Horror fans enjoy a feast of fantastic and terrifying games.

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Horror fans enjoy a feast of fantastic and terrifying games.

It’s a golden age for horror games. During Sony’s June State of Play presentation, fans learned that two highly anticipated games were coming out within a four-month window: Resident Evil 4 Y The Callisto Protocol. In early May, Electronic Arts announced that a new version of Dead space would also be released in that window. All of these games are based on the rich history of the genre; two are remakes, and The Callisto Protocol is made by part of the original team behind the first Dead space. All three of these games are big-budget experiences that seem genuinely terrifying, and it’s a great sign for a genre that hasn’t always gotten the attention and love it deserves, even as awesome indie games continue to push the genre forward.

Of these upcoming AAA horror games, The Callisto Protocol it will be released first, with a December 2022 release date. Just from the trailer alone, the game looks terrifying, with stark environments and interesting weapons, like a gravity gun called the Grip. Prisoner Jacob Lee is trapped in the lunar prison, and is now locked up with a group of humanoid-looking monsters called biophages that bring Dead space‘s Necromorphs to mind. The game was originally planned to take place in the PUBG universe, but has since been reworked to be a completely original story.

a zombie crawling on the ground in The Callisto Protocol

Image: The Game Awards/Twitch

Dead space It arrives shortly after, in January 2023, and looks like a better, more detailed version of the original horror classic. Isaac Clarke is a ship systems engineer responding to a distress signal on the USG Ishimura. Unfortunately, the ship is now full of dead and murderous necromorphs, so Isaac needs to repurpose his industrial weaponry to cut off their limbs and try to survive. The game is famous for its scares, rounded off by masterful sound and user interface design. You see Isaac’s health bar through a tube on his back; when he is injured, his ragged breath echoes off his helmet.

The last of the group, the Resident Evil 4 The remake is planned for release on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X on March 24, 2023, with new VR content also announced. We haven’t seen much of the game, but the original is considered a classic for a reason. Leon S. Kennedy, no longer a rookie, is on a rescue mission for the president’s daughter in a remote European village, but things quickly spiral out of control when he encounters murderous locals and the conspiracy that ensues. with an old enemy.

The return of these classics is especially exciting, given the way the Resident Evil and Dead Space franchises briefly spiraled out of control in the early 2010s, slowly abandoning the horror elements that made these games in favor of one-sided action. more frantic and exaggerated. experiences. By 2015, the Dead Space franchise fell into torpor and Resident Evil set things back with 2017. Resident Evil 7 and its follow-up 2021, Village. Dead space getting a proper remake feels like a mea culpa and an acknowledgment; yes, people really like scary single player campaigns. We are a group of little monsters who love to be chased by bloody monsters, not to chase those monsters with a machine gun. Even older titles thought to be forgotten are making a comeback, as evidenced by RoutineThe surprise appearance of Summer Game Fest.

The great vampire Lady Dimitrescu prepares to attack Ethan Winters in Resident Evil Village.

Image: Capcom

There’s something for everyone right now, even outside of single-player experiences. Multiplayer horror games like frightening hunger either dead by daylight they’re also incredibly popular, and while they don’t have the same seriousness and careful plotting as a single-player game, they’re a fun way to experience the chills and thrills with friends. Even if you prefer the cheesy pulp that offers spectacle along with scares, The Dark Pictures Anthology and The quarry from Supermassive Games are designed to scratch that itch.

And if you’re tired of remakes or big budget titles, there are plenty of great indie horror games out there. Developers are creating small, memorable and innovative games like mirror layerswhich takes place in an apartment with a PC connected to other players who provide helpful hints, tips and tools. worldly is a Swiss expedition gone terribly wrong with memorable hand-drawn visuals. night link has the player take on the role of a courier going through an apartment and distributing mysterious recorded tapes to deranged residents.

If you’re not sure where to find these smaller titles, the horror gaming community Twitter account is constantly marking finds like these. The account is meant to be a celebration of all things horror, from big flagship titles to little mystery gems. The account will also be posting screenshots and concept art from older titles, encouraging fans to discuss their favorites. If big-budget remakes tire you, there’s a smorgasbord of smaller gems, ranging from the expression manipulation game Who is Lila? a Silta game that seems Inside but the nightmare of a thalassophobe.

It’s nice to be scared sometimes; there is something comforting about looking into the abyss in a controlled environment. Horror fans are in for a great year, but there’s also tons of recent material worth checking out. If anything, the biggest problem horror fans have is that there isn’t enough time for all these great games. Unless you’re a fan of Silent Hill; in that case, press F to pay your respects.

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