Lurching and lumbering like an infected research lab assistant, DTG takes a look at the genre’s past, present, and future. Is survival horror truly dead, or like the famous T-Virus, is it simply developing other ways to manifest itself?
I just played through Dead Space 2. It was awesome. Survival Horror is very much alive... err... maybe its very much NOT alive? Hmm. In any case, its very healthy... umm... well you know what I mean.
See I consider DeadSpace more of horror action thriller. I think that feeling of being totally helpless and trying to survice has been gone for along time. I would say the last good survivor horror game was Resident Evil 0 on gamecube. But I really think that Silent Hill Downpour could nail it. It looks really creepy.
I can kinda agree with Dead Space, since you have a "crew" to talk to for some of the game, and you're in a special armored suit... but games like System Shock 1/2, and even BioShock, definately gave you the "alone against the horrors" feeling. I guess its not fair to include System Shock 1 & 2 in "recent survival horror", since they came out in like 1993 and 2000, respectively. Dead Space is decently close, though. As I stated though.. I see your point. The Dead Space gameplay and suit definitely move the game more toward the recent RE4/5 "action" and away from SS1/RE "survival".
i mis read the title lol and yes it very dead...THEN IT COMES BACK TO LIFE lol like the Jeffrey http://goo.gl/iu1RC
im not sure if its truly dead yet but survival horror has now evolved into action horror. all we need is for developers to return to the root of what made survival horror great.
^^^This... Also I would like to say that I miss those bitmapped environments for classic games. The still frame rooms where the camera doesn't pan around at all. I always thought they had the best detail and would love to see another game use that. God of War sort of has that locked camera effect, but I would love to have locked cameras from all kinds of crazy angle like in FF VII, Parasite Eve, Silent Hill, etc. Like walking into a room and you are looking through the security lense or walking down a hallway and you character is getting smaller cause the camera doesnt follow over the shoulder, it sits on the wall. Stuff like that.
Survival horror hasn't been survival horror since the first few RE titles and the early PS1 era. Since then its all been about ganking zombies.
Amnesia says hi!!
If Amnesia were ported to consoles, I could see a very warm reception for the title. I absolutely LOVE the game, scares the piss out of me.
tell me about it i didn't even complete it scary as fuck :\
Not really but I tell what killed it in RE5....co-op Before anyone disagrees PLEASE look and read the RE5 concept art article. You might of seen it before but it's still pretty cool http://www.relyonhorror.com... Which is what the game was going to be like (at least one of the few ideas) before co-op was added. It sounded amazing Barry Burton, Zombies, a RE4 style merchent, a level where you have to barricade a house, like in RE4, in a zombie attack, Meeting up with Jill near end and playing like old school RE, scary single player... ...and yet they scrapped all that so a friend could join you online ¬¬
OMG. There was a level where you fight Uroboros inside a train?! An abandoned ship chapter?! A tyrant boss battle?! WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU SCRAP THESE IDEAS, CAPCOM!?? Wow...I mean, wow. This genuinely pisses me off. The concept art looks like it would have been, not only an amazing survival horror, but an amazing game alltogether.
Lol it could have been the greatest game ever made.
WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY YYYYYYYYY didn't they do this.
I don't think so... It's maybe a little off course I don't think it's dead.. as anyone tried the Condemned series?? not sure if it technically qualifies as Survival Horror... probably not, but it has the elements, kinda freaky... especially the first one.. But the classics are the classics and Parasite Eve is on PSN now that's sweet..
I don't think its dead, its just evolved like many other genres.
It has been changed from survival horror into action games with survival horror elements. The survival part is almost entirely gone. And with it the horror sort of declined as well. In a sense it is an entirely new hybrid genre instead of traditional survival horror.
Most of the good survival-horror games out there nowadays nobodies even heard of or played before. Some great ones like, Fatal Frame, Condemned, Siren, along with less than a handful of others that keep the genre alive err undead.. Whatever. Even Resident Evil is making an "attempt" at least to be horrific and eerie again with RE: Revelations of the 3DS. Dead Space is the most recent popular one though.
Yes but it wont stay dead!!
I long for the day when they make a fatal frame game mainly for the ngp with a gameplay that uses its camera & augmented reality tech to make ghost appear in real life setting.
@Yelow13: I'd love a NGP or PS3 Fatal Frame title. It's easily one of the scariest game series out there, but the one thing that prevented me from completely immersing myself in the games were the graphics. It was hard to be scared of ghosts that look...well...sort of cartoony. But if a new FF game came out on the NGP or PS3...it would look incredible.
Well, short answer: Yes.
"Survival Horror" as it was in it's prime (When Capcom mattered) is dead yes. Games like Resident Evil 1-3 + CV Silent Hill 1-4 Countdown Vampires LOL Alone in the Dark NN Dino Crisis 1 Games with limited ammo, puzzle solving & actual horror themes are gone or going. They have been replaced with Action\Horror hybrids which are more action than the other. We're being force fed half-hearted attempts at horror games that fall flat because game devs think every game needs co-op, online & DLC to be successful. God forbid they take the time to develop a well thought out scary story that sets a mood! It's hard to take a game seriously as horror when... A: Have to drag around a moronic A.I. partner. B: Online elements shoe-horned in (VS. or Leaderboards). C: Never get a full game without having to buy DLC Errr! Dead Space 2 is just about the only thing resembling horror out on consoles lately and even that would be a stretch to call it scary.
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