I hold the first three Silent Hill games in high regard. Unfortunately, the franchise that was once considered to be the be-all-end-all of survival/psychological horror has – as of late – been relegated to lower tier after a number of barely average releases. With the exception of Climax’s Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, every other recent Silent Hill game have been serviceable at best, and unfrightening at worst.
That’s why I was surprised at how Silent Hill Downpour managed to surpass my expectations for the franchise. When you start Downpour, you’d think that this new game from developer Vatra Games was just another typical visit to the titular town. However, once you really get into the game’s story, you’ll notice that Downpour is different from Silent Hill games from the recent past. Lo and behold, Silent Hill Downpour is actually a surprisingly scary game with an intriguing premise and a unique semi-open world . Yet like many of the games before it, Downpour also suffers from clunky combat as well as technical and design issues that keep it from greatness.
Read our full review of Silent Hill Downpour after the break.
I’ll say it right now, this week’s Forgotten Treasures - Deadly Premonition - is a game that you’ll either love or hate. Originally an Xbox 360 exclusive in North America, Deadly Premonition divided both critic and consumer opinions. While some absolutely hated the game because of it’s outdated graphics and horrible voice acting, many more loved and swear by it even today. It’s also been affectionately called by many as the “Twin Peaks of gaming” and even holds the Guinness World Record for “Most Critically Polarizing Survival Horror Game.”
Learn more about Deadly Premonition after the break. Read the rest of this entry
Great news for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City fans; Capcom and Slant Six Games recently released a massive patch that fixes and tweaks a number of key issues that gamers have been pretty vocal on since the game was released.
The fixes include smarter, more effective ally and enemy AI, improved matchmaking, a CQC spam fix, as well as aiming and weapon elements tweaks.
Anyway check out the list of issues fixed/tweaked on the latest Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City after the break. Read the rest of this entry
Canadian developer Visceral Games showed gamers a glimpse of the action-packed co-op campaign for Dead Space 3 at the EA E3 press briefing yesterday. Featuring the returning Isaac Clarke and brand-new protagonist John Carver, Dead Space 3 will have players surviving against the deadly environments and necromorphs as a team online and off.
Learn more about new character John Carver and Dead Space 3‘s co-op campaign after the break. Read the rest of this entry
The Slow Death of Eastern Horror Games (I originally wrote this for Sonyrumors.net and re-purposed it for JTM Games)
I’ll be honest; I’m a big horror fan and not that many games have truly terrified me this year. Of course there’s the occasional western action-horror games like Dead Island and Dead Space 2 which provided jump-out-of-your-seat scares, but none of these games force the feeling of dread and absolute terror throughout the entire adventure quite like a relatively obscure eastern survival horror game called Corpse Party.
To millions of you who haven’t heard about it, Corpse Party is a PSN-exclusive PSP game that exemplifies eastern horror. And it’s a damn good game to boot. So my question is, why don’t we have more games like this in North America? Read the rest of this entry
Even More Scariest Moments In Gaming
First off, I’d like to give thanks to the members over at Raptr (especially -kc-, koulatio, windy, and linksmash) for sharing their scariest moments in gaming.
With that, many of us love playing survival horror games, and there’s something about being underpowered, overwhelmed by ghostly, demonic, or zombified pursuers that keeps us hooked until the very end, regardless of how scared or perturbed we are. With this version, I wanted to know what game moments scared you guys silly. This is your list, your scariest moments in gaming.
*Note: Please be forewarned, some of these scenes can spoil some of the games’ plot points. Read at your own discretion. Read the rest of this entry
Outside of the Silent Hill franchise, there haven’t been many PSP games that have scared gamers quite like XSeed’s Corpse Party. A game that combines Asian supernatural and North American gore-horror elements, Corpse Party is like a 16-bit interactive amalgamation of modern and classic horror.
It’s part Ju-On: The Grudge and part Saw. It’s part Ringu (Ring), and part Final Destination. It’s a game in which no protagonist is safe, no character is left untouched by the curse of vengeful spirits and mad men. It’s a game that takes players down a horrific (and downright savage) reality where any and every choice can lead a characters demise.
Will you join the Corpse Party?