Darkwood Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Darkwood RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network PlayStation 4 Hidden Gems Sale Sparkles With Big Deals https://www.gameskinny.com/ptan3/playstation-4-hidden-gems-sale-sparkles-with-big-deals https://www.gameskinny.com/ptan3/playstation-4-hidden-gems-sale-sparkles-with-big-deals Thu, 07 May 2020 20:25:39 -0400 GS_Staff

Sony is keeping the PS4 sales coming with PlayStation 4's Hidden Gems Sale, which is live now through May 20 at 11 a.m. EST. 

There are several hundred games on sale, spanning almost every genre one can think of, from action-adventure to strategy, RPG, shooters, and VR. Some are incredibly obscure, while others are household names. 

Almost all of the discounts are worth checking out, while some are 75%, making them quite the steal. Here's a list of just a few of the bargain-bin games, with a link to the entire sale at the bottom of the page. 

Note that the Destiny 2 discounts below are only available until May 13. 

Game Sale Price Reg. Price
Absolver $7.49 $29.99
Abzu $9.99 $19.99
Age of Wonders: Planetfall $24.99 $49.99
Arizona Sunshine $11.99 $39.99
Banner Saga Trilogy $19.99 $49.99
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night $19.99 $39.99
Child of Light $4.49 $14.99
Children of Morta $14.73 $21.99
Control $29.99 $59.99
Dandara: Trials of Fear Ed. $5.99 $14.99
Darkwood $7.49 $14.99
Destiny 2: Forsaken $14.99 $24.99
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep $20.99 $34.99
Don't Starve Together Console Ed. $7.49 $14.99
Enter the Gungeon $7.49 $14.99
Farming Simulator 17 $7.99 $19.99
Gris $8.49 $16.99
Guacamelee 2 Complete $5.74 $22.99
Journey to the Savage Planet $17.99 $29.99
Layers of Fear + Observer Bundle $11.99 $39.99
Life is Strange Complete Season 1 $3.99 $19.99
Mark of the Ninja: Remastered $9.99 $19.99
Mutant Year Zero Road to Eden $17.49 $34.99
Nidhogg 2 $3.74 $14.99
Overcooked + Overcooked 2 $17.49 $34.99
Payday 2 Crimewave Ed. $4.99 $19.99
Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Ultimate Ed. $38.99 $59.99
Risk of Rain 2 $14.99 $29.99
Shadow Warrior 2 $9.99 $39.99
Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom $2.49 $9.99
Sparklite $14.99 $24.99
Subnautica $17.99 $29.99
Terraria PS4 Ed. $5.99 $19.99
The Jackbox Party Pack $12.49 $24.99
The Surge $5.99 $19.99
The Talos Principle Deluxe Ed. $4.99 $49.99
Trine Ultimate Collection $19.99 $49.99
Yakuza 3, 4, 5 Remastered $19.99 $24.99


That's just a very small sampling of what's on offer during the PlayStation Hidden Gems sale. Head over to the sale's PlayStation Store page for more. The store's Big in Japan Sale and Games Under $20 are also live as well for even more savings. 

The state of horror games in 2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/rv635/the-state-of-horror-games-in-2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/rv635/the-state-of-horror-games-in-2015 Thu, 10 Dec 2015 08:22:20 -0500 Ty Arthur

While other gaming genres are stagnating and in need of a serious shake-up, horror is innovating and finding new ways to be more effective. The recent pinnacle was probably last year as Among The Sleep and Alien: Isolation from 2014 showed how first person experiences can epitomize and legitimize terror.

Although not without flaws, those games made it clear that horror works best when you can't effectively fight back – a notion that's gone forward into 2015 with a bevy of absorbing titles, covering every platform and graphical style you can imagine. That's great for gamers in general, but can also be a problem for individual players, as many of the most intriguing titles didn't hit all platforms: if you want to experience them all, you'll need to bridge the divide between PC and multiple consoles.

Before checking out our look back on the state of the horror genre this year, don't forget to also read through our other articles analyzing the state of other genres in the 2015 gaming world:

Most Overhyped / Biggest Horror Disappointment Of 2015

There were a slew of high-quality and imminently frightening releases this year, but all is not well in the state of horror...

Silent Hills

Until the upcoming reboot of FF7 was announced to be an episodic release without turn-based combat, there wasn't a bigger outcry from gamers that reverberated across the entire web than when Silent Hills was canceled and PT was pulled from the PlayStation Store.

