Halloween Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Halloween RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Best Buy's Scary Games Sale Has Frights, Dark (Empty) Knights, and a Scared Green Plumber https://www.gameskinny.com/jtgaa/best-buys-scary-games-sale-has-frights-dark-empty-knights-and-a-scared-green-plumber https://www.gameskinny.com/jtgaa/best-buys-scary-games-sale-has-frights-dark-empty-knights-and-a-scared-green-plumber Thu, 24 Oct 2019 11:34:49 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Best Buy is running a limited-time Halloween sale as part of its weekly bundle of deals. There's a fair bit on offer here, from this year's frightening favorites to the tried-and-true horror staples of days gone by.

Here's a bit of what you can expect from the Scary Games sale, including Resident Evil 2, Hollow Knight, Bloodborne, Luigi's Mansion, Dead by Daylight, and dozens more. 

Here are some of the highlights.

Best Buy Halloween Sale Highlights

Game Sales Price
Resident Evil 2 — Standard Edition (PS4 and XB1) $24.99
Undertale (Switch)  $24.99
Resident Evil Origins Collection (Switch) $29.99
Devil May Cry 5 Standard Edition (PS4 and XB1)  $24.99
Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek (PS4 and XB1) $4.99
Hollow Knight (Switch)  $29.99
Luigi's Mansion (3DS) $29.99
Bloodborne (PS4) $16.99
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (PS4 and XB1)  $29.99
The Sinking City (PS4)  $49.99
A Plague Tale: Innocence (PS4 and XB1) $42.99
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
 $24.99
Dead by Daylight: Definitive Edition (Switch) $29.99
Call of Cthulu (PS4)  $24.99
We Happy Few (PS4 and XB1) $14.99

 

That's but a sampling of the close to 50 games included in the sale. You can check out the full list here, and if that's not enough Halloween for your video game, be sure to take a gander at our games with Halloween events list as well. 

If you're a PlayStation player, be sure to check out PlayStation's Halloween sale, which is full of devilishly good deals. 

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Halloween Events in The Star Wars Universe https://www.gameskinny.com/c36m5/halloween-events-in-the-star-wars-universe https://www.gameskinny.com/c36m5/halloween-events-in-the-star-wars-universe Wed, 24 Oct 2018 14:48:12 -0400 Zack Palm

What better to celebrate Halloween than to see it in a galaxy far, far away? Two notable events are happening in the Star Wars gaming universe, and they're happening in Battlefront 2 and the mobile game Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.

Battlefront 2 event

In Battlefront 2, take part in new haunted maps on Mos Eisley, Endor, Kashyyyk, Naboo, and Kamino. These haunted maps change the game's traditional settings to a night-mode, creating the eerie feeling that you're about to run into an enemy around any corner.

The developers are also releasing the Death Star II and Jabba's Palace as playable areas, through this limited event. In the middle of it all, you'll also have the chance to earn double XP during a Double XP weekend. All of this starts on October 26th and continues until the 31st. Also, don't forget, General Grievous releases on the 30th!

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes event

Moving on to Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, we have the Defense of Dathomir event. For fans of the Clone Wars television show, many of you may recognize the inspiration for this appearance. In this mode, General Grievous and Count Dooku are leading their droid army on Dathomir to do war against the Nightsisters. 

This 2-tiered event features players defending the planet from the droid invasion. The first tier rewards players with Mother Talzin shards and the second tier provides 2 to 4 Zeta Ability Materials. This event kicks off on October 30th and finishes on the 31st.

Make sure you're in-game to take advantage of these limited time events! We've also compiled a list of notable Halloween events happening in other games.

Be sure to visit GameSkinny daily to check out the latest in video game news and reviews.

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Get Spooky with the Pokemon Center's Eerie Delights Line https://www.gameskinny.com/ilxmv/get-spooky-with-the-pokemon-centers-eerie-delights-line https://www.gameskinny.com/ilxmv/get-spooky-with-the-pokemon-centers-eerie-delights-line Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:58:26 -0400 Bryant Pereira

It's already halfway through September, which means it's basically October -- and that means it's spooky time. As Halloween approaches, the Pokemon Center has released a new line of merchandise to get trainers in the haunting spirit.

The Eerie Delights Halloween-themed items include plush toys, a pin set, keychains, and more featuring every trainer's favorite ghoulish and eerie Pokemon from Gengar to Mimikyu -- and, of course, lots of Pikachu.

The Eerie Delights line consists of the following:

  • Plush – New Halloween-themed plushies featuring Pikachu, Eevee, Espeon, Mimikyu, Gengar, and more
  • Keychains – Plush keychains featuring Umbreon, Sableye, and Banette
  • Pin set – A three-pin set featuring Pikachu, Gengar, and Mimikyu
  • Pokémon TCG Playmats – Two new and uniquely spooky playmat designs

In addition to the Eerie Delights line, there are more Pokemon Halloween products featuring Pumpkin Pikachu and more at PokemonCenter.com. The Eerie Delights merchandise is exclusive to the United States.

If you've got Pokemon fever in addition to your Halloween spirit, stay tuned for more information on the release of Pokemon Let's Go, Pikachu & Eevee coming November 16 for the Nintendo Switch.

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5 MORE Unconventional Horror Games To Play This Halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/zpay9/5-more-unconventional-horror-games-to-play-this-halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/zpay9/5-more-unconventional-horror-games-to-play-this-halloween Tue, 31 Oct 2017 18:30:10 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

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That's the list! Thanks for reading!

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I hope you've all enjoyed our selections, and hopefully you've found at least one good game to play this Halloween thanks to us! If you'd like to let us know what you thought of the list, or maybe suggest some other games for a future list, feel free to let us know about it in the comments! I'll see you all next year; have a happy and safe Halloween!

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We also did a list like this last year, and if you'd like to take a look at it you can click right here. 

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Spec Ops: The Line (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) 
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You came here to feel like something you're not: A hero.

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Spec Ops: The Line is a game that plays you. It's a game that seems like a standard shooter game from the outside -- but that's what they want you to think. It's a game that wants you to get drawn into the modern day fantasy of being a war hero, of being the good guy in a sea of moral degenerates, and of doing what you do because the ends justify the means -- only to rip the rug out from under you with an emotional gut punch. 

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Spec Ops: The Line is a shooter game meant to strip naked the war hero fantasy provided by most modern war shooters. It takes inspiration from both the novel Heart of Darkness as well as the film it inspired Apocalypse Now, and places the player at the front of a number of war crimes and amoral atrocities that you are constantly made to debate on your own as to whether you are doing the right thing or not.

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It's a game that deals with real moral dilemmas such as the use of white phosphorus in war time, civilian casualties, the disassociation of ethics from reality than can come during large-scale tragedies, and even Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. You never know where the game will take you next, whether or not you can trust the character you are controlling, and whether or not what's happening in front of you is even real or not. 

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The game is rife with psychological horror that weaves itself in and out of both the narrative and the gameplay, creating a seriously unnerving and abrasive experience crafted with the expectations of the average FPS player in mind just to subvert them. Like Doki Doki Literature Club! it's a slow boil, as it tries to convince you that it's just a normal shooter for around the first hour, but then the creeping suspicion that all is not well rears it's head and the slow descent into madness begins.

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Spec Ops: The Line is an exploration of wartime ethics, ethical cognitive dissonance, and of deconstructing the power fantasy perpetuated by modern video games in a manner that may just mortify you. If you think you're a good person now, then play Spec Ops: The Line and tell me if you can say that with certainty anymore.

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Do you think you're ready to cross the line? Then watch the trailer right here and start your descent:

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Night in the Woods (PC, PS4)
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Night in the Woods is the tale of Mae Borowski, a 20 year-old cat girl who drops out of college for reasons that aren't immediately apparent, and returns to her small hometown of Possum Springs, a former mining town in the mid-western United States that is slowly being neglected by the rest of the industrial world. Some things have stayed the same in Possum Springs, but many others have stayed the same.

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Night in the Woods has you playing as Mae spending most of her time exploring her home town after years of her absence have made it almost new to her, and the rest of her time trying to reconnect with her old friends from before she left. There's an odd mini-game here and there to break things up, but it's mostly reading and learning more about your friends.

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It's a game that has gameplay take a backseat while the narrative drives it forward most of the time, which is forgivable due to the very strong writing and cast full of likable, believable characters dealing with very human feelings and themes of self-discovery and fear for the future that most of us can relate to. It's narrative doesn't have too much of a clear direction at the start, and it takes a while for the dark mystery aspect of the plot to really get going, but the strong writing and the chilly, somewhat unnerving atmosphere at times keeps you invested and on your toes until you reach whatever climax you've earned in around 8-10 hours. 

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Since it's such a narrative-heavy game, we won't be jerks and spoil Night in the Woods for you, but we want you to know what quality fear lurks inside of it. Not fear of the potentially supernatural forces that show up later on in the story, no, but rather fear for yourself and your future. It's a game that expertly captures what it's like to feel trapped by circumstance, afraid of your own failures or tendencies to fail, and wondering just what you can do to fix yourself and the world. Even without overt danger resent most of the time this game can be very tense, emotional, and rel in it's subject matter, which makes it more horror than any monster or evil force ever could.

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Night in the Woods may not be all that scary for the most part, but it's highly dramatic and believable character writing, it's autumn setting and melancholy atmosphere, on top of the slow-building mysterious intrigue make it perfect for this time of year, and Halloween especially. If you're ready to hang with the old squad, then check out the game's trailer below:

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Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (DS, Mobile)
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Okay, this is about as far of a stretch as I think I'll ever put in one of these lists. I could barely in good faith say that Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is really anything like a real horror game. But it does have a suspenseful atmosphere, a twisted murder mystery plot and death around every corner, so I guess that's just enough for it to count. Also ghosts are present, so that has to count for something.

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Plus, I really just wanted to talk about how cool this game is. Ghost Trick is a narrative-driven puzzle game directed by game designer Shu Takumi, the same guy responsible for the Ace Attorney series, and revolves a man named Sissel who finds himself dead and unable to remember almost anything about himself. He then learns that he has until sunrise the next morning until his spirit disappears from the world, and he has a single night to solve his own murder. 

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In order to get around in the mortal world, Sissel must move from stationary object to stationary object and manipulate their movement in different ways like some sort of low-level poltergeist, manipulate time itself,and set-up and solve a series of makeshift Rube Goldberg machine style puzzles in order to get the answers he needs.

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The game also sports a vibrant and fluidly animated 2.5D style that has rotoscoped 3D models operating on a purely 2D plain, all with the same bright color palette in both it's artwork and characters that you'd expect from the guy behind Ace Attorney. The comedy is definitely there, but the story is mostly serious and straightforward, but still with a few surprising twists and turns on top of the likable characters and involving gameplay that juggles time management, timing, and deductive reasoning in order to save lives and discover the truth.

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Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective was a late release on the DS back in 2011, so not that many people got around to playing it, which is a shame considering it's quality and pedigree. It's a simple game at it's core, but it's a solid core, and it's gameplay is used to prop up and interesting story told well with unique presentation, which is what really matters.

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Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is an amusing and unique puzzle game enhanced by it's charming characters, engaging narrative, and slick presentation. Check out the trailer below for more details:

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Doki Doki Literature Club! (PC)
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WARNING: THIS SECTION CONTAINS MILD SPOILERS 

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Don't let the cutesy exterior and pleasant music fool you. Hiding underneath the surface is a game that wants you to worry. It wants you to worry about how much it loves you so that you give in and love it back out of fear.

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Doki Doki Literature Club! is a free-to-play psychological horror game that disguises itself as a dime-a-dozen dating sim visual novel game. It's a slow-boil, but the gradual build-up into a highly jarring and out-of-left-field payoff is completely worth it. There's little else I can say here without spoiling the game heavily, but just know this; Doki Doki Literature Club! is not what it appears to be. It is a game that will invade your privacy (both in game and out of game), subvert your expectations greatly, and won't care how uncomfortable it's making you.

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If this idea appeals to you at all, then check out the game as soon as you can. It takes about an hour for the game to really show it's true colors, but after that you'll never be the same. You'd never be able to tell by just looking at the trailer:   

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Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut (PC, PS3)
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Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut is a very strange game to be recommending. It's not on this list because it's that great a game - as most people either seem to dislike the gameplay itself or just think it's mediocre - and it's not on this list because it's all that scary either - many parts of this story are just outright silly. It's on this list because it's one of the weirdest, most lovably flawed, bizarre mish-mash experiences of a game that could ever call itself a game. 

