Siren is the Scariest Game Ever Made

Note: This article was originally published in Well Played 3.0 in 2011. I wrote about the book here at the time, but the old links are dead and these days you actually have to buy the book or go wading through academic PDF sites if you want to read it. So I am reposting it […]

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

Platforms: Wii, PS2, PSP Release Date: 2009-12-08 Regions: USA Japan Europe Chris’s Rating: ★★★☆ This not-quite-perfect remix of the original Silent Hill is a fantastic new direction for the series. This review was written by my good friend, Casey Richardson. Thanks Casey! Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is the latest installment of Konami’s seminal survival horror […]

Silent Hill: 0rigins

Also known as: Silent Hill: Origins Platforms: PS2, PSP Release Date: 2008-03-04 Regions: USA Japan Europe Chris’s Rating: ★★★☆ The Silent Hill mechanics reproduced with such exacting care that the result feels soulless. This is a review of the PSP version of this game. I originally posted this on the blog because handheld games are […]

Obscure 2

Platforms: PS2, Wii, PC Release Date: 2008-03-25 Regions: USA Europe Chris’s Rating: ☆☆☆☆ The worst aspects of a teenage slasher flick in game form: boring, trite, and occasionally offensive. The original Obscure was a fun, if somewhat routine, horror game. Its saving grace was its two player mode, something that has still yet to be […]

Rule of Rose

Platforms: PS2 Release Date: 2006-09-12 Regions: USA Japan Europe Official site:

Fatal Frame 3

Also known as: Rei 3 Platforms: PS2 Release Date: 2005-11-08 Regions: USA Japan Europe Chris’s Rating: ★★★☆ Girls visiting sinister Japanese buildings at night continues to be a successful formula for this series, though to be fair Fatal Frame III does have some new tricks up its sleeve. Fatal Frame III is subtitled “The Tormented.” […]

The Suffering: Ties That Bind

Platforms: PS2, Xbox Release Date: 2005-09-26 Regions: USA Europe Chris’s Rating: ★★☆☆ Though this sequel is very similar to its predecessor, some balancing and plot problems prevent it from being completely successful. Official site at Surreal Software. The Suffering: Ties That Bind is the sequel to the 2004 title The Suffering by Surreal Software. If […]

Cold Fear

Platforms: PS2, Xbox, PC Release Date: 2005-03-15 Regions: USA Europe Chris’s Rating: ☆☆☆☆ A pretty but ultimately shallow and frustrating attempt at action-oriented horror. I’m not sure what to say about Cold Fear exactly. It’s got all the components of a good horror game, excellent graphics, and some genuinely creepy environments, and yet I can’t […]