Horror Games

This week I am continuing the series on upcoming and recently released horror games of 2018. In this piece, I take a brief look at Agony, We Happy Few, and Overkill’s The Walking Dead. All widely anticipated by fans of survival horror, I can honestly say that each of them has my attention, but for different reasons. Those three games are different from each other in every way.

Agony is a first-person survival horror game, where one plays as a soul being tormented in hell. This premise in itself intrigues the hell out of me, pun unintended. Wandering the landscapes of hell, you have no memories and are trying to figure out who you are and if there is a way to get out of your current predicament. Not a lot has been released concerning this game so far, but what I have seen has already sucked me in, making me want to see more. Just the images and the small amount of gameplay that has been shown showcases some beautiful graphics that have immediately caught my eye. I’ll certainly be watching for more information on this one in the days to come! It will be released on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One later this year.

Agony screenshot

We Happy Few is based in a dystopian 1964 England with the premise that everyone is regulated by way of drugs. Self-expression and thought are essentially outlawed and there are police everywhere who work to make sure that you are properly moderated. Think a cross between Huxley’s Brave New World and Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale where everything is policed and monitored so that everyone fits into a particular cookie cutter shape. A first person experience, you play as an individual (what would appear to be the primary crime in this society) who refuses to take the medication that you are required to take and must survive in a society where the individual is not meant to exist. It will be coming out on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One some point this year.

The third game in this piece sticks out in that it is an attempt at putting the player in the universe of The Walking Dead. Tragically, attempts have been made in the past and besides Tell-Tale Games, everything has been total shit. While not much has been revealed about this game, Overkill, the studio behind it has made some good games in the past so we have some hope there. Similar to their other releases, The Walking Dead will be a cooperative-based first-person shooter. Of course, this means you get to work together with your friends to survive a zombie apocalypse. The other part we know is that it will be set in Washington, D.C. so that should also give it a fun edge as well. It is set to come out Fall of 2018 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Naturally, as more is revealed about these upcoming releases, I will be keeping everyone informed, and with a bit of luck, I’ll get my hands on all of them to give you my thoughts as they are released.

Upcoming Games: Agony, We Happy Few, and Overkill’s The Walking Dead

Upcoming Games: Agony, We Happy Few, and Overkill’s The Walking Dead

This week I am continuing the series on upcoming and recently released horror games of 2018. In this piece, I take a brief look at Agony, We Happy Few, and Overkill’s The Walking Dead. All widely anticipated by fans of survival horror, I can honestly say that each of them has my attention, but for different reasons. Those three games are different from each other in every way.

Agony is a first-person survival horror game, where one plays as a soul being tormented in hell. This premise in itself intrigues the hell out of me, pun unintended. Wandering the landscapes of hell, you have no memories and are trying to figure out who you are and if there is a way to get out of your current predicament. Not a lot has been released concerning this game so far, but what I have seen has already sucked me in, making me want to see more. Just the images and the small amount of gameplay that has been shown showcases some beautiful graphics that have immediately caught my eye. I’ll certainly be watching for more information on this one in the days to come! It will be released on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One later this year.

Agony screenshot

We Happy Few is based in a dystopian 1964 England with the premise that everyone is regulated by way of drugs. Self-expression and thought are essentially outlawed and there are police everywhere who work to make sure that you are properly moderated. Think a cross between Huxley’s Brave New World and Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale where everything is policed and monitored so that everyone fits into a particular cookie cutter shape. A first person experience, you play as an individual (what would appear to be the primary crime in this society) who refuses to take the medication that you are required to take and must survive in a society where the individual is not meant to exist. It will be coming out on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One some point this year.

The third game in this piece sticks out in that it is an attempt at putting the player in the universe of The Walking Dead. Tragically, attempts have been made in the past and besides Tell-Tale Games, everything has been total shit. While not much has been revealed about this game, Overkill, the studio behind it has made some good games in the past so we have some hope there. Similar to their other releases, The Walking Dead will be a cooperative-based first-person shooter. Of course, this means you get to work together with your friends to survive a zombie apocalypse. The other part we know is that it will be set in Washington, D.C. so that should also give it a fun edge as well. It is set to come out Fall of 2018 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Naturally, as more is revealed about these upcoming releases, I will be keeping everyone informed, and with a bit of luck, I’ll get my hands on all of them to give you my thoughts as they are released.


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Upcoming Games for 2018

Upcoming Games for 2018

2018 is an exciting year for gamers with some of the new games coming out and with some of the remasters that are already in talks as well! Even more exciting is that 2018 will see the release of some much-anticipated horror games! I plan for this piece to be the first of a weekly run addressing upcoming games, rumors, and such, so watch this space for more gaming news.

