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Poll: Would you play a game where you are a slasher villian? (88 votes)

Yes 69%
No 8%
Maybe so 19%
Results 3%

The last time we got a proper slasher game (that I can recall) was Texas Chainsaw Massacre for the Atari 2600. Of course, that was many years ago. Naughty Bear tried something like this, but I'm thinking about something different: a real slasher film-game with all the camp and bad dialog and fornication that typically makes up the genre. It be kinda like a stealth game, with multiple endings and paths you can take. Perhaps make it so the player doesn't have to kill anyone to get an ending; that'd be kinda cool, right? The non-violent 'happy' ending. This all adds replay value, and with multiple weapons and ways you can take out your.....uh....adversaries. It'd be something worth considering.....or maybe perhaps I'm morbid and this all sounds sick to you. In that case, go play GTA 5 where you torture people, kill cops, and go on killing rampages in the street for the millionth time.

#1 Posted by MB (12923 posts) -

Have you ever played Manhunt? It's sort of in the same vein of what you are describing.

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#2 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4469 posts) -

I was going to say Manhunt

#3 Posted by ShaggE (6634 posts) -

Totally. I've wanted a game like that for years. Manhunt is close, but not quite.

#4 Posted by Andorski (5352 posts) -

Take the Batman stealth sequences and replace the takedowns with brutal murders. I'd play that.

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#5 Posted by Hailinel (25203 posts) -

No, because the tension in a slasher movie comes from trying to evade, escape, and defeat the villain. That's why I find games like Clock Tower 3 so much more appealing than something like Manhunt.

#6 Posted by Yummylee (22290 posts) -

Absolutely.

@shagge said:

Totally. I've wanted a game like that for years. Manhunt is close, but not quite.

Playing it with the Piggsy skin pushes it just that bit closer :P

#7 Edited by Animasta (14718 posts) -

Only if it was like two options: you can play as the slasher or the.... well, the slashee.

Hell, a multiplayer game like that would be awesome (6 normals versus one hulking dude with a chainsaw)

#8 Posted by Chaser324 (6716 posts) -

@animasta: I really don't think you want a game where you play as the slashee...those don't tend to turn out all that well...

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#9 Posted by Animasta (14718 posts) -

@chaser324: to be fair, LJN could take the easiest concept in the world and fuck it up.

#10 Posted by ShaggE (6634 posts) -

@yummylee said:

Absolutely.

@shagge said:

Totally. I've wanted a game like that for years. Manhunt is close, but not quite.

Playing it with the Piggsy skin pushes it just that bit closer :P

Haha, I always used a custom Jason skin. Too bad Manhunt 2 never had much in the way of fan-made skins, from what I can recall.

#11 Posted by TowerSixteen (544 posts) -

Could be fun. Would people want to play a more-serious game like that, or would this hypothetical game lean heavily on fun slasher-movie camp? Either way could be fun.

The modern video game journalism brigade would be fucking insufferable about the game, though, probably no matter how camp it was.

#12 Edited by Aetheldod (3682 posts) -

Yes I would ... if its good ovbiously

#13 Posted by believer258 (12100 posts) -

@andorski said:

Take the Batman stealth sequences and replace the takedowns with brutal murders. I'd play that.

Not really stealthy, but the takedowns in Sleeping Dogs, especially in the later parts of the game, are really fucking brutal.

#14 Edited by Dalai (7057 posts) -

As long as the developer of said game makes the AI stupid as hell like most people in slasher films.

#15 Edited by Tarsier (1076 posts) -

grand theft auto 5.

use only knife and kill as many as you can without getting caught

most kills and least deaths in the 1 hr 45 min slasher movie time span is the ultimate villain

#16 Edited by chainreaction01 (183 posts) -

I'd be down for like an Anti-L.A Noir. Instead of trying to piece together killing sprees, you are coming up with these grand schemes to get away with murder while still leaving just enough of a trail for the cops to look for you but find nothing.

#17 Edited by The_Ruiner (1119 posts) -

That's how i play Hitman games...

#18 Posted by HurricaneIvan29 (672 posts) -

In terms of whether or not it would stop me from playing a game, no, not if the game was a good one. But I wouldn't play a game for the sole purpose of being a slasher.

#19 Posted by crithon (3441 posts) -

most games feel like serial killer simulators. Was just piling bodies in Deus Ex Human Revolution and then again in Dishonored.

I personally would love it if they had more Camp, like eves dropping into a camp and listening to girls rant about boys or watching Crispen Glover dance. Even the worst slash film has a good set up why to see these people die..... and also disembodied Talking heads would be nice.

#20 Posted by CornBREDX (5829 posts) -

I wouldn't have a problem with it. I still don't get the controversies with Manhunt. I mean... you're killing other serial killers.

I mean ya, killing is killing, but in the context of a video game it's as meaningless as a Friday the 13th movie, only more so because its bad guy on bad guy.

Anyway, it'd never get made or would unrightfully get censored to hell but I would not have a problem with it at all. It kind of reminds me of that one slasher movie where this documentary crew is following a serial killer around to make a documentary about him. I forget the name- interesting movie idea although its full of plot holes just by its premise so its best not to think about that.

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#21 Posted by Nagogii (17 posts) -

I'd be down for like an Anti-L.A Noir. Instead of trying to piece together killing sprees, you are coming up with these grand schemes to get away with murder while still leaving just enough of a trail for the cops to look for you but find nothing.

