It’s that time of year where ghosts, ghouls, spirits and free-roaming, vaporous, full-torso apparitions come out from the woodwork to spook us all silly.
But as we are all gamers, and we all spend pretty much every spare minute fighting the minions of hell, and wade waist-deep in zombie giblets no matter what the season, we at Game Debate decided it was time to consider what games go particularly well with Halloween…
Of course, no spooky list would be complete without a few of our favourite brain-chomping chums, and it only seemed right that Popcap’s fabulous Plants vs. Zombies should kick us off. A demented take on classic tower defence that just seems to be eternally playable, we’d take our hats off to the designers if we weren’t afraid of what they’d do to our heads.
Fast forward into the deep future, and it would seem mankind is still capable of finding spacesuit-soilingly scares even in deep space. There have been a slew of Aliens vs. Predator games over the years, and the latest entry is as gory as any.
Fresh out this scary season is Lace Mamba’s murderous puzzler Lucius. Based on a particular movie, or so we suspect, you play the six-year-old son of Beelzebub and it’s your job to elaborately murder everyone in sight. If you sometimes get confused between the heroes and villains in horror films, this could be one for you.
If you want something to play with your pals this weekend, and you’re yet to pick it up, may we suggest Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2. Free to play on Steam for the Halloween weekend only, this is a great time to get a piece of multiplayer co-op zombie survival shooter with a Deep South flavour. If you like your games to have names that sound like Star Wars droids, get some L4D2. Plus, Game Debate will be making a showing – check the events page.
There are a couple of other fine scary games out there that deserve an honourable mention. The 2010 hit Amnesia: The Dark Descent was favourably reviewed by GD’s horror-buff Seebaruk, and what spooky list is complete without the frantic, pulse-pounding make-you-jump insta-classic Slender?
Felix and the GD gang will be around later today for some co-op Left 4 Dead 2 Zombie shooting fun, so join in and help hold back the undead hordes.
Here is a list of some more titles that are either running events, puking out some DLC, or just great horror-fests to consider over this coming week.
Tiny Troopers - Free DLC just added to let you blast some zombs
Painkiller Hell & Damnation - New release, we will be reviewing this shortly, so stay tuned...
Zombie Driver HD - You literally drive fast cars and splash zombies. Cheap and simple.
Killing Floor - Popular online shooter, running a Hillbilly horror event from October 23rd to November 6th.
The Walking Dead - Hit episodic adventure series by Telltale, based on the popular graphic novels. Seebaruk is currently reviewing his way through these.
Deadlight - Dark and gritty side scrolling zombie blaster
World Of Warcraft - Surprise surprise, they are having a Halloween event. This game is as old as Halloween itself, surely.
Guild Wars 2 - The latest MMO contender is having an event.
Sleeping Dogs - Will be releasing Halloween inspired DLC called Nightmare in North Point
Football Manager 2013 - Nah, just kidding!
Whatever you play this Halloween, GD hopes you all have a great time. Terrifying, but great.
Have we failed to mention your favourite scary game? Is our list useless because we omitted a whole load of classics?