Until Dawn Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Until Dawn RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Just Die Already: 5 Horror Game Cliches That Should Stay Buried https://www.gameskinny.com/t9kzb/just-die-already-5-horror-game-cliches-that-should-stay-buried https://www.gameskinny.com/t9kzb/just-die-already-5-horror-game-cliches-that-should-stay-buried Fri, 05 Oct 2018 09:18:14 -0400 William Boyd

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Worst Horror Cliche #1: Cheap Jump Scares

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From a technical standpoint, the majority of present-day horror games have successfully built upon mainstays in the genre, changing up many of the elements to make themselves fresh and unique. Unfortunately, even the best modern games in the genre have succumbed to the ever-reliable but overused “jump scare.”

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So while cleverly designed games like Until Dawn and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard are incredible feats in most respects, one thing that they still rely on too often is the cheap jump scare.

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Basically go from quiet to loud in an instant, or have something happen completely out of the blue, and you’ll achieve a jump scare. But is there really any creativity in that?

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This is another annoyingly persistent aspect of horror movies infecting horror games – practically every mainstream horror movie in recent years has used the tactic, so unsurprisingly, we now see it regularly in our video games. Horror entertainment is at its most frightening when it utilizes different means to elicit extreme responses from spectators, and unfortunately, we horror/gamer fanatics just don’t see that enough.

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Please stop jump-scaring us. Just stop it. 

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There are a lot of great horror games out there. And many of them are scary as all Hell. However, it seem that more and more are taking advantage of players by not pushing past trends into brand-new territory. 

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As time goes on, here's to hoping that more horror video game developers think of more experimental ways of achieving scare factor. Thinking outside of the horror box isn’t just confined to storytelling traits, but if done correctly, it can permeate throughout every facet of a game’s design.

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Want to make a truly horrifying gaming experience? Don’t just emulate tired cliches and tropes for an instant reaction – true horror goes far beyond that narrow-minded philosophy.

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Image source: Players Press Start

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Worst Horror Cliche #2: Terrifyingly Bad Camera Angles

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Fortunately, old-school horror game tropes like tank controls and gamplay glitches are mostly a thing of the past. However, the same can’t be said for the wonky camera angles that continue to plague horror games in the 21st Century.

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They were awkward and erratic decades ago, and for many modern horror games, they still are.

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Games such as Dead Space and The Evil Within still rely heavily on third-person presentation, which, in theory, should be fine. But in reality, they can be jarring and unpredictable.

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Not seeing enemies behind you is one of the core issues with this design choice, however, fixed cameras also come with their own special batch of issues. If anything, first-person seems to be the way forward if Outlast and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard are anything to go by.

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Of course, groundbreaking releases such as Resident Evil 4 and Siren proved that camera angles can also be done in a way that allows ease of use for the player while also keeping the tension and suspense ramped up to max. You don’t always need to be unaware of your surroundings to make proceedings scary, and if anything, it could be argued that this is a cheap way to frighten players.

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Claustrophobia and frustration don’t always have to go hand-in-hand as we've been taught. Sure, fixed camera shots can provide a certain cinematic quality, and over-the-shoulder angles can certainly make for tense atmospheres, but sadly, neither of them have really been improved upon in the current crop of horror video games.

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Image source: ZombieSkittle.com

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Worst Horror Cliche #3: Cutscenes Galore

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The addition of cutscenes used to be one of the main highlights of horror games because they were cinematic and visceral in a way that wasn’t possible in-game. This meant that those bloody limbs and severed torsos looked even more gruesome and gnarly.

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However, as time has gone on, it would have been refreshing to see the genre make strides toward more natural ways of telling a story. Sadly – for the most part – we haven’t seen that so far.

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A game like Until Dawn is overloaded with cutscenes, but they’re done in such a way as to also allow for player interactivity. This seamless transition between gameplay and cutscenes is what most horror games should strive for, but more often than not, we get clunky transitions between the two – ultimately pulling the player out of the immersion that horror games rely so heavily on.

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Don’t get me wrong: when CGI movies pop up and are expertly pulled off, they’re still a very viable way of propelling the story forward. However, on too many occasions, the cutscenes featured in modern horror games just don’t feel as well thought out as the ones we used to see in games like Silent Hill and Alone in the Dark.

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Although the technical level of graphics and gameplay engines in 2018 still isn’t reaching its maximum potential in modern horror games, perhaps it soon will. And that will be something which will help eradicate long stretches of non-interaction and the meandering plot strands that we see peppering horror cutscenes these days.

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Image source: Engadget

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Worst Horror Cliche #4: Inventory… Or Lack Thereof

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A lot of modern games have issues with inventory management, with many prime offenders falling into the horror genre. Of course, horror game buffs will know that this feature goes back to the origins of their most beloved game in the genre, but in many ways, it's a zombie we wish Chris and Jill had blown into oblivion way back when. 

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Resident Evil was one of the primary games that used limited storage space and use limited inventory to drive home its survival horror tag. Evidently, it worked, but perhaps a little too well.

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That was 1996 and this is 2018, so surely this has now been thrown on the scrap heap, right? Wrong. Tedious trips to the dreaded storage box became an irritating staple decades ago, and unfortunately, those same boring journeys are still necessary in this day and age.

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This couldn’t have been made any clearer than with the recent entry in the Resi series: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Despite dropping over 20 years after the first installment, the seventh entry in the long-running horror franchise still incorporates this frustrating gameplay mechanic.

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And it’s by no means the only offender. The Evil Within and State of Decay (among others) still require the player to manage their inventory space down to a "T" – on occasion turning a scarefest into a borefest.

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Games such as Dying Light have begun paving the way for a more RPG-orientated approach in terms of storage space, so let’s hope that theme continues.

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I get that it can impose a more difficult challenge for the player to overcome, but when it’s at the expense of enthralling, engrossing gameplay, monotonous backtracking can certainly feel like a chore – one which really should’ve been buried by now.

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Image source: Polygon

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Worst Horror Cliche #5: Predictable Narratives

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There’s a certain art to making audiences genuinely fearful of the story you’re trying to tell them. Some could argue that it’s a lost art in some regards, particularly when it comes to the evolution of horror video games. Games like the revolutionary Resident Evil and genre-bending Half-Life were narratively groundbreaking in the ‘90s, but now? Not so much.

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Unfortunately, since then, what we’ve mostly seen are watered down takes on those classics – albeit with some updated gameplay mechanics.

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But story-wise, games such as The Evil Within and Alien: Isolation haven’t really brought anything new to the table. For the most part, they feel like retreads of what’s already been done before – ultimately making for a predictable storytelling experience.

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Creepy possessed girl? Check. Monster-ridden space station? Check. Sinister conspiracy? Check. Rarely does a modern day horror game stray from this overly tried and tested (and tired) formula.

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However, not all hope is lost when it comes to horror games operating outside of the conventional realm. Games such as Outlast and P.T. have showcased just how much scarier video games could be if they took risks every now and then when it comes to storytelling. Even the kooky, quirky, and downright ridiculous Deadly Premonition was more adventurous than most modern day horror games.

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From a psychological standpoint, most people are afraid of the unknown – it’s just a shame that most games in the genre are so “knowable” that scares become a trivial dime a dozen.

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Image source: Digit.in

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There's nothing better than a horror game done right. 

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As with many horror movie fans, nothing brings a sadistic smile to my face quite like seeing the genre expertly represented in the world of video games. The adrenaline-pumping gameplay, the bone-chilling atmosphere, the often diabolical narrative – all are key components that made classics like Silent Hill and Resident Evil such effective pieces of work.

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Now, here’s why I feel like modern horror games are completely dropping the ball in the scare department.

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As you’ll see from the entries on this list, the main issues with many modern horror games are that they’re trying too hard to emulate modern horror movies – and any real fan of the genre will tell you just how unimaginative and repetitive most of them are.

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Gone is the slow, methodical pacing and subtle creepiness of classics like Rosemary’s Baby, The Omen, and of course, the unholy grail of horror, The Exorcist.

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However, it’s not just movies that have led to some awful horror game cliches, but in fact, the games themselves have introduced some horrible tropes which really should’ve been eradicated by now. Horror games of old certainly seem good through rose-tinted glasses, but whenever their dated mechanics still linger on in the present day like shambling, undead corpses, it's off-putting at best and downright killer at worst. 

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With all of that said, what are some of the most persistently vile cliches that still permeate horror games today?

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Well, we’ve compiled a list of the five most dastardly grotesques that simply refuse to die. So, without further ado, let’s rip apart these incessant irritants like we’d rip apart a mutated zombie in Resident Evil!

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10 Sexiest Bachelors in the Gaming Universe https://www.gameskinny.com/33435/10-sexiest-bachelors-in-the-gaming-universe https://www.gameskinny.com/33435/10-sexiest-bachelors-in-the-gaming-universe Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:36:15 -0500 bazookajo94

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So there you go. 10 different dudes with 10 different ways to steal my heart, whether that happens by being ruggedly handsome or by knowing their way around a weapon (wink). 

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But this is but one girl's opinion. Maybe this list only reveals the dark recesses of my soul and shouldn't be taken seriously. Maybe you're thinking, "Well, she's got a type." 

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Maybe you should tell me who you think the most eligible bachelor of all eligible bachelors is.

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(And remember -- The Shape of Water is popular right now ....)

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Jason Brody from Far Cry 3

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One of my favorite tropes is when a renowned player, an exuberant party-goer, a rich son of a bitch, has a fall from grace and learns what it's like to live on the other side. The movie Overboard? Sign me tf up. 

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Jason Brody goes through this transformation, but instead of learning to sympathize with peasants, he turns into a stone-cold killer. And honestly, he is the main man in my heart. I don't know why everyone talks about Vaas when Brody is the real crazy one. 

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He goes from not knowing how to sympathize with another human being to sympathizing with other human beings and being a badass survivalist at the same time. He hunts tigers, fights pirates, burns fields of marijuana, all while saving everyone's lives. 

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Like, damn, Jason Brody. Hardcore. 

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Mike Munroe from Until Dawn

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All right, let's step back from the older gentlemen now (I refuse to use the word you're all expecting me to say). 

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Let's showcase my boy Mike Munroe, who's kind of a dick, kind of funny, and a whole lotta douche. Half of the people who play this game hate him, and the other half hate themselves for liking him. 

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But there's something to say about a guy who chops off his own fingers with a machete just so he doesn't lose the machete -- because anyone who balls that hard in a survival game deserves a place on this list.

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Professor Sycamore from Pokemon X & Y

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I thought it would be funny if I added Professor Sycamore to this list, and I was right. I'm cackling as I prepare to write about the merits of this professor, all the while lamenting that people expected to see the shirtless wonder of Kuikui here, even though he's married and I can't bend the rules for him like I did for Marston (who's dead).

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Most everyone's love for Sycamore seems to be purely material: he's got a cute face, luscious hair, and a popped collar. What could be more sexy? (I hate that I just used the word "sexy" in relation to a Pokemon character.)

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Alas, people's love for Sycamore knows no bounds. Here's a Buzzfeed article professing love for this lovable professor -- and I honestly can't tell if it's a satire or not. 

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John Marston from Red Dead Redemption

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I know that, technically, John Marston is married and wouldn't be considered a bachelor, but that's not going to stop me from adding him to this list of "Gruff, bearded men with dark hair and guns who are considered sexy by at least one writer."

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There are only a few times I've seen a character supposedly considered an "expert" at guns actually live up to their reputation. And darned if Marston doesn't live up to his. I actually believe that he could hit a target with both eyes closed, and that belief has got me all twitterpated.

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Who cares if he's not technically a bachelor? If you want to get really technical, then nobody gets to love John Marston because he's dead.  

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Joel from The Last of Us

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Joel and Booker have a lot in common: a lost daughter, a surrogate daughter, and the voice of Troy Baker. 

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Setting aside his tragic backstory and road to retribution, Joel also has keen survival instincts and a commanding presence that cause people to turn to him when they need help. 

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Even though he's kind of an ass, his heart has the capacity to love, and as soon as he does, people don't want him to stop loving. Everyone is rooting for Joel; everyone loves Joel; and everyone is a sucker for a gruff, bearded man in flannel. 

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Booker DeWitt from BioShock Infinite

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You know what else makes a woman weak in the knees? A tragic back story (and the voice of Troy Baker). 

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Booker DeWitt is man with past mistakes and a never-ending guilt, leaving people with a desire to see him earn his retribution. 

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Maybe it's the fact that DeWitt has a personality (as opposed to the other BioShock protagonists); maybe it's because of his interactions with Elizabeth; maybe it's the clothes. 

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One things for sure, though: if you know how to handle a gun and you have a voice like Troy Baker, then you've got a place on this list (and in my heart).

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Leon from Resident Evil

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All right, all right. I'll step back from the monstrous suitors by introducing one who kills monsters instead. 

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And what sort of list of sexiest video bachelors wouldn't include the original: Leon Scott Kennedy. 

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Talk about a lady killer. And a zombie killer. And an all-around killer in general. 

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This guy knows what he's doing, what needs to be done, and when to do it. And just like with Dante, women like a man with confidence. 

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With Leon's ever-constant presence in the Resident Evil games, he will have an ever-constant place in our hearts -- and lists about sexiest men. 

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Dante from Devil May Cry

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What's a girl to do when they can't pick between an angel and a devil? 

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Pick Dante. 

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Part devil, part angel, Dante has been stealing the hearts of women everywhere with his intense gaze, his open shirt, and his overwhelming confidence, all combined with a bad-ass attitude and strong desire to kill demons. And let's not forgot all the awesome powers he has. 

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He's literally the full package of good and evil -- but mostly good.

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Hancock from Fallout 4

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I'll never forget my first step into Goodneighbor. My lingering resentment still strong from the revelation that Nick Valentine's epic buildup resulted in a 50's-style old-man detective, I take a step into this new environment, ready for my next mission, and suddenly a ghoul is shooting a man trying to kill me and telling me he runs the place. 

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Needless to say, I fell in love immediately. 

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Like Garrus, Hancock is another man looking for his place in life, looking for a friend, and eternally grateful that the sole survivor accepts him for who he is. 

