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    Unhappy I've gone off horror games.

    Other than the upcoming port of Resident Evil: Revelations, I'm not really interested in survival horror that much anymore. Resident Evil is well past its prime. Silent Hill is so so, but even that ain't what it was years ago with 2, 3 and all that.

    I guess all good things come to an end, but I know that with the graphics and the technical side of things, companies could still create bone chilling horror titles if they wanted to. The problem is that they know action games sell better, so unless horror is in action form, no-one would be into it apart from cult fans.

    Think Resident Evil remake, or Clock Tower. Both wonderful games, although very old now. Imagine some games like them on Xbox 360, PS3 or the PS4.

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    While big budget AAA games are getting less scary I think you should start looking at some indie games or just more obscure stuff in general. I heard Lone Survivor's pretty good, though I haven't played it for myself.

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    Indies are overrated






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    I am absolutely in love with horror games, I can't get enough. I'm playing Dead Space at the moment, and I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero Nexus View Post
    Indies are overrated
    It's not as if "indie" is a genre of games or anything. It just describes games developed without the large financial support of a publisher. That's like saying homebrewed beer is overrated. Like, what?

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    I'm probably the only person I know who never really found them fun to begin with.


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    Quote Originally Posted by noobers View Post
    It's not as if "indie" is a genre of games or anything. It just describes games developed without the large financial support of a publisher. That's like saying homebrewed beer is overrated. Like, what?
    I know, but it does my head in how some people are so obsessed with the idea of games being indie. It's like it makes the game automatically better, but surely people should be more excited for the big money games? Doesn't make any sense.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero Nexus View Post
    I know, but it does my head in how some people are so obsessed with the idea of games being indie. It's like it makes the game automatically better, but surely people should be more excited for the big money games? Doesn't make any sense.
    Possibly because indie games can end up being just as good and even better than big money games? Your logic doesn't make very much sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delibird View Post
    Other than the upcoming port of Resident Evil: Revelations, I'm not really interested in survival horror that much anymore. Resident Evil is well past its prime. Silent Hill is so so, but even that ain't what it was years ago with 2, 3 and all that.

    I guess all good things come to an end, but I know that with the graphics and the technical side of things, companies could still create bone chilling horror titles if they wanted to. The problem is that they know action games sell better, so unless horror is in action form, no-one would be into it apart from cult fans.

    Think Resident Evil remake, or Clock Tower. Both wonderful games, although very old now. Imagine some games like them on Xbox 360, PS3 or the PS4.
    Try the Project Zero series.

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    Indies are overrated
    Oh look it's an opinion that has been poorly constructed and has no place in this topic what so ever.

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    I'm probably the only person I know who never really found them fun to begin with.
    No you aren't there are many people who don't find horror game fun to play.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zero Nexus View Post
    I know, but it does my head in how some people are so obsessed with the idea of games being indie. It's like it makes the game automatically better, but surely people should be more excited for the big money games? Doesn't make any sense.
    Because indie title aren't being funded by big name publisher meaning they are free to create the game in what ever way they see fit, without having the publisher meddling. Furthermore just because a game had a huge budget doesn't mean it will be a better game and vice versa.


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    I don't find horror games scary at all. Mainly due to the fact that I know I'm playing one. I can't be scared pf something that I know is gonna happen.

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    Resident Evil was not really scary. The second one had a few jump moments, but nothing really that would cause me to lose sleep. As for the others, it's mostly just fighting a lot of butt-ugly enemies in dark areas. I would almost say some parts of Gears of War are darker and more unsettling than Resident Evil.

    Recently, I've been playing Silent Hill 2 (the remake version on XBox 360), trying to delve into it and see how different it is from Resident Evil. So far, not by much. Seems like most of the game tries a little too hard with the noises, but it's not bad even though it does feel dated.

    A while ago, I played a series called Exmortis on Newgrounds, which actually was well made and tried to make things creepy, and a few times, really did make me jump. If you think you haven't tried a game that just wasn't scary enough, maybe try these two. There's a third of the series out there, but you need to pay for it.

    Exmortis I
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    I think in most cases, people are just desensitized to scary sights and sounds after having seen and heard them in so many scenarios. After you've seen pretty much every possible way the human body can be mutilated, it doesn't really bother you anymore. Creepy sounds and wails lose their effect as well, and stuff suddenly busting from a window or through the wall is something we expect all the time now. Heck, I've even had "nightmares" where I've had to rip living bugs out of my own flesh and woke up thinking nothing of it except about how stupid and unrealistic that dream was.

    Thing is, once you've played every game where every horror imaginable has been done so many times over, what else could they do to make the experience more frightening? Sure, I'm certain they'll try it when virtual reality becomes more of a thing, but over time, we won't be jumpy with anything regardless of how realistic they try to make it feel.

