My whole life, I have seen and played many different video games ranging from indie to open-world, to adventure. But the most exciting genre that I’ve experienced has been horror. The thrill of jumpscares and fighting off zombies and monsters has always been my favorite. Here are my top five horror games (of all time, some are older) that you might want to try this summer!
5.) Left 4 Dead
For the last on my personal list: “Left 4 Dead.” Available on Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows and Macintosh operating systems, this two-game series was first released in 2008 with the second game being released in 2009. The main genre that this game shares with the rest of these games, of course, is horror, but specifically, it is a first-person shooter, horror survival (what a mouthful). The premise of the game is working as a team in your group of four members to fight against the undead and eventually get to safety. For the time period the game was made in, there were very few games that had the concept of teamwork in a zombie survival, making this more of a progressive game for its time. Although the graphics are comparable to those of any game in 2008, the content and wide range of game modes leads me to give the game a 3 out of 5 paws.
Arguably one of the most gorey games out there, this survival-horror was first released in 2013 with a follow-up game, “Outlast 2”, released in 2017. The first game takes the player, playing as a freelance investigative journalist, through the terror of an abandoned psychiatric hospital that is overrun by homicidal patients. As you travel throughout this very dark hospital, the player must utilize their camera, complete with a night vision light to see their surroundings. Trying to survive while you can only see a small area around yourself is nearly impossible, without jump scares, leaving me to say, it’s one of the scariest ones I’ve played. My overall rate for the first “Outlast” is once again, 3 out of 5 paws for the scares and content. But for the second game, I would rate a 1.5 out of 5 paws, mostly because it lacks originality and overall, didn’t make sense. The player was left confused and unfulfilled by the nonsense ending to the game.
3.) Red Dead Redemption
“Red Dead Redemption” is an western, open-world, action-adventure (another mouthful). Released in 2010, it is the second in the series with “Red Dead Revolver” being released first in 2004. In a western world like this one, the player tames horses and is involved in gunfights. However, this isn’t what made it onto my top 5. A DLC — which is short for Downloadable Content — for the game titled “Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare” includes the same gunfights and horse-jacking; but with zombies. Not as horrifying as other games on this list, it’s still one of my favorites. With great mechanics and a truly original plot, I rate this game an 4.5 out of 5 paws.
2.) Resident Evil
One of the most original horror games is “Resident Evil.” The initial game was released back in early 1996. Twenty-five games later (some being small side-games that don’t count in the storyline), 2017 saw the release of “Resident Evil VII: Biohazard.” In my personal experience, Biohazard is what brought this series to the list. The player is a man who receives a message from his missing wife; upon further exploration, the man finds his wife imprisoned in a seemingly abandoned house. The more the player explores, the more unfolds about this mysterious house. It is revealed that the family living within it have all been infected with a bacteria — they are the “molded.” The player eventually escapes with his wife and the overgrown, acre-long mold was detained by the Umbrella Corporation, the same company that took the player and his wife to safety. With added DLC’s that reveal more background on the house and family, this game scores a 4.8 out of 5 paws.
1.) Dead Rising
My all-time favorite zombie game is the “Dead Rising” series! The game made its debut in 2006 with a genre of survival horror, beat ‘em up (yes, this is an actual genre). Each game has a different location that it takes place, but the original character from the first game, Frank West, only appears in the first, second and fourth (last) games. Why is it dubbed “beat ‘em up” you ask? Well, throughout the game, you use real-world objects like a TV, a ski, a baseball bat, to fight against the undead horde. As the first game takes place at a mall, anything you might find at a mall is your weapon (stuffed animals included). The concept of an open-world zombie game is somewhat unheard of. “Dead Rising” took the unheard of and made that it’s own with a very fitting story for each game. As each game lies within the same town, just different parts of it, the last game tied together each previous location and so-gracefully ended the game by ending the story of Frank West — the previously mentioned and beloved journalist of the zombie-apocalypse. For doing so well with storyline and gameplay along with an extensive map, I give my top horror game a grade of 4.9 out of 5 paws.
If you get the time, these are my favorite games! As Frank West would say: “Yeah, uh, I don’t think they had zombie infested malls in mind when they wrote those regulations, kid.”