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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.
Posted by Alan Smithee in HORROR NEWS, 0 comments
GAME REVIEW: Zombeer

GAME REVIEW: Zombeer

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By Nick Durham

Zombie games are all over the place these days, and have been for a while...and they aren't going anywhere any time soon either. We get the occasional good one coming our way now and then, and on the flip side of that, we get some really bad ones...

Really...really...bad ones.

Case in point is Zombeer: a zombie-themed first person shooter that tries to inject bits of humor into otherwise run of the mill shooter elements...and it does them terribly. Very...fucking...terribly. Seriously, this game is a fucking chore. Now I should mention right now that this review is based on the Playstation 3 version of the game. I know it's on Steam for PC, and I've seen a fair amount of positive reviews for that version, so maybe the PS3 has a shitty port? I can't really say for certain, so I'll just continue onward with what I experienced on the PS3.

Anyway, Zombeer tells the tale of a beer-swigging tool bag that you play as, who awakens from a night of binge-drinking to discover that the zombie apocalypse has happened. Eventually you discover that you've been bitten, and the only thing keeping you from turning is to keep on drinking...and slaughtering the undead in the process. In the middle of all this is unfunny toilet humor (which is saying something, considering I love that shit...no pun intended) and broken mechanics on top of that, making the whole thing a fucking chore.

On top of its shitty (again, no pun intended) humor and fractured mechanics, everything in Zombeer is just so damn dull. The graphics are muddy and look like a PS2 game from 2002, the enemy AI is almost non-existent, the level layouts are head-scratching, and the whole thing is just plain fucking boring. There really isn't much of anything here I can recommend...like at all.

So yeah, Zombeer is a big bucket of fuck this shit. I downloaded it on Playstation Network on a whim because it was dirt cheap. After putting an hour into it, I can safely say I want my money back...and I only gave it an hour because I'm a fucking masochist.

Rating: 1/5

 

Posted by Alan Smithee in GAME REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments
GAME REVIEW: Final Exam

GAME REVIEW: Final Exam

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By Nick Durham

Want to beat up a monster with a baseball bat? Or shoot one down with a gun? Or say fuck it and chop one up with a chainsaw? Well now you can with Final Exam. A side-scrolling beat 'em up that can support up to four players at once (and trust me, it helps to have teammates for this game), Final Exam is a somewhat worthwhile dirge for action/horror enthusiasts. Also, apparently this game is somehow part of the Obscure survival horror video game franchise, but considering the Obscure games are 3D traditional survival horror games, and Final Exam totally isn't, you'd never know that upon first glance.

The gameplay of Final Exam is a pretty standard side-scrolling beat 'em up; kind of like the original Splatterhouse, but with backtracking and even more annoyances than it should justifiably have. Playing with others is recommended though, because the enemies are surprisingly tough and take a lot of punishment, and can dish it right back out. Luckily there is an assortment of weapons you can eventually get your hands on, and there's  a decent amount of upgrades for your abilities, etc. No matter what though, multiplayer is the way to go.

Now Final Exam can be some worthwhile fun while it lasts, but it can be severely annoying too. The backtracking isn't fun or rewarding (this ain't fucking Metroid), the enemy types aren't varied enough, and the controls are curiously delayed in their timing. The game does look and sound good though for what it is, which is a cheap, downloadable title for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. The game's stages are lengthy, but the game itself is short. I know reading that makes absolutely no sense, but it's true.

All in all, Final Exam is okay for what it is. If you can find it cheap and have some friends willing to give it a shot with you, I'd say check it out. Just don't expect anything too special out of it.

Rating: 3/5

 

Posted by Alan Smithee in GAME REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments