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Why Tomb Raider is the most effective horror game of all time

Digitally Downloaded writes: "Jump scares are easy. True horror is hard.

The games industry has struggled to create true horror games. Part of the issue has been technical - genuine horror relies on players being able to relate to what’s going on, and blocky or pixelated representations of people are difficult to relate to. Another part of the issue has been the performances - genuine horror needs great performances to build the atmosphere and fear. And a third part of the issue is even simpler - jump scares are easier to pull off, but are hardly the kind of memorable fear that makes for a memorable horror experience. It takes the work of a true genius to create true horror, and the team behind the Tomb Raider game are true geniuses."

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DEATHxTHExKIDx1235d ago

I havent played this game yet. But the last game that actually scared me was Bioshock when it first came out.

classic2001235d ago

even though bioshock is my favorite game of all time, it was never scary to me. It felt more like that dream you would have with super powers and awkward world inhabited by creepy people lol.

I sort of wish more FPS games would be like bioshock, because it always feel like having a lucid dream.

joab7771235d ago

I agree and maybe it was scary in the same way that tomb raider is. Because u care about the character and u r completely drawn in. This is funny because just today (spoilers) i climbed the radio tower.As i looked up, all i could think about is how frightning it would be to actually have to climb that. Unfortunately, she automatically was down when cut scene ended because my biggest fear would be getting stuck up there. I still hav no idea how she got down on those tiny spiky things. Oh well

I will say that dead space 1 was scary too in the classic sense. I moved so damn slow. But they killed it and made it an action game. But, horror does depend, even in dead space on immersion, which means that u must care about the character. I just wish RE and DS realized that they would be much better served staying in and evolving the genre they helped define. That is why sales were bad.

ajax171235d ago

The only part that really freaked me out was in the beginning in the clinic when the lights go out and the nurse splicers attack.

Kurt Russell1234d ago

You must have jumped when you picked up that plasmid in the corner, turned around and were face to face with a splicer :D

ajax171234d ago

@ Kurt Russell, Yeah I forgot about that part. All of the med. clinic was pretty freaky.

OlgerO1234d ago

The Last Of Us is coming!!

MEsoJD1234d ago

There is nothing remotely scary about the new Tomb Raider (imo).

Feralkitsune1234d ago

Not scary, just very very real towards the beginning. The game does an excellent job of affecting the player similarly to how the events are effecting Lara.

My game of the year so far, with the very similar Far Cry 3 directly behind it.

lapiopoop1234d ago

@DEATHxTHExKIDx too bad the new bioshock isn't like a horror anymore, that's why I decided not to buy it

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Root1235d ago

This game is anything but a horror game, never did I feel alone, terrified or on the edge of my seat like what the first RE did to me or Dead Space

classic2001235d ago

Well in the set piece moments I must admit it had me on the edge of my seat, might not be scary but it was intense.

Root1235d ago

Not really because I knew she was going to survive them...either that or I got ready to press a button for the OTE. Just like I do in Uncharted....and thats not a horror game

Irishguy951235d ago

"Not really because I knew she was going to survive them...either that or I got ready to press a button for the OTE. Just like I do in Uncharted....and thats not a horror game"

Haha...so Dead Space is a horror game because you aren't sure if they enemies are going to kill you? But you are sure they won't in Uncharted?

Maybe i'm missing something here

Root1235d ago

No no no

I mean those moments where she is going through a dynamic event you know she's going to survive because you have no say in the outcome unless it's part QTE where you can refuse to press the button allowing her to die

In Dead Space where enemies come out of no where, some of them aren't fixed. Your controlling the character so where you go your also controlling the outcome....so if a character jumps at you on screen then thats because you've went down an optional corridor because you wanted to see if there was any spare ammo lying around or wanted to get a node.

MikeMyers1235d ago

Of course Lara isn't going to die. It's a videogame. How many horror games can you name where the main character dies and you can't continue with them? Isaac Clarke doesn't die in Dead Space either. You know why? It's because it's a videogame and if you die you continue from your last save/checkpoint like most videogames. There are tense moments in Tomb Raider but I do agree, it's not a horror game.

kreate1235d ago

Hale dies in resistance 2. By his subordinate. Than the game ended.

Need more epic deaths in video games like that.

Hopefully one day, Lara dies.

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m3ds3341235d ago

Yeah, I kinda felt like this article didn't really take into account the interactivity of the video game medium. I do agree with a lot of his points, but your such an infallible killing machine in the game, that being afraid or even anxious of what's coming up never comes into effect.

And you're completely right about the cutscene stuff. You know that the developers aren't going to kill her in a cutscene and (where I'm at) the things that happen in the cutscenes don't even effect you in game. At the start she gets pierced through her abdomen, and though she puts her hand over the wound for a little while, it's basically forgotten about after a few minutes. Basically, in order to achieve a level of trepidation you need to make sure there is danger or something at stake, which is why this doesn't work as a horror game for me.

rocky0475861234d ago (Edited 1234d ago )

Infallible? Hardly? Killing machine? Yeah, she has to be otherwise what's the point? Lara Croft is a killing machine afterall, it's what she does best besides, of course, Tomb Raiding. But infallible in this game, she is not. She goes through so much and she is shown to have her moments of weakness; she gets battered and bruised in which "infallible" heroes hardly bleed or get scratched let alone all of the shit that happened to Lara in this game.

And why do people think that "horror" must mean "scary"? It certainly doesn't. Horror means being extremely dreadful or to be revolting, and even though I can agree that the game wasn't a "horror" game it had horror elements in it for sure. Lara goes through some extremely dreadful moments in the game and there are a few genuinely frightening moments for Lara as well that work well in making the player feel for Lara.

Not everyone is going to experience those emotions though since some people don't "feel" anything for game characters, but some people do and to them it may come off as a "horror" game so I can see how the author would say this. He certainly isn't the first person to say it about this game that's for sure, I've read it in both user and pro reviews on metacritic.

MysticStrummer1234d ago

Why Horror Is Dying: People Think Tomb Raider Is Horror *screams and wets pants*

Blacklash931234d ago

I'd attribute it more to the mainstream industry deliberately abandoning the horror genre, but that's just me.

SilentNegotiator1234d ago

Publishers think real horror games that they can't microtransaction will make them bankrupt and gamers have completely forgotten what a horror (or Stealth) game is.

wallis1234d ago

Completely agree. Play amnesia for a true horror game - until then you can't just piss away decades of genre and tradition building in games like silent hill 2 or resident evil just because Dead *KABOOOOOM* Space is the closest thing we have to a horror game today. Tomb Raider is NOT a horror game - it is scary in the same way it's scary when I'm running to a toilet and I'm not a 100% there's toilet roll waiting and even then I don't have a restart option for my underwear like I do with Lara. I appreciate that it's tense but scary? Seriously?

Was Dead Space 3 THAT shit that it genuinely just rewrote people's memories of games like Amnesia and Silent hill?

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smashcrashbash1235d ago

I don't think this is classified as horror. Suspense maybe but horror? No.

Canary1235d ago

Most people don't understand what horror is.
Americans in general, thanks to what laughably passes for "horror" in Hollywood.

gamernova1235d ago

This game is a thriller but definitely not horror. I love this game but definitely not horror.

Anomander1235d ago

Thriller is spot on way to describe it. Feels like a episode of Lost at times :)

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