Frictional Games earned several slots in our round up of the best horror games on PC, and deservedly so with games like Amnesia: The Dark Descent under their belt. But what of their next venture, SOMA? This sinister sci-fi horror was teased with a series of live-action videos before being revealed to be another exploratory first-person horror game, this time set in a Giger-esque world of dark, undulating cables and exposed brains. Time for a chat with Frictional Games creative director Thomas Grip to discover the thinking behind his latest horror.
Welcome to my humble abode. Do have a seat on that high-back chair. Here, take this brandy, don’t mind the raven above the chamber door, and try not to make eye contact with the scary portrait above the fireplace. Don’t touch the hideous idol on the mantlepiece, either. It almost certainly isn’t haunted, but you can never be too sure.
Let’s talk about horror games. They’ve been with us for decades. Alone in the Dark gave us a haunted house to escape from in ‘92. Doom pit players against nightmarish hordes in ‘93, and things have gotten stranger in the neighbourhood since then. Recently, the likes of Slender and SCP Containment Breach have scared half of the internet into a gibbering fugue state, and there are dozens of horror games being assembled in dungeon labs all over the world this very moment.
We thought it was about time we celebrated the best of horror, from tense survivalist nightmares to ultra-gib hellspawn massacres. Whether you prefer the loud guns and scripted shocks of FEAR to the quiet dread of Amnesia, there are plenty of horror classics here, but we hope you find something new and terrifying in this 90-strong collection, which includes some of the scariest and strangest games ever made.
Like a masked psychopath sneaking up on a group of skinny dipping college students, the Steam Halloween Sale has suddenly arrived to murder your wallet in cold blood. There are 156 spooky games up for sale, including Eldritch, The Walking Dead, Don’t Starve (which now comes bundled with a free horror mod), and...Sleeping Dogs?
Nether, the urban-focused DayZ-alike we first told you about in August, has just hit Steam Early Access. The hopefully brutal survival MMO is now in Beta, and eager early adopters can get in and start checking out the game.
New screenshots of Survarium, the online spiritual successor to Stalker, have surfaced from the game’s alpha development phase. Stalker, the fantastic first-person shooter with a legion of devoted fans, set expectations high for Stalker 2, which was then unexpectedly and unceremoniously cancelled. Since the sequel officially died, Stalker 2’s former developers have set up shop as Vostok Games to pursue an MMOFPS version of the game that never happened.
Regular PC Gamer readers have probably heard about Among the Sleep, because I keep writing about it. I keep writing about it because it's a first-person horror game from Norway in which you play as a two-year-old—which I think is pretty cool. Not sold yet? Well, you'll be able to try out a public alpha demonstrating some early parts of the game (which now has confirmed Oculus Rift support, by the way) starting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11 a.m. PDT.
Alongside the likes of Slenderman and that ghost girl from Curse of the Blood Moon, another indie horror contender has been brewing in the original Half-Life engine. Cry of Fear is a free total conversion mod constructed on the back of Gordon Freeman's maiden voyage, and it's releasing standalone this Wednesday. Using 100% custom assets, the mod was developed by Team Psykskallar, which even went so far as to implement animated cutscenes and a few other non-native elements in the 15-year-old engine.
Among the Sleep, the atmospheric horror game in which you play as a baby, is now on Kickstarter with the hope that fans will support it as it makes its final steps toward release. Though the game is feature complete, the devs at Norway's Krillbite Studio say the $200,000 in crowdfunding would allow them to turn some of the part-time team into full-time developers as they seek to round out the sharp corners and put those plastic protector things on the light sockets before letting us loose from the crib.
[sound of coffin opening] Welcome! I am your (g)host, Craig FEARSOME, beckoning you in to this eldritch gathering of... LOOK BEHIND YOU! [sound of special effects budget being cut] Yes, there is NOTHING there. The very absence of fear is perhaps the greatest fear of all. No? But I used Caps Lock and italics! WhAt aBOut NOwWow? [sound of awkward silence] Fine, you are unafraid of typography. How about a list of the scariBOOest PC games? Hah. I saw you flinch! Now you are atmospherically prepared, ensure there are neither babies nor pets between yourself and the nearest toilet, lest your bowels react unfavourably to this mildly cursed list of possibly evil games, aka The five Scariest PC Games of alllllllll timmmmmme*. [sound of coffin closing][sound of Craig snoring]
I first played Action Forms’ icebound horror shooter for a review in another magazine – and I can’t say I got it right. Nothing I said was exactly wrong, either, checking off the repetitious rooms of glum-looking bulkheads, the imprecise melee combat and eventual descent into gormless, clumsy gunfire. And yet, three years later, I still find myself thinking about this game and occasionally shivering. For all the monotony of its spaces, for all the trite jump scares, its atmosphere is deeply, enduringly freakish and, above all else, cold.
Norwegian devs Krillbite Studios want to make you cry like a baby in their upcoming horror game, Among The Sleep. This will be accomplished by having you actually play as a baby. In a house filled with monsters, creepy shadows, and earthquakes. Alone. If you thought wandering around an abandoned castle as the strapping, athletic Daniel in Amnesia: The Dark Descent was creepy, check out the trailer below.