Nintendo has spread itself across almost every imaginable genre, and they seem to do very well in each category. Although my favorite genre is RPG, I do have a soft spot for Horror games.
I was contemplating a top ten list for horror games, but realize that everybody’s list could vary. Rather than start a debate as to why your list is better than mine, I decided to highlight a few games that I have fond memories of.
One of my least favorite horror games is Friday the 13th. I had high hopes for the game because I grew up with the movie series. I knew when i bought it that I would be a camp counselor trying to hunt down Jason Voorhees. I didn’t realize that I would attempt to kill the almost immortal with a little rock. I played this game for hours and hours, only to finally get so fed up that I decided to just quit. It is not often that I just give up on a game, but sadly I did. Every once in a while, I still attempt to play through to the end, but always get frustrated and move on to something else.
One of my Favorite horror games is Castlevania II: Simon’s quest. I know a lot of people have complaints about the game, but overall I found it to be a great sequel. The RPG elements that were added and the difficulty kept me constantly intrigued. I remember I had a notebook and I wrote down everything that the townspeople said. I named the towns and each of the people so I would know where and what they said. In the end I realized that it was a bit much.
I had always hoped for a good Hellraiser video game. I have always been a fan of the movies and Clive Barker in General. I think it could have made a pretty awesome side scroller on the SNES console. At one time Color Dreams had a game in development, but unfortunately the idea was killed off.
I am looking forward to playing Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir. I cannot wait to see how this game looks ion 3D. I truly believe that Nintendo has successfully adapted many horror movies, as well as original games into their catalog. Maybe they aren’t Master’s of Horror, but I do feel that they are masters at what they do!
Do you have a favorite horror game? Is there a book and/or move that you wish could be made into a horror game?
Eternal Darkness, really screws with your mind!
I…uhm. Can you really call Nintendo the Master of Horror because they put out a console? That’s like calling the USA government, “Master of Wild Animals” because Zoos were built on the land that it governs.
Eternal Darkness would have been a great point, though, Cass! That’s actually one of the very few horror games that I’ve actually played–I’m not a huge buff of the genre, largely because I find them so dark and confusing that I have no idea what I’m doing, which leads to frustration, which takes away anything even slightly resembling fear.