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You just have to overlook the massive addiction to drugs and violence. At least he's a nice guy, right? And he's a mayor. 

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Garrus from Mass Effect

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You can't take two steps into the Mass Effect fandom without seeing some Garrus/Shepard fanart. And with a face like that, who would blame someone for drawing what the fans want?

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Some people can't understand why Garrus is so popular with the ladies, but, call us crazy, ladies like a guy who's nice. There's something undeniably adorable about a man who's awkward around a potential romantic conquest -- and not afraid to admit it. 

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Not to mention he's known as the "Space Batman," and everyone knows how successful Batman is with the ladies...

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When women have nowhere else to turn to find a decent man in their lives, they go for someone they always know will be there: fictional characters. Though it's easy to fangirl over book characters (all I need to say is "Mr. Darcy" and swoons are heard across the world), where are the good video game men? Where are the scruffy gaming guys, the nice dudes, the sexy?

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Right here. This list. Top ten. Let's go. 

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And with the popularity of del Toro's The Shape of Water spreading through the hearts of women everywhere, I probably shouldn't have to worry about putting someone like Bowser or Specter Knight on the list -- but, for the sake of all our dignities, I'll stick with the mostly human bachelors. 

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Mostly. 

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5 Snowy Horror Games Best Played During the Holidays https://www.gameskinny.com/2nd6q/5-snowy-horror-games-best-played-during-the-holidays https://www.gameskinny.com/2nd6q/5-snowy-horror-games-best-played-during-the-holidays Tue, 26 Dec 2017 18:00:01 -0500 bazookajo94

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And there you have it. Five wintry games in five freezing places, blanketed in snow and covered in despair.

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These games remind people of exactly what it's like to walk in a winter wonderland -- except instead of the sound of sleigh bells in the distance and bright lights fluttering in the wind, players hear the distant sound of slaying -- like, murder, lol -- and broken lights flickering in the breeze.

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But, hey, whoever says horror doesn't pair well with Christmas probably needs to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas again. 

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Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

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What would a horror game list be without Silent Hill, the mother, father, and grandfather of all horror games? And what would winter be without snow? 

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Konami and Climax Studios's frozen Silent Hill: Shattered Memories brings players back into the town of Silent Hill almost exactly like they did the first time; Shattered Memories is essentially the same as the original Silent Hill with some altered realities and fractured plot points. 

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And, clearly, many things are frozen. Snow and ice already have a way of making someone feel alone -- maybe that's why there are so many survival horror games taking place in the snow -- but what else can snow make a person feel in a terrifying environment? 

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Suffocating? 

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Despairing? 

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Stuck, frozen in time, never moving forward? 

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No wonder Harry Mason is in therapy.

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Until Dawn

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But you know what? The holiday season is about spending time together, with other people, so let's step back from all these isolating horror games and take a look at one where there's a lot of people who have the capacity to die, all while surrounded by snow. 

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Supermassive Game's choices-matter horror game Until Dawn pits eight teenagers on a frozen mountain against a murderer on the loose and a monster on the hunt. The teenagers have ten hours until dawn, so not only is it freezing (and one character even walks around in a towel after a bath in a house with no heat like are you serious, girl) but it's dark and dreary and nobody is happy and everything is scary. 

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But the crunch of snow and the swirl of flakes and the spindly trees swaying in the breeze serve as a nice wintry reminder that at least they're all together in this frozen hell on earth. 

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Kholat

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A good way to make a horror game tens times more scary is to say that it's based on a true story. And IMGN.PRO's Kholat took their inspiration from the Dyatlov Pass incident, where nine hikers went missing in the Russian mountains. This true event circulates a lot of mystery, intrigue, suspense, and a certain amount of horror. It's even got a movie based off it. 

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And because it's set in Russia, needless to say there's a lot of snow. 

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IMGN.PRO took their own liberty on what happened out in those mountains (obviously, since it's still a mystery), but they also have a lot of beautifully dark scenic shots in Kholot, along with some terrifying ones.

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But the true beauty of it all? 

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Sean Bean is the narrator. 

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I can't imagine a greater gift than the gift of Sean Bean leading me through the frozen wilderness and possibly to my death. 

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The Long Dark

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Sticking with the vein of surviving a long dark winter's night without any food, Hinterland Studio's The Long Dark is another horror game where players have just crash landed in the Canadian wilderness and now they must survive the, well, long dark. 

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Taking into consideration not only the need for food, water, shelter, and firewood, players also have to contend with the natural predators that want to kill them, like wolves and bears and hypothermia. 

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Though the fear in this game is more psychological than true terror, if anyone is suddenly pitted in a kill-or-be-killed environment with nothing at all except for a vague recollection of the story To Build a Fire by Jack London, they're not going to care how pretty the sky looks or how fresh the snow -- they're going to hear a twig snap and wish that they were at home, alone, watching Home Alone, rather than out in the frigid wilderness, about to die -- alone. 

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Don't Starve

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Klei's survival horror game Don't Starve is the perfect game to get comfy/cozy with this Christmas because when players aren't huddled by the fire or shaving fur off sleeping animals or slowly starving to death because food is scarce and the nights are long and every two seconds the screen cracks with ice because it's so cold, they're spending the rest of their time in the warm seasons preparing for winter. 

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Yes, Don't Starve isn't set in a perpetual winter (unless you change the settings), but if you play the story mode, you can expect at least three out of five chapters to be winterized, and you can expect nothing good to happen to you, ever. 

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Suppose that's what winter is all about, eh? 

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And what's more, Klei even integrated beloved Christmas nightmare Krampus into Don't Starve -- so if you kill too many innocent creatures, you better watch out, you better not cry ...

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Nothing compares to the smell of freshly fallen snow. As soon as you breathe in that brisk air, it's as if the cold works its way through your system and tries to dispel any darkness within your body, leaving everything white and clean and cold.

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But when freshly fallen snow is paired with the bleak setting of a horror game, everything feels gray and dirty and frozen. And isolating. There's just something about fields of snow that can make someone feel so entirely alone. Maybe that's why scary games pair so well with the winter climate. 

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And if you're someone who's more of a grouch on a couch than an elf on the shelf during the holiday season, maybe horror games are more up your alley -- or, should I say, more down your chimney? 

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So here are a few wintry horror games to help you through the long, dark nights of the bright and shiny holiday season -- or to suggest that maybe the holiday season could use a few more scares.

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PlayStation's Week 2 Deals for the Sale of the Dead https://www.gameskinny.com/7dlcx/playstations-week-2-deals-for-the-sale-of-the-dead https://www.gameskinny.com/7dlcx/playstations-week-2-deals-for-the-sale-of-the-dead Sat, 28 Oct 2017 23:29:18 -0400 Lauren Harris

Playstation has announced Sale of the Dead for players online via PlayStation Store.

The week 2 sales are even better with up to 50% off a library of horror and scary movies and games for players. Playstation Plus members can also save 66% off the same titles. Sale of the Dead ends on October 31, 2017 at 8a.m. PT.

Some of the week 2 deals include:

  • Diablo (Eternal Collection) on PS4 for $41.99 and $35.99 for PS Plus members
  • 7 Days To Die on PS4 for $13.49 and $10.49 for PS Plus members
  • The Evil Within
  • The Complete First Season of The Walking Dead
  • Dead by Daylight: Special Edition
  • The Conjuring 2-Film Collection
  • Until Dawn

These deals won't last long so hurry before they disappear. Be sure to check out @PlayStation on Twitter and give them a follow for more updates and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more info on Halloween sales and in-game events

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5 Netflix Originals That Would Make Epic Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/ab5gi/5-netflix-originals-that-would-make-epic-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/ab5gi/5-netflix-originals-that-would-make-epic-video-games Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Jerline Justo

Since its inception, the Netflix Originals line of television shows and movies has consistently provided fans around the world with quality entertainment at the click of a button. More and more, enthusiasts from every medium, whether it be comics or video games, clamor for their favorite stories and characters to be included in Netflix's growing catalog of premium content. 

But many fans rarely wonder which Netflix series would make a great video game. 

Of course, we do see TV series become video games, like Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series and The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Seriesbut not a lot of Netflix shows turn into video games.

Well, what about these five Netflix originals? They could be the next big transmedia hit.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones

jessica jones, netflix

In the games industry, players do see a lot of superhero titles, like Injustice: Gods Among Us and The Amazing Spider-Man. But with this anti-hero, the game could take on a completely different meaning.

This Netflix series explores Jessica Jones at the end of her superhero career, where she works as a private investigator. The show offers the rugged side of New York and a darker crime element that would work very well in a game. Game developers could also involve other Marvel heroes like Luke Cage or Daredevil to round out the playing experience. They could even include other Marvel villains, specifically Kilgrave.

Voltron: Legendary Defender

Voltron: Legendary Defender, Voltron

Space, robot lions, and aliens -- these elements alone can make an awesome video game.

This Netflix Original is a reboot of the Japanese-American TV show Voltron: Defender of the Universe. And in this version of the story, five space pilots from Earth defend the universe from the Galra empire with five robotic lions. When these five lions come together, they make Voltron.

Game developers would have fun with this, especially if the players can control one of the lions. The show provides a lot of action and humor to entertain fans in a gaming setting.

Stranger Things

Stronger Things

I have two words for this popular Netflix Original -- horror game! Stranger Things involves a town called Hawkins, Indiana, where unnatural occurrences happen during the 1980s.

The season starts out with the police looking for a young boy, Will Byers, who has mysteriously disappeared. Later, they find a young girl, who later is called Eleven, Spoiler alert: She appears out of nowhere and has crazy powers. In a video game setting, players can try to find Will or fight alongside Eleven as she battles the creatures from the Upside Down. This story provides a complex plot line that can definitely fit for a narrative horror game.

Black Mirror

Black Mirror

This Netflix (streaming) Original mixes The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected in today's setting, and each episode explores different scenarios through dark satire. Even though this show does not have a central plot, the concept can definitely work as a game where the player's choices become essential, like Until Dawn.

Developers can even create a central plot line around this concept to keep the thrill and drama in the game since it is so open-ended. The possibilities are endless when it comes to this Netflix Original.

Narcos

Narcos

This show tells the story of Pablo Escobar, the infamous South American drug lord. Through this show, viewers experience how this man interacts with various people, like the DEA agents and drug lords. In a video game setting, the players can definitely be in either sides where they can be helping Pablo or stopping him with DEA agent, Steven Murphy. Narcos definitely has the plot and action that holds a compelling video game for player to feel interactive with.

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All in all, it depends on how the game developers take each show. But with these interesting characters, story lines, and concepts, these five Netflix Originals have the potential to make epic video games!

Do you agree with our list or missed another show? Let us know in the comments below!

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Finally Finished Resident Evil 7? Try Out These Survival Horror Games Next! https://www.gameskinny.com/rmsh5/finally-finished-resident-evil-7-try-out-these-survival-horror-games-next https://www.gameskinny.com/rmsh5/finally-finished-resident-evil-7-try-out-these-survival-horror-games-next Mon, 03 Apr 2017 08:00:01 -0400 ThatRainbowThing

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a new survival horror game that came out in February 2017. As a first person type game you play a man named Ethan, who got a message from his wife after she had been missing for 3 years prior. In the meantime you have to fight a biochemically engineered family and other monstrous creatures.

If you've already played this game and enjoyed it profusely then you'll have a blast playing these 5 games that will blow your survival-horror induced mind!

Until Dawn
until dawn, poster

A third person interactive drama survival-horror, about 8 teens who go to stay in a cabin in the snowy mountains for a night. You'll play all the characters and make decisions for them which will all have consequences later on in the game. In the game they are being chased by a psychopath.

Until Dawn made this list because it stimulates your brain and you have to choose your choices carefully. The game interacts with a "butterfly effect" mechanic so your choices will really set forth your story. There are quite a few endings and each game is around 9 hours of game play. It's recommended to be played more than once.

Developed by Supermassive Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for PS4.

The Evil Within
the evil within

A third person survival horror game, where you play a veteran detective name Sebastian Castellanos. While investigating a brutal mass murder at a mental hospital Sebastian, and his colleagues, encounter a powerful and dark force that thrusts them in another horrifying place where they must find answers and defeat or run from terrifying creatures.

This game will melt your brain. Alot of the scenery reminds me of Resident Evil 4, and has quite alot of puzzle solving and monster fighting. The gameplay elements include scavenging and learning when to choose fight or flight. Make sure you make good use of your environment.

Developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda Softworks, the game is available on Microsoft Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

SOMA

SOMA, monster, horror

A science-fiction, first-person survival horror, You'll play as a man named Simon Jearrett. The setting starts normally and your character, who was in a previous accident and now has brain damage, has signed up for an experimental brain scan, done by a man name Dr. Munshi. You then awaken in an abandoned undersea research facility. In order to finds answers as to why Simon is there, he is contacted by a woman named Catherine Chun. But come to find out, Catherine isn't all that she seems, and neither is Simon.

SOMA made this list because like most amazing survival horror games, it really messes with your mind. This game was pretty detailed story wise but if you love intricate stories that build up more and more then you'll definitely find SOMA to your liking. The game has stealth elements and puzzle-solving.

Developed and published by Frictional Games, this game is out and ready to play! Available on Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, and PS4.

Alien: Isolation

alien: isolation, alien, aliens

Playing as Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley, You are sent to a space station to retrieve a flight recorder from the ship that Ellen Ripley was aboard but disappeared. After arriving Amanda finds that the ship is in complete disorder and she soon finds out that she's not alone and in dangerous company.

Now I'm sure a lot of people are up to date on the story of Ellen Ripley, but this game is from her daughter's point of view is actually pretty cool. I added this game to the list because, for one, space games with survival horror elements are always the creepiest, and adding a man eating alien makes for an amazing game. The game is first person and there are elements of scavenging and finding information and clues.

Developed by Creative Assembly and Published by Sega, the game came out October of 2014 and is available on Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Kholat

Kholat

An Indie survival-horror game, that commandeers an air of mystery. The game is based on a true story called the Dyotlav Pass incident. You play a character who is following the steps of 9 college students from Russia who've gone missing in February of 1959.

