It turns out a few people have some legitimate fears - well okay, in the gaming world they do. We have some great entries for Octobers Co-optimus Community Voice: These Things Scare Me Sometimes. We’ll take a look at both House of the Dead: Overkill and Penumbra: Overture as seen by two brave Co-optimus community members. Don’t forget, you have until the end of October to tell us what you fear in the blogs section.
These Things Scare BigBadBob113 sometimes - House of the Dead: Overkill
I can't say that a game has ever downright scared me. Sure, there have been creepy games like BioShock, and to a greater extend Left 4 Dead, where you get a little nervous or suddenly surprised, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that those games scared me. So what's the next best thing to playing a scary game? Playing a game that takes place in a horror movie, and that is exactly how I would describe House of the Dead: Overkill. Anyone who says that the Wii is just a "casual" system for kids and old people has clearly never popped in this beauty of a game. If I was to stay home on a dark, cool Halloween night and play a game, then this would be the one.
These Things Scare Deriaz Sometimes - Penumbra: Overture
The lighting is superb, switching between lighted areas littered with shadows that could hide foes (you never know!) or darkness, relying on either your trusty flashlight or glowstick to guide your way. And the setting never becomes dull; while the majority of the game takes place underground, you never truly feel comfortable where you are. With no map system apart from the periodic sign you may come across, and creatures looming around you in almost every hallway, you feel lost and in danger at all times. It's horrifying.