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Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut is an improved version of the original game that tweaks the combat, updates the graphics and controls, and adds more to the overall narrative. But at its core, it's still the same goofy, wonderfully weird game it always has been warts and all.

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Deadly Premonition stars special agent Francis York Morgan - but everybody just calls him "York" - who is sent in by the FBI in order to investigate some strange goings-on in the town of Greenvale, Washington related to the death of 18-year-old Anna Graham. If you're thinking this sounds a lot like Twin Peaks, then you'd be both right and wrong, as the game's now renowned director Swery claims that he had never seen the show before making the game, which seems unlikely but I'll let it slide.

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Deadly Premonition is a 3rd-person survival horror game that is loaded to the brim with bizarre and memorable moments, Whether it be the slightly demented fun-house reject monsters, the dime-store David Lynch style story, or the alien yet still somehow endearing characters, there's something new and strange around every corner.

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It really does feel like a foreign low-budget remake of Twin Peaks, but with that specific style of Japanese sandbox-game gameplay reminiscent of games like Shenmue and the Yakuza series. Deadly Premonition is like the playable version of a "so bad it's good" movie, and it does so in such a manner that all the negatives about it collapse into a singularity that somehow make it great.

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You may like it, you may hate it, but it you play Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut for any length of time then I can guarantee you this; you will not forget it. If the trailer sparks any intrigue, then you can flock to Steam to get a taste of the FK in the coffee: 

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WARNING: THIS ARTICLE IS NSFW

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It ain't quite Halloween without a few good horror games, am I right? 

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Horror games have seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years. It seems every year we get some new mainstream horror game that everyone is talking about, making videos on YouTube about, and even writing songs about. But that usually pertains to the the really popular stuff.

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Today we're going to be talking about a few "unconventional" Horror games. The kind of games that you may overlook or not come to mind when you think about the genre. Most of these games are not Horror games by definition, but have something spooky or unnerving about them that makes them perfect for this time of year.

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These are some horror games that for the most part shun the norm, take chances on some bizarre, intriguing new premises, and generally just feel like a breath of fresh air in an industry filled with clones and copycats. Let's appreciate the weird, the creepy, and the different.

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It's about to get spooky in here.

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10 Treats You Don't Want to Miss From GOG's Halloween Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/mki7u/10-treats-you-dont-want-to-miss-from-gogs-halloween-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/mki7u/10-treats-you-dont-want-to-miss-from-gogs-halloween-sale Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:17:18 -0400 Allison M Reilly

Let's face it: the weather is getting colder. As much fun as it is to go trick-or-treating, it's also fun to stay in and be warm, too. Fortunately, GOG.com is running a Halloween sale until 6 p.m. ET,  November 2nd, so staying in can be even more fun with one (or more) of these 10 great deals.

During the sale, those who spend at least $15 will receive a free copy of Tales From the Borderlands, if you needed yet another excuse to spend money and get just one more game for your buck.

Darkest Dungeon

It can be hard enough to manage mental health issues in real life, but Darkest Dungeon presents the challenge of managing mental health issues in game. Part of the adventuring in this gothic, rogue-like RPG is managing the stress and sanity of your team. Also part of the game is Murphy's Law: anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Darkest Dungeon is a game of chaos, but intellectually stimulating chaos that doesn't completely feel like the game just wants to screw you over.

Darkest Dungeon - sale price $9.99 - normally $24.99

SOMA

SOMA is an interesting entry in the genre of horror games. It's not really one about jump scares or surviving a ton of enemies. The underwater, sci-fi elements play into very specific phobias and create an uneasy, uncertain environment. On top of all that, SOMA has a compelling story, further driving both the game and the player toward continuing and finishing the game. A refreshing title when it comes to horror games, and one worth purchasing.

SOMA - sale price $7.49 - normally $29.99

Hollow Knight

The popular Metroidvania is perfect to purchase now if you haven't already, as the free expansion "The Grimm Troupe" just came out on Oct. 26. "The Grimm Troupe" is a new questline with new bosses, enemies and items, and players can access it at any time. Even without the free DLC, Hollow Knight is considered one of the best games of the year, if not the best. It's beautiful, challenging, engaging, and worth every penny.

Hollow Knight - sale price $9.89 - normally $14.99

Crypt of the Necrodancer

Crypt of the Necrodancer is a rhythm game even rhythm game haters would enjoy. The soundtrack is phenomenal, or players can add and play their own music if they disagree. The game also has tons of replay-ability, not just with the ability to add your own music, but with the different characters that require different playing styles. The game is a few years old, but manages to never get old. If you haven't picked up Crypt of the Necrodancer yet and given it a try, then every time is a good time to do so, but especially now during the GOG.com sale.

Crypt of the Necrodancer - sale price $4.49 - normally $14.99

Grim Fandango Remastered

Halloween isn't the only holiday happening this time of year. Those who love and celebrate the Day of the Dead will also love Grim Fandango Remastered. Everybody's a skeleton, you're in the Land of the Dead, and the dialogue is top notch. This horror isn't in the jump scares or enemies, but the level of corruption Manny Calavera has been dealing with in the Department of Death! Grim Fandango Remastered is an excellent game to pick up if you rather laugh out loud than scream this Day of the Dead.

Grim Fandango Remastered - sale price $3.79 - normally $14.99

Hand of Fate

Hand of Fate does a great job of combining many gaming elements together. It's part card game, part board game, part RPG. The player is in control during combat but still subject to the RNG of the cards. Overall, the game has a fantastic concept and is a grind, albeit a rewarding one, for achievement hunters. If you haven't yet tried Hand of Fate, then now is a great time to do it. The sequel, Hand of Fate 2, is coming out Nov. 7.

Hand of Fate - sale price $6.29 - normally $24.99

Don't Starve

Don't Starve isn't an easy game, and with each DLC release, it doesn't get any easier. The base game alone presents a ton of challenge, and most players will spend hours in trial and error figuring out how to not only survive, but thrive in a world where nearly everything is designed to kill you. The horror in Don't Starve isn't the creepy wilderness or the arrival of Deerclops, but the oversight of forgetting your thermal stone during your winter venture.

Don't Starve - sale price $3.79 - normally $14.99

Outlast

Sure, Outlast II came out earlier this year and it may be tempting to play the newest game. But, don't skip over the original Outlast, where the object of the game is in the title. There's no fighting; just a lot of running and hiding while trying to record as much as possible. Not everyone is an enemy either, so there's the suspense and tension in who to watch out for and where you need to go. Outlast is a must-play title for any fan of the horror genre.

Outlast - sale price $2.99 - normally $19.99

Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami is fast-paced and action packed. If you want your heart to race because all you're doing is moving, reacting and paying attention to every detail, then Hotline Miami is the game for you. The main character goes on murderous rampages and all the enemies can kill you in one hit. You can sneak by, but that's not going to work every time. The scare here is the blurred lines in who's controlling the main character's actions. Are you really in control, or are you just doing what the answering machine tells you to do?

Hotline Miami - sale price $1.99 - normally $9.99

Layers of Fear

Layers of Fear isn't about action. It's not about resolving one scary scenario only to move on to the next scary scenario. It's drawn out. It's meant to feel like you can settle while, in reality, there's no room to get comfortable. Layers of Fear is meant to be about endurance. It's an excellently detailed game, designed to force the player to explore the complexities of fear much in the same way the paintings in the game can be much more than they appear.

Layers of Fear - sale price $4.99 - normally $19.99

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Are you planning on taking advantage of the Halloween sale? What games did you buy, or are you wanting to buy? Let us know in the comments!

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15 of the Best Minecraft Halloween Costume Skins https://www.gameskinny.com/jfblh/15-of-the-best-minecraft-halloween-costume-skins https://www.gameskinny.com/jfblh/15-of-the-best-minecraft-halloween-costume-skins Mon, 30 Oct 2017 15:45:49 -0400 Robert Kazmierczak

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What did you think of our top spooky Minecraft skin picks? Sadly, there were some spooky skins I either couldn't find at all, or couldn't find a high enough quality version to list.

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If you've managed to find any great skins for Halloween mascot Sam from Trick 'r Treat or any of the Killer Klowns From Outer Space crew, drop us some links in the comment section!

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When you're down downloading these skins, be sure to also check out our other Minecraft lists here:

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Chucky

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We'll wrap up this look at creepy Minecraft skins with a dressed up Good Guy recreation of everybody's favorite killer doll (no, not you Annabelle). Whether you prefer the voodoo Brad Dourif version or are on board with the new Alexa-gone-bad Mark Hamill rendition, this skin still has you covered. 

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Cthulhu

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Mythos creatures and storylines sadly don't get as much attention in video games as they could, but there has been a resurgence of Lovecraftian madness lately with the dueling Call Of Cthulhu and The Sinking City hitting PC and consoles.

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If you like your Lovecraft creatures more on the classic side, this is the iconic Cthulhu himself to throw into your Minecraft game, complete with tentacles, wings, and seaweed!

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Bonnie

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Aren't we like, long overdue for a new Five Nights and Freddy's at this point? If you've got a craving for mechanical animal mayhem (and don't have a VR headset to relive the series through the Help Wanted collection) then a Bonnie skin is the next best way to go.

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And yes, of course, Chica, Freddy Fazbear, Foxy, and the rest have all got skin versions as well readily available, so spend some time searching around if you've got a favorite, or just add them all to your Minecraft seed!

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Michael Myers

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Its kind of hard to believe that "the Shape" has been part of the horror movie lexicon for more than 40 years now! While there's much fewer versions of Michael Myers to play around with than Jason Voorhees, there's still room to put some personality in a skin like this by changing up the mask and hair design, and this one nails the Halloween aesthetic.

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Pinhead

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While there sadly have been more awful Hellraiser films in the franchise than legitimately good ones at this point, I've got to admit to being a major Pinhead fan, and I wouldn't make a skins list without the prince of pain.

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Of course plenty of the other cenobites have gotten their own Minecraft skins, whether you want Butterball, the Chatterer, or something else. I'm particularly fond of the Angelique skin here.

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Jason Voorhees

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You know you want to download the skin and go terrorize villagers who are hanging out around a lake when they are supposed to be watching kids!

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There are lot of different eras of the character to play around with on the skisn front, from the disfigured bag head of the first two movies to the iconic hockey mask that would show up later, and of course the metallic nano-powered thing from that ludicrous space adventure Jason X.

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If you're looking for more than just a Minecraft tie-in, don't forget the full asymmetric horror game Friday The 13th is still around!

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While its future looked grim for awhile there as legal battles saw the rights to the series ping ponging between different companies, the servers are still live and the game is free for Xbox Games With Gold subscribers until October 31st.

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Leatherface

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On the exact opposite end of the Slenderman skin, its obvious an absurd amount of work went into making this one look a bit more "realistic," as Leatherface doesn't use the same old square head design as normal, with actual bits of hair and blood floating out there.

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If you're going to use this skin, you'd also better make darn sure to go craft a chainsaw!

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Slenderman

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While a lot of these skins feature painstaking detail recreated with shading by varying up block color and placement, sometimes less is more.

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This particular skin shows how simplistic design can evoke a specific eerie feeling -- you'd never look at that image above and think "he's just a dude in a suit." You know its Slenderman, and you know something unpleasant is going to happen if you spot him.

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Pennywise

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You had to know this one was coming, right? The updated Skarsgard version of the world eating clown is ripe for pixelized form, and that single red ball with the fiery hair are instantly recognizable.

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Of course if you're more old school, there are plenty of '90s Tim Curry versions floating around, but most of them just look like standard clowns and don't really have a particularly creepy vibe at all.

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The Babadook

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Move over The Grudge, because The Babadook has now replaced you in the "spooky throat sound" department. I'll never forget that terrifying first time I heard babaaaaaaaaaa.... DOOK DOOK DOOK!

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Aside from giving us that glorious "Why can't you just be normal?!?!?" meme, this unique 2014 flick has also spawned a whole series of stellar Minecraft skins. This is easily one of the best, nailing the hat design and giving off that smudged charcoal feel.

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Freddy Krueger

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I'll admit, the melted face and claws have to be hard to get right when working with such a limited medium like the blocky pixels of Minecraft. This version of the Freddy skin does it better than most, giving the impression of a burned Robert Englund or Jackie Earle Haley getting ready to slaughter some teens for the sins of their parents.

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Devil Girl

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This one's more of a unique spooky creature than a direct representation of any character (unless I'm missing something and this is from an anime -- in which case feel free to mock me endlessly in the comments).

