Is the Scarecrow part scary?

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#1 Posted by Yukoei (1878 posts) -

Okay so my 12 year old cousin really wants the game (yes I know its dark but he doesnt care) but I was wondering if the scarecrow part would be scary for him. He plays games like Left 4 Dead without getting scared but when he plays Resident Evil 4 he gets a bit crepped out.
 
So is it that scary? thanks.
 
PS: Please no 'Its T he is not old enough' or 'your just 12 yourself' because its not true. Thanks.

#2 Posted by piecat (384 posts) -

No, the scarecrow parts aren't scary at all. He should be fine.

#3 Posted by StaticFalconar (4849 posts) -

Scarecrows bit isn't scary as in heres a monster going to eat you scary, but more like Slamming Batmans fears and past in his face scary. If you are a Batman fan, you would know what to expect. The big question is does your cousin know Batmans fears already?

#4 Posted by Yukoei (1878 posts) -
@StaticFalconar said:
" Scarecrows bit isn't scary as in heres a monster going to eat you scary, but more like Slamming Batmans fears and past in his face scary. If you are a Batman fan, you would know what to expect. The big question is does your cousin know Batmans fears already? "
No, he isnt really that into Batman but he thinks the game is really good (he has played the demo)
#5 Posted by StaticFalconar (4849 posts) -
@Yukoei: well to answer your question then, just think of Batmans past and his fears. Rather not spoil anything since the scarecrow bit it is one of Batmans good enemies/points in the game, so you can wiki or comic vine his past if youre not familiar with what your cous will expect.
#6 Posted by Yukoei (1878 posts) -
@StaticFalconar said:
" @Yukoei: well to answer your question then, just think of Batmans past and his fears. Rather not spoil anything since the scarecrow bit it is one of Batmans good enemies/points in the game, so you can wiki or comic vine his past if youre not familiar with what your cous will expect. "
So does anything pop out at you or anything?
#7 Posted by Ineedaname (4319 posts) -

No there's nothing scary in it, nothing pops out, it just unfolds there's a section in one of the scenes though *mini spoiler* where you open body bags that have his parents in two and then one where scarecrow pops out, other than that the game's fine. Even then, it's just that one section, takes like a couple of seconds to go through and play. I imagine if he got freaked out, you could do it for him with only knowing how to control Batman, then give it back to him and him being fine.
 
This far after release you could probably find a video of the play through on youtube of the specific scarecrow sections.

#8 Posted by Yukoei (1878 posts) -
@Ineedaname said:
" No there's nothing scary in it, nothing pops out, it just unfolds there's a section in one of the scenes though *mini spoiler* where you open body bags that have his parents in two and then one where scarecrow pops out, other than that the game's fine. Even then, it's just that one section, takes like a couple of seconds to go through and play. I imagine if he got freaked out, you could do it for him with only knowing how to control Batman, then give it back to him and him being fine.  This far after release you could probably find a video of the play through on youtube of the specific scarecrow sections. "
How far is it into the game?
#9 Posted by Ineedaname (4319 posts) -

First encounter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL7E3m9d9xU (2:03 the body bag scene)
Second Encounter:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsZbcS0wUUE
Third and final: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9OfHJcAms8

#10 Posted by pornstorestiffi (4909 posts) -

No it's not. To be honest it gets pretty boring.

#11 Posted by Yukoei (1878 posts) -
@Ineedaname said:
" First encounter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL7E3m9d9xU (2:03 the body bag scene)Second Encounter:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsZbcS0wUUE Third and final: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9OfHJcAms8 "
lol. The body bag scene made me jump xD
#12 Posted by FlamingHobo (4479 posts) -
@pornstorestiffi said:
" No it's not. To be honest it gets pretty boring. "
Really? I thought it was a nice of the developers to add a bit more variety in to the gameplay.
 
I don't think your cousin will be scared, he might jump when Scarecrow spots him for the first time or so, but he won't have nightmares.
#13 Posted by Kazona (3059 posts) -

Nah, it's not scary at all. The scariest part in the entire scarecrow thing was the body bag scene. I was actually kind of dissapointed with how mild it all was. Not to say that it wasn't fun, but I was expecting those parts to actually be scary, which they weren't.

