An appropriately-timed surprise, a dark space station, and the right amount of Necromorphs don't make a game a horror. What does?
action horror game
i haven't got scared ones in that game as of yet but is definitely a awesome game a horror game for me is silent hill which is creepy as hell and siren, dam that game spooks me out=]
i hope you have at least 5.1 speakers, cause the game is all about music and sound, that makes it so special and scary.
Real horror game? Dunno. Don't care. Real good game? **** yes.
So I'm curious, what difficulty are you playing on? Because if say you have too much ammo all the time and are getting through the 'tense' parts too easily...play on a harder difficulty from the start. It adds a lot to the scare factor especially if you do it before beating the game on an easier setting so when you finally do get around to playing on a harder mode you already know the entire game. And as the other guy said, good surround sound adds a lot. And a bit of atmosphere on your end can't hurt, you know play at night when no one else is around with surround sound up. It's the same with horror movies, if you go in wanting to be scared you get more absorbed into the movie in the way that allows the thrills to work on you. However if you go into the movie with a 'lets see if this stupid movie will scare me' attitude and the whole movie your looking at it but never actually devoting any of yourself to the movie, it won't scare you simple as that. Also scare factor is decreased when your watching with other people instead of by yourself.
i never ones said i have to much ammo i actually dont have enough ammo, i have to buy ammo sometimes and yes i am beating it in the hardest difficulty ones i beat the game just like i did in DS1
First Dead Space was much more frightening/tense
Well its scarier than what Resi has become which once was considered a horror.
that's not saying allot though what isn't scarier than what resident evil has become i still think the RE games are great but scary? ehm not really
RE and dead space have never been scary, actually games fail at being scary honestly. I mean i like playing dead space 2 demo, havent played the full game yet, and thought Dead space 1 was ok. luved resident evil 5 and all the previous RE's. i play them as a game, i cant get scared at something that wont hurt me in reality lol
im playing amnesia (just started yesterday.. well today at 1 am using headphones , etc etc.) AND, well that game really is an horror/suspense game. Even if its not that scary ( trust me, its not) the game is just awsome u all should play it ;)
An action thriller, it didnt ever scare me but i love the games.
its just another gore fest. no more, no less.
Why not? I'd have to agree with they others here but this game is a little creepy at some parts but comparing it with they average horror games out there I think it still passes as a horror/gory action game. You may not agree with me but didn't this game make you jump a little? Not even a little scared? Haha, Imagine yourself as the player.. I'm pretty sure you'd be scared.
Well, even Elder Scrolls is a horror game for me, so i can't really say.
Those bloody trolls used to scare the shit out of me, sneaky bastards.
I'd say action/thriller. But certainly not horror. If you want horror you are gonna have to play a game like the last Silent Hill for the Wii or Amnesia: Dark Desscent. It is hard to feel "scared" when the character you control is a walking tank.
haha. but even amnesia Dark Desscent wasnt all that scary. But it def falls under horror. i think its shortcomings where the fact that some places where just filled with noises and no enemies nearby. the level that comes to mind is when you go into the mansion, and all u hear is noise, but in all the rooms you find nothing. Dead Space 2 is not horror, for the simple fact that you are walking tank, as you said.
I hear this all the time about Dead Space but don't you consider playing it on a harder difficulty? I think the increased vulnerability makes it better
Urrakia34^^^ I did'nt get scared playing Dead Space, but after i beat it, i wanted to get the 1 gun only trophy, so i played on hte hardest dif, to get bot trophys, using 1 gun on hardest dif, will make u forget about the run button, (i only walker aiming with that thing haha)
@spektical I think that we are just too numb to horror now man. Some people swear that the game is scary. But I don't get it. And you are right, Amnesia isn't that scary, but it at least has moments of "OMG, where do I hide at?" And Urrakia34- I always play horror games on the hardest setting. The only way to play them. Been doing that since Doom on the PC back in the day.
the way i see it. Amnesia was a hide and seek game. where you hide and the ghosts "demonic figures" look for you. The storytelling was great imo, i found interest in looking for all the notes. I remember getting lost looking for some chemcials.
I think the problem with most modern horror games is that they're too scripted. When I'm playing DeadSpace, FEAR or even Amnesia, the monsters seem to be following a script. If you hear some footsteps behind you or noise from the vents, then most likely, it is just a sound bite. You can just stand still and nothing will happen. The monster will wait patiently until you walk to a specific location and then it'll jump out and make lots of noise. After a while, it starts to kill the immersion since the inner workings of the game start becoming visible. Compare this with the older games such as SystemShock2, SilentHill2 or newer ones such as stalker and even Minecraft. If you hear something moving, then that means something is there. If you stand still, then a wandering monster will run into you. There just isn't that same level of uncertainty in modern games, and things become less scary when it becomes apparent that everything is following a designed script.