Now this game is incredible, and the fact that it's based off a true story made this game all the more freaky. The details and the story just add some seriously terrifying elements. This is a game that I feel if you like survival-horror but also like wandering for details, would be good for you. A first person game with elements of story finding, and parts where you should run away.

Developed by IMGN.PRO, the game is available on Microsoft Windows and PS4.

Bonus Games To Look Forward To!!!

Call of Cthulhu
call of cthulhu, cthulhu

You play a character named Edward Pierce, who is investigating the murder of a famous artist and her family on Darkwater Island. While going through this your character will soon find he can't trust his instincts, as he discovers an awakening of the Great Old One Cthulhu. 

As a game that hasn't come out quite yet I added it to this list, because it's supposed to be a psychological survival-horror game. Plus who doesn't love solving a good murder mystery with a little demonic ritual involved? This game has open world aspects with some RGP elements. I hope you guys enjoy sneaking!

Published by Focus Home Interactive and developed by Frogwares. Available for PS4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows and the game it set to release sometime this year.

Outlast 2
Outlast 2, outlast

An upcoming survival-horror that sure to sweep you off your feet. A young investigative couple are out in the Arizona desert in search of answers to the murder of a pregnant Jane Doe. Separated by a helicopter crash, you'll play as Blake Langermann whom while searching for his wife comes across a sect of deadly religious folks, who separated themselves from the world believing it's the end of days.

If you love Outlast or Outlast: Whistleblower then I'm sure you cannot wait for this arrival. This game made the list because it will be psycho to the core! Blood and gore fans that aren't afraid of the terrifying realities of what the world has to offer will approve. A first person game where you cannot fight whatsoever, but you can run and hide.

Developed by Red Barrels and published by Red Barrels and WB Games Inc. Available for Ps4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. The official release date is set for April 25, 2017.

Well I hope you enjoy and look forward to the games. I think that each game will suit a different kind of survival horror fan. Whether they are blood and gore or just running to solve the mystery and escape monsters in the process. Each one is different in it's own way, but they also have something in common... scaring your pants off! Enjoy!

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Top 5 Jaw Dropping Horror Games for the PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/8or9g/top-5-jaw-dropping-horror-games-for-the-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/8or9g/top-5-jaw-dropping-horror-games-for-the-ps4 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:00:01 -0400 gamerpro2000

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Well those are the games on the ps4 that I found to be the most scary to me. And If you decide to play these hopefully you would agree with me.

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Many games deserve to be on this list, but the reason I chose these is because me and many people I know have played and enjoyed these horrifying games.

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Now it's time to ask yourself, "what games have I played that gave me the creeps?"

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Alien: Isolation

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Alien: Isolation is a game which will have you peeing yourself with fear. It is all about hiding, sneaking, and very little about attacking. When this alien is on the hunt for you it would be wise to stay in cover before you suffer a horrible death.

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Out of all of the  games on this list, this is the one that give me chills while hiding. You have to be quiet and smart if you want to play this game right. The scariest part of this game is the suspense. You never know if you're going to make one quick mistake and then suffer the consequences when the Alien finds you.

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If you are thinking of adding Alien: Isolation to your collection then I would advise you to have an ambulance for when you have a heart attack.

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Alien: Isolation made it into the top horror games ever made and got great reviews around the board too. If so many people love this game then it obviously deserves to be on this list.

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The Last of Us

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Even though The Last of Us is not the scariest game that you can find, it is jaw dropping. This game has an amazing story to it and has some jump scares in it that will cause you to throw your controller across the room.

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The scariest part of The Last of Us is those damn clickers, they love popping out of nowhere and are pretty tough for something that can't even see. I enjoyed this game a lot, and the best part is that even at the scariest points it's still so fun.

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It keeps you on the edge of your seat while you're going through the dark trying to figure out what to do and where to go. This game has amazing lighting and the environment alone make The Last of Us worth playing.

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If you play this game then you will have a great time, and the story has a decent length to it too.

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The Last of Us was also really popular from the fans. It even got so popular that Naughty Dog remastered it for the PS4. So just think to yourself is this a game I see myself playing? Yes!

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Until Dawn

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Until Dawn has you making crazy choices that can affect the entire game. It has you making decisions like cutting your arm off, or trying to get out the bear trap while a psycho is trying to kill you -- better act fast if you want to survive.

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The best part of this game is as you are doing everything so quickly, it adds a certain fear that none of these other games on this list have. Plus this game has a pretty cool story to it, and the killer in this game is pretty disturbing looking. Watching him coming after you makes you wanna bite your nails and start shivering.

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The only thing is Until Dawn is kind of short. But if you're looking for a fun and scary game to pass some time, then this is the game for you.

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The most enjoyable thing about until dawn is 'the' plot twist and the different kind of clues that you end up finding throughout the game. Until Dawn received many good reviews, and I am very happy I got the chance to play it.

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The Evil Within

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Not only is The Evil Within one of my favorite games, it has the most epic prologues you will ever play -- with it's fast paced running and suspenseful hiding.

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The Evil Within has you trying to escape some of the most psychotic things you will only see in your nightmares. There are a lot of jump scares in this game but these are not the scariest things. That would be home compared to the constant fear that comes from thinking the killer is right next to you. The worst part is most of the time you have nothing to defend yourself against them.

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If you have never played this game, and you want something scary and challenging, then I recommend this to you. It may cause you to have nightmares but you will enjoy The Evil Within.

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One of the things that I noticed in this game was the scenery, because the details inside every little thing is amazing. While this revolves around a lot of organs and blood, whoever is playing The Evil Within will see that this amazing detail makes everything look alive.

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
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The Resident Evil franchise has always had a scary feeling to it. But this one is by far the scariest, with its jump scares and crazy looking creatures that will give the devil himself nightmares.

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I have always been a Resident Evil fan (my favorite being 4) but Resident Evil 7 is different than the rest. This one has changed the way the fans will play Resident Evil forever.

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They did add stuff that makes it seem like the older ones which I thought was great. For example they put a similar system to the older games with how you combine things in the inventory. But they also added a new psycho kind of feeling to the game. It's a lot more gory and twisted than the rest.

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Resident Evil 7 has you staying focused on something, then little do you know it was all a distraction for something a lot scarier.

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Even though I love the oldies, I like the direction they went with this new installment of the franchise, and I'm sure you will too. So, you have to ask yourself what is next for the Resident Evil franchise?

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The PS4 has already seen it's fair share of scares, in only 3 years it has become home to some of the best horror games around.

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And who doesn't like having a bit of a scare now and then? Well these are the games that are more than just a bit of a scare. These games will have you sweating and panting hoping you don't die.

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This article will show you some of the worst places and worst positions to be in as a human being. Luckily for you you're on the other side of the screen. Lets hope it stays that way.

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So, what are the 5 Jaw Dropping Horror Games on the PS4? Read this article and you will understand why I chose these gruesome, gory, and horrifying games.

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Why Too Many Horror Games Rely on Isolation for Scares -- But Shouldn't https://www.gameskinny.com/1jf99/why-too-many-horror-games-rely-on-isolation-for-scares-but-shouldnt https://www.gameskinny.com/1jf99/why-too-many-horror-games-rely-on-isolation-for-scares-but-shouldnt Fri, 27 Jan 2017 03:00:01 -0500 Michael Llewellyn

Successfully using the feeling of isolation is a staple of the modern horror genre with games like Amnesia, Alien: Isolation, Outlast and even the new Resident Evil using this dynamic to its full effect. All of these games go out of their way to make you make you feel truly alone, and with this feeling naturally comes fear. Humans as social animals seek comfort in others for support and guidance. Exposure to prolonged isolation can make us uncomfortable, and a good horror game capitalises on this by putting the player in potentially dangerous and creepy surroundings.

The use of isolation in the horror genre has proven successful and will continue to be for a long time to come, but developers can be in danger of overusing this one sole mechanic and the genre could again be in danger of becoming stale.

Going back to the psychology of isolation and human beings being social animals, it can be just as scary and tense when you are seeing your companions being killed off one-by-one or dying as a result of the choices you made as the player. This adds a new layer of fear and worry because we find safety in numbers and if implemented correctly in a horror game it can put the player in potentially uncomfortable situations -- especially as we grow attached to these characters.

The Walking Dead - Telltale Series

What makes The Walking Dead television series so good isn't so much the zombies but it's the character development and how the said characters grow that you eventually come to care for them as individuals and that is what drives the story forward -- so when you lose a major character in the series you really feel its impact.

This is what makes the Telltale Games series such a perfect match as you effectively craft believable relationships with the characters in the group. What adds to the tension is that all your choices matter, and almost every action you make has a reaction, and in common with the TV series the tension and the fear comes from the genuine worry and concern you have for the characters you've grown to like in your group.

Zero Escape Series

A visual novel at heart, the Zero Escape series focuses on nine seemingly unrelated characters who are captured and tortured by a masked villain called Zero who, separates them into three groups and informs them that in order to escape, they have to decipher a six-part password, which is revealed bit-by-bit every time someone dies. Adding to Zero's twisted sense of enjoyment they are fitted with a wrist bracelet that injects them with an amnesiac drug every 90 minutes.

The Zero Escape series forces you to make difficult moral decisions that affect all the characters in the game, and the well written scripts force you to question what is or isn't evil -- if there is such a thing -- as well as your own personal identity. It is narrative elements like these and the shocking consequences you're faced with that add a great deal of fear, tension and stress.

Corpse Party

Don't let this games cute 16-bit visuals fool you, Corpse Party is an unnerving, sinister, gory and a deeply disturbing experience. Taking a minimalistic approach it's psychological horror at its best because its a game that leaves your imagination and the sound to fill in the blanks -- the sound effects in the game are really horrific.

Corpse Party's story centers around a group of students and their teacher who wake up to find themselves separated in a decaying elementary school that was once the site of multiple horrific murders. You're tasked with uncovering the secrets of these murder and the horrors of the events that happened there and search for one another in order to escape.

The tension and horror is built around the decisions you make and the helplessness you feel when your characters are killed because of those decisions. You're also forced to listen to and experience a disturbingly lengthy death scene.

Siren: Blood Curse

The story of Siren: Blood Curse centers around a team of American Journalists investigating human sacrifices in a mysterious lost Japanese village.

The twisting narrative is told through the perspectives of seven different playable characters, whose story unfolds over a series of twelve episodes.  The episodic nature of the game allows the characters to develop in a more natural way -- very similarly to a televised box set series.

Until Dawn

Until Dawn's storyline follows a group of teens who stay overnight in a log cabin who one-by-one get picked off and murdered by a mysterious serial killer.

Like other titles listed here Until Dawn's fear and tension is built on choice everything you do has impact on how events unfold for your characters and whether that decision has lead to a character's death or if it saves them.

You'll take control of each character individually over the course of the game and every decision you make on their behalf will ultimately have good or bad consequences.  This helps raise the tension and fear especially if you're focused on seeing one specific characters ending in one of the many playthroughs the game offers. It's a clever mechanic that works beautifully in a game that emulates and puts a unique spin on the cliche teen horror genre that we're so used to seeing on film -- while adding more scares on each replay.

Groups can be scary, if done correctly

The horror genre whether it's the survival horror or the adventure game approach is flexible enough to successfully combine group based horror games like the ones I've mentioned here and develop into sense of isolation and tension in a similar way to both Corpse Party and the Zero Escape series while maintaining the ability to tell a good story.

Horror games that use a similar narrative mechanic to tell its story and interact with other characters to such a level of depth like Telltales Walking Dead series or Until Dawn can allow the player to feel a certain amount of companionship and camaraderie with them, and when those companions begin to die one-by-one around you this feeling of loss and helplessness will give way to a more organic sense of isolation, instead of those where you are forced to be alone against all the odds.

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5 Horror Subgenres That are Often Overlooked in Modern Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/2qlqj/5-horror-subgenres-that-are-often-overlooked-in-modern-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/2qlqj/5-horror-subgenres-that-are-often-overlooked-in-modern-video-games Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:12:55 -0500 Rob Kershaw

If you're like me, you’re a gamer who loves to have the pants scared off them. And you’ll probably roll your eyes each time a new “psychological horror game” is announced. Because you know that most of the games marketed this way aren’t actually psychological horror -- they’re usually a twist on the haunted house, survival, or action genres. Just because a game makes you frightened, that doesn’t mean it's a psychological horror. Because scaring you is the whole point of horror games.

From the sci-fi horror of Dead Space to the slasher escapades of Until Dawn, studios have tried their hand at developing different subgenres of horror over the years, with variable results. Yet, most games of this nature tend to stick to a general theme: arrive at a location, watch crazy stuff happen, kill everything bad (or hide from it), then leave.

But there’s a host of alternative horror subgenres that are just waiting to be tapped for gaming goodness. Of course, games need to offer agency in the way that films simply don’t. However, that doesn’t negate taking different cues in order to do so -- whether it’s by altering the setting, the mechanics, or how the story is told.

If developers want to get horror aficionados hooked, rather than churning out the same zombie survival titles year on year, they might want to consider these alternative horror subgenres they can explore in their own games.

Home Invasion

A genre that’s been sorely overlooked in gaming, home invasion would be an ideal addition to horror gaming. It was touched on in the controversial Sega CD release of Night Trap, but a quarter of a century has passed since that hokey foray, and both technology and taste have improved considerably since then.

Standard home invasion horror tropes usually involve being stalked around your property by unknown people -- but in a gaming context this would offer the ideal opportunity to flip the mechanics on their head. You could control multiple residents, working together in order to foil the assailants, or perhaps just one protagonist darting between rooms and using whatever items are lying around the house to MacGyver up some means of defeating them. The sort of asymmetrical gameplay we see in games like Dead by Daylight could work really well here too.

There's plenty of scope to make this as quirky or as sinister as you like, but gaming lends itself perfectly to the genre.

Torture

If the SAW franchise taught us anything, it’s that the market for puzzle-based horror is still alive -- and with the series getting a reboot this year, it’s the perfect opportunity for developers to cash in on the genre.