#14 Posted by Gearhead (2251 posts) -

Ok, the body bag scene but that's about it. The rest is easy breezy.

#15 Posted by Creamypies (4051 posts) -

Not really. Plus all the "awesome" moments were just stolen from Eternal Darkness or Metal Gear Solids Psycho Mantis fights.

#16 Posted by brocool (701 posts) -

Im trying to think of what scared me when I was 12.. it was zombies from 28 days later, so if he's been playing L4D.. I'd say its A OK.

#17 Posted by ImperiousRix (2963 posts) -

The Scarecrow parts are creepy, and definitely if he's the type to get caught up in the world of the game he MIGHT be scared. 
I personally am a pretty big wuss when it comes to horror in video games, but I wasn't really scared by Scarecrow.  Again, he's creepy and the stuff that goes on kinda messes with your head, but he should be aight.

#18 Posted by Meptron (1073 posts) -

They are kind of creepy. I played them late at night and I felt pretty creeped out. Particularly during the morgue scene. All the scarecrow sequences reminded me a lot of Eternal Darkness for the GC.

#19 Posted by guiseppe (2838 posts) -

I could see how someone would be creeped out by it, but if he can manage RE4, he can definately manage Batman: AA.

#20 Posted by LiquidPrince (15845 posts) -

Unsettling but not scary. Mostly just really cool.

#21 Posted by Atomic_Tangerine (359 posts) -

Yeah, that section isn't really straight-up horror or anything.  Remember, when you are playing the game,  you are playing AS Batman.  Batman's fears are mostly about the death of his parents, his own inadequecy, and towards the end, the idea that maybe he isn't any saner than the inmates he has been pounding on.  The main goal of those sequences is to move the story forward, not to be scary.  At most, they are creepy. 
 
However, even if they do turn out to be too much, I would argue that that is the point.  I miss the days when I could be scared by video games, and wish I played more horror titles before my imagination died...
#22 Posted by Delta_Ass (3255 posts) -

No, it's not scary. This isn't Dead Space.

#23 Posted by Adziboy (702 posts) -

Might be a bit late but... 
 
13 year old brother doesn't get scared by it - only a years difference.
#24 Posted by Adziboy (702 posts) -

Might be a bit late but... 
 
13 year old brother doesn't get scared by it - only a years difference.
#25 Edited by juice8367 (439 posts) -

i don't really think they're scary, more like mind fucks.   BUT,  I got really scared when I thought my PS3 broke.

#26 Posted by Bucketdeth (8004 posts) -

I found it a little creepy but nothing a 12 year old can't handle.

#27 Posted by atejas (3057 posts) -

It's just mildly creepy. Nothing a 12 year old can't handle. Hell, if anything, the lunatics were scarier(and more annoying).

#28 Posted by Gamer_152 (14051 posts) -

I just watched the body bag scene with headphones in and your 12 year old may be a little unsettled but if he plays Left 4 Dead he should be able to handle this no problem.

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#29 Posted by RichardLOlson (1852 posts) -

Its funny....far from scary...I enjoyed it a lot.

#30 Edited by choffy21 (1376 posts) -

Only scary part was when I thought my TV broke.

#31 Posted by lukeyk (140 posts) -

Killer croc jumps out at you a couple of times, so i dunno but scarcrow isnt scary If ound him pretty boring, like cmon I-dont-care-about-this-when-can-I-punch-him-in-the face-kinda-boring.  * slight spoiler nothing major*The only scary thing is that when he sees you if you were jumping then you stop in mid air :O

#32 Posted by demontium (4707 posts) -
@Yukoei: My 7 year old brother did not care. 
 
It is just a really awesome stealth part.
#33 Posted by SJSchmidt93 (4886 posts) -

Far from it. 
 
"Your cousin" should be fine.

#34 Posted by Undeadpool (4911 posts) -

It's more Silent Hill than Resident Evil in terms of fear. More of an internal fear.

#35 Posted by natetodamax (19171 posts) -

It's much more annoying than it is scary.

#36 Posted by Zereta (1363 posts) -

I think your cousin should be allowed to enjoy the Scarecrow experience. Go for it. Not scary at all.