Hideo Kojima's messy breakup with Konami led to this collateral damage that still has people in shock. We're all desperately holding out hope that someday this Guillermo Del Toro / Norman Reedus collaboration will return, but the stark reality staring us in the face is as bleak and horrific as the game would have been.

Just looking at this makes me sad

Five Nights At Freddy's 3 And 4

The gaming community is definitely split as to whether the infamous Five Nights At Freddy's series is a boon or a low point for horror. With simplistic gameplay (honestly, these could be mobile tapfest games rather than PC titles) and a string of games coming out in rapid succession, FNAF catapulted into the public consciousness mostly from the reaction videos. Frankly, watching those reaction videos is more fun than actually playing the games.

Two separate entries came out this year in the series, which didn't really shake up the formula much beyond a change in scenery and adding in some pixelated mini-games. The first 15 minutes playing any given FNAF game is scary, exhilarating fun, but then you're left with the endless repetition. It isn't long before the annoying realization sets in that it isn't actually all that enjoyable to check camera 1, check camera 2, check camera 3, re-check camera 1, close door, open door, check camera 1, ad nauseum into infinity.

This is really only scary the 1st time.

Biggest And Best Horror Release Of 2015

Horror managed to sneak its way into plenty of major games solidly sitting in other genres, like the Lovecraftian influences in Bloodborne, while Black Ops III of course saw the return of zombie mode, this time going in an eldritch horror direction set in the 1940s.

For the full-fledged games that are meant to be horror through-and-through, there was no shortage of options in 2015, and some of them managed to reach the same heights of last year's crop. It should go without saying that these are games best experienced alone, with the lights out and headphones on, or you lose a lot of the impact.


Coming from the same folks responsible for the Penumbra and the Amnesia games, you know you're in for something really messed up and genuinely creepy with Soma. While there aren't as many direct scares this time around with monsters actively trying to kill you, there is an overall sense of dread – and some really disturbing psychological horror – that propels this one forward. It's also always nice to see horror take a sci-fi bend rather than another supernatural or modern day focus, and fans of System Shock will be right at home here.

The lines get seriously blurred in Soma, in more ways than one.

Dying Light

Really delivering on the promise of open-world style horror that was hinted with past zombie titles, Dying Light puts the emphasis more on the “game” aspect in the genre of “horror games,” and is a ton of fast-paced fun once you get the controls down. That all changes when the sun drops below the horizon, though, as everything turns deadly and you have to carefully sneak your way back to safety, with the horror of the situation hitting home a little harder. Much like Dead Island, there are some issues with the gameplay, but overall this is a much better experience.

Until Dawn

Going a very different direction from either Soma or Dying Light is the interactive movie Until Dawn. You've heard this one before: a bunch of attractive and horny 20-somethings are about to spend the weekend in a remote cabin when something starts picking them off one by one. You may have seen it a hundred times in a slew of movies with diminishing returns, but you've never played it quite like this. The choice system brings to mind Heavy Rain while the subject matter is classic slasher horror to the max.

Resident Evil: Revelations 2

After a spate of games that keep going further and further away from their roots, we did get another Resident Evil title this year, and that's usually a good thing for horror fans. While it's not Resident Evil 4 (and the series is probably never going to be that good again), the episodic Revelations 2 is still being received better than the last couple of entries. It's still more action-focused than fully survival horror, but switching between characters to use each of their skills is a fun mechanic, and you can now try the 1st episode for free on consoles.

The Park

Although not a big release by any stretch of the imagination, there was one indie game well worth mentioning in horror that saw release in October just in time for Halloween. Short and sweet, The Park isn't a lengthy experience, but it's an all-encompassing one that really draws you in and hits the psychological horror notes hard. Amusement parks are already pretty creepy, but abandoned ones at night are even more so, and this game will make you never want to go near another one again.

Yeah, don't go on the Ferris Wheel.

Early Access

The advent of early access titles through platforms like Steam has made it difficult to classify what year a game is actually released. If a title has been available in early access for all of 2015 (and half of 2014 or earlier...) and has been played by thousands, but won't be feature complete until 2016, what year does the game actually come out? The issue becomes more complex when you consider that some developers are just leaving their games in early access mode indefinitely, using the money of new purchases to fund additional features over time.

There's some interesting ethical considerations in this style of funding, since fans are essentially paying for demos that may never get finished, and overall it's more dicey and prone to fail than straight crowdfunding. We'll avoid those titles that have been abandoned or look on the verge of failing and instead focus on three prominent games this year featuring fairly frequent updates that appear to be nearing completion.

