Jumpscare  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Jumpscare  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Top 5 Horror Games that Don't Depend on Jumpscares https://www.gameskinny.com/zyw20/top-5-horror-games-that-dont-depend-on-jumpscares https://www.gameskinny.com/zyw20/top-5-horror-games-that-dont-depend-on-jumpscares Sat, 26 Nov 2016 05:00:01 -0500 StraightEdge434

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1. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

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For those of you who have played this epic title, you know exactly why it's a horror game. For those who don't, allow me to explain.

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You have three days to save the Earth before an enormous moon crashes into it, killing all life. Besides the fear of running out of time, there are classic Zelda monsters like Redeads, who still invoke fear in the hearts of those who play Majora's Mask to this day. 

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As far as the world design goes, I am sure that when I say, "Ikana Valley," those of you who played the game know what I mean... if not, just take a look. It's enough to make you pretty darn scared: 

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The Music Box House, located in Ikana Valley. It's surrounded by a bunch of creepy Gibdos.

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On top of that, this game is considered to be the most haunting, depressing and scary Zelda game ever released. Why? Well, here are a few reasons:

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  • One of its major themes is the five stages of grief. Denial, Bargaining, Anger, Depression and Acceptance. Check this video out for more info.
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  • Link is mostly surrounded by characters that are either dead, that are dying, that are in depression or have suffered some kind of loss.
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  • Majora's Mask itself isn't exactly the most festive mask to wear. Just look at the slide image!
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  • It's also the home to BEN drowned, so there's that! 
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On a side note, the only jumpscare that I can think of is when Link puts on a mask to transform into Fierce Deity, Deku Scrub, Goron, or Zora. However, that is expected as soon as the mask is put on, so you know it's coming up.

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There are many more horror games out there that can give a good scare without those terrible jumpscares. What are some of those games? Feel free to let us know down in the comments!

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2. Bloodborne

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Bloodborne isn't just an RPG: It can also be considered a horror game. And that is for a good reason. The game has 'horror' written all over it. The wretched beasts that roam the streets of a cursed city, the hideous, nightmarish bosses that you overcome to survive and of course, the creepy victorian landscape. 

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Just take a look at the above image and judge for yourselves. Seriously, this isn't a land of cupcakes, rainbows and ponies! It's a haunting atmosphere that creeps into your bones and rests there! It's a place where the sun don't shine, and where ever-present danger lives in just about every corner.

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Apart from the landscape, players need to be careful what items they use and what armors they wear in order to increase their survival rate... Yep. Bloodborne is a survival-horror game, one that takes inventory management to new, terrifying extremes.

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An occasional dog might jump out of the bushes, or a villager might appear out of a corner to attack you, but they are just there to surprise you and don't act as agents of fear, really...the entire game handles that instead!

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3. Resident Evil 4

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Considered by many to be the greatest Resident Evil title of all time, this one is yet another classic in the horror genre that gives you a good scare without any cheap tricks up its sleeves. 

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The plot is simple: Leon Kennedy has to rescue the president's daughter and bring her safely home. But of course, that's not going to be as easy as it sounds.

Not only is there is a village of full of villagers straight out of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre trying to kill you, there's a giant castle full of possessed cult members and a mysterious island where things, well, get weird. 

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Resident Evil 4 is all about atmosphere. You've seen chainsaw-wielding enemies and giants before, but this game becomes scarier the farther you progress through it -- and the creepy atmosphere just hangs over you like a fog, making everything worse.

Oh, and don't forget the Iron Maidens! Yeah, nothing says creepy like Medieval torture devices mating with faceless demons ...  

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4. DOOM

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Considered to be the game that paved the way to modern first-person shooters, let's not forget that this classic FPS is also a horror game. To keep it short, DOOM is about a space marine fighting through hordes of demons after a teleportation device opens up a portal to hell -- on Mars! So not only is it scary enough you're battling hell-spawn, but you're doing it in SPACE!

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Of course, the atmosphere is terrifying, creating a dreaded sense of isolation and loneliness. Just you and a horde of hell-spawns. Alone. In Space. Let that sink in ... 

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5. Silent Hill 2 

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Creepy atmosphere, darkened buildings, foggy streets and nightmarish monstrosities. Welcome to Silent Hill! Though the franchise has seen better days, Silent Hill 2 is still a classic for many, many horror fans.

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Saying Silent Hill 2 is haunting is a bit of an understatement: This title is especially unnerving because it follows a forlorn protagonist who journeys to Silent Hill to find his dead wife -- who visits him and brings him to this Hellscape. Needless to say, he encounters things from peoples' worst nightmares. Oh, and how can anyone forget about Pyramid Head? Hands down one of the most fear-inducing enemies from any game -- regardless of genre. 

I mean, just take a look at him! 

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(Credit: K1ngofOldSkool)

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Let's be honest for a second here. Jumpscares suck. They are pointless, shock values that literally appear out of nowhere to scare the daylights out of you. As a matter of fact, they're not even scary! Even if you place a cute, cuddly kitten or puppy, and use that as a jumpscare, people will still be scared because, well, it came out of nowhere. 