Putting aside the woeful licensed game which relied mostly on waggling thumbsticks or standing next to things and pressing X, there’s plenty of potential to make a decent head-scratcher of a horror game.

Professor Layton meets Hostel, where the top-hatted one needs to think fast in order to save Luke from having his face sliced off? I’d play that -- but only if Layton politely thanked the antagonist afterwards.

Body Horror

There’s a lack of love for true body horror in gaming -- at least from the protagonist’s standpoint. Sure, titles such as the Bioshock series and The Binding of Isaac pay it lip service by morphing the horror aspect into a weapon, but they do it without actually exploring the possible consequences of their actions.

Remember the way your hands morphed into various abominations as you used Vigors? Pretty cool, right? Remember the effects the repeated use of these horrors had on your character? Exactly.

Imagine a game that sidestepped the “body horror as action device“ pitfall and actually told a meaningful story about one person’s quest to work out what was happening to them. The Fly in gaming form, if you will.

Better still, create a Telltale-esque point-and-click and release a version of The Thing that doesn’t water down its scares with third-person shooter mechanics.

Doll / Clown Horror

Let’s face it, both clowns and dolls are innately creepy. Films like IT and The Tommyknockers gave me nightmares as a kid (though this once-terrifying scene is laughable when watched as an adult). There’s something utterly inhuman about painted humanoid figures, staring at you with their dead eyes, that lends itself perfectly to horror. Dolls are pretty awful, too.

So, why not exploit that for gaming? We’re at a point where it’s possible to render all kinds of pant-wettingly realistic monstrosities in all their terrifying detail, but we don’t actually need to stray too far from our own form in order to generate scares.

After all, the scariest things we experience are the ones that ring most truly in our mind. “Why is my Eeyore plushy sat in the middle of the hallway floor?” or “What clown? We never booked a clown for your birthday party, honey!” are sentences you never want to hear. Translate that sense of dread to a game, and build on it -- a bit like The Mannequin is hoping to do.

Comedy Horror

It doesn’t have to be all relentless terror and violence -- you can have a few laughs along the way. Comedy horror is a weird mash-up of genres that’s rarely done well on screen, and hasn’t really crossed over successfully to gaming. Deadly Premonition may have been unintentionally hilarious, but that probably wasn't what the developers were counting on.

Mixing up schlock acting, comedy and gore would make a potentially interesting title for gamers -- perhaps we’re all finally ready for an Evil Dead point-and-click. Bruce Campbell would probably voice act if you chucked him $50 and a few beers.

What horror genres would you like to see represented in gaming? Let me know in the comments below!

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5 Horror Games to Hold You Over Until Friday The 13th: The Game Releases https://www.gameskinny.com/o4u3h/5-horror-games-to-hold-you-over-until-friday-the-13th-the-game-releases https://www.gameskinny.com/o4u3h/5-horror-games-to-hold-you-over-until-friday-the-13th-the-game-releases Fri, 13 Jan 2017 04:00:01 -0500 DannyPTP

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So there we have it! Thankfully we won't have to wait long until Friday The 13th: The Game welcomes itself onto our gaming consoles, giving us a true taste of what it is to be Jason Voorhees

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In the mean time, why not check out these games? They're excellent additions to the horror game genre and are sure to give you at least a few hours of entertainment.

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Are you looking forward to Friday The 13th: The Game? Will you be picking it up? Have you played the other games featured in this list and what do you think of them? Hack and slash your way to the comments and leave a message in blood!

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1. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
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Let's be honest, you saw this coming.

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is only a few days away, and fans can't wait to get their hands on it.

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Over the past few years the series hasn't been up to par, being based more around action than the normal survival horror aspect that fans came to love. But Resident Evil 7: Biohazard looks set to bring the series back to its roots.

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The game revolves around Ethan Winters, who is looking for his wife, Mia. It has been speculated that Mia is the same character featured in the demo Lanterns.

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For the first time in the series, the game features both brand names across all regions. This is said to be a clue relating as to how the game's plot will unfold.

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2. Obscure
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Being one of the more -- ahem -- obscure items on this list, I don't hear many people talk about this game.

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Set in a high school, this game follows five friends -- each with their own unique abilities -- set out to find a missing friend.

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During this, they are locked in the school overnight, witnessing strange events taking place, such as students and teachers mutating into monsters through experimentation, which can also grant immortality.

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The game also features a co-op mode and allows the combining of items, such as taping a flashlight to a firearm.

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While the game received mixed to average reviews, it spawned a sequel, which takes two years after the original game. Developers Hydravision, intended to release a sequel and prequel to Obscure, but closed in 2013, rebranded to Mighty Rocket Studios. 

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3. Camp Sunshine
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Camp Sunshine seems to follow in the footsteps of Friday The 13th, offering a similar setting in which you take control of Jez. During the game, you wake up in the middle of the night to discover everything is covered in blood and there's a costumed killer on the loose!

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Developed by Fossil Games, Camp Sunshine is a devious game of cat and mouse. The killer will be anywhere during play, offering beautiful hand drawn 16-bit graphics and lighting effects which really help to deliver a dark atmosphere.

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The main objective is to solve puzzles to stop the killer. This can arrange from simple to down right brain scratching, adding to the challenge for the game.

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With a great narrative and nods to various franchises behind it, Camp Sunshine has a lot going for it. One we definitely recommend you try out.

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4. Slender: The Arrival
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Easily one of the most popular horror games out there. But for the 3 of you that haven't played this game, here's what Slender: The Arrival is all about.

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Playing as a character called Lauren, who is investigating the disappearance of her friend, Kate. The game is set into multiple chapters, giving the player different objectives for each, as you progress through the game, the Slender Man gets more aggressive towards Lauren.

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The games has a multitude of chapters and endings dependent on the version you play. Additional chapters can either be unlocked by progressing through the game as normal, or by satisfying certain conditions in other chapters.

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Even if you have already played this, maybe you should again, Slender Man may even watch you...

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5. Until Dawn
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Developed by Supermassive Games, Until Dawn follows the journey of 8 friends, who return to a winter lodge they previously stayed in the previous year, in which their two other friends lost their lives.

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The game itself is an interactive horror, giving players a narrative approach to how the story unfolds and encouraging multiple playthroughs to unlock the multiple endings.

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Similar to Friday The 13th, throughout the game, players are stalked by an unknown killer, who is bent on ensuring no one survives.

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Until Dawn has some interesting features, involving totem poles, which predict one of several events that can potential happen.

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These are:

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Your choices within the game can and will change the outcome of the end. So make sure you don't mess up on button presses if you want a character to live.

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For those who have been living under a rock, Friday The 13th: The Game will release this coming summer, taking place during the events of the 1980 movie.

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Developed by Illfonic and Gun Media, players will explore a semi-open 3D environment, and be able to either take on the role of Jason Voorhees, attempting to take the lives up to of 7 camp counselors at Crystal Lake Camp, or the counselors themselves, trying to escape the camp or until time runs out. You'll also be able to unlock Tommy Jarvis when certain requirements are met.

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While there has been no confirmation as of yet, a single player mode is in talks. It's highly likely that players will be able to play as Jason or a counselor in this mode as well.

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Since the game isn't due for a while yet, here are a few other titles that will help whet your appetite for it's upcoming release.

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Feel the Cool! Here are 11 Snowy Games for Your Winter Holidays https://www.gameskinny.com/3thlr/feel-the-cool-here-are-11-snowy-games-for-your-winter-holidays https://www.gameskinny.com/3thlr/feel-the-cool-here-are-11-snowy-games-for-your-winter-holidays Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:00:01 -0500 Sergey_3847

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Steep
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And here is something completely new for you -- Steep, a fresh snowboarding title from Ubisoft. Currently, the game is being tested in a beta stage, and will be officially released on December 2, 2016.

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Steep is an extreme sports game set in an open world with a strong multiplayer component. This new approach will allow players from all over the globe to inhabit the same open locations engaging in various sports activities simultaneously. The most interesting aspect of Steep is the match recording system that will allow you to replay your activities, make screenshots and even share players’ experience data over social networks.

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A few older mechanics, such as the tricks system, also make a comeback, including the famous Alaska track that is such a fantastic winter location, so if you have been a fan of the SSX series before, you should definitely check out this new game from Ubisoft.

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What other winter-themed video games would you like to see mentioned? Share them in the comments section.

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Batman: Arkham Origins
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Gotham is almost exclusively depicted as this very dark and gloomy city, and even winter holidays bring no joy to its citizens that are being constantly terrorized by a bunch of maniacs. This kind of atmosphere perfectly fits the series of games about Batman.

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Of all other games in the DC lineup, Arkham Origins has one of the most fascinating winters. This was possible due to the APEX Turbulence technology, that allows some truly innovative weather effects, especially snow, to be created.

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Although, Origins is considered to be the weakest game in the Arkham series, it is still pretty solid, so give it a go.

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Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter
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If you’ve never heard of Icewind Dale, then think of it as a clone of Baldur’s Gate that is set amidst a frozen world. This is a classical RPG game that tells a story of a few wanderers trying to get into the very heart of winter in order to fight an Ice Dragon.

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On top of the really snowy and icy locations you get to see a number of typical towns and taverns that accommodate groups of drunken elves. Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter, despite its cold title, is actually a very heartwarming expansion that will keep you engaged during these long winter nights.

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Syberia
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This cult adventure game from the Belgian comic book writer Benoit Sokal is preparing to become a trilogy. So before the third installment of the series gets an official release, this winter would be an excellent time to replay the first two parts. Both games take you to the coldest part of the world -- the Russian Syberia, full of icy caves and wild forests.

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Syberia has a fantastic story taking place in the bizarre world of automata with its own peculiar atmosphere. Lately the game has become available for mobile devices, so you don’t even have to access your PC or console to play this great game.

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Fahrenheit
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Fahrenheit from Quantic Dream is a very unusual game made in a classical noir style, and takes place in the snowy New York City. If you like the atmosphere of Max Payne, then you will definitely enjoy the world of Fahrenheit, as they are almost identical. The city is a freezing hell that almost feels post-apocalyptic, but that's just the initial feeling of the severe New York winter.

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This was the second attempt of David Cage in creating a cinematic video game that had the potential to revolutionize the stale industry, in which it did succeed to a certain extent. On the other hand, if you can’t stand the outdated graphics, then check out the remastered version that has significantly improved the visual side of this great game.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
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Everybody knows what Skyrim is and what it can offer. This game probably has the most furious snowstorms of them all. If you want to experience a true Skyrim winter, all you need to do is get up as high as the highest peaks and watch heavy clouds shower everything around with thick layers of snow.

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It always looks amazing and if you do become tired of the fury of the Skyrim winter, you can always go back down into the sunny valleys. That’s the beauty of this game -- the world is so vast that you can never actually get bored of it.

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Max Payne
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Snow storm, steamy pipes, fire, explosions, bullets in slow motion -- all this is Max Payne, one of the best action games ever created. The setting and the story made this title into one of the most beloved among the gamers.

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If you have an opportunity to replay the very first Max Payne, then do so. The graphics may look a bit outdated today, but hopefully, the sense of nostalgia will help you see right through those flaws, which mind you, weren’t flaws at all, when the game was released back in 2001.

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Until Dawn
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The horror genre has always been more about a good story rather than scary monsters. Until Dawn is that kind of game -- it knows how to scare, and all the events take place in a remote snowy area. Setting the events of the game during winter time was a proper decision, since it's much harder to run away from a maniac-killer through the thick of the snow-covered forest.

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The game is very cinematic and the camera explores areas just as if it was a movie. The motion capture is one of the best you will ever see, and the actors are actually doing a great job expressing their emotions. The level of interactive drama is always high and it makes up for one of the best games in the recent years.

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I am Setsuna
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If you don’t like to play sports video games, then here is something you might like more. I am Setsuna is an original IP from Square Enix’ Tokyo RPG Factory branch, that was created to revive the classical JRPG style of games.

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If you liked Chrono Trigger, then you will definitely enjoy I am Setsuna. The game looks very cute and charming and the perpetual winter environment perfectly underlines the story. Almost all locations are generously covered with the fluffiest snow, and you can almost feel the cool breeze coming from your monitor.

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The combat utilizes an Active Time Battle system that so many RPG fans have been craving to see in the recent titles. This is a rare gem that respects the origins of the genre and should not be missed.

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SSX (Snowboard Supercross)
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The famous snowboarding series was rebooted in 2012 and featured real locations instead of the fictional ones from the previous games. One of the best tracks is obviously Alaska -- the kingdom of winter that is perfect for snowboarding challenges.

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One thing you immediately notice when playing the new SSX is the vastly improved physics of movements. If this game will ever be available for VR, we all ought to try this out -- it would simply be amazing. However, even on the typical TV screen the game looks and feels astonishing.

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Every location has lots of secret tracks and you also have access to some great snowboarding equipment. For example, you can wear a special body armor that protects your character from the rocks and trees; the coolest of them must be the wingsuit that allows you to cover huge gaps in the air; etc.

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All in all, SSX managed to reinvent itself in this new reboot and you should check it out this winter.

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SSX Tricky
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Now is the best time to remember the best snowboarding game of all time -- SSX Tricky. This was a special game that was available on PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox consoles and garnered universal acclaim on all these platforms.

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SSX Tricky was a sequel to the first SSX game, which added a system of Uber moves that could be performed during a boarding match. If you managed to perform six consecutive Uber moves, then you would be given an infinite boost until the end of the match.

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This mechanics were so interactive and fun that it couldn’t possibly be topped by any other game in the same genre. On top of that you get to see some incredibly designed tracks covered with ice and snow that turn the game into a true winter sports experience.

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If you can’t find a way to play this game today, then head to the next slide for a reboot of the SSX series.

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Video games can do anything -- they can transport you to the times and places that are out of reach in real life. Soon the winter holidays begin, and many gamers wish to experience that special winter chill without leaving their homes.

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It’s not too difficult to recreate weather effects in the game, but only a handful actually managed to create a proper winter atmosphere.

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Here are some of the best games that will immerse you into the coldest season of the year, and make your holidays much more enjoyable.

