Top 5 Horror Games Of 2018

December 31, 2018

Written by Capt McNeely

Georgia Division ZADF Twitter: @ZADF_ORG

2018 was a sad year for horror video games. Many games that were scheduled to be released were pushed back to the upcoming year while some that were supposed to start going into development in ’18 simply never happened. Even some titles that were released slipped through the cracks without even drawing attention, but like most crappy things in life, there’s a silver lining, in this case, five of them. Without further ado and in no particular order, here are my Top 5 Horror Games Of 2018.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
This dark fantasy by Ninja Theory has won over 20 awards and enchanted fans with a fusion world of Norse and Celtic cultures. The story follows a Pict warrior woman named Senua as she journeys through the Norse underworld Helheim to rescue her lover who was sacrificed by the Norsemen.
The most prominent plot device that helps make this game a success is the fact that Senua suffers from Psychosis (but in Senua’s time they believed she’s just cursed). Players get to experience the auditory and visual hallucination that’s associated with the illness.
Remothered: Tormented Fathers (Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Stormind Games and Darril Arts’ Psychological Horror follows Rosemary Reed, a woman investigating the disappearance of a little girl. After failing to get information from a former Notary Richard Felton, Rosemary sneaks back into his mansion and becomes trapped inside with a crazed Richard, a mysterious woman named Jennifer, and the terrifying Red Nun.
The game was inspired by classic horror games, and like the classics, relied more on stealth and hiding rather than combat.
Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game (Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Based on the Tabletop RPG, Cyanide Studios takes players to the fictional island of Darkwater as Edward Pierce, a private detective sent to the island to investigate the mysterious death of Sarah Hawkins, a famous painter, and her family. As his investigation begins, Pierce realizes something otherworldly is at work.
A game made for fans of H.P. Lovecraft’s works, players familiar with his writings will see subtle references to other stories by the writer.
Vampyr (Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
This gothic tale by DONTNOD Entertainment takes you to the streets of London during the Spanish Flu Epidemic; you play as Dr. Jonathan Reid, an expert on blood transfusion who is now a vampire. With the help of unexpected allies, Reid now stalks the streets of London at night, and searches for the cause and cure of the epidemic as well as to who turned him into a vampire.
The main plot device used in the story is deciding Reid’s actions when it comes to human civilians he encounters. He can earn massive points if he feeds on them but the outcome of his journey may not be what he wants.
Amnesia Collection (Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
This collection finally arrived for the Xbox this year and includes all three games of the Amnesia series that first came out in 2010. The collection includes “Amnesia: The dark descent”, the DLC “Justine” and “Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs”. The game focuses on stealth as well as puzzle solving.
Though the game has a huge following all in part to many “Let’s play” YouTube videos, I became convinced their “reactions” were more put on for the camera as the games themselves actually went really scary, apart from a couple well-placed jump scares.
2019 promises to be a better year for horror games with the remake of “Resident Evil 2” leading the charge with a January release.

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