8 Unique Games You Probably Missed Last Gen

Horror games often have trouble keeping players afraid when sequels arrive. FEAR 3 all but gives up on being a terrifying game in it's singe-player, but Day 1 Studios managed to craft something special with it's multiplayer. Despite most horror fans being doubtful of genuine horror working well in multiplayer, FEAR 3 managed to deliver thanks to it's tense modes. While Soul King was just a twist on Deathmatch, every other mode is built around some super natural element beyond the player's control while utilizing aspects such as mid-wave pauses to build tension. 

Contractions took horde mode but added visual blocking fog, unyielding enemies, limited means of acquiring supplies needed to survive, and Alma's spirit meddling with players by blinding them and teleporting them across the map.

F***ing Run prevents players from retreating and makes every shot count as you desperately attempt to escape the coming wall of death that grows louder and makes your screen turn grey the closer it gets.

Soul Survivor turns one of your own against you and as they eliminate your squad, your former allies become new enemies. By the end of a match, there can be only one player remaining, fleeing from three player controlled spirits possessing enemies and trying to consume the player's soul.

It was an innovative approach to multiplayer with fresh ideas. Similarly the game's cooperative play added in a number of new ideas to traditional shooters by letting players be the ghost of Paxton Fettel, letting you toy with levitating enemies, possessing foes, and guarding your partner as he slows down time for you.

While the campaign lacked the genuine intensity of the other multiplayer modes, it still took a number of risks with the franchise. Abandoning some of the traditional systems didn't pan out as well, but the new ideas presented took the series otherwise standard TDM, CTF, KOTH style multiplayer and spun it on its head.

It was exceptional for all the things you wouldn't expect a horror game to stand out for, but sold so poorly that Day 1 is now all but a skeleton crew. While the game's public servers are fairly vacant, the game has a loyal cult following, and is definitely worth looking up for co-op fans and those who'd like to see more experimental attempts at creating horror games.

Published Apr. 24th 2014
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