Do people consider this game scary?

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#1 Posted by supermonkey122 (809 posts) -

I played it last night, in the dark, and I didn't even flinch once. I know RE5 and 6 are pure action, but I thought this game was supposed to actually be scary/creepy like 1, 2 , and 3 are. It's still a great game though.

#2 Edited by AjayRaz (12416 posts) -

not so much scary, but more tense. mobs of enemies in RE4 are more intimidating than they are horrifying, and it makes dealing with them a lot more intense than i ever thought that fighting zombies were in the previous games.

although fuck the Regenerator. fuck that thing.

#3 Posted by Yadilie (380 posts) -

Probably only the same people who think Dead Space 1 is scary. RE4 is the beginning of the action only Resident Evil. The start of the plague.

#4 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4673 posts) -

@AjayRaz said:

not so much scary, but more tense. mobs of enemies in RE4 are more intimidating than they are horrifying, and it makes dealing with them a lot more tense than i ever thought that fighting zombies were in the previous games.

Pretty much. RE4 is tense, not scary and the atmosphere is dense and fantastic in that game.

#5 Posted by Christoffer (1742 posts) -

I think RE4 was considered to be one of the first pure action RE games. It was quite groundbreaking in that regard but... scary, no. Maybe disturbing at some times.

#6 Posted by Nightriff (4857 posts) -

No, tense and suspenseful, I wouldn't say RE 1, 2, 3 are scary either. Only game that actually got to me some what was REmake

#7 Posted by Molenator85 (216 posts) -

Overall definitely not a scary game, but the Regenerator in the jail section combined with that writhing blob in the dumpster freaked a 14 year old me out.

#8 Edited by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

As others have mentioned, I think it's more tense than scary. Trying to control a whole crowd of zombies could really stress me out late in the game.

#9 Posted by Liquidus (946 posts) -

Not scary like the old RE games but definitely tense and has fantastic atmosphere, something I'm afraid can't quite be said for RE5 and to an even lesser degree about RE6.

#10 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

@Yadilie said:

Probably only the same people who think Dead Space 1 is scary. RE4 is the beginning of the action only Resident Evil. The start of the plague.

Dead Space is the greatest Survival Horror this generation. That game was fucking brilliant late at night with surround sound headphones cranked up. Way scarier than RE4

#11 Posted by HaltIamReptar (2029 posts) -

I find video games to be way scarier than movies. Never once even flinched or felt fear in any horror movie I've seen (except for jump scares), but fuck me if I can play RE4 alone in the dark.

#12 Posted by sissylion (679 posts) -

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

Dead Space is the greatest Survival Horror this generation. That game was fucking brilliant late at night with surround sound headphones cranked up. Way scarier than RE4

Dog, not even taking into account how wrong you are about Dead Space being scary, it's not a survival horror game. At all. It's an action game.

#13 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4328 posts) -

@HaltIamReptar said:

I find video games to be way scarier than movies. Never once even flinched or felt fear in any horror movie I've seen (except for jump scares), but fuck me if I can play RE4 alone in the dark.

I wouldn't consider RE 4 scary but I agree. You're gonna be the dude who has to walk down that empty hallway.

#14 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

@sissylion said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

Dead Space is the greatest Survival Horror this generation. That game was fucking brilliant late at night with surround sound headphones cranked up. Way scarier than RE4

Dog, not even taking into account how wrong you are about Dead Space being scary, it's not a survival horror game. At all. It's an action game.

Wrong? Their were plenty of times I had to get past areas with little to no ammo. Many times I ran past enemys instead of fighting them. I played for the only use a Plasma Cutter achievement on hardest difficulty though.So don't tell me Dead Space isn't scary or a Survival Horror game lol.

#15 Posted by EpicSteve (6470 posts) -

No videogame is scary, stop.

#16 Posted by senrat (308 posts) -

It was tense throughout and scary a few times for me. I had to pause and relax myself the first few times i fought those regenerator monsters.

#17 Posted by Quarters (1623 posts) -

Not only do I think it's not scary, but I don't think it's even as tense as RE5 and RE6 are. The whole game just feels kinda "meh" when it comes to that stuff. Its crap pacing hurts it in that regard.

#18 Posted by The_Nubster (2035 posts) -

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@sissylion said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

Dead Space is the greatest Survival Horror this generation. That game was fucking brilliant late at night with surround sound headphones cranked up. Way scarier than RE4

Dog, not even taking into account how wrong you are about Dead Space being scary, it's not a survival horror game. At all. It's an action game.

