Back in 1995

“These days, though, you have to be pretty technical before you can even aspire to crudeness.” — William Gibson, Johnny Mnemonic If you’re an indie developer, making a pixel art game is pretty attractive.  First and foremost, it’s pretty cheap and easy to develop, at least in terms of art production.  A one-man-band dev can put together […]

Murdered: Soul Suspect

I wasn’t planning on buying a next gen console, at least not for a while. I have a giant stack of games for older consoles that I should play first, and besides, I’m out of HDMI ports.  But when a friend offered me his Xbox One for $100, I couldn’t pass it up.  The only game […]

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare

Platforms: Xbox360, PC Release Date: 2012-02-22 Regions: USA Japan Europe Chris’s Rating: ★★★★ Small, tight, and fascinating, this short follow-up is better than the original Alan Wake. “I think the major is just about to fall asleep over his typewriter-although his fingers are still racing feverishly over the keys…” “It’s a creepy thought.” “This is […]

Rise of Nightmares

Platforms: Xbox360 Release Date: 2011-06-09 Regions: USA Japan Europe Chris’s Rating: ☆☆☆☆ A lame zombie brawler is rendered unplayable by its motion control scheme. Rise of Nightmares is a first-person horror beat-em-up that relies on the Kinect sensor for controls. You pivot your shoulders left and right to turn, put your foot forward to walk, […]

…Iru!

Platforms: PSX Release Date: 1998-03-26 Regions: Japan Chris’s Rating: ☆☆☆☆ An extremely dated exercise in unwavering linearity, …Iru! is only interesting when contrasted with better games. I have a huge collection of obscure horror games that I have amassed over the years. Most of them are Japan-only PS1 releases, and these days they are neigh […]

Silent Hill Downpour

Platforms: Xbox360, PS3 Release Date: 2012-03-13 Regions: USA Japan Europe Chris’s Rating: ★☆☆☆ A disappointing entry in the Silent Hill series, Downpour’s flaws stem from a few major design decisions. Silent Hill Downpour is a disappointing game. It is clearly the worst Silent Hill game to date, and it was justly panned by the press. […]

Ikenie No Yoru

Also known as: Night of Sacrifice Platforms: Wii Release Date: 2011-03-24 Regions: Japan Chris’s Rating: ★★★☆ Incredibly simple gameplay is made scary by the use of the Wii Balance Board for movement. Ikenie No Yoru (???????, “Night of Sacrifice”) is the only game I know of that uses the Wii Balance Board other than Nintendo’s […]

Catherine

Platforms: Xbox360, PS3 Release Date: 2011-07-26 Regions: USA Japan Chris’s Rating: ★★★★ A thriller with sex, curses, and… block puzzles? Catherine is one of the most innovative and difficult-to-catagorize games ever. Though this site has cataloged many horror games, most fall into one of a few distinct categories. You’ve got your exploration / puzzle games […]

Nanashi no Geemu: Me

Also known as: Nanashi no Game: Me Platforms: DS Release Date: 2009-10-27 Regions: Japan Chris’s Rating: ★★☆☆ This sequel maintains its predecessor’s unique approach to horror and fixes some problems, but it is still a little too simple. Nanashi No Geemu: Me is an evolutionary sequel to the original Nameless Game for DS. Like its […]

Alan Wake

Platforms: Xbox360, PS3 Release Date: 2010-05-14 Regions: USA Japan Europe Chris’s Rating: ★★★☆ Great writing saves this psychological action thriller from its slightly-too-simple gameplay. Alan Wake does not bill itself as a horror game. It’s a “psychological action thriller,” which is a label that very clearly describes what the game is about. There are supernatural […]