I was initially going to say that I'd be concerned that a slasher game could easily turn out to be an average stealth game with regular people replacing the enemies. Something like this could be cool, but I still think it'd be difficult to pull off well.

#22 Posted by RonGalaxy (3263 posts) -

Hotline Miami is pretty close, and 2 is going to be about the events of 1 being turned into a slasher flick (and fans of said movie commiting copy cat crimes)

#23 Posted by Hailinel (25203 posts) -

@animasta: I really don't think you want a game where you play as the slashee...those don't tend to turn out all that well...

I'll say again, Clock Tower 3. The game is basically a slasher film where the protagonist has to go up against a whole series of slasher movie-style killers, complete with the need to finding hiding spots a fear/panic mechanic woven into the gameplay.

#24 Posted by BBAlpert (1562 posts) -

@nagogii said:
@chainreaction01 said:

I'd be down for like an Anti-L.A Noir. Instead of trying to piece together killing sprees, you are coming up with these grand schemes to get away with murder while still leaving just enough of a trail for the cops to look for you but find nothing.

I was initially going to say that I'd be concerned that a slasher game could easily turn out to be an average stealth game with regular people replacing the enemies. Something like this could be cool, but I still think it'd be difficult to pull off well.

The first 15 minutes (aka "the good part") of Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit was kind of like this (which made for a great demo). Unfortunately, the game goes completely off the rails not too long after that first section.

#25 Edited by Yummylee (22290 posts) -
@hailinel said:

@chaser324 said:

@animasta: I really don't think you want a game where you play as the slashee...those don't tend to turn out all that well...

I'll say again, Clock Tower 3. The game is basically a slasher film where the protagonist has to go up against a whole series of slasher movie-style killers, complete with the need to finding hiding spots a fear/panic mechanic woven into the gameplay.

In theory it's an interesting design setup, but Clocktower 3 at least failed by being incredibly shallow, and the killers would show up far too often. I found the scariest part of Clocktower 3 was exploring around without the killer stalking me, because I'm often left on edge waiting for when he would actually pop out. Instead Clocktower 3 kept throwing the guy after you so often that it lost a lot of the tension and was instead just sorta boring.

If someone were to make a similar sort of game with a few more expanded mechanics--such as a greatly increased emphasis on being quiet while exploring--then it could be interesting.

Slender is one such modern-day example of successfully pulling off the feeling of being the fleeing victim of a slasher movie villain.

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#27 Posted by Hailinel (25203 posts) -

@yummylee said:
@hailinel said:

@chaser324 said:

@animasta: I really don't think you want a game where you play as the slashee...those don't tend to turn out all that well...

I'll say again, Clock Tower 3. The game is basically a slasher film where the protagonist has to go up against a whole series of slasher movie-style killers, complete with the need to finding hiding spots a fear/panic mechanic woven into the gameplay.

In theory it's an interesting design setup, but Clocktower 3 at least failed by being incredibly shallow, and the killers would show up far too often. I found the scariest part of Clocktower 3 was exploring around without the killer stalking me, because I'm often left on edge waiting for when he would actually pop out. Instead Clocktower 3 kept throwing the guy after you so often that it lost a lot of the tension and was instead just sorta boring.

If someone were to make a similar sort of game with a few more expanded mechanics--such as a greatly increased emphasis on being quiet while exploring--then it could be interesting.

Slender is one such modern-day example of successfully pulling off the feeling of being the fleeing victim of a slasher movie villain.

I think part of that is just personal tolerance and preference for certain scare types. Clock Tower 3 is by no means a perfect horror game, but compared to other titles of its day, it was still pretty unique. Your primary concern in the game is evading a murderous psychopath (just like the previous games), but transitions the gameplay from point-and-click to direct character control. As horror games on the PS2 go, it had a lot going for it; it's just a shame it didn't sell well.

But as an aside, one cool thing about Clock Tower 3 that other games can't boast is that its cutscenes were directed by Kinji Fukasaku (director of Battle Royale).

#28 Posted by shivermetimbers (787 posts) -

@mb said:

Have you ever played Manhunt? It's sort of in the same vein of what you are describing.

Yes, I've played Manhunt. It doesn't really give me the feeling that I would get playing a slasher movie villain though. Part of that is that I think it plays like complete ass, but mostly because it has kinda a grimy realistic atmosphere instead of a campy slasher movie atmosphere.

#29 Posted by RandomHero666 (3182 posts) -

If Spring-heeled Jack counts, then yes.

#30 Posted by Damodar (1459 posts) -

Give me a Friday The 13th Part 5 game where I can choose not to kill Violet, because I love her so much.

#31 Posted by _Zombie_ (1462 posts) -

Hell fucking yes.

@andorski said:

Take the Batman stealth sequences and replace the takedowns with brutal murders. I'd play that.

Not really stealthy, but the takedowns in Sleeping Dogs, especially in the later parts of the game, are really fucking brutal.

I still cringe every time Wei breaks someone's arm.

#32 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (5902 posts) -

I'm pretty sure I've already done that in most of the action games that came out in the past few years.

#33 Posted by GreggD (4510 posts) -

Naughty Bear was a cutesy version of that.

#34 Posted by insane_shadowblade85 (1497 posts) -

Sure, I'd play a slasher horror game that put me in the role of the slasher. In fact, I'd love to play a Jack the Ripper game where you play as Jack the Ripper.