Liststorm of Scariness 2: The Exorlist

Because I ran out of space on the other one.

So yeah, same deal: I'm using this list to track the many horror games played by two internet fraidycats - Fraidymatt and Fraidypat - over on their channel and website whenever October rears its ugly tentacled head. Even if you're not batshit about the Zaibatsu, you can always use this list (and the previous) for some spooky horror game ideas this Halloween. List #2 starts with the games played in their 2016 feature, with subsequent years to follow.

List items

  • 01/10/2016. Biology skeletons are spooky enough, but this is specifically the game Anatomy available on Itch.io from Kittyhorrorshow. When is a house not a home? When it's glitchy as hell and none of the lights are working.

  • 02/10/2016. The Kickstarted Clock Tower successor is the first big profile game for this year's Shitstorm of Scariness, and once again features a giant pair of scissors with no giant rocks to counter it with. Can the duo sprint away in high heel shoes and find a good hiding place before a vending machine can eat them?

  • 03/10/2016. Freezident Evil was an early showcase for the PS2, joining such luminaries as Orphen: Scion of Sorcery and EverGrace for what passed as a library close to the system's release. Can Not-Leon Kennedy, Deadmeat Dennis and the mysterious entity Throbbo find their way out of this icy hellhole?

  • 04/10/2016. It's another episode of battery-rummaging and dick-pummeling as the duo try out a demo of the upcoming Outlast sequel. We're going redneck cult in this one.

  • 05/10/2016. It's a playthrough of Corpse Party, who could ask for more? "Senpai in the Sheets" Liam joins the usual duo for the cult animes-in-peril adventure game. Can they avoid buttering up their Wrong End?

  • 06/10/2016. A game both too grimdark and too regular dark for its own good, the duo try to direct Mummylin Manson to perform some sick nasty axe fatalities. That is, if they can figure out where to go in the game's endless inky blackness.

  • 07/10/2016. This would be "The Final Take", presently available on Steam. Leaning a bit too hard on the ol' VHS filter and some obnoxious voiceovers, the spooks arrive very slowly. Or very quickly sometimes. Ghosts don't have an agreed upon speed limit, turns out.

  • 08/10/2016. The duo already LPed The Evil Within in its lunatic entirety, but here they check out the DLC that let players see what happened to the disappearing and reappearing cop Julie Kidman during the game's events. She gets attacked by zombies a lot, is what.

  • 09/10/2016. The Dreamcast becomes the Nightmarecast for this Resident Evil also-Res on an aircraft carrier, but, like, there's a virus that has carriers too, so it's like a whole double meaning sort of thing. Anyway, invisible zombies.

  • 10/10/2016. The duo hotstep it to a creepy forest filled with hungry red eyes and other evil red glowy shit. Among the terrifying revelations include frogs that give birth through their backs and how we all have skeletons that chew our food for us.

  • 11/10/2016. Indonesian horror game DreadOut, which was scary as all get out but a bit on the janky side, was followed by a "second chapter": The Keepers of the Dark. Can the duo get over their cowardice long enough to play Hide and Seek? And why do all ghosts do the weird low jawline mouth thing these days?

  • 12/10/2016. Once again drawing from the DLC well, the duo go back in time to the 1970s to help Cpt. Dallas not die quite so quickly in the "Crew Expendable" fan service bonus campaign. The xenomorph has other plans.

  • 13/10/2016. The third Dead Space. As in, the one no-one seemed to like. After a few Call of Duty sequences too many, the duo call it off early. They did see a necromorph in the first fifteen minutes of gameplay, though, so their pessimism was a little off the mark(er).

  • 14/10/2016. A Unity-developed game from an Italian developer that was, at the time of their video, in early access. One of those horror games that sets its atmosphere through narrative items and gradually revealing stuff. Oh, and mannequins that slap you in the face.

  • 15/10/2016. A spooky sojourn into the labyrinth of Medusa (or maybe the Minotaur, or maybe a Satyr) is made that much more difficult by the duo's steadfast refusal to pay attention to the many torches they keep passing. Will darkness be their ally? Because I'm sure that monster won't.

