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toms
09-22-2005, 12:31 PM
Question: Are there any truely scary games out there?

I've finally gotten around to playing one of the all time classic games - Resident Evil. I picked up the Gamecube remake cheap and while I'm enjoying it quite a bit (except the stupid inventory system) I have to say its not even remotely scary.

The fact that the game that pretty much started it the Horror game genre isn't scary got me thinking. I've played a couple of horror games over they years, and I can't really think of a single one that was scary.

Res Evil = Good but not scary. Eternal Darkness = excellent, but not really scary. Undying = Good but not really scary. Etc.. The closest I can think of in terms of scary games was Doom3 (or maybe AvP) which for the first few levels at least succeeded in making you cautious, and making you jump when things leapt out at you.
But even that soon lost it's scare factor and became repetetive.

So, are there scary games out there I have just missed? Or is it impossible to make scary games because the repetetive nature of games means that any initial scare factor wears off after the first time you encounter something?

Even those few "scary" bits in Doom3 or whatever as "jump scares" when something jumps out at you and makes you jump.. I can't think of any games at all that have managed to pull off proper psycological scares that make you nervous or unsettled. Is that even possible with games, or is it beyond their scope?

Thoughts?

Kain
09-22-2005, 03:32 PM
I've heard Silent Hill shakes people pretty nicely. I wouldn't know though as I never got around to playing it.

Rogue Nine
09-22-2005, 04:17 PM
Try out the Fatal Frame games. Those are still pretty freaky even after a couple of playthroughs.

Alegis
09-22-2005, 04:32 PM
Doom 3 for the first 2 lvls. Afterwards you know there will be a zombiething coming out of a piece of a wall and make a hell of a lot of noise.

Samuel Dravis
09-22-2005, 05:24 PM
I just got System Shock 2 and it's supposed to be scary. Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to play it much yet, so I can't tell you firsthand if it really is or not. :(

ss2 review (http://www.the-underdogs.org/game.php?id=3924)

TK-8252
09-22-2005, 05:46 PM
Even HL2 scares the hell out of me.

"We don't go to Ravenholm..."

El Sitherino
09-22-2005, 07:06 PM
Donkey Kong Country 3. That obese baby kong thing scares me.

ZBomber
09-22-2005, 07:40 PM
The game "D" for Playstation. Holy **** batman!

BTW - I didn't get scared from Doom 3. :( We tried playing with the TV super loud, and with the lights out, but it.... just wasn't that scary. :(

TK-8252
09-22-2005, 08:48 PM
Donkey Kong Country 3. That obese baby kong thing scares me.

Just the sound of that scares me.

Bob Lion54
09-22-2005, 11:06 PM
I wouldn't call it scary, but Vampire:The Masquarade:Bloodlines had a haunted Hotel. There were a few "jump moments."
When you are entering the hotel, one of the lights by the door explodes. Theres a ghost that runs across your path in the basement.

The atmosphere of the area is awsome.

Kain
09-22-2005, 11:36 PM
I wouldn't call it scary, but Vampire:The Masquarade:Bloodlines had a haunted Hotel. There were a few "jump moments."
When you are entering the hotel, one of the lights by the door explodes. Theres a ghost that runs across your path in the basement.

The atmosphere of the area is awsome.

I remember that...that area was tough.

toms
09-23-2005, 08:10 AM
The game "D" for Playstation. Holy **** batman!

BTW - I didn't get scared from Doom 3. :( We tried playing with the TV super loud, and with the lights out, but it.... just wasn't that scary. :(

Can't find any info on D. Searching for D doesn't bring back particularly focused results. What kind of game was it?

I found doom3 a bit scary the first few levels, when i was sneaking around, running form corner to corner, using tactics etc.. And the first one or two times something jumped out at me. Then I realised te best tactic was just to run-and-gun it, and the jumping out enemies got predictable and tiresome.

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It seems to me that there are several problems with making scary games:

1 - Games last much longer than movies, so any scary enemies, events, atmosphere is likely to become repetetive, predictable and loose its scariness.

2 - Horror films tend to rely on the fear that you can die unpredictably at any time... but games where you can die unpredictably at any time are really annoying.. so they have to give you predictable enemies. So once you have them figured out they aren't scary.

hmm..

Boba Rhett
09-23-2005, 11:47 AM
What? Undying is scary. :( It's the scariest game I've ever played.

Doomie
09-23-2005, 01:20 PM
F.E.A.R. is supposed to be pretty scary, but I only played a small part of the demo. That was pretty freaky though.

Kengo
09-23-2005, 01:30 PM
I just got System Shock 2 and it's supposed to be scary. Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to play it much yet, so I can't tell you firsthand if it really is or not. :(

Scariest game I've ever played. Its the sounds that do it, the way you can hear things moving around but you're not sure where, and also the way that you've got pretty limited ammo the whole way through and can't really rely on firepower alone to win the day. Amazing game!

tk102
09-23-2005, 01:32 PM
Thief 3 was had some pretty intense moments. I really like that series. :D

ET Warrior
09-23-2005, 02:42 PM
I get scared by everything. I'm really jumpy and easily frightened...

coupes.
09-23-2005, 03:07 PM
I get scared by everything. I'm really jumpy and easily frightened...
You're a wuss !

I haven't played many scary games, it's not really my type of game to be honest. I did get some chills when I saw the crazy zombies jumping from rooftop to rooftop in HL2.

Mex
09-23-2005, 04:46 PM
I get scared by everything. I'm really jumpy and easily frightened...

Same here. :( The hotel on Vampire:The Masquarade: Bloodlines scared me to death. Everyone else I knew played it no problem. Doom 3 scared the heck out of me, I never even got quarter way through it. Cold Fear (Which isn't that scary) Still scares me to death.

