Your Most Hair-Raising Game Characters And Our Recommendations
With the rain trickling away and thunder rumbling in the background as I type this, I cannot help but feel a tremendous sense of rarity to go alongside today’s theme. One’s surroundings very rarely match one’s topic. It may be a bit late since Halloween for this year is all done and dusted, but you know what they say: better late than never. (Whoever they may be.)
Horror games are currently not high on the AAA-gaming industry’s priority list, but every now and then something will plonk out to surprise us with a yearning for filthy, grimy settings complete with a excessively thick atmosphere populated with intolerable aberrations patiently watching you from an ill-lit corner ready to pounce and nibble on the devilishly handsome capillaries within your neck.
A short interim ago we asked the readers to name the gaming character which gave them the biggest fright and without further delay I present to you:
Carlo Serafino: Alma Wade. (picture above :P) Especially from Extraction Point. That game freaked me out. Also, the creature from Which (cool little indie game) with no heart. Fkn creepy.
Ah, dearest little old Alma Wade. There was a time when I played F.E.A.R. to the extent of my family becoming slightly worried about my mental state and perspective on the supernatural stuff out there, but I eventually stopped slaughtering cats after a few months. All kidding aside – I played every bit of F.E.A.R. material more than than a few times, except the Reborn DLC for F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin. I found Alma Wade’s story strangely enticing and I had quite the obsession about the F.E.A.R. franchise. Despite the series’ movement towards a more action-oriented approach, I stayed and played every installment without fail. F.E.A.R. 3’s co-op was and still is a strange idea to me, but taken as a co-op experience on its own – it’s pretty solid. Alma Wade is one of those devilishly provocative characters in gaming that I’ll never be able to rid from my mind. So many freaked-out faces, chills, goosebumps and jump scares have been made / had by me and I’ll never forget certain moments that played their tricks on me. Extraction Point was underrated to me, it deserved more credit and was genuinely tense and scary at times. This song from a certain part near the end still provides me with chills. There was something in each F.E.A.R. game that I’ll remember and hold in high regard. (Yes, even in F.E.A.R. 3.)
Richard Sjöberg: People easily forget Doom 3 for this exact thing. Play that game in the dark, alone, at night, you pretty much shit your pants from beginning to end.
You read my mind. Any great horror game needs to be played like this. (Amnesia taught me this.) A few years back I provided myself with a golden rule of never playing a horror game without these given circumstances. Alone, no lights to be seen, headphones and a nice beverage at my side to enjoy or knock over. Either way works depending on your patience for cleaning up at regular intervals. Doom 3 is one of those horror games I played when I was much younger and it scared the living defecation from my innards. I was regularly thinking that it is my punishment for not being eighteen years of age at that time, but I didn’t cease to play further. A short while back I acquired the BFG Edition and still enjoyed it despite becoming accustomed to better visuals. It still holds up as a decent shooter and some situations were still as unnerving as ever. I didn’t jump around in the object that my posterior was seated in, but the tension was still well intact. Damn those demonic babies and grotesque spiders. Those soft ticks their legs made upon the metallic interior and growls as they approached are still more than capable to cause a spine-tingling chill. I’m jubilant to know that there is still folks out there that holds Doom 3’s name high.
A feature without any recommendations for any additional scares to be had just wouldn’t be complete. Taken from personal experiences with horror titles I’d recommend the following for you to enjoy and maybe even soil yourselves. (In a good way.)
- Amnesia: The Dark Descent – This game is certainly one of my favourites and while there is no action segments or means of defending one’s self, this may result in people to look past it; let me assure you that it is without a doubt worth your time if you’re searching fora genuine horror game. This one needs to be played with headphones and all lights off. Just be sure to stock up on clean underwear and nerve tranquilizers.
- Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs – Like its predecessor above – there is plenty of scares and freaky scenarios to be had with this one. This title wasn’t as acclaimed the first one, but in regards to certain aspects, I enjoyed it a bit more than The Dark Descent. The story is brilliantly written and the scenarios are something you’ve not encountered before. The sound design deserves a medal all on its own. The notes scattered around as well as audio devices to listen to adds a whole lot to the atmosphere. This one has bigger a focus on the narrative side and is relatively short, but it deserves to be played through at least once. This one carries a large stamp of recommendation from me.
- Condemned: Criminal Origins – Coming to us from the guys that made the original F.E.A.R. and F.E.A.R. 2. This game is unnerving, brutally grotesque with freakishly disturbing and enticing situations. The combat is melee-focused with the occasional firearm loaded with a clip containing a mere few bullets. Playing as Ethan Thomas on the trail of a serial killer will have you going from abandoned buildings,a clothing store, a school, an apple farm and a few other locations each with its own way of making you as nervous as a small flame in a thunder shower. This is the that gave me an uneasy feeling towards mannequins to this very day. Play it and see for yourself. Another massive stamp of recommendation for this one.
- Dead Space – The first Dead Space game provided me with abnormal heartbeats; making it feel as though my heart will jump out of my chest in search for anti-depressants. It’s as simple as that. I simply played nothing like this before that time in history and still remember the uneasy feeling I regularly had while playing.
And there you have it – all of the games discussed in the entirety of this formation of words are worth your time and more than capable to serve to your masochistic needs as well as a few characters to be etched into your mind from sheer terror. As a fan of horror games I urge you you give them a try. We look forward to hear about more games that required you to change undergarments at one stage or another. Be sure to drop us a comment.