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1 hour ago, Handmaid Warrior said:

Haha, I'll resist the urge to call you gramps, but seriously, that game sounds rad.

Heh - Well, just keep in mind if you look it up, that the game was already 5 years old when I got to it :p.

I also really enjoyed that FMV X-FILES game that came out on the PS1 - easily the best of the FMV games, to my knowledge (not that that is a terribly high bar to set).

I remember having so much fun going around and pointing my gun at every character you meet in the game, which would start this prerecorded footage playing of that actor looking directly into the camera and, with a stern and annoyed expression on their face, saying "Don't DO that." At which point I would quickly whip out my camera and take a picture - Later adding it to my ever increasing collection of X-FILES actors like Gillian Anderson and Mitch Pileggi alongside an assortment of random actors, all looking at me like I was dogshit.

I would then show my in-game photo collection to friends without saying anything first and when they'd inevitably - usually after the fourth or fifth photo - get that confused look on their face and ask "Why... why are they all looking at you like that?" HOW I WOULD LAUGH.

 

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If you're willing to dive into PS2 games that are rare and costly at times, however you'd like to do so, the first Shadow Hearts is a truly messed up tale and pretty much a horror turn based RPG.

That said, the first sequel is related to the original but the tone shifts. If the first is Night of the Living Dead, the sequel is Return of the Living Dead.

The third game does not understand what horror is, unless you count the writing.

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On 5/22/2017 at 10:49 PM, ShankerOne said:

Certainly one of my favorites. I wouldn't count that as underrated though. That game has a ton of acclaim and earned every bit. I still need to get the new season.

I'm not sure if you've played their other game like that called A Wolf Among Us. I didn't try it for the longest time as I didn't think it would interest me. I had been missing out as it was every bit as well done as TWD and a very good story to boot. Great little fairy tell setting nor. But the fairy tale characters have moved to the real world and it has not worked out well for a lot of them. Quite sad but a good story none the less.

Wait on the new season, the final episode is out Tuesday, and games are best played in binges.  It's decent so far and gets more hate than it deserves by fanboys.

 

Anyway I'd have to second Call of Cthulhu, one of the best atmospheres for a horror game.

I'd also have to second State of Decay, very well done game, and it has a sequel coming soon.

Overall horror games tend to get the hype they deserve when they deserve it, though, I can't think of any I've truly been impressed with outside of these few.

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On 5/22/2017 at 11:13 PM, Risinggrave said:

Telltale's Walking Dead video games are raw. They get you attached to the characters and put you on an emotional rollercoaster. Also zombies.

I would like this but...

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Clocktower for the SNES. Simply put, this is probably the very first proper horror video game ever made. You play a girl trapped in a mansion with a serial killer wielding hedgeclippers, you cannot fight only hide, and there are plenty of deaths for side characters. It's like actually playing a slasher movie.

Plus, dat music:

 

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Resident Evil: Outbreak. Truly a unique online team experience that I haven't really experienced until Friday the 13th.

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The old Splatterhouse games I to III , arcade (I) and the other 2 on the Sega console. or am I so old, that I am the only one who recalls this awesomeness?! :) 

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Really enjoyed "Condemned: Criminal Origins" at launch for XBOX/PS3. Very gritty, dirty, grimy, serious game which was not the norm at the time.

Also, both "SAW" games are fantastic. The first SAW game is the better of the two and has all the vibe, intensity, suspense, mystery, puzzle-solving, and pervading dread of the films. It also has an ongoing mindf%ck around the central premise of the movie: only the characters can actually kill themselves, never Jigsaw or the Pighead. However, throughout the game, you spy on an ever-frustrated Pighead at various highly suspenseful and dreadful moments and start to wonder if that central premise will be broken. The climax of the game is A+ awesome.

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8 minutes ago, LuckyDrunkTed said:

Also, both "SAW" games are fantastic. The first SAW game is the better of the two and has all the vibe, intensity, suspense, mystery, puzzle-solving, and pervading dread of the films. It also has an ongoing mindf%ck around the central premise of the movie: only the characters can actually kill themselves, never Jigsaw or the Pighead. However, throughout the game, you spy on an ever-frustrated Pighead at various highly suspenseful and dreadful moments and start to wonder if that central premise will be broken. The climax of the game is A+ awesome.

I never got around to playing SAW II, but I got all the achievements for the first game. The controls were a little rough, and you can tell that the developers really, really liked MANHUNT, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit, and thought that it used the Danny Glover character from the first film well.

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2 hours ago, RKSDooM said:

I never got around to playing SAW II, but I got all the achievements for the first game. The controls were a little rough, and you can tell that the developers really, really liked MANHUNT, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit, and thought that it used the Danny Glover character from the first film well.

Yes.  The dynamic between the protagonist and Pighead throughout the game was INTENSE.  I loved it.  The ending bit was so memorable. 

