Contenders For Horror Game of the Year
This year has seen a variety of interesting and unique horror games coming out.
With four months left in the year, we’ll be taking a look back at the horror hits of 2017. All of these games are good contenders to be the best horror game of 2017. Most of them are indie with a couple of AAA games sprinkled throughout.
This is an indie Taiwanese horror game set during the martial law of the 1960s. Released on January 12th, this game received positive reviews for its unique take on Taiwanese/Chinese mythology and culture, its 2D graphics as well as its story driven mystery/horror elements constant throughout the game. Detention places the players in a small remote town in the mountains playing as two high school characters who finds themselves practically alone and locked inside this dark school. The game is supported on Mac, PC and Linux. This game is priced reasonably at $11.99 on Steam.
This one has raving reviews and the gameplay looks stunning as well as incorporating an unique storyline, this may be one of the top contenders for this year. This game is priced at $19.99 on the Steam store. Little Nightmares is a strange and dark tale about Six, the main protagonist, who wakes up in this nightmarish realm and now must escape. Little nightmares truly promises to be “…a dark whimsical tale that will confront you with your childhood fears!” (Little Nightmares )
Published April of this year with a price of $29.99 on Steam as well as being available on consoles, this sequel to Outlast may be another contender. The graphics look very interesting and the storyline is creepier than the first one. The game is set in the same universe as the first one and takes place in Temple Gate, a town deep in the woods. Players with take control of Blake Langermann, a journalist cameraman out in the woods as well as the Arizona desert with his wife Lynn to investigate the death of a young pregnant woman who was found in that area. This case leads to “…a darkness so deep that no one could shed light upon it, and a corruption so profound that going made may be the only sane thing to do.” (Outlast 2 steam store)
This is psychological horror game thrusts the players into the world of Black, a mercenary, who awakens in an old asylum with no memories of who he was or where he’s at. What’s really unique about the game is the use of a technology that will help the protagonist navigate the asylum as well as his own mind. But one question remains; who is the girl strapped to the chair and why was he tasked to rescue her? This game is priced at $29.99 and is available on the Steam store.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
“Fear Comes Home” With the launch of the latest installment of an amazing and terrifying franchise, Biohazard takes a different course like no other in the franchise. Relying heavily on the horror aspect of the game as well as an immersive first person POV, RE7 is a breath of fresh air in the franchise. Taking place in Louisiana after the events of Resident Evil 6, You play as Ethan Winters, a man whose missing wife suddenly reappears leading him through a series of dangerous events all while uncovering the truth behind his wife’s disappearance and the Baker Family. This game is possibly the highest priced out of all in the list coming in at $59.99 Steam and varying prices for the consoles.
Bendy and the Ink Machine
The first chapter is free and I highly recommend that you check it out. Chapter 2 is out now for $5.99 on Steam. Bendy and the Ink Machine is a quirky and strange horror game that follows the main character, Henry, as he traverses through an old animator workshop. It’s up to the players to find out not only what lurks there but what happened to Joey Drew. This game is interesting not only because of the strange Mickey Mouse-quese type of characters but also the unique storyline and strange sketch-like graphics throughout the game. This game is a episodic series so look out for more chapters to come.
This year isn’t over yet so there may be more games that comes out between now and December but I’ve decided to take a look at the ones that have comes out so far. Are there more horror games that you feel should have made the list? What other ones are you excited for?