VampyrThe first of these, which I personally am super pumped for, is a vampire role-playing game known simply as Vampyr. While not a lot has been released about this game, what we know so far is that your doctor recently turned vampire, Jonathan Reid. In addition, the player is presented with the difficult moral dilemma of whether to feed to sustain oneself or to “do no harm” since your character is also a doctor seeking to help solve the flu epidemic as well. I’ll be keeping a close eye on this game as they release more information and gameplay videos throughout this year! Vampyr is expected to release in Spring of this year on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Days Gone

Another game that I am rather excited for myself is the PlayStation 4 exclusive of Days Gone, a third-person survival horror game focused around Deacon St. John, a bounty hunter, and drifter, and it takes place two years after a massive outbreak and now the majority of the world is covered with infected. Continuing in the open world style of Dead Island and Dying Light, you’re in the Pacific Northwest working to survive by whatever means necessary. Days GoneInstead of trying to explain the sandbox style combat and the level of intensity that gamers will get to experience, I have included a link to some gameplay footage that shows all of the various ways in which one might take on one of these hordes of thousands. Of course, to add more variety to the insanity, one will encounter numerous types of zombies making it so that strategy is essential. Days Gone is projected to be released this June exclusively for PlayStation 4. Here’s a gameplay demo that PlayStation released at E3 for Days Gone:

 

Resident Evil 2 The Board GameThe next one is something that I am even more excited about and that is the rumored release of a remake of the survival horror classic Resident Evil 2. With its 20th birthday on Sunday, January 21, many fans are hopeful that all of Capcom’s recent teasing about a Resident Evil 2 remake is finally going to come to fruition. Add to that the fulfillment of a Kickstarter campaign to fund the making of a Resident Evil 2 board game by Steamforged Games and we have one hell of a year coming up for Resident Evil fans! Sadly, since the remake of the game is still speculation, I cannot say more than that if it is true, which I am inclined to believe after so many other games in the franchise being remastered, we should get to go back to play some old school third person Resident Evil very soon. Rumors say that this remake will include Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Stay tuned for more news as I continue to stalk Capcom for the announcement trailer!
Resident Evil 2 The Board Game

Now, it seems only fair with all of these games and many others being unavailable as of yet, that I should include a few games that are out that can curb the edge until some of these upcoming releases are available! For those of you looking for some sadistic multiplayer in the style of a slasher, Friday The 13th: The Game (see my first piece on this one) or there’s also the online survival horror called Dead by Daylight (review should be up soon). If you want some to go back and revisit the Resident Evil world, I strongly encourage going back and replaying any of them, but RE1 and Zero, along with 4, 5, and 6 have all been remastered and released for next-generation consoles and at a rather reasonable price. Of course, you could do what I’m doing and go back through Resident Evil 7 and do all of the DLC content as well, which doesn’t just give you the classic RE horror and survival elements but melds a first-person shooter into the works to add to the intensity. There’re a number of smaller games that have been released as of late which I am going through and still undecided on (one of these, Don’t Knock Twice, has damn near bored me to death so don’t bother with it).

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COMING SOON: 2017 Horror Video Games, Part 2

COMING SOON: 2017 Horror Video Games, Part 2

2017: The Year That Horror Video Games Came Back With a Bite, Part 2

In part 1 of my foray into 2017 horror video games, we looked at some amazing horror games that are coming out this year. There are even more amazing games coming out this year, so lets dive back into the world of horror and video games.
1.) Game: Outlast 2
Release Date: Q1 of 2017
Developer: Red Barrels Studio
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac

Outlast 2 is the sequel to the first terrifying game. In this sequel to one of the scariest games of all time, you play Blake Langermann, who along with his wife Lynn is investigating clues from the murder of a pregnant Jane Doe. These clues lead to them going deep in the Arizona desert, where darkness will overcome them and they uncover something so frightening, that it will lead everyone to the brink of insanity.
The game play in Outlast 2 is similar the first one in that it feels like you are in a found footage movie. Langermann's camera is his only ally as he and his wife travel in the desert, encountering things that you just might need more than a camera to protect yourself against. Will Outlast 2 be able to scare us more than the first one or was the first one just too good to live up to? Eager fans, like myself, can't wait to find out!
2.) Game: Days Gone
Release Date: December 16th, 2017
Developer: SIE Bend Studio
Platforms: Playstation 4

This Playstation exclusive game is a little different from the rest of the games on this list. It's not only a survival horror game, but it's also an action-adventure game. When I first saw the trailer for this game at E3 this year, I definitely got a Sons of Anarchy vibe, but then I saw them... Zombies!!! Not just a couple, or 10, no. A shit ton. This games looks like it's going to take the typical zombie game to a whole new level.
In this game you play as Deacon St. John, a former bounty hunter who doesn't want to be confined to being in the camps that were set up after a global pandemic happened. This global pandemic either killed people or turned them into zombies, which are known in this game as Freakers.
What's great about this game is that it not only combines action-adventure with the survival-horror genre, but it's also open world. This gives the player many opportunities to use the environment around them to kill Freakers, whether it's being stealthy or going all out with some buff weapons. If Sons of Anarchy and The Walking Dead had a baby, it would be this game, and I can't wait to explore the world of Days Gone!
3.) Game: Scorn
Release Date: TBA 2017
Developer: Ebb Software
Platforms: PC