The Forest

The Forest has been in early access since May of 2014, and it shows a ton of potential; hopefully, the full and complete game is actually on the horizon. This one puts you as the only survivor of a plane crash in a huge forested area filled with seriously creepy cannibalistic creatures. It's basically a survival sim – you have to build shelter and craft objects – but with a horror theme. This one has the possibility to become great, if only it ever makes it out of alpha.

Layers Of Fear

Only having been in early access since August of this year, Layers Of Fear is already feeling more like a complete game, and it delivers the fear in spades. Putting you in the role of a painter who has just totally lost his mind, there is an amazing atmosphere and aura of menace to this whole game that's both unique and leans on classic tropes. If there's an early access horror game that seems destined for success in the near future, this one is it.

Everything about this game is as unsettling as the painting suggests


Having used the early access feature of Steam for more than a year now, Darkwood offers a completely different style than what you'd typically get from a horror game: it's a top-down, procedurally generated game. It sounds odd, but it works, and there are some truly creepy moments on display in what Darkwood has offered up so far.

Horror On The Wii U In 2015

Fatal Frame 5

Frequently an afterthought in this latest console generation, lately there have been a few reasons to dust off the not-so-old machine (most notably with the RPG Xenoblade Chronicles X just arriving). Horror fans actually have one very solid incentive to go the Nintendo route: Fatal Frame 5 finally landed in North America on the Wii U this year under the title Maiden Of Black Water.

If you aren't familiar with the series, those early Fatal Frame entries were terrifying before games really figured out they could be terrifying, and they are still worth playing today. Unfortunately, this one isn't getting nearly the love from fans as the earlier games (the Metacritic score is currently a very disappointing 67), but for Wii U gamers it's still worth giving a shot. Unfortunately, this is a digital-only title in North America, so don't expect to find it sitting on store shelves.

Get ready to see dead people!

The Forecast For Horror In 2016

Horror isn't slowing down anytime soon, and in fact it's a good bet the genre is going to significantly ramp up as VR devices like the Oculus Rift finally arrive for large scale use. While that's still a ways off, the closer 2016 already has a ton of fright-based games that look amazing.

Games originally forecast to arrive this year – like the black and white, noir horror title Dollhouse or the Clocktower reboot Nightcry – are going to be coming early 2016 and should make some great early year material.

Asymmetrical or co-op is also getting a bigger focus coming up soon, with games like Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age or Friday the 13th covering the cooperative front. If you want something really unique, be on the lookout for Perception, a horror title along the lines of Outlast or Amnesia that changes the formula by making you play as a blind character.

Co-op monster hunting action is on the horizon.

For a full look at what's coming, check out our list of the 11 most anticipated horror titles slated to arrive in the coming months here, and be sure to let us know what you thought of 2015's scary offerings.

10 Horror Games to Look Forward to in 2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/rsg25/10-horror-games-to-look-forward-to-in-2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/rsg25/10-horror-games-to-look-forward-to-in-2015 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:18:52 -0500 Dani Gosha


Draugen (PC, OS X, Linux)


Developer: Red Threads Games


Publisher: TBA


Red Threads' open world psychological survivor horror game comes to us this year based off the Scandinavian folklore and puts its gamers in a small fishing village where everyone has gone missing. The game is currently still in development for PC, Mac, Linux, and next-gen consoles.  


Dead Island 2 (PC, PS 4, Xbox One)


Developer: Yager Development


Publisher: Silver Games


After its 2011 prequel, Dead Island 2 is officially set to release this year for Microsoft Windows, PS4, and the Xbox One. Three months after the original Dead Island and Escape Dead Island storyline, gamers will find themselves in California once again battling the undead and trying to stay alive. 


Forgotten Memories (iOS, Wii U, PSVita)

Developer: Psychoz Interactive
Publisher: Psychoz Interactive

Forgotten Memories may not be a title that most of heard of until now, but it's shaping out to be a survival horror that many will remember. From Psychoz Interactive, the game is set to take place in an abandoned psychiatric hospital and looks to be an episodic, third-person game.








Until Dawn (PS4 Exclusive)

Developer: Supermassive Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

In this adventure survivor horror, Supermassive Games sends 8 friends to a log cabin on the anniversary of the death of one of their friends. The catch? There just happens to be a crazed serial killer along for the ride. Set to be released this summer, Until Dawn features voice acting by actress Hayden Penettiere and some serious interactive split decision making that will determine who will make it til dawn. 