  • 16/10/2016. The gruesome twosome visit the gothic Build Engine classic Blood, only to meet their greatest foe yet: key bindings. Before they can stop Tchernobog they must first stop throwing TNT at their feet.

  • 17/10/2016. Long before they could be slain by Sadako after the requisite seven days, the duo are defeated by the obtuse direction and terrible soundtrack of this mediocre Dreamcast licensed survival horror game. Apparently they got The Ring in the computers now.

  • 18/10/2016. It's time for some online murderin' fun as the scare pair (better than saying "duo" constantly) takes to this asynchronous multiplayer game. In so doing, they create the rarest sort of villain: the one that has no idea what they're doing and lets (almost) everyone escape.

  • 19/10/2016. The pair contend themselves with poor voice acting, fart grenades and wayward chimps in this deep sea take on Resident Evil for the Saturn.

  • 20/10/2016. "Deadbeat writer runs through a forest with a flashlight for ten hours" doesn't seem like the most enticing pitch for a game, but Remedy makes it work with a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle references to classic horror fiction. And a whole lot of Energizer product placement too, of course.

  • 21/10/2016. A nighttime driving spook game with some amount of randomness. Can you Hang-On to your sanity and OutRun the terrors that pursue you?

  • 22/10/2016. This FPS roguelike raises all sorts of questions about the nature of reality, the most pressing of which is "are we just playing a psychopathic gweilo hopped up on opiates as he murders his way through the Kowloon slums?" The duo's investigations, like the game itself, are incomplete.

  • 23/10/2016. A game so good they had to pull it from Steam because of how broken it was. The classic Atari 2600 game is improved with endless key puzzles and confusing bloom lighting effects. Just don't mess with Uncle Creepy's 1960s audio-processing computers.

  • 24/10/2016. The duo revisit one of the ancient pillars of the survival horror genre with 1989's Sweet Home for Famicom. Turns out there is something more terrifying than 8-bit skeletons, and that's navigating menus with a NES controller.

  • 25/10/2016. On this, the raddest day of the month (whoo birthday!), the pair boot up some FEAR to marvel at its pretty decent gunplay and spooks. Feels like I've seen the first hour of this game at least four times without ever actually playing it. Still, nothing's more terrifying than repetition. Nothing's more terrifying than repetition.

  • 26/10/2016. Monstrum's yet another roguelike with a simple set of short-term goals needed for escape and a big evil beastie who is adamant that you don't. The beastie changes each playthrough, however, and each one presents a unique threat. It'll take all your steam valves and smashables to outsmart it.

  • 27/10/2016. The pair take on the extended version of this 2D Silent Hill-inspired horror game. Progress is reliant on being able to read a map correctly, so they're already boned.

  • 28/10/2016. Crappy ghost kids killed your dog, and now you have to fall back on your years as a legendary hitman for the Russian mafia to get revenge. No, wait, you just run around with candles and get killed a bunch.

  • 29/10/2016. Pat's devotion to the Resident Evil series is tested with this ambitious but flawed multiplayer survival entry, dealing with some seriously long load times, some seriously poor dialogue and some seriously vicious crows.

  • 30/10/2016. Playing an early version of the game, the pair prove you can make effective horror with Vikings and Norse mythology, if only through the use of some truly terrifying Scandinavian accents.

  • 31/10/2016. Silent Hill superfan Pat can barely tolerate this black sheep sequel, so they beat up all the proboscis dogs they can stand until the constant invincible ghost attacks become too much. Still... that is a really nice looking room for the PS2 era.

  • 01-02/10/2017. Matt and Pat start 2017's Shitstorm Season o' Spooks with a blind playthrough of Perception.

  • 03/10/2017. The definition of insanity, as we all know, is repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Well, this horror game is pretty much the same thing as every other Outlast-ass first-person horror game in a basement, and the result is the same as always: the duo leap five vertical feet every time a door closes suddenly, and they miss half the items.