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This is why I have no respect for games like Five Nights at Freddie's and Slenderman. They are nothing but cheap and awful jumpscares just for the sake of being jumpscares...

Like in Five Nights at Freddie's, where the evil animatronic robots are roving about and you have to keep track of them via surveillance cameras scattered about ... BOOM! One comes out of nowhere for a jumpscare. Or in Slenderman, where you're just walking around and BOOM! There's Slenderman just standing there... 

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Games don't need to have jumpscares to be considered horror games! And sometimes, jumpscares are just cheesy, anyway. So here's a list that showcases some great horror games that don't use jumpscares to deliver their terror.

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Five Nights at Freddy's creator Scott Cawthon may be working on a new young reader's series. [updated] https://www.gameskinny.com/inhxz/five-nights-at-freddys-creator-scott-cawthon-may-be-working-on-a-new-young-readers-series-updated https://www.gameskinny.com/inhxz/five-nights-at-freddys-creator-scott-cawthon-may-be-working-on-a-new-young-readers-series-updated Sun, 20 Mar 2016 07:09:33 -0400 Joshua Potter

It is very possible we may be getting a book series revolving around the Five Nights at Freddy's brand later this year. Book publisher HarperCollins recently added a placeholder on their publishing site regarding a, "Young Adult Horror" series to be written by Scott Cawthon.

This follows the release of another book of his, published by CreateSpace, an independent publisher. Cawthon's earlier release, Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyeswas received positively by the fan-base, who praised the book for the suspenseful tone that Cawthon is known for. The book averages 4.5 stars on Amazon's 5-star ranking system.

The move to HarperCollins, one of the world's largest publishing companies and representative of such authors as Clive Barker & Michael Crichton, signifies the possibilities of a long-term book deal. While it is not known for sure whether or not the book will take place in the Five Nights at Freddy's world, the identifiers listed for the book include, "Media Tie-in, Imagination & Play, and Horror & Ghost Stories", leading us to assume that some sort of game influence will lend itself to these books. 

The mysterious new book is simply labeled as Young Adult Horror # 1 on the site as of right now, and has an e-book and hardcover ISBN already generated. The book will be priced at $9.99 and $17.99 respectively, and is scheduled to be released on September 6th. 2016.

As of this moment, Scott Cawthon has not responded to any e-mails regarding this new series, but this article will be updated if any news develops.

Update 1: Scott Cawthon did previously responded to a post on Steam regarding a book listing on Amazon.

Hey guys, just to be clear. The 2nd book listing is fake. People are able to create any name they want on Amazon and then their items get grouped in with mine on search listings. I'm having the fake listing removed as well as taking action against the user.

It is unclear whether or not Scott is referring to HarperCollins' Young Adult Horror #1 that is credited to him, since the poster he was responding to was asking about Amazon. Amazon has an open-source policy for publications, HarperCollins does not.

This invite the question as to why anyone would bother to offer a hardcover version if the listing is a stolen IP Hardcover books are normally much more expensive to make then paperback books, and exponentially more expensive then a simple e-book version would be.

This isn't to say Scott may be hiding the truth. Video game books are often made without the owner's consent, however these books are typically self-published and are never hardcover.

Since the update of this article, Scott has again been contacted with hopes to clear up any confusion surrounding this story, and has been provided with HarperCollins' official ISBN for the book to help him dispute any claims against his protected properties.

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How To Survive Night 6 In Five Night's At Freddy's https://www.gameskinny.com/y87d9/how-to-survive-night-6-in-five-nights-at-freddys https://www.gameskinny.com/y87d9/how-to-survive-night-6-in-five-nights-at-freddys Sun, 02 Nov 2014 05:57:10 -0500 ExpectMyLag

So... You have survived nights 1-5, you have tried to complete night 6 a handful of times but you are getting to that point where you think this is impossible. But there is no need to worry anymore, I am here to help!

One Useful Tip You NEED To Know:

If you look at Freddy he will become inactive for a few seconds which will give you enough time to check on Foxy and check both of your lights to make sure that Bonnie and Chica are not there.

If you do this right, it is possible to prevent Freddy from moving at all.

Freddy's Night 6 Strategy:

Start your game and open up your security cameras then immediately check the main stage and then check on Foxy. As soon as you have clicked on Pirate's Cove close your camera and check both of your lights to see if Bonnie or Chica are at your doors. (Remember Bonnie will appear on your left and Chica will appear on your right, also do not look on the camera to try to find where Bonnie and Chica are, ONLY use your lights.)

If you are on night 6 you should know when and how to prevent Foxy from killing you since he/she is your main priority apart from making sure that Freddy does not move. Once you get this down and you can get it do it in a fluid motion, just rinse and repeat.

Possible Cons:

While doing this strategy there is a high chance that you will run out of power, and if you are doing this strategy you could get down to 0% power - but within a few seconds of completing the night.

I recommend that you try this strategy on night 5 if possible for practice since this all revolves on how fast you can do the actions required so you do not waste all of your power.

Side Note: 

It will most probably take a few attempts to complete this night. BUT, believe me, you will feel like you are the greatest person on earth after finishing the night. 

Any questions just ask me in the comments and I will do my best to help you.

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