You like scary stuff. The scariest anime. The scariest movies on Netflix. Scariest East Asian Horror Movies. You all want me to write about things that keep you up at night. I sense an opportunity here…
I’m leaving The Mary Sue and starting my own dedicated magazine uniquely to horror. I’ll call it… The Mistrustful Prosecute. I know what you’re thinking, surely “The Scary Sue” would be a better name, right? Psh. Ripe fruit. Moreover, this way I only have to change a letter. I don’t even need change this. I just have to take the “M” and flip it. Best idea: I will hire a graphic designer to create a logo where the “W” is painted over the “M” bleeding. It’s perfect. Also, I’m the “Wary Sue” in this situation, because I have to be “wary” about being “sued” for copyright infringement. And isn’t that the scariest thing of all?
So, to kick off what will no doubt be a short-lived online magazine, I’m going to write an article about the best horror games of all time. Then I’ll see how it goes, poaching my own work, then upload it to The Wary Sue once the guys on the design team have finished the website. And no one can sue me for plagiarize myself. It’s infallible. I will be rich. Nothing pays off more than freelance writing! Then I’ll throw my big stacks of cash into an offshore account. Let’s see these money grabbing lawyers try to get their hands on my sweet dosh when it’s locked up in a Swiss bank.
So there you have it, the beginnings of my fortune. One hot plug at a time.
5.Resident Evil 4
You can’t say “horror game” without saying “Resident Evil 4.” They go together like “jump” and “scare”. Like “wall” and “der”. Like “imminence” and “trial”. This game is legendary. You play as Leon S. Kennedy, a badass cop who is called in to save the president’s daughter from an evil cult in rural Spain. It’s a bit like the plot of Takenunless when your daughter gets kidnapped you hired someone to save her while you sat on your ass and “ruled the free world” or whatever presidents do. So here’s the problem with this game: if it was a movie, it would be a B-movie. the best. The voice acting is wooden, the dialogue is silly, and the plot is convoluted. This cult is mining ancient parasites from the ground to take over the world? I do not know.
But Resident Evil 4 it’s not a movie, it’s a game, and holy shit whoever designed this game deserves a raise. The fight is thrilling. The opening fight sequence says it all. You are heading to a scary town in the countryside. Surprise! Er’body wants to kill you. You can only shoot while remaining motionless and you never enough bullets. You shoot people in the head, their heads explodebut they keep coming. Then a guy with a bag on his head shows up with a chain saw and he can kills you instantly. You barricade yourself in a house. They break down the door. You jump through a window on the roof. They climb after you. You turn to shoot and manage to put a shotgun shell inside Mr. Sack seconds before he cuts your head off. You then feel the sweat of fear under your armpits and you pass out because it is so bad. You wake up, wipe the spit out of your mouth, and move on. Then you learn that Mr. Sack was not an only child and you are about to meet his twin sisters. Oh that’s so scary. The only game to make this Wary Sue scream out loud.
4. Amnesia: Dark Descent
This game isn’t as dark as the impending descent into legal battles, but it is close enough. You’ve heard of the first-person survival horror game before Survive to? You know, the game where you can do anything to run, hide and pray the monsters don’t find you? Where do you think they got the idea from? This game. But unlike Survive towhere the protagonist makes a stupid decision (like betraying the company you work for) and purposely falls into a nest of horrors, the protagonist of Amnesia merely wakes up in a spooky castle. He doesn’t remember how he got there, but he does remember his name is Daniel and he wants to get the hell out of here immediately.
Eventually he begins to find notes he wrote to himself, who tell him that he must enter the sanctuary of the castle and kill his baron. Easier said than done. As Daniel explores the castle, he encounters horrible creatures with bag-like faces (I sense a theme) called “Gatherers,” who pursue him as relentlessly as The Mary Sue lawyers will undoubtedly pursue me. Unlike me, he is unable to defeat the lawyers – I mean – the Gatherers in physical combat, and has to run away and hide in the dark. It doesn’t make things better though, it makes things real worse. When Daniel hides in the dark, his sanity meter begins to drain. It makes the game Stronger because it starts mind-blowing and begins to see and hear things that are not there. This game is supposed to be played locked in a closet, where I will probably spend my time licking my wounds after the lawyers tried to bamboozle me with their briefcases.
3. Survive 2
As a former Catholic, this game bothers me on a Deep level. You play as a videographer who travels to the backwoods of rural America with his journalist wife to investigate the murder of a pregnant woman. After your helicopter is shot down and you find the flayed corpse of the pilot, you discover that this part of the world is way deadlier than you thought. You come across an extremist Christian sect, which murders pregnant women in order to kill the Antichrist before he is reborn on Earth. You discover that your wife has been captured by the cult, and it’s up to you to save her. With your gun, right? Because surely you brought a gun?
You didn’t bring a weapon…?
Well, to save your poor wife, all you can do is run away and to hide horrible cultists who will kill you on sight. This game is like Amnesia, but much faster. You can run quick, but so are your enemies. There’s even a “look behind you while you run” button you can press to see how close your enemies are to gutting you. But I don’t recommend pressing them, they are still closer than you think. There are just some things you can’t get past, like copyright law.
It was a game that only a few people were blessed (or cursed) enough to play. It was made by video game authors Hideo Kojima (creator of the Metal Gear Series) and Guillermo Del Toro as a “playable teaser” for an upcoming silent Hill series game called silent hills. The game was discontinued, however, and it was removed from the Playstation online store. Some people were outraged, but I myself was relieved that I never got to review this game. I didn’t even play it, I sat on the couch and watched someone else playing and I couldn’t handle it. It’s a first-person horror game set in a haunted suburban house. Your character can do two things, walk around and zoom. That’s all. You must solve puzzles by looking at things in the correct order, while tirelessly frightened by a ghost woman (who may or may not be your dead wife). It doesn’t sound so scary, but oh my god this is. Just watch a YouTube video of the game. It really is a uncomfortable game to play because there is no sense of security anything. There is no “safe room”, no “fugue” mechanic and nowhere to hide. You are strength take a beating from the horrors worth of a clown car. The only thing that would make it worse is if all those clowns have briefcases and are trying to serve court documents on you.
1. The Silent Hill Series
When it comes to silent Hillit is difficult to choose the best. Because they are all. The silent Hill the series is by far the scariest game series ever. all the time. They are simply above the competition. Of all the games, maybe I should say that silent hill 3 is the best and scariest. But you see, then I think of Pyramid Head of Silent Hill 2 and I want to withdraw my previous statement immediately. And because I am not (yet) in court, this statement cannot be used against me. Try to choose the best silent Hill game is like trying to choose the best flavor of ice cream. You think it’s Rocky Road, but the Neapolitan leap scares you with its deliciousness.
The thing about silent Hill games that makes them so good is that they 1) are deeply thematic in their settings and monster designs, and 2) draw absolutely no punches when it comes to subject matter. These games run the glove of all the real-life horrors of the world. Murder. Sexual violence. Family trauma. religious abuse. Everything is here. I mean someone literally eats a fetus in the third game. It’s just messed up. Before fleeing to Bolivia to escape the long arm of copyright law, I will decorate The Wary Sue with a host of articles devoted solely to the silent Hill series.
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