August 4, 2009 // 8:58 pm
- There hasn't really been that many horror games so far this generation, and there have been even less really scary ones.
Games such as Siren: Blood Curse, Alone in the Dark - Inferno and Jericho were disappointing and Silent Hill: Homecoming continued the series' habit of being mediocre since the first few games, and it's left us with few horror games.
The few games we're left with are Resident Evil 5, Condemned 2: Bloodshot, FEAR 2, Left 4 Dead and Dead Space.
To quote: Resident Evil 5 isn't so much a horror game than an action game, now, with revamped controls that stop you from moving whilst aiming in an attempt to artificially ramp up the tension.
Condemned 2 is a scary game. The emphasis on first person melee fighting makes it relatively unique and the atmosphere making every corner a dreaded turn into what could be anything from an addict with a pipe to some kind of monster that rises out of the ground.
In Dead Space the necromorphs are horrifying. They're misshappen, ugly figures that do a great job of making you swear and, whilst they move slowly, you can shoot their arms off and they'll keep coming.
FEAR 2 brought the whole formula back and kept it pretty much the same. This might have been fine, except that the game was somehow less jumpy than the first, despite the fact that it was exactly the same.
Left 4 Dead is the epitome of terror when it comes to video games. There are hundreds of zombies on the horde, all of which will run at you like children for the ice cream van - if the ice cream van is you and your organs are ice cream.
The special zombies are all brilliantly designed to scare you in various ways. And so we conclude that Left 4 Dead is the most terrifying, the most blood-curdling and the most awesome horror game you can get so far this generation.
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