Halloween Horrorween Special Report! (Part 2)
Welcome back to my very special report. It’s 24 hours later and Halloween is here. The ghouls are preparing their rattly chains, the witches applying extra scary eye liner and many a pumpkin is being disembowelled as I write this introduction. Spooky stuff.
But what about my quest to find underpant soiling fear via the medium of cheap games? Yesterday was a mixed bag – some fun was had, sure, but was I scared? Heck no! I was not scared.
Today, in honour of all things frightening, possessed and evil, I’ve cranked up the spook factor on the games to be played and have high hopes of at least a little unease.
Hold on tight, here we gooooooooooooooooooo!
Our first bone shaker on this most dark of days is …… The Haunted: Hells Reach …. and you will not be in the slightest bit astonished to know I got it from Steam.
“All Hell Has Broken Loose!!!” is what the Steam store page screamed at me. Encouraging.
“The Haunted: Hells Reach is a fast paced third person action horror game that focuses on delivering an intense multiplayer experience. Your goal is to liberate cursed places and survive the assault from the minions of Hell. The game features several multiplayer modes such as co-op survival, demons vs. humans and demonizer.” Ooooh, sounds good.
The Haunted: Hells Reach was also winner of 2010′s ‘Make Something Unreal’ contest, another positive sign.
Not to mention my favourite pointless addition to any game – 18 Steam Achievements.
Aroooga! As somebody in the 1980’s once said.
This game looks great. It has intense action, monstrous ghouls, roundhouse kicks that decapitate enemies, powerful firearms, multiplayer modes galore and enough gore to please even the most gruesome of appetites.
The problem is it keeps crashing on me. I’ve played 2 single player maps successfully, but as soon as I think my woes are over, I’ll click some part, any part of the menu and boom! That horrible little Windows box of pc doom appears to inform me that the game has a shut down. I’ve verified my game files, re-installed the game, updated drivers and checked the forums – no luck. Mind you, the fact that the forums aren’t full of people whining about crashing leads me to think it’s not a common bug. Something about my particular set-up. Also, the servers are relatively busy. I’ll try again in a little while.
(A little later…) Ok. I tried again and played an entire online multiplayer game! The graphics are great and the action comes thick and fast. There are a lot of monsters after your butt in this game.
It’s third person view, which takes a little getting used to, if you’ve been brainwashed by FPS as much as me. Then it’s hardcore, adrenaline pumping blood splattered mega violence all the way.
There are a range of attacks – melee, kicks, guns, explosives, knives…..probably a lot more. I got my ass handed to me during my trip down tendril lane, so this game probably deserves a decent amount of time put in to it, if you’re going to enjoy it’s potential. I suspect it can be very good indeed. The gameplay revolves around a sort of capture the flag type concept, only instead of flags, it’s strange cocoon type objects. There is a lot more to this game than I’ve seen tonight, and I will definitely return to it.
It’s a dark, gruesome and frenetic game that deserves a closer look.
Game Rating: 7/10
Fear Factor: 8/10 (I was actually quite scared)
Developer: KTX Software
edit: As I write this The Haunted: Hells Reach is downloading a rather large update. Interesting…..
Okaaaaaay. Onwards we go, for the work of the tireless game reviewer stops for nothing. What’s next? No idea.
I’ll get back to you……..watch this space
Our next stop on this eerie excursion is not for the faint hearted …. it’s ….. Amnesia The Dark Descent
Amnesia The Dark Descent is a spooky game. A very spooky game indeed. During the 2 hours I’ve just been playing it, I had genuine shivers down my spine countless times.
I played with the lights down as low as I could and still actually see the keyboard, headphones up high and with no distractions. Setting the mood is vital for getting the most from Amnesia.
It’s almost an interactive horror movie. You take control of the protagonist and FPS style, slowly make your way around the locations, gradually finding clues and items that will eventually jog your lost memories to reveal the awful truth of your situation. Amnesia is beautifully rendered, soundtracked and constructed. The spookiest game I’ve played so far this Halloween without a doubt.
You probably guessed I downloaded it from Steam. Okay then, let’s rate this baby.
Game Rating: 9/10
Fear Factor: 10/10 (terrifying)
Developed and Published by Frictional Games
AMD 4200+ X2 2233 MHz CPU
ATI HD4670 512mb GPU
Windows XP SP3
It’s getting late and I need vital sustenance. I’m very happy to have found true terror in Amnesia, and The Haunted provided it’s fair share of shocks too, once I got it working.
All the releases I’ve featured in this special feature are worth a look, and all shine in their own way. It’s worth bearing in mind that this was a fun ‘whistle stop’ tour of a few games featured in the Halloween sales, and not by any means in-depth reviewing. I played them all for around 1-2 hours, which more often than not, will only provide a glimpse of what’s to come.
There are of course loads more releases in the Halloween sales worth taking a look at, and I did indeed buy a few more than listed here. Not to mention games featured in the sales that I already own.
There are many, many decent horror type games around at the moment, some have been around quite a while and stand the test of time. But that’s a whole new article.
Stay safe, my little friends, and try not to die horribly at the hands of a demon tonight.
I’m gonna go play some TF2 for a bit of light relief 😀