Games You're Too Scared to Play
Watching a Let's Play of a spooky game and actually playing it yourself are two different things...as I learned myself.
Outlast has come out and everyone is talking about how down right scary it is. Youtube is full of people playing it, but would you play it yourself? Amazing that the game was given a 9/10 here on Destructoid.
Also there are so pretty big penises in that game...
What games are you too scared to play or would like to play because you would be scared? Tell your stories of shared or solo loner loser horror game escapades!
Or if you are too chicken for even that, what do you think of horror focused Lets Plays?
Also...we should totally do some together! Horror games that is.
Last edited by GlowBear; 09-06-2013 at 01:48 PM.
Reason: OH TITS CAN A MOD PUT THIS IN THE GENERAL GAMING SECTION SOWWY
GOTY right here.
Originally Posted by GlowBear
On topic, I couldn't play Far Cry 3 for awhile because I'm scarred of sharks and one of the first missions forces you to go into the water.
Bascially any game with sharks or sea monsters or just big empty open bodies of water freak me out.
That's a different and interesting aspect of "scary off-putting games". I can sympathise though.
I will say this, for those interested in playing Slender:Arrival, the only real scary part of the game that gives you that "oh I don't wanna go any further" feel is the first chapter. It's rubbish from then on.
There isn't a game I am too scared to play. There are only games I'm too scared to buy. Those prices are scary son.
I can't even watch Let's Plays of horror games. I'm not really disturbed or frightened by things like gore or scary monster designs. Jump scares just piss me off. What makes me scared is how in some of these games, most of the time, nothing is really happening. You're not seeing or interacting with anything or anyone, and you're just staring at this dark, lifeless environment. To me, there's nothing scarier than what you can't see because my imagination just wanders off and thinks of something truly horrifying. I guess my overactive imagination is what makes me incapable of playing any horror game.
Back when I first got Dark Forces, I could not stand the Dianogas. They gave me the jiblies like a motherfucker. I must have replayed the first two levels fifty times before I bothered to try and get past them again.
I am scared to play things like Hyperdimension Neptunia. There are depths I am not willing to explore.
[Level 6: Robot]
Welp, I'm probably... no I am going to embarrass myself. I use to be scared of Oblivion back when I was introduced to the series. Pretty sure that was my first person RPG type of game. Anyhow, that game is extremely dark and at the time I didn't fuck around with the brightness settings. So every time I'd enter a dungeon I'd be fucking scared shitless because I didn't know what was around the corners or in front of me. All I could hear where footsteps and hissing sounds, shit bugged me the fuck out. I'd scream and swing my sword relentlessly whenever an enemy would spot me then run quickly out of the dungeon. Yup, that happened.
After learning how to actually play the game, this was no longer a problem. Laugh all you want, I'm now the best Oblivion/Skyrim player there ever WAS!
Playing as the marine in Aliens Vs Predator, the 1999 one, as a kid. That scared me shitless, the aliens were scary enough but it was the facehugger that really fucked with you, you'd hear this sort of weird scrunching/tapping noise, which was how you knew one was in the room if you couldn't see them (which was them moving about on the floor) and that really freaked me out because you'd be watching for aliens jumping out of vents or whatever whilst trying to find this tiny shape on the floor ...and if you didn't catch the fucker quick enough that was it, you'd get facehugged. Which... was a very sudden and unpleasant experience, to say the least.
Can't think of anything as adult that's really scared me enough to not want to play, unless you mean games so bad they scare me.
^Never got to play AVP(1999). Still want to.
That asshole shark from banjo kazooie still creeps me out pretty bad.
It comes up in the Steam sales from time to time, it's still pretty playable if showing it's age in a lot of respects.
Originally Posted by GlowBear
I watched the Dead Space series because I was curious where the story was going to go, but I couldn't be bothered spending hours running back and forth on space ship/stations when I don't enjoy the combat. Also, the first started out extremely well, but as soon as I figured it was going to be nothing but jump scares, I said forget it. Again, the combat system was interesting at first, but got old real quick. I remember I did beat the first game, but that was when I played games more seriously.
I was kinda of disappointed when the series also said fuck it and went for a more actiony bent. Then again, the writing was never it's strong suite. Interesting premise with lackluster "twists".
