Sunday, May 28, 2006

Survival of the Horror Games

It all started when I went to a friend's house to play Fatal Frame II Director's Cut...

As an avid gamer, it is really surprising I held off the PS and XBox craze for so long. But then again, curiousity always has to be fufiled, so I did some research and here's what I found, noted and want to play. I'll probably put up images sometime later.

Via GameSpot:

Indigo Prophecy (Available in XBox) - Psychological thriller, this game has one of the best plot and storyline ever, and it has high ratings, compared to Kuon and other action games. Beginning part depicts Lucas Kane (Protagonist) in the restroom of a restaurant, uncontrollably carving weird symbols on his arm. When spotted, he goes crazy, loses control and bludgeons the man to death. From then on, you control Lucas, and will be able to make decisions such as to take time to drag the body away, or clean yourself up, or make a break for it with NYPD's best sitting right outside. The outcome of your choices can affect the gameplay greatly, which makes a good replay value.

Fatal Frame III The Tormented (PS2) - You play as a freelance photographer Rei Kurosawa whose fiance died in a car accident. Your assistant happens to be Mika, the herione of the first series of FF, and along the way you get to play Rei, Miku and Kei, whose niece is Mio. The gameplay switches between the modern comfort of Rei's home and her dreams in which you are able to battle spirits and collect items to and fro from your trips home and to dreamland. Just as exciting as the Fatal Frame series.

Kuon (PS2) - Noted for its japanese oriental theme, and wonderful graphics, the gameplay however receives less credit. Controls are
challenging, and while characters spot a british accent (which may be strangely out of place, but nevertheless are carefully articulated), players are allowed to switch between english and japanese voiceovers. Blood is seen throughout the game, everywhere, though sometimes it is more of a clue to let you progress in the game when you find new blood trails. Short gameplay as well.

Clock Tower 3 (PS2) - Different from normal first person shooter horror action games, in this game you play as a young girl in the streets of London after a war. You need to help spirits and fufil tasks before fighting murderers and escaping this particular murderer after you. 5 chapters in total makes a rather short gameplay. CT 3 is the best of the 3 in the series.Strangely violent scenes qualify it for a M rating. Some of these include digging out eyeballs and hacking a child to death, while the character you play is a child. No HP bars, but panic bars instead.

Siren 2 - Unconventional gameplay, instead of upfront battles, it's a stealth-based game. The ability to sight-jack spirits allow you to see what they are seeing and escape some ghosts. You may have to escort people as well, so commands for them are basically 'Hide, Run and Stay'

Surprised Silent Hill and Resident Eeeeevil isn't inside? Gah well, maybe I don't like shooting games too much, but those are given, I'll definitely want to play those as well if given the chance. For now, I'm tracking Japanese horror games first. ;)


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