Can Co-Op Horror Be Done?

Cheat Code Central's Shelby Reiches says: "Co-op horror, where did you come from? For so long, I’d associated the unique and unsettling thrills of horror gaming with the solitary experience, the adrenaline rush that comes from a sudden, unexpected noise when you know you’re otherwise alone. So much of what we associate with the best in horror comes from isolation, from the realization that there is no one coming to save you, that the trials you are about to face are yours alone, and you’re virtually powerless against them."

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TechnicianTed2043d ago

No. Single gamer horror is the best, and most effective way.

phinch2043d ago

If they ported resident evil zero from the gamecube as co-op instead of one person controlling two characters that would work

TechnicianTed2043d ago

Maybe, but I think a lot of the horror and tension wouldn't be as effective as if you only played SP. A lot of horror, and I'm not talking about just in gaming, is when it relates to one person.

For example - Someone can go to see a horror film on their own and be affected by it, but if they go to see a film with their friends the film has less of an impact because they share the experience and can laugh through it.

I actually know of a few people in my family who went to watch The Exorcist when it first came out. The people who saw it with a minimum amount of people felt a stronger impact compared to the people who saw it with a group.

I think horror has a stronger impact when presented to a smaller audience compared to a larger audience.

TechnicianTed2043d ago

I just can't see how horror can be made to work when you've got a mate to laugh and joke with while you're playing. Maybe it can, but the effect of horror is most effective when you are alone.

maniacmayhem2043d ago

Well anyone can ruin any type of experience if you let them. But imagine playing with someone who is like minded and you both are traversing a haunted mansion, a stone wall slams down from the ceiling splitting you two off. One has to go off and explore to find a lever to lift the wall while the other is trapped on the other side while something is stalking them both.

Just an example of how a co-op horror like game could work.

hmmmm....concept doc here i come!!

Neonridr2043d ago

Absolutely agree with you. How can you expect to convey that sense of dread, isolation or fear, when you know you always have someone else to watch your back.

rezzah2043d ago

In terms of which is most effective, I would say single player. The reason being the thought of not being alone, when you believe that you are is frighting. When you must push yourself through something, with no one to fall back on, it is then you are most afraid.

Co-op horror can be done, but for it to be as, if not more, effective most hope must be lost. Thus a game of co-op non like any previous co-op game ever made must be created.

What makes horror its greatest is when it is something new. Understand how human are and you will see why.

Number-Nine2043d ago

no. it ruins the experience.

Gamesgbkiller2043d ago

Yes , its very easy.
You just separate the players from each other and BOOOO.

gillri2043d ago

article forgot about F.e.a.r 3

32froshes2043d ago

So did everyone who played it.

rezzah2043d ago

The first was the best in terms of scariness.

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