others, but soon finds a necessary companion named Chumbucket that helps him start on his path back to being a Wasteland Legend. Read More
The latest video via Bethesda covering Fallout 4's attributes is all about Lady Luck. Though it is the last in line for S.P.E.C.I.A.L lets hope they continue this creative video series in other ways. Check it out below!
By Edwin Velez
Yesterday, the community managers over in the Arkham Knight forums decided to show off the rest of the upcoming content in the game's season pass. With half of the six month long season passe's content already released, the announcement was pretty hefty. Some of the highlights were the Season of Infamy pack, two more Arkham Episodes , and Batman v Superman skins for both the titular hero himself as well as the Batmobile. Check out the full release schedule below.
Announced via Kickstarter on October 13th, Gun Media shed light on their latest project that aims to bring Jason Voorhees back to the video game world (although he was most recently seen in Mortal Kombat X). The game aims to be both survival horror, letting you fight to survive as a camper, as well as fill the shoes of Jason himself and hunt down the helpless campers. Having worked on Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp for sometime now, Gun Media obtained the rights to Friday the 13th and is now building upon that work release a full scale game honoring the classic horror movie.
At the time of writing, the Kickstarter campaign has already cleared half of its $700,000 goal in only two days. This aims to be yet another successful video game project on the fundraising site, and one that I find personally exciting. This is clearly a passion project for the team, and it would be great to see what they could do with the extra funds assuming they pass their goals. The game is expected to be released by Halloween of 2016. Check out the official description and announcement trailer below.
"For the first time since 1989, you have the opportunity to help bring a Friday the 13th video game to life! Stalk camp counselors across Crystal Lake as Jason Voorhees, or assume the role of a helpless camper and attempt to survive the night. Come be a part of this incredible moment in video game and horror history! We definitely can't do it without you. "
By Edwin Velez.
Bethesda has taken their dip into the pool that is live action trailers. Once again, my hype is only furthered for one of the many great titles coming out before years end. Check out the trailer below and enter our Fallout 4 Giveaway while you are at it!
By Edwin Velez
Now i know this was a beta, so my exceptions are never going to be met on a free trial of the game. The beta itself was a nice change of pace for someone like me who has been playing Farm Simulator and Gears of War. I also loved Battlefront 2 for the PS2. This to me feels like a Call of Duty-esque reboot. To start you have the "Story mode", which is a co-op survival mode. It is a lot like Gears of War's "Horde" mode which is a really cool game mode, including upgrades and power ups. The other side of the beta is the multiplayer offerings. There are two modes of multiplayer available for the beta, with those being "Drop Zone" and "Walker Assault". I could never get in a game for Drop Zone so i don't know what it's like. It was most likely cool, but I missed out because the servers sucked ass. The Walker Assault also takes what felt like 10 years to get into a game. The multiplayer lets you change blasters and these "Battle Cards" which serve as perks of sorts. You also have the ability of having different grenades and shit. Throughout the one map you play through the scene of Hoth from the movies. You can pick up these icons that give you different items such as grenades, power ups, vehicles, and even some hero icons. I'm not entirely sure on if these spawn randomly or what but i think it has its pros and cons of the system. I figured the hero system would be more like a kill streak, where you get 10 kills without dying and you get to be Darth Vader, but the pro side is if you suck you still can earn them. The fighting is pretty much a mass cluster fuck with blasters shooting across the map back and forth. Very fast paced with a lot of action going on during the whole game. The map itself is HUGEEEEEE, almost too big because you spend a lot of time running everywhere. You spend a good amount of time running back and forth. One feature that i think is really great that i haven't seen in a game is the ability to have a battler "partner". This feature allows you to spawn wherever your battle buddy is at. This is fucking awesome if your boy is in the middle of a firefight and BAM, you spawn and you both fuck them up! Overall i played about 7- 10 hours of the beta on Xbox One. I enjoyed it plus I'm happy it was free and available to everyone. Very positive experience, and looking forward to the final product. Star Wars Battlefront drops in next month on November 17th.
By Lee Marcussen
Another two weeks come and gone! I failed to post "Intelligence" on time but that just gives us twice the content to post today. Check out the latest entries in the wonderful "S.P.E.C.I.A.L" series from Bethesda below.
By Edwin Velez
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