Submitted by GamerEuphoria 875d ago | opinion piece

The State of Horror Games: A Dark Future Ahead?

Sean of Gamer Euphoria writes:

''There are a number of things that a lot of modern ‘horror’ titles get wrong. For example, the player isn’t treated like a victim; they are the one in control of the situation. This is often a result of arming the player to the teeth and throwing waves of enemies at them. There’s nothing scary about out-gunning everything that comes after you.'' (Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Industry, PC, Penumbra Collection, PS3, Resident Evil 6, Wii U, Xbox 360, ZombiU)

ltachiUchiha  +   875d ago
I think they will be ok aslong as they go back to making them scary again instead of being more action based like resident evil has become. You kinda feel like a bad azz instead of a hopeless survivor trying to stay alive.
Linko64  +   875d ago
I don't think we'll see that any time soon in a major release. Even in the latest Silent Hill games the player is more than capable of killing his/her enemies. Only title i can think of that was released by a major studio, that also makes the player feel weak, is Zombi U. I suppose you could add Dark Souls/ Demon Souls but they aren't really horror
ltachiUchiha  +   875d ago
True, there was another indie horror game i also seen for the pc that looked horrifying with the player only having a camera and running away from some scary looking creature. Just watching the video creeped me out lol. I like that kind of horror were u feel hopeless or just feel overwhelmed & have to think in order to survive.
Neonridr  +   875d ago
Amnesia is still one of the best games in that regard. The game was scary as hell, and definitely made you feel helpless because you couldn't actually fight the enemies, you always had to run away or create distractions.

There is a sequel coming to Amnesia soon.
PopRocks359  +   875d ago
Nah, I think the worst ended when Resident Evil 6 became so such a lowly received game. Sure it sold "okay-ish" for Capcom's standards, but do they honestly feel they can risk an RE game with such low scores a second time?

Besides, with the rise of games like Slender and Amnesia, gamers have other alternatives to turn to for a horror fix. The horror genre will survive; I don't think there's too much reason to worry right now.
yugovega  +   875d ago
we need another Friday the 13th game. one that actually makes sense.
Braid  +   875d ago
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs.

Wait for it.
Blacklash93  +   875d ago
*Just looks at title*

So is a dark future for horror games a good thing or a bad thing?
GamerEuphoria  +   875d ago
It was a play on words while addressing the state of the genre ^^

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