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Is Survival Horror coming to an end?

Nick Masercola of Fangora: I’ve come to terms with something I’ve been denying for several years: survival horror—my favorite genre in all of gaming—is on its deathbed, and despite all of my false hope, I realize the time has come to write the eulogy.

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SupaGamer2740d ago

I understand what he's saying but I definitely disagree. Survival horror is going thru a rough time but things will improve.

qface642740d ago

personally survival horror in my eyes is slowly dying out i remember last gen there was always a survival horror game coming out and ALLOT of them were generally good

this gen there are very few and many of them are more action oriented that survival horror

i personally hope true survival horror never dies out there will always be a place for it in my collection

mikeslemonade2740d ago

They have always been sub-par in my eyes. They always had terrible controls. It's just that other genres stepped up their game. Also the Japanese developers who make the "best" survival horror games have been focusing on money instead of making a good product this generation.

It turns out the two best survival games this generation are Alan Wake and Left 4 Dead which come from North American game developers. Also the 360 is to blame. The 360 is doing well, so it's attracting the Japanese developers to go multiplatform and that effects the quality of the game..

zeeshan2740d ago

Dieing no? But the thing that we have this gen is that everybody wants to make a god damn shooter game especially FPS games. I wish that devs stop making FPS games all the time and explore other ideas or improve the existing ideas, games. Look at Uncharted. Naughty Dog took inspirations from movies, games and what not and created a MASTERPIECE, a pure GEM of a game.

Survival horror is not dieing at all. It's just being pushed back atm. And if you think it's going to die... Dead Space says Hello! :)

ButterToast2739d ago

Dead Space is an Action game with horror elements if you ask me. I agree with the article Survival horror started to die with Resident Evil 4. You get too many high powered gun, tons of ammo and health in modern "survival horror" games. not much to survival there.

jaredhart2740d ago

I think it's the sucess of the FPS's and Multiplayer. I have friends that rarely play single player games.

scofios2740d ago

@jaredhart
I was going to say the same thing .
The fps love this gen is overshadowing all the other genere .

SKUD2740d ago

And that's a bad thing.

SlyGuy2739d ago

Blood Curse says No!

That game was truly horrifying (esp the stage where you controlled the little girl - survival horror at its best).

sikbeta2740d ago

As a Survival Horror Fan I hope that never happen, this gen is oversaturated with FPS games that overshadow other genres, it's a matter of time for this genre to suffer a decline, at that time the gaming Industry will adapt in order to deliver what people want, when the FPS popularity decline, other genre will take its place, it's kind of cyclical thing, so maybe the next genre will not be as oversaturated as the one in this gen and give more room to other kind of games...

Shepherd 2142740d ago

It gives me hope for the genre. Dead Space 1 was amazing.

Megaton2740d ago

It's been on life support for a long time. Dead Space gave it some new life, but aside from that there really isn't much keeping it going. There was Siren on PS3, which (if I'm not mistaken) was just a remake of sorts. There was a Fatal Frame on the Wii, but I don't think that even left Japan. Silent Hill's still kicking, but the quality of recent installments is up for much debate. Resident Evil hasn't been there since it jumped genres with RE4.

Slim pickings these days. Dead Space is great, though.

mikeslemonade2740d ago

They have always been sub-par in my eyes. They always had terrible controls. It's just that other genres stepped up their game. Also the Japanese developers who make the "best" survival horror games have been focusing on money instead of making a good product this generation.

It turns out the two best survival games this generation are Alan Wake and Left 4 Dead which come from North American game developers. Also the 360 is to blame. The 360 is doing well, so it's attracting the Japanese developers to go multiplatform and that effects the quality of the game.

JsonHenry2740d ago

I personally think it is alive and kicking. Certainly not as good as it was in the early days of RE2 and Silent Hill.

But they will come around and make another good game like those again. Just give it time.

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mrv3212740d ago

The problem is the tech, now there's no excuse for poor draw distances, darkness and low light.

I had an idea for a survival horror games.

Your a Japanese Kamikaze pilot headed, instead of killing yourself you decide not to, you fly off into the distance, and low on fuel you crash onto an island. No hud, spears etc you must hunt for food and use a rudimentary map in order to survive. Slowly your comrades from the Kamikaze mission haunt you and you must make a decision to kill yourself and keep Bushido or surrender.

Galaxia2740d ago

Except you know, for artistic reasons.

BTW, I liked your idea.

SeanRL2740d ago

haha, thanks for spoiling the ending

VersusEM2740d ago

wow, thats a REALLY GOOD IDEA. Hope some game devalper looks at ur post and gets that idea though.

Darkstorn2740d ago (Edited 2740d ago )

I want more survival horror games based on H.P. Lovecraft's stuff. There was a game being made from 'At the Mountains of Madness' a few years back, but it was canned (it was supposed to be developed by the same team that made Call of Cthulhu: DCotE).

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Rich16312740d ago

It was rumored that Insomniac (love those doods!) were working on a survival horror game. We haven't heard from them in like forever, only time will tell.

OpenGL2740d ago

It sure seems that way. The "survival horror" games we do get are mostly 3rd person shooters. If Capcom took Resident Evil back to its roots I'd definitely start buying their games again.

JsonHenry2740d ago

I agree. I am so used to playing those old school SH games that by the end of RE5 I had more ammo and weapons than I could shake a stick at. I was so used to hoarding every last scrap of assets I picked up along the way that I never even used most of the cool weapons because I kept saving them for when I thought I would need them.

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