Horror is one of the kinds of extreme that can develop more adrenaline in the body of an unprepared person than a long jump with a parachute. Fear in most cases is a conditional thing. It is pawned in us from childhood through different stereotypes, like monsters in dark places or under the bed, faith in paranormal phenomena and so on.
For many decades, our fears are skillfully used by writers and directors of horror films who perfectly understand that a person will necessarily go to the cinema once again to jump at the right moment from a sudden screamer and get his portion of emotions and adrenaline. The developers of video games quickly realized that this effect will be much stronger, if not only watch what is happening on the screen but also take part in it. So the first horror games appeared.
For a long time, it was purely male entertainment: brave fans of virtual worlds went to battle with evil spirits, leaving wives and girlfriends at home. However, times have changed. Now the girl-gamer has ceased to be the desired mirage of the average nerd but has become a reality. If your girlfriend is one of them, invite her to play together in one of the horror stories from this article and you are guaranteed to become the lord of her soul.
Penumbra is a unique project. Its first part was released in 2007 and became one of the main representatives of the genre survival-horror, despite the apparent simplicity of performance. The authors of this terrible game realized that the effect of fear for their lives and primitive fear can be strengthened by taking away all the weapons from the player. There are no shotguns and rocket launchers, there is only a fragile protagonist without superpowers, who is afraid of dying. It is better to hide from the danger in Penumbra, rather than fight off it with a hammer.
The developers of the game went to an interesting decision to increase immersion in the atmosphere and added the main character the need to interact with surrounding objects on the physical level. For example, to push the drawer out of the table, it is necessary to clamp its handle with the mouse button and pull it toward you. This creates an additional presence effect. Later, many companies will start using this technique in their games.
Amnesia The Dark Descent
Amnesia The Dark Descent is a direct heir to the genre from the developers of Penumbra, who used their previous achievements to make the horror game of their dreams. And at the same time and bring some players to a heart attack.
Amnesia released in 2010 and squeezes players into their seats so far. Frictional Games decided to go further and made the protagonist – Daniel – completely defenseless in front of all the dangers in this horror game.
According to the plot of the game, we wake up on the floor of one of the rooms of a medieval castle and realize that we have lost our memory. From this moment begins our long journey on the plot of the game, which we draw from the notes left by the heroes and scraps of newspapers. The viscous and gloomy atmosphere of the castle drags on itself almost instantly.
Cry of Fear
Cry of Fear is a unique example of a successful horror game, in which there is no crazy graphics of AAA-class, there is no chic animation and epic direction, which is so praised by modern developers. There is only a qualitative atmosphere that compensates for such a mean trick as the screamers. And for this, you can forgive everything. Even the fact that it is actually an amateur modification on the slightly modified Half-Life engine (which was released in 1998, we will remind). If you are a nervous person and you faint suddenly when you see a little spider, then do not start playing Cry of Fear.
This horror game was released in 2012 and is distributed in the Steam service absolutely free of charge. Nobody put expectations on the mod exactly until the first players left their feedback about the game in the style of “best laxative without chemistry.”
So find a soulmate and plunge into the world of top horror games – don’t waste your time, bro!