In Scorn, you are welcomed to a world where it seems like you have landed in an H.R. Giger painting. There are no cut scenes in this game as well as no in-game prompts. This is to help make it seem like you are actually a part of this unsettling scenario, and it's not just a video game, but an experience. The developers have stated that you must use this terrifying environment around to navigate through the game and the story, and to take it slow so you don't miss anything important.
Along with a terrifying environment, there are of course, horrifying creatures in this world. Disfigured, and grotesque, these are creatures that I would never want to come across in the real world. Even the gun, that is shown being used by you (aka the main character in the story) looks terrifyingly awesome. Like a good true horror survival game, it appears that ammo will be limited, so even more reason to use the environment around you to get ahead in the game.
There isn't much known about the story of Scorn, except that it will be told in two parts, but even without major story details, this game is already drawing horror fans in. It looks to be an amazing and unique experience into a world I would only love to visit in my nightmares.
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COMING SOON: 2017 Horror Video Games, Part 1

COMING SOON: 2017 Horror Video Games, Part 1

2017: The Year That Horror Video Games Came Back With a Bite, Part 1

Horror is a genre that brings joy to many people – as is video gaming. Combine the two and you have a beautiful relationship that brings a mixture of happiness, excitement, and maybe even a little fear to countless fans. That said, there are some amazing horror video games coming out in 2017. Let's take a look at some of them.
1.) Game: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Release Date: January 24. 2017
Developer: Capcom
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC

Resident Evil is a name that many horror fans and gamers alike know. For many of us, the first couple of Resident Evil games were our first forays into horror video games. Many were disappointed with the last Resident Evil game, Resident Evil 6, because it felt like a clunky, cheesy action movie instead of the survival horror game that we have all come to know and love. With Resident Evil 7, it looks like we are getting back to that horror atmosphere.
Resident Evil 7 takes place in Louisiana four years after what happened in RE6. You are playing as a new character to the series, Ethan Winters, who, while searching for his missing wife, comes upon a haunted plantation filled with psychotic individuals, and, of course, some haunting and frightening creatures. We are not sure how Ethan and the events in this game are connected to the other games in the series, but Capcom has said that they do tie together in some way.
2.) Game: Friday the 13th: The Game
Release Date: Early 2017
Developers: Gun Media, Illfonic
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC

If there is one thing horror fans love, it’s a killer with a style that will make you fall in love with evil, such as Jason Voorhees, a mighty and ominous figure in the horror world, or as Jason Voorhees the man. The goal of the game, if you are a counselor, is to escape Jason and the camp. You can try the stealth route and hide and sneakily escape from him or team up with other counselors to take him on. If you play as Jason, the goal, of course, is to brutally kill all the counselors!
In this game, we are taken back to good ol’ Camp Crystal Lake, where you can play as a camp counselor or as the man himself, Jason Voorhees. The goal of the game, if you are a counselor, is to escape Jason and the camp. You can try the stealth route and hide and sneakily escape from him or team up with other counselors to take him on. If you play as Jason, the goal of course, is to brutally kill all the counselors!
If you are a Friday the 13th fan, whether you grew up watching the movies or just recently took a liking to Mr. Voorhees, this game will give you the biggest smile on your face. The setting is straight from the early movies, in all its 80s glory, the kills are brutal and gory, and you finally get to play as Jason Voorhees. What more could you ask for? Just remember, counselors, it doesn't matter how fast you run because Jason will always walk faster than you!
3.) Game: Agony
Release Date: June 2017
Developer: Madmind Studio
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC

Probably one of the least talked about games on this list, Agony, is looking to be a great and gruesome addition to the horror video game catalog. You play a tortured soul who is stuck deep in the depths of Hell looking for an escape. By interacting with other souls stuck in in Hell, you soon learn that the only way to escape is to meet the one and only mystical Red Goddess. You have abilities, such as controlling other demons, that will aid you on this journey to escape.
Agony has some of the most hauntingly beautiful scenery that I have seen in a long time. Morbid and gruesome images play throughout the trailer, exactly what you would expect Hell to look like. The demons are nightmare -inducing, even if some of them have some really nice boobs to look at. Agony looks like it's going to be an Indie gem that will garner a cult following.
Well, there you have it – part one of my ongoing series of 2017 video game releases. Keep an eye out because part two will be coming soon.
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