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From the half-devil face to the lacy red stockings, this is some killer Minecraft skin design that goes above and beyond what you'll typically see browsing the Halloween section of any given download site.

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Samara

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Just looking at this thing makes me concerned she's going to pop out of my TV even in blocky Minecraft form! Poor drowned girl Samara makes for a killer Minecraft skin, and frankly it seems like more work went into this reproduction into any of the latest entries in the series like Rings or the ultra ludicrous The Ring Vs. The Grudge (yes, it's a real thing). 

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Headless Horseman

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Poor Ichabod Crane and his encounter with the headless horseman is classic Halloween spookiness that has led to a huge number of pumpkin-faced creatures over the years.

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This one's more of a direct, modern take, and the shading on the sides makes the pumpkin actually manage to look rounded and full rather than square and hollow.

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Sully

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We'll start with something fun for the little ones before getting into the more R rated creature features, although to be honest, I still maintain that Monsters Inc. is absolutely a horror movie and not a comedy. I mean come on guys, its about a city of monsters powered by the screams of human children!

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That whole argument aside, this take on James P. Sullivan is adorable, but his smile is just creepy enough to make it worthwhile as a Halloween Minecraft skin.

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Pumpkins are carved, animatronic jumping clowns are in the front yard, and the fog machines are prepped... but there's still something missing before it can properly be called Halloween season.

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For the gaming community, its time to start installing those horror DLCs and throw your favorite spooky skins into Minecraft! From classic horror movie icons like Freddy and Jason to esoteric cosmic horror entities, we've rounded up the 15 best skins to use this Halloween season. 

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Want to inject even more of the October spirit into Minecraft? We also recently put together the top 8 scary seeds and horror maps for those who need more blood-soaked adventures with skeleton and zombie spawners!

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10 Most Terrifying Horror Game Levels to Revisit for Halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/uqz5s/10-most-terrifying-horror-game-levels-to-revisit-for-halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/uqz5s/10-most-terrifying-horror-game-levels-to-revisit-for-halloween Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:59:03 -0400 Louis Bulaong

Tomorrow is Halloween and for many it is a time to immerse oneself in horror stories to get their goosebumps raising, nerves twitching, and mouths screaming in fear. The market offers tons of horror video games for the occasion, but inside every horror game lies that one most terrifying level that gives players a pants-wetting scare that is worthy of its genre.

These are the ten video game levels taken from every horror game subgenre, from bone-chilling survival horror to gut-wrenching action horror, that should terrify players and keep them awake for the rest of the night this holiday.

10. Condemned: Criminal Origins (The Mall)

Inspired by psychological detective thrillers like Silence of the Lambs and Se7en, Condemned: Criminal Origins is a game filled with mysteries unfolding and mind tricks being played. Players control an investigator named Ethan Thomas, a man desperately fighting off monsters from the real world and from his own psyche. One particular level that scared both Thomas and the players takes place in a seemingly normal department store filled with immobile and faceless mannequins.

As Thomas walks through the mall, the human-shaped plastics can be seen slightly moving or twitching at every glance. It turns out that many of these mannequins were actual human beings, with some being fully alive and hungry for blood. Some of them had blank faces while others were stitched up plastic and dismembered flesh. To make matters worse, a serial killer known as the Match Maker is also hiding in the store.

If you think that Slender Man was creepy, then you haven’t seen the mannequins from Bart’s Department Store yet.

9. Manhunt (Piggsy Boss Battle)

Rockstar is known for its hardcore video games like Grand Theft Auto and Bully, but nothing was more controversial than their 2003 game Manhunt. Often dubbed as a real “murder simulator” by the press, this was probably one instance where people finally said that Rockstar had gone too far. Manhunt stars a convict named James Earl Cash who escaped death row but is now forced to kill people by a snuff film director. Killing idiotic enemies in various ways can be fun in a weird way, but when said enemies are then replaced by a terrifying serial killer, that is where the tension and difficulty begin.

One of the antagonists is a large, naked, chainsaw-wielding maniac wearing a decomposing pig’s head named Piggsy. His strength and durability makes it difficult to fight him up close, so the only way to fight Piggsy is by stealth. But Piggsy can also be sneaky, so players have to be wary as you stalk each other through the dark, creaky hallways--taking bits off of each other at every turn.

Every second of this level is nerve-racking, especially the times where Piggsy chases you down the room squealing with his chainsaw.

8. Outlast (Administration Block)

Outlast is currently one of the most popular horror games today with its simple story of a rather wimpy journalist trapped inside a mental asylum filled with deranged and murderous psychopaths. It had everything fans of survival horror genre love like the eerie atmosphere, the variations of creepy enemies, classic jump scares and tense moments, and also the inability to defend oneself so you are forced to run and hide.

One of its scariest levels is also its first. The first chapter introduces the protagonist and his objectives for coming into the asylum, only for that asylum to be taken over by the mentally-ill patients who started butchering every staff before going for the player himself. The level introduces players to the hellhole that they will be forced to survive for the whole game, as well as meeting crazy enemies like the large bulky Chris Walker and the mysterious Wallrider.

If this was only the beginning of the game, then expect more terrors as you play through the rest. Just don’t forget to pack an extra battery.

7. Dead Space 2 (Titan Elementary School)

Dead Space 2  came out during the time when survival horror titles like Resident Evil, Alone in the Dark and Silent Hill were slowly turning into action horror games. Thankfully Dead Space, while similar to these games, did have some genuinely frightening moments with its religion-themed lore, that isolated feeling of being trapped in space, and those grotesque gory-looking necromorphs.

The game stars not an action horror hero, but an ordinary yet traumatized engineer named Isaac Clarke, who is forced to survive inside a space station filled with zombified mutated people. However, the level that truly put the series in the horror genre map was, of all places, a Daycare Center. The level cranked up the horror by having Clarke fight mutated babies and children. Ripe with scares, the level shows infants turned into slug-like bombs and little children morphed with sharp claws and evil shrieks.

Kids can be terrifying enough for other people, but the children here are a whole new level of disturbing.

6. Clock Tower 2 (Jennifer Chapter)

This list wouldn’t be complete without the grandfather of all survival horror games, the Clock Tower series. The games were legendary for being the first to use gameplay elements that you now see in today’s survival horror games (minus the shooting). While all the games in the series are scary on their own terms, the most terrifying was Clock Tower 2 (released in North America simply as Clock Tower) in 1996.

The first chapter starts off with the protagonist, Jennifer, trying to recoup after surviving the Scissorman--a serial killer who kills his victims using a large scissor in the first game. Just as she was starting to get her life back, the Scissorman reappears one night and chases her throughout most of the game with scores of people being murdered along the way.

The game would certainly make you feel nostalgic of old slasher films. If you think that Jason Voorhees’s machete, Freddy Kruger’s gloves or Leatherface’s chainsaw aren’t scary enough, then you should go and meet the Scissorman.

5. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly (Tachibana House Chapter 7)

While most horror games have you fight monsters, zombies and serial killers as a tough male action hero, Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly is special from the others for two reasons.

First of all, the game has you fight against ghosts (not the Ghostbusters type, but the sinister ones like in the films The Grudge and Ring). Second, the game has you play as a young Japanese schoolgirl named Mio Amakura. She doesn’t have any guns or blades to defend herself with, but she carries a Camera Obscura--an item that allows her to see ghosts and lay their souls to rest by taking pictures of them. This may sound unorthodox, but this offered a more nerve-racking experience as you try to take that perfect picture without losing your cool as the spirits come at you.

But in the 7th Chapter, Mio is chased down by a ghost named Sae and unfortunately drops her camera. What made this chapter more frightening is the vulnerability of being defenseless, the insanity that some of the characters showed, and other chilling moments that makes surviving this game even more satisfying.

Gameplay and moments like these are why critics named this game the scariest video game of all time.

4. Resident Evil 7 (Main House)

After years of releasing action horror games, the Resident Evil franchise finally went back to its roots in 2017 with Resident Evil 7. Having a shift of gameplay wasn’t easy, but thankfully the game delivered what horror fans really wanted from a true Resident Evil game.

The protagonist of the game is Ethan Winters, a normal average man unlike previous characters like Leon Kennedy and Chris Redfield. The game’s introduction already puts the scare factor into you as you watch your friends get butchered and you get trapped inside a cabin owned by a deranged superpowered family. Escaping from the beautiful but scarily-designed main house is made difficult with the invincible Jack Baker happily pursuing Winters all throughout it. Hiding in walls will be useless since he can just bash his way through like the Terminator. He’ll be taunting you and screaming at you, and all you can do is run.

3. Amnesia: Dark Descent (Cellar Archives)

The Amnesia series is the quintessential example of modern survival horror games and for good reason. The game’s tight and tense levels, filled with unique inhuman enemies and the feeling of defenseless, was well loved by gamers during its release. Amnesia became an instant sleeper hit that would later inspire Outlast, Slender Man and virtually every survival horror games you see today.

The gameplay consists of an unarmed character who had to run away from ghoulish monsters inside an abandoned castle. Simple right? Until you get to the water-filled cellar level where you are pitted against creatures you can’t even see. The cellar archives is filled with these invisible monsters called Kaernks, and the only way to detect them is by listening to the splashes they make in the water. Being blind, the Kaernks also find you by the sound you make in the water, so there’s a need to be both smart and stealthy in order to survive this level.

2. Siren: Blood Curse (Episode 3)

The Siren series is one of the most underrated horror games out there. While constantly being praised as one of the scariest of all time, the franchise never got the fame and popularity that its contemporaries have achieved. And yet its recent titles have proven to be even scarier than what big budget horror game series are producing today.

Siren: Blood Curse introduces a cast of unique characters as they are forced to survive a whole town filled with blood-covered murderous humans called Shibitos. If you thought playing as a young school girl in Fatal Frame II was heart-pounding, in this level you get to control a 10 year old girl named Bella Monroe. Playing as a small and defenseless little girl helplessly trying to hide away from monsters makes you feel sympathy and emotions unmatched by other games on this list. It also makes you feel proud as she bravely faces horror and death even though she is alone and separated from her parents.

This is one of those instances in games where you truly care about a character's survival, especially when that character is just a kid who wants to be with her dad again.

1. Silent Hills PT

For over a decade, the Silent Hill series has scared a generation of gamers with its colorful list of titles that offered both supernatural and psychological scares (and in some endings, even aliens!). Ironically, the franchise’s most terrifying title was a game that never got released. The Silent Hills Playable Teaser was supposed to be the first look at the creation of the dream team of Hideo Kojima, Guillermo del Toro, Junji Ito and Norman Reedus, but sadly the game never got to see the light of day. Fortunately for horror fans, this demo was already enough by itself.

Players take control of a man trapped in a claustrophobic hallway of a suburban house that is stuck in a loop. Entering the door only leads back to the entrance of where he came from. As he continuously enters the door again and again, the hallway becomes bloodier and more horrifying, radio starts to play tragic news, and a disgusting abomination appears in the bathroom.

If this game got released it would have become an instant classic, but the playable demo still did a terrific job in giving horror fans the scare that they wanted. Even far better than full-price horror titles today.

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These are only a few of the scariest levels in video games that horror fans can enjoy this Halloween. Each level is rendered beautifully and passionately to create that scary atmosphere that will immerse players right into the nightmare themselves. Now you are not only reading or watching the horrors unfold, you are fighting to survive in it yourself.

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New DLC Wicked Ward for The Escapists 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/h9lar/new-dlc-wicked-ward-for-the-escapists-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/h9lar/new-dlc-wicked-ward-for-the-escapists-2 Sat, 28 Oct 2017 23:41:44 -0400 Lauren Harris

Independent game company Team17 has released the first DLC for their game The Escapists 2.

The Wicked Ward DLC takes place in an abandoned hospital where the mad scientist and his huge clan of undead guard the halls. You’ll have to fight, craft, and scheme your way out of the spooky, rainy woods of evil undead creatures.

Wicked Ward DLC was released just in time for Halloween and it prepares players for:

  • A new horror themed map
  • New Halloween customization themes
  • All new items and recipes to craft

The DLC content is available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. You can also purchase it as part of the Season Pass on SteamXbox Games Store, and PlayStation Store. Player's must have The Escapists 2 to play Wicked Ward DLC.

You can find more information about Escapists 2 DLC Wicked Ward on Twitter @Team17Ltd and you can also follow them for more information on new content when it becomes available.

 Will you be playing this spooky adventure? Let us know in the comments!