Wrong? Their were plenty of times I had to get past areas with little to no ammo. Many times I ran past enemys instead of fighting them. I played for the only use a Plasma Cutter achievement on hardest difficulty though.So don't tell me Dead Space isn't scary or a Survival Horror game lol.

I never had any ammo problems, and I only used the Plasma Cutter as well. It was the most predictable "horror" game ever made. There was an empty hallway with grates, and when you walked by, and enemy would pop out. Occasionally a tentacle would drag you down a hallway. Sometimes Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star would play in blood-soaked rooms. The Plasma Cutter could kill anything in two hits (one in the leg to cripple, one to take the head off and kill, with normal enemies). With all of the Gold and Ruby Conductors laying around, you were rolling in money and could always afford the best armour, and the mobs were so easy to take down and had such poor tactics that each encounter was just fun, silly action. The "scariest" part of that game was the fucking turret sequence, and it was only scary because it was fucking poorly implemented and hard to control.

Dead Space was an amazing action game, but the horror aspect fell flat.

#19 Posted by Liquidus (946 posts) -

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@sissylion said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

Dead Space is the greatest Survival Horror this generation. That game was fucking brilliant late at night with surround sound headphones cranked up. Way scarier than RE4

Dog, not even taking into account how wrong you are about Dead Space being scary, it's not a survival horror game. At all. It's an action game.

Wrong? Their were plenty of times I had to get past areas with little to no ammo. Many times I ran past enemys instead of fighting them. I played for the only use a Plasma Cutter achievement on hardest difficulty though.So don't tell me Dead Space isn't scary or a Survival Horror game lol.

I platinumed that game. Dead Space is NOT a survival horror game, it's an action game. I never once was low on ammo in that game and more than enough health items, there is no inventory management or conservation of resources to consider. It's a great game and with some good atmosphere, but it most certainly is not a survival horror game.

#20 Posted by Zaccheus (1784 posts) -

@Liquidus said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@sissylion said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

Dead Space is the greatest Survival Horror this generation. That game was fucking brilliant late at night with surround sound headphones cranked up. Way scarier than RE4

Dog, not even taking into account how wrong you are about Dead Space being scary, it's not a survival horror game. At all. It's an action game.

Wrong? Their were plenty of times I had to get past areas with little to no ammo. Many times I ran past enemys instead of fighting them. I played for the only use a Plasma Cutter achievement on hardest difficulty though.So don't tell me Dead Space isn't scary or a Survival Horror game lol.

I platinumed that game. Dead Space is NOT a survival horror game, it's an action game. I never once was low on ammo in that game and more than enough health items, there is no inventory management or conservation of resources to consider. It's a great game and with some good atmosphere, but it most certainly is not a survival horror game.

I was going to write that, but instead I just want to support the fact that @Bourbon_Warrior: doesn't know what survival horror means.

#21 Posted by Counterclockwork87 (570 posts) -

No, RE4 isn't scary, but it's a great game. Resident Evil 1 (Gamecube version) I found very scary however...scarier than any movie I've ever seen, though I generally don't get scared by movies.

#22 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

@Zaccheus said:

@Liquidus said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@sissylion said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

Dead Space is the greatest Survival Horror this generation. That game was fucking brilliant late at night with surround sound headphones cranked up. Way scarier than RE4

Dog, not even taking into account how wrong you are about Dead Space being scary, it's not a survival horror game. At all. It's an action game.

Wrong? Their were plenty of times I had to get past areas with little to no ammo. Many times I ran past enemys instead of fighting them. I played for the only use a Plasma Cutter achievement on hardest difficulty though.So don't tell me Dead Space isn't scary or a Survival Horror game lol.

I platinumed that game. Dead Space is NOT a survival horror game, it's an action game. I never once was low on ammo in that game and more than enough health items, there is no inventory management or conservation of resources to consider. It's a great game and with some good atmosphere, but it most certainly is not a survival horror game.

I was going to write that, but instead I just want to support the fact that @Bourbon_Warrior: doesn't know what survival horror means.

Still the greatest Horror game this console generation, nothing even comes close.

#23 Posted by pyromagnestir (4190 posts) -

Nope.

#24 Posted by Icemael (6305 posts) -

The only parts I found scary were the ones with the Novistadors and that's just because they triggered my entomophobia. Resident Evil 4 is a beloved game but not because it's scary.