#37 Posted by dbz1995 (4790 posts) -

Its not scary at all. And I'm a pussy when it comes to scares.

#38 Posted by unclejohnny79 (685 posts) -

scarecrow part is great, the insane inmates gave me a fright lol

#39 Posted by clush (410 posts) -

Hmph, everybody trying to be that cool guy who doesn't get scared by games is not helping the topicstarter ;)

Let me then be the first to say I thought the first scarecrow encounter was effed up. The whispers, the moving body trays, the mist, the fact you're in a morgue, bodybags with something moving inside... It positively creeped me out when I played it late at night with my headphones on and lights off. I would not want my kid, if I had one, to play that all by himself. Maybe I have a tendency to get into the game a bit too much myself, though. When I was 12 I could barely play Tomb Raider 2 because I was too scared. At 20 it took me half an hour to inch my way through the first level of FEAR (fyi: that's a level without any actual enemies or puzzles consisting of one rather small building you have to get to the roof of). Scared shitless on all occasions, I had an absolute blast. I would not want it any other way.

It is, however, the suspense that's getting to me, and not the actual bad things that might be about to happen. As soon as an enemy has actually jumped up behind me, and I know this up front, the game instantly becomes a videogame again and I pull some strafejumping headshots to deal with the situation. My experience with kids playing grown up games is that most of the suspense and psychological drama is lost on them and they're more occupied with clearing the room and getting to the next level than breathing in the creepy atmosphere. I'd probably say that when someone's old enough to be scared by games he's old enough to endure it, but I won't, as I realize that's probably not true at all.

I think it depends on how much someone gets sucked into the game whether a kid can play it on his own or would be better off playing it together with someone else. I would not go as far as to say he shouldn't play the game at all.

Left 4 Dead is not a scary game, by the way. I wouldn't assume he'll be fine just because he can play L4D.

And yes, I know this thread's a bit old. Still, the question is interesting enough to hear more thoughts about.

#40 Posted by TheGremp (2064 posts) -
@Yukoei said:
"PS: Please no 'Its T he is not old enough' or 'your just 12 yourself' because its not true. Thanks. "
Oh, because there's such a huge difference between 12 and 14...
#41 Posted by Phonics (327 posts) -

Well if 'your cousin' plays Resident Evil 4 at 12 years old hes on a good path to 'royally fucked up'. I would never let a 12 year old play that game.

#42 Edited by jmrwacko (2443 posts) -

I was a little freaked out by the Scarecrow parts. Not the searchlight parts, but the parts where you hallucinate on the scarecrow toxin. I'd say they're about as spooky as Resident Evil 4 or some of the atmospheric parts of Bioshock, but not as bad as FEAR or Dead Space. Hope that helps.
 
Also, the Croc section made me jumpy.
 
Also also, lol at all the people who have to insist they're totally not scared by video games. Way to be transparent.

#43 Posted by agentboolen (1751 posts) -

Scarecrow's parts where great, it had a little bit of darkness in it but I wouldn't say its terribly scary.  I think its in line with Batman Begins stuff.

#44 Posted by clush (410 posts) -

Oh, as I've only recently completed the game:

The third one scared the shit out of me... thought my 360 died. Amazingly well done, that one.

#45 Posted by Belonpopo (1823 posts) -

Maybe the morge... but thats the best part in the game.

#46 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6386 posts) -

Its not scary at all, my 4-year-old brother watched me play that part for a few minutes and he thought it was pretty cool.
#47 Posted by MikkaQ (10268 posts) -

It'll creep younger people out a bit, but no real scares. 
 
It's all atmosphere stuff, so it's fine. Really well done though.

#48 Posted by Jedted (2322 posts) -

 
That first scene in the morgue deffinatly made me jump the first time i saw it but aside from that it wasn't that scary.  It's great playing the game for the first time because the way they transition into each Scarecrow level is so seemless you don't expect it.  
 

Hint: When Batman starts coughing that tells you he's being affected by the fear gas.
 
#49 Posted by blacklab (1525 posts) -

Fucking terrifying.

#50 Posted by bhhawks78 (1202 posts) -

I think the scarecrow part is easily the most boring and annoying part of the game.  OMG WE GET IT HIS PARENTS DIED STFU LETS MOVE ON

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