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Top 11 Video Games To Play This Halloween

Halloween is a time for scaring yourself silly while eating the sweets that were intended for trick-or-treaters. It’s a time for having the curtains closed and the lights off, as you hide behind the sofa. It’s a time for playing creepy video games.

Can’t decide which horror title to play? Wriggy runs down 11 video games which are sure to give you the creeps this Halloween:

Alan Wake

Alan Wake's American Nightmare

Release Date: 2010
Platforms: PC, Xbox 360

Alan Wake is a survival horror in which best-selling thriller novelist Alan Wake attempts to uncover the mystery behind his wife’s disappearance during a holiday in the fictional town of Bright Falls, Washington. Meanwhile, Alan experiences events from the plot in his latest novel, which he cannot remember writing, coming to life.

Alone in the Dark

Alone in the Dark

Release Date: 1992, 2008 & 2015
Platforms: Dreamcast, iOS, PC, PS1, PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360

Set in the 1920s, Alone in the Dark depicts the paranormal cases of a private eye called Edward Carnby, who investigates the goings-on in a haunted mansion and town that is full of undead creatures. The series is receiving a reboot in 2015, as Alone in the Dark: Illumination looks set to provide even more scares.

Condemned: Criminal Origins

Condemned: Criminal Origins

Release Date: 2005
Platforms: PC, Xbox 360

Condemned: Criminal Origins is a first-person brawler with psychological horror elements.  The game places a heavy emphasis on melee combat (as opposed to gunplay) and puzzle solving, including searching for fingerprints and gathering evidence. The follow-up, Condemned 2: Bloodshot, was banned in Germany game due to its violent content.

Dead Space

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Release Date: 2008
Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

This science fiction survival horror video game puts the player in control of an engineer named Isaac Clarke, who battles the Necromorphs (reanimated human corpses) aboard an interstellar mining ship. Dead Space received two sequels, which also provided a number of thrills and scares.

F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R.

Release Date: 2005
Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

F.E.A.R. First Encounter Assault Recon is a horror-themed first-person shooter in which F.E.A.R., a fictional Special Forces team is called to contain a supernatural phenomenon. The player assumes the role of F.E.A.R.’s Point Man, who possesses superhuman reflexes, and must uncover the secrets of a paranormal menace in the form of a little girl. A direct sequel, known as F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is also available.

Manhunt

Manhunt

Release Date: 2003
Platforms: PC, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360

Rockstar’s Manhunt follows a supposedly executed death row inmate who is forced to participate in a series of snuff films for former film producer and now underground snuff director, Lionel Starkweather. The game has three levels of execution, with each level progressively more violent and graphic than the last.

P.T.

PT

Release Date: 2014
Platforms: PS4

Available as a free download on the PlayStation Store, P.T. is a first-person horror game in which players navigate through a continuously looping L-shaped hallway. Each loop introduces a certain change in the environment, with players having to solve cryptic puzzles in order to progress. It was later revealed that the playable teaser is for Silent Hills, which will star Norman Reedus (best known for his role as Daryl in “The Walking Dead” television series).

Resident Evil

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Release Date: 1996
Platforms: Dreamcast,  GameCube, Nintendo 64, PC, PlayStation, PS2, PS3, PS4, Sega Saturn, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Capcom’s Resident Evil is a survival horror series that boasts over 25 releases across a wide range of platforms. The plot focuses on multiple characters and their roles in recurring outbreaks of zombies and other monsters, initially due to the release of the T-virus, a biological weapon created by the Umbrella Corporation.

Silent Hill

Silent Hill

Release Date: 1999
Platforms: PC, PlayStation, PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii

Silent Hill is a psychological horror series set in a fictitious American town. The original game saw Harry Mason searching for his missing adopted daughter in the mysterious town of Silent Hill. Stumbling upon a cult conducting a ritual to revive a deity it worships, Harry discovers his daughter’s true origin.

Slender: The Arrival

Slender: The Arrival

Release Date: 2013
Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Slender: The Arrival sees players (armed only with a flashlight) collecting pages and objects while attempting to avoid the grasps of The Slender Man, who is known for the abduction of children in dark, mysterious settings. The title is set to receive a next-gen rerelease, according to a recent PEGI rating.

The Evil Within

The Evil Within

Release Date: 2014
Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Developed by Tango Gameworks, The Evil Within is a survival horror in which Sebastian Castellanos, the protagonist, needs to make use of the environment if he wants to survive whatever is thrown at him. This involves scavenging for supplies and learning when to fight or run.

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