With Halloween right around the corner, we thought we’d share a few video games that fit the season. Whether on disc or cartridge, here’s 4 spooky video games that we think of when we think Halloween.
Resident Evil 2
→ Peter Lopez
I’ll always remember being the most terrified while playing Resident Evil 2 on the PlayStation One back in 1998. Thinking about it retrospectively, it was the suspense while walking through hallways and running from the terrifying amount of zombies that ultimately made my skin crawl while playing Resident Evil 2.
To this day I can’t play horror video games in the dark because of my experience with the 1998 Capcom classic. Its graphical fidelity may not hold up well today, especially when compared to this generation’s standards, but it’s still a classic which should be played by anyone with the opportunity to do so.
→ Patrick Okolo
The original Bioshock is my favorite Halloween game. Mainly because it’s thrills and frights weren’t based on a generic supernatural entity but on humanity’s hubris when left unchecked.
The atmospheric settings and characters added to the game’s theme, while the gameplay and mechanics complemented the genre.
I’m looking forward to playing the remastered versions that previous owners got for free
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
→ David Quigley
You have to go back to the SNES era for my choice, LucasArts’ 1993 top-down shooter, Zombies Ate My Neighbors. It’s run and gun, horror comedy with multiplayer that has you blasting your way through malls, castles, hedge mazes, and pyramids. There are references to horror movies throughout, like the toy dolls that come to life and try killing you and the ever popular chainsaw wielding madman. If you throw silverware at a werewolf it’s a one hit kill.
Your arsenal includes your default squirt guns and tons of pickups like soda cans, weed trimmers, and bazookas. In each level you need to save as many neighbors as you can. If any of them die, you’ll have that many fewer to save on the next level. If a level ends with no neighbors saved, it’s game over. It’s really difficult to beat Zombies Ate My Neighbors from beginning to end, so if you’re looking for a different kind of challenge this Halloween, give it a try.
→ Dawson Helton
Dead Space is my favorite horror game, because it manages to mix the sci-fi and horror genres and just dumps the player into the unknown. What really makes this title terrifying though, is knowing that you are trapped in the middle of space with these necromorphs without any means of escape. Along with atmospheric tension, the game engine will generate enemies coming out of random vents to create the inevitable jump scare. Combine this with a cast of psychotic survivors lurking around the ship there are bound to be a plethora of cringe worthy moments. Add in a foreboding Easter Egg with the chapter names that hint at the end of the game, I can’t think of any better title to pick up and try this Halloween.