Bloodbourne  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Bloodbourne  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Jumpscare and Jive: Top 13 video game horror tracks of 2015 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 06:00:34 -0400 Gabriella Graham

Every game's soundtrack is crucial to the story-telling element, adding subtle touches that extenuate gameplay, dialogue, and general plot devices. This goes double for horror games. Without the proper ambiance, horror games fall flat. Players yawn through jump-scares and become distracted by every noise outside the game in the hopes that it promises something more exciting than their current task. I've gathered the creepiest and most terrifying tracks from horror releases of 2015 to get any gamer in the right mood for Halloween or any ominously-themed movie night. 

A small disclaimer before we get started: the following list includes some tracks from games announced in 2015 with release dates pending for 2016. I also sorted through a surprising amount of techno to get here, leading me to wonder...just who on earth decided techno was frightening?

13. H1Z1 Soundtrack

Composer: Greg Spence

The survival MMORPG launched for PCs in January of 2015. This game's soundtrack provides a great introduction to a horror playlist, allowing a steady build by starting off with a standard, slower-paced but nonetheless creepy nod to the genre.

12. Alone in the Dark: Illumination - "Labyrinth of Dreaming"

Composer: Jeffrey Brice

Atari's sixth installment in this survival horror series debuted in June for PC. The creepiest tune in this game, "Labyrinth of Dreaming", can be found at 55:31 in the video below, ending at the 59:46 mark. This piece adds tension, most notably with sounds that grate on the ear ever so slightly.

11. Dying Light - "Destination/Game Finale/Rais' Tower"

Composer: Pawel Blaszczak

Here's that techno I warned you about, straight from another January launch. Luckily for us, Dying Light incorporated the appropriate creep factor into their OST. The addition of siren-esque sounds stands out here. This particular track contains the best of two other songs from the game: the adrenaline pumping sense of immediate pursuit in "Escape" and the almost warped noise of wailing instruments from "Antizin".

10. The Order: 1886 - "In the Darkest Hour"

Composer: Jason Graves

This dark action-adventure game incorporates enough of the occult to count in my category of horror. This song's terrifying effect results from it's purposefully steady pace. It demonstrates the ability to haunt the listener or player without emphasizing too much of the tension found in tracks like #11. It's a refreshing musical twist on the "show, don't tell" technique. 

9. Five Night's at Freddy's 3 - Main Menu/Title Screen

Composer: Scott Cawthon

Sorry guys, but this one was unavoidable. This track from the third installment of the point-and-click indie hit executes a clean, subtle verison of the technical scares in #11. The piece plays effectively on the grating nature of some sounds seen briefly in #12, though it does risk irritating listeners with reminders of a barrage of jumpscares.

8. Koduku - Trailer Track

Composer: Rami Ismail

Koduku's official launch date hasn't been announced, but the trailer promises a creepy survival experience dotted with monster encounters straight from Japanese mythology. The track from the game's trailer plays well on its unique source of horror, bringing to mind the Japanese mastery of the genre in films and games. Sometimes a deceptively simple tune turns out to be among the creepiest.

7. Darkwood - Trailer Track

Composer: Artur Kordas

Here's another pending survival horror release that plays on classic sounds and drives home the effectiveness of a slow build on the listener's anticipation. This track is creepy, adding common taps and chimes among its halting, disjointed piano keys. The mix of familiar and jolting plays well together.

5. Kholat - "The Beginning" ft. Penelopa Willmann-Szynalik

Composer: Arkadiusz Reikowski  

Kholat is an indie survival game inspired by a true story. This particular song plays on a creepy sound the brings lullabies to mind without the in-your-face recitation of lullabies and nursery rhymes from children. The tune carries both sad and terrifying notes.

5. Doom - Theme Music

Composer: Andrew Hulshult

Doom is set to release in 2016 on next-gen consoles as a reboot of the classic, frightening shooter. This track moves away from subtle creepiness and towards in-your-face horrifying. Notice the screeching monsters, the constant clash of weaponry, and what I seriously suspect is the sound of flesh being torn apart. The strong appeal to metal, along with an overall sound more familiar to action sequences, went far enough beyond pure horror to prevent this number from ranking higher on the list, but its terror still deserves proper recognition.

