Hello, friends! I just lost power in my apartment for about 10 seconds, which wasn’t long enough to put a damper on my night, but thanks to WordPress no longer auto saving anything that I write, it did cause me to lose two paragraphs that I had already written for this post. Aggravating! So, let’s try this again, shall we?
Today is Day 8 of the 30 Day Video Game Challenge! We’re over a week in, and looking ahead, I’ve been racking my brain to try and find answers for the upcoming questions. Today is another tricky one for me, as someone who doesn’t do much gaming these days.
So, here we go! The question for Day 8 is…
Day 8: What game haunts your dreams?
In my mind, this question has two, different meanings. First, “What game was so, utterly terrifying that it haunts your nightmares and eats away at your soul?” and second, “What game was so mind numbingly difficult that you feel a tightness in your chest whenever you think about maybe playing it again?”
And I don’t really have a good answer for either.
You see, not to sound like a total badass, but nothing really scares me. Well, at least nothing in video games and movies. I don’t know if I’ve ever actually even had a nightmare from a scary game. With that being said, as I mentioned previously, I don’t actually do much gaming anymore, mostly due to the lack of a decent computer, and no money to buy anything on the PS4. However, I do spend an obscene amount of time watching gaming channels, and horror games are my absolute favorite.
So… that’s what I’m going to actually talk about. My favorite horror games that I have ever seen, played people who are not me. I’ll go ahead and apologize ahead of time for these super predictable answers, as each of these games are wildly popular titles.
First up, this game is not only my favorite game of 2017, but one of my favorite horror games of all time: Outlast 2. This game is one of the few in existence that messed with my psyche in ways that I can’t even explain, and also served me quite a few jumpscares, which isn’t that easy to do, for you see, I am actually a fearless badass. As well as watching at least a dozen playthroughs of this game on YouTube, done by various YouTubers, my husband actually got this game when it was released, so I got to be in the room, mere feet away from our TV, while he played. I was so invested in the story, and each time that I’ve watched a new playthrough, I’ve caught something new that I missed the previous few times. It’s just so… good. So good. The first Outlast was fantastically terrifying, and Outlast 2 lived up to all of the hype. Even if the ending was… a bit… weird. However, I don’t believe any nightmares were ever had.
Next up, a very close second to Outlast 2, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. This game also came out in 2017, and was one of the best games I’ve ever seen. Ever. Horror or otherwise. I’m a huge fan of the Resident Evil franchise, and when the Resident Evil 7: The Beginning Hour teaser demo was released, I knew this one would be damn good, too. It definitely did not disappoint. It’s disgusting, and terrifying, and keeps your heart racing from beginning to end. You’re never safe, there’s always something, or someone after you, and that’s terrifying. It’s fantastic. I’ve watched about a dozen playthroughs of this one as well, and it never gets old. The entire franchise is just so awesome!
Lastly, Layers of Fear, which came out in 2016. The hype for Layers of Fear nearly turned me off from the game, but when my favorite YouTubers started playing it, I decided to give it a watch, and I was not disappointed. Despite having an excellent Steam rating, the overall ratings for Layers of Fear were pretty mixed. Personally, I loved it. It was a trippy, gross, jumpscare filled psychological thriller, with gorgeous artwork, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. The developer, Bloober Team, also released another game later on called Observer, which is absolutely fantastic, though I’m not 100% sure it belongs on this list, solely because I don’t personally consider it a horror game. But I highly recommend them both.
Sadly, no nightmares were had with any of these games, no matter how spooky they were. Scary video games don’t give me nightmares. Real things give me nightmares. Things like being nearly 30 years old and not owning my own home, or the idea of never going back to college to finish my degree, or the impending world war that we will inevitably be thrown into by our political leaders… ugh. Absolutely terrifying.
Anyway, thanks for reading today’s post, friends! What are some of your favorite horror games? I’d love to hear what you think!
You can read the rest of my 30 Days of Video Games posts HERE!