While I don’t consider myself a wuss, I do tend to stay away from horror games. I’m not a fan of having my heart race five times faster than normal, or crying into my pillow each night clutching my Companion Cube for that matter. Silent Hill has been around since the dawn of time, and it’s brought countless scares and tension to gamers.
Some people are inextricably linked to signature game franchises. You can’t imagine Gears Of War without Cliffy B, or Peter Molyneux without a game that promises you the stars and instead proceeds to punch your nuts into a concave shape. When it comes to Hideo Kojima, that man will forever be known as the architect of Metal Gear Solid. But he has worked on other games in the past. And for the future, he’ll be tackling Silent Hill. Can I get a hell yeah?
Dead Space and Resident Evil have both completed their transformations from survival horror to all-out-action romps. Silent Hill is quickly becoming a forgotten memory and Alone in the Dark is best left exactly there. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find “horror” games in the AAA retail space. the last one I played and actually loved was ZombiU – but that was more “tense” as opposed to scary. Gears of War Designer Clifford Bleszinski says that’s because nobody buys scary games.
So yesterday I posted up some Assassin’s Creed 3 cosplay with Jessica Nigri and her famous assets which was quite well received so I thought I’d find some more.
There may not be too many horror and suspense-laden games in the market nowadays, what with all the young gamers preferring to spend their cash on those fancy new wartime shooters and slick racing games, but that doesn’t mean that the genre is dead.
We’ve seen a resurgence lately in horror games, although they’ve been suffixed with an “action” label as well, in an attempt to appeal to a wider audience. Silent Hill Downpour is one such game that is bucking the trend however, preferring instead to go back to its legendary survival-horror roots for the next entry in the series.
So, how has your Wednesday been so far? Pretty normal I would imagine. Well I am pleased to report that it is about to get a whole lot better and/or freakishly disturbing. It might seem strange to see Silent Hill in the same sentence as Dragon Age, but it just so happens that these two fan made trailers share the same director, Leo Kei Angelos. Both of these trailers are planned for released as complete short films later this year. Check out the trailers after the jump.
The Silent Hill movie that was released in 2006, directed by Christophe Gans and written by Roger Avary really surprised me when I watched it a few years ago.
Not only did it serve as one of the best game-to-movie adaptations that we've ever seen, but it was actually a pretty decent Horror movie all on its own. Well game and movie fans' dreams (or is it nightmares?) of a sequel are coming true.
More information on cast and plot after the jump.
So like... did any of you see the Dead Space 2 multiplayer reveal (linked below)?
What's better than soiling your pants while sitting on your couch playing games? I know, making your friends brown his pants on his own couch instead! Halo Reach is out in the morning and is undergoing the usual formula of people who are excited arguing with people who say this it's overrated.
What do you think, and are you gonna pick it up? Here's the news we didn't post because we were all spamming a competition on Twitter to try and win a free iPad.
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As many of our avid readers know, I have garnered a reputation of being a super pink-underpants wearing pansy for not being able to finish Dead Space. Until I do finish it, I will have to happily live with that title, and that's fair enough. I don't usually have a massive problem with scary games, I actually really love them (Dead Space just hits a nerve I didn't even know I had) and can really think back to some scary or tense moments in games like Resident Evil 2 and Undying as some of my most favorite gaming moments of all time. I am currently playing through Alan Wake and have completely immersed myself in the tense and menacing atmosphere that the game brings and in honour of it's local release today, I have highlighted this fantastic genre for our debate. So it's up to you to share your opinion and campfire ghost stories. What's the scariest game you have ever played, and why?
Dead Space was an incredible psychological horror experience. A brave new Ip release from EA, Dead Space filled the gap that Rsident Evil left when it changed focus to being considerably more action oriented. Weâ€™ll not even mention Silent hill, because itâ€™s been rubbish since the 2nd one.
Anyway after the jump youâ€™ll find a leaked trailer trailer for the game, that shows not much other than Rorschach ink blots and the fact that Isaac is sporting a pretty bad-ass new suit. Heâ€™s also quite likely gone batsh*t insane. I canâ€™t wait for a sequel â€“ but it seems I may have to buy a few new pairs of pants before it arrives..I may need to change them regularly.
Hit the jump and check the trailer before EA yanks it off of Youtube.
The new Xcom game â€“ a classic PC turn-based strategy franchise â€“ was announced to be a First Person Shooter. While details are scant, the change has resulted in many people being pretty irate.
That may happen again, as rumour has it classic Konami survival horror franchise might be turned on its head.
While rattling through my archive of articles for Play Tech Magazine in search of samples to secure some freelance work, I came across our woefully unpublished Alone in the Dark: Inferno review for the PS3. It was meant to go into the February issue, and the highlight of the article was a little in-depth comparison we did between the original Xbox 360/PC versions and the PS3 to discuss why the developers made the changes they did. [caption id="attachment_9609" align="aligncenter" width="490" caption="In a way, it's a pity that a game like this had so many control issues."][/caption] The reason we did this was to explore just how deeply a gameâ€™s control scheme affected gamersâ€™ opinions of a game and how much it would affect their decision to purchase a given game or pass it by. Alone in the Dark made an excellent case study for this because not only did it receive a huge backlash for some of the control-scheme choices the developers made when it was originally released, but it was changed in the PS3 version according to player criticism, and ultimately better received.
We reported a few days back that Silent Hill: Homecoming had been delayed until the 20th of March.
Well the game was supposed to be released on Friday and if you were planning on getting the PS3 or PC version then you are in luck as those versions have not been delayed and are available to purchase from your local games retailer.
However there is no sign of the 360 version yet, unfortunately we are still waiting on an official response to the delay from SK so we canâ€™t say why itâ€™s happened, however the retailers have been told that they can expect the title to arrive on the 20th of March.
Now donâ€™t shoot the messenger please, this is yet to be confirmed but according to a Twitter posting by am_nesia from Kalahari.net the local release of Silent Hill: Homecoming has slipped and is now only expected to land on the 20th of March 2009.
Itâ€™s not a major slip and since the game was released in the US last year already the rabid fans have most probably already imported it.
We have sent out a request for confirmation to SK and obviously we will let you know if itâ€™s untrueâ€¦
Posting rumours from Twitter, is that better or worse than forums?
This week is entertaining but I have to say I found the ending video a lot funnier than the ZP for once... The complete insansity of it all just does it for me... As always remember that Yahtzee has a filthy mouth and this shouldn't be played in an office that frowns upon such things.. Oh and do as Yahtzee says and buy a T-Shirt