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The Evil Within seems like it forgot the 'horror' in 'pure survival horror' photo
The Evil Within seems like it forgot the 'horror' in 'pure survival horror'
by Brett Makedonski

All too often, survival horror titles perform poorly in some areas, but it's somehow acceptable because that's the trade-off for being survival horror. If the experience is tense and scary, it seems like everything else is forgivable. That's a very important "if" however, because if it doesn't deliver on the horror front, you're suddenly left with a game that just performs poorly.

After having almost two hours of hands-on time with The Evil Within, it's perilously close to falling into this category.

As a disclaimer of sorts, I was thrust into two levels at varying points of the story. Chapter 4 and Chapter 8 were the two sections shown, and both were ineffective at providing any scares, any true adrenaline-pumping moments, or really anything even noteworthy. For what it's worth, maybe I was missing the context of the previous parts of the game that might give others an overarching sense of fear. As isolated incidents, they were just dull.

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5:00 PM on 05.24.2014

White Noise Online wants you to scare and be scared with friends

White Noise Online is an indie horror game from Milkstone Studios that wants you and your friends to be terrified together. Team up with three others via Steam to look for clues together while avoiding some type of creature ...

Brittany Vincent

3:30 PM on 05.22.2014

Toddler horror tale Among the Sleep hits Steam in one week

After a successful run on Kickstarter, Krillbite Studio will release its first-person horror adventure Among the Sleep for Windows, Mac, and Linux in just one week, on May 29. This is that game about a two-year-old who, in a...

Jordan Devore

4:15 PM on 05.21.2014

Kickstart your brain with some Caffeine

Space station horror game Caffeine is now up on Kickstarter. It's asking for about $65,000 USD so it can go into full time development for an early 2015 release. You can also download a demo from the Kickstarter page, or jus...

Steven Hansen





2:30 PM on 05.19.2014

FMV game Night Trap to live on with re-release

Controversial "ultra-violent" '90s full-motion video game Night Trap will, according to director and current rights holder James Riley, "come back, in better resolution and game play than before. We just want to be sure it's ...

Jordan Devore

4:00 PM on 05.13.2014

Among the Sleep crawls to PS4, Project Morpheus

Among the Sleep is creeping and crawling to PlayStation 4, Norwegian developer Krillbite Studio revealed today. The toddler-themed horror game will also feature support for Sony's virtual reality headset, Project Mo...

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 PM on 05.10.2014

The Hum sounds just crazy enough to be an interesting horror game

There's a new horror adventure in town, and it's rocking the cryptic title of The Hum. The upcoming PC/Mac title is under development using Unreal Engine 4, with additional support for Oculus Rift. In short, this means you'l...

Brittany Vincent

1:46 PM on 05.07.2014

Multiplayer is coming to Don't Starve

Don't Starve is a pretty fantastic game overall that's been supported by many content updates and a large expansion -- and now it's getting multiplayer. Klei Entertainment has just confirmed that a free expansion will be...

Chris Carter

1:00 PM on 05.03.2014

Renegade Kid's Cult County Kickstarter project fails

On Friday, the clock struck zero for Renegade Kid's Kickstarter project Cult County. The crowdfunding campaign failed to achieve its $580,000 goal by a wide margin. It seems that target was a bridge too far, as the Mutan...

Kyle MacGregor



Review: Daylight photo
Review: Daylight
by Caitlin Cooke

I've been an enthusiast of the horror genre ever since I laid hands on Eternal Darkness for the GameCube. Although not a fair comparison to many survival horror games since, I’ve understood what it takes for a game to creep under your skin and leave a lasting impression. Daylight, unfortunately, is not one of those games.

Daylight manages to hit every generic horror trope in a less-than-meaningful manner and with limited mechanics. Within the three hours of gameplay I did manage to find some scares, but they were few and far between and rarely left me wanting more.

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2:30 PM on 04.29.2014

Outlast's Whistleblower DLC sure looks unsettling

As much as I like being scared, there's a sense of dread I have to overcome before returning to horror games I've already played through. Perhaps you'll find yourself in a similar situation after watching this effective trai...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 04.29.2014

Check out 12 full hours of H1Z1 during Sony's stream today

Interested in seeing more H1Z1? How about 12 full hours of it? Sony Online Entertainment will be holding a 12-hour marathon of H1Z1 on their Twitch account today from 9 AM through 9 PM PST. In addition, if you happen to live...

Brittany Vincent



Uncanny Valley does survival horror in 2D photo
Uncanny Valley does survival horror in 2D
by Steven Hansen

I got a bit of a The Shining (stylistically crossed with Gods Will Be Watching) vibe in this trailer for Uncanny Valley, but that quickly jumped to more overtly terrifying fare.

Still impressive when a pixel art, 2D game can do scary -- like Lone Survivor. Nice sound design helps that cause. Uncanny Valley is up on Indiegogo right now. I think it looks promising. And that bit of levity at the end of the trailer was cute.

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12:00 AM on 04.28.2014

Corpse Party: Blood Drive will give you nightmares

I'm not exactly sure why I enjoy the Corpse Party series. The games give you likable casts of characters and just enough time to become attached to them, before ripping it all away and going to a very dark place.  Corps...

Kyle MacGregor

4:30 PM on 04.25.2014

I hope The Eldritch Cases: Dagon is Lovecraft done right

It's been quite a while since a game did the Cthulhu mythos, created by HP Lovecraft, really well. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth was an inspired but uneven game and that came out in 2005. The Eldritch Cases: Dag...

Alasdair Duncan





6:00 PM on 04.24.2014

A fresh look at Darkwood before it hits Steam Early Access

Acid Wizard Studio has returned after a year for a new teaser trailer ahead of the Steam Early Access release of Darkwood, its top-down survival horror game that was crowdfunded last year. It's a blend of genres, with roguel...

Jordan Devore