4. Darkest Dungeon - "Combat in the Ruins"

Composer: Stuart Chatwood

This dungeon crawler launched in February with roguelike and turn-based gameplay. The track selected from Darkest Dungeon takes the combative feel of #5 and tones it down into a more chilling call to battle. The main theme of the game builds and drops with an alternating pace for tension more reminiscent of horror film soundtracks, but "Combat in the Ruins" just has a little something extra that feeds the immediacy of "scary."

3. Until Dawn - "O Death"

Composer: Amy Van Roekel

This drama survival where choices matter was introduced fantastically with a disturbing song following the game's intro. "O Death" sets the mood for the game beyond the intro to the plot, using resounding bass notes against a background of direct pleas with Death. This personification makes the track particularly terrifying.

2. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 - "Determination"

Composer: Ichiro Komoto

This episodic game featured a song that takes the best of #5 and #4 and finds their middle ground. Moans and brief bursts of chanting in the background construct a sense of terror. High-pitched piano chords and an unreliable tempo that pulls listeners back and forth add to this track, putting it right near the top of the list.

1. Bloodborne - "Cleric Beast"

Composers: Ryan Amon, Tsukasa Saitoh, Michael Wandmacher, Yuka Kitamura, Cris Velasco, & Nobuyoshi Suzuki

This action-packed and wholly disturbing PlayStation 4 exclusive launched in March. It wins the #1 spot for a very crucial inclusion in its track: the chanting of monks, specifically in Latin. This tool ranks high on the creep-scale, right next to children singing nursery rhymes and lullabies. The traditionally monophonic sound of a Gregorian chant switches up its style with classic horror groundwork for a solid piece of music. This track balances creepy and terrifying.

What track did you find the creepiest? Are there older soundtracks you believe trump these more recent ones? Discuss in the comments below!

Bloodborne Tips - Avoiding Connection Issues Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:47:44 -0400 Tobbpitt

If you're like 70% of Bloodborne players, you may be having trouble connecting to other players in co-op and PvP.

There are a few ways to make connecting easier - one of which is something that really needs to be fixed in a patch, because it's ludicrous. I've been trying to connect for days and no dice. Well, until earlier today after some advice from friends.

First and foremost:

Don't resume after suspending the game

For some reason, suspending and then resuming the game will break multiplayer play. Everything else functions normally, including bloodstains, but you can't co-op or be invaded until you restart your PlayStation 4.

Players who are just looking to play singleplayer, or don't want to be invaded, but who still want to see bloodstains may be all right with leaving the game as it is after resuming from suspension, but anyone who wants multiplayer needs to keep this issue in mind.

Co-op connecting tips

If you're having trouble connecting to other players even after restarting your PlayStation 4, consider the following tips:

  • Set your network region to Worldwide to cast a wider net. If you're trying to co-op with a friend, have them do this as well.
  • Go to your in-game network settings and change your Watchword. If you're trying to co-op with a friend, make sure you both have the same Watchword.
  • For co-op, be as close to one another as possible in your respective games when trying to have one of you summon the other.
  • Have whoever will be joining the game ring their Small Resonance Bell before the host, and make sure they do it for a few seconds before the host starts ringing their Beckoning Bell.

These tips may not make your co-op connecting experience totally smooth, but they should help those sad Bloodborne players out there who are still unable to get in on some multiplayer action. Good luck, Hunters!

10 Horror Games to Look Forward to in 2015 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:18:52 -0500 Dani Gosha


Draugen (PC, OS X, Linux)


Developer: Red Threads Games


Publisher: TBA


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


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


Developer: Yager Development


Publisher: Silver Games


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


Forgotten Memories (iOS, Wii U, PSVita)

Developer: Psychoz Interactive
Publisher: Psychoz Interactive

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








Until Dawn (PS4 Exclusive)

Developer: Supermassive Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

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






Silent Hills (PS 4 Exclusive)


Developer: Kojima Productions


Publisher: Konami 


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


SOMA (PS4, OS X, Linux)


Developer: Frictional Games


Publisher: Frictional Games


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


Outlast (PS4, Xbox One, PC)


Developer: Red Barrels


Publisher: Red Barrels


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


Darkwood (PC, OS X, Linux)


Developer: Acid Wizard Studio


Publisher: Acid Wizard Studio


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


Asylum (PC, Linux, iOS, OS X)


Developer: Senscape


Publisher: Senscape


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


Bloodborne (PS4 Exclusive)


Developer: From Software


Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment


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