Best Horror Game of 2015 - ArticleKarl Koebke , posted on 01 January 2016 / 7,394 Views
A heightened sense of immersion through player agency is the best answer to the question of what makes video games unique as a medium, and the horror genre is probably one of the best examples of that ideal. Games that go bump in the night give fans all the thrill of being chased by a murderous psychopath without the tiring aerobic exercise.
Among this year’s nominees we have a tale of underwater terror, a return to what makes Resident Evil great, a look inside the mind of a crazed painter, and a cheesy teen slasher flick turned game. Adrenaline junky gamers have definitely had a great year, but it’s time to crown the king of terror in 2015.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2
Layers of Fear
And the Winner is...
Community's Choice - Until Dawn (52% of the votes)
As a move-focused title that was originally developed for the PlayStation 3 and then completely redone for the PlayStation 4, it’s understandable that Until Dawn left some concerned. What brave gamers eventually got, however, was a brilliant horror-based take on the adventure stylings of series such as the Walking Dead, with a focus on a split narrative through player choice.
Similar to Heavy Rain before it, tension was maintained throughout the story by having multiple player controlled characters that could actually die without being followed by a game over screen and a scene redo. Coupled with impressive presentation and unexpectedly well implemented motion control mechanics, this sense of tension is what makes Until Dawn the Best Horror Game of 2015.