Been Watching Ghost Movies, Have Game Idea

So I just got done watching Drag Me To Hell for the first time since theatres and it hasn't been long since I saw Paranormal Activity. I've gotten to thinking: very few games let you play the role of a ghost haunting a person or people. In fact, only one game comes to mind: Ghost Master. It was an /awesome/ PC game that let you haunt people in an RTS framework. But what if they made it rated mature, realistic looking, and more centralized on you as the ghost/demon?
 

  • Borrow the sanity monitoring system from Batman:AA but fully flesh it out and make it deep and dynamic for each resident of the house.
  • Give yourself certain powers:
    • Move objects
    • make stuff levitate
    • Whisper things
    • Create wind
    • Mess with any object in the house
    • hell, you can kill the people outright, but it's game over at that point.
    • Possess an object: if a person touches the object, you enter into the person. This enables you to a whole range of new abilities that fuck with the person's psyche
      • you can now mess with their senses. Crank the volume up on their ears to deafening levels, cause any object to feel burning hot or freezing cold, make them full on trip balls and freak the fuck out.
      • Also, now that you inhabit that person, you can possess them. After you possess the person, you can now fully interact with your surroundings. Make the person wake up outside, make the person trash her house, make the person levitate, make the person kill her husband, whatever man!
Depending on how spooked you make the people, depending on how fast they lose their sanity, they call a psychic to come over and check things out. You can choose to fuck around during their meeting, or you can lay low and let the group ease into complacency, only to severely haunt them later. 
 
But be careful, because if they become too distraught and too aware of your existance, they'll call an exorcist. At that point, you lose the game. So the goal is to essentially play Dynasty Mode on haunting a family and drive them as batshit crazy as you can over as long a period as you don't get excorcised.


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Posted by mikeeegeee

So I just got done watching Drag Me To Hell for the first time since theatres and it hasn't been long since I saw Paranormal Activity. I've gotten to thinking: very few games let you play the role of a ghost haunting a person or people. In fact, only one game comes to mind: Ghost Master. It was an /awesome/ PC game that let you haunt people in an RTS framework. But what if they made it rated mature, realistic looking, and more centralized on you as the ghost/demon?
 

  • Borrow the sanity monitoring system from Batman:AA but fully flesh it out and make it deep and dynamic for each resident of the house.
  • Give yourself certain powers:
    • Move objects
    • make stuff levitate
    • Whisper things
    • Create wind
    • Mess with any object in the house
    • hell, you can kill the people outright, but it's game over at that point.
    • Possess an object: if a person touches the object, you enter into the person. This enables you to a whole range of new abilities that fuck with the person's psyche
      • you can now mess with their senses. Crank the volume up on their ears to deafening levels, cause any object to feel burning hot or freezing cold, make them full on trip balls and freak the fuck out.
      • Also, now that you inhabit that person, you can possess them. After you possess the person, you can now fully interact with your surroundings. Make the person wake up outside, make the person trash her house, make the person levitate, make the person kill her husband, whatever man!
Depending on how spooked you make the people, depending on how fast they lose their sanity, they call a psychic to come over and check things out. You can choose to fuck around during their meeting, or you can lay low and let the group ease into complacency, only to severely haunt them later. 
 
But be careful, because if they become too distraught and too aware of your existance, they'll call an exorcist. At that point, you lose the game. So the goal is to essentially play Dynasty Mode on haunting a family and drive them as batshit crazy as you can over as long a period as you don't get excorcised.


Posted by TeflonBilly

The idea is pretty cool. Reminds me of The Haunting for the Genesis (A glaring omission from this site btw. I might just make a page for it when I have some free time this evening)
 
 

Posted by buzz_clik
@TeflonBilly said:

" The idea is pretty cool. Reminds me of The Haunting for the Genesis (A glaring omission from this site btw. I might just make a page for it when I have some free time this evening) "

No shit, this is exactly the game I was thinking of while reading the OP.
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Posted by AgentofChaos

It actually reminded me of Geist for the Gamecube, except without the shitty gamey parts.

Posted by TheGreatGuero

Sounds a lot like Geist to me. I really was looking forward to it, but it ended up getting some pretty disappointing reviews, so I never tried it.

Posted by cmpLtNOOb

That sounds pretty fun!  Although it might be kind of lame if the game just ends if the family calls an exorcist.  There should be some kind of battle (not-combat) between you and the priest, where you are making all kinds of crazy shit happen to halt the exorcism and he is inhibiting your abilities.  Don't know how that would work exactly, but I like this idea.

Posted by Psyx2

That's like my dream game. I've always wanted to see a game like that made.

Posted by Everyones_A_Critic
@AgentofChaos said:
"It actually reminded me of Geist for the Gamecube, except without the shitty gamey parts. "
Exactly what I thought.
Posted by HandsomeDead

Is Patrick Swayze the main character?

Posted by addictedtopinescent

Sounds awesome, and reminding me I have to pick up a copy of geist sometime, I saw one at 3.99 this summer

Posted by TeflonBilly
@HandsomeDead said:
" Is Patrick Swayze the main character? "
You use both analogue sticks to control your hands making the clay vase
Posted by JJOR64

Does Luigi's Mansion count as a ghost game?

Posted by TeflonBilly
@JJOR64: Nah, since much like the Pokemon in whatever that game was, (Dramatic pause) YOU ARE THE GHOST! WooooOOOoooOOOooo
Posted by JJOR64
@TeflonBilly: But I like that game.          :(
Posted by Atlas

The only way that would work is as a cheap downloadable game. I just don't see it as a concept that has much depth or lasting appeal, more a sandbox-style toy to mess around with for 20 minutes and then put down. The only way it would work as a full-length game is with a ton of cutscenes, like a modern adventure game. Even still, sorry, I'm not sold.

Posted by dopeman

so... Beetlejuice

Posted by Grimhild

A fitting post for a bit of necromancy. I was about to make a blog about this very thing given all the horror games coming out, "Ghost Master" reference and all (although I would also throw in Dungeon Keeper, since it's in a similar demonic vein of playing the anti-hero for a change). The difference being that I, personally, would not end the game from killing someone, and take it in a much more Clive Barker direction. Or in a far more abstract form of horror, like Jiri Barta's material(one of the best mash-ups ever).