Adventure 15 August 2017
First-person psychological horror from Polish development studio Bloober Team, known best for another horror game, entitled Layers of Fear. Observer is set in a cyberpunk universe, in Cracow of 2048. In the game you play as Daniel Lazarski (starred by Rutger Hauer, known from the film Blade Runner), a detective able to hack into people’s minds. The game’s story starts when the main hero gets a letter from his missing son, who turns out to be a high-ranking engineer working for a powerful corporation. The protagonist picks up an investigation that takes him to the slums of Cracow and forces him to relive dark memories and nightmares of both criminals and their victims. When it comes to gameplay, Observer is a first-person adventure game with survival horror mechanics. Most of the time the player explores grim locations and interacts with characters encountered on the way. An important aspect of gameplay are sequences in which the protagonist hacks into minds of suspects and becomes part of their worst nightmares.
Action 05 May 2017
Sequel to a best-selling science-fiction FPS released in 2006. After many perturbations haunting the series, the development has been commissioned to Arkane Studios, the creators of Dishonored series. Prey is not a continuation per se, rather a peculiar reboot of the original 2006’s installment of the game; both games share only the FPS science fiction setting and the necessity to single-handedly fight hostile extraterrestrials aboard a space station drifting through the cosmic void. The main protagonist is Morgan Yu – a man or a woman, depending on the player’s choice. Morgan is a part of a scientific project working towards enhancing the human race. Throughout the game he / she has to face hordes of aliens with unique features and abilities. Some of these abilities can be adopted by Morgan and utilized in a creative way. Players can also make use of a wide range of futuristic weaponry and gadgets.
The Forest (PC)
A first-person perspective (FPP) sandbox survival horror game. The Forest is the work of an independent studio SKS Games, known mainly for the smartphone hit, End Night. The player assumes the role of a sole survivor of a plane crash. The hero ends up on an isolated island far away from civilization, inhabited by a tribe of cannibalistic mutants. The gameplay focuses on the exploration of land (forest, caves, etc.), survival skills (building a shelter, searching for food, setting traps, etc.), and fighting or avoiding confrontation with opponents. The creators have made an effort to create a lively, fast-changing world, allowing for great freedom of action. As for the technical side, The Forest utilizes Unity 4 engine.
Resident Evil 4 (PC)
Adventure 02 March 2007
The fourth major installment of the cult series of survival horrors created by Capcom. In the game the player assumes the role of ex-cop Leon S. Kennedy, a character well known from the second entry in the franchise. As a special agent responsible for protecting the presidential family, he goes to Europe in order to find the missing daughter of the US president. The trail leads to a small village in Spain. The village is controlled by a mysterious sect and the citizens are infected with a virus which causes mutations. During the game one will face hordes of zombies as well as more demanding bosses, such as giant monsters or the powerful leader of the sect, Osmund Saddler. Resident Evil 4 retains the dark feel of the previous installments and the game contains puzzles, but gameplay mechanics were greatly changed and the new engine allowed the developers to create faster and more dynamic action sequences. The game also contains many quick-time events.
Adventure 04 September 2013
A survival horror action adventure game. It is the debut project of the independent studio, Red Barrels, established by veterans of the gaming industry: David Chateauneuf, Philippe Morin, and Hugo Dallaire. Outlast’s story is set in an old asylum for mentally ill, adapted, by the Murkoff corporation, into a research center. Journalist Miles Upshur gets his hands on information that strange things occur in that place. Looking for a sensation, he breaks into the asylum, hoping to discover a shocking truth about the experiments and profane rituals. We observe the game world from first-person perspective, and our only weapon is a camera with infrared lens. Gameplay focuses on exploring locations and avoiding direct confrontation with enemies. Due to a terrifying atmosphere and gore aesthetics, game is aimed exclusively at adults.
Outlast 2 (PC)
Action 25 April 2017
The sequel to Outlast, a 2013 first-person survival horror and a successful debut of the Red Barrels studio. As the authors decided to abandon the themes initiated in the first part of the series, the game does not return to the dark psychiatric hospital located somewhere in the mountains of Colorado. Instead, Outlast 2 takes place in a completely new location and tells the story of new characters. However, original gameplay mechanic characterized by the inability to fight encountered enemies, remained unchanged. Player's character has no combat skills and survival consists mainly of avoiding direct confrontations. In some cases, an escape turns out to be the only solution. When fleeing, the game's complex model of movements, inspired by the parkour technique, is a great help.