  • 04-05/10/2017. A little more involved than most horror games, Darkwood invites players to live through as many nights as possible by finding resources and crafting survival items. It was also quite tedious to watch, so that's yet another novel feature it introduces to the horror genre.

  • 06-07/10/2017. The pair make their way through an absurdly large orphanage while avoiding some actually pretty big nightmares in this puzzle-platformer-adventure game in the Limbo/Inside mold.

  • 08-09/10/2017. A 2D adventure game set in a Taiwanese school, the game spends a few minutes building its mystery before dropping players in the deepest of deep ends. The tension!

  • 10/10/2017. The two smart fellahs smell gas in Evil Park, a game about an evil park. Specifically, it's about hunting around for a set of resources randomly scattered around a large dark area with unkillable monsters prowling around. Sure, that sounds like every other Indie horror game, but do those games have a park that is evil? Didn't think so.

  • 11/10/2017. The infamous game that caused an uproar about violence in the medium is actually about as brutal (and as scary, and as well-acted) as an episode of "Are You Afraid of the Dark?". It still sucks to play too: it is FMV tower defense, after all.

  • 12-13/10/2017. Nothing is as it seems in The Witch's House, an RPGMaker game that has a novel twist on a haunted house mystery. Unfortunately, that means there's way too much thinking for the gruesome twosome to deal with.

  • 14-15-16/10/2017. Not to be outdone by their archrivals Indonesia (I have no idea if that's true) and their big horror game DreadOut, Thailand put together their own folklore-enhanced first-person spooktacular. Despite some familiar clichés, the game jumps off the rails quickly. The duo give it a big hand, and it returns the favor in kind.

  • 17/10/2017. The duo try one of the more successful horror-themed FPS games, changing the title from Undying to Dying Quite A Lot. Any reason why all these servants stick around in a haunted murder mansion?

  • 18/10/2017. Calling anything LJN produced a nightmare would be redundant, but the would-be Dream Warriors make a noble effort to hunt for Freddy's boners in a world of pissed off rats and bats. Can you really trademark the name "Freddy" though?

  • 19-20/10/2017. Creepy nightmare visions are afoot in Fran Bow: First Blood. Just gotta solve all these point and click adventure puzzles to proceed. How hard can that be for a couple of LPers?

  • 21/10/2017. Simultaneously juggling nostalgia for cheesy 80s slasher movies and awkward fixed camera 90s horror games, the duo just need to solve a few adventure game puzzles before the bloodbath can begin. Unsurprisingly, this video goes on a little longer than usual.

  • 22/10/2017. Alyssa and her special friend Bates come home to find the place in array, her uncle and aunt missing, and pools of yellow blood everywhere. Somebody's been partying.

  • 23-24-25/10/2017. Hey, remember Silent Hill? It's back, in fog form. Wait, no, I guess it's never coming back. The only misty thing emerging from Konami these days is the steam from their health & fitness club saunas.

  • 26/10/2017. Matt and Pat, two strange awful people from the woods, try out the most Resident Evil-like of the Evil Dead game adaptations and dump on poor ol' Bruce Campbell for a spell before the Deadites come a-knockin' once again.

  • 27/10/2017. Woolie, a.k.a. Substitute Pat, joins Matt as they take on the Umbrella Chronicles, a languidly-paced on-rails journey through the first two Resident Evil storylines. I suspect that RE fans aren't particularly fond of this game. Probably because it takes so loooong.

  • 28/10/2017. Our old friend White Face has learned a few new tricks since Scoops last played this game. In particular, he doesn't seem to care for anyone who tries to record his activities. Who can blame the guy? Let him float around a dark parking lot in peace already.

  • 29-30/10/2017. The duo have a devil of a time with expressionless moppets, wonky mouse controls, and a bunch of The Omen-style horrific "accidents".

  • 31/10/2017. The Storm dissipates this year, as it does every year, with a game that the duo intend to LP beyond the spook season. Evil Within 2 seems to be a bigger, better and goopier sequel to a divisive game.