Silent Hills (PS 4 Exclusive)


Developer: Kojima Productions


Publisher: Konami 


PlayStation 4 owners are certainly on the look out for Kojima's take on the ninth installment in the Silent Hill franchise. After the thrilling P.T. interactive trailer, many gamers are speculating on what is Silent Hills actually about, but no one knows for sure. The mystery makes this game highly anticipated. 


SOMA (PS4, OS X, Linux)


Developer: Frictional Games


Publisher: Frictional Games


PC games are having a great year in horror and plan to keep it up with with SOMA, a sci-fi horror from the makers of Amnesia and Penubra. Like all of Frictional's games, SOMA will be in first-person that takes place on the underwater remote research facility, PATHOS-2, where the machines have started taking on human traits. 


Outlast (PS4, Xbox One, PC)


Developer: Red Barrels


Publisher: Red Barrels


After the immense success of Outlast and Outlast Whistle Blower, Red Barrels will be giving us Outlast 2 this year. The game is set to take place in the same universe as the original Outlast but in a different setting with brand new characters. 


Darkwood (PC, OS X, Linux)


Developer: Acid Wizard Studio


Publisher: Acid Wizard Studio


Combining arcade style elements with adventure and RPG gaming, Acid Wizard Studio gives PC horror gamers Darkwood; an aerial perspective survival game. The game is still in early development with its third alpha having been released early January but is still set to make a bug free appearance later in the year. Much like the earlier released 2015 horror Dying Light, Darkwood will see the player collecting materials during the day and defending themselves by night.


Asylum (PC, Linux, iOS, OS X)


Developer: Senscape


Publisher: Senscape


With four years of production, Asylum is the brainchild of the Argentina-based independent game developer Senscape. This horror adventure will take the player on a chilling journey through the Hanwell Mental Institute fit with a storyline so disturbing it may haunt you for years.


Bloodborne (PS4 Exclusive)


Developer: From Software


Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment


From the makers of Dark Souls and Demon Souls, we anticipate Software's  2015 March release of this PS4 exclusive horror action-role play game. This spiritual successor of Dark Souls will see the player in the city of Yharnam, a city plagued with an epidemic illness that has turned its denizens into bestial creatures. Your mission? To survive. 

EarlyAccess - A Look at Darkwood https://www.gameskinny.com/0ussb/earlyaccess-a-look-at-darkwood https://www.gameskinny.com/0ussb/earlyaccess-a-look-at-darkwood Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:59:15 -0400 pixmaa

Darkwood crawled its way into Steam Early Access only a few days ago, after a successful crowdsourcing campaign. It is a top-down horror game, set in a dark, scary, insane forest. It blends RPG elements together in a randomly generated open-world experience that lets you explore the forest the way you want.


The first and most obvious thing is the top-down view. This in itself can cap the scariness for some people. It is understandable, since it might not be that scary to see a monster from a bird's-eye view, than to see it in 3D right in front of you. However, Darkwood is hardly about jumpscares. It emphasizes aesthetic and immersion. The forest looks really dark and weird. It has its own style and it works well. Nothing is out-of-place, or just not up to quality. Everything is on par when it comes to graphics. It is all just a question of taste.

Line-of-sight puts another layer of darkness on Darkwood. They went for the cone style of approach, with all other parts blurred out. This makes the game feel like it is always night-time. Once you are used to it, it is actually very easy to differentiate, but it does take a bit to get used to how dark the game feels.


The sound effects that are in the game are good. There are not that many yet, what is there works well. All the screams and groans are in place. It is especially scary to hear the sound of furniture screeching on the floor as monsters are lurking in your house at night. Luckily, most of the enemies give themselves away with sounds, so you at least have some time to notice them before they relentlessly start to hunt you down.


 The gameplay is fairly open. You can freely move around on the map and do quests as you wish. Every decision is permanent in the game, and has an effect on the endgame. There are plans for many endings. During the daytime, there are not that many enemies around, so you have time to explore. There are many things to be found on the map, which is randomly generated every play.

It is very satisfying to explore the world of Darkwood, as death can be just around the corner. The further you get from the safe house, the less safe you actually feel. It is an atmosphere that only a handful of games could capture. The whole feeling of the forest and the free exploration gives me just a bit of Stalkerish feel when playing.