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Top 10 Most Savage Moments In Gaming [SPOILERS] https://www.gameskinny.com/ex77u/top-10-most-savage-moments-in-gaming-spoilers https://www.gameskinny.com/ex77u/top-10-most-savage-moments-in-gaming-spoilers Sat, 29 Oct 2016 10:42:31 -0400 chopchamen

Video games over the years have presented us with some pretty bad moments, some were gruesome, some gave you a choice of doing good or bad. Some have faced controversy, while others people stared at with tossed stomachs.

Below are 10 of the most savage, if not morally twisting moments in gaming history. Warning: some images might be disturbing to some viewers.

10. Red Dead Redemption: "Dastardly" achievement

In order to get this achievement or trophy, you had to tie a woman up with a rope, take her to some train tracks, and lay her over them, then you had to wait for a train to come run her over, only to see her explode into a cloud of blood. This was kind of surprising, as someone who was expecting the NPC to kind of just ragdoll along the locomotive.

9. Resident Evil 4: The Chainsaw Man

Upon arriving at a village near the start of the game, you are attacked by the villagers there, after running into a house for safety, you see one particularly angry villager with a chainsaw. After the cutscene, if the chainsaw man got close to you he would go right for the neck, swiftly cutting your character's head off as his body drops to the ground.

8. Fallout 3: Blowing up megaton

After offering your service to Sheriff Lucas Simms to disarm the dormant bomb in the middle of the settlement, you can head up to Moriarty's Saloon where you are approached by a man named Mister Burke, who offers you 500 caps for rigging the bomb for detonation. After you do this, you go to a location he previously disclosed to you, and you are granted the act of flicking the switch to destroy Megaton. Destroying an entire settlement with a dormant nuke? Who would do such a-- Okay, yeah i did it.

7. Fallout 3: The Pint Sized Slasher killing spree

This one also being from Fallout 3 is a bit on the gruesome sideyou infiltrate Vault 112, and enter Tranquility Lane. There you have to talk to a girl named Betty, who asks you to do a series of task that will lead you down the bad path, eventually she will ask you to acquire a mask and knife, and kill off everybody in Tranquility Lane. It's kind of like getting to be a miniature Jason Vorhees.

6. Grand Theft Auto V: Trevor's torturing scene

In this mission you had to play as Trevor and Michael. Michael's objective was to snipe a target, while Trevor had to torture a man you had previously kidnapped for information regarding the target's appearance. In the process of torturing him you can waterboard him, hook jumper cables on his nips, pull out one of his teeth with a set of pliers, or go for the knees with a big ol' wrench.

5. Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2: No Russian mission

This mission takes place in an airport with a lot of people about, doing their business. You play as Joseph Allen under the alias Alexei Borodin. You have to earn the trust of the Villain, Makarov as you are an under cover agent. In the first part of the mission, you walk out with 4 other gunmen, as they open fire on the civilians. You continue to follow Makarov through the airport as they kill every civilian in sight, and then later on you have to fight off the police. This mission has caused some major controversy, and has even caused the developers to put in an option for the players to skip the mission entirely.

4. Heavy Rain: finger amputation scene

In this scene your character, Ethan is trying to follow the orders of the origami killer in order to save his son, he has no choice but to remove the top section of one of his fingers, to do this you have to prepare with painkillers, disinfectant, and one of the many sharp objects laying around the apartment. He gets ready to cut off the part of his finger, only to slice or scissor down on his finger with whatever you chose, causing him to scream in agony.

 

3. Metal Gear Solid V: Quiet's rampage scene

On one mission you have to go rescue Quiet as she had let herself get taken captive as prisoner. There are a a few times Quiet makes you want to cringe, but never as bad as the time one of her captors tried to drown her and have his way with her. The moment she realizes this, she jumps up and gets around him, breaking his neck then goes on to attack the other captors. She even goes so far as to bite off one soldier's ear and stab another soldier in the privates several times.

2. Until Dawn: Buzz saw scene

In this scene, you play as Chris who had waken up after being knocked out by a mysterious masked man. Chris tries searching for his love interest, Ashley only to find her, and his best friend Josh tied up in front of a buzzsaw. A voice comes on over an intercom, telling Chris that he must choose which one of them to save, and which one to kill. After choosing, the buzzsaw goes down course, cutting through one of their waists, the camera focuses heavily on the separation, showing their intestines falling out.

1. Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes: Paz's surgery scene

At the last mission of Ground Zeroes, you have to save Paz, and Chico from captivity, only to find out that Paz has a bomb inside of her, With little time, they have to hold her down and cut her open without any anesthetics. It actually shows intestines being pushed out of the way by the paramedic's hands as he grabs the bomb, after a grueling minute and a half, they finally get the bomb out, and close her back up.

What do you think? Do you feel these moments were savage? Do you have any moments to top these? Let us know in the comments!

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Perfecting Cosplays: DIY's to Some of Your Favourite Horror Game Characters https://www.gameskinny.com/15hgh/perfecting-cosplays-diys-to-some-of-your-favourite-horror-game-characters https://www.gameskinny.com/15hgh/perfecting-cosplays-diys-to-some-of-your-favourite-horror-game-characters Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:00:01 -0400 Dani Gosha

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There is a lot that goes into cosplaying -- but remember, practice makes perfect. Whether you're planning for Halloween or your next convention, if you're into horror games you should definitely give one of these tutorials a try. Tweak them if need be, or even record your own horror game character inspired tutorial and maybe you'll be featured as a go-to DIY in another "Perfecting Cosplays".

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Just remember to keep working on the craft...and maybe one day your cosplay will be so good, it's scary.

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Left 4 Dead

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Character: The Witch
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Left 4 Dead is one of the top zombie games to date -- and much like The Last of Us, the game features the not-so-average walking dead character. Unlike the classic zombies, The Witch is in a category of her own, as she is a passive aggressive yet fairly difficult character. Luckily, cosplaying as her is the complete opposite.

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Check out this easy DIY tutorial as makeup artist, Audfaced takes you through a pretty simple process of creating The Witch.

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This is what you'll need:

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  • Beige Body Paint
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  • Black Eye Shadow
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  • Makeup Brushes
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  • Maroon Body Paint
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  • Black Eyeliner
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  • White Eyeliner
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  • Red Lip Liner
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  • Red Lipstick
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  • Fake Blood
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  • White wig
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  • Colored Contacts
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  • Vampire Fangs
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  • Aluminum Foil
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  • Black Paint
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Until Dawn

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Character: Wendigo
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If you were a fan of the TV series Hannibal, surely you had a pretty good idea what a Wendigo was supposed to look like. All black, horns and sometimes dressed in a rather dapper suit, right? Well, Until Dawn did away with that notion, instead deciding to give us an overgrown cannibalistic Smeagol and changing everything we thought we knew.

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Pale eyes, grey skin and shards for teeth, the Wendigo in Until Dawn is tamed by the talented Ellinor Rosander, who makes another appearance on our list with her amazing recreation of the Wendigo. Even if you never plan to cosplay as the Wendigo, it's a transformation worth watching.

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Don't forget to check out how to make your Wendigo teeth!

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Want to try it out? Here's what you'll need:

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  • Twine
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  • Toilet Paper
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  • White Body Paint
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  • Makeup Application Sponge
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  • Tweezers
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  • Paint Brush
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  • Purple Body Paint
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  • Black Body Paint
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  • Brown Body Paint
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  • White Contact
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  • Fake Blood
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  • Stippling Brush
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Five Night's at Freddy's 3

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Character: Springtrap
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The Devil is in the details when it comes to this next cosplay tutorial. Springtrap made his debut within the third installment of the Five Night's at Freddy's franchise, with a frightening and complex backstory that made him a character many cosplayers wanted to try their crafty hands at.

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Some cosplayers have taken to creating full animatronic bodysuits, while others have preferred to take a cosmetic approach. NsomniaksDream chose the latter option -- and we must say, her version of Springtrap is pretty perfect. Armed with body paint and a bit of latex, she shows you how to achieve a pretty creepy and realistic looking Springtrap cosplay.

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She also has a tutorial on how she created the ears, so be sure you check that out to finalize your Springtrap cosplay.

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Here's what you'll need for the perfect Springtrap makeup application:

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  • Paint Brush/Make Up Brush
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  • Green Body Paint
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  • Brown Body Paint
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  • White Body Paint
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  • Setting Powder
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  • Black Body Paint
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  • Gray Eye Shadow
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  • Colored Craft Foam
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  • Pros-Aide
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  • Red Body Paint
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The Last of Us

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Character: Clickers
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The Last of Us Clickers are probably the last character you'd want to try to cosplay as if cosplaying isn't your strong suit, but after you check out this DIY tutorial, I promise you'll be jumping to try it.

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Trying to perfect this cosplay may look like it will cost a pretty penny, but honestly it's one of the cheapest cosplays out there. In the following video, RandomfrankP shows you how to make an impressive Clicker mask for around $5. 

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Resident Evil

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Character: Nemesis
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When talking about popular horror games, there's no way we can forget about Resident Evil -- not to mention the somewhat tragic Nemesis. This monster was certainly the bane of some gamers' existences, but getting his look doesn't have to be.

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If you're good with makeup or just want to try your hand at a DIY that isn't so much of a creating process, Nickeil Genesis has a great tutorial that will have you thinking that Nemesis isn't that much of a rival after all.

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Oh, and don't worry, you don't have to be bald to pull this look off!

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Here's what you'll need:

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  • Bald Cap
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  • Concealer
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  • Eyeliner Pencil
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  • White Body Paint
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  • Red Body Paint
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  • Brown Body Paint
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  • Gray Body Paint
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  • Black Body Paint
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  • Yellow Body Paint
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  • Brown Eye Shadow
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  • White Eye Contact
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Silent Hill

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Character: Bubble Head Nurse
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Undeniably, Silent Hill is one of the front runners when it comes to most cosplayed characters in the horror game universe. However, not everyone has managed to make a convincing Bubble Head Nurse...until now.

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Special effects aren't just for the movies, but work wonders for your goriest of cosplays as well. Ellinor Rosander, who has done make-up for horror movies such as Darkness Falls and Sensoria, shows you step-by-step how to create your very own custom Bubble Head Nurse mask, as well as how to apply it.

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Check it out!

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In case you didn't catch everything in the video, here's what you'll need to perfect your look:

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  • Makeup Sponge
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  • Cardboard
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  • Scissors
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  • Duct Tape
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  • Muslin Cotton Fabric
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  • Fake Blood
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  • Gauze/Bandage
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  • Black Face Paint 
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Cosplay is short for costume play; an act in which a person dons costumes and fashions to emulate their favorite characters from video games, animes, comics, TV shows, and more. It is also known as performing art -- and just like art, cosplay can be seen as subjective, but there is no denying that some cosplays are just better than others. This happens to be quite true in the arena of video game cosplay.

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Whether or not you're a first time cosplayer, the creative task can be a bit scary -- especially if you're having to create your costume from scratch. And doubly so if that costume is a scary one. Horror games may be a bit frightening, but they can be fun too. Don't let dressing up as a monster be a monstrous process; instead, keep reading for some awesome DIY's to help perfect your next horror game inspired cosplay. 

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Why "Butterfly Effect" Games are Bullshit https://www.gameskinny.com/a58oi/why-butterfly-effect-games-are-bullshit https://www.gameskinny.com/a58oi/why-butterfly-effect-games-are-bullshit Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:27:31 -0400 Donald Strohman

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Limited Replayability 

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If you're going to shell out $60 for a brand new game, you'd want to at least get your money's worth out of it's experience right? Well, despite providing some of the most captivating narratives offered in gaming today, you might still not be getting your money's worth.

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Heavy Rain's biggest problem was its limited replayability. No matter what decisions you made, no matter who lived and who died, the villain always stayed the same. Once you've played through the game once, there won't be as much of an appeal to go through the campaign all over again, especially since the mystery behind hunting for the "Origami Killer" will be long gone. And considering that's the entire point of this butterfly effect title, all you're left to do is to see how you can kill off your characters for fun.

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Once you've gotten that ending you were so desperately after, the appeal of "Choose your own adventure" games immediately wares off. Sure, you can pop in the game again and see what you could have done differently, but since it's essentially an interactive movie, things are still going to play out mostly the same. The majority of stories in games go from beginning to end, but they break up those moments with gameplay sections that give freedom to the player to play the game the way they want to. Butterfly effect games don't really do that.

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However, despite the limitations of butterfly effect games, I would love to see more pop up in the near future, so long as developers don't stick to a routine, and actually try to revolutionize the field with age. What once started out as unique and spectacular has slowly devolved into a gimmick thrown about to make it appear that the player is in control, when it's really just the developer jingling keys in front of your face for a few hours. 

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How do you feel about butterfly effect games? How do you think they can be improved in the near future? Be sure to comment and let us know your thoughts!

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There are choices you still can't make

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As mentioned before, endless possibilities aren't realistic for butterfly effect games, but the player should still be given some semblance of control in how they want a narrative to span out. And while Fallout 4 wasn't exactly like fellow butterfly effect titles, it still gave players the option to make choices that would effect the game's ending. At least, a select few options anyway...

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You, as the vault dweller, eventually had to choose a faction to side with. Whether that was the Railroad, The Institute, The Brotherhood of Steel or something else was entirely up to you, but for the sake of context in this argument,I will mention that I chose the Railroad. The final campaign mission involved us liberating synthetic slaves from the wasteland's Institute, which I thought was great. It brought up a valid question of "if a robotic life can think, act, and feel things for itself, does that constitute an individual life?" The Institute said no, but the Railroad said yes. So I was up and ready to take arms and liberate the slaves from their prison!

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However, my problem was when the Railroad suddenly decided to blow up the Institute and effectively kill everyone who happened to be living in it that wasn't a robot. I wanted to choose not to do that, but by that point, it was too late. I couldn't suddenly decide to rebel against the Railroad for wanting to kill innocent civilians who weren't synths, or for that matter, blow up a place that could bring the world back from the brink of the apocalypse. I was given no real free will to decide "I want to free the synthetics, but the Institute must also survive for the betterment of mankind." Nope, the best hope for mankind just blew up right in front of my face. Perfect. 

