It’s very nearly Halloween, which here in South Africa is a mostly meaningless event – but it is a great excuse to dress like an idiot, be scared of things and do terrible, terrible things to pumpkins. Basically, it gives you a licence to be Darryn. In the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve, let’s discuss games and characters that frighten the bejeesus out of you.
I’ve been playing a bit of Outlast, and it’s really quite a damned chilling experience – mostly because you;re in an Asylum with nothing but a video-camera and a few hundred goddamned psychopaths. It creepy, but it’s not entirely scary.
One of the first games to give me the heebie-jeebies was the very first Resident Evil. It was soon after I got my first PlayStation, I was lying on my bed and i started playing. And not too long in to the game, just when turning a corner, a mutant dog jumped through a window and I screamed like a girl.
There’s also, of course, Clive Barker’s Undying, and all of its occult dealings – but the last game that really made me switch the thing off and say “Nope. Not today!” wasn;t a horror game itself – but a mission within the really damned excellent Vampire The Masquerades: Bloodlines. If you’ve played the game, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Tell us though; what games or game characters just creep you the hell out?