Note: This list is in no particular order. Just 5 terrifying looking games for you to enjoy.
1. The Order: 1886 (PS4) Release Date: February 20, 2015
The Order: 1886 takes place in an alternated history London where man has merged with beast, creating a weird werewolf-like hybrid. You play as an order of old knights that found a mystic Black Water allowing them to live much longer than normal humans and accelerates the rate at which their bodies heal. The graphics of The Order are visually striking, and I want very much to believe that the E3 trailer is what the final game will look like. I probably need to buy a PS4 before February rolls around for this amazing looking game.
2. Dying Light (PS3/ Xbox 360/ PS4/ Xbox One/ PC) Release Date: January 27, 2015
In Dying Light up to four players can run around a zombie infested open world in an urban setting surviving the zombie apocalypse. Think Dead Island if it weren’t on an island. The game will be mostly melee based combat similar to Dead Island. However unlike Dead Island, Dying light features a little bit of free running techniques as well as a dynamic day and night cycle. I know alot of people are getting tired of zombies, but they are my favorite movie/game monster so to all the naysayers, eat your hearts out. The games developer, Techland, has stated the game will have over 50 hours of gameplay. I realize that everyone plays at their own pace, but I’m just hoping at 50 hours the game doesn’t feel too drawn out and longer just for the sake of being longer.
3. Routine (PC/ Mac) Release Date: TBA 2014
Routine is a first-person survival horror game that takes place on an abandoned moon base with something lurking in the shadows hunting the player. The game features procedurally generated environments so no two playthroughs should be exactly the same. Routine is different from most survival horror games because it institutes a permadeath feature, a system whereby forcing the player to start the game anew each time he or she is killed. Kinda like that Tom Cruise movie except you don’t play as a scientologist, at least I don’t think you do. No release date is set in stone, but rest assured the game is not stuck in development hell. Let’s just hope we get our hands on this puppy by the end of 2014, and we can all be happy astronauts.
2. Silent Hills (PS4) Release Date: TBA
Oh Silent Hill series, how I love thee. Let me count the ways. one, two, and three. The rest of the games were kinda shit (I still liked Shattered Memories on the Nintendo Wii). Hopefully all that will change with Silent Hills. Not much is known about the game so far other than Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon anyone?) will be lending his acting chops and voice by portraying the main character, but with the cinematic expertise of Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear series) and Guillermo Del Toro (Pacific Rim, Pan’s Labyrinth) this game is shaping up to be quite promising. A cryptic trailer was released for the game called a “Playable Teaser” on the PS4, and Sony has stated in September that P.T. has been downloaded over a million times and viewed over 30 million. Those are pretty impressive stats to boast upon, and I personally can not wait to go back to Silent Hill. Pyramid Head most likely make an appearance, but hey a gamer can dream nightmare right?
1. The Forest (PC) Release Date: Pre Alpha May 30, 2014/ Full Game TBA)
The Forest puts players in the role of a lone survivor of a plane crash in the middle of, you guessed it, a forest. sounds simple enough right? Wrong. This particular forest is inhabited by humanoid mutant freaks. The game features a crafting system as well as an open world sandbox environment for the player to explore including caves and underground lakes. Did I mention that the graphics look amazing? I know that graphics aren’t everything but let’s face it, if a game has awesome gameplay AND visuals then what’s not to love. This is coming from a guy who ranks Zombies Ate My Neighbors (SNES, Sega Genesis) as one of the greatest games of all time so don’t go assuming I’m a graphics whore or anything. The gameplay experience still trumps shiny stuff, but The Forest looks amazing and I can’t wait to play it.