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This could be chalked up to oversight from Bethesda, but it perfectly showcases how there's still ultimately no free will to play the games however you see fit. You just get a few choices to make, which are ultimately met with a point of no return. And that's very disappointing. Does the Mass Effect 3 ending ring any bells?

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Encourages cheating

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Uh oh. Someone's about to die. It's all up to you, as the player, who gets to survive and who doesn't. Who to choose, who to choose, the timer's running out, you better think fast! Or, you can just pause the game, and look up the results online.

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Why bother making that rash decision yourself, when you can just Google the end results of either decision before choosing it for yourself? Perhaps this isn't always a problem for everyone, at least for the players who decide to live with the results of their actions, but humans are perfectionist creatures that can't handle loosing a dollar out of their pockets one day, you think most people are going to handle being responsible for killing off their favorite game character? 

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But that doesn't necessarily mean you'll get the results you want anyway from cheating. Some games like Infamous and Call of Duty: Black Ops II implement a sort of "choice-less choice" in their campaigns that especially encourage people to look up an action's result online. 

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Within Infamous, main character Cole had to choose between saving his girlfriend or several doctors who could help save the city. If you chose the doctors, your girlfriend died. If you chose your girlfriend, she still dies. You see, the game throws a curve-ball at the player depending on how you play that girlfriend Trish will be one of the seven doctors if you tried to save her, and the person you though was her being someone else entirely. If you save the doctors, Trish isn't among the doctors and dies from your lack of saving her. For lack of a better word, what a gut-punch Sucker Punch! 

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Endless possibilities aren't realistic

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Development teams are only capable of so much. Sure, having endless possibilities to choose from would make for one of the most groundbreaking game experiences to date, but such a task is impossible. The decisions and the results that happen from them aren't left to chance like in the real world, these moments have to be programmed into a game.

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You can't throw caution to the wind and expect anything as a possibility, only so much is actually possible in the world of programming (at least nowadays.) If you make a certain decision in a game, it'll yield a specific result, you can't try the same thing over and over again expecting different things to happen.

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Butterfly effect games are just like a choose your own adventure book, you can only choose so many paths to take, and they're bound to yield similar results regardless of how you get there. It's like waiting in line at the DMV. Go ahead and talk to as many people as you want, but you're still gonna end up with some employee named Desiree who loves making life difficult to those who come her way. 

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They're essentially "Interactive movies"

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Telltale Games has made a substantial collection of butterfly effect games over the past few years. And as they should, most of their titles showcase excellent storytelling with likable characters often spawned from our favorite franchises (Borderlands, Batman, etc.)  

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However, it's not like every new game they spawn out is absolutely unique in every ways, Telltale Games typically follows a pattern: Plenty of cut scenes and dialogue, with only sparse amount of actual gameplay (that doesn't revolve around choosing what you want your character to say.) Essentially, it's just like watching a movie that just so happens to let you walk do something every now and then. But it all ends up mostly the same towards the end. Your character will still have to face the villain at one point or another, very rarely do butterfly effect games give you any other alternative. 

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We still have yet to see a game that transforms based on the way you interact with the environment. Not by what you choose to say or who you choose to save, but by how you play. Yet, such an idea also leads us to the next big problem with butterfly effect games. 

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Don't let the title completely fool you. A lot of the games that encompass the format of butterfly effect games are quite excellent. Heavy Rain was the first game of this "your choices matter" experience I had ever played, and to this day it holds a nice place in my memory, thanks to it being such a unique of an experience in my earlier days of gaming. 

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But the idea that the player is given "complete control over how a game ends" is a complete bullshit statement. There's absolutely no way a gamer can decide to do something that breaks the boundaries of a game's narrative, as there's no real way to allow it. It's not like you can decide to say "screw it" in the Mass Effect trilogy and "nope" the hell out of there to find planet Earth. Narratives such as these can be a lucrative experience, without a doubt some have been groundbreaking for that matter, but let's explore some of the inherent problems in butterfly effect games that continue to exist within this booming genre.

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Fallout 4 gets Best Game award at the BAFTA Game Awards 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/1lrtx/fallout-4-gets-best-game-award-at-the-bafta-game-awards-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/1lrtx/fallout-4-gets-best-game-award-at-the-bafta-game-awards-2016 Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:04:46 -0400 ESpalding

Bethesda has done it! Fallout 4 was just announced as Best Game at the British Academy Game Awards in London. Tonight's event saw game professionals gather at Tobacco Dock in London for the ceremony, which was held during the first day of this year's EGX Rezzed event. It was hosted by the Irish comedian Dara Ó Briain, a man known to many in the UK for his love of video games.

There were 3 other games who also stood out, all winning 3 awards on the evening: Her Story - an interactive movie video game developed, written and directed by Sam Barlow, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture - an adventure game set in an English village which comes from developers The Chinese Room, and Rocket League - a physics-based soccer game played using futuristic vehicles from Psyonix.

As well as the Academy Awards won tonight, there was also an award for "One to Watch" which is awarded for new talent and innovation within the industry. This year's nominated games were all selected from games which were showcased in August last year at the Dare Protoplay festival in Dundee. The winner of this year's award was SUNDOWN. Developed by Mild Beast Games, SUNDOWN is a top-down stealth shooter which sees players plunged into darkness in a "last man standing" shootout.

Full list of winners from the 2016 British Academy Game Awards

Artistic Achievement

Ori and the Blind Forest

Moon Studios

Audio Achievement

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

The Chinese Room

Best Game

Fallout 4

Bethesda Softworks

British Game

Batman: Arkham Knight

Rocksteady Studios

Debut Game

Her Story

Sam Barlow

Family

Rocket League

Psyonix

Game Design

Bloodborne

FromSoftware

Game Innovation

Her Story

Sam Barlow

Mobile & Handheld

Her Story

Sam Barlow

Multiplayer

Rocket League

Psyonix

Music

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

The Chinese Room

Original Property

Until Dawn

Supermassive Games

Performer

Merle Dandridge (Everybody's Gone to the Rapture)

The Chinese Room

Persistent Game

Prison Architect

Introversion Software

Sport

Rocket League

Psyonix

Story

Life is Strange

Dontnod Entertainment

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2015 Console wrap-up, and what to look forward to in 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/dctx2/2015-console-wrap-up-and-what-to-look-forward-to-in-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/dctx2/2015-console-wrap-up-and-what-to-look-forward-to-in-2016 Tue, 29 Dec 2015 04:30:01 -0500 Curtis Dillon

2015 was the year that the PS4 and Xbox One became must-have systems. I personally got a PS4 a few months after it released; I was always going to be an early adopter, but I can see why some people may have held off. Well, the time has come for everyone to upgrade, to make the jump to the current generation. 2015 was a banner year for both systems and you really can't go wrong with either, they both had phenomenal games and even more on the way.

Looking back, 2014 was an OK year but it was very much a transitional one in which the two new consoles were finding their feet. We got some stellar games like Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Wolf Among Us, some underrated gems like Child of Light and Watch Dogs, and an overrated, yet good, game in Shadow of Mordor. But it wasn't anything like 2013, in which we got one of the greatest games of all time in The Last of Us, another masterpiece in GTA V, and many other fantastic titles like Tomb Raider, Bioshock: Infinite and Rayman Legends.

Of course, games were delayed that would have made 2014 a much better year but those titles fell into 2015 and ended up making it a very memorable year. This year we were gifted with Bloodborne, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Life Is Strange, Batman: Arkham Knight, Rocket League, Mortal Kombat X, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Tales From The Borderlands, Fallout 4, and much more. Any of those would probably have been Game of the Year last year, which made this year really tricky to choose, but it's a great problem to have. This was the year that the PS4 and the Xbox One justified their price tags. Some people will argue that neither system have many blockbuster exclusives as of yet but at this point it seems those naysayers will never be pleased.

So looking ahead to 2016 there is so frickin' much to be excited about. I can't really say too much more without touching upon what I want to go into greater detail about below, so I'll just kick the pretenses and the bush beating here, and get right into the big breakdown!

PlayStation

Sony's PS4 has had a phenomenal year. This was the first year since the system was revealed that some trol...I mean fans seemingly started to turn on Sony, largely due to the apparent lack of exclusives. However there was no real lack when compared to Xbox and Wii U. Both had fewer AAA exclusives than PS4, not even counting Japanese titles - which would really push PS4 ahead. That being said, the fact that Sony lacked a big Fall game was noticeable, albeit a blessing in disguise considering the fate of Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Regardless of exclusives, the PS4 continued to dominate sales charts all year long, losing to the Xbox One only twice, in April and October. The console's meteoric success is still outpacing that of the PS2, and it has done so without a big name exclusive, like Uncharted.

Speaking of which, let's finally look at 2016 and to the absolutely huge deal that is Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. The game was originally set to release in 2015 but was pushed back to March 2016, however just yesterday that date was pushed back a month to April 27 (Colin was right). Of course this was met will predictable snide remarks and vitriol from internet trolls but the simple fact of the matter is that delays are only ever a good thing. This game is (probably) going to be amazing, and more importantly for Sony, sell like hotcakes!

But before Nathan Drake and Co. set out on their final adventure, the PS4 will get the blockbuster Street Fighter V in February! Having this title as a console exclusive on PS4 (It's also on PC), is a very smart deal for Sony and will ensure the fighting community finds its home on the PS4.

Also landing in April 2016 is the remake/reboot of Ratchet and Clank, which coincides with the movie. This remake looks amazing and is set to bring the series back to its roots, while retaining the gameplay and level design that was perfected in the PS3 games. Street Fighter V, Ratchet and Clank, and Uncharted 4 are sure to give Sony a big boost in early 2016!

The problem with looking further ahead is that we don't have concrete release dates for everything. We know Sony will have The Last Guardian, Persona 5, No Man's Sky, Horizon Zero Dawn, Drawn to Death, WiLD, What Remains of Edith Finch, Gran Turismo Sport, and potentially Dreams, from Media Molecule. That's a genuinely incredible line-up, and I wasn't even counting the plethora of digital titles that come out on a weekly basis.

We know No Man's Sky is scheduled for a June release, and both Dreams and Gran Turismo Sport have early Beta's next year, implying both games could also release in 2016. The Last Guardian, should it actually come out, seems like a potential August release but it could easily be in October or November. That being said, I am fairly certain Horizon: Zero Dawn will be Sony's big fall game. Everything else is up in the air and we will find out much more in the first half of 2016, but if most of those games actually manage to release next year it will mark the first incredible year for PS4 exclusives.

PlayStation VR

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention PlayStation VR, a product/medium I am incredibly excited about. It seems fairly obvious that most gamers are still wary and unsold on virtual reality, particularly due to the lack of announced games and not having experienced it for themselves. That's a big problem Sony will have throughout 2016.

Sony aims to release PlayStation VR in the first half of 2016 and, so far, the announced games include Rigs, Adrift, Eagle Flight, ARK: Survival Evolved, REZ Infinite, Robinson: The Journey, Golem, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, EVE: Valkyrie, Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, 100ft Robot Golf, Final Fantasy XV, Megaton Rainfall, Gran Turismo Sport, and Ace Combat 7, among many others. There might not be a killer app announced as of yet but the announced games are very impressive and I know most gamers won't care about something like Ace Combat 7, until they put on the headset and fly that jet themselves. Then they will care.

Sony is going all in on PlayStation VR. It's easy to look at it like another PlayStation Move or even *shudders* Wonderbook, but this really isn't the same thing. Sony has invested a ton of money in this new technology and is treating it with as much care as it does a console release. Shuhei Yoshida even compared it to the release of the PS1, saying Sony expects to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of PlayStation VR - that's how much he and Sony believe in it. And rightfully so, for anyone who has actually tried the technology, it is truly revolutionary. This is the biggest leap in gaming since the jump from 2D to 3D, and truth be told it's even bigger than that. Virtual reality's potential extends far beyond games, into virtual tourism, music/sporting events, socializing and much more, this technology is likely to be all-encompassing in years to come, making Sony very smart for getting in on the ground floor.

2016 will be a massive year for Sony with PlayStation VR and I wish them all the success with this incredible new medium.

Xbox

But let's move on from Sony. Xbox One struggled in its first year on the market, but let's not continue to rehash that ground. Last year, Phil Spencer took over as head of Xbox and he has turned the entire ship around - it cannot be overstated how impressive a job the man has done in the past year.

Under his tutelage, 2015 was an excellent year for Xbox One. Sure it's still lagging behind the PS4 in sales, but it's doing fantastic in its own right. And should the console continue to receive great exclusive games like Halo 5, Rare Replay, and Rise of the Tomb Raider, it's profile will continue to attract more gamers. And that looks to be exactly the case in 2016.

Following on the heels of this year, Xbox One will kick 2016 off with a bang, relasing Quantum Break in April. Quantum Break looks like a very fun, unique game that may only be held back by its tie-in TV show. Later in the year, Scalebound will be unleashed upon gamers. Scalebound is a semi-open-world action game, involving dragons and Beats-wearing, sword-wielding teenagers developed by Platinum Games, the team behind Bayonetta 2 and Transformers: Devastation.

Following on from that insane-looking game, Xbox One will get Sea of Thieves, ReCore, Crackdown 3, Halo Wars: Origins, and Gears of War 4. These games have release windows, from the summer to the fall. This release schedule doesn't include digital games like Cuphead, Below and Inside, meaning Xbox One will have an incredibly busy year!

Not much is known about Gears 4 yet but no familiar faces were seen in the E3 reveal trailer and it seems to be taking the series back to its darker roots. Crackdown 3 looks like more Crackdown, as is the case with Halo Wars. Sea of Thieves and ReCore are very exciting games, largely because they are very different from what we expect of Microsoft. Not much is known about either game but the teams behind both, Rare and Comcept (Legendary producer/designer Keiji Inafune), is more than enough to get players hyped.

Microsoft and Phil Spencer are wisely doubling down on games and nothing else, much like Sony did in 2014. By continuing to pump out great games and not focusing on the entertainment aspects, Microsoft will continue to win back the many gamers it lost in 2014.