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4 hours ago, RKSDooM said:

I never got around to playing SAW II, but I got all the achievements for the first game. The controls were a little rough, and you can tell that the developers really, really liked MANHUNT, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit, and thought that it used the Danny Glover character from the first film well.

I also never got around to playing saw 2 loved the first one and believe i got the platinum trophy for it

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I loved Deadly Premonition, despite the fact that it crashed more than a first time councellor getting behind the wheel of the four seater.  

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Snoopy and the Red Baron for Atari 7800! haha but seriously, I am really surprised no one mentioned the first Silent Hill as having maybe the penultimate in horror environments for its time! The first Resident Evil was my fav, though 3 was the most tense with Nemesis constantly busting through. It was like a survival horror game with slasher film elements when he keeps chasing you like that.  I saw someone mention Clock Tower earlier but I may choose Clock Tower 2 on PS over the original.  Someone else mentioned the short story turned game "I Need to Scream and I have No Mouth" which was super weird and one of few PC games I have played.  Overall I would say the original Playstation era had the best horror games. Does anyone remember the one with the guy had his arm in a dumb tribal tattoo and you are in a casino killing vampires?? Manhunt was one of the most brutal games of its time.

My most recent favorite horror game has to be Layers of Fear. Great trippy, psychological horror game. Crazy art, atmospheres in it. Highly recommend it, even though you don't kill anything or do much (point and click type adventure) and its a short play, its worth multiple playthroughs.

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On 6/24/2017 at 3:16 PM, SnakeSound222 said:

I'd say Dying Light.

I had lots of fun in this game. Especially when I teamed up with a friend or two. We would take turns fist fighting zombies while the other filmed. 

3 hours ago, RAGNAR0K N ROLL said:

The Fatal Frame series is rather terrifying and as maddengly frustrating as it is the Dementiium series on the NDS were pretty good

Love fatal frame. They should make it into a multi-player game. Epic photo battles would ensue 

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On 6/23/2017 at 11:28 PM, TheHansonGoons said:

 Does anyone remember the one with the guy had his arm in a dumb tribal tattoo and you are in a casino killing vampires??

sounds like Countdown Vampires also I (personally) believe that the reason why no one has (prior to your post) mentioned Silent Hill is because the series in general is pretty well known and the first 4 games are generally well liked/held in high regard so they aren't really considered underrated.

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4 hours ago, tav7623 said:

sounds like Countdown Vampires also I (personally) believe that the reason why no one has (prior to your post) mentioned Silent Hill is because the series in general is pretty well known and the first 4 games are generally well liked/held in high regard so they aren't really considered underrated.

Haha, yeah I realized after I had posted the title is "Underrated Horror games" lol

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Albeit more an adventure game, but the game Legacy of Kain Blood Omen, really rocked my world when it was released. 

Still have the best of memories of the game;

The story, the characters, the music,the voice acting, the art, etc, all love it so much. 

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Here are some horror games that I've never played, but are interesting.

The various dungeon crawler games put out by Accolade and Horror Soft. I always liked the Amiga versions due to the music which is better listening than the DOS version.

The first one was Personal Nightmare where you go back to your town to find your father who was missing from church because the Devil took over the town.

The second game was Elvira: Mistress of the Dark from Accolade. Essentially, you rescue Elvira who's kidnapped in her castle from a witch and her minions. When you died, it was a very gory scene. I remember the one screenshot where you see your character's decapitated head, you can see the muscle and bone from the stump. They did a good job with the gore.

The third game was Elvira 2: Jaws of Cerberus where again you rescue Elvira, this time from a cursed movie set where you get into various sets and fight monster. Gorier than the first one in terms of deaths. I remembered seeing the character getting decapitated from getting whacked with a mace, lulz.

The fourth and final game was Waxworks. You inherit a waxworks from your recently deceased uncle which turns out to be a bit of time travel. Essentially, one of the ancestors angered a witch by chopping off her hand. She places a curse on the generations in which where twins are born, one is evil and one is good. It was a variety of exhibits going from ancient Egypt, London fighting Jack the Ripper, a graveyard and church and a mine with Lovecraft style creatures. You have to fight to stop the evil twins as well as the witch from casting the spell. The deaths really shine in terms of gore.

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Thank you very very much Beetlejuice91 for those tips !!

They sound fantastic!

 

I also recall a horror adventure game from my C64 days, it was called Frankenstein, was a text adventure game with some graphics.

Looked it up and it was 1987 ( I think, some say 83 others 87), back in those days,  oh man, loved that stuff so much.

ah, the memories. :) ! 

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There was a game based on PSYCHO that I remember playing on someone's TANDY 1000 computer, back in the day.

All I can remember is shooting Norman (all dressed up as Mother, of course) with a tranq gun and climbing up and down a dumbwaiter.

Here's a pic I found of the opening screen:

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