Halloween is just one of the funnest times of the year for us. You have costume parties, haunted houses, great movies and always have some fantastic scary games to play. These are but a few of our favorite titles to play around Halloween that are guaranteed to entertain and scare gamers. We would love to hear your picks. Leave your nominees and thoughts at the comment section!
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Zombies Ate My Neighbors is a run and gun video game for the Super Nintendo and Sega Mega Drive/Sega Genesis consoles. The game was developed, distributed and produced by LucasArts and published by Konami.
The player chooses between two characters, Zeke and Julie, or both in a two-player mode. They navigate suburban neighborhoods, shopping malls, pyramids, haunted castles and other areas, destroying a variety of horror-movie monsters, including vampires, werewolves, huge demonic babies, squidmen, evil dolls, aliens, UFOs, giant ants, blobs, giant worms, and the game’s namesake, zombies.
Gamers step into a third-person sci-fi survival horror experience that promises to deliver the ultimate in psychological thrills and gruesome action. Set in the cold blackness of deep space, the atmosphere is soaked with a feeling of tension, dread and sheer terror. In Dead Space, players step into the role of engineer Isaac Clarke – an ordinary man on a seemingly routine mission to fix the communications systems aboard a deep space mining ship. It is not long before Isaac awakes to a living nightmare when he learns that the ship’s crew has been ravaged by a vicious alien infestation. He must fight through the dead silence and darkness of deep space to stay alive.
Resident Evil 4
The fourth installment of Capcom’s pivotal “Survival Horror” series continues on Nintendo GameCube and PS2. The title takes place in 2004 some six years after the events that transpired in Resident Evil 2. The government has destroyed the Umbrella Corporation, which has been behind just about every plot and disgusting bio-chemical mutation in the survival horror series. Now-US agent Leon Kennedy (of Resident Evil 2 fame) has been dispatched to Europe to save the President’s daughter from “crazed organizations.” RE4 boasts some of the most impressive visuals to date on Nintendo’s next generation console, and takes the series into the realm of truly three-dimensional gameplay. Stagnant environments found in previous Resident Evil games are replaced by detailed 3D surroundings complete with dynamic camera work.
Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th is a video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System released by LJN Ltd. in 1989. It was based on the film series of the same name and featured both hockey-masked serial killer Jason Voorhees and his mother, Pamela. Jason is on a rampage and it’s up to you to stop him, but it’s not going to be easy. You must first fight your way through forests filled with man-eating wolves, caves covered with blood sucking bats and hordes of mindless zombies everywhere you turn You must also help any friend who is in danger, or else you can just kiss them goodbye. And hiding in a cabin or staying adrift in a canoe won’t keep you safe – Jason will find you anywhere. The only way to survive this summer is to challenge Jason face to face, and destroy him.
Follow Rick and his mysterious Terror Mask as he unmercifully tears, cuts and beats his way through denizens of unearthly creatures in an epic adventure to rescue his girlfriend from the clutches of deranged occult figure Dr. West. Embodying the unfiltered, primal aggression of its namesake, Splatterhouse combines visceral, adrenaline-soaked combat with horror elements to deliver an original gaming experience that defies the boundaries of the traditional action category with over the-top gore and shocking new gameplay mechanics.
Featuring an original storyline by critically-acclaimed comic book writer Gordon Rennie (Necronauts, Judge Dredd), Splatterhouse takes Rick beyond the mansion as he scours the ends of the world to rescue his beloved Jennifer.
Left 4 Dead 2
Down in the bayou of Louisiana, all hell has broken loose in this second entry of the multiplayer zombie-fest. Players assume the role of four new survivors, each with their own personality and new dialog. The game leads them through the southeastern region of the US — from Savannah, Georgia through the bayou country, and climaxing in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
This co-operative action horror FPS takes you and your friends through the cities, swamps and cemeteries of the Deep South, from Savannah to New Orleans across five expansive campaigns. You’ll play as one of four new survivors armed with a wide and devastating array of classic and upgraded weapons. In addition to firearms, you’ll also get a chance to take out some aggression on infected with a variety of carnage-creating melee weapons, from chainsaws to axes and even the deadly frying pan. You’ll be putting these weapons to the test against (or playing as in Versus) three horrific and formidable new Special Infected. You’ll also encounter five new “uncommon” common infected, including the terrifying Mudmen.
A violent action game from Rockstar, Manhunt is the story of James Earl Cash, a man previously thought dead who wakes up in a town filled with deadly gangs. Guided only by the whispers of a man named “The Director” through his earpiece, Cash must find whatever he can to survive the night. Players must make strategic choices as to which weapons to use, ranging from silent and stealthy to loud and destructive. Everyday items may be the key to your survival, as plastic bags become instruments of strangulation, and shards of glass your defensive weapons. Escape the nightmare that is Carcer City and maybe you’ll learn the identity of the mysterious “Director”.
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill created an atmosphere that was not only eerie, but also often psychologically unnerving: David Lynch’s Twin Peaks combined with the look of a Marilyn Manson video. Silent Hill 2 brings you back to the town of Silent Hill as James, a man who lost his wife several years earlier. One day, he receives a letter from his dead wife telling him to come back to Silent Hill, but what he finds there when he returns is nothing short of horrifying.
Saw: The Game
Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer is abducting morally wayward people and forcing them to play horrific games for their own survival. Faced with impossible choices, the victims must struggle to win back his or her life…or else die trying.
The House of the Dead 2
In the first House of the Dead, you and your partner were sent to the Curian Mansion to investigate Dr. Curian, a mad scientist who was experimenting with the dead. Once you had cleaned out the house and eliminated the doctor, you figured the world was once again safe. Unfortunately, a man named Goldman decided to continue the doctor’s research, only this time the zombies are overrunning an entire town. Once again, it’s up to you and your partner to clean out the zombies and restore peace. Quick decisions are a must, but be careful that you don’t tag an innocent citizen–keep your eyes open for special power-ups and upgrades. You’ll have a variety of modes to choose from, including Arcade, Original, Training, Boss, and Ranking. Play this first-person on-rails shooter with the standard Dreamcast controller, or give yourself the authentic arcade feel and hook up your light gun.
Mature, third-person horror adventure from the makers of the original Legacy of Kain. Featuring 12 playable characters throughout history, including a Roman Centurion and a priest during the period of Inquisition, the story follows Alexandra Roivas, a young, beautiful woman whose grandfather’s body has just been found in his dark and moody mansion, bloodied and torn apart, his head missing. When she learns that the local police have been unable to uncover any clues regarding the obvious murder, she decides to take matters into her own hands. It’s when she arrives at her deceased relative’s mansion to investigate that the tale of Eternal Darkness truly begins.
ZombiU puts players in the middle of London circa 2012, where an outbreak has infected the population, destroying their humanity and turning them into mindless monsters preying on the flesh of the few remaining survivors. This fear-fueled first-person shooter takes all the terror, chaos and tension found in the best of the horror genre and adds original interactive elements, including a unique death mechanic that puts players in the body of a different survivor each time they die, allowing them to track and take down their old, infected characters, recover their equipment and see if they can stay alive just a little bit longer this time.