Layers of Fear (PC)
Adventure 16 February 2016
A first person psychological horror adventure game inspired of 19th-century paintings and architecture. It was created by Polish developer Bloober Team, known for such titles as BRAWL, A-Men and Music Master: Chopin. The game is set in an ominous manor, while you assume the role of an insane painter striving to finish his masterpiece at all cost. Gameplay boils down to exploration, as the player searches for the source of the hero’s madness and the tools needed to complete the painting. While playing, you experience strange visions and fears born in the protagonist’s mind, making the task much more complicated. The game is soaked with dark, psychedelic atmosphere, which is further deepened by fitting audiovisuals.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent (PC)
Adventure 08 September 2010
A dark action adventure game designed as survival horror, developed by the team at Frictional Games studio – creators of the enthusiastically received Penumbra series. In the game we play the part of a man who voluntarily lost his memory. He wanders through the corridors of a huge castle not remembering exactly what happened, but he is certain that his life is in great danger. By exploring the chateau and solving subsequent puzzles our protagonist reveals consecutive terrible facts of his own past, finding answers to a number of questions bothering him. The authors offered unusual game mechanics, resigning entirely from fighting skills. In return, during the game we have to take care of the protagonist’s mental health, avoiding darkness and escaping from various terrifying creatures. Our main weapons are matches, oil lamps and other sources of light. The [roduction features dark atmosphere, reminiscent of works of H. P. Lovecraft.
RPG November 2017
A dark action-RPG, whose story is set in the 20th century England. The title was developed by the French studio DONTNOD, known for games such as Remember Me and Life is Strange. The game takes place on the streets of London, during the infamous Spanish flu pandemic. We assume the role of a respected military surgeon who returns from a front lines to stop the spread of the plague. On the way home, however, he is bitten by a vampire and now has to continually struggle between the calling to help people in need and his new bloodsucker nature. In the game, we wander through the open world of London, undertaking main and side quests, talking to NPCs, and fighting in real time with different kinds of vampires and their hunters. Furthermore, we need to satisfy our constantly growing hunger for blood, remembering to do it discreetly and to wisely choose potential victims, since elimination of a wrong person can render us unable to complete certain quests.
Just Survive (PC)
An MMO game referred to as a "survival sandbox" by its creators, Daybreak Game Company. H1Z1 takes place in an alternate world, 15 years after the discovery of the titular virus that caused a world-wide zombie epidemic. The few survivors fight for their lives, struggling against zombies, wild animals, and other surviving factions. During the game, players get the chance to build a shelter or even entire cities somewhere in the United States. An extensive crafting system also makes it possible to craft useful items from procured raw materials. On the technical side, H1Z1 uses a modernized version of the Forgelight engine which was previously used in Planetside 2 and EverQuest Next among others. The game uses the free-to-play model with micropayments for some additional features.
Adventure 06 June 2017
A psychological horror adventure game. The developers at Zoetrope Interactive were inspired by the works of Howard Philips Lovecraft, especially the novella entitled At the Mountains of Madness. The action of Conarium takes place in the 30s, and the player find himself in Upuaut. This enigmatic name refers to a research station left by a scientific expedition to Antarctic, whose four members intended to overstep the limitations of human body and mind with the use of the eponymous mysterious device. At the core of the gameplay lies exploration of the environment, conversations with encountered non-player characters, gathering useful equipment, and solving environmental puzzles that are based either on manipulating objects or physics. The game is powered by Unreal Engine 4 which translates into advanced visual effects and detailed graphics.
7 Days to Die (PC)
A post-apocalyptic sandbox FPS developed by a debuting indie studio The Fun Pimps. The game takes you to a near future, when a nuclear war allowed a dangerous virus to spread across the entire world. The virus kills its victims in 7 days, as the title suggests, and turns them into bloodthirsty zombies. You play as one of the few not infected people, fighting for survival in Navezgane County, Arizona. 7 Days to Die allows you to freely explore its open world, adjusting the story to your actions. To help you survive in this hostile environment, the game introduces a well-developed crafting system that lets you gather food and resources to make useful tools and fix or upgrade your hideouts. The authors prepared a campaign for solo players, as well as a score of online modes, both competitive and cooperative.
Alan Wake (PC)
Adventure 16 February 2012
A psychological horror third-person action game inspired by the works of Stephen King. It was developed by Remedy Entertainment, the creators of the Max Payne series. The game’s protagonist is an author of widely-read novels who decides to go on vacation to the remote town of Bright Falls in hope of overcoming his writer’s block. After just a few days, Alan’s wife goes missing in unexplained circumstances and the writer sets out to find her. It quickly turns out that the picturesque town hides many secrets, similarly to the location of his latest novel. To save his beloved, Alan has to seek out fragments of his own work by exploring Bright Falls, talking to the people he encounters, and facing evil forces that lurk in the dark. In combat, not only firearms will come in handy but also a torchlight and other light sources which deter and weaken the ghosts. The dark atmosphere is intensified by an atmospheric soundtrack.
Little Nightmares (PC)
Arcade 28 April 2017
A platformer game by Tarsier Studios. The player assumes the role of Six, a heroine who was kidnapped by monsters and locked in an underwater complex called The Maw. Her task is to escape this terrifying place which is difficult because of dangers, inspired by childhood nightmares, that lurk behind every corner. In Little Nightmares, the action is presented from a side view and the core of the gameplay is searching the atmospheric locations, hopping from platform to platform, and solving environmental puzzles. Given that the protagonist is equipped only with a lighter, we have to avoid direct confrontation with nightmarish opponents and try to sneak past them unnoticed. The title boasts high-quality three-dimensional graphics and is distinguished from among other platformer games by its dark style and toned-down colors.
Dead Space (PC)
Action 20 October 2008
A third-person survival horror action game developed by EA Redwood Shores. The plot of Dead Space is set in the distant future. The main protagonist, Isaac Clark, is given a task of investigating the situation on a mining ship that has just sent a distress signal. Upon arrival, he discovers that the entire crew is dead and the bodies of the dead miners are possessed by a parasitic race of necromorphs. Contrary to typical TPS games, the gameplay of Dead Space is primarily focused on building tension and the atmosphere or danger; shooting sequences that take place in zero gravity are of secondary importance. The terrifying atmosphere is empowered by the dark audiovisuals.
Dead Island 2 (PC)
A second major installment in the sandbox action game series created by the Polish studio Techland. This time, the development has been entrusted to Yager Development, an independent developer team mainly known from the shooter Spec Ops: The Line. As far as the plot goes, the game follows the events shown in previous chapter. The plague that transformed people into living dead has gone out of control, and began spreading throughout California. The quarantine zone intended to contain the epidemic is currently full of soldiers sent in to root out the plague, but also degenerate thrill-seekers as well as residents who refused to leave their homes. In this dangerous open-world environment, we will undertake a series of tasks, mainly coming down to fighting hordes of zombies using unconventional, self-made weaponry. The majority of RPG features known from previous game are present in the sequel, such as advanced level up system and several different character classes.
The Evil Within 2 (PC)
Action 13 October 2017
A direct sequel to a successful survival horror: The Evil Within. Both titles have been developed under the watchful eye of Shinji Mikami, the author of such video game series as Devil May Cry and Resident Evil. In The Evil Within 2, players yet again assume the role of detective Sebastian Castellanos, who travels to a seemingly idyllic town in search for his daughter. What he does not know, however, is that the town hides a horrible secret. The game allows players to observe the action from a third-person perspective to better experience the survival horror setting. The main protagonist gets to venture through gloomy and claustrophobic locations, as well as larger open spaces often filled with horrifying enemies. To fight off the threat, detective Castellanos can use his firearms; however, due to survival horror games’ convention, the ammunition is scarce. Another solution is to take the stealth approach and quietly eliminate the foes with a crossbow. Of course, one can also decide to run for it. In The Evil Within 2 Sebastian can use a comlink to consult his friend – Julia Kidman – who eagerly guides him through this horrible reality.
Arcade 07 July 2016
Inside is the second project of the independent Danish studio PlayDead, which became famous by creating the cult game Limbo. The game's development was partially funded by a grant from the Danish government. The story tells about a young boy who must stop the forces of evil that are trying to take over the world by experimenting on humans. The gameplay mechanics are similar to classic platformer games. They combine the necessity to solve various puzzles with tasks requiring reflexes and good manual skills. The game takes place in a dark universe where the rain never ceases to fall. The visuals of the game are similar to the ones used in the previous bestselling game developed by PlayDead studio. However, this time the world is three-dimensional. The colors in the game are toned down and the music is atmospheric. The game was created by using the popular, multi-platform Unity engine.