Nintendo

What a weird year for Nintendo. With more rumors than games, the Wii U rapidly dying, rare game delays, and the untimely passing of a legend and company figurehead, it wasn't really one to remember.

Yet, we also got one of the best and most creative Nintendo games in years: Super Mario Maker. An excellent game that allows players to create their very own Mario levels for the first time ever, Super Mario Maker was sheer brilliance that inspired a thriving community of creators. Then there was the surprisingly great Splatoon, Nintendo's first foray into the shooter genre. However, those were the two hits of the year, Nintendo had some rare mishaps with Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, Devil's Third, Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival, Earthbound Beginnings, and Mario Party 10. It wasn't the stellar year you might hope for at this point in a console cycle but truth be told, the Wii U isn't in its glory years, it's in its death throes.

So we look forward to 2016, a year in which Nintendo is set to reveal and seemingly release its next console. Codenamed the NX, much of what we know about the new system are rumors and speculation -- including console and controller patents that suggest a hybrid between home console and handheld. Another, more recent report said Nintendo expect to ship 20 million NX's in 2016, a number we deem a tad ridiculous considering the underperformance of the Wii U and the downward trend Nintendo has been on for years (minus the anomalous Wii). To put it into perspective, the PS4 only sold 12 million in its first year on the market and it broke records.

The latest controller patent for the NX is fully touch sensitive and playable by itself

So with the launch of a new console on the horizon, Nintendo is a very exciting company right now. We don't know much about the NX but most people are hoping it is a return to more standard gaming, as opposed to the innovative experiments seen with the Wii and Wii U. However all the patents and rumors suggest otherwise. From January to E3 in June we should get many more details and rumors about the new console, including a full reveal. If the console is to release next year as suggested, it should be revealed before E3 in June!

Which brings us to the games. Both The Legend of Zelda and Star Fox were scheduled 2015 releases but both were delayed, something Nintendo's first parties do not often do. Star Fox Zero from Platinum Games really does not look good, for a 2016 game it is very poor in the graphics department and the compulsory GamePad implementations are poorly designed and unnecessary. So here's hoping the delay will see the game resurface in much better shape. Then there's Zelda Wii U, which looks set to be another great entry in the legendary series. Many are expecting a Twilight Princess situation with this game, meaning it may end up on both the Wii U and the NX. This seems entirely likely. Though if Nintendo really wants 20 million NX sales, it should simply abandon the Wii U and force gamers to upgrade.

The NX will need games. That seems a fairly obvious thing to say but I mean big games, from both first-party and, more importantly, third-parties. Nintendo spurned third-party developers, like Ubisoft, with the Wii and Wii U, and it needs to win them back if it hopes to succeed. It isn't enough getting a port of a game like Mass Effect years after it released on PlayStation and Xbox. That makes gamers see Nintendo's consoles as mere additions to their primary console, be it an Xbox or PlayStation, whereas Nintendo need to establish the NX as the only system you need, or at least the best of the three.

So big games are a must. They need complete third-party support, meaning Rockstar's games launch the same day they release on PS4 and Xbox One, and the same for Ubisoft, EA, Warner Bros., and more. It will also need great first-party games. A big single-player Mario game was notably absent from the entire Wii-U cycle, so one can hope that year or two ago Nintendo made the decision to slide it over to the NX instead. Having a game akin to Super Mario Galaxy or Super Mario Sunshine on the NX at launch will be a very big deal. If it gets that Mario game, Zelda, Donkey Kong, a new IP, and complete third-party support, then maybe gamers will have to pay attention. If not, I can't envision it grabbing the hardcore crowd.

I'm really not sure what Nintendo can do to make the NX a legitimate contender to the PS4 and Xbox One. If it's is a dedicated gaming system with similar power levels, then won't it be just more of the same? But if it's experimental and ultimately uninteresting to the hardcore gamer, then they won't sell to the most important early adopters. Nintendo find themselves in a pickle, but as a fan it is going to be a very exciting situation to watch play out.

The 3rd Parties

Now that we've analysed the state and potential forecast of each console and their exclusives, let's focus on the third-party games coming to systems in 2016.

January is home to a ton of great digital games, given that AAA games rarely release in that window. Both PS4 and Xbox One will get Gone Home, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India, Resident Evil Zero, and Lego Marvel Avengers, the latter of which is actually a full retail release. A lot to look forward to there, as well as some that are exclusive to PS4.

February, then, is where things kick into gear; Far Cry Primal, The Walking Dead: Michonne, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia, Unravel, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 and Mighty No. 9, among a few very exciting platform exclusives, make February the first big month of the year.

March sees the release of two very big games in Tom Clancy's The Division and Hitman. March also has a few remasters on PS4, including Heavy Rain, Day of the Tentacle, as well as the ever great MLB: The Show.

April, May and June are also very exciting months, with PS4 and Xbox One both getting giant exclusives. On the third-party front however, we'll be getting Dirt Rally, Dark Souls III, Battleborn, Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, ARK: Survival Evolved, and One Piece: Burning Blood. Including the exclusives, that means at least 8 AAA games between February and June!

From June onwards we don't have too many actual release dates but I will list a few of the big titles coming to PS4 and Xbox One; Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Yooka-Laylee, Batman: A Telltale Games Series, Dead Island 2, Homefront: The Revolution, Dishonored 2, Doom, Friday The 13th: The Game, Outlast II, Mafia III, Mass Effect Andromeda, Overkill's The Walking Dead, Overwatch, Paragon, Tekken 7, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter, Battlefield 5, Titanfall 2For Honor, and the next installments in Call of Duty, Assassin's Creed, and all sports franchises.

Needless to say, that's a lot of games coming in 2016The biggest hitters are Dishonored, Mass Effect, Mirror's Edge, Deus Ex, Battlefield, and Doom, as well as the yearly installments and console exclusives. That's a lot for sure, but is that really everything coming next year?

The Unforeseen

My 2015 game of the year is one that I hadn't even heard of at this time last year: Life Is Strange. I won't gush on and one about why I love the game so dang much, mostly because I already did that here, but also because my point is that the very best games can pop out of compete obscurity and take the world by storm, like Rocket League.

That's one of the best things about gaming, we don't know everything we're going to play in 2016, and that's really exciting.

Who knows what giant games might be revealed and released in 2016, I have a sneaking suspicion we will get a Rockstar game, be it Red Dead 3 or my long-desired Bully 2. That would be a similar situation to Bethesda and Fallout 4 this year, which clearly worked very well for them, so why wouldn't Rockstar want to emulate that formula. Plus it only makes sense considering it's been 3 years since GTA V, and the team behind Red Dead Redemption didn't even make that, so it's been a long time that they've had to toil away on something. And that's just Rockstar, Visceral are making a single-player Star Wars game, so hopefully that can be a 2016 reveal and release.

Then there's the plethora of digital-only games that are often revealed and released in the same window, which can often make game of the year lists. There is already a laundry list of exciting, innovative "indie" games coming next year, including Bound, The Tomorrow Children, Firewatch, Cuphead, Inside, Below, Mighty No. 9, The Witness, We Happy Few, Thimbleweed Park, Boundless, and, of course, No Man's Sky. That's a very exciting list of games, but then there's the ones we don't even know exist yet, and they might be the games that capture our hearts more than any other.

My Personal Top 10 Most Anticipated Games:
  1. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
  2. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  3. Quantum Break
  4. Gears 4
  5. Mass Effect Andromeda
  6. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  7. The Last Guardian
  8. Telltale Games: Batman
  9. No Man's Sky
  10. Mirror's Edge Catalyst

So what games are you most excited for? What is your 2015 game of the year? Do you think 2016 can be better than 2015? Let us know in the comments below. 

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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.

Soma

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

Darkwood

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.

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Why Until Dawn is the best interactive movie I've ever played https://www.gameskinny.com/a0v0z/why-until-dawn-is-the-best-interactive-movie-ive-ever-played https://www.gameskinny.com/a0v0z/why-until-dawn-is-the-best-interactive-movie-ive-ever-played Sun, 06 Dec 2015 03:22:37 -0500 mrivera269

Since the release of Until Dawn, I've been intrigued by the game's concept. It's a narrative heavy horror game with pretty decent actors, however the intrigue wasn’t enough for me to warrant a purchase so I decided to skip it. When the game went on sale for Cyber Monday I decided to take the dive in—I’m not a huge horror fan but I enjoy a good scare.

After playing a few hours of the game, which I’ll admit isn’t perfect, I’m definitely having fun with it. The game has decent writing and I do find myself genuinely concerned for some of characters; while others I can’t wait to kill off. That is great! Because Until Dawn gives me the power to decide how the story goes.

Well this is tough one...

The game features a pretty stellar “butterfly-effect” mechanic that really does make you feel like the smallest things can change the story drastically. I won’t give specific examples to spare spoilers but let me give you vague example. A very silly choice I made in the first chapter drastically affected the fate of a character in the later chapters. The game also relies heavily on QTEs (Quick Time Events). I’m not a huge fan of these but they do work to push the narrative. And yes, these QTEs play a huge part in whether the characters stay alive until dawn.

Now why did I say this is best interactive movie I’ve ever played? Because the stellar voice acting makes me feel as if I’m more of sadistic spectator pulling the strings than someone playing in the character’s shoes. Camera angles give the feeling that you’re stalking the characters rather than playing as them.

I also found the game to play great with a group of people. It makes for an interesting psychological experiment allowing us to find out how twisted our friends are.

Overall, I never did I feel like I was playing game, rather I was orchestrating a chain of events.

I love how robust this genre is becoming as of late, with games like Until Dawn, Telltale Games, Quantic Dream games, and the new King’s Quest games. It will only get better once VR becomes mainstream. I can’t wait to play the rumored VR DLC for Until Dawn.

So what do you guys think of interactive narrative games? Were you a fan of Until Dawn? Sound off on the comments below.
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PlayStation vs. Xbox: PlayStation Is Doing Exclusives Better https://www.gameskinny.com/6ffwq/playstation-vs-xbox-playstation-is-doing-exclusives-better https://www.gameskinny.com/6ffwq/playstation-vs-xbox-playstation-is-doing-exclusives-better Thu, 19 Nov 2015 21:13:20 -0500 Curtis Dillon

"PlayStation 4 has no exclusives!"

That's the claim I've heard and read all year long.

"This is the greatest gaming line-up in Xbox history."

That's what Microsoft has touted all year long. Truth be told, though, the playing field is a lot more level than you might think.

PlayStation has always had more and better exclusives than Xbox.

Sure Xbox will always have Halo, Gears of War and Forza, but before the Xbox One, that was pretty much it. Microsoft tried its hand with the Fable series, Viva Pinata, and Too Human, none of which were massive successes. PlayStation, on the other hand has a history of hosting many fantastic exclusives and giving its first-party developers room to breathe and create freely.

Last generation, the PS3 played catch-up to the 360 for many years. Sony's third machine ended up outselling the 360, with a year less on the market. And it did so by having the best games. While Xbox 360 owners twiddled their thumbs between Halo and Gears of War experiences, PS3 gamers were having thrilling adventures with Nathan Drake, killing gods with Kratos, becoming a superhero with Cole McGrath, fighting the endless war against the Helghan, and creating worlds with Sackboy. Year in, year out, the PS3 had exclusives every other month.

A Promising Start for Xbox

This time around, Microsoft aimed to rival PlayStation in that department by having more exclusives - and more than just shooters. They came out of the gate with Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, and some Kinect titles, as well as showing trailers for Halo 5 and Quantum Break. The first two were easily the most exciting of the launch games, because Ryse had a ton of potential and Dead Rising is a great series to have exclusively.

PlayStation on the other hand, launched with Knack, Killzone: Shadowfall, and Resogun. Games that were initially intended to be launch titles, like Infamous and DriveClub, didn't make the cut-off. Therefore it's undeniable that the Xbox One had the better launch titles.

Microsoft continued its promising start by unveiling Titanfall and Sunset Overdrive - an awesome-looking game by Sony's buddies Insomniac. That was a real blow to Sony. Meanwhile, Titanfall was dubbed the "Call of Duty killer". Then came Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Killer Instinct and more Forza. The Xbox One was really looking like a fantastic platforms for exclusives....so what happened?

Cracks Begin To Show

Titanfall released and was...good. The game was a critical success, but not so much a commercial one, and it didn't bring about the death of Call of Duty like many had predicted. In spite of a year's worth of hype and anticipation, Titanfall faded quicker than a fart in the wind.

Sunset Overdrive was next. The difference with Sunset is that it was actually an amazing game. Sunset Overdrive was a fantastic game from Insomniac that oozed charisma and charm, and yet it sold poorly. Poorly enough that Microsoft never announced any numbers for it, and has referred to it when discussing the challenges of new IP.

A fantastic game that no one played

Forza and Halo did well, as expected. However, neither seemed to shift console sales - plus Halo was a muddled mess with big online issues. Meanwhile, on the other side of the tracks, Sony had big success with Infamous: Second Son, The Last of Us: Remastered, MLB: The Show, and DriveClub, despite The Order: 1886 being pushed to 2015. Microsoft was trying, and even producing some great games, but it wasn't getting the desired results.

And so 2015 rolled around...

Do The Math

2015 was supposed to be the year for Microsoft. Sony had "nothing", particularly after Uncharted 4 was delayed. Xbox fans emerged from the crevices of the Internet to poke fun at PS4 owners. I've even heard industry insiders discuss the brevity of Sony's line-up. However, was it really as one-sided as everyone claimed? Nope. In fact, PlayStation 4 had more exclusives in 2015 than Xbox One.

Let's just start with AAA games. Microsoft's "greatest line-up ever" consists of Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, and Rare Replay. That's a great line-up, and probably the best Microsoft has ever had (as per the claims).

2015 hasn't been the best year for Sony; no one will argue that. But it hasn't been anywhere near as barren as you may be led to believe. The year started with The Order: 1886, a ridiculously pretty game that was unfortunately more fun to look at than it was to play. Then came Bloodborne -- the spiritual successor to Demon Souls was a surprisingly big hit for Sony and was all the talk when it came out. Bloodborne is a surefire game of the year contender.

