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The Scariest Games this fall - Part 2


Admittedly, our opinion of The Last Guy hasn’t changed since we featured it. As a headstrong citizen, you need to guide dumbass citizens to the ESCAPE ZONE while avoiding monsters and racing time limits in this quirky mixture of Pac-Man, Snake and the zombie apocalypse.

You never feel in mortal danger, like the other entries on this list, but that’s precisely the point. From the funky music to the hilarious blood-curdling screams, The Last Guy is just a fun arcade game about beating high scores and narrowly avoiding giant, mutated spiders. In fact, avoiding said mutants and racing the clock amount to the only tense moments of the game.

 

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In just a few trivial months, our opinion has shifted quite a bit from calling the latest chapter in psychological terror the scariest game this fall. Frightening? Absolutely. Does it refine traditional Silent Hill gameplay, camera and combat? You betcha. Underwhelming and predictable? Hell yeah.

This too-dark game falls into the same rhythm we’ve come to expect from the SH franchise: dilapidated hospitals/hotels, twitchy nurses, bizarre “what’s going on?” storyline, clunky tank controls and infrequent scares. Unfortunately, we’ve come to expect this from the game and we can accurately predict with stunning regularity when some creature will jump out and go boo. It’s almost as if the series is content on making itself a cliché.

However, we must point out that the second half is far superior to the uneven first half. The story is tighter, the environments and pace feel quicker. And everything seems to come together relatively well. That said, Homecoming may not be the scariest thing out there, but it’ll make more than enough hairs stand on end.

 

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At the time of our previous feature, Siren was disqualified because its release was the summer. Considering most of the games we previewed won’t make it out before the end of the year, we’ve decided to include this interesting blend of zombies, stealth and gunplay.

Shit goes down one rainy night when a TV crew witnesses bizarre cult-like murders. Split between a number of protagonists with varying play styles - including chapters dedicated to hiding and those for running like hell - Siren ratchets up your blood pressure despite being curiously split into 12 “episodic” chapters.

See, Blood Curse can only be purchased in packs of 4 episodes or as the entire 12-episode game. And while the episodic structure keeps the game from being bogged down in sluggish action, it also serves as a brief respite from the impending horror. That’s a good thing if you absolutely need a breather from the intense action (you pussy), but can also work against you by constantly taking you out of the game’s rhythm.

Despite the funky structure, slow start and oftentimes clunky controls, Siren is surprisingly good. We dare you not to panic when the screen starts flashing multicolored lights like you’re having a seizure whenever the ghouls - here called Shibito - are within reach. We’re still having a hard time shaking the warbly pitch of those terrifying ghostly shrieks.

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22 comments

  • 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.

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