  • 01/10/2018. The duo get a splitting headache trying to figure out the easy puzzles in this off-beat paranormal investigation game and subsequently bail. Hey, we got in our first de Goya "Saturn Devouring His Son" sighting pretty early this year.

  • 02/10/2018. The duo take in some high-grade Eurojank with this first-person, third-person investigative horror game that spends a long while in the brightly-lit city streets of Baku. Neither of the pair seem to know that they're in Azerbaijin, or are aware it's a real country even (Pat wonders if they're in Harry Potter's Azkaban instead).

  • 03/10/2018. The duo spend some time in the trippy 32-bit world of Paratopic, which feels like Videodrome, Twin Peaks, and Silent Hill all decided to get real nasty. With a discordant tone and achronological plot delivery, the pair seek meaning where there is little to be found. So instead they turn a revolver into a beloved supporting character.

  • 04/10/2018. It wouldn't be a Shitstorm without at least one horror game made in RPGMaker, and Camp Sunshine is here to represent. Definitely on the "endless series of horror fiction homages" end of the horror game spooktrum, it seems to have a lot of content across its enormous titular summer camp. The scariest thing of all about this LP was that the duo managed to solve an elaborate maze puzzle like it was nothing. Who are these imposters and where did they stick Matt and Pat's bodies?

  • 05/10/2018. It's time for some Early Access (or Early... AXE MESS?) horror with the incomplete The Beast Inside and its preponderance of candles and matches. The duo conveniently mess up their audio so that they respond to jumpscares seconds before they actually happen, saving those with weak constitutions from going into cardiac arrest. Just the sort of totally intentional kindness you can expect from the Shitstorm.

  • 06/10/2018. The duo hop down to Hell in this truly perplexing action-adventure game full of intense vignetting and boob demons. They don't do well with horror game puzzles at the best of times, so how will they fare in a world so visually obfuscating on top of that? Just saying, the game's aptly named.

  • 07/10/2018. It's mo' memory, mo' problems with MOMO.EXE: perhaps the cheapest and quickest game yet featured on a Shitstorm. Get chased by a meme while feverishly answering texts in broken English. The developers may not have cared, but that won't stop five polygons of horror stalking your every move.

  • 08/10/2018. The pair do their best saunter through the Resident Evil trappings of this Indie homage to Jill sandwiches, tank controls, and limited inventory space. It doesn't seem good. Kinda makes you wonder what the old nightmare was like.

  • 09/10/2018. The duo get lost in Scandinavian forests and face all sorts of region-specific spooks and rune puzzles. Sure are a lot of cold, naked and mean monsters up here. Haven't any of them heard of hygge?

  • 10/10/2018. Postman Pat comes to Helltown, a place locked in time (1950s socially, 1990s graphically) where evil doings are afoot. A place so evil, in fact, no-one seems to put addresses on their packages.

  • 11/10/2018. The pair explore yet another dark hospital full of spooks and wordy handwritten correspondence. It's becoming evident that Matt already played most of these horror games for his own channel, diminishing the scares a little. I'd say they were phoning it in this year, but the horror games themselves are more at fault of that.

  • 12/10/2018. A scary grandma prowls the halls of this vaguely PT-ish Early Access game. Bit of a short one, this.

  • 13/10/2018. Matt dragoons the other Super Best Friend, Woolie, into taking on Jason and his usual prey of photogenic teenagers in the MMO (Massacring Multiplayer Online) that's both apparently pretty good and faithful to the movies, which no-one expected after the NES game.

  • 14/10/2018. The next game from Puppet Combo, they of Power Drill Massacre, Nightripper is a similar experiment in grainy lo-fi VHS filters and PS1 graphics as a nubile waitress gets stalked by the titular villain. Seems kinda busted, but I suppose that fits with the "made with a camcorder, fake blood, and a lot of moxie" movie aesthetic. Just remember: the Tripper is Nigh!

  • 15/10/2018. The pair hack away at ink demons in this stylish episodic horror game set in a possessed animation studio. Ever met a Fleischer character with a taste for fleisch?