The next big title to hit Sony's platforms, a game I wouldn't count if I didn't already count Gears of War, was God of War III Remastered. Then came the biggest surprise hit of the year, Until Dawn. A fantastic horror game in the vein of Heavy Rain, Until Dawn shocked many by how well it was written, how beautiful it was, and how much dumb fun it was. Then to round out the year we got Tearaway: Unfolded and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection.

So, Xbox One had five exclusive AAA games in 2015, while PS4 had six. Now all in all, quantity is not always as important as quality, and the fact that three of Sony's six were remasters is definitely a factor.

For Xbox, Rare Replay and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition outperformed expectations, Halo 5: Guardians has been a hit, Forza always performs, and Rise of the Tomb Raider has been met with critical acclaim, but sold poorly in the wake of Fallout 4. The sales disappointment of Rise of the Tomb Raider is surely a problem, but it's been a great year for Xbox regardless. It outsold the PS4 in the month of October - marking only the second time this year it has done so, and the fourth overall.

If you want to get really nitpicky...

If we look at smaller titles, PlayStation has had a far better year. Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, SOMA, Axiom Verge, Journey (Remastered), Volume, Hotline Miami 2, and Grow Home are just some of the games that came to PSN this year. However, one title in particular really captured the hearts of millions in 2015 -- Rocket League. The second vehicular soccer game from Psyonix has been an unprecedented hit, selling over 6 million copies. The game is likely to come to Xbox One in 2016, but it was a Cinderella story on PS4 this year. The only Xbox digital games you heard talked about this year were Ori and the Blind Forest and State of Decay: Year One.

Party Partnerships

Now I've talked at (great) length about what games came to which platform, yadda yadda yadda, but what's really important and interesting to look at, it the logistics of the exclusives.

Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, Sunset Overdrive, Titanfall, and Rise of the Tomb Raider are all third party exclusives, the latter being only a timed exclusive. The only first-party games Microsoft have published are HaloForza, Rare Replay, and Gears of War: Remastered.

Another amazing game no one is playing. Thanks, Fallout 4.

The failure of the third-party games to be commercial hits has probably hurt Microsoft's relationship with third party developers. Take Titanfall for example. EA and Respawn has both admitted it would have benefited the game being on PS4 - and the sequel will be. Phil Spencer has even said that third party games will be less of a focus going forward, though it's not because Microsoft don't want them.

Looking ahead at 2016, Xbox One exclusives Recore, Crackdown 3, Quantum Break and Scalebound are all second and third-party developed games once again. This isn't necessarily a problem, but like I said, should the games continue to underwhelm commercially, developers will be less inclined to work with Microsoft (and Microsoft will be less inclined to work with them). 

On the other side, every game released by Sony this year, minus Tearaway, was a second-party exclusive. Even the Uncharted Collection was done by independent port house Bluepoint Games (although still published by Sony). This is a less risky business than third-party development because Sony still owns the IP, which is also true for Microsoft with Recore, Scalebound, Quantum Break, and so on.

The point is: Microsoft's third-party exclusives are a very short-term solution.

The company has not built any new series, though it's not for lack of trying. There won't be a Ryse 2, and a Sunset Overdrive 2 or Dead Rising 4 is unlikely. Titanfall 2 will be multiplatform. Whereas there will probably be a Knack 2 for the PS4, there will certainly be sequels to Infamous: Second Son, Bloodborne, Until Dawn, and even The Order: 1886. Already this generation, Sony has created 3, maybe 4, new exclusive series.

First-Party Poopers

Part of the problem is Microsoft's first-party studios. Microsoft owns 343 Industries, The Coalition, Lionhead Studios, and Turn 10 -- all of whom are confined to making Halo, Gears of War, Fable, and Forza for eternity. That's four main studios, all tied to making the same four games over and over; it's creatively stifling and redundant. Imagine if Sony had gone to Naughty Dog and demanded it work on Crash Bandicoot forever - without that creative freedom, we wouldn't have gotten get Jak & Daxter, Uncharted, or The Last of Us.

Then Microsoft also has Rare, BigPark Studios, Mojang, and a litany of small studios that work on tablet and Kinect stuff. Rare is working on Sea of Thieves, a fun-looking game with tons of potential. BigPark is completely in the dark, and Mojang is doing its Minecraft thing.

There's plenty more where these came from

So we kind of know what every single Microsoft first-party developer is working on, and it's exactly what you'd expect. This is why Microsoft has gone to third-parties like Armature, Respawn, Insomniac and Crystal Dynamics to get exclusive games. The Xbox needs more variety.

Sony has no such problem.

Of Sony's first-party developers, we know we are getting Uncharted 4 from Naughty Dog, Dreams from Media Molecule, Gran Turismo Sport from Polyphony Digital, Horizon Zero Dawn from Guerilla Games and Rigs from Guerilla Cambridge, Gravity Rush Remastered, Gravity Rush 2, and The Last Guardian from Japan Studio, and Evolution is still working on DriveClub. Four of those are new IPs.

The rest of the first-party studios are shrouded in mystery -- Sony Bend, Sucker Punch, Sony San Diego, Sony Santa Monica, North West Studio and Sony London. Sony Santa Monica is almost certainly working on a new God of War, but it also helps with development on a ton of smaller games, from The Unfinished Swan to Everybody's Gone to the Rapture. Sony London is working on Virtual Reality. Sucker Punch is well along in the development of something, according to Shuhei Yoshida -- maybe it's another Infamous. Sony San Diego is inevitably making the next instalment in the MLB: The Show series, but it is also helping produce Drawn to Death, Guns Up, and Kill Strain - three other PlayStation exclusives.

I broke down Microsoft and Sony's first-party studios to paint a picture of the future. Sony gives its studios a lot of rope to hang themselves with and, as such, we get extremely exciting new IP like Horizon Zero Dawn, surprising sequels like Gravity Rush 2, and a few artistic experiments like Dreams. Simply put, Sony's first-party titles are much more exciting.

The product of creative freedom

However, Sony also works with second and third-parties, as mentioned earlier with all of this year's exclusives. Also coming exclusively to the PS4 is Detroit: Become Human from Quantic Dream, Street Fighter V, No Man's Sky, Persona 5, Hellblade, and a lot of third-party VR support. This is different from Microsoft, because those games are all almost guaranteed to sell well - Street Fighter V, No Man's Sky and Persona 5 are no-brainers, and Hellblade and Detroit could definitely do well if marketed properly.

Endgame

I don't want to be a Debbie Downer and spell doom and gloom for the Xbox One, because that most certainly isn't the case. The exclusives games on the Xbox One so far have ranged from good to great, and it's a shame that some of them didn't sell better. If you are a true gamer, you do not wish ill on Microsoft, Sony, or Nintendo, because competition is good for everyone.

The failure of Rise of the Tomb Raider is bad news for Microsoft; if a known property like Lara Croft cannot sell, then what can be expected to? However it has baffled me since E3 that Square Enix and Microsoft agreed to send it out to die beside Fallout 4, sandwiched between Call of Duty and Star Wars. Hopefully the game will find some success when it releases on PS4 next year.

Microsoft will always have its staples of Gears of War, Forza and Halo, which may not be the most exciting prospects, but they're a very safe bet. It would be nice to see those developers get more leeway and maybe even develop some new IPs; however, renaming two of them to reflect their respective games kind of suggests they won't get such freedom.

This fall has been a big season for Xbox One, and the winning sales of October are a great sign, but the goal should not be to outsell the PS4. If Microsoft provides excellent games that can only be played on Xbox One, then gamers will come. 2016 is looking exciting for the green brand, with Gears 4, Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves, Recore, Quantum Break, and Scalebound, not to mention a myriad of fantastic digital games like Below, Cuphead and Inside. Microsoft could benefit from re-organizing a few internal teams, most of which were working on Kinect, and setting them off to work on new IP. They should follow Sony's example and allow established studios (like Naughty Dog and Guerilla) to stretch their wings and try new things.

The Xbox One cannot afford another Ryse, Sunset Overdrive, or Titanfall, it needs new first-party IPs that can be established into series. Right now, Microsoft is sitting pretty with exclusives but the past two years were not great for Xbox One, and going forward it could serve the company well to take a page out of the competition's playbook. 

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Six games that are great to play with friends (that aren't shooters) https://www.gameskinny.com/pqd4u/six-games-that-are-great-to-play-with-friends-that-arent-shooters https://www.gameskinny.com/pqd4u/six-games-that-are-great-to-play-with-friends-that-arent-shooters Wed, 04 Nov 2015 08:47:14 -0500 John Adamczyk

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1. Tabletop Simulator

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From the serious-minded tabletop enthusiasts to the people who just want to make their friends scream with rage as they flip the table right before the ending of a chess match, Tabletop Simulator has something for just about everyone. With hundreds of mods to choose from, getting your friends around the digital tabletop is a very compelling option for those with the patience to get to learn this sometimes obtuse program. 

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The finicky physics engine, ability to draw on any surface, and the fact that you can flip the table at any given moment, make even the most mundane games in Tabletop Simulator into something entertaining. 

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It can take a while to master the program thanks to its sometimes unintuitive or poorly optimized controls, but once everyone gets the hang of it, you can do just about anything in Tabletop Simulator. 

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If there's one game on this list that's worth a try for just about anyone who wants to sit down with friends and play something that isn't a shooter, this is your best bet. With too many mods to count, you can play just about anything on the tabletop. 

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2. Divinity: Original Sin

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For the RPG-oriented group, there's nothing better than Divinity: Original Sin - and with the enhanced edition released just last week, so there isn't a better time to go off on some good old hack-and-slash romps with your friends.

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Of course, you will need to mod the game if you want to play the campaign with more than two players (and Enhanced Edition doesn't have a perfect mod for this yet). But, the game is great even with one friend, as you can go through towns causing all sorts of hijinks, from piling explosive barrels up in front of a boss before detonating them to going into town, framing a character for a murder she didn't commit, and breaking her out of jail just so the guards will kill her, thus making all of her items and money available to you for free. Divinity is a game where you can do just about anything with a friend, even play rock paper scissors against each other to decide the fate of Rivellon.

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This is possibly one of the most dynamic multiplayer games on the market right now, and while modding the game to ensure four players can be in the same campaign is a bit of a hassle, it's definitely going to be a memorable experience.

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The amount of freedom you're all given in a persistent world, where you can go off and explore on your own, sabotage your friends, and steal just about every single item from every house and person you come across, even when you're ignoring the main campaign, you're doing something entertaining.

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Just be sure you're ready to die.

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A lot.

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3. Until Dawn

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Ever been sitting there with your friends watching a bad scary movie when someone shouts the most obvious thing in the world?

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"No, don't go in there!"

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And of course, the character does it, and probably gets chopped up, eaten, or otherwise maimed. 

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Well, with Until Dawn, you get a sort of interactive movie experience that, despite being part of a single player game, can make for a great multiplayer experience.

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Passing the controller around chapter-by-chapter, debating which decision is the best one for the character to make, going through and debating the strange psych-eval scenes in between chapters, there are a lot of moments where talking it out with other people can make the game more interesting. And the more intense moments in the game only become more intense as everyone yells at the player with the controller to make the right choice before the timer runs out.

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For friends who like watching B-grade horror movies, this is the definitive game. Just make sure nobody's spoiled on the story before going into it.

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4. Diablo 3

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Good old-fashioned dungeon delving without anything else to get in your way. Just tell your friends to get online, jump in, and kill every beast, zombie, and demon that gets in your party's way. Diablo 3 might be unsatisfying in many ways, but as a multiplayer game, it's hard to say no to some brutal monster slaughtering with friends, especially when Blizzard is so good at streamlining their multiplayer experiences. Diablo 3 makes it ridiculously easy to round up your friends, hit the ground running, and just start playing.

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If good old hack-and-slash sounds like your kind of game but you're more on the free-to-play side of the fence, there's always the far less polished, but significantly more classical, Path of Exile, a Diablo clone that seems to be bombarded with update after update to keep you and your friends occupied for a long while.

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Or, if you just don't want to jump on the Blizzard bandwagon, there's Torchlight II, which is rife with free mods that you and your friends can install to change up the game whenever it feels like it's getting a little stale.

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Either way, Diablo and its many, many lookalikes are great games if you're looking for mindless slaughter and loot-hoarding with friends.

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5. Hearthstone

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Although criticism is constantly leveled at Hearthstone, particularly, every other player is using a deck that's been ripped straight off the internet, most of the game's problems evaporate when you start playing against friends. 

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The best part about playing Hearthstone with friends? You can start putting together decks that aren't exactly good, and are, instead, fun. Ever wanted to use your Gazlowe or Hobgoblins instead of your Tirion Fordrings and Mysterious Challengers? That's what friends are for.

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Perhaps more importantly, emotes don't have a built-in cooldown timer in friendly games. Go crazy.

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WELL MET 

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6. MOBAs

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Short for "multiplayer online battle arena," or, as most people know them: DotA 2 and League of Legends, freeware games that have taken the world by storm, and have allowed countless groups of friends to join up on the battlefield and fight for victory.

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This one comes with a bit of a disclaimer: these games can break friendships just as easily as they can make them.

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Games like League of Legends and DotA 2 are considered competitive by many of their players, and people can easily become frustrated by losing streaks or games where they get absolutely stomped. If you have a friend - you know, that friend, who gets more than a little angry when things go south in a game? Probably best to move on to the next game. 

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If you can find a happy medium, though? There's nothing more rewarding than being able to work together with your friends as a team to overcome another skilled group of players.  

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MOBAs are endless time sinks for friends who want short, quick bursts of competitive, cooperative play, or hours-long hauls of back-to-back matches.

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But be warned: this game will put your friendship to the test just as much as it will your skills. 

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From cooperative campaigns to competitive matches, gaming as a way of bringing friends together is a cornerstone of our hobby.

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However, a lot of the games that are great to play with friends share one common trait that I'm a little tired of: they're all shooters. From CS: GO to Halo 5 to Team Fortress 2, shooting and friendship just seem to go hand-in-hand. So, what happens when you're all shootered-out, but still want to sit back and play some games with friends? 

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Well, here are six games that can give you and your friends something to do together.

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