Sound is a huge factor for me. I'm a brick shithouse when it comes to horror, but if I fall asleep after playing late at night, it's guaranteed I'll have a nightmare or two. Fortunately, I enjoy nightmares most of the time, because it's essentially like being in a horror movie/game.
I can't play Amnesia with headphones on. Can't fuckin do it.
[Level 4: Cyborg]
I'll give a bit of a different perspective rather than the typical "can't play horror game because nightmares", then.
I have what I'd call slight hydrophobia (nearly drowned as a wee lad) - I CAN swim if I have to, but I'd rather not and doing so makes me incredibly uncomfortable. One thing this has led to is the fact that I am incredibly frightened of, and I am not kidding, certain water levels in certain games. I pretty much had a mini panick attack playing through that sewer level in TLoU, and I'm currently going through Shadow of the Colossus again whilst dreading that inevitable water colossus.
So yeah. Fucking water levels. Hate 'em.
Have you heard of 'Routine', Nihil? It's still in development, but it sort of looks like a First-Person Dead Space crossed with Amnesia. It's a lot more atmospheric and moody (or atleast looks it.)
Originally Posted by Nihil
The funny thing about Amnesia is that the more you play it, the less it scares you. It's still the scariest game out there, but I've played it 3-4 times, at least, and by now, I can go through it and only feel a faint chill at certain points of the game. Still really great game to play, but the first time is truly the greatest.
Originally Posted by Nihil
As for games I'm too scared to play?...hmm...Well, I bailed from playing Slender, as much as I hate to admit it. If I really wanted to I could play it, but it's not really that fun of a game in the first place (in my opinion).
The way I see it, no game is too scary to play. You just have to find the courage to play it. Like, I thought I would never be able to play games like Silent Hill, Resident Evil 4, or even Dead Space, when I was younger. Now, they're nothing. I just stood up to them and fought back, and they didn't stand a chance.
Actually, the only thing of the three that has scared me recently was a recent playthrough of Dead Space where a necromorph came up behind me, and I couldn't see it, but all of a sudden it filled up the entire screen, because it was right in front of the camera. That was a bit of a shock.
I have not but my interest is now piqued.
Originally Posted by Panzadolphin56
I love the 80's aesthetic they're going for, mainly because I hate the 80's and a horror bent put on it just seems appropriate.
From what I've seen, it doesn't bring to mind Dead Space at all. Dead Space is all about the violence and gore. This just seems like Amnesia in space. Which is fucking HORRIBLE.
It's on a space station, it's the future, you're an engineer carrying a tool/gun thing and there are scary monsters after you.
I know what you mean though. Gameplay-wise they share barely anything, but when I first heard about Dead Space (i.e. before I'd actually played it) I was expecting something like Routine.
Also, another game that scared me shitless almost enough to make it unplayable as a kid: Fatal Frame/Project Zero. The atmosphere in that game is amazing - those tense moments where everything slows down in a cutscene and you can almost hear the character breathing and then something pops out at you, or you're wandering down a dark hallway handicapped by the character's pathetic run only for something to suddenly pop into the periphery of your vision for just a split-second. Very scary.
Same for me as far as that AvP is concerned.
Originally Posted by Panzadolphin56
Unreal messed with my head quite badly because it was the first game I played with rear speakers but it also helped to desensitise me to this stuff because I couldn't stop going back for more. Not particularly a horror game as such but having that rear sound for the first time was a freaky blast of a time.
I've always been one huge wimp when it comes to horror and only started to get to grips with it in my early to mid 20s. There's still certain movies I can only watch in the smallest window possible on a computer.
There's one modern era game I haven't gone back to and really want to, that's Condemned. I don't know why I hold off from doing it and I've only ever played it a few hours on my old gamertag, must be something in the back of my mind that stops me doing it.
I couldn't play Resident Evil for a long time thanks to walking into my mate's room and him having his TV overly loud during the demo for RE2. All I saw was a blank screen and silence, all of a sudden there's a huge chilling noise as a zombie's face is on the screen announcing it's out soon. I needed a new pair of pants instantly.
On mentioning RE2, sound appears to be a big thing for me, at the movies I can be watching your average action movie with no thriller elements and sharp, big noises just make me jump. Never let me hold the popcorn.
Oh yeah, that whole intro section on the prison ship in Unreal was really unnerving.
Yeah, I can always recall the section where you get trapped vividly. For someone who's always been timid to horror shock moments, that part was startling to say the least.