PS3's top 5 horror games
- Posted October 31st, 2011 at 10:24 EDT by Michael Harradence
Halloween comes but once a year, and for us gamers it’s the perfect excuse to lock the doors, turn off all communication devices, get nice and snug and dust off some horror classics. With PlayStation 3 nearing its five-year anniversary, the console has amassed a fairly competent bunch of potentially pant-wetting pleasures, from the like of Visceral Games’ sci-fi spook fest Dead Space to the PSN-exclusive Siren: Blood Curse.
As such, PSU has decided to cobble together a list of the most horrific slices of entertainment to grace Sony’s black behemoth since its inception. If that’s got you in the mood for all things horror, then be sure to have a butcher’s at our past Halloween features, which takes a look at some of the biggest and baddest horror foes to strike fear into the hearts of gamers worldwide.
For now though, join us as we count down the top 5 PS3 horror games.
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SIREN: BLOOD CURSE
Released in episodic form on PSN and later on Blu-ray, Siren: Blood Curse is a quintessentially old school Survival Horror romp, which sees players investigating a spooky Japanese village infested by undead known as ‘Shibito.’ The game is broken up into bite-sized chunks, or Chapters, and is noted for incorporating many stealth elements, encouraging players to evade enemies rather than fight them. Instrumental to this is the intriguing ‘sight jacking’ function, allowing you to effectively see through the eyes of your enemies. A far more methodical outing than the outright blasters of recent times, Siren is packed full of twisted, grotesque creatures and weaves a compelling narrative that’ll ensure you adopt a ‘just one more chapter’ approach to playing. The Shibito are among some of the most disturbing foes you’ll likely see on PS3, whether it be the disturbing, skittering Spider variety or the grinning, blood-stained nurses that ramble incoherently to themselves before charging at you, knife in hand. If you want a thinking man’s horror where action takes a back seat, then Siren should be right up your street. One chapter has you playing as a terrified 10-year-old girl named Bella, where you must use wits and stealth alone to make it out of a dilapidated hospital alive – no guns, no gadgets, just you and a torch.
For many, Visceral Games’ seminal sci-fi horror fest Dead Space single handily reinvigorated the Survival Horror genre up on its release in 2008. Looking back, it’s not hard to see why, and in my eyes hasn’t really been surpassed to this day. You play as Isaac Clarke, a space engineer sent to aboard the spooky mining ship Ishimura, which has ceased communication with the outside world. After snooping around for barely five minutes, you quickly discover the cause of the perpetual silence: the whole place is infested with Necromorphs, that is, human corpses which have been reanimated by a mysterious alien entity. Functionality similar to Resident Evil 4 (only miles scarier), Dead Space uses an over-the-shoulder perspective and throws just about every horror cliché out there at you, but never feels over-produced or cheap. The scares genuinely work, whether it is the distant clatter of something around the next corner, a surprise Necromorph attack from behind or the suicidal ramblings of a would-be survivor. Combat is intuitive and incredibly satisfying as you attempt to ‘strategically dismember’ the vicious walking corpses, and ammo and supplies must be carefully manage if you don’t want Clarke to end up with a lost limb…or two. Boasting a stellar score and atmosphere unrivalled by virtually any other horror game on Sony’s flagship console, Dead Space delivers buckets of gore, thrills and chills at every corner.
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
An integral ingredient to any self-respecting horror aficionado’s games collection, Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare is actually one of the better zombie games to come out of the current-generation of consoles. Don’t ... (continued on next page) ----
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