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Lgndary Thoughts - Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween! To celebrate, I decided it could be fun to talk about scary games, and why I have so much difficulty playing them. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

I’m not sure if I have talked about this before here on the site, but I have a very strange relationship with scary games. I am actually interested in many of them for one reason or another, but I have a frustrating time playing them. Yes, that’s right. When it comes to horror games, I am a bit of a pansy. 

Let me go into greater detail. Take SOMA for example. I was very excited about that game leading up to release, and I actually bought it on launch day. But to this day, I haven't played it hardly at all. I get to the facility near the start of the game, and it prompts me “Use R2 to run”, and I just can’t keep going! The anticipation of needing to run just kills it for me. It honestly feels like a curse because I want to play these games so badly, but struggle to find the courage to do so. 

Here is an even worse example. After I first received my PS3, I decided to try out a lot of the different demos available. I had heard amazing things about Bioshock, so I knew that I had to give it a try. Now, a lot of people don’t even consider Bioshock a scary game, but that doesn't mean much to someone like me! When I first started up the demo, I played until I got to the lighthouse doors, and then couldn't continue. I shut the game off, and waited a few hours. After that, I came back, made it to the lighthouse, and opened the door. But yet again, I couldn't continue. So I turned the game off, waited an hour or so to build more courage, and then came back to make a little more progress. This process would repeat a few more times until I finally finished the demo.

I am happy to say that I have since gotten much better. Bioshock is a game that I have played through multiple times, and is easily one of my favorite PS3 games. So I know that I will eventually be able to overcome my weakness to scary games, and finally enjoy so many of the games that I have been missing out on. It may take years to happen, but I am confident it will. And for when that day comes, what scary games would you suggest I play? Let me know in the comments below!

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You should definitely go back to SOMA! I'm not a fan of scary games either (I got like 10 minutes into Alien Isolation before I gave up on that haha) but SOMA is one of my favorite games. I played it with a friend so that I could actually make it through. But it's seriously amazing.

That's funny, Lgnd... it almost sounds like your tolerance for and approach towards scary games is much like mine for first-person games (as a result of my motion sickness).

Anyways, I'm a pretty huge fan of scary/horror games, and often adjust my surroundings to heighten the effect. I obviously haven't played all, or even close to most of the main horror titles out there, but the one standout title for me is Dead Space. Easily one of my favorite games EVER, horror game or not!

I loved every single stressful second of this game, and take a good bit of pride in the fact that I basically played the entire game between the hours of 9pm and 5am, alone in my house (at the time), in a dark basement room with a massive projection screen and the surround sound cranked up. I couldn't have asked for a better arrangement!

The game itself was really, really well done, and if you ever manage to play it AND enjoy it, the sequel comes strongly recommended as well! Smile

Surprisingly terrifying game: Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future for Dreamcast/PS2. You swim around in dark, cramped underwater tunnels struggling to find air and giant eels pop out and can swallow you whole. Horror games don't bother me at all but this freaked me out.

Minecraft, alone, in the dark, in survival mode, exploring a cave. Have fun.

In all seriousness though, you should try Zombi U on Wii U. It's good times.

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