Ten Reasons For Horror Fans To Get Excited

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Some gamers say the horror genre has declined in quality over the last decade, and to an extent, those claims are true. Particularly with big franchises like Dead Space and Resident Evil drifting from survival horror into all-out action games, it has left the impression that the horror genre is in decline. But just because big titles have drifted away from the horror genre, it doesn’t mean smaller ones haven’t succeeded.

Lesser known titles like The Curse of Blackwater Bay, Insanidade and Amnesia: The Dark Descent have kept the horror genre going. Over the last couple years, we have seen some fantastic horror games developed, but 2013/14 looks to be the golden year for horror titles. After talking last week about what makes a good horror game, here are ten upcoming horror games that will leave horror fans spoilt for choice:

The Train

Available on: PC
Release date: July 13th, 2013

Frequent YouTube users may have seen this title make its rounds lately on some of the popular horror YouTube channels. The Train is a recently released indie horror game which blends the present with the past, as you constantly go back and forth between flashbacks and the train. Although Russian is the only language available in the game, which means the story may be a bit of a mystery, there is no doubt this game is scary.

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Outlast

Developer: Red Barrels Studio
Publisher:
Red Barrels Studio
Available on:
PC, PlayStation 4
Release date:
September 4th, 2013

Possibly my most anticipated horror this year, Outlast looks to be truly terrifying. You play as an independent journalist named Miles Upshur who breaks into an insane asylum, acting on an inside tip. You can’t fight back, so you rely a lot on hiding from the terrifying creatures who inhabit the asylum.

Daylight

Developer: Zombie Studios
Publisher:
Atlus
Available on:
PC, PlayStation 4
Release date: Q1 2014

Utilizing the Unreal Engine 4, you are placed into the boots of a woman who has just woken up in an abandoned hospital. With only the light of your cell phone to guide your path, you have to escape the hospital. The most defining aspect to this game is its procedurally generated world, which creates a different environment for every new game. No two encounters will be the same.

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs -

Developer: Thechineseroom
Publisher: Frictional Games
Available on: PC, Mac, Linux
Release date: 2013

Nearly every horror fan will have played Amnesia: The Dark Descent, the first title in the series. The indirect sequel to arguably one of the scariest games of all time, A Machine for Pigs is set 60 years after The Dark Descent. Set on New Year’s Eve 1899 in Victorian London, the focus of the story will be Oswald Mandus, a wealthy industrialist, and his relationship with his children. After returning from an expedition to Mexico, Mandus is hit by fever, and has frequent dreams about a dark machine until he regains consciousness. Little does he know that months have passed, and upon awakening, he hears the roar of an engine and a mysterious machine starts up.

Among The Sleep -

Developer: Krillbite Studio
Publisher: Krillbite Studio
Available on: PC, Mac, Linux
Release date: Q4 2013

This title has crawled (pun intended) its way into the curiosity of many horror fans. Thrust into the tiny feet of a two-year old, it blends reality and the endless imagination of a child. It is one of the more unique titles this year, was recently Greenlit and successfully funded on Kickstarter. It is heavily focused on the atmosphere and exploration, which will mix some puzzle gameplay as well.

The Evil Within -

Developer: Tango Gameworks
Publisher:
Bethesda Softworks
Available on:
PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360
Release date: 2014

Possibly the biggest title for upcoming survival horror games, The Evil Within is being led by Resident Evil creator, Shinji Mikami so you can expect a thoroughly detailed game. Playing as a detective named Sebastian, you are called out to investigate a homicide at an inner-city asylum. The survival-horror aspect in this game is fantastic, as you are restricted from using heavy weaponry. It is the perfect balance, as you have two options; shoot your way to safety but risk running out of already limited ammo, or hide and preserve your ammo.

Routine -

Developer: Lunar Software
Available on: PC
Release date: 2013

Routine is a first person horror exploration game set on an abandoned Moon base. Your job is to find enough data to uncover the truth behind the strange disappearance of everyone stationed on the Lunar Research Station. This game relies on your ability to run, hide and survive. Installed with a Permadeath system, with no HUD, no health bars or points system, you will be on edge at all times.

Dementium II

Developer: Memetic Games
Publisher:
Digital Tribe Games
Available on:
PC, Mac
Release date: TBA

After having recently undergone a radical brain operation, you play as William Redmoor, a current inmate at the Bright Dawn Treatment Centre for the criminally insane. This game looks to blend your memories of what is real, and what isn’t.

Asylum -

Developer: Senscape
Publisher:
Senscape
Available on:
PC, Mac, Linux, iOS
Release date: Late 2013

Asylum is a psychological horror adventure inspired by H.P. Lovecraft where you must journey through the intricate floors of the Hanwell Mental Institute, in which unimaginable atrocities have occurred in the past. Although asylums have been a dominant location for horrors, Asylum look to have created a fantastically terrifying atmosphere.

The Forest

Developer: SKS Games
Publisher:
SKS Games
Available on:
PC, Oculus Rift
Release date: TBA

This is another game which was recently Greenlit by the Steam community. The Forest is an open-world survival horror situated in a living, breathing forest with weather patterns, plants that grow and die with a vast underground network of caves and underground lakes. Build your camp during the day, as you will have to defend your base at night from the genetic mutants that control the island.The Forest will also support the Oculus Rift to fully immerse players in the fast-paced forest. SKS Games have strengthened the indie horror list with this promising title.

Feel like I missed a title that has drawn your attention? Let me know in the comments below.

Ryan Livingstone is the PC Editor at Analog Addiction. You can also follow him on Twitter, or send him an e-mail at ryan_13_10@hotmail.com.

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5 thoughts on “Ten Reasons For Horror Fans To Get Excited

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  3. I think get excited was an understatement! Just watching the trailer for Outlast had me squirming in my seat I was so scared! I’ve been wanting a new survival horror game for a really long time and I was very excited after seeing Evil Within at E3 – now I’m even more excited! Great article!

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    • We can squirm in excitement and horror together! Less than a month now till Outlast, I really can’t wait for that game. Thanks for the kind words :)

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