" @pornstorestiffi said:No, my comment had nothing to do with SS2, but about story telling and gameplay, years back and now." @Geno said:You're arguing that SS2 is the pinnacle of gameplay and storytelling? "I probably wouldn't go back to play it now, but that's because gameplay and storytelling has evolved as well. "Thats debatable. "
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" Not really a phobia, but not a big fan off horror games. RE4 & 5 is the closest i've gotten to finish a "horror" game. Even the beginning on HL2 scares me too much to not play it, I played 30min or so and turned it off just couldn't put my self through it, when u get teleported around that thing in the water u see for 3 sec kinda freaked me out. "
Half Life 2 is not horror. Especially not the beginning. However, the one exception to this is Ravenholm. Ravenholm will scare the fuck out of you if the water-beast (forget it's name) scared you. But seriously, you do roll around alone most of the time, but at the same time you're usually busy having firefights with the Combine or the occasional Zombie / Antlion, or driving some kick-ass vehicle. And hell, you can just input a cheat and skip it if you want. There isn't much story to Ravenholm that's told during the level, other than "Was a resistance town, got raped by Headcrabs and now everyone's a zombie, except for an awesome priest-dude."
There are few parts that are "horror", and most are abandoned (for good reason, usually some kind of zombie infestation within) houses that are completely passable. The occasional "Jump scare" like, wandering about and all of a sudden you take damage from something you don't see (damn Headcrabs in enclosed dark spaces). But this is all in pretty much one level - Ravenholm. The abandoned houses make their appearance on the level after that (Highway 17?), but as I said before, are passable.
Ravenholm scared the hell out of me the first time I played it. Eventually got around to getting The Orange Box off of Steam, played through it again and remembered, "Wait, this is PC...I can roll around with a crew." and turned that level into a more action-oriented area. Loses it's creep-factor when you have Vortigaunts and AR/Shotgun-toting resistance members bringing some Armageddon down on their zombie asses.
Half Life 2: Episode 1 however...fuck the sewers and tunnel systems. Fuck them to hell and back, and then to hell once more. You probably won't be able to play that, at least not the beginning. The only light-source in parts is your flashlight, and you need to aim it at the hundreds of zombies for your only partner (unless you spawn some on PC) to shoot at them. That level was hell on 360. And then there's a part where (again, your flashlight is the only light) you're waiting for a damn elevator and have to hold off against zombies. I almost lost it and said "Fuck this" at that part. Too many zombies, no light, two guns shooting. Doesn't help that the Zombine (Zombie combine soldiers) absorb an insane amount of damage.
But, during most of Episode 1 and 2, you go around with Alyx as your backup, so you're almost never alone.
I detest horror games with almost all my heart, but I love Half Life 2 and it's episodes (which reminds me, I haven't gotten around to playing The Lost Coast yet). I don't think I have any phobias in games per-say, but I don't like horror games. Example about the phobia thing being: I don't like spiders, but if they're in-game spiders, I'm more than willing to shove lead into their faces, cut them, stab them, or light them on fire with magic and be perfectly fine while doing it.
So...yeah. And sorry if this comes off a little rant-ish, it's 7:43am and I haven't gone to sleep since yesterday. I just mean, give HL2 more of a chance (especially if you have it on computer and don't mind cheating. HL2 has, imo, the best cheats ever. Spawn almost anything ftw).
...Thinking about it, I probably just convinced you not to play it. *sigh*
For me, it's not so much horror themes that put me off, it's sadistic stuff that bothers me. I still have not watched the Saw quick look. I guess I have way too much empathy, even for fictional characters.
But that actually can benefit me, as I tend to get emotionally attached and the story will have more impact.
" @Geno: So games like System SHock 2 are out of the question for you? Stop being so shallow Geno. Games are not all about the graphics. Gameplay is what counts, that's why they are called games and not graphs. "u can say that again, i recently played system shock 2 for the first time and its probably my favorite fps game ever! graphics dont bother me at ALL...
" Multiplayer games, I get very nervous even thinking about it. I'm sweating bullets before a Mario Kart Wii game online. I can't play TF2 on the PC because of this. I just can't, well, do it. "thats weird, im kinda like that too, i have NO idea why too...think its cause i really wanna do well or somethin...
I have a certain fear in returning to older games I have fond memories of - mostly because I'd like to have fond memories after playing them later on in my life, and that's often not the case.
Puzzingly enough, games like Fallout are evergreens, while the not-so-old-at-all Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines is virtually untouchable for me after I lost the hook for it.
" Multiplayer games, I get very nervous even thinking about it. I'm sweating bullets before a Mario Kart Wii game online. I can't play TF2 on the PC because of this. I just can't, well, do it. "Same here. Which is quite sad because I love WoW which is multiplayer only... I've leveled up quite a few characters to level 40 all by myself, and I really hate myself when someone wants to join me in a quest and I turn down the offer and slap up the DND flag, or some lame excuse that I was just about to log off, which usually ends up with me stoning home, log off for an hour or so only to return later when I think the other player is done with the quest so I can continue all alone again.
It's quite ridiculous when I think about it.
