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The 8 scariest games this fall

 
What is it?
Because developer Monolith lost the name rights to the use of psychological-shooter FEAR to Vivendi, this sequel goes by the far less-blatant title, Project Origin. Spooky apparition Alma is back to screw with your head and it’s up to your military weaponry and bullet time abilities to blow monsters, soldiers and mechs to bloody viscera.

 

Doesn’t sound too scary, does it? Especially when you consider that you can pilot your own mech, slogging down pathways and exploding any number of baddies with ease. Trust us when we say you’ll jump more than a dozen times even if this does feel slightly more action-y than its predecessor.

Best way to play?
With a strobe light directly above your PC/console.

Fright factor:
 

 
What is it?
Speaking of psychological-terror, the latest in the foggy town series will continue to make you feel uncomfortable when playing. And we assure you that it won’t be in that “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” way, but probably more like “my character might turn out to be a child murderer and this town is a metaphor for my own personal Hell.” The franchise’s proper fifth installment centers on a war veteran returning home and coming to terms with things.

 

Expect plenty of dilapidated buildings, zombified nurses, inside-out beasties and white noise. Throw in plenty of darkness and some industrial music and baby, you got yourself a survival-horror going.

Best way to play?
In the fetal position with every light in the house turned on.

Fright factor:
 

 
What is it?
Here’s what we know: ghosts are frightening and “busting” makes us feel good. That said, the Ghostbusters are back (original cast!) to bicker and spout ethereal nonsense. Taking place two years after the movie’s sequel (roughly 1991), some strange things are afoot in the Big Apple. Using the nuclear-spewing Proton Pack strapped to your back, you can (inadvertently) destroy every environment in your pursuit of making New York specter-free.

 

We admit, Ghostbusters may not be scary per se as it’s largely a comedy. There will be some sporadic boos and such, but c’mon, you wrestle with a fifty-foot marshmallow man! That is terrifying.

Best way to play?
With Ray Parker Jr’s theme song cranked way the hell up, all the while sipping Ecto-Cooler.

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7 comments

  • ghstrid3r15 - November 2, 2008 1:39 a.m.

    Dead Space looks like it will be fun
  • RaIdEn - October 28, 2008 11:45 p.m.

    i have to say, at first sh homecoming isnt that scary. But then it gets terrifying. my friend and i were playing and i was walking down a hallway and we heard something scream and we were like OH SH!T
  • octagons - October 27, 2008 11:42 p.m.

    to bad project origin has been delayed is ghost busters supposed to be scary? seeing as the movie was a comedy...
  • CardinalFan15 - September 6, 2008 2:57 a.m.

    Dead Space is gonna be great!
  • GaMeZ4LiFe - October 29, 2008 2:23 a.m.

    Left 4 Dead looks so fun. I cant wait for it to release.
  • Jason.Darksavior - October 1, 2008 3:53 a.m.

    Nice Articles! Ghostbusters looks fun, while Dead Space looks plain awesome!
  • boxcar44 - September 27, 2008 5:29 p.m.

    silent hill homecoming isnt getting much media hype...its a shame its going to be great

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