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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.
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.

Posted by Alan Smithee in HORROR NEWS, 1 comment