Can you believe it’s already 2017? What a year 2016 was; one that when future history books are being written, the writers will just say, “Let’s just skip over that one, shall we?” With that hot mess of a year now behind us, let’s looks at the shiny new penny of a year that 2017 is and talk about what is to come. Oh, did you think I meant politics or something? Ha! No. I’m talking about video games…horror games to be exact. This year is going to be a good one for horror games. We’re here to talk about my top 5 horror games I’m most excited about for 2017.
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
This is the one I’m losing my cool over. I’m fan girling on this game so hard and I’m not ashamed. I have been a Resident Evil lover since my dad bought me a copy for my Playstation when I was ten-years-old. I don’t know if I have ever been so terrified. For me, it set a very high bar when it came to how scary horror games can be. Over the years, the franchise moved toward being more of a first-person-shooter focusing on the action with zombie themes, more than true survival horror. RE7 Biohazard is bringing it back to its scary glory days. The title even contains what the name should have been originally. In Japan, Resident Evil is named Biohazard, but due to the rights to the name being owned by another party, it was changed. I see what you did there Capcom and I like it.
Now, instead of a traditionally third-person game, RE7 changed to first-person and that makes it even more terrifying than before. Anyone who has played its demo, The Beginning Hour, can see how beautiful these graphics are going to be. It has smooth character movement and environments so detailed; it’s sure to gross you out. The game will release on January 24th on PC, PS4, PS VR (have some adult diapers ready if you’re playing on this one) and Xbox One. I have my copy reserved, do you?
Friday the 13th
All over Youtube there is game play of Friday the 13th already. I love the Friday the 13th franchise and I love the idea of this game. With both an online multi-player option and a full single-player campaign, there’s hours of game play opportunity. In multi-player, one person plays Jason while the others run, like cockroaches after the light’s turned on, to keep from becoming his victims. The graphics are great, the gameplay looks entertaining in multi-player, and it’s a classic theme. Grab some friends, start a game and ch-ch-ch to their ah-ah-ah sometime in the first quarter of the year on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
When you have games that involve zombies or slashers, there’s usually a look or a formula that everyone knows. Zombies are decayed and bloody, slashers are big and masked, but what if it’s an environment that is subjective and open for massive imagination. Agony was a kickstarter that got immense support. It is a survival horror game set in Hell and it is your mission to escape. From the amount of game play I’ve seen, the environment is GORGEOUS in a horrific way. The creatures in this game are something Guillermo del Toro would be proud of. The settings are intricate and dark with small details in every nook and cranny. From where it’s at, the character movement can be a bit choppy but that could very well be worked out by its May release date. This first person game will be available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
I, personally, haven’t played the first Outlast but I am an avid watcher of ‘Let’s Plays,’ specifically for horror games. Outlast was terrifying and tense. I saw a Let’s Play of the Outlast 2 demo and, you guys, this game looks insane. While the first was set in an asylum, this game is on a farm. Whether it be fighting your way through a maze of corn stalks, searching farm buildings or wandering around outside, this hillbilly cult haven will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, trying to bite your nails and work the controls at the same time. Similar to the first game’s game play, Outlast 2 gives you a camera to see in the dark, giving it a Blair Witch effect that amps up the terror. The backwoods nightmare will be available in the first-quarter of the year on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Check out the Let’s Play here.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you have at least HEARD of Hello, Neighbor. A cutesy first person game, it stars YOU as someone who has just moved to the neighborhood. The guy who lives across from you is up to something. Just like the Klopeks in The Burbs, he is up to no good. There is heinous fuckery most foul afoot and it’s up to you to stealthily find out what. There was an awesome Game Theory episode on the biblical allusions in this game and the clues to what’s going on that they give. Check out the video here. This game will be released on PC in the Summer.