The 8 scariest games this fall

We preview the upcoming freaks and frights in our Horror Showdown

Fatal Frame is probably one of the scariest games we’ve ever played, partly because we spend most of the time creeping around corners in first-person camera mode. It’s a little like the end of Silence of the Lambs sans lotion on the skin. Even though we know a ghost will pop into view at any moment, the anticipation still gives us the willies. We just hopethe recent game-crashing bugsdiscovered in the Japanese version will be fixed for the US release.

Best way to play?
Right after watching a handful of movies about Japanese ghosts.

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What is it?
Like a cross between Alien, Event Horizon and Gears of War, Dead Space places you in the boots of space engineer Issac Clarke investigating an emergency beacon on a nearby ship. Turns out, some fleshy aliens called Necromorphs have overrun the ship and are hiding in the shadows, awaiting their moment to pounce and literally rip you in half.

At this point, you’re probably thinking, “I should just shoot ‘em in the head.” Not so fast, Tex. You see, the monsters in DS need to be dismembered to effectively kill them. Shooting in the head might only make the enemy faster or even spew a ton of smaller monsters from the neck hole. Ripping the monster limb from limb is the only way to destroy ‘em for good. You can start being scared now.

Best way to play?
In Zero-G with an alien bursting from your torso.

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Aug 19, 2008

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