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11 Harrowing Video Games You Need To Play For Halloween

Video games can be fun and help you kill your free time, but that’s not the case for every avid gamer. There are some creepy “SOB” out there who are seeking horror in everything they do, whether that means in reading, watching films, listening to music or video gaming. This Halloween just like in Halloweens past, classic and not-so-classic horror video games will see a huge boost in sales and here at TCmag we’re willing to help you get your share of horror on with what else, but a list of some of the scariest video games that will give you the creeps right through your consoles.
Written by Theodoros II

BIOSHOCK

Bioshock is the kind of video game that will walk you through step-by-step on how to play it. It's a first-person shooter game much like Halo, but way scarier and creepier of course. The graphics are superb, the gameplay is really good, and the story is one of the best of any game ever according to the bible of video gaming, IGN. Ideal for Halloween and we’re 100 percent sure that once you play for the first time you will be addicted to it for the rest of the year.

SILENT HILL: DOWNPOUR

Anyone who has been a die-hard fan of the Silent Hill series ever since the first release back in the late ‘90s will most likely recommend that you play this masterpiece alone in the dark. If you’re thrilled by creepy environments it’s kind of hard not to notice that the developers of Silent Hill: Downpour, put lots of time and effort into detailing the abandoned homes, trees, and rain puddles for a uniquely terrifying experience. 

HAUNTING GROUND

Some describe Haunting Ground as the best horror video game and despite this sounding like an overstatement it might not be that far from the truth. In this game you are truly defenseless, unarmed, and you are being chased by people who want nothing else but to kill you. Your survival literally depends on how well you can hide and how quietly you can walk or even breathe. All you have is your loyal dog to help guide you through the twisted mansion and trust us, the quote “A dog is man’s best friend” was never more true as it is for this game. 

DEAD RISING

Even though the graphics show their age in this game—not that they are really terrible or anything, yet you can't help but sometimes feel like you're playing an early generation game on PS2 or Xbox—Dead Rising gives you the power to kill more zombies than Rambo killed Soviets in Rambo III. We recommend it to anybody who enjoys zombies, zombies, and guess what? More zombies! 

NECROVISION

Despite its silly and irrelevant title, NecroVisioN is quite a fun supernatural-themed PC game that you will definitely enjoy especially if you’re into sci-fi horror. NecroVisioN is set in 1916 during World War I and the hero of the game is a brave, young American soldier who was recently recruited into a British battalion. Simon (the soldier) soon finds himself battling supernatural forces, including zombies, demons, vampires, and other little evil spirits and beasts, as well as blood-thirsty German troops in order to survive. Auf Wiedersehen!

AMNESIA: THE DARK DESCENT

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is played from a first-person perspective, and it’s really dark, as it takes place at night in a castle in the 1800s, so there’s no electricity, only certain areas and rooms with pre-lit candles, torches, and lanterns. The game can be very intense, unnerving, and scary since there are no weapons similar to other horror games to save you from the monsters. You cannot kill your “enemies” and the only way to hide from the monsters is to hide in the dark or try and run from them. Arguably the most atmospheric game to play on Halloween night. 

SIREN

There are people who say Siren is the kind of game that only hard-core survival horror game fans will appreciate, and this might not be much of an overstatement after all. The graphics are not that good, the controls are poorly designed, and the voice-overs aren’t the most thrilling out there, but the game can still be challenging if you’re willing to be patient. If you can make your way past the first couple missions you might end up even being addicted to it, even tho ugh there’s a good chance you might fall asleep in the process. 

NOSFERATU: THE WRATH OF MALACHI

Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi’s plot is heavily influenced by Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with further inspiration from F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu and John Polidori’s short story “The Vampyre.”  This is the strongest point of this PC game—that they designed it so as to make it appear more like a classic horror film than a video game. So we suppose that the images are purposefully “grainy” in order to create this eerie, shadowy effect. The token graphics add to the already horrific atmosphere and overall this game makes the perfect “treat” for your Halloween night. 

DEAD SPACE

Dead Space is without a doubt a gem in the video gaming mine. The graphics, use of audio and music, as well as the controls are all of incredible quality. The game is really scary but the developers made sure to create enough powerful weapons for the gamer with which you can destroy all the hideous creatures that are after you. To make a long story short, Dead Space takes sci-fi survival horror to another level but it can be highly addictive, so take it easy. 

SPLATTERHOUSE

Splatterhouse is one of the most brutal and bloody video games ever made and every avid gamer will agree on this. The 2010 edition is a marvelous remake of the cult classic version from 1988.The storyline is pretty much the same as the original, but the gameplay is easily more improved and up-to-date, with more weapons to pick up and use against the monsters. The superb metal soundtrack and the profanity make things even nastier and as long as children stay away from this game we highly recommend it to everyone who’s seeking pure horror videogame action.  

I HAVE NO MOUTH, AND I MUST SCREAM

Doesn’t the title of this game sound scary and sick enough as it is before you even open the box? No? Okay then, let’s say a few things about this classic PC game. I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream is a point-and-click horror/adventure game based on Harlan Ellison’s 1967 short story of the same name that entered the gaming world in 1995. The storyline is beautifully dark and depressing and it will most likely make you tingle if you love ironic tragedy and drama. If you are into dystopian fiction and fancy some insanity and paranoia in your gaming then this is a must-have addition to your collection.

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