The Scariest Games this fall - Part 2

A few months back we featured the most bloodcurdling games to be unleashed this fall. We then graded each fright fest depending on what we assumed would be the scariest. The big surprise though is that half of the games featured - including FEAR 2 - either won’t be released by year’s end or - like in GhostBusters and Fatal Frame’s case - don’t even have release dates.

Instead, we’ve had some quality time with the freaky games already out and we’re here to set straight what we predicted. What games are as spooky as we thought and which disappointed? Read on for the actual scariest games this fall.

Words: Tyler Nagata
Left 4 Dead doesn’t have zombies. Those lumbering masses of un-scary flesh - that gently pawed their victims to death - died with Romero’s Living Dead film series and won’t be present in Valve’s upcoming survival horror shooter.

Like 28 Days Later, Left 4 Dead’s infected are full of rage. They don’t slowly shuffle their feet while moaning. Instead, they relentlessly charge at you as though every fiber of their being is focused on ripping you to shreds and feasting on the gooey guts inside. Boards of wood won’t stop these maniacs from busting through a window to grab you by the throat. Only a bunch of bullets can do that - but your ammo is running low.

There’s a reason why everyone’s been raving about Left 4 Dead since Valve started drip feeding the media details: the game’s extremely badass.

But what else do you want us to say? When you’re trying to conserve what’s left of your ammo, as you and three other survivors barely manage to hold off a hulking wave of infected storming down a poorly lit hospital hallway, you know you’re playing a solid shooter. But when all of a sudden, another angry mob of undead breaks through the wall to your immediate left and the infected start clawing at your face while your teammates scream for help, you know you’re playing a truly frightening and stressful first-person shooter.

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Would you kindly imagine the following scenario? You’re armed with a generous cache of weapons and magical - sorry - Plasmid powers. As you creep around the soggy corners of a submerged dystopia, you realize there’s no way you can be freaked out considering the heat you’re packing. And suddenly some thing scurries above you. Unexpectedly, faint whistling can be heard in the distance. No enemies are visible. And just as you reload your shotgun, a wayward soul starts lunging for your jugular.

Chances are you’ve played in the world of Rapture - one of the most terrifying societies we’ve ever experienced in gaming. Immediately upon booting the game, you believe in the world, almost as if it had existed at some point. Every nook and cranny is terrifyingly doused in blood or shadow - all crafted to lure you into a consistent sense of dread. And every audio diary provides just enough info to flesh out its sad inhabitants as if you walk through the ghostly relic. Even the iconic diving suit-wearing Big Daddies are enough to make anyone wish for a quick death.

The scariest thing about the PS3 version seems to be some low-res visuals of particular textures, namely the Big Daddies. And while the PS3 gets all the DLC of the 360/PC version and a brand-new Survivor mode, this port doesn’t appear perfect. At the time of this writing, 2K was working on a patch solution. Here’s hoping this issue is straightened out.

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  • Defguru7777 - October 31, 2008 1:29 a.m.

    Oh I so want Dead Space. Also, I completely forgot that GTA IV had zombies in its multiplayer.
  • mozaralio - October 30, 2008 5:22 a.m.

    I think left 4 dead should have gotten a higher rating anyway other than that good article I wanna play all these so bad
  • lava_lamp - October 30, 2008 2:17 a.m.

    i wiah left for dead was on ps3 too *sniff
  • GoldenMe - October 29, 2008 11:26 p.m.

    Ha! 4 Miley Cyrus's! Very nice article!
  • crazyshemai - October 29, 2008 10:55 p.m.

    HOLY SNAP that DeadSpace trailer was AWESOME XD definitely had a movie-trailer feel to it
  • maxx1 - October 29, 2008 9:53 p.m.

    Left 4 Dead isn't THAT scary anymore? :(
  • bron1417 - October 29, 2008 9:42 p.m.

    nice artilce. i wanna get dead space so bad.
  • gaseoussnake - October 29, 2008 9:26 p.m.

    I found out i freeze up in terror and scream the same when im being attacked by a mutant from nowhere in dead space and when the video communicator goes off when i get off the tram.
  • BerryMedley - October 29, 2008 9:09 p.m.

    rofl kinda too long to be a part 2 hm? oh well nice article GR!
  • hughffy - November 2, 2008 10:27 p.m.

    it looks like thev took stills from earth goggle (is that better) cant say it the rite way round n added shit on that the last guy, could be wrong
  • hughffy - November 2, 2008 10:24 p.m.

    that last guy looks cool but bet its shit after a while, there was a clip where it showed st james park i think. looks like theyv took stills from google earth n added shit to it to make a game. could be wrong but it looks like it
  • Jason.Darksavior - November 1, 2008 12:05 a.m.

    SIREN looks seriously creepy. Bioshock is my favourite.
  • Squidmonk3j - October 31, 2008 7:08 p.m.

    I would find silent hill more scary if it was in first person, because then you cant see the enemies comming from behind , and then again its more scary to meet monsters around the corner if its first person. First person is must have in scary games , though Dead Space is shit freaky anyways :D I'm gonna buy it for PC but played it on PS3 at a friend , looks awesome
  • jimsondanet - October 30, 2008 11:34 a.m.

    that left 4 dead looks effin freaky man bout time humanity started evolving from animated corpses your grandma could waste! an screw that article! graphics dont have to be photorealistic to set tension
  • Corsair89 - October 30, 2008 2:28 a.m.

    The only thing that could have given Dead Space a 5-star fright rate is if the indestrucable regenerating necromorph had Miley Cyrus for a face. *shudder*
  • Manny-Faces - October 30, 2008 1:39 a.m.

    nice games will have to check them out and dead space looks tight!!!
  • Mystery514 - October 30, 2008 12:24 a.m.

    Wow, they have a zombie mode in CoD:WaW and can't wait for Left 4 Dead!
  • EvilZeus - October 29, 2008 11:51 p.m.

    As mentioned in a recent article on here, SCARY games arent that SCARY, theyre just a wee bit spooky. however, just about all of these are pretty sweetlookin and ima hafta get me summa dat! btw, none of the videos on this website at ALL will work for me which is incredibly frustrating... gah, ill have to take out my anger on fallout 3, AWHISHAH! the end.
  • RaIdEn - October 29, 2008 11:50 p.m.

    blood curse looks freakin' terrifying!
  • zerohero - October 29, 2008 11:23 p.m.

    It's too bad we'll have to wait for games like Fear 2 and Ghostbusters.