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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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GOG Halloween Sale Contains More Than 200 Deals https://www.gameskinny.com/9wb0f/gog-halloween-sale-contains-more-than-200-deals https://www.gameskinny.com/9wb0f/gog-halloween-sale-contains-more-than-200-deals Thu, 26 Oct 2017 09:54:04 -0400 spacechaser

Halloween is almost here, and to celebrate this spooky season, Good Old Games is putting on a monster mash of a party. Starting today, you can find more than 200 games on sale -- some up to 90% off -- in GOG's marketplace. On offer are plenty of bundles and stand-alone games, and many are more recent titles as GOG continues to diversify its historically old-school games library. 

A few of the games currently on sale include:

  • Hotline Miami (-80%) 
  • Darkest Dungeon (-60%)
  • Quake and DOOM bundle (-66%) 
  • Call of Cthulhu: Prisoner of Ice & Shadow of the Comet (-75%)
  • Outlast 2 (-40%)
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent (-75%)
  • Sunless Sea (-67%)
  • Oxenfree (-75%)
  • Layers of Fear (-60%)
  • SOMA (-75%)

In a press release about the Halloween Sale, GOG also revealed various Halloween-themed bundles, which give you "better discounts when you grab all the games in a bundle" without having you re-buy any you may already own. On top of all of that, spending $15 or more will get you a free copy of Tales from the Borderlands, straight to your email. 

If you're a GOG Connect user, you can also connect your Steam library with GOG.com. And during this sale, GOG Connect users can add nearly 30 games to their account, including Amnesia, Layers of Fear, and Sunless Sea.

The sale ends November 2 at 6 p.m. EST, so don't waste time. Pop on over and pick up some spooky games to enjoy over the upcoming Halloween weekend!

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Best 6 Indie Games to Play this Halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/5esg3/best-6-indie-games-to-play-this-halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/5esg3/best-6-indie-games-to-play-this-halloween Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:28:36 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

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While Scanner Sombre is technically an exploration driven game with story and puzzle elements, not completely unlike several of the other entries on this list, it truly tests your ability to rationalize your location in a 3D environment. This is thanks to the main mechanic: you play in a completely pitch black environment with only your lidar gun to light the way with a spectrum of rainbow colored dots. (You should really watch the trailer if you want to get how this works.)

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This can, especially at first, be somewhat disorienting, but as your mind adjusts it allows you to better concentrate on your journey. Along the way, a tale of miners and ancient rituals is also unveiled, but shhh! I've already said too much.

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Scanner Sombre is available on Steam for $9.99. It is also compatible with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

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And there we have it, with Scanner Sombre I present the last of the 6 unique indie titles. Some test your brains, some test your reflex skills. Some educate, some nauseate. There's something here for every type of gamer, of course, that is assuming you don't mind haunting experiences with graphic imagery.

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Year Walk is another atmospheric puzzle game. However, its concentration on Swedish legends as well as the Swedish vision quest known as a year walk is what sets this game apart from the pack.

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With a combination of cryptic puzzles and creative solutions, which require you to use all sorts of various inputs and sensory info to solve puzzles, Year Walk remains thought-provoking throughout. The included encyclopedia that details many different Swedish myths and creatures also helps add a sense of life to this creepy game. 

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Year Walk is available on iOS for $3.99 along with a companion encyclopedia app. However, it was also re-released on Steam for both PC and Mac for $5.99. The increased price tag does include revamped visuals, a map, new locations and associated puzzles, and a hint system all of which help make this the definitive edition. The map does help cut down on backtracking to a degree, which is definitely appreciable, but either version is worth your time. 

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Fran Bow is perhaps the most infamous title on this list thanks to it winning a couple of Indie Game of the Year awards back in 2015 and its subsequent feature on Markiplier's channel, which netted around 30 million total views.

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Fran Bow is a traditional point and click adventure that tasks you with solving puzzles as you slowly unravel the story of a little girl who found her parents dismembered. One of the game's real strengths is the way that it ties its story and gameplay together. For instance, many of the puzzles are directly tied to the story and game world. Moreover, self-administering your own medicine opens up new outlets to explore the world, which is perhaps one of the darkest mechanics in recent memory. 

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There are actually several parallels between Lydia and Fran Bow. Both star young girls that are scarred by the horrifying events of their childhood and both explore those through psychological elements. However, Lydia is more strongly grounded in real life experiences, while Fran Bow draws from a Tim Burton-esque storytelling tradition.

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Fran Bow is available on Steam for $14.99. 

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Lydia is a game that is as hard to write about because of its brevity as its difficult subject matter. With a short runtime-- most people seem to have spent about 1-2 hours with the game-- and a small price tag-- $4.99-- there's not a ton to see or a lot to write about that doesn't immediately get into spoiler territory.

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That being said, Lydia is a story-driven adventure game that has you playing as a young girl dealing with the substance abuse of the adults in her life. In fact, it is based on the developer's own experiences with this subject matter, making it a particularly heart-wrenching journey. The game uses a lot of metaphorical imagery of distant places and "boogeymen" to help express the difficulty of coping with these problems as a child. 

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Its creepy atmosphere alone earns Lydia a place on this list, but for me, it's the mundane horror found in the everyday ways that humans and completely destroy themselves and their families that really makes this title so gut-wrenching and ultimately effective at delivering its mix of message and horror.

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Lydia is available on Steam for $4.99.  

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Space Beast Terror Fright, or SBTF, sounds like the devs randomly threw a bunch of words at the wall and used what stuck to name their game.

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With that out of the way, SBTF is perhaps the most action-oriented title on this whole list. Being a rogue-like, arcade style FPS with permadeath, that boasts its difficulty it is easy to say that this is not for the faint of heart. However, SBTF's love affair with the dimly lit hallways of a destroyed space station, a la Aliens or Dead Space, is what really earns it a place on this list. In fact, one of the only pieces of equipment you have from the onset is a motion tracker seemingly ripped out of the Aliens mythos.

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It is worth noting that SBTF is still in Early Access. Moreover, it offers multiplayer support for co-op play and there are some that swear that this is the intended way to play the game. With that being said, SBTF is available on Steam for $14.99. It's only available for PC. 

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"LOSE YOUR MIND. EAT YOUR CREW. DIE."

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This is Sunless Sea's tagline and it really sets the tone for the entire game. In Sunless Sea, you command a ship as you explore a vast sea searching for loot and anything else your heart could desire from the open waters while also fighting everything from sentient icebergs to sharks the size of your vessel.

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As you play through the game, find new locations, and acquire new missions, text blurbs will pop up on the screen as excerpts from a ship log detailing your adventures, as haunting as they may be. 

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2nd October, 1889 "Starvation walked the ship. We were merciful: our knives were sharp.  

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Sunless Sea is available on Steam for $18.99. 

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Every year October rolls around, and every year there's a new surge of horror movies, haunted houses, and "creepy" decorations. And while all of these are staples of an industry, they are far from the only way to fulfill that odd, almost contradictory urge to be scared, because the video game industry has its own subculture of horrific games.

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But, much like the large blockbuster horror titles that hit the silver screen every year, we all know about the Dead Space's, Five Nights at Freddy's, Amnesia's, and Resident Evil's of the game industry. That's why I'm bringing you 6 indie titles that might usually fall under the radar. Some are atmospheric, some are action-packed, but they all have their own unique spark that makes them worth checking out. 

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Header obtained from Nick Kenrick via Flickr. 

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The Top 10 Minecraft Seeds for Halloween 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/qxj01/the-top-10-minecraft-seeds-for-halloween-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/qxj01/the-top-10-minecraft-seeds-for-halloween-2017 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:39:15 -0400 Josh Broadwell

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Seed: AKAIRO
Biomes: Plains, Nether
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The Nether is the creepiest place in Minecraft--essentially it's the game's version of hell. This seed initially takes you to a peaceful plain setting with a very short walk to a village. The village itself is standard fare, but in it, you'll find a portal to the Nether.

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There are the usual things to be found there, but the user also created a Nether Fortress to tackle, with the accompanying chance of finding Zombie Pigmen and Skeletons, among others, that you'd expect from a Nether Fortress. If you're in the mood for a helluva good time this Halloween (sorry), this is a great way to do it.

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Like you'd expect from Minecraft, thee possibilities for creating your ideal Halloween scenario are almost endless, whether you like survival or zombies, dungeons or temples.

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Let us know in the comments which seed you'll be trying out or if you've got a Halloween seed to share yourself!

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Seed: soxo
Seed Number: 3536467
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Witches are always associated with Halloween, so this next seed is a logical fit. Enter the seed code or number, and you'll spawn near a witch hut in a swampy biome, on the edge of a plain, and with a taiga biome in the distance.

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This isn't an empty hut either. The witch is in, and she's waiting for you, so you'll want to be combat-ready. The landscape itself is rather eerie, but the hut also serves as a nice way to get some witch farming started, if you want to reap the resource benefits of it, with drops including things like gunpower and redstone dust.

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Seed: VEESEE
Seed Number: -1766999811
Biomes: Ice Spike
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If survival is your game, you can't go wrong with this frigid environment. It features ice spikes as far as the eye can see, along with the sea itself in a vast, empty, and hostile world. It's just waiting for you to either shape it to your will--or die trying.

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The snowy monotony of the landscape and the lack of other biomes go far in giving this world a slightly menacing atmosphere that goes along very well with survival mode and, of course, Halloween. If that doesn't help you get into the spooky spirit, the fact that you have to find some kind of protection against the cold if you want to stay alive should.

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Seed Number: -971895743385895933
Biomes: Roofed Forest, Extreme Hills +
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Spooky mansions in the middle of nowhere are made for Halloween, and this one has some added bonuses around it, too. The mansion itself is quite large—just right for decking it out with Halloween-themed items like candles—and is situated in the middle of the roofed forest area.

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In the distance, you can see the snow covered extreme hills that offer their own survival adventure, but it's the river you'll want to explore further. There's a cave down there, complete with spiders and loot to be won.

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Coordinates

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  • Mansion: 565, 510
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Seed: 1364287100241175484
Biomes: Roofed Forest, Ocean
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There's a lot to this seed. In the midst of a roofed forest, you'll find a huge mansion, then there's a village—regular, not zombie—an ocean monument, and even a cave system. Here are the coordinates for the major features.

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The mansion has its fair share of loot, and the monument gives you sponges. The village is a pretty sizeable one as well, with plenty of farmers, clerics, and a blacksmith. Some players use this for the mercenary challenge as well, since it has everything you need to complete it as you embark on your own, unique survival quest.

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Seed: lowbo
Seed Number: 103164577
Biomes: Savannah, Desert
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This seed combines the best of fright, exploration, and combat. It has you spawning in a savannah biome, perched on the edge of a desert, and you'll see a desert temple and a village in the distance. The temple has the usual traps and such, but it also contains some nice treats: 4 Golden Apples.

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If you're in the mood for more of a trick, though, head on over to the NPC village. It's been overtaken by zombies, so you'll need your wits about you. It's an excellent, tense blend of isolated exploration and frantic danger.

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Seed: battlecrash
Seed Number: -745683473
Biomes: Dark Oak Forest, Ocean
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This seed generates a vast and varied world to explore, and it's perfect for a survival game. There's a large NPC village that can serve as your home base, with its own bit of creepiness: the Nitwit. Nitwits are one of the latest mobs and have no occupation—other than following you around.

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However, it's the world itself that will provide a definite atmosphere for your Halloween gaming. There is an ocean biome near to the village and many inland areas to explore, too. If you find being all alone and far away from home in a huge world frightening or intimidating, this is the seed for you. 

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Seed: lost
Seed Number: 3327780
Biomes: Ocean, Hills, Mushroom Island

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It's a mushroom island! Except that it isn't. This particular mushroom island is connected to several other biomes, making it more of a mushroom peninsula. This one lends itself well to survival mode also, but the environments are simply fun to explore by themselves.

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You'll find plenty of things to keep you busy, and the mushrooms themselves lend a quirky, Alice in Wonderland type feel to the entire world. There are plenty of mooshrooms for your enjoyment too. For some, it's a bunch of cute cows in costume; for others, it's a menacing herd of monsters staring at you…always watching…

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Seed: 21831732023659870
Biomes: Jungle Hills
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If you've ever wanted to be Indiana Jones—or something similar—this is the seed for you. The three jungle temples are its main feature, nestled in the thick, deep undergrowth, just waiting to be explored. Like all temples, you'll need to be aware of your surroundings in order to survive the traps.

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There is quite a bit of loot to be found, including horse armor, gold, and an enchanted book. However, the real attraction here is the sense of danger and tension inherent in this kind of isolation, plus the sheer thrill of exploration.

