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access_time October 30, 2012 at 9:12 AM in Features by Ramon Aranda

Spooky Games to Play for Halloween

Halloween is upon us and like many gamers, I’ll be turning off the lights after passing out candy and firing up one or more consoles to enjoy the night.

Of course, to fully take advantage of the spooky holiday, I’ll have to take out some old scary favorites, which no doubt, some of you will too.

Not really sure what to play?  Well here’s a short list of some creepy games you can enjoy for Halloween!

Slender: If you haven’t played this free PC game, then you’re really missing out.  Designed to look like a 90’s PC game, you’ll find yourself in the middle of the forest looking for notes left in various areas while trying to avoid coming into contact (or too much eye contact) with Slenderman.  The game is no graphical marvel, but it’ll scare the crap out of you at every turn.  Screenshots don’t even do this game justice as I initially shrugged it off and then found myself jumping out of my seat like some little girl when I actually played it…in the daylight, no less.

Dead Space: I liked Dead Space 2, but I still find the original to be the creepier of the two. Perhaps it’s because I had an idea of what to expect in the sequel, but the first one just had my nerves going from the start.  This is one of those games that really do require a surround system or surround sound headphones to truly enjoy as the sound effects are a big part of the experience.  Isaac Clarke is one bad motha’, and the weapons you have at your disposal kick some serious ass, but walking around dark hallways and hearing Necromorphs crawling around in vents and on ceilings is cause for high tension.

Zombie Mode – Call of Duty: Black Ops: The Zombie Mode first found in Call of Duty: World at War was pretty awesome; not just for the unexpected thrills from a COD game, but for how fun the mode ended up being.  Still while Zombies in World at War was largely successful, I found myself being more creeped out by the version in Black Ops.  Luckily we’ll get more undead action in Black Ops II, when the game releases next month, so now’s a good a time as any to start freshening up on those killing skills.

Condemned: Criminal Origins: This was one of those Xbox 360 launch window titles that I felt fell under the radar.  The game, published by Sega, didn’t get much fanfare, but did end up getting some pretty good reviews overall.  I’ll admit, this one fell under my radar as well when I picked up my Xbox 360, but when I finally purchased it, I wasn’t disappointed.  This game will scare you good.  Now keep in mind, you’re not facing zombies, or monsters, but instead, common people who have some sort of sociopathic problems, as serial killers are looking to find you and give you a good old fashioned killing.  The game is set in an urban area, but the game is very, very dark. Not just in story, but literally, every area, building, etc. you visit, it’s super dark, so you’ll have to play in the dark to see better, and utilize just about anything you can find in the game as a weapon. It’s like a good thriller that has you on the edge of your seat.

Resident Evil: Yes there are better RE titles, such as RE4, but to me, the scariest one is still the original.  I played the Gamecube version, which was upgraded with better artwork, and to this day, remains one of my favorite GCN titles.  As you work your way through the mansion, you’ll consistently run into pissed off zombies that want to eat you for dinner.  The creepiest of them all are the Crimson zombies, that come at you at twice the speed of a regular zombie, which is only made worse when you find yourself lacking in weapons or ammo.  What I also really dug about the game is the soundtrack, as the game’s mood is setup immediately with the in-game music.  Truly a treat to play and one you should throw on for Halloween if you still have a copy.

Left 4 Dead 2: If you’re going to kill zombies on Halloween, you MUST play Left 4 Dead 2.  What else is there to say about this awesome game?  You kill hordes of undead with friends and try to not get killed.  It’s the perfect Halloween treat.

Other creepy games to play:

– Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
– Fatal Frame
– Silent Hill 2
– Bioshock
– Resident Evil 4

What are some of your personal favorite creepy games?



  • Andrew Kent October 30, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Forgot to mention Amnesia 😛

  • Lukas Jaro October 30, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Yup, the first Condemned was pretty good. There’s a moment in the game where I actually fell off my chair LOL.

    Also have to mention F.E.A.R. The sequels were pretty mediocre, but the one that started it all? That thing gave me nightmares back then – no kidding!

  • UndeadGuru October 30, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games is also great for Halloween!

  • chaotic81 October 30, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    what about “the suffering” games. they scared the crap outta me

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