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Submitted by Pozzle 468d ago | opinion piece

The Value of Uncertainty in Horror Games

DreamDawn writes: My TV was hissing. It was a small set, 15 inches across, set on a short table in one corner of my ten-tatami-mat room in Kyoto. It was 1998, the middle of the night, and though my hosts were two floors below me, I worried that the sound would reach through the thin walls and wake them. It was a familiar hiss--it is the sound of an detuned radio, the sound of white noise, static. This particular static was coming from a radio clipped to the belt of a man standing in a dark hallway, a large pipe in his hand, his small flashlight casting a narrow oval of light around him. It was also a harsh sound, one that made me uneasy. I wondered if my host family could hear it. More importantly, I wondered where the mangled nurses that it was trying to warn me about were lurking beyond the beam of the flashlight. This is one of my clearest memories of my first experience with Silent Hill. (Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Dead Space, Fatal Frame, PC, PS3, Resident Evil, Retro, Silent Hill, Siren , Slender, Xbox 360)

icecoldfire  +   468d ago
To be honest, i find the silent hill series a bit overrated. i only like silent hill 2 and 3 and thats about it. now for resident evil, it is creepy and the best game is 4 for its chilling atmosphere and gameplay and that moment when u enter a safehouse with a typewriter in it, i could finally take a breather.
cannot wait for 2013 horror games such as amnesia sequel, slenderman sequel, outlast and more.
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   468d ago
Silent Hill 1,2 and 3 are all amazing games and fully deserve the praise they get.
Things started going downhill after Silent Hill 4 and after that it just lost its identity being passed around by different western developers that just didn't get what it was about.

As for Resident Evil the 4th game had its creepy moments but it was nowhere near the horror and tension of previous games. I think the Resident Evil remake on the GameCube is much better. Still a great game though.

The horror genre has been pushed aside this gen for action games due to greedy publishers wanted to make a quick buck.

There are exceptions such as Siren Blood Curse, Slender, Amnesia and a few others but it's a far cry from last gen where there was so many great horror games to play.
Sucks since it's my favourite genre, I'm hoping it makes a comeback next gen with games like "Zwei" by Shinji Mikami http://ic.pics.livejournal.... and hopefully Silent Hill goes back to Japanese developers.
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icecoldfire  +   464d ago
like i said silent hill 2 and 3 are the ones i loved about the series( sorry if i typed like).

Resident evil 4 IS the most tense and best atmospheric resident evil game out there right now. i played the PC version with a few mods of tweaking the graphics and lighting to make the atmosphere more terrifying .

i do agree that they have been changed into action-oriented games( RE5,RE6 DS2 etc).
BlackTar187  +   468d ago
Yea Res4 was the least tense and least scary of all the ones before it on all systems. I think 4 was a great game but it could vae a differnt name and still be a great game.
rawshack  +   468d ago
they dont make horror games like they use to thats for sure
Kinger8938  +   468d ago
Just finished Amnesia, best horror game ive ever played

Looking forward to machine for pigs! Also gunna try there old series penumbra :3
goldwyncq  +   468d ago
Amnesia was great except for the ending, which was quite underwhelming after everything you've been through.
Kinger8938  +   467d ago
Yea ill agree on that mate :( dtill great though! :3
BladerunnerZX  +   467d ago
Silent Hill 1 , 2 and 3 are all excellent horror games. Silent Hill 3 is my favorite.

Dead Space 1@2 are this gens Silent Hill successors , both are very good horror games. To bad Dead Space 3 has went co-op although im sure it will still be a good game.

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