Back at it again with the video game posts!  Today’s post features new(ish) and upcoming horror games, all from 2017 to not yet released.  I think this will prove to be a fun and fulfilling addition to the blog.  Like I mentioned in the Fallout: Vault 76 post, this will give me an outlet other than subscription boxes and movie reviews to feed you guys more interesting (and sometimes) horror related content!  The plan here is to fill Monday’s and Wednesdays with Gamer Girl, M.O., movie review, and other types of posts, leaving subscription boxes as extras along the way.  This will lead to more content for you all in the future and less stress on me for trying to get all of my subscription box post to you in a timely (but strategic) manner.

If you guys haven’t checked out the first M.O. post, do it here!  Let me know if this is something that interests you or you would prefer a different type of content.  I am here for my experience and your entertainment!

The Good Stuff: The Horror Games

Personally, I have a love-hate relationship with horror games.  I love that they are horror based, but they scare the shit out of me.  Which I do enjoy, most of the time.  If you enjoy horror movies, but they rarely keep you on your toes, buy some horror games!  I guess I have just been desensitized to jump scares and enjoy those creepy plots too much.  Movies just don’t give me that heart-racing adrenaline rush anymore.

With that being said, I have dug high and low to find the best new(ish) and upcoming horror games.  I will feature mostly games available for XBOX, as that is the platform that I use.  I am familiar with some of these games and can purchase others for updates down the road.  Since most mainstream XBOX games are also available for PlayStation, that will be my second highest area of interest.  I cannot play PC games…like at all…but I will try to include a few of the ones that catch my eye to help level the playing field.

Darkwood – 2017 (PC)

This looks like a game that I could actually play.  Since I’ve played Sims before, maybe I should elaborate.  I can’t play PC games that require more than the mouse and the arrow keys.  Though it doesn’t look like there are too many jump scares or creatures hiding around corners, the gameplay looks fun.  This survival game is played by scavenging during the day and hiding from the world of darkness at night.

The Evil Within 2 – 2017 (XBOX, PlayStation, PC)

This is the second The Evil Within that we have been blessed with.  Though I have the game, I actually haven’t played it, yet.  I actually forgot about the first one when I was halfway through and started playing other games.  I decided that I would finish the first one before moving onto the newest addition.  IGN’s staff had this to say about the game, “Scarcer resources, a nightmarish open world, scarier monsters, and a more emotionally-driven story makes the Evil Within 2 more ambitious, more terrifying, and even more bizarre than its predecessor.”  I honestly can not wait!  I need to get on the first one so I can experience the terrifying game for myself.

Friday the 13th: The Game – 2017 (XBOX, PlayStation, PC)

This game pissed me off.  Not the game itself, just the fact that I couldn’t play it for the first week that I had it.  For those of you new here, I adore the Friday the 13th franchise and was excited to come straight home to play my new game.  However, the servers were not made to withstand the number of people trying to play the game and you were lucky if you got to play.  Anyways, enough about that.  This game is fantastic!  If you enjoy PvP survival games, then this is one you will enjoy.  The players are divided and one player is selected to be Jason, while the others are camp counselors.  Obviously, if you are Jason, your objective is to kill the counselors before they can escape.  If you are a counselor, your objective is to escape Crystal Lake before you are killed.

Outlast 2 – 2017 (XBOX, PlayStation, PC)

This first-person, horror, survival game is the sequel to Outlast, released in 2013.  I have watched some gameplay for this on YouTube and it had me itching to play.  I have a few games to finish before I invest in more, though.  IGN’s staff said this about the game, “Religious cults have been done and done again in horror, but Outlast 2 puts a few clever spins on the old formula. With the familiar found footage inspirations stronger than ever and some unnerving flashback usage for good measure, Outlast 2 manages to tell a much better story than the first game without abandoning what made the first game so distinct.”

Prey – 2017 (XBOX, PlayStation, PC)

Another great one published by Bethesda!  This psychological sci-fi survival is a first-person shooter, combined with a dark story and terrifying jump scares.  First-person survival games are my favorite because of the intensity and well-written storylines (when they have them).  I am also terrified of aliens, so this one would have me awake at night, for sure.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – 2017 (XBOX, PlayStation, PC, VR)

This is an all-time favorite for horror lovers and a long-lasting franchise.  This game, in the beginning, seems unrelated to the previous installments.  Slowly,  but surely, you are returned to the reality of resident evil.  So many risks were taken with this first-person survival game, but in the end, Capcom succeeded and gave us another great game to play!

Agony – 2018 (XBOX, PlayStation, PC)

Agony is a new release this year.  This first-person survival begins as a journey in hell.  Like I mentioned before, I have too many games in my TBP (to be played) pile to invest in any others.  Since I have no personal experience, here is what IGN’s staff had to say about the game, “When it comes to depictions of hell in pop culture, Agony makes everything else look like a family-friendly amusement park. This is probably one of the most gruesome horror games in the making right now.”  Other reviews say that Agony is “too dark for its own good” and frustrating, but you can decide that for yourself after paying $60 for the game and then feeling obligated to play it.

Call of Cthulhu – TBA 2018 (XBOX, PlayStation, PC)

Call of Cthulhu is a first-person survival was supposed to be released in 2017 but was delayed to a future time in 2018.  Though it has still not been released, the official site shares some information on the story.  “1924. Private Investigator Edward Pierce is sent to investigate the tragic death of the Hawkins family in their imposing mansion on the isolated Darkwater Island, off the shores of Boston. Between unfriendly locals and dubious police reports, it becomes clear there’s more to the case than meets the eye. Soon enough, Pierce is plunged into a terrifying world of conspiracies, cultists, and cosmic horrors.  Hidden passageways, nightmarish asylums, illegal bars, and seemingly-abandoned warehouses make up Darkwater’s scattered geography.”  Just the storyline has me intrigued!

Ghost Theory – TBA 2018 (XBOX, PlayStation, PC)

This game takes a new approach to horror, as you explore places that are really haunted.  As a paranormal investigator, you are equipped with tools; such as voice log recorders, UV lamps, full spectrum cameras, EMF meters, and more.  It is your job to complete missions and hand in results to your boss at the university, before you head there in real life.  Since the settings in the game are based on true hauntings, ghost hunters have teamed up with the creators to provide photos, letters, and recordings that they have captured there.  If you are like me, you will buy the game just to have a list of vacation spots on hand.

We Happy Few – TBA 2018 (XBOX, PlayStation, PC)

Another Kickstarter that hasn’t been released, We Happy Few takes place in a dystopian English town full of drugged up residents.  That is until one person decides to stop taking the drugs and escape the town.  Though I am still not sure if this counts as a “horror” per say, the pictures for the game are definitely creepy and similar to Bioshock.  I am super excited for this one!

Honorable Mentions

Outreach – 2017 (PC)

Hollow – 2017 (PC)

Little Nightmares – 2017 (XBOX, PlayStation, PC)

Narcosis – 2017 (PC)

Observer – 2017 (XBOX, PlayStation, PC)

Last Year – TBA 2018 (PC)

Days Gone – 2019 (PlayStation)