Come one come all, watch this horror n00b play the scariest games he owns! It's no secret that October is a scary month and so why not celebrate with five weeks of horror game streams? Why not indeed!
As of yesterday we're done with the first week of this impromptu celebration of October! Last night I completed a run of Lone Survivor, in what's my best time and ending to date; ~four and a half hours and Blue ending. All in all it was just good to get my hands on this game again.
The first time I played it was way back around when the game first came out on the PS3. Something appealed to me about this game. It was definitely the art style, having seen a few screenshots on Destructoid I was amazed at how good it looked, even for a pixilated game. Then add to that the intrigue that making a game stylized like this dark and eerie did for me and you've got a winner. For the record I was underexposed to indie games, pixel/retro graphics and horror games, and any combination of those, at the time. So that should explain why the game drew me in so hard.
Then I got to playing it and man was I hoooooked. The gameplay is fun and it gets that right level of platforming/exploration that I like. The atmosphere really is terrifying - though on a second or third playthrough not as much - and that is aided by the darkness and music. All of the effects (the ones that blur and distort and whatever else) that alter the screen as your health or mental state depletes definitely help to make it feel more scary. But what's most important is, as the title of the game states, how oppressive this world feels: You are all alone, in a dark creepy apartment complex surrounded by monsters. The game gets very psychological-horror too, which probably influenced my preference for that variety today.
But I could wax on about this game forever. The music is so good that I went out and bought all of Jasper Byrne's work on bandcamp, and I would encourage you to do the same if you feel so inclined. This game will go down as one of my absolute favorite indies and it is for good reason. And it is for good reason, then, that it was an absolute joy to pick this game to open up the October Spooktacular with. I just hope it won't be too long before the next time I replay, or have a reason to replay, Lone Survivor. Somebody's gotta water Chuck god damnit.
As for next week, we're looking into the creepy world of Slender: The Arrival (which will be streamed too). My first impression is that this game is some hot shit, it must be as I've seen Slenderman at basically every single convention I've ever been to since 2010. People love this character, and we're obviously going to get scared here. Thankfully the game is only 8 hours but that's still 8 hours of horror torture I'll be putting myself through.
Following that the schedule remains the same although I'm looking to replace FNAF as it might be too short. Oh and the final game will be Alien: Isolation, thank you Agent9 for that recommendation!