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Temple Coordinates

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Seed: OPTICK
Seed Number: -1956807938
Biomes: Savannah, Desert
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This seed has you spawn right in the middle of a savannah village on the edge of a desert. But as you probably guessed from the picture, this village isn't your ordinary little NPC hamlet: it's full of zombies, a Minecraft version of Resident Evil 4's opening sequences.

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When you spawn, you might find that the zombies are inside, but they tend to wander, just like in a regular zombie village. As soon as they are outside, though, they burst into flame. It's the perfect place for some combat training, plus there's just something about an abandoned town full of flaming zombies that really puts one in the Halloween spirit.

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With Halloween just around the corner, you might be wondering how best to celebrate in that quintessential sandbox game, Minecraft. Sure, there are the various Minecraft events (which we've got here), but what if you want to create your very own Halloween paradise? Well, we've put together this list of Minecraft seeds for version 1.12 to help you get started doing just that.

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Whether you want a haunted forest outside your mansion, or think the NPC village nearby would look much better surrounded by graveyards, there's a seed for that. However, the seeds we've chosen also work well for different types of Halloween gaming by themselves, from tense survival mode to atmospheric exploration, and, of course, zombie villages.

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Image via Minecraftseedlist

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Pokemon Go Halloween 2017 Event: What to Look For https://www.gameskinny.com/o8do1/pokemon-go-halloween-2017-event-what-to-look-for https://www.gameskinny.com/o8do1/pokemon-go-halloween-2017-event-what-to-look-for Sat, 21 Oct 2017 10:52:03 -0400 Allison M Reilly

If you're still playing Pokemon Go, then you may have already noticed the arrival of a few new Pokemon from Gen 3: Sableye, Shuppet, Banette, Duskull and Dusclops. If you stopped playing  since the release of Gen 2 or the legendary Pokemon, then now's a good time to jump back in as the Halloween 2017 event started Friday.

Halloween 2017 Perks

This year's Halloween event last from 12 p.m. PST on Oct. 20 to Nov. 2, 1 p.m. PST. Besides the new Pokemon, the event features some perks that were part of previous events, such as double candy and double stardust.

The Super Incubators are also back, but they aren't free. They're only available as part of the Great Box and the Ultra Box, which cost 780 coins and 1480 coins respectively. Raid passes also come in the boxes too.

More Ghost Pokemon

Like last year's Halloween event, there will be oodles and oodles of your favorite spooky Pokemon lurking about, including Gastly, Cubone, Meowth, and Drowzee. Some Gen 2 Pokemon will be appearing more often as well, such as Houndour, Houndoom and Misdreavus. To set the mood just right, Pokemon Go has new background music: a remix of the Lavender Town theme.

New Hats

 

If the new Gen 3 Pokemon don't interest you, then perhaps you'll be excited to know player avatars can don a new Mimikyu hat. All you have to do to get the hat is log into the game. Pikachu is getting a new hat as well. During the event, Pikachu will be sporting an adorable witch's hat. I know I'm only playing Pokemon Go again to get the new Pikachu.

What do you think of the Halloween event so far? If you haven't played Pokemon Go for a while, then will this event be enough to bring you back, even for a little bit? Let us know in the comments!

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4 Scary Games to Play for Halloween that You May Have Overlooked https://www.gameskinny.com/q5zl3/4-scary-games-to-play-for-halloween-that-you-may-have-overlooked https://www.gameskinny.com/q5zl3/4-scary-games-to-play-for-halloween-that-you-may-have-overlooked Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:32:15 -0400 Allison M Reilly

It's October and Halloween is coming up, so it's that obligatory time of year where you play at least one scary game. There are the popular franchises that guarantee a fright likeThe Evil Within, Outlast, and Five Nights at Freddy's. They're fine games, but they aren't the only scary video games out there. Here are four scary games you ought to play for Halloween that you might have overlooked.

The Park

The Park is a psychological horror game from Funcom that came out in 2015. You play as Lorraine, a single mother who searches for her son, Callum, in an abandoned creepy theme park. The game explores Lorraine’s story and emotions in soliloquies as the player progresses through the amusement park as well as the amusement park's dark history.

It’s clear Lorraine suffers from anxiety and depression, and a big part of the psychological aspect of this game is deciphering what’s real and what’s a figment of Lorraine’s imagination. The Park is also a short game, only about two hours long, which is perfect since the game is less about jump scares and more about getting in your head.

You can purchase The Park on Steam for $12.99

Detention

Detention is not a role-playing game, but it's hard not to role play when you have to walk past the "lingered" and you hold your breath with the character. You play the game primarily as Ray in a deserted school in 1960s Taiwan. As you solve puzzles throughout the game, you learn Ray's story and the school's history.

Detention is a fascinating departure from some horror game tropes. Fighting and running away aren't major game mechanics, and there isn't a clear cut enemy trying to get you. Detention is more eerie than scary because you're wrestling with the consequences of a bad situation versus merely reacting to it. Much like The Park, Detention leaves you with something at the end of the game versus just providing an experience.

Detention is available on Steam for $11.99.

Bendy and the Ink Machine

In Bendy and the Ink Machine, you play as Henry, who is invited by his old friend Joey Drew back to the animation studio they worked at years ago. Joey invited Henry over to the long-abandoned studio to check out an ink machine, and that's where the game starts.

I've only played through chapter 1, and what I really like about Bendy and the Ink Machine is the quirkiness. The main character is in an abandoned cartoon studio and looks like an old 1940s cartoon itself. There's ink everywhere, the antagonist is obsessed with ink, the ink is kinda...sorta...not really blood. It's weird but I like it.

This game is a good choice if you want one that's a little more "chill" but still gets you into the spooky, Halloween mood. There are jump scares, but they don't interfere with your ability to complete the puzzles.

The first chapter of Bendy and the Ink Machine is free to play on Steam
There are five chapters total: chapters 2 and 3 cost $5.99 each while chapters 4 and 5 have not yet been released. 

Clock Tower

Yes, Clock Tower came out in 1995 for the PS1, so you either need the disc or an emulator to play this one. But, if you want to go retro for your Halloween gaming, then Clock Tower is an excellent choice that's not Resident Evil.

Clock Tower is a point-and-click game where you're constantly running around in a panic. Scissorman is chasing you, he's managed to kill everyone else in the building, he's blocked all the exits and cut off all the phone lines. You can't kill Scissorman, at least not yet, although doing so will solve everything. So, what are you going to do?

If you want a game where you're just about screaming the whole time, and fearful of giant gardening shears the rest of your life, then Clock Tower is the game to play. Clock Tower can be found on emulator or purchased online or at a retro video games store near you.

This list is by no means an exhaustive list. What lesser known horror game do you really enjoy? Let us know in the comments!

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14 Non-Horror Games to Play for Halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/kdgrd/14-non-horror-games-to-play-for-halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/kdgrd/14-non-horror-games-to-play-for-halloween Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:59:56 -0400 Josh Broadwell

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Costume Quest 1 & 2

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It's difficult to find a set of games more perfectly suited for Halloween than Costume Quest and Costume Quest 2. The first centers around your team of characters trying to restore the stolen candy to their neighborhood and rescue a kidnapped sibling, while the sequel has you fighting a team of dental-hygiene fanatics intent on ruining Halloween for everyone.

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They are set up as RPGs, with sidequests and turn based battles. However, your gear is more than just what keeps you safe. Why is that? Because your costumes allow you to transform into what they represent, be it a knight, robot--you name it. The games look adorable as well, with a charming mix of spooky and quirky and environments that can't fail to put you in the Halloween spirit.

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Plus, until November 1st, both games are discounted on Steam: $0.99 for  Costume Quest, $5.24 for Costume Quest 2 or $4.99 for a bundle with both. Note too that the DLC for Costume Quest comes bundled with it.

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Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (or Complete)

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Disgaea is a perfect series for Halloween, and the latest entry is no exception. You play as a demon overlord of some kind or another in every entry and recruit a variety of different monsters to your team as you fight to fulfill morally dubious goals and secure your position as hellish ruler. It's got everything a strategy fan could ask for too: deep mechanics, micromanagement galore, challenging battles, and a plethora of character classes and skills to master.

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Then there are the Prinnies. They're fun and slightly cute, plus they explode. But they're also the reincarnated forms of murderers and the worst kinds of criminals. If that alone doesn't tell you, the series prides itself on juxtaposing seriousness with ludicrous humor, all in a very anime style. It's a refreshing twist in a genre usually prone to taking itself too seriously and is sure to provide you with a frightfully good time.

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From RPG to quirky platformer and puzzler, there's plenty to tick those spooky seasonal boxes and keep you occupied until -- and after -- Halloween. Let us know in the comments what you're playing for Halloween!

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Looking for more Halloween-themed content? Make sure to check our other Halloween articles on GameSkinny!

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Lumo

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Lumo is a charming little puzzler that has you take control of what looks quite like a Black Mage from Final Fantasy as you solve the brain-teasing puzzles in each of the game's many rooms. The game looks equal parts Fantasia and Chocobo's Dungeon, with a hint of Harry Potter, and it sees you traverse through a tremendous variety of locations in each of those rooms, from your basic storeroom setting to a hallway filled with lasers and a rotating tower with crumbling steps, among others.

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The puzzles are never overly difficult, so it's the perfect game to play with your children, if you have them, but it's certainly not too easy for adults to unwind with at the end of the day. Some of you might recognize it, too, as it's meant to be a revival of the classic British isometric puzzler genre, and it does a superb job of what it sets out to do.

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Kingdom Hearts 1 & 2

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Continuing on with the theme of costumes means the Kingdom Hearts games are next. Sora and co. change their gear with every world they enter, but there are two real main reasons for having these games on your Halloween list. The story becomes more convoluted as the games progress, naturally, but at the core of it all remain the themes of redemption, friendship, and, of course, the conflict between light and dark. It's a lighthearted take on the concept of battling the darkness within us all that carries with it a certain tone with it that perfectly suits the cold, dark autumn nights.

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More to the point, though, is the visit to Halloween Town! In both mainline games, you'll visit Jack Skellington and friends and battle the Heartless that manage to terrify even these monsters. The sequel puts you in Christmas Town—still in Halloween getups—excellently recreating the juxtaposition of happy and spooky that makes the film so enjoyable.

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Final Fantasy V

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It's Final Fantasy, but with dress-up! But seriously, Final Fantasy V stands out from its brethren for more than the adorable sprite costumes that accompany each change of class. It's a story that takes you across the world, only this time, the world is a lot more expansive, from dealing with mummies in a desert tomb to flying across the mountains on a dragon and everything in between. It's the plot and antagonist that really make this worth putting on your Halloween list, though.

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FFVI's Kefka is villainous in his own right, but Exdeath is the embodiment of evil, almost literally, considering the possibility that he was once the spirit of a forest, now turned corrupt. Along with his evil machinations, you've got a haunting (sorry) time-traveling, interdimensional tale of love, loss, and betrayal. That makes FFV much easier to recommend than that other costume-driven game, FFIII, since there is not much story in the latter. Plus, if you really want to scare yourself, you could play the mobile version of FFV.

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

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The latest mainline Fire Emblem offering, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia provides both an eerie atmosphere and intense gameplay. The land of Valentia is suffering at the hands of a manic priest devoted to a corrupt god. Soulless witches who have offered themselves up to Duma wreak havoc, but that's not all. Fans of later games, including Sacred Stones and Awakening, will see the roots of the undead adversaries in Echoes, in the form of Terrors, legions of the undead controlled by some unknown force and popping up everywhere.

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From a gameplay perspective, it provides a serious challenge, too, requiring you to carefully plan your every move and delivering its own form of tension in the process. It's definitely one of the darker entries in Fire Emblem, and it only gets darker as the game progresses, with the final climax *mild spoilers ahead!* taking place deep underground, involving possession, murder, and betrayal.

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Hollow Knight

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Hollow Knight looks like what you'd get if Tim Burton made video games. Based on the classic Metroidvania genre, Hollow Knight combines the best of 2D platformers with a distinct and attractive art style. Hollow Knight himself, sporting a stylish skull helmet, must traverse the dark, monster-ridden depths of his underworld home to find the secrets buried in it corrupt heart.

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The entire world exudes an eerie, almost otherworldly -- netherworldly? --atmosphere, drawing you in and keeping you wondering what might be beyond the next turn. Yet despite focusing on muted tones and various shades of darkness, the art manages to remain appealing throughout the difficult campaign. Even better is the new Grimm Troupe DLC dropping October 31, even more reason to dive back in or pick up the game for the first time!