  • 16/10/2018. We've seen plenty of scary things so far, but a movie license game that looks like it was made in a year? That might be the most terrifying yet. A passable Keanu Reeves plays a passable John Constantine as he guns his way through demons in a supernatural Max Payne 2 knockoff few were asking for.

  • 17/10/2018. It's another game based in a haunted mansion! However, the big difference with this one is that it's full of locked doors that need special keys and sometimes furniture moves around on its own.

  • 18/10/2018. The pair are ready to fight some orphans via echolocation in this VR-optional mic-optional stroll through the dark. Someone get this protagonist a throat lozenge, damn.

  • 19/10/2018. Since it just came out, the duo check out Elijah Wood's Transfarrance and its memory mind palaces. Whether it's due to the distorted VHS effects or the random people showing up in front of them, the pair seem extra unobservant when searching for key items this time. You gotta wonder how far away they're sitting from their TV.

  • 20/10/2018. The pair try their hand at luring random people into their apartment to kill them. Afterwards, they boot up this psychological horror game where nothing feels quite right, including the English language.

  • 21/10/2018. The Exorcist by way of The Oregon Trail, Faith has guest best friend Woolie relive his religious upbringing as he wards off electronically-voiced spider-demons in the forest. They could've called this The Abominable Dr. Sbaitso.

  • 22/10/2018. Talking of religion, this game sure has a lot to say about it, along with some crazy (but gorgeous) imagery and the compulsory intense vignetting. And will someone answer that damn phone? This is a murder church, not some damn call center.

  • 23/10/2018. The pair scare themselves silly in an empty mansion with electrical problems. Matt in particular is keen to roleplay the protagonist as a panicky idiot who can't find light switches, doesn't know how candles work, stands in pitch darkness when the game explicitly tells him not to, and drops half his inventory at the slightest provocation. That's dedication to one's craft right there.

  • 24/10/2018. The duo have played every Fatal Frame for the Liststorm bar one: the first one, which was pretty rough in spots but nailed the concept right out of the gate. Matt's at the controls, so of course they die at the first boss despite talking up how easy the game was for half an hour.

  • 25/10/2018. The shitstorm gets positively ecclesiastical in this bonus Puppet Combo entry, as all three Best Friends take on grainy VHS filters and a complete lack of direction while discussing scripture in anticipation of all the nun death. The most horrifying thing in this video? We learn at least one of the best friends pulls his pants entirely off to go #2. Yikes, man.

  • 26/10/2018. The duo try their hand at this notorious Rockstar game in which people are physically and psychologically abused in horrific fashion, at least until the game is released. The PSP version is where it's at, as long as you don't mind that all the radar icons look like post-it notes.

  • 27/10/2018. Normally witch hunts are only scary if you're a shitty president or a similarly evil celebrity dirtbag, but Witch Hunt actually makes the things terrifying for everyone. For one, you only have single-shot firearms that take a calendar month to reload, and the woods are full of perils that can kill you very quickly: wolfmen, snakes, dogs, zombies, Lyme disease - the list is endless. It's any wonder why anyone got out of bed back then.

  • 28/10/2018. The duo play a condensed episodic version of this horror game, The Council of Hanwell, which has them jumping at their own shadows and shining UV lights on everything hoping to see "fluids". My name is not Harrison but still I Hanwell?

  • 29/10/2018. The pair revisit a blast from the past - the game widely recognized as revitalizing the horror game genre and set it on its current path as a series of spookhouse rides with the occasional note or puzzle. Matt has the controls, inexplicably, which means they use up all their light sources almost immediately and have to content with extreme screen wobbling as the hero goes insane from his nyctophobia.

  • 30/10/2018. In a house filled with trash and jumpscares, two knuckleheads try to get to work but are deterred at every turn by a failed Monster Factory creation.

  • 31/10/2018. As is customary, the last day of the Shitstorm is also the start of a new LP. I don't think the duo were expecting this game to be quite so plot- and RPG-heavy and spooks-lite this early on, and so they spend most of the video reading texts and getting drunk (both in-game and IRL, I suspect).