The 6 Best New Games to Play this Halloween
Ryan Bloom / Oct 28th, 2014 No Comments
Children love Halloween — people give out candy to kids dressed as their favorite characters; what’s not to love? However, older people sometimes have a hard time getting into the holiday spirit. Costume parties force guests to dress up, and movie studios seem to be running out of ideas for horror flicks. Enter video games.
If you want to celebrate Halloween this year without ever leaving the couch, there are several new video games you could try to summon spooky spirits. Dim the lights and play these new Halloween classics, if you dare.
Home isn’t exactly a new game — it released on Steam in 2012 and is also available on iOS — but it was freshly released on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. The game prides itself on being “a unique horror” game, but the indie adventure has a classic horror setting — a murder mystery.
Home isn’t a scary game in the classic sense and the pixelated world doesn’t give off spooky vibes, but it evokes horror themes. Players find themselves in a dark room of a strange house and must uncover what is happening. Like a throwback choose-your-own-adventure book, Home has multiple story paths and the ending will depend on player decisions.
The Walking Dead
A retail version of The Walking Dead: Season 2 recently released for PS4 and Xbox One. (It also available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and the first season of The Walking Dead can be purchased on consoles.) The episodic adventure from Telltale Games focuses on Clementine, the first season’s companion.
The Walking Dead is a point-and-click adventure — not necessarily the most terrifying genre — but it is not for the faint of heart. Players will be forced to quickly make difficult, life-altering decisions, including which comrades to save from the clutch of hungry walkers. Episodes typically end with a cliffhanger, so prepare to binge-play this Halloween.
Costume Quest 2
Costume Quest 2 takes a different spin on the Halloween game. Instead of pure horror, the game focuses on the fun side of the holiday — sweet, savory candy. Trick-or-treating siblings Wren and Reynold must save Halloween from villianous dental soldiers in this adventure RPG. To help them achieve this, the children have accesss to powerful costumes that come to life.
The game is available on PC via Steam and versions for PS3 and PS4 were recently released. As an added bonus, PlayStation users will have access to a special costume — Sackboy from LittleBigPlanet. If you’re too old to go trick-or-treating, Costume Quest 2 is the perfect game to play this Halloween.
A mysterious free game called P.T. recently released for PS4. Turns out, P.T. stands for “playable teaser,” and the game is just that — a playable teaser for the upcoming game Silent Hills, a revival of the Silent Hill franchise.
Despite just being a teaser, P.T. is one of the freakiest games to come out on new-gen consoles. Even if you don’t encounter some of the game’s most frightening moments, the dark ambiance will put you on edge. Spooky hallways, barely there ghosts, and haunting basements — P.T. is filled with elements of a classic horror film.
The movie Alien released in 1979, and it spawned a number of sequels and several video games. However, none of those games have lived up to the franchise’s name until Alien: Isolation. Developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega, Alien: Isolation recreates the scary feeling of encountering a monsterous alien.
As its name suggests, the game gives off a feeling of loneliness that is heightened by the space setting and the punishing alien. The alien cannot be killed; it is a horror villain in the most classic sense, evoking memories of Dracula and the Wolfman. Players will find themselves hiding in lockers and under tables for hours as they hope for the alien to pass.
The Evil Within
Created by Shinji Mikami, the twisted mind who developed the Resident Evil series, The Evil Within is a dark adventure that will spark nightmares for weeks to come. Released just in time for Halloween, the title uses typical horror game elements, staying true to Mikami’s Resident Evil origins.
The game follows veteran detective Sebastian Castellanos as he investigates a mass murder. Players quickly discover that this is not a typical crime scene. The evil blood-soaked world is full of creatively hellish creatures that are so freakish, they will sometimes make you laugh. However, you won’t be smiling much while playing The Evil Within.
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