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Dragon Quest VI

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"What the heck is a Dragon Quest game doing on a Halloween list?" you might be asking. Well, there's good reason Dragon Quest VI is. You see, long before Halloween became the blood-filled fright-fest it is now, it was one of two times of the year when people of almost every culture believed the veil between this world and the next was at its thinnest. That meant the spirits of the dead could cross, of course, but also all manner of other creatures, including fairies -- not the Tinkerbell kind; the steal your soul and curse your cattle kind -- and other nefarious creatures from beyond could walk in our world.

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Dragon Quest VI captures that theme perfectly. It alternates between an illusionary dream world and a real world, blurring the lines between both (and even making you a kind of ghost when you first visit the real world). The main antagonist draws his power from both worlds, breeding a host of monsters and causing nightmares in the dream world to create havoc in the real one.

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Luigi's Mansion

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The launch lineup for the little purple lunchbox that could might have suffered from its games being too short, but that doesn't mean they lacked innovation and quality. And Luigi's Mansion is one that stands out. It's the first game to feature Luigi in a prominent role and completely changes the style of gameplay one would expect from a Mario-type game.

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Over the course of one stormy night, Luigi must explore the depths and heights of the mysterious mansion that appeared from nowhere in order to try and find his missing brother.

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You'll come across multiple mischievous ghosts in the process, along with the masterminds behind the kidnapping, the Boos. The original Luigi's Mansion brings with it a much spookier atmosphere than its sequel, owing partly to the fact that the camera is much closer to Luigi and also the fact that the mansion is much, much darker until you solve the puzzles of each room. For maximum enjoyment, play with the lights turned off.

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Axiom Verge

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If 2D Metroidvania is more your taste, then Axiom Verge is just the game for you this Halloween season. Drawing inspiration from Super Metroid, among other titles, Axiom Verge places you in an unknown environment that blurs the lines between reality and the subconscious. You end up there as a result of a lab accident, so you're not entirely sure at first if you're alive or not.

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However, the game gives you a great deal of control over your environment through the glitch mechanic, letting you manipulate your weapons, enemies, and even landscapes -- some you might not have been intended to see. There's a deep story here, too, as you'll uncover the remnants of an ancient, apocalyptic war and try to piece together how this domain ended up the way it did. The entire affair is rather dark and moody, as you would expect, and it's an excellent way to add some atmosphere to your Halloween gaming.

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Metroid Prime

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The Metroid games are known for creating eerie atmospheres and a sense of isolation, with the possibility of mortal danger lurking around every corner. Any game in the series would be suitable for Halloween (though some fans might say Other M is the most frightening of all, even if for reasons not entirely intended by the developers). However, the original Metroid Prime stands out above the rest in this regard.

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Its first-person mechanic and the dreary desolation of Tallon IV combine perfectly, and no matter how many times you play it, that first time the Metroids burst out of their tanks still holds the power to make you jump. If this doesn't quite sound appealing, though Prime 2: Echoes is also a good candidate, with an even darker plot and the terror of the Ing to contend with as well.

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Puppeteer

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Puppets are creepy, and that goes double for marionettes. Puppeteer manages to maintain that creepiness, yet makes it endearing by adding to it with a quirky, eerie aesthetic and a storyline pulled straight from a fairytale. The story begins when the Moon Bear King puts your soul into the body of a puppet to serve as a slave, but your troubles don't stop there. Before tossing you into his dungeon, the Moon Bear King also rips your head off -- but that sets the stage, so to speak, for the game's signature mechanic.

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You acquire various powerups throughout the game, and these are incorporated via wearing different heads. Your journey takes you across the world and through a wide variety of landscapes, but it's all presented as though it's on a miniature stage, as you'd see with a real puppet show, complete with audience effects, props, lighting, and the whole works. It's a superbly tight platformer and a joy to play, plus there's the added bonus of it being a form of exposure therapy.

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The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

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Arguably one of the darker entries in the LotZ franchise, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask takes everything you know about the series' structure and chucks it out the window. Taking place right after the events of Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask sees Link taken to the mysterious world of Termina, a land where time is quite short because the moon is going to crash into it in three days' time. From there, you travel through Termina's four main regions and try to uncover the mysteries surrounding the catastrophe and the enigmatic Skull Kid wearing Majora's Mask itself.

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As you'd expect, masks play an important role throughout the game, providing new powers and abilities and even transforming Link into different Link-forms. Needless to say, the entire atmosphere is quite dark and broody, rivaling even Twilight Princess. And as the days progress, the people you interact with begin realizing their lives are about to end influences the way they conduct themselves in the game, with reactions ranging from desperation to quiet acceptance of their dark fate.

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Animal Crossing

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Of course, no Halloween game list would be complete without Animal Crossing. With the exception of Wild World, with its grudge against holidays, every Animal Crossing game has some form of Halloween festivity. Whether it be the GCN original's hunt for Jack to get Spooky furniture or New Leaf's wider array of activities involving month-long specials at the Nooklings' store, mask collecting, and neighbor-scaring, there's plenty to do throughout the month of October.

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Later entries, especially New Leaf, allow you to customize your look down to the finest details, so you can always be in costume. Or you can just finish a long day by taking an evening stroll through your village, appreciating the change of scenery.

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The sun sets early, the evenings are getting darker, and there's a certain something in the atmosphere that sets your hair on end. That's right, Halloween is almost here! But not all of us are fans of horror, blood, and gore, so what's a gamer to do if Resident Evil and Silent Hill are out of the question? 

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Never fear! We've got a list of the best 14 non-horror games (because 13 is supposed to be unlucky, right?) you can play in the run-up to Halloween without having to plug in your night-light. Plus, as an added bonus, these are almost all perfectly safe for you to play with the younger members of your family -- and this first one, in particular, should prove widely popular with that specific audience. 

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11 Easy Pokemon Costumes You Can DIY This Halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/oow8l/11-easy-pokemon-costumes-you-can-diy-this-halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/oow8l/11-easy-pokemon-costumes-you-can-diy-this-halloween Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:25:28 -0400 Josh Broadwell

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Brock DIY Costume

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This is probably one of the easiest Pokemon DIY costumes. All you'll need is an orange shirt, brown pants, a green vest, and there you go -- instant DIY Brock costume. You can jazz it up with a sporty green vest if you like, along with a camping backpack, but that's completely optional.

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If you really want to go all out, though, you could gel up your hair -- or get a spiky wig -- and then carry around a pet rock and call it Geodude. This is a costume that would work just as well for Brock's female fans, too!

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Whether you're a Nurse Joy fan or a Pokemon GO fanatic, there's something for almost everyone to choose from on this list of DIY Pokemon costumes for Halloween -- or the expo floor. 

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Which costume are you planning on making? Let us know in the comments below!

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Nurse Joy DIY Costume

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This one might just be easier to put together than the Brock costume. It's also a nice twist on the typical nurse Halloween costume -- one that you can actually feel comfortable wearing. Here's what you'll need:

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If you're feeling particularly ambitious, you could even try to copy the classic Nurse Joy hairstyle by putting your hair into pig-tails, braiding it, and putting a wire down the middle of the braids and shaping each into a circle.

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Poliwhirl DIY Costume

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This costume might be one of the easiest ones on this list to make, but that doesn't mean it lacks quality. It only requires a few materials. 

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What you'll need for this Poliwhirl costume: 

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Cut out a circle from the white felt. How much will depend on the size of the sweatshirt you use, but you want it to cover most of the torso. Draw a spiral with your pen, then glue the circle to the shirt. For the eyes, cut out two large ovals from the white felt. Shade in the black portion with your pen, then glue the eyes to the hood.

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Easy Pikachu DIY Costume

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If the Squirtle costume seems a bit more than you want to put into your get-up, here's an easier one: Pikachu. 

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What you'll need to complete this costume: 

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  • Brown felt (how much depends on the size of your shirt)
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  • Needle and yellow and brown thread
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  • Glue
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  • Scissors
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  • Polyfill or equivalent
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  • Washable fabric pencil or marker
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Most of what you're DIYing here is the ears, rear stripes, and tail. For detailed instructions, including PDF pattern pieces if you don't want to wing it, check out the process here.

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Squirtle DIY Costume

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This one might look complicated, but it's pretty simple to put together. Plus, some of the parts -- hood and tail -- are completely optional. 

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What you'll need to get started: 

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  • A basic shirt pattern (or if you don't have one, you can use an old shirt as your guide, with separate pieces for the sleeves and the front and back).
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  • Blue and beige fleece or regular cotton fabric for the shirt pieces
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  • Additional beige fleece for the shell lining (like before, how much depends on the shell size)
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  • Ribbon or (recommended) a black felt-tip marker
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  • Polyfill or whatever brand you use or can find (2 8oz. bags should do the trick)
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  • Craft glue
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  • Needle and thread
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Put your shirt together following your pattern's instructions. This one calls for black ribbon to be sewed on the front, but really, you can get the same effect with a black marker and a lot less trouble.

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For the shell, cut out two ovals from the brown fleece, one larger and one smaller. Sew the smaller onto the larger, and leave an opening for the stuffing. Fill the shell, sew the opening closed, and glue the strip of beige fleece around the edge. Stitch or glue the shell onto the back of the shirt, and that's it for the basic costume!

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The Tail

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You can also make a tail to go along with it, if you're interested. For the tail, use the fleece or cotton you used for the shirt. Cut out two long triangles, and stitch them right sides together--or, in other words, inside out--leaving an opening big enough for you to turn the fabric right-side out. Turn it, then stuff the tail with cotton stuffing, and stitch the opening closed. For the swirl, roll the end of the tail up and stitch it to the long part of the tail. (How high up you roll and stitch determines how curly it will be). Then, attach the base of the tail to the inside of the shirt.

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Jigglypuff Sweatshirt DIY Costume

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Here's another no-sew costume that only takes a short amount of time and few materials to pull off. 

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What you'll need for the main outfit: 

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  • 1 paper dinner plate
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  • 2 sheets of white craft or construction paper
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  • Craft glue
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  • Duct tape
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  • Glitter (optional)
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What you'll need for the microphone:

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You'll use the paper plate as your eye pattern on the paper. The video doesn't show what specific shades of blue used in this specific costume, but any light and slightly darker blue would work fine. Glue your eyes on, paint them, then paint your mouth and swirl; top the painted paper towel roll with the roller head, and you're good to go!

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Jessie and James Team Rocket DIY Costumes

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This is one of the easier ways to make your own Team Rocket costume(s). It's a no-sew project where your main material is just white T-shirts -- even for the skirt. This is everything you'll need:

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What you'll need for Jessie:

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  • 1 pair of black gloves
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  • 1 pair of black boots
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What you'll need for James:

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  • 1 white T-shirt
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  • 1 black T-shirt for an undershirt
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  • 1 pair of white pants
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  • 1 pair of black boots
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  • 1 pair of black gloves
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You can easily find the gloves and boots at a party store if you don't want to buy regular of each. The video also links to a how-to for the Jessie wig, but Halloween hair dye for both Jessie and James would make the process much easier. However, if you are up for a challenge, here's how to make the wig.

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Pokemon GO: Male Trainer (Team Instinct)

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Never fear, male Pokemon trainers! There's a Pokemon GO costume for you too, and it's a lot less involved than the female costume (sorry, ladies). This one also requires some basic proficiency with a sewing machine and can be easily adapted for the other Pokemon GO teams. Here's what you'll need:

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General Supplies:

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  • Sewing Machine
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  • Thread
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  • Ruler
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  • Pins
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  • Scissors
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  • Safety Pins
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  • Tailors Chalk
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  • Pen/sharpie
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  • Pattern Paper (newspaper/advertisement paper/gift-wrapping paper)
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What you'll need for the jacket:

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  • Two Yellow Polos (or dye two white polos yellow)
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  • White Fabric -- ½ yard
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  • 1” Double Folded Bias Tape
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  • Gray Fabric -- ½ yard
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What you'll need for the visor:

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  • Glue gun (and sticks for the glue gun)
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  • Grey fabric -- ½ yard
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Pokemon Go Female Trainer DIY Costume

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This Pokemon GO costume is a bit more involved, but only requires basic proficiency with a sewing machine. And it is definitely worthwhile, especially if you plan on wearing it for conventions or expos.

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As you would expect, there are a few more materials involved for this costume than the others on this list. We've adapted the materials list from the video page for easier viewing.

