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Submitted by NerdBite 485d ago | article

What happened to Scary Games?

For some time now, the horror genre of games has been dwindling in the background of the major leagues of the gaming community. What once was a booming mainstream strand of video games has been reduced to over the top indy games like Amnesia and Slender, and sub-scary mainstream games which try too hard. (Amnesia: Dark Descent, Culture, Dead Space 3, Industry, Resident Evil 4, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct)

StrongMan  +   485d ago
EA and Capcom have both ruined Dead Space and Resident Evil by removing the horror aspect and making it more about action and co-op. Looks like The Last of Us is our only hope for horror now and it won't disappoint. I know it's not all horror but it does have some horror aspects in the game as far as I can tell from the numerous previews that I can't stop watching.
Kyosuke_Sanada  +   485d ago
Project Zwei is a another title that may address the horror crisis for consoles.
Ezz2013  +   485d ago
i never new about this game is there is a pc version of it on steam ?!
and is it out ?!
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Neavan  +   485d ago
Agree
Soldierone  +   485d ago
Companies think we will only play a game if it is based around action.... I mean its not like Dead Space or Resident Evil were selling perfectly fine or anything. Yet what games in those franchises do I not own as of now? Yep, I have all the others.

Seriously Dead Space 3 had all kinds of horror elements in it, and it was fun, right up until it started purely focuses on enemies shooting back at you.....
TruthbeTold  +   485d ago
Zombi U didn't try hard enough, but it was still a good game, and great concept. Plenty scary.
brish  +   485d ago
Q. What happened to Scary Games?
A. They weren't mainstream enough so developers tried to make them more mainstream by removing the horror, and adding action.

The problem is horror fans hate the new games, and action fans have better action games they can play. Developers tried to create games that appeal to everyone but ended up creating games that appeal to almost no one.
Transporter47  +   485d ago
Wish Resident Evil gets a reboot and make it scary, Silent Hill to go back to it's japanese roots instead of having western developers do it, Dead Space back to Single Player Horror, Fatal Frame new PS4/720/WiiU Version, or a new Siren Game, gosh there are so many good old horror games why did they stop making them scary as hell.
Anthotis  +   485d ago
They turned survival horrors into action games.

They did the same to the Alien franchise with Alien Resurrection.
Jek_Porkins  +   485d ago
There were never scary games, I mean maybe when you are younger, but as I grew up there was never a game that scared me, same with movies...it's all just pretend.
BoNeSaW23  +   485d ago
Glad you could point out games and movies are only pretend.

Are you aware that Santa clause and the Easter bunny do not exist as well? Sorry if I spoiled that for you!
Jek_Porkins  +   485d ago
Are you suggesting that you've been afraid of a video game or movie? Because I'll play any game at midnight in a graveyard and not bat a lash.
Philoctetes  +   485d ago
I'm fairly sure the author understands that most adults do not literally become fearful while playing video games. He's just using the word "scary" to indicate games that fall within the horror genre.

If you need any other assistance interpreting the english language, please let me know.
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Jek_Porkins  +   485d ago
Definition of SCARY

1: Causing fright
2: Feeling alarm or fright

I don't think I'm the one in need to interpreting the English language. He asked "What happened to scary games?" and I replied that in my opinion, there is no such thing, never has been.

Not sure how I can get disagrees over my own personal opinion, but N4G has a lot in common with Germany in the late 1930's.
Philoctetes  +   485d ago
Yes, N4G is exactly like Hitler-era Germany. That is an excellent argument with no discernable weaknesses, and you hereby win the internet. Well done.
fsfsxii  +   485d ago
Talk back when you play Amnesia.
BoNeSaW23  +   485d ago
Yes. Games have freaked me out and that is the exact reason I was playing that particular game to begin with.

Props to you for being a Manly Man and showing up all us pussies out there with your awesomeness.
_LarZen_  +   485d ago
They got greedy that's what happened.
Ultr  +   485d ago
and then The Last of us arrives

though, WTH Dead Space is freaking scary xD
Dunno bout you guys but I can't play that game more than 10min. It scares me to death :P
fsfsxii  +   485d ago
I considered the older RE games & Dead Space to be cakewalk after i played Amnesia
Horror genre is not dead, not going to, it has peaked this gen with games like Amnesia and Home
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Unlimax  +   485d ago
What happened to Parasite Eve Franchise .. Square "Enix" ?

T3B was a mess , WE NEED PE3 !
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IWentBrokeForGaming  +   485d ago
I'll EASILY tell you what happened to the Scary Games... they started catoring to Action Game fans... thus bringing the DEMISE of the Survival Horror genre!

"Scary Games" NO LONGER cator to their original demographic which made them massive/popular franchises to begin with!
clintagious650  +   485d ago
The Last of Us for ps3 & Outlast for pc looks scary. Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watc...
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StreetsofRage  +   485d ago
Well you still have your brain dead zombie type games around. The Last of us looks like another end of the world zombie type game. I prefer a more physiological thriller like Alan Wake. An incredible game that scares you and makes you think. We need more of these type of games and less zombies or infection type games.
BitbyDeath  +   485d ago
Waiting for 'Until Dawn'.
GribbleGrunger  +   485d ago
Co-op.
DivineAssault  +   485d ago
idk but last of us might rejuvenate the genre

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