The nights have drawn in and the witching hour approaches. It's the one time of year where we collectively have a brainfart and decide scaring ourselves senseless is the smart thing to do. This Halloween there are sales galore, but we're going to try to cut through the dross and show you best gaming deals out there, all for your twisted entertainment this evening.
A bona fide cult classic, Deadly Premonition is arguably Swery’s masterpiece. Deeply divisive, Deadly Premonition is the sort of game you’re either going to love or hate. Fortunately, a deep price cut to £2 means it isn’t a huge risk to pick up today. I think a Steam review sums it very well - “A Twin Peaks story written by an insane Japanese man.” If that sounds like your cup of tea, you could do worse than fire up Deadly Premonition this evening.
Dead by Daylight has become nothing less than a phenomenon since it launched last year, and it’s still managed to hold off the threat of newcome Friday the 13th as well. Upwards of 30,000 people are playing Dead by Daylight at any one time so there’s a vibrant and active community out there. In a nutshell, it’s 4v1 asymmetric multiplayer. One person players a brutal killer, the others try and play survivors trying to make it out alive. Dead by Daylight is an excellent game to play with four mates if you can convince them to buy it. Unfortunately, there’s no five-pack bundle on offer, but this is the cheapest price that Dead by Daylight has ever been.
As our own Ed said when he reviewed this, Beholder blurs the lines between Papers, Please and The Sims. But wait, before you run away and cower, it just kinda... works. While Beholder isn’t a horror game per se, it is loaded with a crushing feeling of oppression; a sneaky taste of a totalitarian state that can watch your every move. It’s available for just £2.80 over on Green Man Gaming, making it a bit of a bargain for those after a less pant-smearing time at Halloween.
Frictional Games has done some stellar work over the years under the umbrella of horror, effectively pioneering the first-person, run and hide horror that’s become so mainstream since Amnesia: The Dark Descent. It’s SOMA which is Frictional’s masterpiece though; a gripping sci-fi horror adventure that is comfortably one of the greatest, most thought-provoking narratives told in gaming. If you haven’t played SOMA yet, there are few better (and cheaper) ways of spending your Halloween evening than burning through this little gem. Just don't come crying when the feeling of existential dread becomes too much to bear.
The Evil Within 2 arrived earlier this month and it was pretty damn excellent, if I may say so myself. Rather than stump up £40 for the privilege though, why not see where it all began with the original The Evil Within 2. About as pure a Resident Evil 4 successor as you’re going to get, TEW did wonderful things with unreliable level design that can cause some serious unease. Stacked with grossed out scares and a feeling of impending doom, The Evil Within packs a wonderful mix of powerlessness and power that should make it a great treat to play this eve. One word of advice though - for an extra £1.50 you can get the season pass bundle. This contains vital story content so we highly recommend you go for that option.
That’s our recommendations, but what other blood-spattered deals have you seen out there? And what are your horror gaming plans this Halloween? Let us know!