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General supplies you'll need to start out: 

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  • Sewing Machine
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  • Thread
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  • Ruler
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  • Pins
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  • Scissors
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  • Safety Pins
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  • Tailors' Chalk Pen/ sharpie
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  • Iron
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What you'll need for the jacket:

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  • White Hoodie (or dress shirt & a zipper)
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  • Red Stretch Fabric or Spandex -- ¾ yard 
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  • Tailors Chalk/pen
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  • Pliers
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What you'll need for the romper:

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  • Tank Top & Shorts
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  • Newspaper (scrap paper)
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  • Blue Stretch Fabric -- 1 yard
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  • Black elastic 
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  • Circular things of different sizes, such as paper dinner plates, etc
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  • White Spandex Fabric -- ¼ yard
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  • White Double Fold Bias Tape -- 1"
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  • Navy Deco Fabric
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  • Fabric Marker
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  • LEGGINGS Black Leggings
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  • Blue Stretch Fabric
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  • BELT
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  • Gray Craft Foam- 1 sheet
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What you'll need for the Poke Cap: 

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  • Blue (or black) cap
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  • White Spandex Fabric
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  • Black or Blue Spandex Fabric
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  • Yellow Foam -- 1 sheet
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What you'll need for the Belt: 

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  • Light Gray Craft Foam
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  • 1 sheet White Craft Foam
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  • 1 sheet Red Felt
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  • Glue Gun
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  • Stick On Velcro
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Misty DIY Costume

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The trio of character costumes couldn't be complete without Misty! And this DIY costume is equally easy to put together. All you need to complete this look is: 

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  • 1 yellow tank-top or crop-top shirt 
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  • 1 pair of denim shorts 
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  • 1 pair of red suspenders
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  • 1 red backpack
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The above picture shows red high-top shoes, but really, your favorite sneakers would work just as well. The wig is optional, of course; you could just dye your hair or put it in a side ponytail. The Togepi is optional, too -- adorable, but completely optional.

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For guys, here's how you can pull off the Misty look, too.

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Ash Ketchum DIY Costume

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With this super-easy costume from Keeping It Simple, you can truly be the very best -- yes, like no one ever was. All you need are basic sewing and painting skills to pull this one off like a pro.

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What you'll need for the vest:

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  • 1 blue vest
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  • 1 white collared shirt 
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  • Yellow felt, enough for a band around the bottom of the vest and the pockets
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What you'll need for the other pieces:

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  • Glue (if you didn't already guess that one)
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  • 1 small styrofoam ball, plus white and black paint
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  • Green gloves
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The creator of this particular costume sewed the shirt into the vest, but if you're going to wear a different shirt under the vest, you can just cut the collar and sleeves off, then sew them to the inside of the vest -- which might be the easier route to take. For the gloves, you could cut the tips off the fingers of any green pair of gloves.

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The yellow felt lining gets sewn onto the inside of the vest, both for pockets and bottoms. Hand-sewing might be easier because of the location of it, but you could use a sewing machine if you've got one handy.

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If you fancy something more involved or plan on wearing this costume more than once, check out this video for another way to make your own DIY Ash costume.

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Halloween is quickly approaching, and perhaps you're wondering what your costume should be. Look no further! We've put together a list of 11 simple DIY Pokemon costumes you can assemble in no time, with only basic sewing and crafting skills. Ever wanted to dress up as Ash? We've got you covered. Fancy being a Poliwhirl? That dream can be a reality, too. Loved Team Rocket when you were younger -- or not so young? There's a costume guide for that.

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Other than being easy and inexpensive to put together, one of the best things about these costumes is that you can wear them for expos or conventions, too --not just for Halloween.

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5 Easy DIY Overwatch Halloween Costumes https://www.gameskinny.com/f3e79/5-easy-diy-overwatch-halloween-costumes https://www.gameskinny.com/f3e79/5-easy-diy-overwatch-halloween-costumes Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:19:03 -0400 Stephanie Tang

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And that's all for now! 

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With some extra effort, there are a ton of different Overwatch and Overwatch-inspired ideas that you can DIY but how many of them can you fit in the usual time- and money-crunch of pre-Halloween madness. 

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What are some other ideas that you've come up with yourself? Let us know!

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Happy Halloween!

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How to DIY Officer D.Va 

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The only thing that might give you some trouble is constructing a fairly believable looking Asian police hat, but even that shouldn't be too hard to do!

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What You Need: 
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  1. Baby Blue Dress Shirt: Ideally with two front pockets. This should fit you pretty well, since you're going to want to be wearing a tie with this one and won't just be letting it flop open in all the usual stress areas of temperamental button-downs.
     
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  3. Navy or Black Dress Pants: High waisted ones fit the bill nicely, belted at the top, with shirt tails neatly tucked in. 

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  5. Bunny Patch: You can find plenty of Etsy sellers like this one where you can buy a D.VA bunny patch, but you can always make your own and just pin it to the front of your shirt.

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  7. Wig (optional): Even if you're a brunettte with long hair, it helps to have the bangs just so. Thankfully, D.Va is super easy to style, and this kind of wig you can find almost anywhere.

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  9. Tie: Black and blue diagonal stripes make up the original, but as you can see above, you can play around with this color scheme without too much adverse effect. 

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  11. White Gloves: These are crazy plentiful during this season in costume stores and dollar stores, but you can also find them in accessory stores as well (try to look for cotton gloves instead of shiny satin if you can). 

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  13. Police Hat: Honestly, even if you nabbed a western police hat and wore it with the rest, you could still find yourself very identifiably D.Va. If you don't want to do this, take a look at your local teeny accessories store (here in Canada, I like looking up Ardene's) for a hat where you can modify the brim (felt hats are really easy to work with), add some braid, and draw the rest of the designs to pin to the front.

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  15. Makeup: What makes D.Va instantly recognizable are the marks on her face. Make sure these little triangles pop! You can use makeup or you can use face paint (this might be easier for those of you without a steady hand). If you need to, buy yourself a triangle makeup sponge from the dollar store and use it as a stamping tool.
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(image credit @kiyocosplay)

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Officer D.Va

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Getting D.Va's hair right may be the easiest for all of Overwatch's ladies (except Symmetra, but Sym's more recognizeable head accessories make her a bigger challenge). And while you can find D.Va's original jumpsuit almost anywhere (including the officially licensed version at Spirit Halloween), this jump-through-my-hoops skin that you receive if you played a certain number of games during one of Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm events is far easier to pull off and make up yourself. 

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Since Officer D.Va's uniform is so similar to Judy Hopps's from recent Disney hit Zootopia, it makes it even easier to find the essential parts of the costume. 

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How to DIY Grillmaster 76

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Unfortunately, Grillmaster 76's epic combat apron doesn't look like it's actually for sale (although Blizzard did make a few for giveaway purposes). But that shouldn't stop you from being able to make you own!

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What You'll Need:
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  1. Red Hawaiian Shirt: Collared with short sleeves! If you check out the design, he also has a 76 on the back that you can just make a cutout in red fabric for, paint on it in white fabric paint, and either sew or glue it to the back of your shirt. 

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  3. Tan Cargo Shorts: With pockets. Extra pockets. You can bet Daddy 76 has optimal storage capacity for all that beer. 

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  5. Blue Apron: You can try and fancy it up with extra combat pockets and carabiners, but the most important part is that you stencil on and spray paint "RAISE THE STEAKS" on the front, and keep a pair of tongs and spatula handy. 

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  7. Wraparound Mirror Sunglasses: Considering how popular these shades are these days, you should be able to find a low-cost pair at your local gas station or dollar store.

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  9. White Dishcloth: Leave it hanging out of one of your pants pockets for easy access.

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  11. White Hair Color: Temporary color sprays are super easy to find at this time of year so check out your local stores to get that grayed out Daddy hair.

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  13. Beer Armband: At the very least, if you're having trouble finding something leather that you can make this with, use duct-tape and/or electrical tape to simply tape it all together and to your arm!
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Don't forget your water gun!

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(image credit @playoverwatch)

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Grillmaster 76

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Long after Dad 76 became a meme, Blizzard finally broke down and played to what the fans really wanted out of Soldier 76 in the recent rendition of the Summer Games event. A number of details stand out to make this skin a gem among Soldier skins, but it's the pure simplicity of it that will make it a hit at your Halloween party. 

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Soldier 76's original design isn't too fancy of course, but it is a lot trickier to mock up and make everything that identifies him (e.g. his visor, jacket, enormous gun). With this skin, you could ostensibly tote around a Super Soaker or a coffee mug as your weapon of choice and no one would bat an eye. 

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How to DIY Doctor Mercy

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Admittedly, Victory Mercy is an easier prospect, especially since the Greek Goddess is a staple in cheap adult costumes that you can pretty much hack together without a great deal of finesse or sewing skill. But the wings might give you a bit more trouble. So if you wan to forgo them entirely, here's what you'll need to cosplay as Doctor Mercy instead.

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What You'll Need:
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  1. Halo Headdress: You can skimp on a lot of things, but you won't get out of wearing Mercy's distinctive halo headdress if you really want to make a Mercy. You can follow Chrix's design from her tutorial above, or hunt around for a round plastic jug that you can cut up (like a large bleach bottle) and which will keep its shape. Elasticize the bottom to fit comfortably around your head, and don't be afraid to pin it into place. 

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  3. Wig (Optional): Even if you're naturally a bombshell blonde, it will generally take a wig (or a lot of styling) to really make Mercy's hair pop.
     
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  5. Lab Coat: The key with simple costumes lies in the details. You could have a perfectly plain, serviceable lab coat (costumes stores will likely have them, if not, infiltrate your local college campus bookstore, they're likely to stock them for $10-15) but I suggest sewing/ironing on a Mercy sleeve patch like this onto one shoulder. You can also find other methods of making your own iron-on transfers.

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  7. Stethoscope: You can try and just check pulses with your fingers, but who doesn't love an extra prop or two? Drug stores will have fairly inexpensive functional stethoscopes, but you can find fake ones in dollar stores, costume stores, and your local Walmart-type store for less. 

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  9. Business casual: While the majority of Dr. Mercy's styling comes from fanart and usually features dark pants and a gray turtleneck, how you do the rest is entirely up to you. Why not burnt orange to play on her original costume coloring, while also invoking the color of the season?  
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If you want a closer look at the patches that Mercy uses on various parts of her original costume, you can take a look at the official Mercy reference kit. 

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(image credit to imgur)

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Doctor Mercy

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Having just lent out my own lab coat and stethoscope for a coworker's daughter's upcoming Halloween costume, I have a fair idea of how easily you can pull together a doctor costume. While this is not exactly an official costume or skin of Mercy's by any means, the Dr. Ziegler cosplay idea has spread in the wake of busy con-goers who wanted a more casual way to represent the most popular support character in the game. 

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So while you could deck yourself out in full regalia, either by dropping ~$1200 for it by buying the full costume (with no guarantees that they could make it for you/ship it to you by Halloween) or by trying to make it yourself a la Chrix Design's tutorial, you're probably not going to.

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(image credit to Ta-bam on DeviantArt)

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How to DIY Child Reaper/El Blanco

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When it comes to Reaper, you've got the opportunity of a lifetime to go as crazy or as cool or as casual as you want. Large hoods are a staple at this time of year, so you shouldn't have any problems getting your hands on one. Aand if you go the hoodie route, it ends up being even easier!

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What You'll Need:
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  1. Mask: Which one depends entirely on you. Making a good-looking original skin mask might be a little difficult, and you might want to shy away from the kindergarten paper plate mask. But if you wanted to make the mask from the El Blanco/Marachi skins, skull masks are easy to find at this time of year, and you can add the extra designs and embellishments yourself with a permanent marker. 

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  3. Hooded coat: Or hoodie, if you're doing Halloween Kid Reaper. Either way, you'll want a big black hood to hide your head in. Ostensibly you'll want a duster for the full effect -- but if you grabbed a Grim Reaper cloak and wore that instead, no one would fault you. 

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  5. Guns, guns, guns! Sure you could try and use Coke bottles like the cosplayer above, or you could make something quick, easy, and light out of both cardboard/foam and paint. Keep a few more in your cloak so you can just drop them nonchalantly everywhere you go. 

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  7. Shotgun cartridges: No, not the real ones (although I guess that's always an option). Making the little red canisters and stringing them together won't be difficult with a little bit of spray paint (or even construction paper and glue if you want to go super low-tech) and they'll definitely help the casual observer realize just what kind of gamer badass you really are.  
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If you want to add to your armor, you can cut and shape black foam to the front of your shirt, and use duct tape, cardboard, and spray paint to outfit yourself in his giant knee-high boots. They can look even nicer if you have Worbla available to shape around the framework you've already made.