" @r0k1ll said:No. That only happens when it spikes suddenly. It kinda sucks, but it only happens when I'm really engrossed during a movie or game." Horror games. I have a bad immune system that maked me uncontrolably cry and panic when my heartbeat goes up. "I bet your good at sports :P "
There's a point in Fallout 3 when a quest takes you to the museum of natural history or what have you, and you enter a large room with a t-rex skeleton and a woolly mammoth statue. Now, when I was around 6 years old, my dad took me to a similar museum, except this one had a large exhibit depicting Native Americans being fighting fighting Europeans on horseback. I had never been more terrified in my life. Something about how large the room was and the realism of the figures really got to me. The aformentioned room in Fallout reminded me greatly of that. I got so anxious I started laughing my ass off had to look away the entire time I was in it, struggling to find the exit.
It bears mentioning that I've played both Condemned games and three of the Silent Hill alone in the dark with surround sound headphones on and was never once frightened.
" @Mordukai said:Ugh... what actual analyst would display their data like that? It's almost unintelligible. Maybe that would be a phobia for me, but only because it reminds me of how NOT to do my job." I knew I was going to regret saying that. Ohh well, the cat's out of the bag now. ""
Any game with too many paths and many items.
I just can't decide where i'll go first."
i get afraid of the consequences so i'm always the good guy. usually it works but sometimes the game fucks with you and makes bad things happen to the good guy.
Im afraid of Horror games/movies, Silent Hill interests me but anything with a flash light and dark rooms is not my cup of tea.
And I tend not to speak into the headset when playing on PC or PSN multiplayer. I don't know why but I wont talk to people I don't know but will use & talk on Vent all the time for MMO's.
I kind of see what you mean. During the beginning there is a bit of an oppressive feeling (nicely done though, since the Combine oppress the hell out of the Earthlings) throughout most of the beginning. Heck, from the start all the way until the end of Nova Prospekt you have that feeling. It starts to dwindle when you start Nova P, but it's still there. Then you arrive back in City 17 and there's a full-on war happening, and that feeling disappears faster than you can imagine.
" @Capum15: Yeah I know HL2 is not a Horror, but still it give's me a creepy feeling while playing it I don't know. Maybe it has something to do with me playing through HL1 while I was 8-9 or something and my brother scaring the shit out off me after I got thru one off the levels where those facehuggers(or whatever they are called) jump around on try to hump you're face. I don't know, i've never been a big fan off "scary"/"horror" games. "
And yes, the Headcrabs (Face-huggers) do come back in HL2, which I mentioned above. They're the one thing that managed to keep me jumping throughout the game, since the devs like to put them in pitch-black areas throughout the game.
But, as I said, the cheats are some of the best. I loved Ravenholm this time around. It was just awesome having civilians with shotguns and assault rifles killing zombies throughout the town. I didn't spawn an army, but enough to get a good feeling out of it. Like, one or two people at an intersection or on a roof, seeming like they managed to survive.
Edit: Talking about this makes me want to go play it some more. Going to try out The Lost Coast.
" Deep water. Games that have deep water where its hard to see freak me out. I always think that something is gonna come out and surprise me. That also goes with real life though. "Rofl dude you should play the original Half Life, there are a couple of sections where I am sure you would be rather uncomfortable, I don't care how old that game gets if you know what I am talking about those parts are messed up.
" Deep water. Games that have deep water where its hard to see freak me out. I always think that something is gonna come out and surprise me. That also goes with real life though. "Yeah same for me. I played a game on PS2 some years ago about sharks, i think its called Jaws, and i really couldnt play very much cause i was fucking shitting myself from the ocean and the shark (even though I was controlling it).
This isn't much of a phobia, it's more of an OCD of mine but can not, I will not buy or even touch a game that has a sticker with the words "used" or "pre-owned" on it. Doesn't matter if the game is in mint condition, I won't buy it, I'd sooner drop $300 on a brand new copy of a game I really want then buy the used copy for $10.
" @Seedofpower said:Yeah, the one game I found most vivid for me was the Star wars: Shadow of the empire. The level with the sewer monster thing. Yeah I couldn't do it." Deep water. Games that have deep water where its hard to see freak me out. I always think that something is gonna come out and surprise me. That also goes with real life though. "Yeah same for me. I played a game on PS2 some years ago about sharks, i think its called Jaws, and i really couldnt play very much cause i was fucking shitting myself from the ocean and the shark (even though I was controlling it). "
" This isn't much of a phobia, it's more of an OCD of mine but can not, I will not buy or even touch a game that has a sticker with the words "used" or "pre-owned" on it. Doesn't matter if the game is in mint condition, I won't buy it, I'd sooner drop $300 on a brand new copy of a game I really want then buy the used copy for $10. "I'm going to come to your house and stick '"USED" stickers on everything you own.
" This isn't much of a phobia, it's more of an OCD of mine but can not, I will not buy or even touch a game that has a sticker with the words "used" or "pre-owned" on it. Doesn't matter if the game is in mint condition, I won't buy it, I'd sooner drop $300 on a brand new copy of a game I really want then buy the used copy for $10. "I'm going to come to your house and stick 'USED' stickers on everything you own.
"Spiders, they're in EVERY FREAKIN RPG IN EXISTENCE!!! WHYYY!! I totally freaked out and got killed by an elite spider mob in WoW once... "
This, or any kind of giant bugs for me. I'll still play the game, but I shudder everytime I fight the damn things. (For example, the Rachni in ME, giant spiders in Dragon Age, even the little plague bug things in Demons Souls). I also agree with the water phobia, except any kind of water. I just can't fight the feeling that all of the sudden I'll get sucked under by some crazy fish monster...