Friday the 13th: The Game (PC)
Action 26 May 2017
Focusing around the asynchronous multiplayer mode, a third-person action game adaptation of the classic horror movie Friday the 13th. Known for the tactical simulation series Breach & Clear, Gun Media studio is the developer of the game. The key figures connected with the film series, such as Sean S. Cunningham, Kane Hodder, Tom Savini, and Harry Manfredini, have had their hand in the production. The action is set in the close vicinity of the Crystal Lake, a location known from the movies, and gameplay revolves around multiplayer mode for up to 8 players – one player assumes the role of the murderer Jason Voorhees and the others play as his potential victims. Jason needs to, of course, kill every other player, while the victims’ objective is to avoid getting murdered and, with a bit of luck and cooperation, to exterminate the masked psycho. The game is created in a way which gives the players a feeling of constructing their own movie script.
Call of Cthulhu (PC)
Adventure December 2017
Call of Cthulhu is a dark adventure game in a horror setting, based on the works of an American writer, H.P. Lovecraft. The game’s story is based on Lovecraft's fictional universe, first popularized by the, written in 1926 and published 2 years later, short story “Call of Cthulhu”. According to it, aside from well-known and common creatures, the Earth is home to an unimaginably powerful cosmic entity that remains in hibernation but will be eventually revived when the stars align in a certain position.
Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court (PC)
RPG 19 June 2017
The first expansion for the 2016 dungeon crawler RPG Darkest Dungeon by Red Hook Studios. The add-on utilizes the gameplay mechanics from the core game — you complete a team of heroes and set out to explore the eponymous Darkest Dungeon. Your goal is to find enormous riches, with which you can expand a shabby hamlet, also serving as your base. Like in the original Darkest Dungeon game, the characters of The Crimson Court suffer from typical human ailments — some of them may go berserk, while others may panic when surrounded by darkness. The game places a strong focus on blood, which is a theme connecting the items you find and your enemies. The expansion also marks the first appearance of vampires, creatures with a unique set of characteristics and abilities.
Adventure 09 June 2015
A first-person survival horror game developed by Polish development studio IMGN.pro. The game's story is inspired by true events that took place in 1959 at the Dyatlov Pass in the Ural mountains, where the dead bodies of nine Russian hikers were found, and the cause of their death remained unclear. We only know that most of them died of hypothermia, and evidence indicates that they were forced to flee from an unknown danger. In the game we explore an open, icebound world, having only a map and a compass at our disposal. On our way to reach the goal, we have to deal with many dangers lurking in the mountains. There is no combat, and the only way to survive is by escaping. A special system called "fear manager" has been developed for the game. Depending on the player's actions, it adequately handles all the factors responsible for building an eerie atmosphere, which makes each new game a bit different.
Killing Floor 2 (PC)
Action 18 November 2016
A sequel to the cooperative online shooter - Killing Floor - which came out in 2009 as a commercial version of a standalone Unreal Tournament 2004 modification. The sequel was prepared by the creators of the original – Tripwire Interactive, also known for another popular game modification, Red Orchestra. Just as its predecessor, the game features a negligible story, instead focusing on combat between a team of elite soldiers and hordes of mutants created in a series of experiments carried out by a medical corporation. Gameplay focuses on fighting off waves of enemies that precede a boss fight on the end of a round. After each round the team of players can regroup, repair damaged barricades, and spend money earned in combat on new weapons and ammo. Advancing to higher levels unlocks useful character abilities. This new game exceeds the last one in terms of graphics and features a realistic physics engine.
Aliens vs Predator (PC)
Action 16 February 2010
Aliens vs Predator is a first-person action game developed by Rebellion. It is a reboot of the popular FPS series released between 1999 and 2002. The game's plot combines elements from two popular comic book and movie series. We can play as a Xenomorph, the Predator, or as a Marine. There are three campaigns available, each of them having its own unique gameplay mechanics. If we choose to play as a Marine, we get a rather typical first-person shooter, where we use state-of-the-art technology to eliminate the alien species. However, playing as either a Xenomoprhs or the Predator is very different, due to the species unique abilities. Xenomorphs, endowed with deadly claws and tail, can walk on walls and ceilings. They can not only kill their enemies, but also assimilate them. The Predator can see in infrared, and is equipped with many useful and deadly weapons, like a plasma caster, spear, or a crossbow.