It is a difficult game. Enemies hit hard and die hard. Most of the early weapons suck, and handguns are very rare. There are no quest markers, not even a quest log. All you have is a journal you can read. The map is only useful when you know where you are, because there is no indication of your own position. Only landmarks are marked on your map, so it is easy to get lost. Even quest directions are only given by cardinal directions (so if you are not familiar with them it is time to learn). The lack of hand-holding is really satisfying. 


The weird inhabitants of Darkwood are one of the strongest points of the game. The art style of the character drawings looks amazing. Every single one of them is unique, and I am pretty sure that none of them are sane. It would be nice to have more conversations with them, and maybe voice acting, but we shouldn't ask too much from a small indie studio.

Early Access Experience

The early access version contains the first chapter of the game. The devs predicted two to four hours of playing time. It seems they counted those hours with someone who knows the game inside-out and can run trough the chapter. The first playthrough is guaranteed to be longer. Depending on the player, I would say it is more like five to ten hours the first time. It is possible to run through the game, but that requires more knowledge than first-time players have.

Darkwood is one of those early access titles that is already in a very playable form. It has a clear mission, and the developers know what they are doing. If you like survival horror games and the idea of early access, then I can recommend it. This game has a great potential. It already has a lot of content and gameplay value (maybe even more than some of the finished games in the same price-range). I think the finished game would be at least a 7 rated game, but I honestly think it will more likely be a 9 or 8. We will have to wait and see.

Darkwood Interactive Trailer: Fight or Flee? https://www.gameskinny.com/veuho/darkwood-interactive-trailer-fight-or-flee https://www.gameskinny.com/veuho/darkwood-interactive-trailer-fight-or-flee Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:28:56 -0400 WitheredGryphon

Darkwood is a top-down, indie, horror, roguelike, and adventure game all in one. The developers recently announced that it would be coming to Steam Early Access "sometime soon" earlier this April. However, the interactive trailer has not only made an engaging first impression for viewers, but has also set the Steam Early Access date in stone.

The new released trailer gives a great first impression of gameplay aspects ranging from combat, to exploration, and even to skill advancement through the use of the mutated fauna and foliage around you.

During the trailer you follow the character as they explore and eventually come across a boss fight. You are then asked to make a choice, to face your fears and fight, or to flee the scene.

"No answer will be given to you for free, yet somewhere in the woods lies the truth, an explanation to what has happened in this godforsaken place."

Regardless of which choice you make, Darkwood has an outcome for both choices. Both of these choices also have their own videos each with their own gameplay footage. If you would like to play the interactive trailer for yourself, you can start by playing the video below.

Darkwood is currently slated to hit Steam Early Access on PC, Mac, and Linus on July 24. You can visit Darkwood's site at: darkwoodgame.com.

Darkwood - More Then The Typical Horror Game https://www.gameskinny.com/gpb32/darkwood-more-then-the-typical-horror-game https://www.gameskinny.com/gpb32/darkwood-more-then-the-typical-horror-game Tue, 28 May 2013 11:01:35 -0400 Reilly C.

The video does a better job of talking about the game then I ever could.  Who would know their game better then the developers? Apparently wood dwelling wizards.  Not being a wizard myself, I wanted to go over some of the smaller things they could not mention in the video.

The World of Darkwood

The world of Darkwood is set in a randomly generated forest full of deadly creatures and a very mysterious story to drive it all.  Reinforcing your home, limited supplies and a strict perma-death penalty means every minute counts as you fight for your life while trying to find the secrets of Darkwood.  

With an emphasis on it being really difficult, they seem to be reaching for those gamers of old that enjoyed a rough challenge and be straining for the player to be using their head and whit to overcome much adversity.  Just look at how he takes care of this creature in this video.

The amount of creative ways you seem to be able to trap and kill the enemies has me excited. I am enjoying the idea of not needing to fight every creature face to face but rather outwit the primal monstrosities that are hunting you.  Also all the weapon customization seems interesting.  I really want to see how many options you actually do have in this game or how nuts you can get with the weapons.

This is an all or nothing

Without this funding, Darkwood will not be released.  It is $10 to simply be assured a copy of the game and with plenty of incentives to donate more money, you might even want to chuck in a few extra bucks to get some fun extras.

As of now the game needs an extra $12,000 in 9 days; every penny will count.

Planned for release in mid 2014, Darkwood looks like a lot more then a simple jump scare game and deserves the recognition so do as the insane wizard says and check this game out!  You can see keep up with them on Facebook, Twitter and help Greenlight them on Steam