Trick or treat! Sean Knight has some game recommendations for Halloween
Trick or Treat my fellow ghouls, goblins, zombies, and other undead monsters of the night – unless you are one of those glittering vampires, then you can go to the infernal reaches of hell! Halloween is upon us and while we will be watching movies like Frankenstein or listening to music such as Sam B’s “Who do you voodoo?” I want to take this opportunity to recommend some video games that I like to play during this month and especially on Halloween.
If you want a game with a creepy atmosphere, crazy monsters, and a story that is both puzzling and intriguing then check out the original Silent Hill title in this franchise. The music and sounds help the game achieve a level of horror as you transition from the regular world to a hellish nightmare while playing as Harry who is searching for his lost daughter. Yet it is the fog, the developer’s solution to mask the game’s limited capabilities, that really added to the atmosphere in this town.
The town of Silent Hill.
“Shotgun shells…I need more shotgun shells!” was something I kept thinking to myself as I played through id Software’s DOOM 3. The game’s graphics and atmosphere were fantastic, reminding me why I liked the developer – that is until Rage, but that’s another story. If you want to become a paranoid, nervous wreck, even though you have the ability to fight back, then this will do it for you. You may be wielding a weapon but you’ll still be scared.
I have to ask though, why couldn’t they just attach a flashlight to the weapon?
There are a lot of fantastic zombie games out there that I could recommend to you and I can’t help but endorse L4D2. While the antagonists aren’t called zombies that is pretty much what they are. Aside from that technicality the game is a lot of fun! Especially when you are playing with your friends.
Is there a better way to spend your time mowing down zombies than with your friends?
Team Fortress 2 & Dota 2
One’s a first person shooter (TF2) and the other is a MOBA (Dota 2) yet both of them have their own, unique Halloween events each year. Events that are different from year-to-year and are a lot of fun to play. Both games are free-to-play, fun to play, and the Halloween events also allow you to pick up some cool in-game items.
Don’t Starve/The Screecher mod
Don’t Starve is a survival game that features a Tim Burton-esque art style. This art style adds to an already creepy atmosphere filled with weird monsters, strange noises, and the utter quietness of the wilderness you must survive in. If that wasn’t enough, Klei Entertainment released an official mod called The Screecher. The mod is influenced by Slender and puts you into a third person perspective within that world where your goal is to reach the helicopter without being killed by a monster that is stalking you.
If you thought Don’t Starve was creepy, just wait until you try out The Screecher.
Amnesia The Dark Descent & A Machine For Pigs
Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs are two of the creepiest, scariest games you could ever play. That’s saying something considering how many great games there are. But the scary atmosphere generated in these two indie games is something many modern horror, and more well-funded, games have a hard time creating. Perhaps you should ask or, better yet, watch Aenne Schuman play The Dark Descent to see how scary the game can be.
Hugo’s House of Horrors
Hugo’s House of Horrors is a favorite of mine because I spent a lot of time playing it when it was released back in 1990. This text-based adventure game put me in the role of Hugo who was looking for his girlfriend Penelope who disappeared at a mysterious house. From figuring out how to progress, by collecting items, to answering a question about what I should do with a Pan-galactic gargle blaster the game was simple and fun.
Those are my personal recommendations for what you should play this Halloween and I hope you enjoy them. However, before you start grabbing the pitchforks and come after me, let me acknowledge that there are plenty of other games out there to play. Games such as Resident Evil, Dead Space, Fatal Frame, The Last of Us, The Walking Dead, ArmA II’s DayZ mod, and many more that I could have recommended.
Now could you please put those pitchforks away and tell me what games will you be playing this Halloween?