I don't know if it's because Halloween is coming up or they were talking about A Nightmare on Elm Street on last week's Beastcast but horror games and the horror genre in general has been on my mind. I'm curious how the new Halloween movie will turn out. Anyway, which of these did you like the most and what did you like about it? Please no spoilers if you can.
Alien Isolation and Fatal Frame (the first one) are two of the scariest games I've ever played. Never played enough FF2 to have an opinion on it but I imagine it's the same way. I should play Alien again, though...that game with a good sound system will fry your nerves.
RE7 and Evil Within 2 are arguably more fun to play in terms of controls and mechanics. The Parasite Eve games are also great. I would barely consider the first one a horror game, but the second one is basically Resident Evil: The RPG and is one of my all-time favorites.
Alien Isolation is, in my opinion, a top-10 horror game of all time. It gets everything about Alien--its world, its atmosphere, the slow and unpredictable terror--so very right. And even though its runtime can be exhausting, I never feel it rests for too long on its foundational laurels. The game is always adding new wrinkles, new tweaks to the ruleset you can use to interact/hide/defend yourself from the Xenomorph.
I think all of those do horror elements very well in some regards (Horror comedy in the case of Dead Rising or super campiness via Until Dawn) and I think most if not all have something of value. However, if we're talking which ones are the most horrifying, or the scariest for my money it's Alien, RE7, or Fatal Frame 2. FF2 and Alien I still haven't finished honestly because as much as I love them they get to be too much for me at some point and I have to put them down. Three fantastic games.
Fatal Frame 2 is one of the most all-around fantastic survival horror games out there: great atmosphere, fun gameplay, good pacing, memorable voice acting (in a era filled with awful VO), and a really interesting story. While I think classics like Resident Evil 2 and Silent Hill 2 are more memorable and beat out FF2 in some ways, I can't name a more complete package than Fatal Frame 2.
However, all of the games on your list are fantastic in their own ways. Alien Isolation is easily the best modern horror game and absolutely blew me away when I first played it. Until Dawn is a creative twist on the genre and is a lot of cheesy fun. The Evil Within 2 is maybe the strongest post-RE4 third-person game and is very much worth seeing (although I might argue playing the original first). RE7 is the only one I might disagree with, as I felt is was vastly overrated and mostly apes the good elements from other horror games while not quite pulling it all off.
Really though, you can't go wrong with any of these titles.
Of those, Isolation was the most stressful (in the good, scary way), but RE7 wins it for me. It might not have normally, but I played it in VR, and it was such a singular experience that I'll never forget. It wasn't particularly scary after the first third, but it was still incredible to play through.
The Fatal Frame games deserve a nod too, though. Easily the most unsettling of that style of survival horror. And Until Dawn is just cool as hell.
Fatal Frame is my favorite out of those. Specifically the first one. Second one is good too, but not as varied enemy-wise, and not a fan of the changes to the combat-system. FF3 is kinda best of both worlds, but I recommend playing 1 and 2 first since they tie into 3.
Out of that list? Alien. They nail the cat and mouse aspect in that game. It’s amazing. It’s too long, but it’s very much worth playing for 5-10 hours.
I love Dead Rising, but it doesn’t ever feel like horror. It’s stressful if you’re being a completionist, but the tone it goofy.
Fatal Frame is great, too.
I didn’t like Until Dawn at all. It was more modern-day-fun-teen-slasher than real horror. It had its moments, but the characters didn’t do it for me, there was zero suspense, and the jump scares were silly and not at all startling.
Silent Hill 1 and 2 are amazing if you can find a solid was to play them (don’t bother with the HD remaster).
Oh, and PT is terrifying.
Any reason for these specific games? There's a handful more that I would recommend over these, Silent Hill 1/2/3, Amnesia, Soma, RE2, Outlast, etc. Maybe you played all those lol.
I picked Dead Rising, not scary but fun once you make it past that initial hard learning curve.
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