Five Unlikely Scary Games to Play This Halloween - ArticleEvan Norris , posted on 30 October 2015 / 6,217 Views
Once again it's Halloween. Time to dust off those old horror games and scare ourselves silly all over again. But this year, instead of reaching for reliably chilling games like Silent Hill, Resident Evil, and Dead Space, why not dig a little deeper? Play a game that might not fall specifically into the horror genre, but that will likely give you goosebumps nonetheless.
To that end, let's check out five unlikely games guaranteed to send shivers down your spine.
5) Batman: Arkham Asylum
Huh, you ask? Arkham Asylum is a bad-ass brawler. What's it doing here? Well, there are two reasons Arkham Asylum earned a spot on this list: Scarecrow and Killer Croc. Several times, the villain Scarecrow infects Batman with his fear toxin, sending the Dark Knight into a terrifying tailspin where reality and fantasy merge to create some truly frightening imagery. Next, there's the boss battle with Killer Croc, which is the most suspenseful and nerve-wracking in the series. Any sudden movements and a man-eating behemoth will crash through the water at you.
Advertised as a puzzle platformer, Limbo can go toe to toe with almost any horror game on the market. With its washed-out gray palette, ominous music, and cryptic storyline, Limbo has scary atmosphere to spare. Plus it has plenty of deadly traps, mind-controlling parasites, lots of dead bodies, and, most terrifying of all, a giant, unstoppable spider that stalks you.
3) Half-Life 2
"That's the old passage to Ravenholm. We don't go there anymore." With those immortal words, Alyx Vance introduces one of the scariest chapters in video game history. In Half-Life 2, Gordon Freeman must traverse Ravenholm, a dark, desolate mining town overrun by zombies. In true survival-horror fashion, the developers at Valve placed very little ammo in Raveholm, forcing Gordon to rely on springing traps and using his gravity gun (to launch blades and assorted junk) to make it out alive.
2) 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
Pop quiz! What's the most unnerving and disturbing game on Nintendo DS? No, not Imagine: Babyz. It's 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, which is something of a mix between a visual novel and Saw. Set on a creepy cruise ship, 999 follows nine abducted people with explosives planted in their bodies. A mysterious stranger challenges them to leave the ship alive. It's gruesome, it's shocking, and it features several "bad" endings where things go terribly wrong.
1) The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Zelda games have long had a dark streak (ReDead anyone?), but in Majora's Mask that streak bleeds out into the entire game. In Majora's Mask, the world as we know it is coming to an end. But that, believe it or not, isn't the most depressing part. Rather, it's the cast of characters who live and love in this town that's doomed to die, and who suffer from personal, romantic, and familial problems. There are doomed romances, estranged family members and, at the center of it all, one tragically misunderstood kid buried by grief and loneliness. It's the darkest chapter in the Zelda series, and one of the best.
So those are my picks of unexpectedly haunting games. Which games would make your list?