This month Megan over at A Geeky Gal is the question master for Later Levels Question of the Month. When I first saw the question she asked my thoughts were “that’s very good for this month” and equally “this one will not give me much to work with”. However, after missing last month I am going to answer this one. Plus, this question doesn’t necessarily need to be answered in the way that first leaps to mind and that is the direction I’m going with it.
The question is “in honour of Halloween, tell me what video game scared you the most. What is it about the elements, environments, music, or characters in the video game that scared you?”.
Now my issue is I am a huge scaredy cat. I like the idea of horror games for people that like that sort of thing but only as long as I don’t have to play them. Basically the same as horror films, as long as I don’t have to see them I’m happy. Though with films I hate when they put horror film trailers on before films I go to see at the cinema (yes I have jumped at them in my seat at the cinema before). I’d rather stick to my non-horror games and considering scary things like Ghost Pokémon rather than actual scary games.
A game that scared me in a sense was Gone Home. It isn’t a scary game, it isn’t in the horror genre by any sense, however it is a game that put me on edge. The mood set by the sounds of rain and thunder and the general sense of unease and winder because you don’t know where anyone is or what has happened in the house. The game allows you to discover things in your own time which is fantastic, however it adds to the unease. It’s dark because you arrived at night and produces this atmosphere that makes you think that something is going to happen, like something is going to jump out at you as you turn a corner or enter a room. This sense scared me to a degree when I first played it. I loved the game and found it amazing that it created that feeling with such simple things combined with my mind worrying about what I was going to see next.
The first time I played The Walking Dead Season 1 was around Halloween a few years ago. I was in the house I was living at the time which made a lot of noises. Like if cars went by the road sometimes the door would shake in the living room. Anyway it was dark, as it always is at this time of year once you get past about 6pm, and I decided to spend my night trying this game. I can’t remember exactly what part I got to that scared me but it had very little to do with the game. As I was playing I heard scratches, the door shaking and just an awareness of people walking by the window and this combined with playing the first season of the Walking Dead game made me freak out. It was not my finest hour phoning my other half panicking because I had managed to scare myself. It turns out that the scratching was our neighbours dog which was much less scary than where my brain went that night. I went back to The Walking Dead another day and it was perfectly fine. My point by mentioning this is sometimes it isn’t even the game that has the possibility of scaring you but how and when you are playing. If I had been playing something bright and colourful or happy I probably wouldn’t have this story for this post so there is a silver lining for things I guess. I obviously enjoyed The Walking Dead as I continued the story and have talked about the series before, however it has the opportunity to scare me if the situation is right.
The game that probably counts as the scariest that I have ever played is Left for Dead. I really enjoy this game, however I still haven’t managed to finish it for several reasons. Firstly, I find it too scary to play alone so have to play it co-op with my other half as Player 2 and getting the time to do this is tough. Secondly, I restrict this further by wanting to play not too late in the day (the last thing I want is to be thinking about this as I go to bed). Thirdly, every time we play this we start from the beginning again so I remember the story, however we then play it once and then don’t find the time for so long that this repeats itself. Why do I find this so scary? The noises. Sound is used so effectively. The worst is the witches cry. Just hearing it creeps me out and I am very happy to avoid them but that doesn’t always happen especially when some characters go say hello to her. Also when something comes out at you that you aren’t expecting. One day I will finish this game and see what the sequel is like. Maybe if the other half and I have a day together for gaming we could power through the story and I might see the end of the game or maybe we just pick it up wherever I left this time so I might finish it.
This month is definitely not the month that I will be picking up a scary game. However, what scary games are you playing? Let me know in the comments.