@above exactly, the enemies know where you are at all times, designed by the code. If the enemies had more of a search and destroy AI, it would make it more "horrorish".
No it is not scary or disturbing, atmospheric yes. I find it more tense on the harder mode when ammo is more sparse and there is more chance of dying. It is a great game though.
I dunno, Nicole and her WTFGLOWINGFACE creep the hell out of me.
Lol wtfglowingface, you better copyright that now
Is it a horror game? well if it scares the crap out of me then I guess it is. Its more of a horror game than anything we've seen this gen, lets face it (with the exception of the first DS and Siren Blood Curse).
It's survival horror. If you don't agree than try to play it on zealot difficulty and than come back and talk to me. My first playtrough is on zealot difficulty and man, the game is very scary and hard. I'm scared to walk into the next room all the time. I barley have any ammo or healt left most of the time. It's a great survival horror game.
That is exactly how it should be played the constant fear of running out of ammo and the quickness in which you can die. That is why I find Amnesia great you have no way to defend yourself.
I am playing DS2 on zealot difficulty. I'm at the start of chapter 7 and I've only been frightened from closet scares about 6 times. Honestly, overall compared to DS1 DS2 just feels far less claustrophobic, less dark, less grimy, and less psychologically unnerving; at least thus far. The game feels like it was given a straight up ALIEN to ALIENS treatment in the ++ action and - fright/tension/suspense departments.
@Antoine Dcoolette that is exactly how I describe it, the game is like the sequel to Alien. Its horror is manifested in a different way but is a lot more action. Still works well IMO
Exactly! That's what I've been telling my friends as well. My first run was on Zealot, and it truly gives you a "Survival Horror" feeling. You're constantly low on ammo, scavenging every ounce of ammo you can find, looking through every corner for health packs, being slaughtered in a mere 1-2 hits, always have your gun/flashlight up for what may be ahead, etc. It was a great experience, and I loved it. Zealot, first run, no NG+ = An incredible Action/Survival Horror game.
These people that say Dead Space didnt make them jump at one point or another are full of shit and are too macho to admit it. Play it at night, turn off the lights and get submerged. I was leaping outta my seat!
Agreed. If you play in the middle of the afternoon with someone else in the room with you, of course you aren't going to get scared. Play at midnight when you're all by yourself. THEN it becomes a horror game.
Totally! Played middle of the day here yesterday with a buddy over, it was almost a different experience. You gotta play this in the dark, night time, nothing else going on in the room but Dead Space and a decent sound system. I kept jumping! haha
Never made me jump. Even if it did thats just a normal human reaction to something you never expected. It has nothing to do with fear or being scared.
Yea, that's the point
LOOK AT MY ARTICLE EVERYONE. "Is dead space a real horror game?" It's as much a horror game as that question is stupid and attention seeking. So yes, very much so. Edit: Lol, phantom disagree from the author and their mother.
Its a really good game though its not scary at all. Neither is any game. Or movie for that matter.
I believe it feels like a survival/action horror. Because even during the action sequences, things get tense. In my opinion, DS2 shows how a game can be full full of action and yet retain that survival horror feel. Take notes capcom!
I'd say it's as much a horror game as Resident Evil. I've found myself in several situations where I've been out of ammo and have had to scavenge what I could while being chased by freaks, which is scary. Not all of the scares are well earned (monster closets suck) but I definitely find myself up against the wall a lot.
Nothing beats Amnesia: Dark Decent as of yet for me!!
according to the director, the game was not made a horror game
Scary was playing the resi remake. Getting close-lined by a crimson head. Or walking down a corridor (that you've walked down many a time prior to now) only for the camera angle to switch, and be greeted by a Hunter busting thru the door, bailing down at ya. THATS Scary!
If you're not playing it in a dark room with surround sound don't say how unscary anything like dead space or a horror movie was. There is nothing worse than someone saying a game or movie isn't scary when they play it in the light of day with the sun shining in through the windows and using tv sound. Horror is all about immersion. Without the right ambience of course you are not going to be scared. I remember loaning my in-laws a horror moive once and them saying we didn't find it scary at all. Then they went on to say it was a waste of a sunny afternoon. I could've bitch slapped them literally. I made my father in law a bet. Next horror movie that comes out you watch in my theater in the basement after midnight with all the lights out. I bet most people on this site would not even be able to sit through most horror movies under those conditions. Ambient sound is what makes DS2 get you jumping. I played DS2 in my basement with all the lights off and sound cranked. The hair on my arms were tingling more than a few times during that game. I am playing it through a second time and now it is no where near as scary but it had me on the edge of my seat a few times and made me literally jump a couple.
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