Just Die Already: 5 Horror Game Cliches That Should Stay Buried

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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. 

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

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!

Published Oct. 4th 2018

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