Dead Space brims with apprehension and panic—its tight spaceship corridors provide little place to run as monsters challenge the player to adapt quickly or get torn to shreds. The game’s final boss, a giant zombie slug, throws all of that out. Dead Space’s final boss fight is a loud, bombastic battle that clashes with…
Upsetting visual novel Doki Doki Literature Club has a lively modding scene. Fans have started making sequels, alternate routes and happier rewrites for the game and its characters.
Doki Doki Literature Club is the kind of game where the moment it ended, I wanted to spend more time with its characters. Although I’ll never be able to play it for the first time again, here are a few games you can check out if you’re also yearning for a similar experience.
The developer for a cult classic, experimental horror game disappeared from the internet for a decade. Their sudden, unexplained resurfacing on Steam leads to more questions than answers.
A horror game from South Korean developers ROI Games and Gachyon Soft, White Day: A Labyrinth Named School is notable in being one of the few games released in the States I know of that has the Korean War as its backdrop. It also has the reputation for being one of the most terrifying games ever developed.
On Christmas, like many people all around the world, I spent some quality time with my siblings hunched around a video game. During a standard run through one of Super Mario 3D World’s many colorful levels, my sister asked if it was weird for Mario to be running around and attacking a bunch of cute creatures minding…
There are some cultures that believe taking a photograph captures a part of your soul. Your job in Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly is to fight horror by recording it.
Hello Neighbor is a stealth horror game with a winning premise and perhaps the worst execution of any game I’ve played this year.
Playing Doki Doki Literature Club is like realizing you have a fever: For a while you deny the creeping feeling that something isn’t quite right until it’s too late to do anything about it. In the beginning of the game you think it’s a cute dating sim, but before too long, you can no longer deny that you’re playing a…
Guzzlord the Ultra Beast may have appeared in the original Sun and Moon, but the latest games introduce this monster in one of the creepiest scenes in modern Pokémon games.
Last night, I played The Evil Within 2 on Kotaku’s Twitch channel. I expected a linear series of monsters and scares but instead found a loose, semi-open world structure that made me feel anxious and helpless. It’s a chaotic, freeform take on horror that make every encounter unique and scary.
I’ve slaughtered countless camp counselors in Friday the 13th. I ate truly disgusting stew in Resident Evil 7. But the most brutal game I’ve played so far this year is Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut, an isometric puzzle game released for PC and mobile in 2016 and recently released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Halloween night is an awesome time to turn on a horror movie and get yourself all freaked out. If you’ve already seen many of the Halloween night classics, don’t worry. Let’s Plays of scary games are just as good of a way to spend this evening. Here are some suggestions.
Is there anything scarier than a door in a horror game? I submit that there is not.
A patch for Friday the 13th rolled out earlier this week that fixes bugs and adds new content, including playable survivor Fox, the feisty biker from Part III. Changes have been made to Tommy Jarvis “to emphasize [his] hero attributes and goals” and encourage players returning as Tommy to help counselors in need.
The big streaming services always have a ton of horror movies on offer, but not all of them are especially fright-inducing. In honor of Halloween, put all the Sharknado and Gingerdead Man sequels aside in favor of actually scaring the bejesus out of yourself. Each of these 11 movies will haunt your nightmares.
Some horror games are best played alone at midnight. Other ones are meant to be played in a room full of friends with a six pack of beer. Here’s a few of the latter kind.
Frederick Charles “Freddy” Krueger carves his way into the PC version of Dead by Daylight tomorrow. Elm Street’s nightmare joins Leatherface and a host of more generic maniacs as a playable antagonist in the asymmetrical survival horror game.
Tales of eerie environments and bloody beasts have been terrifying and entertaining horror fans for centuries. And while books, movies, and TV shows have each put their own spin on the genre, it’s video games that provide the most immersive horror experiance. Or so I’ve been told.
Eternal Darkness is a 2002 GameCube game featuring an epically dark story that takes place over thousands of years. It’s a series of interconnected tales, almost like a collection of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories, that weave together myth, occultism, and some of the dark chapters in religion. While most people…