Pop quiz. It’s a dark night, there’s no parties in your neighborhood, and your friends are all out of town. You don’t really want to watch a movie or read a book, but playing Mario Galaxy 2 just doesn’t seem to fit the whole Halloween deal, you know? You need some games suited for the Halloween spirit, and since your friends are gone, you’ve got to be able to best them alone. So what to track down? Well, here are 5 games that definitely fit the bill.
Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4 is without a doubt, one of the best single player survival horror experiences you can find. Not because it’s the most intensely scary game ever made (although it definitely has its moments), but simply because it’s hard to find a game that’s this polished with awesome. Don’t worry, this game is plenty terrifying, some of the scenes and sounds to this day send chills down my spine and pull a grin to my face. As a matter of fact, I still replay this game quite a bit around Halloween. If you’re looking for a game to play this Halloween and you’ve never touched Resident Evil, you owe it to yourself to pick this one up. Unless your disgusted by blood or other gross biological things (such as abominations of nature), because this game packs both in spades.
Limbo on the other hand, is about as opposite a game from Resident Evil as you can get. Limbo takes a page from the lesson of “fear is in the absence”. Limbo is quiet, simple and completely unsettling. The story is simple a young boys sister has fallen into a coma, and he enters Limbo to rescue her. While at first it seems simple, you quickly fall under the feeling of fearful oppression that Limbo brings. It’s simplistic, shadow-like art style serves only to amplify the feeling that everything wants you out. Now. Creepy and brilliant.
Now, I haven’t played this one, so I can’t exactly give any personal quips, but it’s pretty much been hailed as the return to survival horror, a genre that has pretty much become a subset of the action genre lately. Dead Space places you in the shoes of Isaac, and engineer in the distant future dispatched to a large space-going ship after a distress call is received. Guess what happens. And squeamish gamers beware, this isn’t for the faint of heart.
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
Yep, I mentioned this one yesterday, now it’s back again, and with good reason. Echoes revolves around the concept of the Light world (the one we know) and the Dark world, a twisted, tainted version of the light world that is so alien, it’s very presence damages you, and you only find shelter under “light beacons”, forcing you to sprint from beacon to beacon, all the while being hunted. Echoes is a flat out an incredible game, with wonderful gameplay and graphics, but for the long sessions spent running through the dark world, this game is perfect for Halloween.
Plants VS Zombies
Plants VS Zombies is a horror game in the same vein that Ghostbusters is a serious horror flick. Hence, we play it for the same reason we watch Ghostbusters at Halloween, to laugh hysterically. Plants VS Zombies is a tower defense game in which you plant a garden to hold off an advancing horde of brain hungry zombies. If that sounds silly, there’s more. Your garden features everything from bone chilling Wintermelons to Peashooters, while the Zombies come in varieties ranging from the Disco Zombie to the Zomboni. A classic.