It's only happened after that "Whats wrong with this picture" link that I found on a thread here. When the face popped up I fell out of my chair and ran downstairs. Since then I've had a fear of things jumping out at me. :(

jon_hill987
09-23-2005, 05:25 PM
Thief 3 was had some pretty intense moments. I really like that series. :D

I was gonna say Theif II, It's the knowing that you can't get away, you a traped in the corner with nowhere to go and the guards are comming...

Also the bit in Half-Life with the giant green banging things, when you meet them for the first time in the blast pit.

The opening few levels of AvP2 as a marine were quite scary aswell, it lost it a bit after that. I hear the first one is much better.

Oh and finaly "They Hunger" for Half-Life, If you have never played it download all three parts now. it is brilliant.

EDIT: You may notice that all of the games in my list are old, the newest being AvP2, It's not that I don't think new games are scary, I just havn't played them. I am saving up for a shiny new PC though...

kipperthefrog
09-23-2005, 06:02 PM
the scariest thing i ever played was one level in "Theif- Deadly Shadows". It was the Shalbridge Cradle if you are patient enough to get to it....


This link shows a picture of it and a description!

Shalebridge Cradle (twards the bottom of the page) (http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://arstechnica.com/reviews/004/software/thief-deadly-shadows/TDS16.jpg&imgrefurl=http://arstechnica.com/reviews/games/tds.ars/4&h=600&w=800&sz=58&tbnid=hfenAsZm7IAJ:&tbnh=106&tbnw=142&hl=en&start=1&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dshalebridge%2Bcradle%26svnum%3D10%26h l%3Den%26lr%3D%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DG)

Rogue15
09-24-2005, 12:43 AM
i agree with Rhett, undying IS scary.

Kain
09-24-2005, 02:59 AM
Man, I was at a friends house and he played theeee single most horribly frightening game I've ever seen in my life! I left crying. The game you ask? Final.Fantasy.X-2.

:D

El Sitherino
09-24-2005, 06:19 AM
Man, I was at a friends house and he played theeee single most horribly frightening game I've ever seen in my life! I left crying. The game you ask? Final.Fantasy.X-2.

:D
... I loathe you. I had that game purged from my memory, but nooooo, you just had to bring it up. :mad:

access_flux
09-24-2005, 09:34 AM
I wouldn't call it scary, but Vampire:The Masquarade:Bloodlines had a haunted Hotel. There were a few "jump moments."
When you are entering the hotel, one of the lights by the door explodes. Theres a ghost that runs across your path in the basement.

The atmosphere of the area is awsome.


i agree. that was pretty damn creepy.

RpTheHotrod
09-24-2005, 01:53 PM
Download and try the F.E.A.R. singleplayer demo.

Samuel Dravis
09-26-2005, 02:51 PM
I played the Undying demo a couple days ago. It was scary, especially the first time those weird fish things bashed in the ceiling. I don't like fighting them, and my shotgun reloads soooooo sloooowwww. :(

I want my automatic!

Darth Groovy
09-26-2005, 02:58 PM
For about $10 you can get either the gold edition of Aliens Vs Predator 2, and make sure you play as the human....you'll wet your pants everytime you hear a blip on your scanner.

Another creepy one in the discount range is The Thing for the win! You can spend all your money on Doom 3 if you want, but all that stuff has been borrowed from everything else, while the first mentioned games are directly inspired and meant to mirror the suspense of the movies they spawned from.

Samuel Dravis
09-26-2005, 03:01 PM
I loved the movie The Thing. It was made in like '56 right? I watched the B&W one, and it was really creepy. I heard the game was good as well, but I'm not too interested in lots of gore...

EDIT: It was made in 1951. IMDB (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044121/).

Darth Groovy
09-26-2005, 03:07 PM
I loved the movie The Thing. It was made in like '56 right? I watched the B&W one, and it was really creepy. I heard the game was good as well, but I'm not too interested in lots of gore...

There was a movie made in '56, however THIS game is inspired by John Carpenter's 1982 remake, and remains in my top ten list of scariest movies I have ever seen. The game emulates alot of that tention really well.

Darth333
09-26-2005, 04:04 PM
the scariest thing i ever played was one level in "Theif- Deadly Shadows". It was the Shalbridge Cradle if you are patient enough to get to it....
The Craddle was really scary and the tensed atmosphere is maintained througout the level. For maximum effect play it in the dark: increased heartbeat rate guaranteed.

toms
10-28-2005, 09:06 AM
*Resurects old thread as an undead thread*

The new Call of Cthulhu game looks kind of interesting:
http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/562603.asp?q=call%20of
first person survival horror meets adventure game puzzle solving. But you spend a lot of it with no weapons and have to run away, hide, push furniture against doors etc...

Looks to me as if it does everything Condemned does on the 360, just without the lovely graphics.

I traded in a few games for Deadly Shadows, so maybe i'll check it out once I finish SSX3 and MGS:TTS.

Kurgan
10-28-2005, 09:42 AM
AvP/AvP 2 Gold Editions, woo ya! ;)

Actually a lot of FPS have made me jump.. not in terms of scares, just surprise. ;)

Happened to me during the original Dark Forces for example! Rare, but it happens!

House of the Dead series, and Zombie Revenge. ;)

SplatterHouse series... (especially part 3) another good halloween game.

Cmdr. Cracken
10-28-2005, 09:53 AM
My friends played Doom 3, while i wasn't there, on a big ass screen at RIT with surround sound and no lights, with jacked up volume.

Well, they couldn't sleep well for a week.

neither could that entire hall......

Samuel Dravis
10-28-2005, 10:06 AM
I just picked up Undying, I'm going to try it out right now. :)