I’ve always been a big fan of spooky games. I used to watch horror movies with my dad when i was like six. I think the first actual “horror game” i ever played was the original Resident Evil for the PS1, which certainly isn’t exactly “scary” by today’s terms but i always thought the tank controls made you feel very claustrophobic and vulnerable, which is obviously exactly how you should feel in a scary game.
One game that always freaked me the heck out when i was little though was Alien: Trilogy also for the PS1. It’s basically a DOOM rip-off rendition of the first three Alien movies. Everything including the enemies is sprite based and for whatever reason the weird 2 frame moving animation cycles for the aliens just made me want to turn off the game when i was younger. That game gave me a multitude of nightmares when i was a wee lad. The music is phenomenal and for a game far more focused on being a shooter the atmosphere is really good, not to mention it’s an absolute blast to play.
Speaking of which yeah i’m one of those people who find older graphics and stuff like physical puppets a lot scarier than “realistic” CGI. I suppose it just lends more to the imagination. Prime example is The Thing, i find the puppeteered monster from the original movie way freakier than the CGI one from the remake.
I think that’s why i think the game that still creeps me out more than any other one is Lone Survivor.
It’s basically sidescrolling Silent Hill with SNES graphics. I’ve never seen any game nail the absolute mind-mess of an atmosphere a real scary game needs as well as this one. There are absolutely zero jumpscares, just a lot of being very on edge. Getting spotted by a monster is nerve wracking and holy ever living hecc the final fight with The Mother was a good one, if light on the action side.
(the final boss just shows up out of nowhere with zero build up so not really a spoiler but eh)
Gets a huge fat recommend from me, you can pick it up for 15 bucks on Steam and black friday’s right around the corner so if you can’t find a good game to buy with your last fiver this one’s a doozy. There’s a lot to the game including drug overdose, death by rotten food and a real surreal story, but IMO it’s way better to just experience yourself. It’s one of those stories where you’ll come out with a lot more questions than answers.