#25 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

@sissylion said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

Dead Space is the greatest Survival Horror this generation. That game was fucking brilliant late at night with surround sound headphones cranked up. Way scarier than RE4

Dog, not even taking into account how wrong you are about Dead Space being scary, it's not a survival horror game. At all. It's an action game.

Have fun playing Dead Space as an 'action' game on Impossible or Zealot.

@Liquidus said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@sissylion said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

Dead Space is the greatest Survival Horror this generation. That game was fucking brilliant late at night with surround sound headphones cranked up. Way scarier than RE4

Dog, not even taking into account how wrong you are about Dead Space being scary, it's not a survival horror game. At all. It's an action game.

Wrong? Their were plenty of times I had to get past areas with little to no ammo. Many times I ran past enemys instead of fighting them. I played for the only use a Plasma Cutter achievement on hardest difficulty though.So don't tell me Dead Space isn't scary or a Survival Horror game lol.

I never once was low on ammo in that game and more than enough health items, there is no inventory management or conservation of resources to consider. It's a great game and with some good atmosphere, but it most certainly is not a survival horror game.

Truly spoken like someone who played it on easy or normal. If you want more of a survival aspect on Dead Space you play it on the hardest difficulty, I thought this was common knowledge.

The first game was definitely stingy with ammo when playing on Hard, let's not even get into the clusterfuck that is Impossible. They are only typical action games if you don't ramp up the difficulty. Survivalist on Dead Space 2 doesn't count.

#26 Posted by sissylion (679 posts) -

@Sooty: "The game is way harder if you make it way harder" is not a legitimate defense.

#27 Posted by DeF (4775 posts) -

@supermonkey122 said:

I played it last night, in the dark, and I didn't even flinch once. I know RE5 and 6 are pure action, but I thought this game was supposed to actually be scary/creepy like 1, 2 , and 3 are. It's still a great game though.

Welcome to a discussion the world has had 7 years ago. The game isn't scary, it's not trying to be. It's an action game with creepy moments and a tense atmosphere.

#28 Posted by Fredchuckdave (5156 posts) -

When Dr Salazar walks up on you from behind and instant kills you it certainly has a special feeling attached to it.

#29 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

@sissylion said:

@Sooty: "The game is way harder if you make it way harder" is not a legitimate defense.

Uh yes it is. You want a survival horror game set it as the hardest dificulty if this is what you want out of these games. If you want a easy playthough go though on normal like your self, with all your ammo and stasis.

#30 Posted by Irvandus (2774 posts) -

Going back the atmosphere doesn't hit as hard as it did when the game launched, but hell it's still pretty tense.

#31 Posted by sissylion (679 posts) -

@Bourbon_Warrior: Survival horror as a concept only works if it removes all control from the player. Making levels of difficulty exist for a horror game breaks it, unless it's something like Silent Hill's puzzle difficulty setting.

No console game made after 2005 will ever be truly scary. You can't make money while also alienating the player.

#32 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

@sissylion: Oh well you missed a great horror experience. I enjoyed it.

#33 Posted by Sauson (560 posts) -

@sissylion: Thank God you're in this thread I've been sitting here trying to think how to explain that Dead Space is not a Survival Horror game and how upping the difficulty is not a solution but you're doing that for me.

#34 Posted by Bulby33 (545 posts) -

There are some scary parts (like the Iron Maidens), but no, it's not very scary overall.

#35 Posted by MiniPato (2714 posts) -

It was a very tension filled game when playing it your first time. Though the verdugo enemy and the mutant thing that chases you underground still has me on the edge of my seat no matter how many times I play it, unless I have infinite ammo weapons. Being chased is always tense in videogames for me, like even in Mirror's Edge with the pursuit cops.

Other than that, it's not particularly scary in atmosphere or mood or story. But being surrounded and overwhelmed by enemies and shooting at one guy when there could be a mad chainsaw man behind you is very tense and pretty scary in the heat of things.

#36 Posted by sissylion (679 posts) -

@Bourbon_Warrior: I played through the first act or so. It was a decent game to be sure, and it had a nice atmosphere, it just wasn't anything particularly special.

#37 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

@sissylion Oh so you didn't even play it, well that gives your opinion on it some legs...

#38 Posted by Stonyman65 (2566 posts) -

I was a little freaked out within the first 10 minutes or so when I first played it because I didn't know what to expect. After the first village (with the bell tower and the chainsaw dude) I was okay, but everything up until then was pretty crazy because I couldn't see anything with the fog and was still getting used to the controls. Keep in mind this is on day 01 of release without having seen or read anything about the game beforehand. I was literally going in blind.

