For those of us who like to celebrate Halloween with a horror-themed videogame marathon, a myriad of choices has opened up to us in recent years. Along with the old survival-horror standbys, we now have a new breed of team-based survival games such as Left 4 Dead, FEAR 3, and Killing Floor.
While another contemporary is welcome, it takes a lot more than some horror gimmicks for us to stick with a game of this ilk past October. However, The Haunted takes a unique approach to team-based, horror-themed action which may give it an edge. It’s like a cross between an arcade beat-em-up, Gears of War’s Horde mode, and Resident Evil's Mercanaries mode. Unfortunately, technical flaws keep this one from becoming a horror game you’ll keep on the shelf throughout the year.