Even the most scared should try playing horror games for Halloween
Horror is a wonderful kind of video game that too many people ignore. In my time with the genre, horror offers unique experiences that aren’t just about being scared. Gamers can underestimate how brave they can be when it comes to horror games – and I mean that as a self-proclaimed spooky cat.
I’m hypersensitive and easily scared, so I grew up believing that horror wouldn’t be part of my media consumption. My dad still refuses to watch most horror-related things, and I have long thought I would be the same. But then it ended up not being true when I realized a simple but obvious truth: horror is more accessible than people think.
This is because horror, like all genres, is not defined by one thing. Horror exists on a spectrum, with a variety of different levels of suspense and violence. Different horror games may be more accessible to people than others. You never know what you’re ready to go through until you’ve experienced it, and I think people should give some horror games a chance. Even a coward like me could play via PT
As a passionate lover of the tradition and legacy of Silent Hill, I continued to play PT after falling in love with the online reaction to it. My heart was pounding in my chest and I needed to play in the light of day, but I’m so happy to have this experience. The game offers far more than the typical chills and chills associated with horror, and it serves as a thought experiment that forces players to think in ways that they normally wouldn’t do with other games. The people who play it get more out of it than the scary aspects and it is worth it for these parts.
Games like PT can still be too intense for many players, although most can handle first-person shooters like Left 4 Dead and its recent spiritual successor Back 4 Blood. Despite these games featuring hordes of flesh-eating zombies, the mere fact that players can take them down with bullets makes the experience less scary. It’s still an undeniable horror, just a different genre. If you want to build yourself up to more hardcore stuff, start with Back 4 Blood and work your way up from there.
Resident Evil 4, which has just been re-released in VR, is also the perfect game for the first entry of a spooky cat in horror. I remember loving my older brother’s game from Resident Evil 4 so much that I had to be in the same room when he was playing it. Even though RE4 has some grotesque stuff, the tight gameplay controls and well-paced action sequences make the game easy to digest. When the product is of such high quality, it doesn’t really matter whether the game is an eyesore or not. A good game is a good game and anyone who likes tight shooters should play RE4.
If you still feel unable to handle the horror, you would be surprised. I convinced my brother to have Until Dawn so that we could experience it together. Until Dawn is more of an interactive horror film with player decisions affecting the outcome of the game’s story. Our sister, generally indifferent to horror, experienced the game with us and ended up becoming addicted to watching my brother play – she even started her own Until Dawn save file afterwards. If games like Until Dawn appeal to you, then I recommend getting together with friends on a couch to play them, or the The Dark Pictures series that developer Supermassive Games has followed the title with. Don’t be afraid to be afraid, make the experience you are about to share with others more important.
There are horror games that I think you have to play. Silent Hill 2 is one of those games that despite the intense atmosphere and terrifying enemies, is a game that everyone should at least experience. Everyone remembers the grotesque nurses and the infamous Red Pyramid Head; however, these things are only a small part of the whole game. The game is more a reflection of a depression told through the prism of a man who has lost his wife. Silent Hill 2 explores deep themes like suicide, grief, guilt, punishment, and love in a way that makes you think about it long after you’ve put the controller down. It’s a game that really challenges players in a way that others don’t, causing players to question their actions and what they’re doing.
Silent Hill 2 uses its gameplay format to its advantage, using atmospheric haze as a way to get around the game’s graphical limitation. The game’s multiple endings offer players something different, each reflecting the overall moral and themes of the narrative. It’s not a happy experience playing Silent Hill 2, and it’s actually one of the darkest experiences I’ve ever had. But sometimes, these are the games that people need to play the most, if only to get their point of view.
Gender is not always one thing; they are more varied than people realize. If one type of horror game turns you off too much, there are plenty of others to dip your feet into. Resident Evil Village is not only a horror game, it is also an action shooter with a gripping and gripping story. If you like shooting games then give it a try without worrying too much about scary stuff. Life is too short to be afraid of playing certain games because you never know what you are missing out on. So if you have been thinking about playing a horror game but are too scared of it, then go for it. We’re all braver than we think, and what better time to try out a horror game than Halloween?