#39 Posted by Metric_Outlaw (1170 posts) -

I think the only time I got a jum scare was when I would break a pot and not see the snake lunge at me until the last second. Mostly it was tense and some of the enemies were creepy.

#40 Posted by Liquidus (946 posts) -

@Sooty said:

@sissylion said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

Dead Space is the greatest Survival Horror this generation. That game was fucking brilliant late at night with surround sound headphones cranked up. Way scarier than RE4

Dog, not even taking into account how wrong you are about Dead Space being scary, it's not a survival horror game. At all. It's an action game.

Have fun playing Dead Space as an 'action' game on Impossible or Zealot.

@Liquidus said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@sissylion said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

Dead Space is the greatest Survival Horror this generation. That game was fucking brilliant late at night with surround sound headphones cranked up. Way scarier than RE4

Dog, not even taking into account how wrong you are about Dead Space being scary, it's not a survival horror game. At all. It's an action game.

Wrong? Their were plenty of times I had to get past areas with little to no ammo. Many times I ran past enemys instead of fighting them. I played for the only use a Plasma Cutter achievement on hardest difficulty though.So don't tell me Dead Space isn't scary or a Survival Horror game lol.

I never once was low on ammo in that game and more than enough health items, there is no inventory management or conservation of resources to consider. It's a great game and with some good atmosphere, but it most certainly is not a survival horror game.

Truly spoken like someone who played it on easy or normal. If you want more of a survival aspect on Dead Space you play it on the hardest difficulty, I thought this was common knowledge.

The first game was definitely stingy with ammo when playing on Hard, let's not even get into the clusterfuck that is Impossible. They are only typical action games if you don't ramp up the difficulty. Survivalist on Dead Space 2 doesn't count.

Did you miss the part where I said I platinumed that game? And if you're talking about first time play through, I always play on normal because I see that as the developer's intended difficulty for a first time experience. Dead Space is an action game. It does not fit the genre conventions for a survival horror game, it has atmosphere and apparently many people found it scary(I didn't at all) but that doesn't automatically qualify it as a survival horror game.

#41 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

@Liquidus said:

@Sooty said:

@sissylion said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

Dead Space is the greatest Survival Horror this generation. That game was fucking brilliant late at night with surround sound headphones cranked up. Way scarier than RE4

Dog, not even taking into account how wrong you are about Dead Space being scary, it's not a survival horror game. At all. It's an action game.

Have fun playing Dead Space as an 'action' game on Impossible or Zealot.

@Liquidus said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@sissylion said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

Dead Space is the greatest Survival Horror this generation. That game was fucking brilliant late at night with surround sound headphones cranked up. Way scarier than RE4

Dog, not even taking into account how wrong you are about Dead Space being scary, it's not a survival horror game. At all. It's an action game.

Wrong? Their were plenty of times I had to get past areas with little to no ammo. Many times I ran past enemys instead of fighting them. I played for the only use a Plasma Cutter achievement on hardest difficulty though.So don't tell me Dead Space isn't scary or a Survival Horror game lol.

I never once was low on ammo in that game and more than enough health items, there is no inventory management or conservation of resources to consider. It's a great game and with some good atmosphere, but it most certainly is not a survival horror game.

Truly spoken like someone who played it on easy or normal. If you want more of a survival aspect on Dead Space you play it on the hardest difficulty, I thought this was common knowledge.

The first game was definitely stingy with ammo when playing on Hard, let's not even get into the clusterfuck that is Impossible. They are only typical action games if you don't ramp up the difficulty. Survivalist on Dead Space 2 doesn't count.

Did you miss the part where I said I platinumed that game? And if you're talking about first time play through, I always play on normal because I see that as the developer's intended difficulty for a first time experience. Dead Space is an action game. It does not fit the genre conventions for a survival horror game, it has atmosphere and apparently many people found it scary(I didn't at all) but that doesn't automatically qualify it as a survival horror game.

So did you must of used the Stasis cheats or you are really fucking good at games because MANY checkpoints I had a few shots of ammo and pretty much had to run past enemys to get back to the subway. I just can't believe you played the hardest dificulty as a action game unless you used the Ammo and Stasis cheats.

#42 Edited by Solh0und (1752 posts) -

I didn't consider the game scary at all. Even when I first played it in 2005.

