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What Makes Video Games Scary?

Kotaku Australia: Dead Space remains the defining horror title on this generation of consoles – leading the way with a believable universe and an incredible sense of place – but what makes it such a terrifying game to play? And what methods do Visceral Games employ to keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire game? We asked Dead Space 2 Producer Shereif Fattouh to help us understand.

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SnakeMustDie2430d ago (Edited 2430d ago )

Immersion, Sound Effects, Story and Atmosphere. Not cheap scares like a zombie suddenly pops out of a vent.

Thrillhouse2430d ago (Edited 2430d ago )

Pacing and suspense, too.

If a monster is running at me in every single room, I usually just get used to it and am no longer affected by it.
If I don't encounter a monster in a while, I either get a false sense of security which is evemtually turned against me, or I'm paranoid the whole time.

Games and movies that let your imagination scare you are great.

http://www.escapistmagazine...

The whole video is pretty much a good view on horror games. I especially agree with what Yahtzee says from 0:53 to 1:31.

Neo Nugget2430d ago

Elevators.

I never know WHAT'S going to happen in elevators when I play Dead Space (2) xD

Huntmaster172430d ago (Edited 2430d ago )

I'll say the only games that got to me were Fatal Frame, Alien vs Predator 2 for pc, Condemned, and Thief 3. The atmosphere of those games scared the crap outta me lol. I refused to play Fatal Frame at night.. screw that lol. AvP2 is really old now, but playing as the marine was down right scary. Well as for Condemned...... All I have to say is the locker scene. Even though the entire game isn't scary there was one level from Thief 3 called "The Cradle"... terrifying for its time. Check these games out on youtube.. scary stuff for its time.

zackacloud2430d ago

the plot it the source of horror

ALFAxD_CENTAURO2430d ago

And no one mention Amnesia The Dark Descent, top scariest game so far, more than Dead Space 2.