Horror movies that would make great games

The Story of Riki-oh

Quick synopsis: Riki gets locked up for manslaughter after killing a man who caused the death of his girlfriend. Inside, he is picked on by vicious gangs and corrupt wardens. Being a lethal martial artist, he proceeds to f*** them up, one by one.

Why it would make a great game: Technically this isn’t a horror film (it’s a film version of a Japanese comic book) but the special effects used in the brutally comic fight sequences would suggest otherwise. If the makers of Mortal Kombat had any balls, this is the game they’d make – real men, fighting to the death, smashing big bloody chunks out of each other.

This is all well and good...


But add in some Fight Night realism and mix well with Riki-oh and…



Now that’s some fatality.

Night of the Living Dead

Quick synopsis: Once again, someone’s left hell unattended, and the gates spew forth a zombie mess. A bunch of survivors hole up in a house and try to stem the onslaught with fire and pitchforks. They all die, in black and white.

Why it would make a great game: Zombie mode was Call of Duty World at War's crowning achievement. That Modern Warfare 2 is categorically not incorporating the mode, means there's an opening for a full-on modern day zombie survival game that takes the best elements of Romero's classic (and archetypal) film and WaW's gameplay mechanic and extending it into a full-blown entrails-laden, suspense-filled tactical shooter.

WaW's zombie mode - technically the same as Night of the Living Dead... that it involves significant 'battening down' of 'the hatches' - but we're thinking bigger.

Yes, we already have Left 4 Dead. Yes, we already have Dead Rising and Resident Evil. But we don't have a game that sets up the player in a real-world zombie apocalypse, forced to use their guile to survive.

Imagine having to navigate a huge map, finding a remote bolt-hole (probably in the woods) collecting supplies, ammunition and weapons and then defending your makeshift fortress from waves of unrelenting zombies. We don't really have to sell it to you, right? It would be amazing.


Above: Where we'd be hedging our bets

Next up: Eye gouging and clowns! 

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  • HumorTumor - October 27, 2010 3:48 a.m.

    Interesting that Lucio Fulci's Zombi 2 is called Zombie Flesh Eaters also. Threw me off for a while.
  • B2KSTR8RIPPIN - November 10, 2009 6:32 a.m.

    awwwww man i would love it if they did a shining game. that would be mad running round a giant hotel
  • KingOfBoners - November 5, 2009 1:35 a.m.

    I read that as "Select Hilltop Fortress as your zombie butthole?"
  • dirty1996 - November 3, 2009 1:12 p.m.

    ALright, just so you no, fort zombie is a game like the one you speak of. You can find a spot and hole up etc. Look it up and do your research next time.
  • phoenix_wings - November 3, 2009 2:27 a.m.

    The Shining as a video game would be pretty cool. And Shelley Duvall was totally running around with a knife in her hand. Like, where else would that come in handy other than in a video game? Hmm...Just thinking about talking to Tony though--just make sure Tony isn't like Navi. "Hey! Look! The guy that likes ice cream? Yeah, your dad just axed him in the gut. Hey! Watch out!" (press A to have Tony hide in your mouth).
  • sanitybug - November 2, 2009 4:50 p.m.

    I saw "the mist" the other day, it seemed like a pretty good idea to a make game of it, what with all the monsters it looked like they'de make for some good enemies.
  • Cyberninja - November 2, 2009 12:06 p.m.

    in the clown game let me kill ronald mcdonald and i am sold
  • AuthorityFigure - November 2, 2009 10:56 a.m.

    "As far as we're aware, no-one has made a videogame where your enemies are mud-painted stone-age cannibals." RESIDENT EVIL 5 "Equally, no game designer has attempted to capture the repugnant grubbiness of 1970s exploitation cinema." HOUSE OF THE DEAD: OVERKILL
  • Collymilad - November 1, 2009 11:38 p.m.

    Just make sure the cannibals in CH are white, or you'd be in all kinds of ****.
  • EmmaXII - November 1, 2009 11:53 a.m.

  • TheDude - October 31, 2009 11:57 p.m.

    "Look at this F***ing clown." lol.
  • morbiusdog - October 31, 2009 9:59 p.m.

    Qoute "Equally, no game designer has attempted to capture the repugnant grubbiness of 1970s exploitation cinema. Which is a missed opportunity in our view." I take this to mean that you didn't play House of the Dead:Overkill on the Wii then?
  • TheCatInTheHat - October 31, 2009 3:41 p.m.

    Penny Wise was the scariest of all those clowns.
  • Conman93 - October 31, 2009 3:36 p.m.

    Goog point with the shining. Could be the scariest game ever. Those twins creep me out
  • Hobojedi - October 31, 2009 2:27 a.m.

    Games Radar, you really should consider making games, lol.
  • jar-head - October 30, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    Fabio Frizzi Zombie song is pretty kick ass?
  • Link555 - October 30, 2009 7:58 p.m.

    the shining rules
  • UndyingReaver - October 30, 2009 7:01 p.m.

    most of these would be awesome...maybe make some XBLA game where it just uses scenes from scary films but you play them lol @ GamerTagsSuck: she was being pulled by a zombie towards the splinter..mmm Zombi 2
  • theworldonfire - October 30, 2009 6:07 p.m.

    hahaha "Achievement Unlocked: Ocular Trauma"
  • Fluxnard - October 30, 2009 5:33 p.m.

    Wow, now that I think of it, The Shining as a game sounds like it could work.