#43 Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish (1723 posts) -

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#44 Posted by MildMolasses (3211 posts) -

I've never understood why a lot of people can't separate the terms survival horror and horror. I don't see how RE 4 and 5 and Dead Space games aren't just considered horror games. Movie have multiple styles of horror, so why are a lot of gamers so attached to this survival idea? None of the Saw movies, or Final Destination films are actually scary, but they are all horror films. Horror is just a theme, not a gameplay concept

#45 Posted by Liquidus (946 posts) -

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@Liquidus said:

@Sooty said:

@sissylion said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

Dead Space is the greatest Survival Horror this generation. That game was fucking brilliant late at night with surround sound headphones cranked up. Way scarier than RE4

Dog, not even taking into account how wrong you are about Dead Space being scary, it's not a survival horror game. At all. It's an action game.

Have fun playing Dead Space as an 'action' game on Impossible or Zealot.

@Liquidus said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@sissylion said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

Dead Space is the greatest Survival Horror this generation. That game was fucking brilliant late at night with surround sound headphones cranked up. Way scarier than RE4

Dog, not even taking into account how wrong you are about Dead Space being scary, it's not a survival horror game. At all. It's an action game.

Wrong? Their were plenty of times I had to get past areas with little to no ammo. Many times I ran past enemys instead of fighting them. I played for the only use a Plasma Cutter achievement on hardest difficulty though.So don't tell me Dead Space isn't scary or a Survival Horror game lol.

I never once was low on ammo in that game and more than enough health items, there is no inventory management or conservation of resources to consider. It's a great game and with some good atmosphere, but it most certainly is not a survival horror game.

Truly spoken like someone who played it on easy or normal. If you want more of a survival aspect on Dead Space you play it on the hardest difficulty, I thought this was common knowledge.

The first game was definitely stingy with ammo when playing on Hard, let's not even get into the clusterfuck that is Impossible. They are only typical action games if you don't ramp up the difficulty. Survivalist on Dead Space 2 doesn't count.

Did you miss the part where I said I platinumed that game? And if you're talking about first time play through, I always play on normal because I see that as the developer's intended difficulty for a first time experience. Dead Space is an action game. It does not fit the genre conventions for a survival horror game, it has atmosphere and apparently many people found it scary(I didn't at all) but that doesn't automatically qualify it as a survival horror game.

So did you must of used the Stasis cheats or you are really fucking good at games because MANY checkpoints I had a few shots of ammo and pretty much had to run past enemys to get back to the subway. I just can't believe you played the hardest dificulty as a action game unless you used the Ammo and Stasis cheats.

The plasma cutter is the best weapon in that game. Fully upgrade that first and foremost, don't bother with any other upgrades except for maybe stasis/health(it's been a while since I played that game). Anyways, the plasma cutter is a tool for every situation in that game plus ammo is plentiful for it and once it's fully upgraded, the other weapons don't have much purpose beyond occasionally doing what the plasma cutter can't. I never found Dead Space on Impossible particularly hard, just have to be a bit careful since you die quicker. It's a great game and talking about it now, is actually kinda making wanna go back and play it again but it doesn't fit the genre conventions for survival horror. It's definitely horror but there's not much of a survival aspect to it. I also find it incredibly difficulty to get scared when I'm running around in a suit of armor and wielding badass laser weapons.

The Resident Evil remake on GC is a perfect example of a truly scary survival horror game, at least to me.

#46 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

@Liquidus: But is bad camera angles the only thing that makes horror, survival horror?

And you don't need to tell me I got the 1000\1000 on Dead Space as well, but in noway did I have plentiful ammo as you did.

#47 Posted by guiseppe (2837 posts) -

There was only one part in that whole game that really scared med. Stupid spanish abandoned prisons.

#48 Posted by Abendlaender (2730 posts) -

I'm a coward but RE4 did never scare me (okay, the one moment when a burning guys bursts out of an oven (or whatever it was)). It was tense though.

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#49 Posted by believer258 (11555 posts) -

Not even going to bother with the whole "Is Dead Space survival" thing. You've gotta be careful with your resources.

On the topic of "is RE4 scary", generally no. However, there's an enemy late in the game who can't be killed except in certain weak points only noticeable with a certain weapon and attachment. You know it's there because it makes this really odd noise that I can't really describe. It's not Pyramid Head-levels of legendarily scary, but the creature in question is particularly unsettling. You'll know it when you hear it.

#50 Posted by Wong_Fei_Hung (642 posts) -

There were some moments that were freaky, like being in the castle with the chanting mobs, but no, not scary. That game had a bleak tone that made you feel uneasy.

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