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You can take a look at some of the finer details in the official Reaper reference kit.  

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(Image credit to Low Cost Cosplay)

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Child Reaper/El Blanco

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There are a number of things that make Reaper so easily identifiable, but you can most likely narrow it down to the original skin's mask and his twin shot guns. Making your own mask might be a somewhat daunting prospect, but if you're too late to purchase your own mask (painted or unpainted) from a variety of online sellers, you can take a look at some of the other mask designs Reaper sports throughout the game. 

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This particularly super-casual spray combines the original mask with a blank hockey mask -- a super easy find during this season's love affair with classic Jason horror. 

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And trust me, if you're planning on doing a Halloween costume of Reaper, nothing is too silly. Even the officially licensed version you can buy from Spirit Halloween falls pretty short of our dark, soulless edgelord. So if you want to spare your wallet and wear something just as good, check out the DIY instructions on the next slide. 

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How to DIY Casual Mei

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Mei's cosplay popularity is what it is because her stripped-down costume design is easy enough for a filthy casual -- and between the original design and her dozens of different skins, you can ramp up in difficulty to something even a pro would stoop to making. 

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Accept it. Embrace it. The beauty of Mei (and D.Va, see later) lies in the fact that her hair is that of a real human being -- and if you're a brunette, a bun and bangs is something you can do yourself with a bare minimum of fuss.

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  1. Wig (if needed): Even if you needed to buy a wig for the cause, Halloween quality wig-wear can get you a good approximation without a great deal of work, cost, or time.
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  3. Hair Stick: A chopstick, some polymer clay, a wooden bead, some paint, a short piece of jewelry chain, and a snowflake charm will produce a perfectly serviceable hair stick. With Christmas already creeping into craft stores, finding a wintery charm won't be very hard at all. 
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  5. Glasses: If you want to be super accurate, visible rivets on the frame front are a must. And even if you aren't, the classic Ray-Ban look has been around so long that you're bound to find something at your local dollar store/teeny accessories store to fit the bill. 
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  7. Blue Spaghetti Strap Tank Top: Belly-baring is totally and completely optional. You can jazz it up like Eclair (pictured above) did with some lace, or keep true to the more athletic style of the original.
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  9. Drawstring Sweatpants: Gray and/or blue is the key here. The originals are gray with a blue waistband and stripes down the sides. 
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  11. Bracelet: Light blue/teal bracelet with a snowflake charm. If you can't find something in an accessories store post-Frozen, I guarantee you can easily make your own.
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As a bonus, you'll probably already be keeping your datapad-sized phone with you at all times anyway, this time it'll do double duty as a prop. And you'll get to show up in sweatpants and still get away with being in costume. 

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My advice? Bring a big fuzzy blue sweater too, just in case!

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If you want a closer look at her character design (it won't help you much with your accessories, but that leaves a little room for your own creativity), you can take a look at the official Mei reference kit

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(image credit to @theawakened_)

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Casual Mei

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It's probably a good thing that temperatures stateside have been fairly high these days and may still hold out until the end of the month -- at least if you're planning on stepping out as casual Mei from the Overwatch artbook/spray. 

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The face that launched a thousand knockoff Ray-Ban sales, "Mei is bae" is source one for the eternal online in-fighting about her waistline and a million closet cosplay selfies. 

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And yet... who cares? Head to the next slide for instructions on how to get this look yourself!

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(image credit to Sakimi-chan on DeviantArt)

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It's that time of year again! The leaves are changing, the temperature's dropping, and pumpkin spice everything is back on the market. Spirit pop-up shops are taking over, and fake skeletons are vying with Christmas trees for retail space at Walmart.

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It's October, and Halloween is just around the corner. Which of course means the advent of the annual hunt and scramble for new costume ideas -- and Overwatch has a great cast of characters to use. But their costumes can also be pretty complex at times. While it would be awesome as hell to show up for game night (or any night) fully decked out in a Blizzcon-worthy costume, we don't always have the budget, the skill, or even the time to really make that happen. 

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So don't! The secret to a good Halloween costume is that you're having fun wearing it, and whoever sees you recognizes you for who and what you are.

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Here are 5 different ways to DIY your own Halloween Overwatch costume! 

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(Image credit to Low Cost Cosplay)

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Paladins Gets Spooky with the All Hallows Evie Update and Event https://www.gameskinny.com/488e6/paladins-gets-spooky-with-the-all-hallows-evie-update-and-event https://www.gameskinny.com/488e6/paladins-gets-spooky-with-the-all-hallows-evie-update-and-event Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:02:42 -0400 Kengaskhan

Night falls on the sci-fi fantasy realm of Paladins as the All Hallows Evie event goes live, where players can celebrate Halloween inside the world of their favorite hero shooter!

Of course, as a Halloween event, All Hallows Evie brings a spooky assortment of champion skins and accessories to the game. Most of the Halloween cosmetics can be obtained from Little Boxes of Horror -- the event treasure chests -- which you can purchase for 75 crystals each.

New Skins and Cosmetics

You'll find some themed accessories and weapon skins inside the chests, but if you're lucky, you'll pull one of the epic character skins like Evie Bewitching or Bomb King Pumpking. 

On the other hand, if you want the Mal’damba Wickerman and Strix Raven character skins, you'll have to purchase them directly with crystals. However, you only have to buy the Wickerman skin to get both -- upon purchase, you’ll receive a fairly simple quest line that rewards the Strix Raven.

There are also a few exclusive treats for players who are a part of the game's VIP membership program -- namely a Bruce Buffer UFC-style announcer pack and a taunting dance emote for Pip -- but the most notable of the new VIP-exclusives is clearly the Nightmare mount.

Check out the official art for all these new additions to Paladins as part of the Hallows Evie event:

New Map

But that’s not all -- in addition to the usual map and champion tweaks that come with updates this size, Open Beta 60 introduces a brand new map for the Onslaught game mode! It's called Foreman's Rise, and you can check it out in this teaser trailer below:

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Join the Halloween festivities for the duration of Paladins' All Hallows Evie event to get some exciting new skins for some of your favorite characters!

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Enter the Forgotten Horror Series "Clock Tower!" https://www.gameskinny.com/4sue2/enter-the-forgotten-horror-series-clock-tower https://www.gameskinny.com/4sue2/enter-the-forgotten-horror-series-clock-tower Mon, 31 Oct 2016 02:00:02 -0400 chopchamen

With Halloween right around the corner, it's nice to look back on classic horror games, luckily we remembered this series, from it's originals, with sprite graphics, all the way up to when Capcom took over development with Sunsoft on PS2.

Below will be a synopsis on each title from the Clock Tower series, along with a few trivia pieces.

Clock Tower the original (1995)

Clock Tower The First Fear is a point and click horror game in which you play as Jennifer Simpson, an orphan girl who was adopted along with three of her friends into the family of Mr. Simon Barrows, in the "Clock Tower" mansion.

After they enter the main foyer of the mansion, Mrs. Barrows goes off to get Simon, but was gone for an unusually long time. Jennifer goes to search for her only to hear a scream in the room she had just left, and then the horrors begin.

Jennifer Simpson is based off of Jennifer Corvino in the 1985 film Phenomena, played by Jennifer Connelly. A lot of the plot and art style in clock tower was inspired by the same movie.

The game puts you under constant threat of a character dubbed "Scissorman," and you cannot use any weapons against him, instead you must run and hide from him in some of the hiding spots around the mansion. 

The character graphics in Clock Tower were created by digitizing photographs of real people. They used this technique for animations such as Jennifer hanging from a roof or stumbling in the hallway.

Even though Clock Tower's puzzles and exploration has been viewed as tedious, it is considered a predecessor of certain horror games, and it is considered to be instrumental for the survival horror genre. The original Clock Tower never saw an official US release, although there have been fan-translations of the game.

Clock Tower (1996)

"The Second Fear" was actually a direct sequel to the original Clock Tower, and was known as "Clock tower 2" in Japan. Taking place one year after the events at Clock Tower Mansion, Jennifer has been re-adopted by Helen Maxwell, an assistant at a psychologist's office.

The game does not take place entirely in a mansion this time, instead you have a few locations from around their town i.e. Police street, the town library, etc.

This was the first game by Human Entertainment to utilized a 3D graphics engine. They wanted to experiment with camera angles and sound, but for the most part they wanted to focus on the gameplay rather than aesthetics, not wanting to superimpose the gameplay over the graphics.

This game being similar to the original, was received in the same regard, negatively on the pacing, and positively on the haunting atmosphere, and story line.

Clock Tower II: The Struggle Within (1998)

In this game you are playing as a girl named Alyssa Hale, who suffers from multiple personality disorder. You start by watching a cutscene of Alyssa's aunt Kathryn and uncle Phillip talking about her coming over soon at their dining room table. After hearing a thud in the other room, Kathryn gets up to investigate. Moments later Phillip hears her scream, and runs out of the room to check on her.

As Alyssa arrives, the house is seemingly abandoned, she looks around only to find some disturbing things around the house, then you start to hear someone laughing maniacally.

The mechanic they chose for this game was actually very interesting to say the least, you had two personalities to play with, Alyssa wasn't for fighting anyone off, nor could she guns. Her alter ego, however could use guns, and would save her from dying on multiple occasions.

The two personalities are separated by an amulet that was a part of your inventory, you could take it off and lay it down in specific places, and after being attacked once after that, your alter ego would come out to play.

This game went downhill fast as it was received poorly by reviewers. The point-and-click interface had issues, there was also a lot of unwanted trial and error, do to the enemy placement, and the dual personality mechanic.

Clock Tower 3 (2002)

This is where Capcom took over development with Sunsoft. There are apparently no ties to any of the previous games.

In this one, you play as a 14 year old Alyssa Hamilton, who had been living at a boarding school for 3 years. She received a letter from her mother, telling her to go into hiding until after her 15th birthday. Alyssa is then told she has a phone call from her mother. When she answers the phone call, the other end is still open, however there is no one responding to her.

Distressed, she goes to investigate her mom's house, pretty much defying what her mother asked in the letter. But her mom is not there, instead she is greeted by a strange man telling Alyssa her "mother won't be coming back." 

It was the first game of the series to offer you free control of your character, rather than the point and click mechanic of the previous games. They also added "Sacred water" which you could use to temporarily halt any enemy that tries to attack you.

This game was received quite well, again with atmosphere, and also for cinematic style. However, it was criticized for it's short story, and certain gameplay elements.

Spiritual successor NightCry (2016)

This time around you are on a cruise ship on it's way to the Caribbean Islands. You play as three protagonists, Monica, Leonard, and Rooney as they have to survive against the "Scissorwalker" a monster committing murders aboard the ship.

The original director from the first and second fear, Hifumi Kono, along with Nude Maker (developer) are the minds behind NightCry, a game that echos the first few Clock Tower games. It came out on PC March 29th, 2016. While it was originally meant for handheld devices, there still hasn't been a release date set for them.

Did you like any of these titles? Did you hate them? Lets us know in the comments!

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Minecraft Console Edition Receives Spooky Halloween Bundle https://www.gameskinny.com/7ycec/minecraft-console-edition-receives-spooky-halloween-bundle https://www.gameskinny.com/7ycec/minecraft-console-edition-receives-spooky-halloween-bundle Sun, 30 Oct 2016 15:36:03 -0400 Kiara Halls

Just in time for Halloween, Mojang has dropped a Halloween-themed bundle for Minecraft Console Edition. 

According to a post on the official blog, the bundle includes a creepy Halloween Battle Map, the chilling Campfire Tales Skin Pack, and The Halloween Mash-up -- a terrifying custom-built world with its own unique texture packs.

And, in case frights aren't really your fancy, the developer has also unleashed Battle Map Pack 4 and the Builder's Pack.

Battle Map Pack 4 features three new maps: "Dig," where you can explore an abandoned science base in the arctic, "Frontier," which has a rugged, Western theme, and "Shrunk,"  a bedroom-themed map where everything is over-sized.

The Builder's Pack comes with a mix of six different packs: the Biome Settlers Skin Pack 1, the Candy Texture Pack, the Cartoon Texture Pack, the Pattern Texture Pack, the Plastic Texture Pack, and finally, the Greek Mythology Mash-up.

All in all, it's a good way for newcomers to get started in construction mastery. These releases are chock-full of goodies guaranteed to keep you busy whether you are battling, building, or just messing around. 

All three of these hefty bundles are currently available for download, and are sure to inspire some great creations out of console players. Happy haunting, Builders!

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