It’s October, and that means Halloween is at the end of the month. Which, in turn, will result in a number of horror stories, debates about the scariest games, and general theme articles. It’s going to be a lot to deal with, I know, but lets go ahead and just get through this now. This way, you have a list of some of the scariest games from 2013 you can play this month, I get this whole Halloween-theme story idea out of my system, and we enjoy the rest of our month.
Because seriously, I have Saints Row IV, Rune Factory 4, and soon Pokemon X. You all probably have GTA Online. This way, we all know the scariest games of 2013, and can keep that list in the back of our minds in case the internet goes out, our 3DS batteries die, or something equally tragic happens.
Aliens: Colonial Marines (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Our first scariest game isn’t actually scary on its own. It’s more the circumstances that surround it that are horrifying. Aliens: Colonial Marines was a PR nightmare. Gamers were deceived into thinking Gearbox had made a high quality, upstanding game based upon the beloved Alien series, and they got a glitchy, broken, last gen mess.
Think of Aliens: Colonial Marines as this list’s cautionary tale. The game itself isn’t one of the scariest games of 2013, but the story surrounding it is.
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (PC)
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is horrifying. This is a game you can not play in the dark. It won’t play fair. It will get inside your head. It may even make you shriek. The ambiance is perfect, the setting sublime, and the story is positively chilling. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is easily the scariest game of 2013, and playing it this month will probably rob you of a few nights’ sleep.
Dead Space 3 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC)
Dead Space is a series where the horror lies in knowing you have to go forward. Bad things are going to happen, it may not end well, but the only way you can make Dead Space 3 stop is by charging forward, hoping for the best. I contend that the original Dead Space was scarier, since there was more mystery surrounding the series back then, but Dead Space 3 is still a frightening adventure. The heart of it is, though, you’re in space and surrounded by the unknown.
Knock-knock was only just released, so you’ll have to take my word for its ability to unnerve players. In this case, it’s about knowing that something is coming to get you. You can’t just run away. You have get lights repaired before it arrives, hope there’ll be a suitable place to hide, and squirrel yourself away in the hopes it will pass you buy so you can continue the cat and mouse until morning. You know what I’m talking about – the stress induced horrors.
Slender: The Arrival (PC)
Slender Man is terrifying. It doesn’t matter that he was made up for a Something Awful forum contest. He’s the stuff of nightmares, a less friendly version of Jack Skellington. Slender: The Arrival takes exactly what is so terrifying about Slender Man and puts it into a video game. Slender Man could be anywhere. You don’t want to find him, but he wants to find you. He probably will. You can try and collect scraps of paper to maybe survive, but really? You’re his.