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    Man, Horror games are great. I tend to lean more to the Indie horror games now that some of the bigger names are become pretty crappy, looking at you Silent Hill and Resident Evil. Currently I rather like The Cat Lady. It's a super interesting game with a well thought out plot, and it just plays really well. It's also teaming with imagery (Similar to Silent Hill).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MugoUrth View Post
    I'm probably the only person I know who never really found them fun to begin with.
    So you've never met anyone who doesn't enjoy watching scary movies? Because I bet most of them probably don't enjoy scary games either.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zero Nexus View Post
    I know, but it does my head in how some people are so obsessed with the idea of games being indie. It's like it makes the game automatically better, but surely people should be more excited for the big money games? Doesn't make any sense.
    You're talking about the sort of hipster types who think indie=better right? I'm fine with either types of games as long as they're good. I think most of us can agree on that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jb View Post
    I don't find horror games scary at all. Mainly due to the fact that I know I'm playing one. I can't be scared pf something that I know is gonna happen.
    I can. Same thing goes for scary movies. I know it's fantasy and I can easily turn it off and stop watching abut for some reason I still get scared. It's kind of fun to get scared sometimes too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Avenger Angel View Post
    Recently, I've been playing Silent Hill 2 (the remake version on XBox 360), trying to delve into it and see how different it is from Resident Evil. So far, not by much. Seems like most of the game tries a little too hard with the noises, but it's not bad even though it does feel dated.
    Silent Hill 2 has fantastic sound design, don't even. That's also part of why I enjoy Dead Space so much, the sounds.
    Too bad that you're playing the HD Silent Hill though. They killed the atmosphere in that one so hard.

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    My brother is a huge horror game fan but I've never really liked them that much. I've played a few (Amnnesia and Dead Space come to mind) but I just don't find them very interesting. A big appeal of many games for me is a well written story and this is something that many horror games lack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charizard Champion#06 View Post
    Silent Hill 2 has fantastic sound design, don't even. That's also part of why I enjoy Dead Space so much, the sounds.
    Too bad that you're playing the HD Silent Hill though. They killed the atmosphere in that one so hard.
    Sound design is okay. Not exactly mesmerizing, but they did an okay job with it. I guess back in the days of PS1, I could see where Silent Hill 2 would be incredible stuff. And yeah, the HD Silent Hill version is the only one I've been able to get my hands on. To be honest, I prefer the reduced fog, but I could see where some of the creepiness effect is lost. And yeah, I can see the problem with that image. You can easily see exactly where the map's geometry ends. Definitely not a good thing.

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    If I may suggest a survival horror, look into the games Metro: Last Light and Survarium. Most survival horrors aren't that scary, but parts could creep you out of make you jump (when something comes out of nowhere, regardless of what it is).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delibird View Post
    Think Resident Evil remake, or Clock Tower. Both wonderful games, although very old now. Imagine some games like them on Xbox 360, PS3 or the PS4.
    I might be weird for saying this, but I thought NES games could sometimes be scary. It seems to me that there can be a lot of imagination build up with those games. I remember being in a school lock-down while the Castlevania II: Simon's Quest song from "a terrible night to curse" was playing in my head. That song was creepy to me out back then, and I still find it somewhat frightening. Also, Doom I and II were both creepy, although in a really enjoyable way.

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    I'm slowly getting more and more into horror (indie) games--but sadly, I can only watch videos on it, since I use a Mac, and as everyone knows there are hardly any games out there for the Mac (unless I'm looking in the wrong places). Thus, the only horror game I have on me is Slender that I recently got from a friend. My brothers and I have been scaring ourselves silly over it. Haven't heard my brother whimper and scream like that in a long time...

    The main YouTube channel I watch for Indie horror games is Markiplier, since I can't stand Pewdiepie anymore. (Mark's voice is better to listen to anyway.) And speaking of Mark...

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    Never been one for horror games, myself.

    ...What scares my gumption is Majora's Mask...

    I'm pretty sure the imminent threat of death via very apparent moon, or the SCREAMS that happen every time Link wears some masks is scary enough for you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avenger Angel View Post
    I guess back in the days of PS1, I could see where Silent Hill 2 would be incredible stuff.
    Silent Hill 2 is a PS2 game. Only Silent Hill 1 is PS1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noobers View Post
    It's not as if "indie" is a genre of games or anything. It just describes games developed without the large financial support of a publisher. That's like saying homebrewed beer is overrated. Like, what?
    ugh don't even get me started

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    They're just dying down because it's so easy to make them more accessible to larger audiences: Make them less scary. Dead Space 1 was pretty scary and atmospheric, and while Dead Space 2 had that feel and some scares as well (Maybe even better ones?) it was also a lot more actiony. And then look where Dead Space 3 took it.

    If a game sells well, sell it to more people. You know what people aren't willing to embrace? Niche genres with particular gameplay quirks. Know how we get around that? Streamline it so more people are familiar with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charizard Champion#06 View Post
    Silent Hill 2 is a PS2 game. Only Silent Hill 1 is PS1.
    Hmm, just realized that.

    The only thing that I really dislike about Silent Hill 2 is that James fights like an old lady. You can't melee creatures while they're down on the ground, you need to wait for them to try and get back up before trying to finish them off completely. Normally I just try to run past things (did this a lot in the apartment buildings and outside), but when you get to the hospital and there's all those undead nurses roaming around, you really need to finish them off, especially while you escort Maria around in such close quarters.

    Besides that one glaring flaw, the only thing I wish is that more of the buildings around town could be explored to scavenge for health supplies, ammo, and whatever, or even just to explore more areas.

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    I've always enjoyed horror games and I dont really know why. I've played a lot of horror games myself, and the ones that I dont play I watch videos of.
    And I've played Exmortis I, that sh*t was so scary that i didn't play the second one
    The horror games that I have played are Dead Space, Amnesia and lots and lots of free indie horror games.
    I tend to get scared a lot by horror games, but that's the reason I love to play them
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    I like the games that do the subtle horror more than the blood and guts horror. The first makes you jump while the second can get a little nauseau inducing.
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